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How do you document windows server configurations?

I come from a Unix background where documenting the configuration of a service (email for example) could be as simple as grabbing a few text configuration files and a paragraph or 2 of explanatory ...
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Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller Replacement

This Saturday evening we're going to be replacing our existing Windows Server 2003 domain controllers/dns servers with Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers/dns servers. The current forest and ...
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What are the practical differences between Interix and Cygwin?

Both Interix and Cygwin appear to provide a Unix-like user environment in Windows. What are the practical differences between the two, in terms of, for example: Unix-like "feel" Performance Package ...
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Windows could not reconnect all network drives

OK, before you get all "OFF TO SUPERUSER WITH YOUR ISSUE!", they specifically state in their Help pages: "NOT about issues specific to corporate IT support and networks", and since this is a corporate ...
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How do you document/track your permissions

I'm a Windows Admin so those that integrate with Windows will likely be most helpful. My main challenge at this point is just with file shares but as SharePoint use increases it will only make this ...
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What is stored in %Windir%\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup?

I occasionally notice in Resource Monitor hard disk activity related to ETL files in the folder C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup. Which process/service creates these ETL files and what is ...
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Access control: Windows vs Linux

I'm reading MIT 6.893 lectures on which it says protection in Unix is a mess, no underlying principle, and it also points out that Windows has better alternatives, which can pass privileges from one ...
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What is the order group policy settings are applied?

So I have been reading the document "Group Policy processing and precedence". I get that policies are applied in the order of local, site, domain, organizational unit, child organizational unit. The ...
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How does Windows decides which DNS Server to use when resolving names?

What algorithm does Windows use to decide which DNS Server it will query in order to resolve names? Let's say I have several interfaces, all active, some with no dns server specified, some told to ...
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16TB Volumes and SNMP On Windows

As volumes larger than 16TB became more common, it was recognized that the 32 bit value used to report disk size and usage within the standard "HOST-RESOURCES" MIB in SNMP was not large enough to ...
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What does shadow /V actually do?

According to shadow: C:\Users\mark.henderson>shadow /? Monitor another Remote Desktop Services session. SHADOW {sessionname | sessionid} [/SERVER:servername] [/V] sessionname ...
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Use Windows DHCP/DHCPv6 server without setting a static address

You cannot set the Windows DHCP/DHCPv6 server to listen on dynamic addresses or all addresses, only static addresses. Is there a technical reason for this limitation? Is there any workaround? My ...
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IIS7 ASP.NET application - 2 identical apps in 2 identical app pools, 1 is responsive and 1 is not

I have an ASP.NET (v4.0) web app that is installed in a virtual directory (as an application) and is hosted in it's own app pool. This is repeated for each instance of the app (i.e. per customer). ...
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Is it recommended to log off from Windows when finished working on a server with RDP?

Is there any impact on the server performance in case I don't log off after having used Remote Desktop Connection?
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Windows File and Folder “Attributes” A or C

In Windows Server 2003, in the "Attributes" column of windows explorer, some files have "A" or "C" or "AC" or others. What do these mean?
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Open Source PDF reader for windows as an alternative to Adobe reader

With the latest javascript vulnerabilities in Adobe reader and bloat it has aquired over the years, I've been thinking of moving the network I'm in charge of to a different product for PDF reading on ...
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Do you use performance counters on production IIS web sites?

Do you keep the counter ON during heavy production loads Which performance counters do you find useful for ASP.Net/IIS 6.0 websites?
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Windows7 - “The specified network password is not correct.” when the password is in fact correct

I have a samba server setup for some time now. It is a Hardware NAS - which unfortunately does not provide access to the Samba logs. (the exact model of the NAS is called Addonics NAS Adapter ) I ...
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Is it safe to delete files in C:\Windows\Installer?

"C:\Windows\Installer" folder found on Windows Vista is taking around 1 GB of space. Can I safely delete it? Cheers
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Multiple IP addresses per NIC

How can I have multiple IP addresses assigned to a single NIC? I remember doing this on Unix way back when. Can it be done on Windows?
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How to fix PuTTY showing garbled characters?

Connecting from a Windows 7 PC via SSH to an Ubuntu server using PuTTY, I get some screen errors: I.e. it: "Double-draws" the selection inside Midnight Commander (MC). Other characters like line ...
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DNS recursion is insecure, but necessary for internal applications?

In management of a Windows Server 2008, the server hosts DNS (is nameserver) for some domains, as well as hosting some applications that are publicly accessible. A security scan has indicated that ...
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Get a history of CPU/memory usage

Is there someway to record Task Managers info about CPU and memory usage to examine later? Or an equivalent tool?
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How do I see if a port is in use on a windows machine?

I am using Windows XP pro, and I need to know if something is registered on a port. If so how can I tell what is on the port? EDIT What I mean by registered is that I am trying to test a .NET ...
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Can someone please explain Windows Service Principle Names (SPNs) without oversimplifying?

I have wrestled with service principle names a few times now and the Microsoft explanation is just not sufficient. I am configuring an IIS application to work on our domain and it looks like some of ...
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Virtual Machine memory usage not appearing in TaskManager

There's something about Windows memory management and it's relationship to TaskManager that I don't understand and I'm hoping someone can enlighten me. If I'm running a virtual machine (doesn't ...
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System error 1219 has occurred

I am trying to connect to a remote server and deploy a service there, through a deploy script. I start by stating "Net use" and send the credentials for the server. But here I get system 1219 error: ...
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Best way to add HKCU keys and values for all existing users and all new users?

I need to add HKCU keys and values to all machines in a specific OU, for all existing user profiles and to the default profile. What's the best way to approach this? I could enumerate and iterate ...
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How can I manipulate Windows 7 Libraries via Group Policy?

I'm trying to add and remove Library locations from Windows 7's "Library" locations in for each of my users. While its easy to do this from the desktop, and its easy to disable libraries appearing ...
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How do I access a web server on a virtualbox from the host machine

I have a windows Vista machine upon which VirtualBox is running ubuntu. In ubuntu I am running a webserver at the address http://127.0.0.1:3000/ How do I access this address from my host machine ...
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How to make/compare filesystem/registry snapshots in Windows?

What's a simple way to get a list of all files installed/modified and keys added/removed by a Windows (XP, Vista or 7) program installer? I'd like to take a before and after snapshot, and see what ...
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What Are The Best Practices For Business Folder Structure?

We've tended in the past towards having departmental folders (Sales, Marketing, etc) on a single share and then adding folders below these ad-hoc as and when they're needed. It's gotten a bit messy - ...
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What does a DHCP-client consider to be the “best” answer?

We have training rooms where normally Windows XP is installed (via PXE). The "normal" DNS/DHCP infrastructure are Windows-Servers. The training room has its own VLAN (different from the Windows ...
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I would like to start multiple computers at once, What software do I use?

I have turned on Wake On Lan on all of the BIOSes in the PCs and I have a simple batch file that runs a free command wolcmd.exe Wake on Lan Command Line The syntax is as follows: wolcmd [mac ...
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What's the difference between .cmd and .bat files?

Just curious. "Cool" people in our company always use *.cmd while no one was able to explain the difference to me.
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How do I extract all archives in the subdirectories of this folder?

How do I extract multiple archives in contained in subdirectories in a folder, outputting the results back into the folders where the archives are.
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How can I remove/uninstall an orphaned service?

There are times when Windows Services are installed and for various reasons, that hopefully are not important to the answer, the service no longer has the installer attached to it. Therefore, this ...
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How to have Windows Server DNS use hosts file to resolve specific host names

[NOTE: The solution of this question is perfect, by something stray away from what the title indicates.] I'm facing a small problem with Windows Server 2003 DNS service. In my corporation, I'm ...
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Microsoft Windows - Install Updates And Restart (instead of Install and Shutdown)

I have a Windows box I would like to manage remotely. When I logged in this morning, the Start menu shows a ! next to the Shutdown button, notifying me there are updates to install. But the only ...
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How to configure DNS on Windows with multiple NICs?

I have two network adapters on my PC each connected to a different network (one LAN and one Wireless). I set up routing tables to have some of the addresses routed to the LAN and others to the ...
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Expire Files In A Folder: Delete Files After x Days

I'm looking to make a "Drop Folder" in a windows shared drive that is accessible to everyone. I'd like files to be deleted automagically if they sit in the folder for more than X days. However, it ...
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PowerShell DSC copy from network share

I am trying to use PowerShell DSC to copy folder contents from a network share. Here is the code: Configuration TestSetup { Node localhost { File Test { SourcePath = ...
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Installing Windows Management Framework 3.0 basically destroyed WMI, how can I fix it without reinstalling the O.S.?

Related, of course, to this question. Before discovering it was somewhat... dangerous, I installed Windows Management Framework 3.0 on a number of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers, and WMI got ...
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Windows Domain replication monitoring tool

I am looking for web-based interface GUI, or some kind of monitoring tool that will show replication status for a domain. I know I can use repadmin with various options on the command line to query ...
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How to utilize spare workstation drive space for server storage/backup

So, given the fact that you can only get hard drives of about 160GB now for the cheapest price, I find i have a ton of extra drive space on workstations spread throughout my office. I'd like to ...
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How do we avoid the 30-second time limit on starting windows services?

One of the components of my company's product is a Windows service, written in C#. It's dependent on .NET and on a few other libraries, none especially large. It works perfectly when started ...
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Central management of Microsoft licenses

We're in the process of consolidating all our developer systems into a single windows domain and auditing all our internally used software. For Microsoft software is there any tool/tools to allow ...
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Is there a windows equivalent to chroot?

On a *nix system I can use a chroot to isolate 2 processes from each other and from the rest of the system. Is there any similar security system under windows? Or is there any way to prevent 2 ...
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How can I switch an existing set of Subversion repositories to use ActiveDirectory? (svnserve/windows)

I have a set of private Subversion repositories on a Windows Server 2003 box which developers access via SVNServe over the svn:// protocol. Currently we have been using the authz and passwd files for ...
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How do you monitor SSD wear in Windows when the drives are presented as 'generic' devices?

Under Linux, we can monitor SSD wear fairly easily with smartmontools whether the drive is presented as a normal block device or a generic device (which happens when the drive has been hardware RAIDed ...