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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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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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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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Active Directory: Viewing “Attribute Editor” after finding an account via ADUC's “Find” option

When I activate the Advanced features (View -> Advanced Features) and open a user's properties by navigating to their OU and right clicking the user object, I see the Attribute Editor tab. However, ...
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Remove Setup Bootstrap folder on SQL Server 2008 to free space

Is it "safe" to delete any of the subfolders in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\ from my drive to free up space? Or is it needed for upgrade/uninstall and other patches? ...
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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 ...
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How to delete system default printer forms?

On Windows there are system default printer forms which can't be deleted from the Print Server Properties dialog. Is there some other way they can be removed? We are never going to use page sizes like ...
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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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What is your favorite cloud computing provider? [closed]

Which cloud computing provider would you recomend for a windows stack, in terms of cost and reliability?
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Why *do* windows print queues occasionally choke on a print job

Y'know they way windows print queues will occasionally stop working with a print job at the head of the queue which just won't print and which you can't delete? Anyone know whats going on when this ...
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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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How do I move Windows Search and Index Service databases to another drive?

On one of our older Windows 2003 Servers we need to run the Indexing Service and Windows Search. The problem is that the windows.edb file has grown quite large. I want to move these and related files ...
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Simulate printers on AD network

I need to create an Active Directory lab that contains printers and test out various printer-related functionality (adding printers in AD, clients attaching to printers, printers, etc) Is there a ...
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How can I mount a hard drive as read-only on Windows XP?

I recently had reason to move a hard drive from a computer that blew up to another computer for the purpose of recovering data. Under the (unfortunate) circumstances, both the donor and the recipient ...
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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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Connecting to MySQL from PHP is extremely slow

I just did a fresh install of XAMPP. When first opening PHPMyAdmin I noticed it was extremely slow. It didn't make sense that on localhost it should take almost 5 seconds for every page to open. I ...
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Powershell - Retrieve current domain user's full name

Using Powershell, how can I get the currently logged on domain user's full name? Not only its username. Thanks EDIT: without the need of the activedirectory module!
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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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How often should you defrag a Server?

Have a few servers and they have not been de-fragmented for two years. Is there a standard for what percentage should be fragmented before defragmenting? The servers are Windows 2003.
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How can I increase the size of a Windows 2003 NTFS partition?

I have a very important server running Windows Server 2003 and my System partition is becoming too small, it's slowing down the machine. I have already tried all the cleaning stuff and transferring ...
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Who restarted my Windows server? [duplicate]

Is it possible on Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 machines to see which user rebooted the server? I have found the shutdown event in the System event log, but it does not show which user initiated the ...
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How do I stop IIS from starting up when I turn Windows on? [closed]

I am running Windows 7 and I have installed IIS. I do not want IIS to start automatically when I turn on my computer. How do I change this? Is there a setting in IIS manager? I have looked around in ...
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Free SSL VPN client

What is the best free SSL VPN client that works on 64 and 32 bit windows clients?
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What are the pros/cons of blocking a program from running in %appdata%, %temp%, etc.?

While researching ways to prevent CryptoLocker, I saw a forum post that advised using Group Policy Objects (GPO) and/or antivirus software to block run access in the following locations: %appdata% ...
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Can I completely remove the Windows DNS in favour of BIND9 in an AD network?

I would like to remove the DNS feature of Windows Domain Controllers and point the DNS servers to our BIND9 servers. I know it's possible to setup coexistence but this requires a number of extra ...
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How can I query my system via command line to see if a KB patch is installed?

I'm looking to find out if a KB is installed via command line.
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Prevent execution of Windows executables

Is there any way to tell Windows (XP and above) not to execute files (*.exe files), which are present in drives/folders other than certain folders, that I mention? In short I want executables from ...
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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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Workaround for when windows scheduled tasks fails when user changes their password

When a users password changes that users scheduled tasks will fail unless you change the password associated with that task. This is a problem for me as I have a small script that gets run by a ...
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\Program Files vs. \Program Files (x86) in 64-Bit Windows

What are reasons to have separate folders besides to easily distinguish 32 bit images from 64 bit images?
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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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Install an antivirus on a web server, is this a good idea?

I just got a dedicated server with Windows 2008 Standard Edition and am trying to do the necessary configuration to run my web app on it. Was wondering, is it a good idea to install an antivirus on ...
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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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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 do I get SQL Server to release its memory?

I know SQL likes RAM, but releases it when Windows asks. I know this is how SQL is supposed to work. But I have a Windows Administrator who isn't convinced that SQL will actually return the RAM, and ...
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Windows Appending Domain Suffix To All Lookups

I have a reoccurring DNS problem that has been plaguing our users occasionally causing their laptops to appended our companies domain to the end of all DNS queries. The problem only occurs when users ...
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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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Which media was used to install Windows 7

I need to find out if a deployment of Windows 7 to a network was done with OEM, Retail, Volume or VL (VLK) media. I need to know which product was used in case it is what is causing some licensing ...
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How do I passively monitor the Windows Event Log?

How can I monitor the Windows Event Log remotely such that I will be informed automatically when certain events occur? There are plenty of active monitoring solutions, but they require human ...
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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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How to install Windows Updates from command-line

Is it possible to install windows updates from the command-line? The graphical update tool doesn't seem to work so well in Windows 7. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't... My problem is that I ...
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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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In a multi-domain forest, what EXACTLY happens when some, but not all, of the Infrastructure Masters are on Global Catalogs?

There are plenty of TechNet articles, like this one that say that phantom object don't get updated if an Infrastructure Master is also a Global Catalog, but other than that there isn't a lot of in ...
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Automatic shutdown when idle?

We have about 600 Windows XP PCs in a school of about 2000 students, the majority of the PCs are in ICT suites and class rooms. It is a regular occurance that half of the computers are left on ...
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How do you estimate how much memory to buy?

I have a custom server application that runs on Windows 2008 R2. It is a home grown Windows Service written in .Net supporting a number of custom terminals. I have a test machine that has a similar ...
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Cross platform support for network attached USB hubs?

I am looking at network-attached USB hubs in order to run licensed software in a virtualized environment when hardware dongles are required. Are there any solutions that will work with both Linux and ...