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Booting a native Windows install in Virtualbox: is it possible? [closed]

I am looking for something similiar to Bootcamp. Currently, I run Ubuntu Maveric as my primary operating system and run Windows 7 in Virtualbox. For some tasks, however, running Windows virtualized ...
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How to properly remove lingering objects when -strict has been set on a large number of DCs for a long time?

I was recently in an environment where there were 120 domain controllers in over 100 sites around the world. This domain began in the Windows 2000 era and was upgraded over time, so strict replication ...
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How do you manage Java in your Windows/Active Directory environment?

Like I suppose a lot of people, we have a Windows/Active Directory environment and a lot of internal line of business apps that require Java. Our experience is that Java does not play nice in such a ...
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Re-mount USB device after removal on Windows

From time to time I eject a USB device, generally a memory stick or external HDD, when I think I have finished transferring data only to realise there's something else I need to do with it. Normally ...
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Troubleshooting Network Speeds — The Age Old Inquiry

I'm looking for help with what I'm sure is an age old question. I've found myself in a situation of yearning to understand network throughput more clearly, but I can't seem to find information that ...
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VHD network file transfer fails consistently at 4GB

This issue has been extremely frustrating for us: when transferring a large VHD (virtual hard disk) file from a Windows 7 machine over the network to a physical Windows Server 2008 machine at our ...
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Check that a given user has a given privilege

Given a pair of a user and a privilege I need to determine if a user has the privilege on the server. The following is true in my setup: The server is a part of a domain but not a domain controller ...
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What are some good, free “virtual machine” apps? [closed]

I've been out of the virtual machine market for a while. Back in 2005, I used Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 (not free) and the current version of VMWare (not free). What are some good, free solutions? ...
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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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Schedule reboot at the specified time

How to schedule a Windows server to reboot at a specified time? It's about a Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
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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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Speeding up launch of Amazon EC2 Windows instances

I'm working on a Web service which is hosted on EC2 and needs to have a varying number of instances running, depending on load. We have the basic service up and running, but one of the things we're ...
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Get IP addresses and Computer Names in the Same Network

What is the command that can be used to get the IP address and the names of the computers that are located in the same network? I am running Windows
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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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How can a standard Windows user change their password from the command line?

On Windows Server 2008 R2, I have a standard (non-administrator) local user (not an Active Directory account, though the server is in a domain) who has access to the server only via PowerShell ...
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Mercurial (hg) with active directory

Can I setup Mercurial to authenticate users on Active Directory? In my case, hg can run on Windows, Linux or FreeBSD, but I need to use AD users. Note: if it is possible, then please point me to a ...
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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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Reducing NetBIOS noise in a 50-seat, 30-server organisation

We are a development shop where all 50-odd workstation computers run Windows 7 SP1 and most of our 20-30 servers are Server 2008 R2 or Server 2008 (there are a few scragglers still on Server 2003). We ...
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Can MS Certificate Services be a Subordinate to CA created with OpenSSL

I want to setup a enterprise certification authority for my domain. So I can issue certificates for various purposes. I would like to follow the best practice of having an offline CA as the root, ...
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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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On Windows: is it safe to do a robocopy in order to clone the system?

Let me start by giving a bit of a background. On Linux systems, I frequently rely on the fact that as long as I can get all files over from one hard drive to another, and as long as I fix up the boot ...
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How can we remotely administer our “fleet” of Windows 7 laptops?

I'm working with a startup that's teaching kids to program. We've just obtained our first "fleet" of laptops - half a dozen refurbished thinkpads running Windows 7 - and I'm looking for the best way ...
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How to Monitor Bandwidth usage in real terms

I have a small (windows) network with a few people on it. We have internet access via a BT router Generally things are all fine, but occasionally, we seem to experience a dramatic loss of bandwidth....
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How is route automatic metric calculated on Windows 7?

KB299540 explains how Windows XP automatically assign metrics to IP routes: The following table outlines the criteria that is used to assign metrics for routes that are bound to network interfaces ...
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What registry entries should be changed upon a fresh installation of windows?

I used to work at Best Buy tech bench (pre Geek Squad, either way glad to be done there) and we had a great little batch file which tweaked registry entries for all new computers. I have lost this ...
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What is a reasonable maintenance schedule for Windows PCs?

I am in charge of maintaining around 25 PCs with various versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8). I was thinking something along the following lines: Every 4–6 months: Take an image of the system ...
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Which is faster, and why: transferring several small files or few large files?

I soon will have a folder with thousands of files, each file on the order of a few KB. I will need to transfer these across a Windows network from one UNC share to another. In general, is it faster ...
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What is the windows command line command to copy files?

What is the windows command prompt command to copy files? I need to move a file from location A to location B. Also if the folder for location B doesn't' exists I want to have it created. I need ...
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Why can I login to a box even if the AD Domain controller is down?

Scenario: While my DC is running, I log into an arbitrary machine. I stop the DC I log off the arbitrary machine. Let's bounce it for good measure, too. When the machine comes back up, I can still ...
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How do print servers work?

This is more of a conceptual question than a question about an actual setup in practice. Let's say I have a network printer, a print server (server A) and workstations B and C that will use the print ...
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How to force Windows to prompt for credentials while accessing share

By default when I access some computer's share ( typing \\hostname in Windows Explorer ) Windows passes credential of my current user. It prompts for credentials only when current user's credentials ...
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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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System degredation - does Windows slow down over time?

I am having a small squabble at work with our admin regarding a colleague's laptop. The laptop is bordering on unusable. The admin tidied up some temp directories and defragged the HDD a few months ...
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Windows 7 or Server 2008 Show running time for a Process

Is there any simple way to show how long a specific PID instance has been active?
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Removing old computers on a domain

The Windows Domain I manage has hundreds of computer names which I don't recognise and I'd like to remove old ones which aren't in use before trying to track down the misnamed ones. Is there someway ...
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How practical is it to authenticate a Linux server against AD?

We utilise both Windows and Linux server at our software development company. One of the friction points with this setup is that we don't have a single sign-on solution. Being more of a Microsoft ...
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How do I increase windows service startup timeout

I have migrated software to a very slow sever. Some software services refuses to startup because of system timeout. How do I increase timeout from default 30 sec.(?) to several minutes? Thank you in ...
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How do I change the default location for a users home directory in Vista?

I would like to move the default location of my c:\Users\USERNAME to another drive. What is the easiest way to do this and how? I know that I can move each of my "Special Folders" like Documents, ...
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Permanently mount network share without the need for log on? (Windows)

On a Windows 2008 R2 Server (Standard) I need to have a network drive mounted without having a specific user to log on to the machine first. Sort of like an NFS mount via fstab on Unix machines. The ...
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Has anyone found a (eg bash) shell terminal for Windows as good as the OS X one?

I am mostly using 'git-bash' which came with the Windows install of Git vcs. I think it is the same one that comes with Cygwin. It works fine technically but the UI sucks: have to right-click the ...
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Real time monitoring of MS Windows servers and their services

We have a bunch of large HDTVs in our monitoring office keeping an eye on all of our production equipment. We are monitoring: Cisco routers HP switches HP proliant servers Windows 2003 IIS SQL ...
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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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What should I consider to secure SVN on Windows? [closed]

Currently I am using VisualSVN Server and it's only accessible on my home network. Eventually there will be others accessing it, but for now it's just me and I would like to be able to go down to the ...
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Managing CBS.log files on Windows 2008R2?

Whilst auditing disk space on our Windows 2008R2 farm we noticed that some servers had quite large C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log files (~1.5GB). I was under the impression that this particular log file ...
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Windows 2008 R2 CA and auto-enrollment: how to get rid of >100,000 issued certificates?

The basic problem I'm having is that I have >100,000 useless machine certificates cluttering up my CA, and I'd like to delete them, without deleting all certs, or time jumping the server ahead, and ...
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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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How can I back up my recommendation to NOT disable the Windows Firewall service?

I know from direct personal experience that disabling the Windows Firewall service on post-XP systems can lead to all sorts of networking problems, and that the proper way of disabling it is by ...
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How do I PXE boot multiple Windows 7 desktops off the same image?

Some years ago in my uni days I recall that the uni labs booted windows nt over the network. There was a shared drive for your own stuff, and other than that any changes you did to the running OS were ...
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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 ...