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What is Active Directory Domain Services and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). What is Active Directory? What does it do and how does it work? How is Active Directory organized: Forest, Child ...
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How to Configure Windows Machine to Allow File Sharing with DNS Alias

What process is necessary to configure a Windows environement to allow me to use DNS CNAME to reference servers? I want to do this so that I can name my servers something like SRV001, but still have ...
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How can I connect to a Windows server using a Command Line Interface? (CLI)

Especially with the option to install Server Core in Server 2008 and above, connecting to Windows servers over a CLI is increasingly useful ability, if not one that's very widespread amongst Windows ...
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How do I tell if my Windows server is swapping?

I'm using Process Explorer to monitor my windows server while it reconstructs some data. It's primarily a CPU intensive process, but I want to make sure it's not swapping. How can I tell if it is ...
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What should the order of DNS servers be for an AD Domain Controller and Why?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory DNS Settings. Related: What is Active Directory and how does it work? Assuming an environment with multiple domain controllers ...
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How is Windows Server different from regular Windows?

I can run IIS on a normal installation, what is so different about windows server?
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What should I name my Active Directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows AD Domain naming recommendations There are a lot of really screwed up configurations out there, because people didn't take a minute to sit down and think about ...
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Boot and Install Windows from a USB thumb drive

Installing Windows from a thumb drive is vastly superior to burning a copy to a DVD which will fill some landfill somewhere with toxic stuff. Not to mention it's about 50x faster to install Windows ...
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How do I know if I'm working on a Virtual Machine or not?

Is there a way to know if the Windows machine I'm working on is virtual or physical? (I'm connecting with RDP to the machine. If it's a virtual machine it is working and handled by VMWare).
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Windows Event Log - email notification

Is there an easy way to send an email when a particular severity of event from a particular service hits the Windows server event log? This is on Windows Server 2003, if it makes a difference. n.b. ...
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What's the best way to move c:\users to d:\users under vista/W7 [closed]

I just installed Windows 7 RC1 and want to move c:\users to d:\users. What's the best way to do this? Due to the fact that Windows 7 creates a reserved partition that is mounted as C: in the ...
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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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What are the popular (free?) options for application deployment?

I manage a small school network with about 150 machines. I am looking for an easy way to deploy software to all the machines without having to visit each one. I've used Symantec Ghost to get the ...
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Run a .bat file in a scheduled task without a window

I have a scheduled task that starts a batch script that runs robocopy every hour. Every time it runs a window pops up on the desktop with robocopy's output, which I don't really want to see. I ...
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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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Using ICACLS to set permissions on user directories

I'm trying to reset permissions on user directories and having a bit of trouble with the last step of my script. My script basically takes ownership of the entire user directory, resets the ...
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How to sleep in a batch file?

How to pause execution for a while in a Windows batch file between a command and the next one?
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Do I really need MS Active Directory?

I manage a shop of arround 30 machines and 2 terminal servers (one production, one standby.) Should I really deploy Active Directory in our network? Are there any really benefits, that could ballance ...
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Is there an equivalent of SU for Windows

Is there a way (when logged in as an administrator, or as a member of the administrators group) to masquerade as a non-privileged user? Especially in an AD environment. e.g., in the Unix world I ...
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Server health monitoring software [closed]

Hey all! I am looking for some software to monitor the health status of our servers. Our environment is a pretty typical mix of HP/Dell running Microsoft Server and VMware vSphere. We are currently ...
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Windows networking performance (SMB/CIFS)

Are there registry settings or other settings available to tune Windows networking (SMB/CIFS) performance? I'm trying to get maximum throughput for large file copy operations but any settings would ...
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How can an unauthenticated user access a windows share?

I have a directory shared on my computer, which is part of the domain. Is it possible to set up the share so that a user logged on to a different machine which is not part of the domain can access my ...
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Ban IP address based on X number of unsuccessful login attempts?

Is it possible to ban an IP address after X number of unsuccessful login attempts to a Windows Server? Not to a particular account, which I know how to do, but to the whole machine. We get hit pretty ...
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Which permissions/rights does a user need to have WMI access on remote machines?

I'm writing a monitoring service that uses WMI to get information from remote machines. Having local admin rights on all these machines is not possible for political reasons. Is this possible? What ...
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What are good tools to show disk usage (for Windows)? [closed]

I like to use TreeSize and WinDirStat. What else is out there, and why should I use it?
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Free automatic deployment systems?

Are there any free systems for deploying new applications across a Windows network? e.g. if I wanted to automatically install Silverlight to every PC? (Assuming a Windows network of about 150 ...
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What ways there are to backup repositories for Windows VisualSVN?

At this moment we are using Visual SVN and we are backing up the entire repositories directory for visual svn. This backs up the entire data for each repository inside our svn engine. I am curious ...
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How can I have a Linux machine join a Windows Domain?

Sorry if I am misusing terms here; I actually don't know much about Active Directory and the related technologies. Basically I have a Linux computer and I'd like it (or my user on that computer) to ...
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Does fail2ban do Windows?

Can anyone recommend a fail2ban-like tool for a Windows OS? I've got a couple of Windows Media servers that get hammered with brute force authentication attempts. I would like to plug these ...
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what's the syntax for Accessing smb/windows shares via alternative ports?

when port forwarding on my router for port 139 to port 139 of my linux-smb based NAS is enabled running a simple \computername.dynamicipserviceX.com\sharename on windows works. However when set to any ...
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SSH / SCP Server on Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good SSH server to use on Windows? Can anyone on the SF community recommend a trustworthy/easy to set up SCP server for windows. I do not want to go through ...
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Can I safely uninstall “Citrix Tools for Virtual Machines”?

Having several virtual servers with Windows 2008 R2 at our web hoster (Germany's "1&1", they seem to use Citrix Xen), I have every now and then some servers that hang (RDP login screen hangs ...
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How do I grant start/stop/restart permissions on a service to an arbitrary user or group on a non-domain-member server?

We have a suite of Windows Services running on our servers which perform a bunch of automated tasks independently of one another, with the exception of one service which looks after the other ...
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What is Group Policy and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Group Policy Basics What is Group Policy? How does it work and why should I use it? Note: This is a Question & Answer to new ...
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Finegrained performance reporting on svchost.exe

This is something that's always bothered me, so I'll ask the Server Fault community. I love Process Explorer for keeping track of more than just the high-level tasks you get in the Task Manager. But ...
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How to zero fill a virtual disk's free space on windows for better compression?

How to zero fill a virtual disk's free space on windows for better compression? I would like a simple open source tool (or at least free) for that. It should probably write an as big as possible file ...
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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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Recommendations for automatic computer inventory [closed]

For someone looking after a small 50 Windows PC network (Mainly XP - some Vista), are there any tools that can do an automatic inventory of the network e.g. OS Memory size Hard drive type and size ...
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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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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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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 extensive is the use of Microsoft WINS nameservice these days?

I seem to recall over the years moves to try to stop the requirement of having a WINS nameservice as part of a Windows environment. My question is whether sites are still utilizing WINS or have ...
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How can I automatically restart a Windows service if it crashes?

I have a Windows service that exits unexpectedly every few days. Is there a simple way to monitor it to make sure it gets restarted quickly if it crashes?
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32-bit Windows Server address > 4GB RAM - How?

This is news to me. I was always under the impression that 32-bit OS could only address 2^32 i.e. 4GB of RAM. Period. But what's this - ...
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Fully automated software deployment and update system [closed]

My office has about 120 Windows clients. We need a way to deploy and update free/downloadable software like Flash, Firefox, Skype etc.. This means that we want our clients to always have the latest ...
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Delete temporary files from batch script in xp

I'm looking for a good batch script that would quickly find & clean all the known safe temporary folders/files from Windows (as many variants as possible) machines (e.g. the windows temp folder, ...
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ASP.NET MVC shared web hosting recommendations? (Alternatively, good Windows VPS providers?) [closed]

I am looking to deploy a small, low traffic website I've built using ASP.NET MVC that just allows it's users to fill out a form and upload a file (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt). The administration side of ...
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Windows 7 library nightmare

In our Active Directory we deploy a policy to our clients where the personal directory (My documents) is redirected to a file server of ours \\server\share\username\Documents In older systems ...
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What benefits are there to running a 64-bit Operating System?

I would like to hear community opinions on reasons to switch, to utilise, or when one should consider a x64 platform. Plus are there any additional benefits of running 64-bit Windows 7? over 64-bit ...
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Is there a specific name for the “.\” (dot-slash) shorthand used to log onto a Windows machine?

I guess the title just about says it all. And yes, .\, not that obsolete \. thing. :) For those who don't know, .\ is a shorthand way of saying "this computer"*see "footnote" in Windows at a logon ...