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Congratulations! You've come up against a problem that has stumped many a Windows user/admin. No, you cannot rename a task except for exporting, renaming and importing again. Yes, it's rather silly. Perhaps an enterprising scripter could create a simple PowerShell script that automates this, but until then, you're stuck with your export/import two-step. ...


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Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 are the same operating system, just at a different service pack level (Windows Server 2008 started at the SP1 level because it was released quite a bit after Windows Vista and SP1 was already out). Windows Server 2008 R2 is the server release of Windows 7, so it's version 6.1 of the O.S.; it introduces quite a ...


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There are several fairly easy options available for remotely managing a remote Windows Server using a command line, including a few native options. Native Options: WinRS/WinRM Windows Remote Shell/Management tool is the easiest way to remotely manage a remote Windows server in a command line utility, and as with most Windows command line utilities, ss64 ...


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Nine women are unable to produce a baby in one month. Sorry, at least for now it's impossible to glue CPUs together in VM environment. But that's an interesting idea!


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If you are looking to reboot the computer to improve performance it probably means that eventually you are running into memory management issues. Caching is Good If anything, rebooting servers would hurt performance (and uptime of course) in a more ideal environment. One of the fundamentals of performance in computing is to take advantage of caching ...


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While I would agree that there is nothing wrong with rebooting the box, per se, based on your comment that the SQL Server Agent is stopping I would advise some additional root cause analysis. Services don't typically just stop, and the SQL Server Agent services hasn't acted that way in my experience, typically. I think you'd do well, aside from rebooting, ...


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Short answer: NO, unless you really need it and you really know what you are doing. WMF 3.0 is known to be not compatible at all with Exchange Server (both 2007 and 2010), at least until further updates are released for these products; also, although this is not yet officially documented, it has been found to wreak havoc on SharePoint 2010, and to break ...


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Block RDP at the firewall. I don't know why so many people allow this. If you need to RDP to your server, setup a VPN.


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You will need to modify the group policy that is applied to the servers. Open up the Group Policy Management Console and navigate to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> System and select "Display Shutdown Event Tracker." Disable that option.


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If you want to set up an additional domain controller using a Server Core edition of Windows Server 2008 R2, you need to add the Active Directory Domain Services role to the server and then run dcpromo.exe in order to promote it to a DC in the existing domain. All of this, or course, has to be done from the command line, being it a Server Core setup. This ...


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Show the "CPU Time" column on the "Details" tab in "Task Manager" and look for a process with a CPU time count that's steadily increasing. That's your wedged process. It should be using around 4.17% CPU constantly.


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As a general alternative to this: put your script in Task Scheduler and trigger it every minute, two minutes, whatever. This is more reliable, as your process with survive reboots or script errors. Using Scheduled Tasks not only allows your process to survive reboots, as mentioned already, but can also make your task deployable to a large number of servers ...


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There are 3 Main BIOS settings in the Dell R710 that control this under Power Management: OS Control sets the CPU power to OS DBPM, the fan power to Minimum Power, and the memory power to Maximum Performance. In this setting, all processor performance information is passed from the system BIOS to the operating system for control. The operating system ...


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Use the On-Screen Keyboard (osk.exe). You can press Ctrl-Alt-Del virtually!


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you open event viewer, expand windows logs, click system then either find or filter for event ID 1074 and you will see all your shut down logs


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Ok simple way of looking at it: Windows Vista SP1 = Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista SP2 = Windows Server 2008 SP2 Windows 7 = Windows Server 2008 R2


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Go to Server Manager > Configure IE ESC (under Security Information) and disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Configuration for administrators. Alternatively (and probably safer) is to either download from a workstation and save it to a share on the server or add the site in question to the trusted sites temporarily/permanently, depending on how often ...


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Yes there is an impact. Yes it is recommended that you log off. If you don't log off, all of the resources (such as RAM) that it took to sustain your interactive user session stay in use. You keep one of two administrative connections in use so that others can't connect. What's actually recommended is to not RDP to your servers at all. This is what the ...


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A better solution would be to use Windows Server Backup. It's native to Windows Server 2008 R2 It supports full computer backups which can be used to perform bare metal restores, even to different hardware It natively uses VSS It can be used to restore individual files as well as restoring the entire computer


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Great Question. the answer is that the VolumeDirty bit is set on the volume, which (I have to assume) is checked during bootup. Probably similar to the way it's checked when a flash drive is inserted and one gets the popup that says Scan or Continue Without Scanning. I once tried to come up with a way to schedule a chkdsk for an automated server that had ...


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My Mac clients RDC to a Windows 2008R2, each client has their own USB printer....each rep wants their own printer. For the love of $DIETY, do not allow this to happen on your watch. Here's why. In our environment we have between 350 and 400 workstations. We have about 220 devices that have printing functionality. About 90 of the these devices are tried and ...


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Advanced System Settings, on the Advanced tab click the Performance/Settings button. Advanced System Settings can be reached by right clicking My Computer and choosing Properties or from Server Manager by clicking the Change System properties link. JR


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As of Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is no longer shipping 32-bit versions of their Server operating systems. Yes, this does indeed put a maximum version limit on 32-bit only hardware! We can't upgrade our Domain Controllers to R2 because of this, we need new hardware for it. Those old Pentium 4's won't handle 64-bit.


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Reboot. Changes to Schannel settings do not take effect until the system is rebooted.


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Sometimes you have to take a step back... The cause of this was I had a Html.RenderAction() in my view that called an action method that was marked with the [Authorize] attribute.


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@KCotreau: Your method is no guarantee that the server won't get hung up on the shutdown. It may seem more likely that it will reboot successfully but I doubt there's any data to support that supposition. If you want to make absolutley sure that you can remotely reboot a server and recover it if it hangs, you need remotely controlled power and an IP kvm. ...


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As far as I can tell, these is no "official" Microsoft supported way of doing this. There are two options. One involves deleting c:\$Recycle.Bin and the other is scripting cleanmgr.exe to run at each user logon. The closest thing to "official" support for deleting c:\$Recycle.bin is from this MS KB, which references XP and Vista, but implies the expected ...


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The General Case: use $LATEST_VERSION unless you have a specific need not to. You almost certainly fall into the general case, even more so since you lack "legacy" anything to hold you back. It's true there could be unknown "issues" with 2012; but considering 2012 is mostly an incremental change to 2008R2, and the relatively extensive testing already ...


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When I've had occasion to do this, the way I've effectively disabled log off (and shutdown/restart) is by doing three things. Use GPOs or local security policies (or a registry setting) to remove the logoff option available through the Ctrl+Alt+Del menu. To remove the option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del menu, you need to navigate to User Configuration -> ...


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Your system I assume is still up, so the best thing to do is make an immediate backup, dump the disks/array, rebuild, and restore from the backup. Bad blocks don't always mean your backups are also bad. If you haven't experienced any performance problems or damaged files, then your backups should still be complete enough to finish a restore. To test, take ...



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