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Questions tagged [windows-server-2008]

Windows Server 2008 is a Microsoft server operating system released in February 2008. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003 and is based on the Windows Vista codebase. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2008 R2. This tag should only be used for questions related to Windows Server 2008. If ...

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100% uptime for a web application

We received an interesting "requirement" from a client today. They want 100% uptime with off-site failover on a web application. From our web application's viewpoint, this isn't an issue. It was ...
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How to assign permissions to ApplicationPoolIdentity account

In IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008, application pools can be run as the "ApplicationPoolIdentity" account instead of the NetworkService account. How do I assign permissions to this "...
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Any benefit or detriment from removing a pagefile on an 8 GB RAM machine?

I'm running Windows 7 on a dual core, x64 AMD with 8 GB RAM. Do I even need a page file? Will removing it help or hurt performance? Would it make a difference if this is a server or a desktop? ...
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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 Often Do Windows Servers Need to be Restarted?

A little background: We have several Windows servers (2003, 2008) for our department. We're a division of IT so we manage our own servers. Of the four of us here I'm the only one with a slight amount ...
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Windows Server restart / shutdown history

How can I easily see a history of every time my Windows Server has restarted or shutdown and the reason why, including user-initiated, system-initiated, and system crashed? The Windows Event Log is ...
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Is a VM with 2 CPUs really faster than one with 4 CPUs?

Our IT created a VM with 2 CPUs allocated rather than the 4 I requested. Their reason is that the VM performs better with 2 CPUs rather than 4 (according to them). The rationale is that the VM ...
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How can I get a list of shared directories on local Windows server?

If I have a Windows server (typically 2000, 2003 or 2008), is there a simple way to list all local directories shared on that server? I can find the shares themselves easily enough, but I would love ...
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Windows 2008: WinSXS directory growing uncontrollably, blocking server

I run a (remotely hosted) virtual Server with Windows 2008 Server for a client. Initially, it had 10 GB of space. During the course of a few weeks - during which nothing was done on the machine ...
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What's the difference between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2?

What are the major differences between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2? Are the code bases for these OSes different? If I'm developing applications for any one of these three, should I be ...
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How to inspect remote SMTP server's TLS certificate?

We have an Exchange 2007 server running on Windows Server 2008. Our client uses another vendor's mail server. Their security policies require us to use enforced TLS. This was working fine until ...
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Removing an (apparently) infinitely recursive folder

Somehow, one of our old Server 2008 (not R2) boxes has developed a seemingly infinitely-recursing folder. This is playing havock with our backups, as the backup agent tries to recurse down into the ...
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Disable password complexity rule in Active Directory

Where do I go to disable the password complexity policy for the domain? I've logged onto the domain controller (Windows Server 2008) and found the option in local policies which is of course locked ...
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PowerShell? Do you use it? Can you show me some cool system administration things I can do with it? [closed]

I keep reading everywhere that PowerShell is the way of the future. When it was first released I did a whole bunch of virtual labs, but since then I still haven't used it in a production environment. ...
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IIS7: can't set host name on site with SSL cert and port 443

Consider a Win 2008 SP2 machine with IIS7. The task is to apply a certificate and host name to the one and only Site on this machine. The site's host headers need to be abc.123.example.com The first ...
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Windows 2008 ignores Gratuitous ARP requests

We recently saw an issue after a fail over of our router where our Windows 2008 Boxes didn't start talking to the primary router after fail-back. When we did some digging they still had the ARP ...
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Your system administrator does not allow the use of saved credentials to log on to the remote computer

At our office, all of our Windows 7 Clients get this error message when we try and RDP to a remote Windows 2008 Server outside of the office: Your system administrator does not allow the user of ...
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“ipv6 equivalent” of 192.168.x.x (configuring a static ipv6 address)

Background: I have a windows 2008 machine and I want to make it a Domain Controller in a test domain made of two virtual machines. dcpromo pops up a warning if IP addresses for the machine are not ...
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Do you run antivirus on your Windows servers?

Here's an argument that I've had at over a dozen companies: Should you install an antivirus client on your Windows servers? Obviously, you should not install AV on your SQL Server. I think there is ...
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Should I install Windows Management Framework 3.0?

I'm posting this as a BIG CAVEAT to everyone. I know it's not a standard Q&A, but I think this is something every Windows admin should know. There is a very real risk of falling into Big Troubles. ...
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Find out who disabled a Windows service

I was doing some fault finding, and I've discovered two services which should be set to automatic have been set to disabled. What is the best way to find out who did this? It could be someone from ...
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Setting Low Disk Space Alerts on Windows Server 2008

I was wondering if there is an easy way to trigger an e-mail alert on Windows Server 2008 when any logical disk partitions become low on space. I have 2 SQL servers that have come close to running ...
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Logging in as the same user multiple times in Remote Desktop Windows Server 2008

Quick question: I have a situation where I need to let multiple people on different PCs log into one server 2008 machine as administrator simultaneously over remote desktop. I have the CALs for it, it'...
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Windows\Temp large amounts of cab_XXXX files

Couple of servers that have been rebuilt recently are hitting warnings on C:\ drive usage. Looking at the disk there are GBs of data in Windows\Temp being used up by cab_XXXX_X (e.g. cab_5328_2). ...
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Overcoming maximum file path length restrictions in Windows

One of our customers habitually use very long path names (several nested folders, with long names) and we routinely encounter "user education issues" in order to shorten the path to less than 260 ...
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How to increase memory usage in MySQL Server to improve speed?

I have a Windows 2008 server with 8GB of RAM running IIS7 and MySQL. I've been tracking the memory, cpu and disk usage on the server and I found out that MySQL is using only 250MB of RAM, keeping the ...
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Cheapest iSCSI SAN for Windows 2008/SQL Server clustering?

Are there any production-quality iSCSI SANs suitable for use with Windows Server 2008/SQL Server for failover clustering? So far, I've only seen Dell's MD3000i, and HP's MSA 2000 (2012i), which both ...
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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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Equivalent of LogRotate for Windows?

We have a huge logfile being written by a vendor's application. Let's assume the vendor won't do anything that we ask. Is there any way of rotating that logfile? We're looking at about 300 MB an hour ...
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How to enable TLS 1.1, 1.2 in IIS 7.5

We want to support web browsers utilizing TLS 1.1 and 1.2, which has been apparently implemented by Microsoft, but is turned off by default. So I went searching on Google and discovered some pages ...
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Active Directory Health Checks

I've had some Active Directory troubles lately was was wondering what checks I could do on a regular basis I could do to ensure everything is working optimally?
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How to install Active Directory Users and Computers for Windows 2008

I want to install the administration tools on a Windows Server 2008 (R1) machine. On Windows 2003 you installed adminpak.msi, but I can't find such a file for 2008. Is this a "feature" in Server ...
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“Peaky” CPU Usage on Domain Controllers

We have two Windows Server 2008 SP2 (sadly not 2008 R2) Domain Controllers in a small 150 client domain that are exhibiting very "peaky" CPU usage. The Domain Controllers both exhibit the same ...
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Enable Ping in Windows Server Firewall?

I've just installed Windows Server 2008 on a server and I'm able to connect through Remote Desktop but can't ping. Do I need to open an special port on the firewall to be able to ping a server?
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How do I determine what my DHCP server is?

I have a sad network left behind by some careless administrators - I am in the process of figuring out exactly what services are running where, not excluding the possibility that some services are ...
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How to stop brute force attacks on Terminal Server (Win2008R2)?

I'm more familiar with Linux tools to stop brute force attacks, so I'm having trouble finding suitable tools for Windows. I'm running a Windows Server 2008 R2 with Terminal Server, and I'd like to ...
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Windows Server 2008: specifying the default IP address when NIC has multiple addresses

I have a Windows Server which has ~10 IP addresses statically bound. The problem is I don't know how to specify the default IP address. Sometimes when I assign a new address to the NIC, the default ...
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How to set ExecutionPolicy: access to registry key denied

I'm running Windows Server 2008 as admin and I tried to set ExecutionPolicy as Remotesigned for PowerShell v2 like this: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned But I got this error: Set-ExecutionPolicy : ...
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Is it possible to configure the location of “Temporary ASP.NET Files” folder in IIS?

Under IIS7.5 after switching pool identity to domain user I got this error: "The current identity (domain\username) does not have write access to 'C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\...
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What is Windows equivalent to Puppet/chef? [closed]

Does windows have an equivalent to puppet/chef for configuration management?
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How to create a service running a .bat file on Windows 2008 Server?

I've created the service using sc create myService binpath=myservice.bat But when I start it, it fails with the following error message: [SC] StartService FAILED 1053: The service did not ...
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IIS 7 Still Serving old SSL Certificate

I installed a new SSL certificate into IIS7, removed the old certificate and setup the bindings for the new certificate - so https is now bound to the new certificate only. I restarted IIS7 (and the ...
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Remote Desktop keeps asking me to accept a Certificate?

i'm using Remote Desktop on Windows 7 RC1, connecting to a Windows 2008 server. Everytime i start a connection, i get the following popup window :- The certificate problem makes sense -> it was ...
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How do I turn off IE's protected mode in Windows 2008 R2?

How do I turn off IE's protected mode in Windows 2008 R2? I'm building development servers, and it is just getting in the way.
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Weird memory usage in Windows Server 2008 R2

I hope someone can help. We've got a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine with 16GB of RAM that keeps getting all its available memory eaten by something. Nothing in Task Manager or Resource Monitor reveals ...
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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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Is there a windows equivalent to chroot?

On a *nix system I can use a chroot to isolate two 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 two ...
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Change TeamCity IP address and port number on multi-homed Windows Server 2008 running IIS 7

After two full days of "research" (read: banging my head against my keyboard) and cursing at TeamCity/MSDN/Tomcat documentation as well as phantom IIS bindings, I've come up with an answer to a very ...
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Does it make sense to use Windows Active Directory in a small group of say less than six users/ computers?

For a (very) small company would using Windows server with AD be overkill - why not just use it as a file/ print server, administration server from which to access all machines on the network via ...
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IIS FTP Server works locally, but cannot connect from remote

I'm trying to setup an FTP server on Windows 2008 Server. I can connect locally: C:\>ftp localhost Connected to WebHead1 220 Microsoft FTP Service However, when I try to connect from remote, it ...