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How to identify who/what uses a Windows 2003 server?

This is not a dumb question, it's a great question and I'm glad that you're asking. Human processes Make sure that you've reviewed all documentation, talked to the greybeards, and have sign-off from ...
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How to identify who/what uses a Windows 2003 server?

Power it off and see who screams, and about what. Seriously, it is the best way. Even checking logs will only get you so far, because you'll only see activities that are logged. EDIT: To head off ...
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Storage issues: Prolonging the life of a legacy Compaq ML370

I totally don't want to discount the rest of your question, but the path of least resistance is to replace the failed disks. When dealing with legacy equipment, there may be a temptation to devise ...
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Is there a way to run PsExec specifying a user name and password (-u -p) when running as Local System?

After starting your first instance of PSEXEC.EXE as the LocalSystem account, include the local computer's IP address in the command to start your second PSEXEC instance, like this: PSEXEC.EXE \\...
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Is there a way to disable "check online for updates from windows update" in windows update settings?

There are settings in the Server 2008/2012 policies that aren't accessible on your 2003 server I believe, such as "Do not connect to any Windows Update Internet locations" under the Computer settings ...
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File server migration using Robocopy

The command you mentioned is fine and almost reaches the goal you've set. If you really would like to perform the 1:1 migration, I would suggest you to consider following options: robocopy "\\Source ...
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Error promoting 2012 R2 server to domain controller on 2003 domain

You might be surprised by the response that you get from Microsoft support, since this problem seems to not be so much about supporting Server 2003, as it is about a roadblock that's preventing you ...
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Best way to monitor Windows server?

Event Log Consolidator View, consolidate, and dismiss event logs and correlate issues across multiple systems Tired of having to open Event Viewer and connect to each Windows system to see its event ...
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Cannot add a 2012 server to a 2003 domain as it says forrest functional level is 2003 but domains and trusts shows it as 2003

Forest and Domain are two separate things. Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts MMC. Right-click on the top node in the tree (Active Directory Domains and Trusts [yourdc]) and pick "Raise ...
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How to identify who/what uses a Windows 2003 server?

For users who are authenticating against the server with LDAP (file shares, print shares, etc.) you can use the "Shares & Sessions" snap-in in mmc to identify users who are connected with open ...
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SQL Server Windows Authentication fails after tonight's security updates: The login is from an untrusted domain

check if your DC installed the update KB3002657 tonight. see http://support2.microsoft.com/?kbid=3002657 I had the same issue. Deinstalling this update solved the problem for me.
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Number of important Windows Updates

I am not sure if it is possible to find the number of pending important updates. But in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\UAS there is a Key called UpdateCount ...
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Number of important Windows Updates

There are 4 registry keys that will let you know if there are pending updates. HopelessN00b was on the right track, though you have to go up one level to see the keys. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\...
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Virtualized Server 2003 vs Server 2008 R2 file transfer rate differences?

The reason is most likely that Sever 2003 R2 uses SMB 1.0, While Server 2008 R2 uses SMB 2.1. The linked article there has a table which shows what version of the protocol you'll be able to use with ...
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Cannot add a 2012 server to a 2003 domain as it says forrest functional level is 2003 but domains and trusts shows it as 2003

Rob, the other two answers are correct. I think you have missed the difference between where you are clicking. See the screen shots below. Forest: Right Click at the very top Domain: Right click on ...
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recommendation for virtualizing 3 SMB servers

When it comes to spec the servers, namely their storage part, you will definetely need to get as much info about you current infrastructure as possible. The best method to collect such information is ...
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The MySQL service is in the status "starting" on windows

I saved by accident my configuration "my.ini" using "UTF8 with BOM". After changed the charset to "UTF-8" (or ASCII) it's working again. Try an editor other than notepad, in visual studio code I was ...
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How do I determine what my DHCP server is?

One can also list all of the authorized DHCP servers in the domain by issuing the command, e.g. if you need to have it inventoried via script: netsh dhcp show server There is also a way to view all ...
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"Preparing Paste Information" when copying files on server using RDP

You can prevent this from happening by making sure you are not sharing drives via your RDP connection. When connecting to a server via RDP: Click Show Options Go to the Local Resources tab Click ...
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Backup and Restore DHCP

It is possible, as outlined in this technet article. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn495425.aspx This guide describes the steps for migrating existing DHCP server settings to a ...
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Has March 2015 Patch Tuesday broken 2003 shares?

Uninstalling update KB 3002657 worked for me. We were getting authentication prompts/failed authentication in Outlook when trying to connect to the exchange server. Uninstalled the update from the ...
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File not found when using PHP

<form method="post" action="C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\Drop2.php"> C:\ is not a URL, it's a path. <form method="post" action="Drop2.php"> would be better, assuming the files are in the same ...
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How can I check the expiry details for many SSL certificates deployed on Windows 2008/2012 servers

Get-ChildItem cert:\LocalMachine\My will list all of the machine certificates installed. to do the same to a remote server, use remoting: Invoke-Command -ComputerName $servername -ScriptBlock {Get-...
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How to find out who deleted Event Viewer logs

In Windows 2003, when the Security log is cleared a new event is automatically written to it that contains the information you're looking for. Example: Event ID: 517 Source: Security The audit log ...
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How to remove a failed DC from AD?

First, you failed here: Inserted new harddisk, Imported Acronics image backup of server2 into server1. DON'T DO THAT. Get a Windows 2003 installation CD and install from scratch. Join it to the ...
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There is no Domain Controller in Add/Remove role

Do not use Add/Remove Wizard to remove Active Directory/Domain Controller services. Use dcpromo command instead.
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Mapped Network Drive with SMB1 and Windows 10

I wrestled with this one today. The main points were: Enable SMB1 support (run -> optionalfeatures -> SMB 1.0/CIFS File sharing support -> Client) and disable the Automatic removal feature. ...
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Does a Required Restart for Windows Update log an event? If so what is the source/id?

This is the event you are looking for, down the keyword it triggers. I believe it is safe to assume it will be identical on all Windows systems at least as old as Windows 7 or newer. PS:I hope this ...
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Schedule reboot at the specified time

I know this doesn't solve your whole problem but for versions of Windows Server since 2008, and in cases where you only need the server to reboot once, you don't need to bother with scheduled tasks. ...
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how do i find application name using GUID from error in event viewer on Windows Server 2003?

Open up regedit and search for the key under: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{DF540FFA-D787-4FDF-82E4-4BD5C1302F23} And the default key should provide you a user friendly name.

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