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Hi, I need to transfer Active Directory roles from a server with Windows Server 2003 to another server with Windows Server 2003 R2.
Basically I am following this:

I completed step 1 (transfer Schema Master Role).
I cannot complete step 2 (transfer Domain Naming Master Roles).
The error I get is:

The transfer of the operation master role cannot be performed because: The requested FMSO operation failed. The current FSMO holder could not be reached"

This is the output of dcdiag:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.COMPANY>dcdiag

Domain Controller Diagnosis

Performing initial setup:
   Done gathering initial info.

Doing initial required tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site\SERVER2
      Starting test: Connectivity
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site\SERVER2
      Starting test: Replications
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Replications
      Starting test: NCSecDesc
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test NCSecDesc
      Starting test: NetLogons
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test NetLogons
      Starting test: Advertising
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Advertising
      Starting test: KnowsOfRoleHolders
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test 

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two NICsHi,
  I have a New Server with SuperMicro X11DPi-N Motherboard that came with two Gigabyte network adapter cards.
 My intention is to install Windows Server 2019, add HyperV role and create two virtual Machines - Domain Controller running W2019 and App Server running also W2019.
 Having said that, I just like to use one network adapter card unless there are benefits of connecting both NICs (getting two separate IP local addresses) to the switch.
 I heard of NIC Teaming. Would I benefit from it?
 If yes, how do you do that?

I currently have four locations connected over an MPLS.  I recently replaced both DCs a the corporate office with two 2019 servers.  Since the change computers at each location are no longer able to see any other workstations/servers on the network.  I have a mix of WIN7 and 10 workstations.  If this is related to disabling SMB1 is there a workaround to emulate the same sort of browsing functionality?
Are there any known tools like advanced IP scanner I can use to scan the network and report OS?  I want to do a workstation survey and find out which machines currently on the network I am connected to are running Windows 7.
I am running Windows 10, and using Outlook to send emails through my Gmail account.   Most of the time everything works fine, but one of my frequent contacts (also a Gmail account) doesn't get my attachments or graphics inserted into the body of the email.  When I send an attachment, she just gets an attachment named winmail.dat.   Is there something I can do to fix this?


I work in a corporate environment. I am based in the USA, corporate IT is in Germany. They image all of our computers via Matrix42. We have received a batch of new HP Elitebook 850 G5 laptops. I have them on our network and powered on. I have accessed the BIOS via F10 and have found that the PXE boot is enabled, but Germany does not see it. When the laptop boot, normally I would see the startup screen indicating IP addresses, DHCP info, etc. With the new batch, all I see is 'Protected by HP Secure Start'. I have access to the internet, so I know I am on the network. I can run IPCONFIG /all and see all my network info.

How do I configure this laptop for Network PXE boot?

Thanks in advance.
Dell PowerEdge 840 -- Server 2008 Standard - PERC 5/i RAID controller ----- does not reboot after Windows update.

I accepted the MS Update yesterday and when the server rebooted, it did not come back up.   It appears that either the RAID controller is bad or the configuration got toasted.   I am a fairly non-tech person with just enough knowledge to understand what someone is asking me to do and then performing it.   This server is our SQL server and has a database on it.   Our office is 'dead in the water' until this can be resolved.   Can you please help me?    I’m hoping that there is a simple way for the RAID controller to be instructed to ‘grab’ the drive configuration off the drive itself and then we’ll be back in action.   I called Dell for telephone support, but they told me that it would be $1,000.00 for 2 hours of telephone support.  Ugh!    We do not have that funds available.

Would appreciate your expertise!
We are about to setup a new server. the Server has 24 cores. we purchased 1 16 core license and 4-2 core licenses.

we only have the 16 core license right now and the other 8 are on back-order.  

Can we still setup the server with the 16 cores license for now. or do we have to wait for the other 8 before we start the install.
We have an application that uses a SQL Server 2014 SP3 on Windows 2016.  It's a thick client application on Windows 10 and there are batch jobs running on a server against the DB, which run on another Windows 2016 server.

This application is an absolute DB memory hog.  At this time the vendor of the product has had us allocate 400 GB of RAM to the SQL Service for the DB (the server has about 432 GB).

The vendor is going to give us a number of releases with code improvements to reduce memory consumption.  Unfortunately, my DBAs are telling me that there's no way to determine the amount of memory in use from any of the SQL Server or Windows perfmon metrics.  We've engaged an SME from MS Support in their DB team and my DBAs say they're telling them the same.  I'm looking for some set of measures we can get from SCOM or WMI that we can put together in some formula and understand the amount of memory in use at say 15s intervals to determine if their code is improving and the memory is no longer in the hundreds of GB.
Updated My old Windows Vista for Business to a Win 7 Pro machine. A legal copy COA. It installed but upon final restart and confirmation of installation. No Adapter installed at all. The Device is not seen by Windows 7 Pro. However, I ran a tool called SIW which did see the adapter and saw WAN Miniport and RAS Async Adapter. No internet connect when before it was there. Hoping to get the machine to see the network and internet.

Also noticed a .NET framework 4.5v issue so I went to Microsoft downloaded repair tool then followed instructions then downloaded the files and got errors not sure if one affects the other. IF I can get to the internet seems like one issue may correct the other but not sure? Any help appreciated.

Log Installation FIle from the .NET attempt is included.
device manager does not see much of anything but the one driver i got installedSIW sees something However there is no device installed on the machine that win 7 pro seesRepair tool gave instructions which I followed but they did not work.Strange error message from .NET 4.5InsallationLogFile.rtf
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I have a very old scenario with two active domain controller:

server: Windows 2000
server2: Windows 2003 R2

I need to shutdown server Windows 2000. Before this, I need to make sure that every role is transferred to server2.
How can I do this?
I used command "netdom" to query the current state of roles,  but it seems it is not present in Windows 2003.
Thank you!
I have a new laptop computer with M.2 SSD drives.  The attached pictures show the errors that occurred in the past two weeks.  I’m wondering what this means and was this related to an update or do I have something wrong with my drive?
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Have windows 2012 server that was running fine, also has exchange. Reported by users no email working. Try to log into rdp and took creds but took to blank start page..accessed through Vcenter console and was able to get in and to desktop.  Noticed bubble notification saying it had files to write to disk write away. But its a vm with no optical. tried to open anything on task bar. (start menu, server manager, services) start menu opens up but all blank.  But i try to open the shortcuts it says " Can't open this item. It many have been moved renamed or deleted, do you want to remove this item.

I can right click on task bar and open up manager and run apps by typing the exe.
How to disable chrome print preview dialog?
I'm using Version 73.0.3683.103 (Official Build) (64-bit) in Windows 10

I have tried these options:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-print-preview

added --disable-print-preview in the chrome shortcut

and the next step asked me to disable the settings in chrome://flags/
chrome-issue.pngbut I haven't seen this option in  Version 73.0.3683.103
here is the screenshot of  Version 73.0.3683.103  settings
How to disable chrome print preview dialog?
I am running Windows 10.  I am not an audiophile, but I need to combine and do minor editing with a variety of audio clips.   I don't mind paying for a program that will let me import a few audible files and put them end-to-end and then save it as a new file.  What is the best bet?


What can prevent Microsoft  .NetFramework   3.5 from installing, after an upgrade to Windows 10, version 1809, from 1803?
Is it possible to purchase 3 copies of Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Keys without using the MS online store from a workstation?  My boss doesnt want his CC number anyone related to the account or the machine and I need 3 upgrade licenses.   Is there a phone number I can just call and order 3?
DHCP Logging Question:  I am running DHCP services on a Windows Server 2016.  I would like to know how I can capture all of the DHCP log activity for an indefinite amount of time in a format that humans can read.  Any suggestions are appreciated.
I have a test RODC (running on Windows 2012 R2 server-core) that I created in a perimeter network that I'd like to demote and remove from my domain entirely.  I'm having trouble finding documentation for this scenario that covers the process from top to bottom.  

Can anyone point me to a good source of documentation for this task?

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When trying to get Bitlocker key saved to the Azure AD, I sometimes get this:

Can't sign in to your Microsoft Account
You need to be signed in to Windows with a Microsoft
account to save your recovery key. Sign out and then
sign in with a Microsoft account or go to
Settings and choose Accounts to change your
existing account.

This doesn't make sense to me. The user is signed in to his "Work or School" account which appears to register him with not only the Microsoft 365 apps etc. but also registers him and the laptop on the Azure Active Directory for the organisation. Under "Devices" in the AD his device appears with correct name.

It's only when attempting to save the BL key to the AD that we have this issue.

Is there perhaps another way to get the user signed in to the domain account but without having to tell Windows that the laptop is an organisation's laptop?

Confused of Berkshire!
Is there an MS or an authoritative vulnerability site that indicates all
CVEs for Win2003 and Win XP are the same (ie same CVE number)?

Having an issue on Server 2016 RDS servers where the start menu; action center etc do not work. Fail with error
"ActivateApplicationForContractByAppIdAsUserWithHost of the app Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy!CortanaUI for the Windows.Launch contract failed with Package could not be registered.."

Steps taken so far
re-register all windows apps - worked for a little while before failing again
Run through latest set of updates
sfc scan and repair
dsim repair
Test on cloned server excluded from group policies

I see this is a fairly common issue, but i havent seen a solution as yet.

any help would be greatly appreciated at this point
SSL certificate setupHi,
 I am setting up Anywhere Access in Windows Server 2016 Essentials. As you can see in the screenshot, I need to enter SSL Certificate for "".
 I have a few questions for this:
 (1) Can I have W2016 Essentials server to create a certificate like I was able to do in SBS2011?
 (2) If option (1) is not possible, where can I buy one cheap? (I know there is a free one out there, but I like to get one)
 (3) Since I am testing "Anywhere Access" on this test server/lab environment, I like to be able to re-assign SSL certificate (that I am going to buy) in production server in a week.
       Can I use SSL Certificate on this test server and use it in production server later?

Thanks for your help.
Cant print after upgrading Windows 7 to 10.  I have network printers and after upgrading two machines, neither can print.  Have uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times.  Other machines that were new installs of Windows 10 can print without issue.  So far the only thing i have been able to print is a pdf from Edge.  Test print fails although i do see the test page hit the queue momentarily before i get the failed to print message.  Please help.

I am not professional in windows server. I have question and I hope someone can help me. I have active directory installed on windows server 2012. All computers are connected to the AD. Now any user can login to any computer. I want the user when login to any computer to see his folders and files. How I can do that?

Any help will be appreciated