Windows Server 2003





Windows Server 2003 was based on Windows XP and was released in four editions: Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter. It also had derivative versions for clusters, storage and Microsoft’s Small Business Server. Important upgrades included integrating Internet Information Services (IIS), improvements to Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP), and the migration to Automated System Recovery (ASR).

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Virtual Environment 4.3-10/7230e60f
Virtual Machine 103 ('adserver' ) on node 'clsrvvm2'
INFO: starting new backup job: vzdump 103 --mailto --storage backup_server2 --quiet 1 --mode snapshot --mailnotification always --compress lzo
INFO: Starting Backup of VM 103 (qemu)
INFO: status = running
INFO: update VM 103: -lock backup
INFO: VM Name: adserver
INFO: include disk 'ide0' 'local:103/vm-103-disk-1.qcow2'
INFO: backup mode: snapshot
INFO: ionice priority: 7
INFO: creating archive '/mnt/pve/backup_server2/dump/vzdump-qemu-103-2017_08_17-18_30_02.vma.lzo'
INFO: started backup task '886d0077-6835-4baa-bb96-6f7ea94b5a05'
INFO: status: 0% (350093312/53687091200), sparse 0% (5844992), duration 3, 116/114 MB/s
INFO: status: 1% (562561024/53687091200), sparse 0% (8937472), duration 6, 70/69 MB/s
INFO: status: 2% (1159725056/53687091200), sparse 0% (20103168), duration 26, 29/29 MB/s
INFO: status: 3% (1694367744/53687091200), sparse 0% (24412160), duration 32, 89/88 MB/s
INFO: status: 4% (2174222336/53687091200), sparse 0% (31268864), duration 37, 95/94 MB/s
INFO: status: 5% (2759589888/53687091200), sparse 0% (37707776), duration 42, 117/115 MB/s
ERROR: VM 103 not running
INFO: aborting backup job
ERROR: VM 103 not running
ERROR: Backup of VM 103 failed - VM 103 not running
INFO: Backup job finished with errors
TASK ERROR: job errors
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If there's anyone out there that can think back far enough, I have a friend that's still using SBS 2003.  At some point last week it disappeared off the network.  We did manage to get it back on the network by using an alternative onboard NIC, but since then multiple services refuse to fire up.  There are multiple error codes, all seem to point at dependancy issues.  Among many, the Workstation Service does not start, along with many of the Exchange Services.  Has anyone experienced something like this historically and resolved it?
how can we migrate applications from windows server 2003 to 2008

or from windows server 2008 to windows 2012, any tools we use.

any examples of application one can give.
Hello everyone,
I'm having an issue installing Exchange 2010 in my Virtual environment.
I have taken over an already created old 2003 exchange environment and domain that I'm struggling getting rid of. Originally, our 2003 exchange server was hosted on a physical server environment which I converted to virtual and got rid of most of the physical servers. Today, I'm getting a bunch issues installing exchange 2010 due to Operation Mode (option grayed out) and controllers. To be honest, I never faced a situation like this where I had to migrate mailboxes from exchange 2003 to 2010 and I would really appreciate some step by step guidance. Thank you in advance!

I have small shoretel system with 15 phones on network without any domain controller.
shoretel director is UC 20 server 2008 r2
i configured dchp with 004 and and 042 ping to or to the UC20 but non worked
all phones show Jan 1
how do I  verify NTP setting on windows machine and what is the easiest way to configure shoretel phone to get correct date time
firewall on comcast  router or UC20 windows machine
so NTP port is not blocked.
I have seen suggestion to add NTP server IP to sevcustom.txt on shoretel director but I don't want to mess with custom files.
Is there an option by which I can create a Sharepoint 2003 account (preferably online)?
how can i migrate users and computers from windows server 2003 to windows server 2008 in same forest.

should i use robocopy, DFS-R or any other method.i believe for files we use FRS ?

will it be same if i use the same tool for migrating users and computers across cross forest?
I have 2 Windows 2003 domain controller.
And when a user computer boots, it can get either the dc1 or the dc2 has a authentication dc.
When they get dc2: they are able to see the whole DFS tree.
But when they get dc1: they see no folder in the trees.

When I look at my DFS Consol: I see my domain \\m.local\DossiersMaitres and the root target all says CHECK OK
I'm not to sure what is the relation between the dfs consol and the kinda virtual shares located on each servers but ...
But if I open the remote share of the dc1 \\srv-max\DossiersMaitres = it is empty
srv-max.jpgWhen I open the remote share \\srv-fs1\DossiersMaitres = I see all the little shortcuts.
So I guess the problem lies right at this discrepancy.
Could be relate to the "Distributed File System Replication"
Can this be done?  I am having issues with what appears to be the Schema.  The issue with the Server 2003 is that it appears to have a corrupt system file causing it to not be able to run windows update, and launching the update process over and over.

This is for a small client that has 4-5 users on the domain, and the server is just DNS/DCHP, and a file server.  Nothing else.  It used to be the mail server as well but we got them moved to Office 365.

I have tried to complete the Windows Essentials configuration but it fails each time.

I read that I may have to upgrade to 2008/2012 then to 2016 - but we don't have the license or the server to do that.  

There is no website tied to the current domain  (which is .local) or email.  Any thoughts?
One of my small business clients, who I haven't worked with in years just had a major problem today.

They are a Comcast business class customer.  Today, Comcast came in an replaced their cable modem without warning.  The currently have this environment:

Windows Server 2003 R2
Exchange Server 2007

There are only three people working there.  

I had a port forwarding table set up in their old Comcast router that forwarded these ports:
25 - Email
80 - Web (for OWA)
3389 - for Remote Desktop

When the installer switched out their modem, I had to set up the same ports to be opened.  That seemed to work fine, however DNS seems to be a problem.

The local users require the Windows Integrated AD DNS for Exchange to work from Outlook, but their web browsing is painfully slow.

The Windows Server is the DHCP and DNS server.

Prior to this, I had DNS forwarding working just fine.

The server is and the router is  The new Cable Modem / Router has the same IP address as the old one.

IT seems that the forwarding through Windows DNS isn't working.  If I use the Modem's DNS as the DNS for each user, they can open web pages on the Internet very quickly, but they cannot log onto Exchange.  If I make the Windows Server as the primary DNS, the Exchange works, but surfing the web crawls to a halt.

Any hints on what I may have missed?


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This is Windows 2008 server.
I could not uninstall an application from the program feature.
Many times has been uninstall but the application still appear in program feature.
Tried to uninstall from registry uninstall sub key, but i do not found the application in the registry entry, but it still appear in program feature
Hi All,
There is a recurring auto generated certificate on our one of the server that I would like to get rid of, but it every time I do, it returns. I would like to permanently delete it out of the Certificate Store of that server.
Because we  have this policy applied on other servers
Can you help me with ?

And i also tried to moving this certificate on different folder, but it doesn't work.

some persons told me that below information
we cannot disable them, It will present in all servers, workstation, laptops etc.  its mandatory that certificate must be available and removing the certificate will not work as it is auto generated.
 Is it right ?
Because we currently have a number of similar servers that do not generate this certificates.

please assist me ASAP.

Rajesh kannan M
Hi, finally got the green light to do away with a 2003 server.
incumbent IT provider set this up for them.

their desktops are influenced by folder redirection GP for:
application data
My Doc
My Pic
Start menu

I ran the rsop.msc and it identified the default domain policy\user configuration\win settings\folder redirection, associated to group everyone and the unc path it refers to for each category, which is great. however i cannot find any entries for anything in the default domain policy.

went to aduc, right clicked on the domain, properties, group policy tab. i see default domain policy, choose edit  there are no entries under user configuration\win settings\folder redirection for the influenced folders of folder redirection

the goal is to move these source folders to a new server but can't until i figure out how to redirect it to the new place through the group policy its using..

appreciate the assistance
I demoted windows server 2003 in my Ad site, i need to update the DHCP scope.

as my users will be disconnected. what are the steps.
I am developing a printserver app and on the oldest Print Server is a windows 2003 server. When you query the Print Server for desiredn values instead of a straight IP Address you get for example IP_168.112.75.11 i NEED TO LOSE THE IP_ so I can access the network printer's web interface. I Know there's a replace command but I'm just looking for a quick answer that works I know this is easy for you Experts Please in VB.NET CONTEXT.

Thanks EE you guys kick ass.
Dear experts,

I'm newbie to scripting so as always your help and time is very appreciated.

on source infrastructure : I have server1 on domain A with lots of local groups. all these local groups on server1 has domain groups and user members. it is a standalone windnows 2003 server.

on target infrastructure: I have domain B with windows 2012 server.

findings: I found below script on TechNet but slightly confused about copying nested members or group members to target DC. I could not understand on which line it is copying  group members to domain B domain Controller after creating Universal or Domain Groups on Domain controller. Surely, created groups must have their members.

task completed: I used basic bat file on source server to get local groups and their members. For an example:  net localgroup "Administrators" >> GroupMembers.txt   this gave me the outcome I need but it I need to sort it correctly so that when I use it to import the outcome sorting should be easy to collect for the PowerShell mentioned in the link. I did NOT use POWERSHELL on Source Server.

question: I need to move all the local groups and their members from server1 domain A to Domain B Doman controllers so all groups are domain based groups instead of local groups as it is now in domain1 on Server1. Is this possible to achieve this with the script found in the below link? Is there any …
I was about to demote one of our DC's and in the middle of running dcpromo I got a message that says "This domain controller holds the last replica of the following application directory partitions: DC=LimitLogin,DC=mydomain,DC=com.  What do I need to do in order to properly demote this DC?
HI Experts,
Could you advise what is the most popular or leader in deployment script.

Currently, I'm using Jenkins, Shell, ANT, Maven along with product APIs (weblogic, etc). I'm thinking to considering the right tool (open source or licensed) which has the capability and meant for deployment. Since there are so many new products in the market now.

More interested in application deployment and to start exploring on Infrastructure side of it as well

Requesting you all to put me in the right direction please

Below it the landscape I found interesting.
I am running Windows Media Services on Windows 2003 but now I want to switch to Windows 2016.
What service shall I use on Windows 2016 instead of  Windows Media Services ?
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I have 4 domain controllers. 1 is a 2003 dc.  This server has the primary dns. I would like to move the primary dns to one of our 2008 servers.  Can you tell me how to do this?
Hi Experts,

I have this script tested and works as expected.  script checks the disks attached to server and checks the  drive label  of the disks and create a .txt file with the drive letter name ( such as "D drive.txt")  scripts is copied to  each server already and locally run.

For an example, if four disk found as D, E,Y,S on a local server, after running the script,  when I  go into each disk, I should have a .txt file saved in there as D drive.txt, E drive.txt , Y drive.txt and S drive.txt

batch script will be used on  mixture Windows OS versions. ( 2003 to 2012)

Issue: it works fine when script is run locally but when needed to run using PSexec, it produces different issues  even though script is on the local server and all PSexec should do is executing the script with remotely instead of logging into the each server. I have read on forums that vmic is not very friendly with PSExec, is there way to eliminate wmic from the script? here is forum talks about the issues it causes:

thanks in Advance
Application popup: dwwin.exe - Application Error : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application.

Could you please any one help me on this issue .

Thanks in advance.
I would like to resolve an issue that i face with event viewer error id 4000. Users can't logon to server (Windows 2003, R2) from some computers after a power outage.
I have a 2003 server std that is a domain controller and exchange server.  There are 7 domains on this server.  I have been asked to upgrade exchange from 2007 to 2010.  Can someone guide me to a step by step process for doing this? I have never built an exchange server before, and need this to be successful.

I plan moving 2 VMs, one 2003 and one XP (Virtual Machine) to a newer ESXi Host.

Because the HAL will change, I will need to reactive the XP / 2003. I assume we can activate the OS ? Anyone have tried an activation recently ?

I'm aware of all the issues running old OS in the network, but it's for an really old apps, internet is blocked and it's backup properly.


Windows Server 2003





Windows Server 2003 was based on Windows XP and was released in four editions: Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter. It also had derivative versions for clusters, storage and Microsoft’s Small Business Server. Important upgrades included integrating Internet Information Services (IIS), improvements to Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP), and the migration to Automated System Recovery (ASR).