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).

I am migrating a 2003 server to a 2008R2 server in preparation to migrate to a 2019 server. As part of the first phase, I have transferred all 5 FSMO roles to the new 2008R2 server, removed the global catalog from the 2003 server.  I was ready to dcpromo down the 2003 server when I get the message that the 2008R2 cannot be contacted.  I do not have the "This server is the last domain controller in the domain" checked.  I am pulling hair as to what I have missed.

Running dcdiag yields this:

Domain Controller Diagnosis

Performing initial setup:
   Done gathering initial info.

Doing initial required tests
   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\FS1
      Starting test: Connectivity
         ......................... FS1 passed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests
   Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\FS1
      Starting test: Replications
         ......................... FS1 passed test Replications
      Starting test: NCSecDesc
         ......................... FS1 passed test NCSecDesc
      Starting test: NetLogons
         ......................... FS1 passed test NetLogons
      Starting test: Advertising
         ......................... FS1 passed test Advertising
      Starting test: KnowsOfRoleHolders
         ......................... FS1 passed test KnowsOfRoleHolders
      Starting test: RidManager
         ......................... FS1 passed test RidManager
      Starting test: MachineAccount
We have two 2003 domain controllers. I would like to make the backup the primary, and the primary the backup.

What are the steps to do this?

It's 2020 and I'm having a hard time finding any material online that goes over this. Thanks.

I have a batch script that the final exit is:

SET JOB_DESC=Notifying users that %JOB_NAME% data load has been completed.
set emailsubj=%EMAIL_SUCC_SUBJ%
set emailbody=The script '%JOB_NAME%.bat' to export Lev0 data and application artifacts to '%EXPORT_DATA_DIR%' and '%EXPORT_APP_DIR%' was successful.
set emailbody=%emailbody%  See attached log file for details.
cscript %UtilFolder%\sendEmail.vbs "%ADMIN_EMAIL_LIST%" "%emailsubj%" "%emailbody%" "%MSTR_LOG_FILE%"
echo Successfully exiting the program
exit 0

However in the Task Scheduler it stays in 'Running' mode.  If I change the last line to 'exit' only, then Task Scheduler properly resets to 'Ready' mode.   I need an exit code of 0 as I'm moving this to Autosys, but want to make sure I don't have anything improper here or I need to revise how I handle exit codes.

Any help and education on exit codes is appreciated as they seem to differ from system to system....
Links and hints for deploying LAPS would be helpful.
Which procedure available on the web is the one you  prefer?
Or, perhaps you just use Microsoft instructions as you set it up?

I found this: ... and -part-2.html
Is it reasonable?  There are clearly a number of things that are needed that could be intrusive.

Particular "hints and kinks" that you suggest?
We are migrating some data and would like to change some of the groups, while preserving the rest of the permissions. What is the best approach to do that? At the moment I am thinking something along the lines of

set the permissions manually at the top level - easy

use robocopy to copy only the contents without affecting the  level folder - basically run it at "\\server\folder\subfolder" level - not ideal as I'd have to copy any files at  "\\server\folder\" level separately, and sometimes there are loads for subfolders, so plenty of robocopy instances.

run some sort of a script to get a list of subfolders where due to blocked inheritance the old group still exists and has been copied across by robocopy. maybe some get-acl/set-acl script that finds a group, removes it and adds a separate group in its place.

finally run some script to get a list of files that have manually - not likely but if it is possible, so someone would have done it.

There is a lot of data, so I am trying to use inheritance to do most of the work, and then just mop up the instances of blocked inherritance, rather than run some script against every single file.

Is it possible to change the standard 10 PCs limit joining to domain, but for one user only?
win 2012 domain
Hi, I have been dealing with a problem that was not set before but now I need to do it. How can I track what and where a user in my AD have been opening, remote log, and log, and file or any change on the network. is there a script or a small app that can show me this?
got server 2021 hyperv
got a virtual machine in it.

recently saw the hyperv space is getting filled up fast. found avhdx files are created by snapshots.
my understanding snapshots are to go back if needed. so if i dont need those snapshots, can i just simply delelte to free up some space. or deleting it- will craete any data loss with my current virtual machine ?
have also attached a pic of it      snapshot.PNG
We have a windows server 2003 Print server , i have added a new ptinter yesterday , since thenwe experiencing a slow printing for some terminals in our sales department  to the

the printers from the same modell hp laserjet M452

I have tried to change the driver to pcl , delete the connection from  client ot server then readd it .

add the printer with ip address , all that have not work .

Restart the spooler , the server,

the print jobs get stuck in the spooler for 3-4 minutes before are printed .

when i connect to other print server , it prints fast

what can the problem be ?
We have 17 or so computers including 1 server 2003, 2 server 2012 r2s, and 2 server 2016s and the rest are windows 10.

Happened a month ago, used malwarebytes free until all the machines scanned clean.
The next day I noticed the 2003 server was reinfected, but the others were not, cleaned it up..

Came back today and noticed virus was back on most of the machines.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions on how to stop emotet / trickbot malware?
Hi Experts,

I am in a migration phase and I need some help please.

I have running an ADMT server and this server was working since end of 11.2019.
But now I have a problem to select the source domain when I like to migrate some users.

ADMT is unable to connect to domain controller....Access is denied.

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The trust is tested and ok.
The user is a domain admin in both forests.
The servers are reachable via PING in both directions.
The local firewalls are disabled on both servers.

Do you have any ideas ?
could be a simple one
am changing computers.
so from old computer. i exported passwords from google chrome
in new compueter- i dont have option to import password in chrome again.
same chrome version on both computer Version 78.0.3904.108

i did research, everyone says go to "chrome:flags" - search for password import and export, enable and would get an option to import password.

but if i go to "chrome:flags"- search for password import - nothing comes. no search result.
i tried in different computers running windows 10 windows7 - did chrome stop doing password import ? ?  or am doing something wrong ?

have attached a pic as well
I have 3 domain controllers in my domain wich are windows server server 2003 and one is window server 2008 (all are DNS Servers) .

I want to get rid all the Windows server 2003 Domain controller and to keep them as DNS Servers , what is the best practive .

1- In Place upgrate to window server 2008

uninstall the active directory from them all (if that will that effect the DNS Server Role) ?
in windows server active directory i created a user:
 firstname: joan
last name: t
display name : joan t

then later i change the first name:
last name: t
display name: jo t

but still when i open the user properties: its shows "joan t" at top and in outlook address books, it still shows as joan t
have attached a pic of it to make it more understandable
IMG_0879.jpghow do i change this. ? any ideas ?
hi guys,
just looking for any free softwares to convert ost file to pst ?
ost is about 5gb size
I've recently build two new Windows 2016 DC's (DC01 & DC02) in order to replace my old Windows 2008 DC's (DC1 & DC2).

However, now when I try and open the Group Policy Management in either of the 4 DC's, I'm getting an error The Network name cannot be found.

I'm stuck.  Can anyone help me with this?
I’ve a group policy being applied from a demoted server, how can I remove it?

is it posible to map network drive to single computer so that anyone who logs in
have mapped network drive?

Thank you
I have a domain with 3 DCs that are each geographically separated.
Yesterday, one of them was showing only itself in All Servers.

This is the only time that this has happened in the month that these servers have been combined as 3.  
Previously, 2 have been running for months and I've not noticed this - but haven't looked that often either.
So, I can't say that it's a recurring problem.
Yet, it's a time to learn:

What might cause this?
What is best action to take? (I just added the other DCs back on the one).
All seems fine again but this is a bit concerning.  Shouldn't it be?
hi guys,
just got a general question.

I got a 2019 standard server which is my hyper v .
got 1 vm inside it - running 2012 essentials server

my hyperv got - 1: sockets, 4- cores, 8- logical processor. what does these 3 means ???

and for my virtual machine - right now got 1 virtual processor. it’s running good. no issues. but can I increase my virtual processor in vm , and how many I can increase ??

We have a Windows Server 2003 PC that has been fine until yesterday.

I noticed that the C Drive storage space on this server had gotten quite low.

I searched and found a large increase in size of folder "Projects" in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows".

It seems to have increased from about 1GB to 11GB.

I noticed yesterday after doing a search for large files on server, a file called "SystemIndex.Ntfy" incrementing in size every few seconds, located under above directory under "Projects/SystemIndex".

What could be the reason for the increase in size for these files?

How do we solve this issue?

We have a Windows domain with a 2003 Server domain controller with Windows 10 Enterprise computers.  I plan on taking a computer off the domain and connecting as a test to Azure Active Directory.  My goal is to retire the local domain server and have all our computers completely on Azure Active Directory.  The one problem is there is a QuickBooks file that is shared on the local domain controller for the accounting department.   If I am connected to the Azure directory, can I still connect to the domain controller to share this one resource using the Windows 10 machine?
I am trying to demote a Windows Server 2008 as DC and uninstall AD/DNS, I have already promoted the WIndows Server 2016 with AD/DNS/DHCP/FSMO Roles
I tried to run the DCPROMO to demote and got an error "DCPROMO was unable to remove DNS Delagations from the Parent Zone...then i went in to Server Manager and remove Roles and tries to uninstall ADS/DNS and it just hangs on Initializing removal and does not process any further.
Any Suggestions appreciated on how to remove these roles, we are demoting the Server and taking it offline
hi got server 2012 R2
running the batch script at longon  using gpo to install an applicaiton in all computers. the script is in the server and the location is shared to everyone with read/write rights.
below is the script am using.

@echo Off

cd c:\

reg Query "HKLM\Hardware\Description\System\CentralProcessor\0" | find /i "x86" > NUL && set OS=32BIT || set OS=64BIT

if %OS%==32BIT set PATH="\\\cylance\abc_x86.msi"
if %OS%==64BIT set PATH="\\\cylance\abc_x64.msi"

C:\Windows\System32\msiexec.exe /i %PATH% LAUNCHAPP="1" /quiet

when i run the above script getting error message as  " UNC PATH NOT SUPPORTED"

how do i fix this ? ?
Running into a major issue with one my of virtual machines that is running exchange 2007 server. Out of nowhere, I've gotten this message twice now in the last few weeks. The error that I'm getting is this "msg.hbacommon.outofspace there is no more space for the redo log you may be able to continue this session by freeing space". The only thing that gets rid of this message is powering off the server completely and powering it back on. After that the exchange server will start working again without any error messages for a few weeks this issue has happened twice and both times this is the only thing that has fixed the issue. I went through the snapshot mananger and found a snapshot for a virtual machine we never use anymore so I started the process of deleting the snapshot for that machine. I'm sure this issue will come up again and I'm trying to figure out how to fix this problem.

My current system is a Dell PowerEdge 2950
Running VMWare ESX Server 3.5.0 64607
I have 6 Virtual machines attached to this server

I have 2 Virtual Machines that haven't been used in over a year that could be deleted but I'm not sure what is the correct process of deleting a virtual machine and gaining back the space and not harming anything else in the process.

If somebody could give me some suggestions on what could be taking up the space in my virtual server and how I can clear up some of that space?
Also my data storage says it has a data store of 1.35TB and I only have 14.2 GB of…

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).