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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Got a problem with an old server I was hoping to do a simple P2V on and would appreciate some advice on physical mirrored disc issue.  I normally deal with proper systems with RAID controllers, SAN connected storage etc. so an OS software based mirrored drive is thankfully not something I have had to deal with since hardware has been available to do the job...

This server had been there on a site for many years (alongside a Windows 2000 SBS and Windows 2003 SBS on different LAN's) all of which I have been working to migrate their users off.  This was running a system for their CAD users that has now been replaced with a new version but the old system needs to be kept for reference purposes, I am loathe to even reboot it at the moment while errors show with the mirrored drives, I have tried running a P2V using Disk2VHD and had a non bootable result and backups are basically non existent.  I will get a file level backup of the data files and kicked off native NTBackup but considering the P2V output I am not convinced of any other backups until I can restore them of course.

Windows 2003 R2 SP2 on physical HP server.  Appears to be have 2 x Adaptec SCSI cards and 2 x 136GB SCSI discs using software mirroring.

Disk 0: 136Gb drive partitioned to C: and D: with small 31Mb partition before C:  Dynamics disc, Status: Online (Errors)
Disk 1: 136Gb drive partitioned to C: and D: Dynamics disc, Status: Online (Errors)

In Disk manager both drives show Online (Errors) and both…
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I have a serious issue on one old terminal server (2003).

I have recurring virus, coinminer it seems, which I don't know how it passes into the computer. It is quite isolated environment.

It creates either gfxdrv.exe or gxdrv.exe in windows\temp and coin mines.

Did anyone encountered this problem? I don't know how to get dir of it.

Windows server 2003 get synchronization failure with following error. What's wrong? How to fix it?

WebException: The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send. ---> System.IO.IOException: Unable to read data from the transport connection: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.WebClientProtocol.GetWebResponse(WebRequest request)
   at System.Web.Services.Protocols.HttpWebClientProtocol.GetWebResponse(WebRequest request)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncCompressionProxy.GetWebResponse(WebRequest webRequest)
   at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke(String methodName, Object[] parameters)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSyncWebServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncProxy.GetAuthConfig()
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncLib.InternetGetServerAuthConfig(ServerSyncProxy proxy, WebServiceCommunicationHelper webServiceHelper)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncLib.Authenticate(AuthorizationManager authorizationManager, Boolean checkExpiration, ServerSyncProxy proxy, Cookie cookie, WebServiceCommunicationHelper webServiceHelper)
   at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.CatalogSyncAgentCore.SyncConfigUpdatesFromUSS()
windows 10 laptop power settings are as attached set for 45 seconds to lock screen.

But strangely screen locking up after 10 minutes of inactivity.

how to increase the screen locking inactivity time from 10 to 45 minutes.
my goal is even if i am away to a meeting for 45 minutes my screen should not lock or show i am away.

please advise
Hey Pros,

I really need your expert help.. I'm migrating 2003 DC to 2008 R2. Please see the attach error message, its very common error message but I'm struggling with it for past 2 weeks.
I know nothing wrong with my DHCP or DNS server because its working fine for all other PCs/laptops etc. I tried to remove few PC from the domain and re add them to domain to testing purpose and it work fine. Lastly couple days ago I thought to join my new server to join it to domain before I run dcpromo and it join to the farm no problem and still getting the same error message no matter what I do.

Please comment and advise help...

Please, do you know, what is the impact on the service, if we disable SMBv1 protocol on Domain Controller?

Indeed We have several Operating system : Windows server 2003, 2008, 2012, windows 7 and 10.

I am waiting for your response as soon as possible.

Best regards,
I have migrated users home directory to another files server in failover cluster.
The issue is after moving the creator owner permission is none and the drive maps is not showing while the users logged.
The drive map is given in Group policy for logonusers.
I have 490 users and it is difficult to add each domain user under their home directory. Is there is any script which we can run so that the particular donain user will have permission on their home directory.

My Os is 2016
Windows 2008 R2 Server Failing to install updates
Windows 2012 R2 Server running WSUS 4.0
Other servers updating fine.

One update fails to apply this is after we lost power to the data center all machines came backup up with now errors
This is a physical box running Exchange Server 2010

The update is KB915597  Defender update

The server continues to report to the WSUS server every 6 hours per GPO policy in place

I ran this process on the server

Please try the following steps on your client:

1. Stop the Automatic Updates service and BITS service.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

2. Delete “%windir%\softwaredistribution” directory.

3. Start the Automatic Updates service and BITS service. When these two services
have been started, they will auto-create “softwaredistribution” and its subfolder
at system directory.

net start wuauserv

net start bits

4. After the “%windir%\softwaredistribution” directory has been generated, please
let the client contact the WSUS server immediately.

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow

If the problem still exists, please check %windir%\windowsupdate.log
and post the error message in this thread

In the Windowsupdate.log I see this

2018-03-09      21:46:29:060      2040      40e8      Handler      :::::::::::::
2018-03-09      21:46:29:060      2040      40e8      Handler      :: START ::  Handler: Command Line Install
2018-03-09      21:46:29:060      2040      40e8      Handler      :::::::::
2018-03-09      21:46:29:060      2040      40e8      Handler        : Updates …
We are unfortunately down to one domain controller and we have a journal wrap error for replication  occurring which is preventing us from replicating to a new DC which we have installed. The DC is a Windows 2003 server.

The following is shown in the eventvwr. It recommends adding the following to the registry but I see multiple folks on the internet that say not to do this if you only have one DC.  Alternatively, I saw the following on the internet about BufFlags.  Is this the better approach?  What is the correct way to solve this issue?

Click down the key path:
Double click on the value name
   "Enable Journal Wrap Automatic Restore"

Here is the event viewer error:

The File Replication Service has detected that the replica set "DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE)" is in JRNL_WRAP_ERROR.
 Replica set name is    : "DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE)"
 Replica root path is   : "c:\windows\sysvol\domain"
 Replica root volume is : "\\.\C:"
 A Replica set hits JRNL_WRAP_ERROR when the record that it is trying to read from the NTFS USN journal is not found.  This can occur because of one of the following reasons.
 [1] Volume "\\.\C:" has been formatted.
 [2] The NTFS USN journal on volume "\\.\C:" has been deleted.
 [3] The NTFS USN journal on volume …
Hello fellow EE members:

I have a Windows Server 2003 (not R2) Standard 32-bit server functioning as a DC and file server.

Recently, the server was hit by the Emotet malware.  I am working with Trend Micro antivirus technicians to finish removing the virus, but there is a strange problem unique to the Server 2003 DC/file server.

Every so often (usually when Internet Explorer is opening - though not for most times the browser is launched), the server appears to freeze and stops responding completely for several minutes.  

During this time, network clients are disconnected and everything on the console stops.  This includes Task Manager and Process Explorer.

I left Task Manager open to see what process was choking the server, but as soon as the server begins to stop responding, Task Manager freezes as well.

While the server is not responding, the lights on the hard drives are flickering very rapidly consistently.  (The best way I can describe it is that the flashing pattern looks similar to the lights on a network switch when a packet storm is occurring.)

It looks like the server is having problems reading data from the drives (a hardware problem with the RAID controller or array), but this problem only started happening with the Emotet infection and there are no indications of any disk errors either in the RAID utility or the Windows event logs.

Have any other EE members experienced a similar situation, and would anyone have suggestions on how to track …
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Raising Domain and Forest levels from 2003 to 2008R2 or 2016

We have one location.

It has a physical 2008R2 and a VM 2008R2 PDC and BDC
They are set as Domain and Forest functional levels 2003
There are no trust relationships I can see or know about (small possibility of one in past but unlikely and certainly not required)
I have two Hyper V instances of 2016 not joined to the Domain or with any roles

I have run DCdiag /c / e /v and Repadmin /showrpl on both servers along with AD PBA these show no issues. We have no issues with the servers or AD and I have latest updates and they are freshly rebooted last night.

My Plan was to upgrade the 2008R2 servers from 2003 functional levels to 2008R2, reboot recheck overnight. As long as this is OK I would then add the 2016 servers and look to decomission the 2008R2's once the 2016's had been promoted.

Does this all sound simple and relatively low risk? Any other checks or gotchas? This is quite a small simple environment, the only other servers have no DC functions and are 2008R2 terminal services and 2012 running SQL. DNS also looks good and is on PDC.
Is there a way within windows server e.g. a command.. to get some clues on what app server is connecting to any databases on the local server? We have a legacy app with no documentation even as far as what the database platform is where the database files live or what apps connect to it.
Hi , server 2012 r2 crashing often. Restarting itself.
I checked windows update. It’s not causing the problem. When I go to event viewer, it shows bug check, kernel power. Dump file saved for further details.
I can see he dump file saved in windows folder. But how do I open it ?
I did some research I could not find any proper third party software to open dump file and see the information in it.
Is there any way to open dump file to find why the server rebooting itself ??
I tried to log into my main Domain Controller today. It has locked  me out . I know that the Domain Admin User name and Password has not changed.  I can log into two other DC's with the same password.

Background:  Recently we lost our ONLY domain controller. We brought an OLD Server 2003 up and dcpromo'ed it to a NEW domain_name.local. We had to recreate new user profiles and transfer all of our data. Once this was accomplished, user could limp along. We purchased a new server (Windows Server 2016). We elevated our Forest and Domain to 2003, then joined the new server to the domain. FISMO roles were moved to the new Server 2016. It was also running Internet Security, DHCP, DNS and Network backup software. We wiped/formatted the  server that crashed and reinstalled the Server 2008 software. Then DCPROMO'ed this server. Our intent was to demote the 2003 server, remove it from the network completely and then use the 2008 server as a secondary DC. The 2008 server proved to be intermittently unreliable (rebooting without cause) so I have not removed the 2003 server yet. Until we can get an additional NEW server, I have moved the FISMO roles BACK to the 2003 server. I will install DNS and DHCP on the old server and redirect the clients. Our  small network is getting far too complex to do this process again. I am going to reboot the 2016 server (hoping that it was an update that caused the problem).... Any other suggestions on how to try accessing this system?

I have tried …
I have a mixed version Windows network running of 3 WS2003 AD servers, which seems to be happily coexisting with WS2008, 2012 app and fileservers and mixed client network XP to Windows10.

I have been able to validate with help in previous questions on EE a plan to upgrade the main network, but the Accounts Department cannot be upgraded at the same time and I am not sure if I remove the AD partition from the WS2003 fileserver in Accounts and just leave it as a WS2003 fileserver, if that should continue to function in the upgraded WS2016 AD environment ? There will be also some filesharing from client computers to another WS2016 fileserver which I believe from posts on EE should not be a problem.

If the above is probably not going to work (AD is otherwise stable) then the question becomes whether and how to split the AD under the same forest, leaving the legacy AD roles from WS2013 to run off the original WS2003 AD partition for Accounts (with or without VLAN?) and migrate other objects to a new (tree ? domain?)

Any input/thoughts on breaking down the problem greatly appreciated...
hi.. am unable to ping server from local ip ..but files are getting access kindly give solutio
Hi guys,
I got a server 2008 r2 and applied permission to a folder for one particular user. For some reason permission stopped in mid way and gave error, it could not apply to all child folders and files
How do I fix this issue ?
Should I go around each child folder and see whether he permission applied for that user, and if it’s not applied should I do it manually ?
Is there any other better way ?
The parent folder has around 15 child folders and each child has few more folders inside it . So it’s bit of pain right now, as permission for that particular user is just applied for some child folders only .
In a DC windows server 2003 how can I configure an automatic mail that is sent when a user account is locked out?
Thank you
We recently removed our legacy Exchange 2003 server from our Exchange 2010 environment, following the procedure found here:

Our Exchange 2010 server was, for several months and still now, the only server containing our Public Folder Database.  However, since removing the Exchange 2003 server a few weeks ago, we have noticed the following message conflicts behaviour with our public folders:

1. Message with attachment (ie. PDF) is received in the public folder.  User clicks the message, preview pane displays message.
Message with attachment (ie. PDF) is received in the public folder
2. If the user opens the PDF (or clicks ‘preview’ to view it in the preview pane)...
User clicks message, preview pane displays message
      ... and then flags the message (as a reminder, or to mark it as complete):
User flags the message (as a reminder, or to mark it as complete)
  … the user receives a Conflict Message:
 Conflict Message
Conflict Messages

3.  Additionally (public folder) owners receive a Conflict Message message alert in their inbox:
Owners receive conflict message email in their inbox

We only have this single Exchange 2010 server in our (hybrid O365) environment.  Assuming this behaviour is the result of replication misconfiguration, I verified and made sure Public Folders aren't being replicated to another (decommissioned) server:
get-publicfolderDatabasesDB replicationPF Replication

Everything looked fine to me (?), so I next looked using ADSIedit.  
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Hello Experts

Looking for advice, views, experience for a project our company are working on.

What it is our project consists of is 2 C# executables both being multi-threaded, one being setup as a TCP listener and the other being setup as TCP Client, these 2 do not talk directly to one another, but what they will do is communicate to 20 machines and both the exe’s will be hosted in the application server.

Exe 1 (TCP Listener) - communicates with 10 machine clients this way we are controlling the business process.
Exe 2 (TCP Client) - communicates with the other 10 machines which are listeners(code setup by vendor), this way they are doing the controlling of the business process.

Exe 1 we have completed that's fine.

Exe 2, how this works is we load up from a SQL DB table the 10 IP's of the each of the 10 machines and put each IP into its own thread and we connect directly to them, and the 2 way comms begin sending/receiving based on signal protocols information.

Our company have always setup to be controlling the complete process were we are the listener only and every machine is a client, but due to inexperience people in the project have some doubt using it the other way around.

My question is has anyone set up in this fashion before were 1 TCP client executable connects straight into multiple listeners and how they found it?

I appreciate all advice, views and experiences.


We have an external hard drive which was BitLocker encrypted by a Windows 10 PC.

This external hard drive is used to back up data on our PCs and servers.

Each month, we would back up  this data.

Each time the external hard drive is plugged into a PC, a password is required.

BitLocker does is not supported by our Windows Server 2003 servers so the password would not be unlocked.

Decryption is the first step we would do and then backup data from all PCs and servers.

This time, while the external hard drive was in the decrypting process and over 80% complete, the PC was accidently turned off.

After this happened, when trying to login with password to this drive to continue the decryption process, the password is not accepted.

I tried to unlock the drive by using the correct recovery key and it is also not accepted.

The last thing I tried was unlocking the drive through command line with administrative privilages with recovery key and the message back was; "The password failed to unlock volume E:".

I have researched this an some people have imaged the hard drive.

There is a lot of important data on this external hard drive and we would like to know how to unlock the drive and access the data rather than imaging the drive if possible as we would just have an external hard drive which is unusable.

All help appreciated.

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Dear Sirs,

When I executed the below code, I get 'Run-time error 9: Subscript out of Range'  Please help me fixing this problem

 Dim obj As PageSet.PrinterControl <----- in this line i get an error

      Private Sub Command1_Click()
         On Error GoTo errorhandler:
         Set obj = New PrinterControl
         DataReport1.PrintReport False, rptRangeFromTo, 1, 1

         Exit Sub

          MsgBox Err.Description
      End Sub

      Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)

         obj.ReSetOrientation 'This resets the printer to portrait.

      End Sub

         I have some Windows server 2003 machines. I want to get the free hard disk spaces of each drive and cpu utilization of each server. I want to run a powershell script from a Windows 10 client machine to get the information in a csv format or a word format. All the machines are domain joined. Can anyone help me with the script?
Client server failed to login via domain with error prompt.

Each time when tried to login via domain, error prompt " There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request".

However able to login via local build in ID. Able to ping server Domain, dns, and gateway successfully.

When tried to perform nltest query, got reply as RPC server not available.

nltest reset secure channel failed.

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).