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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Hi guys,
I need to install .net framework3.5 sp1 in my server 2012

I downloaded exe file, tried did not work. Told to install using server manager.
I did through server manager, it still fails. “Says need to specify alternate source path to specify a valid location if source files that are required for the installation. “

Any other ideas to install .netframework3.5 in my server 2012 ?
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I got a synlogoy nas  RS815+ model

i am backing up files from nas to External harddisk each day using hyperbackup software in nas
its all going good. but how do i check whether its backing up full backup or incremental everyday ??

i had a look at the size, it looks like incremental backup. but i just want to confirm it.  the hyperback does not give you option to select either full backup or increment.
i have attached a screenshot of the backup settings.  could anyone have a look at see whether its incremental going on ?
Hi guys,
Got 2011 sbs
One of the service is not starting from services.msc
Whenever I start the service, giving an error
“Error1503: the service did not respond to the start or control request in timely fashion”
Tried restarting the server- still no luck

Any idea ??
Need to read up on Windows Architecture & Operating system / Win32 APIs

What can you suggest?
Need basic info - for migration of 2003R2 domain with 5 DC's and domain functional level - 2000 native...

I have 2 sites.. with very old servers... (one is actually P3! and 2 other are VM)
Site 1 - 3 DC's ( one of them holds all FSMO rules)
Site 2 - 2 DCs' (FSMO rules at the first site)

First I moved all FSMO rules to VM DC..
all 5 Dc's are the same  - Windows 2003R2 and domain functional level - 2000 native

I want to upgrade the domain to 2008/2012/2016...

As I understand, first stage is to Raise functional level - to 2003 -

Is there any checking I need to do before I just choose to raise the functional level? I mean - Is the log must be clean from errors or something - is it possible that somehow I will have any problem ? or if something is wrong than the level wont change and nothing happen?

I do not have any exchange... and the network is really basic .. I have a really old netapp.. but I dont think its matter..?

Stage 2 - what is the best ? I read many posts but it not exactly my case...
If I cant raise the level - whats best to do?

If I raised the level - is it better to add a 2008r2 server and move all FSMO rules to it? all the other 5 DC's will be OK?
Can I move FSMO to the new 2008R2 and than remove 1 old DC and join a new 2008R2 instead? and so on for each old DC? and than go to 2012/2016/2019?
One of our clients has an ancient Dell server (PowerEdge 1600 SC) running Windows 2003 Standard (SP2) as the operating system.  This machine is the domain controller for a two-server network (the second "data' server runs the application software).  This system has always worked reliably.  Yesterday we were on-site and had to reboot the 2003 server several times for a variety of necessary reasons (and that may not have anything to do with what happened).

Now, no one can log into the 2003 DC server.  I have attempted to connect using Windows Remote Desktop.  I get an error message saying "the system cannot log you in due to the following error: the workstation driver is not installed."

The 2003 DC server boots up fine by itself.  However, there is clearly a required service (workstation driver) that is not loading or running as expected.  Is this a known problem with Windows 2003 server?  Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to fix this problem so they can use their system again.

Thanks very much.
hi guys,
Got a esxi 6.7 server
got virtual machine which is dc -server 2016std

time always runs 5 mins slow.
i checked the w32tm /query /status - it was synching from local cmos battery

i tried changing it to external ntp time sources, but still dc takes time from local cmos battery.  it never changed to external ntp server.
in esx server, under virtual machine - synchronise guest time with host is not enabled too.

used these commands:
w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:",0x1,0x1,0x1,0x1"   - to set ntp server

used this to reset time service to defualt :
net stop w32
w32tm /unregister
w32tm /register
net start w32time

tried restarting time server - net stop w32time && net start w32time

the client machines take time from DC .. but dc not taking time from external ntp.
what else could be the problem. how do i make it to take time from external source ? ? any help would be great.
Disk ManagementHi,
 I have a virtual machine running Windows 2003 server standard. It has C, E and F drive. C and E drive is on the same disk 0.
 I like to allocate more space for E drive. So I increased the hard disk size in virtual machine/Edit settings by 11GB for testing.
 When I run DiskManagement in Windows 2003 server OS, I see 11.66GB free space next to "Local Disk )E:) 39.04GB.
 When it is all done, I like to see E drive showing 51GB.
 Is there a FREE software out there that I can use?

We need to implement a patch management solution for our domain.  What are some ideas to best manage updates and patches that you experts have used?
A little history before I get crucified. Not my circus and not my monkeys.. I have a soft spot for the down trodden.  

Have a client that is still break\fix. 4 years ago I warned them I was no longer supporting Windows 2003r2. 2 years ago I warned them the server (Dell T300) could die. Offisite backup no… still using a 2011 version of Symantec Backup and backup had stopped working a year previously. However, I do have good System State backup
RAID 5 failed and hot spare flaked out, so had to send the drives out for data recovery. Data was recovered. All user folders and other files I put on a temp server so they could access them. Now the remaining problem is that they had a program that used SQL 2005. I have got SQL 2005 to load on 2008R2 and run as long as I put all the SQL service packs on it. The database will not restore. Their previous server was also the domain controller.

The software company said they would help, but wanted $15,000 upfront. The main reason this place was still on this system was that the company only supported server 2003R2 and SQL 2005 which was why they were still on it. The client was moving away from this company, but needs their accounting from the old software.

I have a client that has a T300 in the closet that was a domain controller with server 2003R2. It never got demoted because the access to old accounting software wouldn’t run on newer version of server. I got it and have it in the shop and it still runs 😊 So I was wondering if…
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Need to update a  print driver on the print server.

Not sure how to do that, above my experience level.

It looks like the print server wants an msi file, but all I am geting from the printer web site is exe files.
I have 6 Active directory server (windows 2003 SP3) in 3 different locations (2 servers each site).
They are VM, VMWARE 5.0.  
Friday 4/1 the VM's storage has crashed and I must restore the image of Server-AD1 and Server-AD2.
But now both server do not work: there are several error  in AD service ID1308 and Reply service ID13508.
I tried to resolve with repadmin /removelingeringobjects command but without any result.
Could you help me
I have an aging SBS 2003 server which I use solely for Exchange.  I have a number of clients that connect various devices for email comms.  Some just use Outlook 2010 using Outlook over VPN and some use OWA and some use Exchange push mail for hand-held devices.  Just before Christmas I renewed my Go Daddy SSL cert which secures my mail domain and now all services apart from Outlook over VPN have fallen over with SSL issues.  I need someone with SBS 2003 experience to help me through the minefield.
MVMC Connection Option Screeb Warning on Summary ScreenConvertion Process Screen
 I am trying to convert Windows 2003 Server running virtual machine "FS1_W2003-recovered"  in VMWare ESXi server into Hyper-v virtual machine using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and have some questions:
 (1) In Connection option screen, I am not sure if the message means or applies to my situation?
 (2) In Connection option screen, why I can't select "On" for "Final state of source virtual machine"?
 (3) In Summary Screen, should I be concerned about the warnings (1. OS not supported  2. having one USB device) ?
(4) In Completion screen, I see "Uninstall tools" on the 3rd line. I assume it will uninstall VMWare tools? If so, why does it do that? Will it alter or harm existing VMWare VM in any shape or form?  This is where I CANCELLED the conversion because I was not sure what would happen to source VM.
Hi ,

Our company have two domains (Two forests). Domain A (Windows Server 2003) and Domain B (Windows Server 2008). Two domains have build a trusted relationship. We plan to upgrade Domain B to Windows Server 2019 (2008 -> 2012 -> 2019) next year. I want to know that :

- After upgrade domain B to 2019, can I keep the domain relationship between Domain A and Domain B? Or I need to rebuilt the trusted relationship ? Or I cannot rebuilt two domains relationship due to old Windows OS on Domain A?

How to determine what windows roles or feature when it was installed and when they were removed
I want to know the best way to install a new Dell T333 Windows 2016 Server to replace an old 2008 R2 server.
I plan to install the Active Directory on the new server, (DHCP is on the router), but the new server is on the same LAN domain and similar IP as the old server running active directory.
I've done this before but used a different domain name for the new server so I could create it on the same network.  
Then when everything is ready, (files copied, new mapping, etc.), on the new server, I just change the domain on each of the dozen PCs and do a restart on each.
Is there a better way?
Thank you.
Hi guys,

I got a pop3 email in mac outlook. I want to transfer all emails to a office365 outlook profile in my Mac computer. I recently migrated from pop3 to office365. So doing this transfer to have my old emails in office365.

So in outlook, I got both profiles now. Old pop3 email and office365 Email. I can drag and drop each folder email. But there are many sub folders in inbox, which will
Be difficult to crate all folders in new office365 inbox and then doing drag and drop each folder.

Is there any other way to do it in a better way.
How to set up two RDS servers on the same subnet on Windows 2012 R2.

I configured a second RDS server with the exact same configuration as the first one and restarted both servers, the first one dropped all settings after restarting it and users weren't able to log in.  Only one connection broker is allowed across multiple RDS servers?
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I had these specific related questions after viewing Upgrading from WS2003 to WS2016 (AD issues).

It seems there is a consensus that migrating (no in place upgrades) to new a DC/DNS server running WS2016 keeping DFL/FFL at 2003 for the time being, then the legacy fileservers folders can be migrated to new WS2016 servers subsequently, and finally raising DFL/FFL 2008 then 2016 when all legacy systems deprecated.

A. There is a WS2008R2 with framework 3.x running a legacy 2.0 app and MySQL 5.x. Push to ASP4.0 framework and it falls over.

The original strategy was to leave it in place whilst a new version is developped.   There are some references to potential problems with the application and RPC in the proposed new environment.  Has anyone come across this or offer any insights in this scenario ?

B.  There is a SQL Server 2000 running on WS2003 with a DC role, under VMWare.  The same server runs Sun Accounts v4.x.  I know there are potential issues running SQL Server 2000 in the new environment, and am concerned the Sun Accounts system whilst am told it does not directly use AD, may have RPC problems similar to 1. above.

Any feedback or insights greatly appreciated.
An Error Event occured.  EventID: 0xC0003500
            Time Generated: 11/14/2018   19:02:41
            (Event String could not be retrieved)
         ......................... PCSDC1 failed test frsevent
I have a windows 2003 DC (The only DC in the forest) Users have lost access to this DC(File server) and the result of dcdiag.exe is in these two  attached files. I ran utility to compress and regenerate ntds.dit and then copied to c:\windows\NTDS folder after add word OLD to the name of res1.log, res2.log, edb.log, ntds.log. This did not helped and I had to rename it back.
An Error Event occured.  EventID: 0xC0003500
hi guys.

i got difficulties in searching through emails in outlook. got 2013 proff plus and its office 365 emial.
went through indexing and did rebuild, indexing went for couple of days but still goes on slowly, there is some kind of issue in indexing.  
in application event log. got search warnings. 10023 and 10024 - gatherer warning

so i tried removing all items from indexing options. and search working good in outlook. it shows all search items properly.

should i leave indexing options empty ? will that be an issue ? what would happen if outlook is not in the indexing option ?
For some reason on the last three computers I set up, I cannot set the default file association for a .dwg file. We use two dwg viewers, Autodesk Inventor Viewer and eDrawings. The inventor Viewer is for .ipt files and the eDrawings is for .dwg. Autodesk inventor took over both types. Usually no big deal but I have tried using the default apps in windows 10, right-click .dwg and select "always open with" and tried to set the association using command line....nothing changes it. if they right click and select to open with edrawings, it works fine. Just cannot set the default.

I can set any other file type, just cannot change .dwg.  Anyone seen this before?
Have got a clients Server 2003 hard drive returned after drive failed and all files are within to folders called NTFS.
I need to get this booting up again and I've tried creating two new partitions on a new drive and copying all the contents of both NTFS folders to both partitions but I'm not struggling to get the drive to boot from the C: partition.

Any ideas would be most grateful..
HI guys,
I have following issue with my DNS suffixes.
I recieve a domain suffix list from GPO, which looks something like this:

when I do an nslookup to a hostname, my host (win10) will send queries with suffixes only up to, omitting the rest of domain suffixes.
To mitigate it, I needed to push to the bottom.

Is this a bug or some specific GPO setting that I'm missing?

BTW. is not set as the primary suffix.

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).