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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In event viewer on Windows Server 2003 an error has occurred first intermittently but now quite frequent as follows (see attached).

Windows cannot query DllName registry entry for {696FED8A-263C-44C8-8195-A016BA48373D} and it will not be loaded. This is most likely caused by a faulty registration.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at

I have searched this error and people just seem to delete the registry key to eliminate the error from here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions

However, how do I know it is safe to delete this entry?  I know I can take a backup and then restore it but would rather understand the issue fully than just risk breaking any applcations.

Any advice on this will be greatly appreciated
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I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 system.

I need help in deciphering a BSOD:

Crash Time        Bug Check String    Bug Check Code  Caused By Driver    Caused By Address
4/16/18 12:52 AM  APC_INDEX_MISMATCH  0x00000001      Ntfs.sys            Ntfs.sys+11414
4/16/18 11:17 PM  APC_INDEX_MISMATCH  0x00000001      ntoskrnl.exe        ntoskrnl.exe+a44a0

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On May 7, I got another BSOD:

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:      BlueScreen
  OS Version:      6.1.7601.
  Locale ID:      1033

Additional information about the problem:
  BCCode:      1
  BCP1:      FFFFF80001E3337C
  BCP2:      0000000000000000
  BCP3:      000000000000FFFF
  BCP4:      0000000000000001
  OS Version:      6_1_7601
  Service Pack:      1_0
  Product:      272_2

Files that help describe the problem:

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I created a script that collects information on computers in our environment.  It's very basic, and uses commands like "Systeminfo", "Ipconfig", "Set User", and even queries the registry to find any ODBC connections on systems.  Then, I have all of the information export to a text file that is saved on a network share that I created.  Here is the actual script I am using (I hid the actual name of our server in the initial "SET LOG" section:

@echo off
SET LOG="\\SERVERNAME\testshare\joe\reports\%computername%.txt"

echo Report Date: %date% > %LOG%
echo. >> %LOG%
echo ------------------ >> %LOG%
echo System Information >> %LOG%
echo ------------------ >> %LOG%
systeminfo | findstr /C:"Host Name" /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version" /C:"System Manufacturer" /C:"System Model" >> %LOG%
echo. >> %LOG%

echo ---------------- >> %LOG%
echo User Information >> %LOG%
echo ---------------- >> %LOG%
set user | findstr /C:"USERNAME" /C:"USERDOMAIN=" >> %LOG%
echo. >> %LOG%

echo ------------------- >> %LOG%
echo Network Information >> %LOG%
echo ------------------- >> %LOG%
ipconfig | findstr /C:"IP" /C:"Subnet Mask" /C:"Default Gateway" >> %LOG%
echo. >> %LOG%

echo ------------- >> %LOG%
echo Mapped Drives >> %LOG%
echo ------------- >> %LOG%
net use | findstr /C:":" /C:"\\" >> %LOG%
echo. >> %LOG%

echo ---------------- >> %LOG%
echo ODBC Information >> %LOG%
echo ---------------- >> %LOG%
echo System DSN(s): >> %LOG%
reg query …
Hi guys,
I want to log off or shutdown all the domain computers everyday at 6pm . Is there a way to do it through gpo or any other better way ?

Thank you
I got a igel thin client and access the terminal server from thin client.
I got a USB printer. How do I setup the USB printer in thin client so I can access it in my terminal server ?
Any ideas
I have windows Server 2003 which was running on Dell poweredge R230.
improper shutdown cause the windows corrupted.Now when i start the server it detect hard disks RAM but also  give the message booti- 09 no target information.Then goes to start windows and for few seconds showed the blue screen then come up with a windows with Options to recover the system or normal boot.
I tried to recover but it failed and normal boot make the system to restart again.

SAS Drive =2

now i am in need to recover the system and data as its very important and all of the employees are waiting for the recovery.
Got a server 2008R2, got 3 printers and all printers are added in print management.
got gpo to push all printer - " user config-preferences-control panel settings - printers "

i want a setup like:
3 printers, 3 OU
how do i setup 1 printer as default for one OU, and another printer as default for another OU . and third printer default as third OU.

in gpo, when i go into  " user config-preferences-control panel settings - printers " right click on printer 1 - ticked, set this as default printer. and in common tab, i got item level targeting and added the OU1... but this is not working . anyother way ? anything i am doing wrong here ?
Hi ,
Got a SErver 2008R2 - getting errors in  event log.
EventID - 12294 Directory-Services-Sam

The SAM database was unable to lockout the account of Administrator due to a resource error, such as a hard disk write failure (the specific error code is in the error data) . Accounts are locked after a certain number of bad passwords are provided so please consider resetting the password of the account mentioned above.

So i changed the administrator password for the server. but now the clients wants to know- is that a internal or external problem. why the account is trying to lockout.
how do i find the source of this problem ? any ideas.

I tried virus scan using symantec. could not find any issues.
We have created a new function in Excel using Power Query as follows:-

(page as number) as table =>
    Source = Json.Document(Web.Contents("https://myurl/?format=json&page=" & Number.ToText(page), [Headers=[Authorization="Basic mysecretapikey"]])),
    #"Converted to Table" = Table.FromList(Source, Splitter.SplitByNothing(), null, null, ExtraValues.Error)
    #"Converted to Table"

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We then have a separate query as follows:-

    NoPages = {1..15},
    #"Converted to Table" = Table.FromList(NoPages, Splitter.SplitByNothing(), null, null, ExtraValues.Error),
    RenameColumnToPage = Table.RenameColumns(#"Converted to Table",{{"Column1", "Page"}}),
    fGetTicketColumn = Table.AddColumn(RenameColumnToPage, "Custom", each fGetTickets([Page])),
    ExpandColumn = Table.ExpandTableColumn(fGetTicketColumn, "Custom", {"Column1"}, {"Column1"}),

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The problem we are having is that the expanded column only shows data for page 1, all other pages come back with no data (Which we know to not be correct).

Authentication for https://myurl is set to anonymous as it is using the Headers property (Which we wanted to use to avoid our staff needing credentials).
When we remove the header, and update the authentication to basic and add in the details there, everything works as expected.

Any help troubleshooting this issue would be really helpful.
I have a Windows 2008 R2 server running for a long time with one internet HD hosting a large amount of Company Work Files.
It was getting full so I bought a Seagate Personalcloud Network drive and start the process to copy the files to the Personalcloud from the Server.
Then I notice that all permissions get issues once it was on the network drive:

The 'Everyone' that had FULL permission on server, has partial on the external HD. 

The message "The permissions on are incorrectly ordered, which may cause..." start appearing on every folder/file I try to change Security.

I can't change, delete, include users and/or security options on any file/folder.
It causes that when the user try to open a file on their computer, of the new shared Personalcloud HD, sometimes works most of the time not (get stuck on permissions)

I'm sending pictures showing what I can see be the situation:

I right click on DP folder and went to Security:

Them I click on EDIT and try to edit 'everyone"I click 'Reorder' and give 'Full control' to EveryoneAll seams ok, but when I click "Apply" (or OK") the user goes back to no check boxes after show a windows security message:

If I click YES, again the Incorrectly ordered message shows up. Do not matter if I click Reorder or Cancel the result is always the sameSame as it was before:

( the "Everyone" still as was on the first image)

The interesting thing is that sometimes, only sometimes, the "Everyone" get's the 'Full Control" check…
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I have a problem with my Windows Server 2003.  The antivirus keeps restarting the OS.  How do I fix this problem?
Hi all,
Working on a domain that has a few 2003 DC's on and i'm 99% certain i've got everything ticked off, with this i mean;

>Moved FSMO roles
>NTP synchronization updated
>DNS reference across all DCs and servers
>DHCP updated

I've noticed that it's a Terminal Licensing server, or at least it used to be. If i open Terminal Server Licensing it say's there's no terminal license server available.

However if i go into control panel and licensing i can see the domain and clients

If i go into Control Panel and click on licensing it says product 'Windows Server' and the license is Per Device or Per User. (See image)

Also in the licensing snap in i can see the domain and clients dating back 10 years up until today connecting to the DC, is this just them authenticating?

The DC has been switched off for two weeks and i haven't noticed any issues, i've ran DCDIAG and NETDIAG and everything looks good.

I'd love to know what this does and if it's needed? Ideally once the server has been DCPROMO i'd like to decommission it so it's not on the network anymore, i don't want to keep it running with these defunct roles. If anyone has any advice around this it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks
Need Microsoft SBS 2003 STD R2 ISO to download. Can anyone out there help? I have an old server with some files that are corrupted therefore I can not access the server. It is only a one time shot because I intend to migrate all my files to the cloud.
All my Windows 10 computers on my Windows domain have "some new" functions that by default blocks any connection attempt TO THEM.
It is not the default Windows Firewall.

I know that moreover the firewall, they added another blocking mecanism : when I go in control panel, network ... , Advanced Settings: there is a "profile " système there. I do see it as "Current Profile DOMAIN" and there are 2 settings: "Activate network discovery" and "Activate files and printer Sharing" and both of them are Active. I have to manually make them active on each Windows 10 because I didn't find in my domain GPO the settings for that. Do you know if that can be controlled by GPO and Windows 2003 GPO also...?
I have converted a physical machine (windows server 2003-Domain Controller) to virtual by the use of Disk2VHD (Microsoft Sysinternal Tool).

Now when I am using the vhd file to create a virtual machine in hyper-V then the machine is loading properly but the NIC is not showing. An yellow indication is showing in that place.

I have tried many things but the NIC is not showing.

Kindly help.
I've read through many posts discussing similar issues, but have been unable to successfully apply any accepted solutions when they seemed to apply to my situation.  

This issue is on a 2003 Domain controller, the last of it's kind among 9 other 2012R2 DCs.  The only reason this hasn't been removed before now is the same reason I can't just kill it and do metadata cleanup now to remove it - it still has some applications and services which were built some 10 years ago by others no longer with us that we are still reverse engineering in an attempt to make compatible with our more modern operating systems and environment.  That being said, this physical machine has now been a domain controller for 11 years (I'll call it DC1) and was at one time the PDC.  It's also possible that it was the only DC at one time, though I don't know for sure.  It hosted a Certificate Authority, Microsoft Exchange server, Microsoft SQL server, Web services, and the other a fore noted proprietary items.  The Exchange, and SQL items were removed prior to now, but not necessarily as gracefully as would have been desired.  The environment is a Single Forest, Single Domain environment, with a handful of sites each with their own DC with AD DNS.  DNS is split-brain.

I've have cloned the important items from environment in an attempt to do find solutions for this and other issues ahead of the live demotion.  The test environment consists of an offline virtual copy of DC1 together with a restored …
My mapped shared drives n client machines (Windows 7 client machines) disappearing quite often.  Tried manually remapping again , it shows in My Computers but again disappear.

The shared drives are in Windows 2003 server machines.

Any solution please
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.  
the BizTalk Admin Console functionality is having issues while the MSDTC CLU resource is hosted by second node.  Although it is working if the MSDTC instance is on first node.

This is Windows 2003 cluster admin. Let me know if you need any other information..
I am triggering a pipeline which consists of 7 jobs. Each job takes around 4-6 minutes and overall it takes 40 minutes. Defined quiet period is 120 sec and 300 Sec. I need to reduce build time. Can I make quiet period to 0 sec. Will it server the purpose....
Trying to get 2 DFS servers to replicate, but getting 13540 Event Viewer ID:

The File Replication Service cannot replicate e:\dfs.roots\data because the pathname of the customer designated staging directory:
 d:\frs-staging is not the fully qualified pathname of an existing, accessible local directory.

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).