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, I need to transfer Active Directory roles from a server with Windows Server 2003 to another server with Windows Server 2003 R2.
Basically I am following this:

I completed step 1 (transfer Schema Master Role).
I cannot complete step 2 (transfer Domain Naming Master Roles).
The error I get is:

The transfer of the operation master role cannot be performed because: The requested FMSO operation failed. The current FSMO holder could not be reached"

This is the output of dcdiag:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.COMPANY>dcdiag

Domain Controller Diagnosis

Performing initial setup:
   Done gathering initial info.

Doing initial required tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site\SERVER2
      Starting test: Connectivity
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests

   Testing server: Default-First-Site\SERVER2
      Starting test: Replications
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Replications
      Starting test: NCSecDesc
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test NCSecDesc
      Starting test: NetLogons
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test NetLogons
      Starting test: Advertising
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test Advertising
      Starting test: KnowsOfRoleHolders
         ......................... SERVER2 passed test 

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I have a very old scenario with two active domain controller:

server: Windows 2000
server2: Windows 2003 R2

I need to shutdown server Windows 2000. Before this, I need to make sure that every role is transferred to server2.
How can I do this?
I used command "netdom" to query the current state of roles,  but it seems it is not present in Windows 2003.
Thank you!
Good Morning,
I am attempting a GRT Backup using the following:
Backup Server:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard SP1 64-Bit
Backup Exec 2010 R3 Version 13.0 Rev.5204 64-Bit

Exchange Server:
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 64-Bit
Exchange 2007 Enterprise Version 8.2

Attempting a full backup returns the following error:
Backup- \\Server.local\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage GroupV-79-57344-918 - Unable to complete the operation for the selected resource using the specified options.  The following error was returned when opening the Exchange Database file:  '-546 The log file sector size does not match the sector size of the current volumn. '

Backup- \\Server.local\Microsoft Information Store\Second Storage GroupV-79-57344-918 - Unable to complete the operation for the selected resource using the specified options.  The following error was returned when opening the Exchange Database file:  '-546 The log file sector size does not match the sector size of the current volumn. '  Love how they misspell error

Backup Server:
C:\Windows\system32>fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo C:
NTFS Volume Serial Number :       0xc61879e71879d6c1
Version :                         3.1
Number Sectors :                  0x00000000707cc7ff
Total Clusters :                  0x000000000e0f98ff
Free Clusters  :                  0x000000000a4a02fc
Total Reserved :                  0x0000000000000040
Bytes Per Sector  :               512
Bytes Per Physical Sector :       4096
Bytes Per 

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Hi guys,
I got a backupexec 2010 product to backup my sever
Backups everything going good everyday. I just want to know how do I find how many days of backup it has ? How do i find retention policy.
Windows 2003 server share can be accessed by some users and not others.  What could cause this.  The user computer operating system is not the problem.  They range from Windows XP to 10. The share on the 2003 server has the Active Directory everyone group with all access.  I can ping the server, but cannot get to it with File Explorer.
I had to resurrect (don't ask) an old Windows 2003 server that in a former life was an Exchange server.  I gave it a new IP address and everything looked fine.  My DNS server sees it with the correct IP address and name.  I can ping it with no problem.  On the server, when I execute ipconfig /displaydns, I get old leftover records from when it was an Exchange server.  I have tried flushing the DNS, but they don't go away.  Where on this server (Not my DNS server) could this be coming from?

I just upgraded to 6.7 U1 and am now updating vmware tools. For 2k3 (32 and 64 bit) vms I am have trouble finding the proper
exe's from the vmware download site. Any that I download refuses to run. Can someone please point me the right direction?

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When renaming AD account, what are things that can be impacted? for instance if I have folder NTFS permissions assigned to the AD account that has been later renamed.

got a windows server 2016.
got azure backup configured.
backups failing within few seconds. i have attached a screenshot of the error.
have tried:
1- registering the server. re registered successfully
2 - updated mars agent. 2.0.9153.0

still no luck. any help would be great.
I have an issue that just started happening with an ODBC Connection on a Windows 2003 Server (VP1) failing to connect to a database on remote Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server (SQL1).

I received the following error:
ERROR ODBC Database Datasource 'D4TN' [][Named Pipes Provider: Could not open a connection to SQL Server[2], while SQLConnect 08001
Failed to connect to Database using DSN 'D4TN' Err -1

I also noticed that the network shares of the SQL Server are not accessible anymore from 'VP1', I receive the following errors when trying to browse or clicking on the mapped drives:
An error occurred while reconnecting J: to \\SQL1\share
Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use
This connection has not been restored:

I am still able to browse network shares on 'SQL1' from all other Servers and also have successful ODBC connections to the database D4TN.

I can't ping the 'SQL1' server from 'VP1' and can't ping 'VP1' from 'SQL1', but I can ping 'VP1' and 'SQL1' successfully from other servers.

Please advise on how I can resolve this issue.
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Hi guy,
Got a telstra router.
Need some help setting up vpn for remote users, so they can access the local lan
- please have a look at the pic attached for my config. It says windows 7 option.
But I got windows 8&10 os. Will it work still ??
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Cleaning up an old Domain controller. I recently took over a network and noticed while migrating the domain from a 2003 box to a Windows Server 2012 R2, there is a domain controller listed under Active Directory - Domain Controllers, that I can't find. Searching the network that server no longer exists and from what I can tell it was an old server that has not been in the network for at least 5 years. We currently are not having any issues, and when I look at the five roles for the domain controllers ( RID, PDC, Infrastructure, Schema Master and Domain Naming Master) they are all listed to the real domain controller that is still active. My question is how can I remove the old server listed in Domain controllers in AD. Is there any reason I can't just right click and say remove?

I have demoted a number of DC's recently and I see that DNS server role is still installed on all of them. Also I see in the reverse lookup zones that all the old Name server records are still there. My dns is integrated with AD.

1. Once I demote the old DC, can remove dns server role from that machine safely?  I dont want zones disappearing or anything of that nature.  

2. Do I have to manually delete all old name server records?
Hi Experts

Could you point if a SSD (solid state drive) HD - in general, since I don't have its specifications by now correctly works on Windows Server 2003?

Thanks in advance
Trying to add a Windows server 2012 R2 domain controller to a Windows 2003 domain. Running into issues on the Prerequisites Check and its failing, error below

Verification of prerequisites for Active Directory preparation failed. Unable to perform Exchange schema conflict check for domain ripatampa.local.
Exception: Access is denied.
Adprep could not retrieve data from the server server.ripatampa.local through Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
[User Action]
Check the log file ADPrep.log in the C:\Windows\debug\adprep\logs\20190305110127-test directory for possible cause of failure.

I have looked online and made sure that "Enable Distributed COM on this Computer" is enabled on the 2003 server, also made sure there is no third party AV on either servers. The Windows 2012 R2 is already part a member of the domain. Also made sure Network Serice account was added to - SeServiceLogonRight
Hi guys,
I got a prtg installed in a separate server.

Got wmi sensors, and got few errors in it. Says “ the vm could not be found. Is it powered off ? - perfcounter:no data to return. Performance counter error 0x80D007D5

It says vm turned off. But the vm is turned on and running. I tried restarting that particular vm too. Still no change. It still stays red with same error.

Any ideas ??
I am building a lab in my apartment.

I'm a student. I have a ton of Linux servers but no Windows servers. So I have a few questions

1. I am a student. Do I need to pay by the core or do they have a free student license?
2. Which version of Windows server should I get?
3. Will this verison have a GUI? Should I use a GUI. Very comfortable with Unix shell. I would like to learn Powershell but also just want an overview of Windows server.
4. How do I connect to Windows server from a Linux machine?
5. I want to specialize in network security. What should my goals be running Windows server? What do I need to learn and get a good overview of?

I have added a lot of tags and plan to keep this question open for a while, especiallly from the NetSec people.
Hi guys,

I got a batch file which has

Msiexec \i \\servername\foldername\filename.msi PIDKEY=xxxx LAUNCHAPP=1

Am trying to install antivirus msi file through group policy to all computers. Before that just checking my batch file is working or not.

I tried from one computer. I can access the server share. So no issues with permissions. But when ever I run that batch file by double clicking or run as administrator it comes with a “windows installer” box giving options what commands to use. But not installing

Could you guys, see whether my batch file is correct or not ?? and the pidkey I used at end is the installer key for antivirus so doesn’t need to put in manually
Hi Experts

Could you point a Windows Server version that could be installed at this hardware?

Win7 doesn't have a good performance on my particular case.

Thanks in advance!
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Yep that’s right. I have to upgrade windows 2003 server to something Current enough to sync with azure active directory.  Any suggestions on how to do this? I doubt I can convert 2003 server to the most current one right away. Have any of you had any experience and any suggestions?

What types of issues might I run into and what’s the best way to do this
i got a windows 10 pro 64 bit desktop.
for some reason. windows update is not working,

i tried . - windows troubleshooting within windows
windows update troubleshooter
did check disk
did sfc/scan
deleted software distribution folder. restarted windows update service.
 but still its giving same error.  attached a pic of the error.

main reason i want update to work is - i need .netframework 2.0 from turn on feautres. when i try to enable .netframework2.0 it tries to download from windows update.

if my update does not work .  any other way to install .netframework2.0 ???
Hi guys,

I configured sql server in my DC. (SQL- 2014express and got management studio)
From server side, all looks good.  I can login tot management studio with correct server name, instance name, database name, sql authentication details

But from client computers- window10/7.  I installed client application and trying to connect sql server. It keeps on giving some error. “Can not locate server/instance specified )

I got the error pic attached. Please have a look and let me know if any ideas

i tried pinging my dc(which has sql) - both ip and name ping success.

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Hi guys,
I installed new sqlexpress 2015 in my server. While installing it asked to create instance which I did and all installed successfully.

When I open, sql server configuration manager - it shows “SQL Server(mssqlserver)” running.    
I believe mssqlserver which in brackets is my instance name ??? Am I correct

And am trying to restore a database, into this new instance. Which fails- it says network related or instance specific error

And I don’t have sqlmanagemnet studio. It did not install with sqlexpress.

Do I need sqlmanagement studio to be installed ??? Am I seeing my instance name correctly ??
Any help would be great
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 ?
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 ?

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).