Windows Server 2008





Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, based on the Microsoft Vista codebase, is the last 32-bit server operating system released by Microsoft. It has a number of versions, including including Foundation, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web, HPC Server, Itanium and Storage; new features included server core installation and Hyper-V.

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A HP ProLiant DL380 G7 with Windows Small Business Server 2011 (equal to Windows Server 2008 R2) is stuck on a black screen after the "starting windows splash screen". I'm able to ping the server, able to do some remote management (services, event viewer, ...), can access file shares. But due to some services not starting, other (dependent) services also doesn't start.

So for example, I can't take over the server by RDP, the DHCP service is not running. All services trying to start through remote management give the error "error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start".

Someone any idea where to start solving this problem?
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Hello  I have a Windows 2016 Domain Controller that is a Read-Only DC.  I need to be able to bring this server up and log into it when it is not connected to a NIC card.
The error I get when I try is  "There are currently no login servers available to service the login request?"  It does not seem to be storing the Cached Password like my Windows 2008 DC do.

Please help


I need some assistance removing Exchange 2010 after a Remote Move / Hybrid Migration from SBS2011 before decommissioning the server and just leaving O365 in the cloud.   I might be overthinking the situation.

Original Setup - SBS2011 / Exchange2010
New Setup - Server 2016 Standard / Office365 Business - 80 mailboxes

AD Sync is currently setup on the Server 2016 box and working just fine.   All I want to be able to do is Sync AD Users and Passwords between the 2016 Server and O365 Business.  I no longer need Hybrid Exchange setup.  User gets setup in Local AD, creates the object in AzureAD - I assign the O365 license, setup the email address and go.  Future password changes stay synced between the Mailbox and local AD.

This is the first time I'm doing a Hybrid migration - I'm used to just doing a cutover style migration - once everyone is good in O365 I follow this guide to uninstall exchange - it's worked time and time again. -

He does have another article with what appears to be my situation   but it sounds like some supported frameworks might have changed since.   Currently the SBS2011 box I have doesn't serve any function currently.

Is it safe to just uninstall exchange 2010 like I normally do following the cutover migration?
Dell R710 - PERC H700 Integrated Driver.

We formatted this server for the purpose of converting it into a Domain Controller for one of our other locations, (replacing a server that died) running Windows 2008 Server R2.

Once we installed Dell OpenManage it kept indicating that the current version ( is older that the required version ( of the controller, see image.

I already have the version installed as you can see from the image but OpenManage isn't seeing.
January 8, 2019—KB4480963 (Security-only update) keep failing.

I do not have anything blocking but its still failing.

all my other update installed but this one
We live in a Windows Server 2008 environment and have a quick need for a Windows Server 2012.  Can we run one instance of 2012 on a 2008 hyper-V server?
We have a domain user account being locked out every few minutes after a password reset a few weeks ago (turns out we may have reset the password to what it was previously set as. IE, password was Example123 and we set it to Example123...not sure if this matters.) . I've looked in the event viewer but the only information it seems to give is that the DC is what triggered the lockout and not the device/pc that's using the wrong information to log in. Is there a way to track this information down?

I've looked at the audit failure event viewer logs but im not sure these are the right errors i should be looking at. Meaning, the audit successes mostly show the user that logged in. The failures seem to just be showing System. The times also don't line up with when we've unlocked and watched the account get locked.

i've started netlogon logging to capture the event
[CRITICAL] NlPrintRpcDebug: Couldn't get EEInfo for I_NetLogonSamLogonWithFlags: 1761 (may be legitimate for 0xc0000234) is what i found in those logs,

When i got this error i cleared the credentials on this users primary PC but they do move around to different sites (same domain) frequently. We've also removed email from their home PC and their phone.

Most PCs are Windows 7 and Server 2008 on the DC

Thank you for any suggestions!
The goal:  Copy client files/folders (and their security settings) from Server1 to Server2.  Note:  Server1 and Server2 are on the same network.

The problem:  Due to the collective size (1 TB) of data to be copied, it would take days to complete over a network connection.

Possible steps:
Part A - Goal:  Copy Server1 data to external disk drive  (Drive Letter H)
Step 1:  Attach a USB 3.0 external disk drive to Server1.  
Step 2:  Robocopy Server1 (shared folder "Clients") to external disk drive.  
Step 3:  When complete, disconnect external disk drive.

Part B - Goal:  Copy External disk drive data (Drive Letter H) to Server2
Step 4:  Attach external disk drive to Server2.  
Step 5:  Robocopy external disk drive data to Server2  (shared folder "Clients")
Step 6:  When complete, disconnect external disk drive.

I have reviewed the robocopy command here:

To ensure I do this correctly, I have two questions for you regarding Robocopy:
Question 1:  What would comprise the robocopy command line, to accomplish Step 2 (Server1 to USB drive)?  
Question 2:  What would comprise the robocopy command line, to accomplish Step 5 (USB drive to Server2)?

Thanks for your help!
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The Windows 7 update out today and listed as an optional update fixes the invalid file handle error successfully. Requires a restart and blue screen "updating windows" message.

I have a folder mapped to my Windows 7 VM from my Windows 10 host.

Works, Fixed, Done.   At least for now.
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Thanks for summarizing the title of my post.

   I have two servers one server 2012 r2 and one is 2008r2. Both of them have randomly started asking to activate windows, but neither will activate. They both spit out the KMS server is unavailable. I have ran nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp, which gives me the results:
 Server: UnKnown

***UnKnown can't find _vlmcs._tcp: non-existent domain

This the same on both sever. The 2008 is the DNS server which has the ip of

I have tried running all of the slmgr.vbs comands via command prompt and cannot get any of them to work.
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How to allow an AD security group to read the Security Event Viewer log in all domain via GPO ?
We have server 2008 Dcs
I recently migrated a Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server to AWS.

Everything seems to be working properly except for printer redirection.  I've tried from numerous clients such as Windows 7, 10 and another Server 2008 R2 machine and printers will not redirect from the local client.

RDS role is installed, licensing is configured properly and I've tried to enable / disable Easy Print to no avail.

It seems like a number of other people have experienced issue on AWS, but there doesn't seem to be a clearly defined solution.

Any assistance or ideas would be appreciated.
Can we update to Window 2019 Server from windows 2008 R2? I found information about going to 2019 from 2012 or 2016, but I would like to confirm that it is not possible from 2018 R2.

Windows 2008 Dynamic Disk Error!  I have a client 2008 Server that is reporting error on Disk0 C: drive.  The server has 5 2TB SATA drives all set as dynamic disks. Disks. Disk0 Has a 100MB System Reserve Partiton, 931GB NTFS C: Partition & 931GB Extended NTFS F: Drive Partition that is not being used.  Disk1-3 are in a Dynamic RAID5 array and have no issue. I used to be able to do an Acronis disk image of the entire server but then started failing.  

Looking at the Disk Manager Disk0 reports Errors. If I right click on Disk0 in the Disk Manager I have the option to Reactivate Disk. Sounds like a good step but I am afraid this might break it and this is the sole Domain Controller for the small office.

Is it safe to Reactivate Disk0?  It is weird since it seems to be working with error.

I also may have a bad block on the disk.  I am game to replace the disk but since it is a stand alone dynamic disk and Acronis Disk Image is not working I am not sure of the best path to migrate the OS and Data without losing it all.

I havent worked with Dynamic Disks very much and can use soem EXPERT opionion.
I have a need to schedule a task to occur every four hours, but unbelievably I cannot find any way to do this with the  GPO Task Scheduler in Server 2008. The options for "repeat task every" are 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes and 1 hour...
I can modify the custom repeat time manually in 2008 Server task scheduler but the same isn't possible when doing it on GPO task schedule. I understand and tried changing the repeat interval by editing .XML file but instead GPO tasks schedule change to "5 minutes". Please help its very urgent and important.

Thanks in advance.

 here is the .xml file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
-<ScheduledTasks clsid="{CC63F200-7309-4ba0-B154-A71CD118DBCC}">-<TaskV2 clsid="{D8896631-B747-47a7-84A6-C155337F3BC8}" removePolicy="0" userContext="0" uid="{E5521DE0-0643-4ED9-AC8E-8EA1DD8FED23}" changed="2019-01-15 16:33:08" image="2" name="Reboot Notification">-<Properties name="Reboot Notification" logonType="InteractiveToken" runAs="%LogonDomain%\%LogonUser%" action="U">-<Task version="1.3">-<RegistrationInfo><Author>TMMCADM\admin152</Author><Description/></RegistrationInfo>-<Principals>-<Principal …
We have a Citrix XenApp 6.5 Farm running on Windows 2008 R2 systems.  We have found through an audit there have been certain printers that when installed via the Auto-Client printer installation allow "Open command window here" if you go to this printer which is Microsoft Print to PDF (for instance) will then bring up the file locations which is ok, but the issue is the fact it is allowing "Open command window here".

I'm looking to see where in Citrix policies or Windows GPO's I can remove this option.  I can't remove command prompt access from the system all together as some of our published applications execute/launch via command prompt/batch script.

Any thoughts are appreciated.
Hello, we have a server 2008 r2, we have a default password policy of 180 days, we want the users to get prompted at 30 days and then, we also want them to get followed up with again at say 14 days if they havent changed it. Is there a way to natively do this with windows group policy?
How to extract NTFS Disk Security user list which was added in a disk using command prompt
Hello, currently having a windows logon problem for domain users.  After pressing control alt delete to proceed to the windows login screen, the screen itself freezes.  It never quite makes it to the login screen but freezes when it is transitioning from the control alt delete splash screen to the login screen.  When the screen freezes, the computer is unusable until a hard shutdown is performed.
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Our network consists of six Windows 2008 R2 servers.  We have implemented redirected profiles using a group policy.  This works on four of the six servers - when I logon to the four on which it works, my full profile is available and works.  On the other two, however, I'm able to logon using my network credentials, but they fail to load the correct profile.  Does someone know what might be going on and what we may have done incorrectly?
I have a virtual 2008r2 server running VMware 5.5. It is monitored with SolarWinds app monitor and reporting physical memory usage of 96%. When I log in thru windows and run resource manager it also shows physical memory 96%. I know this is a file server and our apps team is always copying files to this server. in VMWare has 48GB of memory. I was going to bump that up to 64%....I just noticed this happening and have only been monitoring this server for a few days but it has been persistent. Am I on the right track by expanding the memory in VMWare?
Dell PowerEdge 2970 Windows 2008 R2 running three 300GB 20K SAS drives 3Gbps RAID5

I have a much newer server that is a file server for a dozen users, I want to rebuild this newer server  so I'd like to move around 4TB to this 2970 server temporarily but I'll have to add some storage. Would anyone know if these hard drives will work on this 2970 server?
I have a Dell Sonicwall NSA 3600 and would like to create a VPN tunnel to be uses with all users that remote in to our Remote Desktop Server.

I don't know how to configure the secure VPN on the Sonicwall and have the VPN point to our Server 2008 Remote Desktop Server and have the sign in to their Remote Desktop Connection on the Remote Desktop Server.

I'm not sure how to go about this.  

Any help with this will be appreciated.
We are running 2 DCs which are 2008 R2. I know we will be replacing them in the next month or so.. lol
But for now we are seeing an issue with DHCP in that there are different computers that are getting the same IP address handed to them for some reason. Nothing has really changed in the DHCP setup that has been in place for sometime now.
We are seeing this more and more frequent for some reason.
Is there something that I need to check with dhcp to stop this from occurring?
Server 2008 R2 after update KB4480970 clients no longer able to connect to file shares.  "Handle is Invalid" error

Windows Server 2008





Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, based on the Microsoft Vista codebase, is the last 32-bit server operating system released by Microsoft. It has a number of versions, including including Foundation, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web, HPC Server, Itanium and Storage; new features included server core installation and Hyper-V.