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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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I added a new folder to DFS a few days ago and changed the login scripts that are run when users sign on to the domain..  I'm having 2 issues.  First, the new folder never display when a user signs on.  But the bigger issue that when some users sign on, the share for the users folder appears to be empty.  

On the domain controller with dfs, the new folder does display under dfsroots on the c drive.  If I use the universal path to access all the shared drives, it displays properly as well.  And if I create a script that is just run from a pc that maps the drives, this also works except for on the DC with dfs.  In fact the server with dfs displays the document for the new folder rather than the users folder.

I have no clue - this should have been a simple change.  Any help???
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Are network/authentication logon services available during DC promo?   Ill be adding a domain controller to the cloud and wanted to know if logon services will be available to services logons?    Thank you.  Want to make sure the network is usable during the DC Promo.
Having issues when logging from client pc's. When user logs in a .000, 001,002 appears at end of user account. Even in the server when logging in as admin there is a .001 after account name. Also domain account appears now with 2 or 3 after domain name. Lets say domain is it now shows as 2 on some client pc's and on the server it shows as 3. There was an issue a few days ago. Someone other so called tech came and supposedly reset the server. Not sure what he did but I was told that he cleared ASDC, DNS & File Directory and reinstalled it again? But I am looking for a solution to try and get the server and clients back to normal. Any help would be appreciated.
I'm trying to install an msi through GPO. It fails on my test box with error code 1274 in the event log. DC is 2008r2, test box is Windows 7. Any ideas?
I have a Old Server with windows server 2008 R2 with a lot of share folders and share files and I want move all the folders and files to the new server with windows server 2012 which is the best way to do that, with the less time of downtime and also keep the users permissions? that way I dont need to add permission again to the users and to the security groups

any idea?
RemoteApp is becoming the "bane of my existence".  My setup has been working great since my last problem (SonicWall issue) but that's only been for a little over 2 months!  I can't think of anything I've changed or anything that's happened to my network, so, as usual, I don't have a clue as to why this, all of a sudden (and, of course, at an extremely crucial time since I'm using it to convince a potential new customer to purchase my software system) has stopped working, but it has.  Internally, it works just fine, which rules out some possibilities but does nothing to help my current situation.  I'm running RemoteApp (RDS) on a Windows 2008 R2 Server and I'm going to embed as much information as I can think of regarding my current setup (which has NOT changed) and hope that someone can help me.  Let me start  with the error message received by anyone attempting to access from outside my network:
RemoteApp-Error-External--1.jpgBeing a programmer with a "passing knowledge" of server setups, I have NO idea what a forward proxy configuration means.  The following screens will display my basic setup which uses a Gateway Server AND a Remote Host Session server (SSL certificates exist for both.  The RemoteApp Manger screen:
RemoteApp-Manager.jpgThe Remote Desktop Connection Manager:
Remote-Desktop-Connection-Manager.jpgThe RemoteApp Deployment Settings for the RD Gateway:
RemoteApp-Deployment-Settings---RD-G.jpgThe RemoteApp Deployment Settings for the RD Host Session Server:
I have more …
The backup operation that started at '‎2017‎-‎06‎-‎20T13:08:50.968000000Z' has failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code '2155348129'. Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.
Trying to secure my RDP connection so we are using TLS. Have create a template and a group policy to deploy it.

When I logon to the server i get the following error:

The terminal server cannot install a new template-based certificate to be used for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0\Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) authentication and encryption. The following error occurred: The permissions on the certificate template do not allow the current user to enroll for this type of certificate.

Domain computer on the template has read and enroll right. It did have only enroll but I added read as well. Not sure If i have to push this change through?
Hi all,

We have recently upgraded our internal CA to SHA256. We have a number of internal webservers that have sha1 certificates that are still valid. We are looking to upgrade each other certificates through controlled process. My question is, if we are to renew the certificates on the servers with the new SHA256 if there any issues are we able to recreate a new cert using a SHA1 cert?
Install a .exe file (MS Patch) using PSEXEC as Admin on multiple servers

Any help is appreciated.
Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure
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This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

I see in the logs the following error for lot of different workstations joined the domain

The session setup from the computer xxxxxxx$ failed to authenticate. The name(s) of the account(s) referenced in the security database is xxxxxx$.  The following error occurred:
Access is denied.

NETLOGON event ID 5722

Server 2008

Please help
I have a Windows Server 2008 r2 machine on DMZ. We have a shared folder on there that one day a couple weeks ago was no longer able to be accessed. No changes occurred except for maybe windows updates. I am having an issue trying to map the shared drive on the dmz server from any internal lan machine.

Steps I have tried so far:
1. Completely turned off firewall
2. Made sure all services that pertain to print and file sharing are on turned on and running.
3. Ensured that the checkbox for File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is checked.
4. Turned on File and Printer sharing, network discovery, and public sharing folder in Advanced sharing settings.
5. Tried uninstalling File and Printer sharing driver and reinstalled.
6. Verified that some local security policy were turned on to make sure to allow file and printer sharing.
7. Ran packet traces on Cisco ASA firewall with Cisco tech support but they are claiming that the packets are being allowed through without issue. They're saying that the smb ports (445, 137-139) on the dmz server are not responding once the packets get into the dmz server.
8. Went through registry and made sure everything for SMB1 and SMB2 were turned on.

I am able to remote the DMZ server and ping it from any LAN machine but not able to map the shared drive. I am at a loss and have been pulling my hair out. If anyone could lend a hand and assist with this or lend some recommendations to me, that would be awesome and very …
I know that my cipher suites are causing the issue with not being able to connect to certain sites - I'm not sure how or why but somehow it's only allow HTTP connections and is not allowing HTTPS connections (windows update can't check for updates, can only browse http websites)

I also can't connect to my IIS site as it's HTTPS as well - there are no errors in the logs

I know the cipher information is in computer\HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL

What do I need to do to check/fix to allow both http and https connections on this server?

See attached photo

I've seen this issue before but cannot for the life of me remember what I need to do to resolve it

IIS 7.5 - Win Server 2008 R2
How to easy export the domain OU and user list of windows server 2008 DC?
We have an AD Account  and it should be given Mininum permissions whatever is required to just do the below tasks for that account. Nothing else.
1. User should be able to remotely logon to the server in domain joined computer.
2. Should be able to start / stop services using command prompt (cmd.exe "run as Administrator")

Can we assign the user to any of the groups in attached screenshot or need to create something else.

Appreciate your help.
Currently we windows server 2008 R enterprise cluster. I would like to replace them with two new nodes Windows server 2016 standard. I have tried to added them to the existing cluster but failed.

Test result:
Validate operating system version ..warning
Network... failed
System configuration... failed
List Network Metric Order... failed
Walidate require services... failed

One of our customers is having a complex (multi-symptom) issue with a Server 2008 R2-based VM running in Hyper-V.  

Affected server:  Server 2008 R2 virtual machine on a Server 2012 R2 hypervisor.  VM functions as a file server, DC, DNS server, DHCP server, and application server (yes, we're aware this isn't a best practice, but we inherited it from another provider). Integration services are up to date for this VM.


--Client PCs on both of the customer's network segments suddenly and randomly (morning or evening) all lose the ability to reach the server's file shares (all clients timeout trying to connect).  App and system logs on the client PCs, file server VM, and hypervisor show no apparent problem.  In fact, the file server can be pinged just fine from every workstation, and curiously, I can browse to \\PCname\C$ of each PC on the network from that server!

--When the VM is restarted, it hangs on "shutting down", and the "turn off" function in Hyper-V Manager must be used to power it off (we've waited 1 hour and then 30 minutes the first 2 times this happened).  As soon as it is powered back on, Windows loads without incident, and client PCs can reconnect to all shares.  The app and system event logs for the VM show the transition from shutdown to restart, but there's nothing abnormal noted.

--When this VM experiences the issue, no other VMs on the same host have problems (we have an Exchange VM, terminal server VM, etc.).

I should mention that…
i have installed windows server 2008 R2 with two network adapter each o adapter has different ip address
i have 4 domain on this server
3 domain has pint to second adapter ip address but on of them has point to first adapter ip address
i did the dns forward records changing, reset ipconfig with flushdns and regenerate the dns with /registerdns
but the domain has point to old address yet
i also removed that domain from dns server and added it again, but the problem is still there
This is s SBS 2011 Standard
Found out today that a client can't access email. A colleague jumped on the Server and found all the exchange services disabled, he enabled them and mail worked for a short time. Mail not longer works, here are the issues I have found.
Exchange management console shows this error
Connecting to the remote server failed with the following message : The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request.  Verify that the service on the destination is running and is accepting requests.  Consult the logs and documentation for the WS-Management service running on the destination, most commonly IIS or WinRM.  If the destination is the WinRM service, run the following command on the destination to analyze and configure the WinRM service: "winrm quickconfig". 

Winrm shows everything is fine.
Strange things I have noticed, Update rollup 4-14 for Exchange server 2010 SP3 all installed with todays date. In the programs list Microsoft Exchange server 201 is showing an install date of today. I have all the services running for exchange.
When I hit "change" on exchange server it says "The LPVersioning file has an invalid value. Please check the Exchange Log for more info.
I also can't open the "Turn Windows Features on or off" it just opens Services.
What the heck happened last night?
Running SFC now.
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I know this is okay but I wanted to see if anyone could explain to me why our conditional forwarders do not resolve the "Server FQDN". I attached a screen shot. The conditional forwarders are on a domain that is setup on a trust relationship.

Everything else resolves and validates.
This is using Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 on MS Windows Server 2008 R2. Recently, we just implementing the retention policy, so as only the latest 30 day backup images would be kept. The scheduled backup job is quite simple, at first either a "Simple" backup schema that comprises a simple full backup jobs to be conducted on all 5 weekdays plus either one day on weekend - either Sat or Sun. Or the second type of backup schema is "Custom" comprises of  incremental backup jobs on all 5 weekdays plus also one weekend - either Sat or Sun.

With either of the way of backups, the job can be completed successfully. Backup jobs fired on time, and completed a few hours later with "success". Now, we add-in the retention policy with the following selections:

 - Cleanup archives:

   Retention rule - see attached Retention rules.bmp

I even run the "Replication/cleanup [1st location]" manually. The result is the operation shows "running" with fix "0%" in progress. Apparently, the operation is idle.
What's went wrong with the retention policy cleanup? How to resolve this issue?

Thanks in advance.

Can anyone here please shed some light and let me know how to safely enable and configure the built-in NTBackup Utility on my Windows Server 2008 R2 Exchange server?

The D: drive is currently 1.95 TB in size but the disk space is just 2.5% free. [I cannot extend it bigger anymore due to MBR partition]
My Veeam Backup software cannot take backup on this server due to the disk space limitation as in

So my goal here is to back it up while I'm migrating the mailboxes to different Exchange Server 2013 SP1 that I have just deployed and built.

Both old and the new Exchange Server Mailbox Database got Circular Logging enabled.

I just need the steps in how to backup Exchange mailbox database safely with no downtime or data loss, since the migration will take 21 days continuously.
While running a network trace for a workstation slow login issue, I notice two lines for ldap queries which failed

1)  _ldap._tcp.<SiteName>._sites.<serverName>.<DomainName>   Response: Flags:  Response, Opcode - QUERY (Standard query), AA, RD, RA, Rcode - Name Error

2)  _ldap._tcp.<ServerName>.<DomainName>  Response:  Flags:  Response, Opcode - QUERY (Standard query), AA, RD, RA, Rcode - Name Error

I do understand how the workstation DC location services finds a local DC on startup.  But confused as to why both queries list a DC specifically and do not mention msdcs??

All DNS records are present and have run dcdiag and confirmed replication is running as well.

Hi Guys,

2 of our 2008 R2 Terminal Servers randomly get a 'Server 2008 R2' wallpaper. What could control/change this?
hey experts,

In Windows server 2012, you can use the following cmdlet

Set-ClusterParameter -Multiple @{"Network"="My Backup";"EnableDHCP"=1}

In Windows server 2008 R2, the multiple parameter is not available.

Can you assist me In understanding how to set the parameters above in server 2008 r2?

Windows Server 2008




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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.