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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got a website - currently “A” record pointing to

and I recently got a new website developed like and it’s sitting in

now if I go into my domain console and change the “A” to point to
and if I browse will it point to automatically ?? am I doing it right ?

I just want to everyone to still use same old address but point to my new website
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I've recently build two new Windows 2016 DC's (DC01 & DC02) in order to replace my old Windows 2008 DC's (DC1 & DC2).

However, now when I try and open the Group Policy Management in either of the 4 DC's, I'm getting an error The Network name cannot be found.

I'm stuck.  Can anyone help me with this?
hi got server 2016 as Active directory.
i want to know about a particular user"Ä", in which computer he has lastly logged on to or which computer he was using ? how do i find it out from active directory ? ?

got more than 100 computers in domain, cannot go into each computer and search for his user profile. so is there any way to find out which particular computer the user "ä" has used lastly ?
our company active directory domain:  corpdomain.local

Our parent company active directory domain:

our domain users require connectivity to parent company servers with fqdn.

for example user: 'pnewman@corpdomain.local' requires to access the server ''

How to configure this?
We are going to be upgrading from sbs2008 to server 2019 ESS
Since we cannot mi crate the Certificate authority from server 2008 to 2019. Do you really Need the CA from the old server?

I found these steps online. the first 2 steps i already know how to do.

1.You must migrate FRS to DFSR before you can install the 2019 and promote as replica DC,
2.You must raise Forest and Domain Functional Level Windows Server 2008 before you can introduce a 2019 DC. Because of this you cannot have any other Domain Controllers in your Lan that are still on 2003.
3.You cannot migrate the CA to 2019. If you need to migrate the CA you must introduce a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller first, backup the CA and restore to the new 2019 DC.
4.You cannot use Migration Tools from Microsoft. They will not install on the SBS 2008.
I am the owner of a Distribution Group in my exchange environment. Whenever I try to modify a member using Outlook it gives me the following error. Please see attached screenshot. error-1.png
I have tried to use this article but it doesnt seem to help.

I was able to successfully complete the steps in Step 1 but getting Errors in Step 2.

Can i get any assistance with this please. We have an older Server 2k8R2 and Exchange 2010.

I upgraded Powershell to the latest version on that box.

When attempting to use Groups to Manage the DL I was able to successfully complete Mode 1 - Set Ownership of a Group. But when i get to Mode 2 (Modify the ManagedBy attribute for one Group) I get the following error : WARNING: Didn't Find any valid objects in Owning Group.
changing windows registry keys on multiple PCs

I would like to have a script that changes Registry keys on multiple PCs.
Manually you can open Regedit and go to a certain key and modify the content, but when there are many PCs then doing that with a script can be more efficient.

Thank you
Hi All,

We have a current 2008 Server that has a number of file shares on it that was previously setup. Under DFS management I can see that the namespace has been setup, but it dosnt have any folder/taregst within it. If however I browse from a client machine \\namespacename\sharename i am still able to map/navigate to the hare. This is the only server with this namespce setup.

What I want to do is to migrate all of the shares onto a newer share, setup DFS / adjust drive mapping where needed and then retire the old box. We have a mixutre of ways the sahres have been mapped, some client use the namespace ie \\namespace\share and some have the direct share mapped ie \\servername\share. I wanted to create all of the shares under the exisitng namepsace, ensure all the client mapping point to the namespace share and not the server share. Add the secondary server to each share. Replicate and then turn off the old box.

When I try to add a new folder under the exisiting namespace (Called the same name as the shar foldr name) pointing to the correct target i get the following error:

\\domain\namespacename\sharename: The folder target \\servername\ namespacename\share name cannot be added to the folder, The directory is not empty.

If I cahnge the DFS folder name to say test and point it to the same target folder it is quite happy. Because of the mixture of how the shares are mapped on the client, i dont want to potentially stop the current shares from working and ws …
got a server runnings 2016 as hyper v
got few virtual machines running in it.

just thinking. for example virtual machine "A" got 2 GB ram. does it mean, it saves 2GB file somewhere in "c"drive of hyperv.   if yes, - can i able to move that 2gb file to a different location to free up some space in "c"drive ? ?  is it possible ?
got a super micro server running 2012 R2 essentials. got raid 1 with 2 disks.

got super doctor5 software to manage all components of server. but It’s not detecting the harddisk health, it comes as unknown.
upon researching I found super doctor5, does not detect harddisk if it’s in RAID.

is there any other software I can install to manage harddisk health or raid health from
desktop. ? like store administrator or raid manager. any software that work with super micro servers ?
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Hi, trying to decide on or figure out what version of AD CS (Active Directory Certificate Services) to migrate / upgrade to in my current environment.

Current Environment:

- FFL: 2008 R2  (Will elevate to 2016 after 2008 R2 DC's are removed)
- DFL: 2008 R2  (Will elevate to 2016 after 2008 R2 DC's are removed)

- Windows Server 2016 domain controllers
- Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers  (Soon to be decommissioned)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 AD CS

- Exchange Server 2010 (latest patches)  (Soon to be replaced by Exchange 2019)

So, my question is do I stick to Server 2016 AD CS to match my new DC's?  Or do I go to Server 2019 AD CS?

What's MS best practice?

Originally, years ago when I was deploying my Server 2008 R2 DC's, I went with Server 2008 R2 AD CS...mainly because there wasn't another option (it was pre-Server 2012/2012 R2).

Now that I have options, just wondering which route to go.

Thanks in advance.
We have 4 virtual machines with Windows Server 2008 R2. Virtualised on Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 R2 DataCenter.
We have difficulties connecting to the servers using Remote Desktop.
Sometimes users can connect immediatly, sometimes they have to try 5-6 times.
Some users can connect immediatly, Other users not.
Than it works ok for 10 minutes, afterwards the troubles with connecting start again.

On the same HyperV we have virtual Windows Server 2012 and 2016.
On these servers no problems connecting with Remote Desktop.

I Think it is an network adapter setting. But already tried a lot. Including disable Network Acceleration settings.

Any ideas?
Hi Team
Can someone please help with this


DNS Replication issues
See DcDiag printout

            Event String:
            The removal of the assignment of application LabTechAD from policy D
efault Domain Policy failed.  The error was : %%2
         A warning event occurred.  EventID: 0x0000006C
            Time Generated: 11/01/2019   10:08:46
            Event String:
            Failed to apply changes to software installation settings.  The inst
allation of software deployed through Group Policy for this user has been delaye
d until the next logon because the changes must be applied before the user logon
.  The error was : %%1274
         A warning event occurred.  EventID: 0x00000458
            Time Generated: 11/01/2019   10:08:46
            Event String:
            The Group Policy Client Side Extension Software Installation was una
ble to apply one or more settings because the changes must be processed before s
ystem startup or user logon. The system will wait for Group Policy processing to
 finish completely before the next startup or logon for this user, and this may
result in slow startup and boot performance.
         An error event occurred.  EventID: 0x0000272C
            Time Generated: 11/01/2019   10:08:48
            Event String:
            DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer FHEXCHANGE.FloridaH
ouse.local using any of the configured protocols; requested by PID     10cc (C:\
Guys I have a windows 2008 R2 server that has decide to allow connections randomly. Sometimes the client will try to login and it gives the "remote desktop cant connect to the remote computer" and then sometimes itll give you the login prompt and then display that same message. And finally, sometimes itll let it go thru and they can login. All users are remoted in from windows 7 workstations.
I am looking to upgrade OS from windows server 2008 R2 Standard to latest OS which is supported to SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise.

Environments Used:

1) SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise. 2) Windows server 2008 R2 standard
3) Sql server 2008 R2

So could you please help me the steps for upgrade process for end to end without impact of SharePoint

****Is there any impact on SharePoint Environment if we install Service pack 1 for windows server 2008 R2?.  any one please help..
Hi, I just got caught out with a major bill from using Amazon AWS and I'm trying to work out why.

It seems AWS is very popular, and the headlines of their advertisements consists of multiple free tiers allowing free website and database hosting, or at a reduced cost.

I setup my first AWS account and created a single Windows Server 2008 RC2 instance, and a single SQL Database (less then 2GB), then got hit with a $970 bill at the end of the month.

Surely this is not a sustainable pricing model if they are charging almost a grand a month for hosting a simple database that I can host anywhere else for $50 a month. There must be something I'm missing here, I keep looking at Amazon's pricing model, but it doesn't make sense, why would they put emphasis on the hours you would run your server for, wouldn't most business want to keep their servers running 24/7.

I'm just posting this here to get some clear answers as I'm a complete novice at this, and this was a cost I couldn't afford.

Technical details are here if my setup
Amazn RDS
 - SQL Server Standard Edition
 - Location: ap-southeast-2b
 - db.m4.xlarge (20GB)

Bill Breakdown
Location: Asia Pacific (Sydney)
Amazon RDS for SQL Server Standard Edition (License Included)
USD 1.367 per hour running SQL Server SE (LI) - 710hrs ($970.57)
I have a problem with windows server 2008 r1 x64 not being able to update system center endpoint protection.

Looking at the logs I get
Event id 2001 source Microsoft Antimalware
It states The specified network name is no longer available. error code: 0x80070040 &  0x80072efd previous engine version: 1.1.16400.2. current engine version states nothing. I am able to go to the source path without any issues. the updated files are there.
I have a customer with a 2008 (not R2) forest level and their FSMO DC is hosted in AWS hosted servers.  Their sites all have 2008 R2 Server and somwhere there is a 2010 Exchange Server floating around...

Here begins the caveats to forest levels and exchange organizations....

My end-goal is to get the customer onto Exchange 2016 and get their forest level up to 2012R2 with zero disruption.  Even better, there are and probably will continue to be Windows 7 PCs in this environment.

I had considered doing a new environment with a knife-edge, but I'm not sure how to create a trust between 2016 domain controllers on a 2008 forest with a 2008 FSMO DC.  My reading leads me to believe that you cannot join a 2016 server to a 2008 forest.  

Anyone have recommendations on what order to perform which task and things to avoid or watch out for?

Thanks in advance!
I have two different Microsoft Domain (two different forest)
First domain is level 2008 (forest level 2003!)
Second domain is level 2008 r2 (forest level 2008 r2)

My goal is create a trust between forest, in order to:
Assign to a first domain user right on resources of second domain, in a efficient way using "browse" function.

I think first step is have the same domain \ forest level...
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One of our clients has requested 2 website shortcuts be installed on all users desktops for current and new profile logins.   I am a little shaky with GPO and would like to know where in the policy is the correct place to set this up and how to go about it.   One of the other engineers created it in the default GPO but after a reboot it didn't work.   Any help is appreciated.   Server is 2008.
We've got a handful of servers that have to remain on 2008R2 for another year or so for one reason or another.  Migrating those servers to Azure doesn't work as they have to be on-prem.  I'm reading that you can get security updates if you have an Enterprise Agreeement, but that gets complicated & expensive.  Most of the servers in questions are for smaller networks with 20-70 people.  They have one or two Server Standard 2008 R2 VMs running some legacy application that needs to remain onsite and has to be on 2008.

I've read several articles about Microsoft offering a ~$300/year option to keep security updates going.  However, I'm not finding anything official.

Anyone got any advice on this?

Thank you!
We have windows 2008 Active directory environment.
Architect had planned the DCs as follows:-
2 DCs (i will call them DC1 and DC2) in prod site with one of them (DC2) having the certificate authority on it.
1 live DC (DC3) in DR site.

DR was planned as follows:-
Storage replication configured for prod DC with CA (DC2) on it and it will be powered on during the DR.

We need to do DR test.
We will cut off the prod site completely from network during DR test.
I think the issue with this setup is that once the DC2 is powered on at the DR site and replication happens between the DC2 and DC3 then once we shutdown DC2 replica in DR and bring up the DC2 back in prod site then USN rollback condition can occur.
Architect does not agree with that.

In my thinking there is no need for the DC3 in this scenario if we are going to bring up DC2 in DR scenario.
OR the CA role should be split onto a non Domain controller server.

Please let me know your thoughts.
We just upgraded our Windows 2008 r2 server to Windows 2012 r2.  This server is just used as a web server.  After upgrading, our websites were not working.  After going into IIS all the websites were labeled as folders and not applications.  I don't know why the upgrade did not keep them as web applications.  So in IIS I made all the websites applications.  For security I have IUSR and IIS_IUSRS and gave them all permissions, but full ,modify and special.  Some applications work and some don't.  All our applications are classic ASP.  Some web applications use a corporate logon page.  So in ASP we call the corporate logon page with the return url back to my website.  The corporate logon page is retrieved, and I enter my userid and password, but on the return I get an error (500 internal error).  I think this has something to do with App Pooling but not sure.  I say that because one website that has no issue doesn't use the corporate logon.  It was initially getting an error on a redirect that had a parameter.  Once I changed the pooling from defaultAppPool to Classic.Net AppPooling the website worked.  This pooling did not work for those applications that used the corporate logon.  Has anybody come across this issue when upgrading to Windows 2012?
I am trying to create Windows domain log on password group policy.
I have Windows 2003 DC, Windows 2008 R2 DC, Windows 2012 R2 DC.
I tried from all of the Domain controllers but can't load group policy management screen. The system says "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

We currently upgraded our domain controllers from Windows 2003 to Windows 2012.

I think my domain controller upgrade process was totally messed up.

Now I just left only 3 domain controllers.
One is Windows 2003 32bit PDC.
second one is Windows 2012 R2 64bit.
Third one is Windows 2016 64bit.

My goal was getting rid of 2003 PDC.
Now, If I turn off any of the Windows servers, any users can't logon.

I don't know what to do now.Does anybody have idea?
I have attached
After using Windows backup (Backup Once) Windows changed the Primary, Boot, Crash Dump, C: drive to a dynamic drive without a drive letter and made the external drive(destination drive) to C:.  It renamed the previous C: Partition to storage 2019_10_08:32 DISK_01. At the last stage of the backup it simply failed with "file not found". But did not revert the partitions back to the originals configuration.  

Now I'm deathly afraid to reboot the server as the external drive is the bootable partition. Yet the server appears to be operational.  

OS: Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and all important updates installed. 64-bit OS

This is a production server that is in use all weekdays, hosting AD/DNS and is the only Domain DC. How can I get the Disk management back to the previous settings?

I have  attached some images of what the disk management looked like before (from a different server) and the way it looks now.



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.