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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There are some very large Windows cab files using up a lot of disk space on a friends business server.  See attached.

What are these?   Is it safe to delete them?

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My 2008 Windows server on a physical host force reboots like clockwork approx every 2 hours with no blue screen, just shutdown and reboots.  By default it keeps going back into "start windows normally" and always leaves a Event 6008 unexpected shutdown but no reason why.  
"The previous system shutdown at 3:09:37 AM on 7/12/2018 was unexpected."
"The previous system shutdown at 5:13:11 AM on 7/12/2018 was unexpected."
"The previous system shutdown at 7:16:45 AM on 7/12/2018 was unexpected."

I'm racking my head trying to find the root cause.  
-I rolled back windows updates in June.
-I ran the Dell hardware diagnosis
-I checked task schedulers to see if there was something there

How else should I approach this?
Hi guys

I'm currently working on all of the licenses across our estate. I ran the Microsoft SAM tool and of course in the report we have so many users/mailboxes/devices which are over the licenses we actually have.

I'm trying to work out a way which I can get a report into an Excel sheet with the following to help me with all of the licensing:

a.  All of the people who have not accessed their mailboxes for over 2 months (the plan is to backup and then remove those mailboxes)
b. All of the mobile devices that have got Exchange emails added to them.
c. All of the computer devices that have not accessed or been active or no longer on the network.

Is this feasible? As it will hopefully help with getting rid of stale and unused records to aid me with organising our licenses.

Thanks a lot for helping
Why is 'PhotoScreensaver.scr' in other workstations (domain) opening as blank (black)? I've set picture screensaver (containing one picture) on one workstation and copied 'PhotoScreensaver.scr' to a network share. In domain controller (Windows Server 2008) I've created new GPO: 1. at logon copy 'PhotoScreensaver.scr' from network share to %systemroot%\system32; 2. enable: Screen Saver, Screen Saver executable name (PhotoScreensaver.scr), Password protect the screen saver, Screen Saver timeout.
Hi Experts,

I have a client whose AD forest has two trees. The forest root domain is a Windows 2003 domain, another tree is a Windows 2008. Now they are planning to upgrade to domain 2016.
The 2003 domain exists merely because that it's the forest root domain. In fact, all production resources are already in the 2008 domain.

I was wondering if they should create a new forest with a fresh setup 2016 domain, then migrate everything from the other forest to the new domain; or they should setup another tree within the same forest?

Which approach is least interruptive to the production environment?

We have a full facility power failure for several hours today.  I was able to safely shutdown my exchange server but since power has come back on and I have started it back up the server is extremely slow (took about 30 minutes to boot).  And now that's up I'm trying to expand the Microsoft Exchange On-Premises in the Exchange Management Console and it's been thinking for about 20 minutes.  I'm not able to send or receive emails yet.  The RAM and CPU look fine on the machine.  The server is 2008 r2 sp1 and it's Exchange 2010
I am trying to setup a batch file that looks at a msi file to be sent out through Windows Server group policy, but it is not working because it wants administrative rights once it hits the computer.  How do I give admin rights so the msi will install?

I have a QNAP TS-1279U-RP NAS. It is currently connected to one  Windows 2008 R2 Virtual server in hosted on one of the ESXi servers through an iSCSI connection.

The QNAP SAN is mapped as a RAW LUN. IT looks like it is mapped through the ESXi host and not software iSCSI on the Windows Server O/S (although I am far from being an expert on this).

I would like to know if it would be possible to also map this LUN to a physical Windows server (and see the same data that the Virtual server sees).

I it possible and how can  I accomplish this?

The physical server is  backup server which has the tape unit connected to it. I would like ot connect to the NAS so I can easily transfer data on the NAS to tape.

Any assistance / guidance would be greatly appreciated!
Some AD users are losing their inheritance access in the OU with other AD user that are keeping their inherent access.  I am trying to give delegate control to two OU's in my environment for particular AD group members to have password reset access but a significant sum of AD users will not keep inherent access.  

Windows 2008 AD.
Hello Experts,
How to make automation in windows 7 & windows server 2003/2008. Here is some task which is done by manually process, i need to process that task automatically on daily basis, please suggest ?
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Client has two XenApp 6.5 systems - 85 concurrent users across both. Both systems stable and users/client happy. Both running on Windows Server 2008 R2. Both systems working fine. However, during recent Support & Maintenance renewal of licenses, Citrix advised that XA6.5 is EOL and support will only be given at HUGE cost (honestly the costs are nuts).

All servers physical. both systems hosted separately in separate countries. Both have NetScaller VPX in frount of them. They do have VMWare hosts to leverage off but ideally Citrix servers need to remain on that physical hosts they have. They have licenses for Server 2012.

So what I'm asking is:
  1. What is currently supported version of XenApp
  2. Is their an upgrade path from XA6.5?

Lets start there!

Windows 10 Version 1803, not getting applied with any GPOs. The Domain is windows 2008 R2. Updated with Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) Policy definitions to the central store.  Tried with  new GPOs but in vain. UNC path access for SYSVOL and NETLOGON are ok from the client side.
Can someone help me out?
I see admx templates for office 2016 when i type gpmc.msc. this ADMX template must have been downloaded and installed some 1 yr back as i was told

but it is not configured as of now.

i need to download fresh ADMX template for office 2016 as on today's date  and compare

can you tell me the steps to download ADMX template in our active directory.

Ive got a sbs2011 box and we have a share (called FDrive) which has a number of user folders on. These folders now need to be locked down to just the users and domain admins. So Ive logged onto the SBS box and right clicked and removed the inherent permissions and added just the user who is associated with the folder and the domain admins. When I go in and check the permission I can see sometime the top folder has the correct permissions but the folders undeneath are not correct. The inhernet accounts have all been removed and the two account have been added but the user account doesnt have any access. So Ive been going through all the folders which reside under the parent and clicking  on security/edit and click the top tick box which then provides access to all the objects in that folder. Not idea since i just went through my first user and he had 30 folders within the parent which all needed the above tweak.

Question is how to I just amend the top folder (the user folder) and ensure the permissions are apply down to the other folders? I can confirm when I take the inherent permissions away and the two accounts, Im selecting the box which ask if you want the permission to propagate to the child folders underneath. It appears SBS is a bit flakey when doing this sort of thing so is there a third party tool I could use which will ensure when I apply the permission to the top folder, it actually does apply to all the child folders as well?

I have several of the exact same computer configurations on a network.  We just purchased the same 12 Dell Optiplex computers and I am setting all of them up right now.  They are installed with Windows 10 Pro.  I am accessing the file server to install programs.  On one of the computers, the files are moving super slow and its accessing the server at a super slow speed just on this one computer.  For example, I have Office 2016 installation files on the file server and it is literally taking 30 minutes just for the files to begin installing.  Anything I browse on the server share is very slow to respond.

What could be causing this?
I have a windows 2008 server and we just got a bunch of Dell Optiplex computers with Windows 10 Pro.  Once I joined the first computer to the domain I notice that I can't find the server, even though I just joined the domain.  In fact, it does not even show up in network places.  What could be the reason why this happened and how do I solve it.
Printer Redirected.

I have installed a printer in windows 2008 server(it is used for Business application, it is not a print server) the printer is named ABCD-EFGH, this printer is installed using the path \\Printservername\ABCD-EFGH. I tested the printer and it prints without issue.

Now on windows 2008 server, I can see in the printers and faxes area  ABCD-EFGH on Printservername(redirected 5)

After reading online , I understood that someone is using RDP with Printers checkbox select under "Local Resources" of RDP options.

What I do not understand, is if someone is using Local Printer during RDP session, the windows server 2008 in Printers and faxes area should show the user( who is using RDP) printer name instead of the printer name I set up:ABCD-EFGH

Any Clarification on this?

Thank you
How can I use " Loopback processing "  In Group Policy Management  to apply a user configuration to a computer. ?

For Example I want to stop users from saving files to their hard drives on their computer.  
The problem I have is the policy I need to do this is located in " user configuration " instead being in computer configuration  and I want to apply the Policy directly to the computer.

I need stop users from Saving files locally onto their " computers" hard drives.     I am open to different methods as follows.  How can I do any of these.
1. Editing the registry
2. Creating a security group
3. Changing the rights on the computer  C drives themselves.
4. Changing GPO locally on the computer.

The computer is Windows 7 professional, the domain they login to is Windows 2008r2.
Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?
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Hi guys,

I recently enabled idrac in my del server. All working good
I can access it through web interface from my local network.

If I want to setup remote access from external to the idrac, how do I set it up ?? What would be the internal port number ? Because already I have a rdp from external coming into internal 3389 to same server.
So wondering what would be the internal port number for idrac to set access from external ??

Any help would be great
I used Microsoft Link to configure my clock on the domain controller to which the 3 others point to. I rolled back the clock so that all 4 have the same time (3 minute difference) and ran the tool. I entered,0x1 in the settings for the server.

Checked after a while using w32tm /query /peers on the source domain controller, got the following:
C:\Users\administrator.AD01>w32tm /query /peers
#Peers: 1

State: Active
Time Remaining: 705.1104493s
Mode: 1 (Symmetric Active)
Stratum: 2 (secondary reference - syncd by (S)NTP)
PeerPoll Interval: 6 (64s)
HostPoll Interval: 6 (64s)

Checked on the other domain controllers (which pointed to it for time):
C:\Users\administrator.AD02>w32tm /query /peers
#Peers: 1

Peer: SERVER01
State: Active
Time Remaining: 239.9177806s
Mode: 1 (Symmetric Active)
Stratum: 3 (secondary reference - syncd by (S)NTP)
PeerPoll Interval: 10 (1024s)
HostPoll Interval: 10 (1024s)

The time was OK yesterday when I left. This morning the clock rolled forward to the same as yesterday, 3 minutes ahead.

What else can I check? This server is a VM on VMware 5.5 and have the "Sync with host" unchecked.
I need to know how to Deny a laptop the ability to connect Wirelessly to all other Wireless networks Except for One, which is on an AT&T portable Hotspot - Mifi.
Using a GPO - Group Policy .   - If this can't be done using a GPO please let me know.
Note: The GPO should be applied to the " Computer " not the users account to deny access.

The laptop is a Windows 7 computer, logging into a Windows 2008r2 domain.
I need to know how to create a GPO group policy to Deny Users the ability to save files to their computers C drive and Desktop, when they login to the Domain.
The GPO should be applied to the " Computer " not the users account to deny access.

They are logging into a Windows 2008r2 environment, and their computers are Windows 7.
I have a Dell PowerEdge R510 server running Server 2008 R2 Standard.
It has a 5 HD Raid 5 configuration and 2 virtual discs.

VD1 1843.20 GB Windows Disc1
VD2 17.72 GB Windows Disc2

I noticed there were faults in the OMSA whenever I rebooted the server, however the fault was cleared in the next log entry:

Fault detected on Drive 3 in disc drive bay 1.
Drive 3 in disc drive bay 1 is operating normally.

There is no hot spare, so I decided to install a hot spare in the event one of the discs goes bad.
I purchased a drive, inserted it while the server was on. OMSA created a virtual disc named NONE.
I therefore deleted the NONE virtual disc and proceeded to Assign/Unassign Dedicated Hot Spare to Virtual Disc 1.
In OMSA Virtual Disc 1 began to rebuild and subsequently failed.

Unfortunately, from the logs it appears that the virtual disc was no longer redundant so when it tried to rebuild it failed.
I've attached all the logs.

I have a barebone windows backup and backed up the data that we will need.

At this point, I do not want to reboot the server since it is running. I also suspect that I will need to rebuild this server from scratch.
Unfortunately a Windows update caused the Windows Server Backup wbadmin.msc component to stop working.

I would like to get another opinion based on the logs.

Is there a way to recover from this or does this server need to be rebuilt?

Reboot prior to hot spare attempt
Log after reboot - prior to hot spare attemptdescrip stor5 - data redundancy lost - @rebootdescrip stor0212 - device failed - @rebootdescrip pdr211-storage medium error-@reboot and post hot sparedescrip vdr110-unrecoverable storage medium-@rebootdescrip vdr11 - config hot spare - @reboot
Post hot spare addition
Log post hot spare attemptdescrip pdr211-storage medium error-@reboot and post hot spare
I have an Windows 2008r2 application server and a domain controller .

What commands can I use to check an make sure the Application servers time us synced with the Domain Controller.

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.