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Windows Server 2008 + CAL License Question

Question: Windows Server 2008 + CAL License Question

Hi guys,

Had a question I need verified from more knowledgeable folks.

Client currenlty has a yearly resellers license for server 2008 (@$75) and 290 CAL license @ $2.50 per license. Yearly fee is somewhere around $850

From my understanding, all we need is the server license + the computers that will communicate with the server. The school is an ALL MAC school, and only connect to the mac servers. They do not connect to the windows server at all. The windows server is mainly to monitor the network, UPS and backup server for a couple of the windows PCs.

So anyway, the original plan for the previous contractors was for a SAN or a NAS served through the Windows server for each student to have access, thus requiring the 290 or so CALs. However, since we have taken over, I think I plan to move them towards using MAC environment NAS or something of the sort eliminating the need for the CALs except for the few PCs that may need it.

Is this the right recommendation?

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Answer: Windows Server 2008 + CAL License Question

If a computer/user authenticates to a Windows server, even with no password Everyone file shares, you need a CAL for either the user or computer, whichever you have fewer of typically.

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

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Can someone explain this to me better than the Microsoft website. From my understanding of it, I'm purchasing the software, but if I or my dev team want to connect(rdp or vnc) to it I need to purchase these user licenses? I think I interpreted it correctly there. But I'm kinda shaky on the device licenses. If someone could explain that a little better for me I would greatly appreciate it. I'm really only a developer and haven't had to put much effort into managing our budget/purchases before.

Answer:Windows Server 2008 CAL license

CAL is for when a user is accessing the server for a resource on it.

CAL isnt for when your logging into the machine (RDP/VNC), if you have the machine setup as a terminal server, then you would need TS CALS for each user accessing it.

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cheapest i can find is $660, it's a bit much for what this server will be doing (which won't be much at all)

Answer:help me find cheap windows server 2008 r2 license

Have you thought about the web server version?

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In the DISA Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGS) there is a test for event tracing (#V31026). 
The STIG indicates that if you are running Win 2008 the absence of etwenable = false is not a 'finding' because event tracing is enabled by default (on 2008 servers) and it should be enabled and running.
Is this the same for windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Server?
I cannot find the element etwenable in my 2008 R2 Enterprise server test system, it does not exist.
Does that mean the requirement for the STIG is met, and event tracing IS enabled by default on Win 2008 R2 Enterprise Servers?  No further action is required to enable? 

Is there an easy way to verify it actually is enabled?  Check registry value, run script?

Excerpt from the STIG:
Microsoft Dot Net Framework 4.0 STIG
Rule Title:  Event tracing for Windows (ETW) for Common Language Runtime events must be enabled.
STIG ID: APPNET0067  Rule ID: SV-41075r1_rule 
Vuln ID: V-31026
Severity: CAT II Class: Unclass
Beginning with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, ETW Tracing is enabled by default and the "etwEnable" setting is not required in order for Event Tracing to be enabled. 
An etwEnable setting of "true" IS required in earlier versions of Windows as ETW is disabled by default.
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im going to be installing windows server 2008 and its my first time trying out raid. i know there are drivers that need to be installed. do you install these after windows has been installed?

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I have a pretty simple question with a small background. At my new school, we have purchased 2 new multi-purpose copiers for our school that will be installed tomorrow. At an old job when we had a 2003 R2 domain and put in new copiers all I did was switch the driver out (Keep the same IP address and Que name) and the group policy would push the "New" copier drivers out when people would log in and I would not have to change any settings.

So my question is: Can I do the same thing in 2008 R2 / 2012 R2?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy Question

The machine will automatically pull the drivers from the print server, assuming they are the correct architecture and all that, when it connects to the printer.
It's not necessarily done via GPO.
It's the same in 2012R2 as it was in 2k3.

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I have a question about Windows Server 2008 Standard licensing...

A client of mine wants 2 new servers... one to be the domain controller for the active directory and the other for a small file server and application server.

I will be installing two licenses of Win Srvr 2008 Std (1 on each machine, obviously).

Now, if they have 13 users, do I need to purchase 15 CALs (since a CAL will allow the user to connect to either server) or do I need to buy 30 CALs (15 CALs for each server)?

Also, should I be using DEVICE CALs or USER CALs?

They have 13 machines, but more than 13 users... the employees at the front desk seem to change more often than I change my underwear

Keeping that in mind, they also are logging in currently with the SAME, EXACT username and password to the domain on each machine. So, picture this ==> 13 users each logging in to each machine, all use the same username and password (for example, each user types in "username" and "password"). Is that allowed? I mean, all they're doing is just accessing an application on the server, but still... is this legitimate?

I'd like to do it the correct way for them and I would hate (and I know they would hate) for each computer or user to log in with "user1" and "password1" and the next user with "user2" and "password2" and so on... they'd never keep track of that.

What are your suggestions for a possible solution?

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Answer:Question about Windows Server 2008 Standard licensing

the servers are only accessed from desktops inside the office, correct?
no additional laptops or the like are brought in?

If answer to both is "correct" then Device CALs would be cheaper.

Since only desktops are used, at most there would only be 13 concurrent connections (based on current number of desktops).

No sense in using User CALs if there are >13 people, since you can't get >13 people logged on to 13 workstations
and each user would need a CAL. So if 30 people, would require 30 User CALs. But if only 13 workstations... waste of money.

as for how many you need... that part is not clear to me. I was under the assumption it would be # CALs for each server, but being an AD environment may change the way it works.
and I could just be ASSuming wrong

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Can u please tell me how to club windows 7 64 bit, window server 2008 R2(64 bit) and SQL Server 2008 in a single DVD.?
please reply how? Give Me Details

Answer:how to club windows 7, window server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in a single DVD

Hi welcome
I beg your pardon, what do you mean for "Club Windows 7, windows 2008 in a single DVD"?
Can you please use a synonim?
Thank you

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I do not have a network at work (yet) but I was wondering how and if there is a way that you can disable an internet browser usage on a specific user group, but that user group can still access the internet for software that requires the internet?


Answer:Windows Server 2003/2008 Group Policy Question

you can block HTTP traffic, the software you are running shouldn't need that port.

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Hi folks,
I am working with a company (that I have actually worked with for over 10 years on a consulting basis) and we are auditing our Microsoft Windows Server and server product licenses and preparing to upgrade Windows Server products.  We have ran into a snag, where the former System Administrator left the company a few years ago, however it was understood that the information regarding the VLSC was transferred to another partner in the company.  A new Systems Administrator has taken over, and we have determined that we do not have this information, including a Microsoft account username and password to access the VLSC and our Windows Server 2008R2 product keys, license agreements, SKUs, and downloads.  Unfortunately, the situation became took a turn for the worse about three months ago when the partner that had this information passed away.  No one at the company has access to this login information.  I currently administer most of their licensing, and have access to their much of their licensing information, download, product keys, etc., but I am clearly missing some very important ones.  I called Microsoft and they were of no assistance.  Since I am an administrator on the network, I can create a mailbox that the VLSC was probably originally registered under, however the VLSC says that Microsoft account is not even valid, not even prompting for the password.
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Maybe worth a heads up to some on Vista as application compatability is high on the agenda for many Vista users and this update should be filtering through now on WU.


This article describes the May 2008 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Update. This update is a package of software updates that address common application compatibility issues that occur in Windows Vista.

This update is cumulative. Therefore, it contains all fixes that were included in previous application compatibility updates. These fixes improve application compatibility in Windows Vista for the following applications:

? Absolute Poker Version 5.7
? ACDSee 8
? Adobe Creative Suite CS2
? Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 - 7.07
? Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
? Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0
? Adobe Photoshop Elements Version 4.0
? Adobe Premiere Elements 3
? AOL 9.0 - x64
? AOL Safety and Security Center
? ArcSoft PhotoImpression 5
? Auslogics Disk Defrag 1.0.3
? AVG Anti-Spyware
? Azureus 1.0
? Battlefield 2 Deluxe

and many more but see link below for full list and manual download if you have not been offered it yet on Windows Update ( WU )

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I plan on doing a straightforward upgrade from Win 2008 Server (x64) to Win 2008 Server R2 on my work computer Monday. I assume the process will be painless but wanted to know if there may be any surprises. I'd like to keep any time to fix upgrade errors to a minimum since this is my work computer. Thoughts? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 2008 Server R2 upgrade from 2008 Server?

done it many times, works fine.

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So I am having a little dilema in my office today. My boss assigned me to setup a remote server for one of our clients to use our software. I can do hardware in my sleep but when it comes to the Server OS's I just havent taken the time (or had much of an oppurtunity to hands-on) learn them.

There will be about 15 users logging in. All they are going to do is log-in remotely, and then log into our program (simple program with a MS access database) and occasionally browse the internet (for finishing sales, not leisurely). I have access to the Microsoft Action Pack licenses but I am not sure which one to use, any suggestions?

These are the ones that would seem like the best option:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition Physical key
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition Virtual key
Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition (For Partners - MAPS)
Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Virtual (For Partners - MAPS)
(I do have access to a few others, if you know of another one that could better fit my needs, let me know)

As far as logins, is there any issues with 15 people remoting in at the same time, other than the obvious lag that might happen? Any help would be appreciated

-Just another question, what are the main differences between R2 and standard edition? That might answer my initial question.

Answer:server 2008 question

you mean remote in as RDC? or VPN?

RDC would be dependant on the bandwidth you have, as well as are the people RDC' into their own workstations, or into a VM or something created on the server?

R2 is a new version based on windows 7 so to speak, server 2008 is based on vista more so, well not based on it, but same core.

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i have a dual-proc server with 12gb ofr ram and a legit license of Server 2008 Enterprise - the key came with our reseller package (or something). The only thing this server is doing is running a web app for our backup service and the raid5 to support it - so I just want to give it more stuff to do.

it's just a few of us in our office and we want active directory - my question is do I need 3 CAL (client access licenses) to do this? we're not going to run any virtual machines - we just want to be able to roam profiles.

Answer:server 2008 CAL question

2008 R2 Enterprise includes 25 CALs, not sure about the older 2008.

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On Server 2008 when you create a DNS forwarding address, and a client on the domain, types, the DC uses the fowarding address on the DC to find out the ip, in place of itself or interface addresses, right? Also on the Server (DC) itself it uses the DNS servers defined under network properties for its own DNS lookups, right?

Answer:Server 2008 Question

The machine will attempt to contact whatever DNS server is listed in it's network properties first. In the case of your domain controller, it will look to itself to see what domains it's authoritative for, and for everything else, it will use root hints to query additional domain controllers on the internet to determine the answer.

When you put in a forwarder, you typically do so, for either
1). Everything else that you aren't authoritative for
2). A specific domain...for example. *

So, in the event that you are trying to accomplish #2 above, if you attempted to resolve the name of DNS server would try to answer it itself if it can (if it's authoritative for the zone) and if not, it will then send the query to the DNS server you have listed as the forwarder for *

Hope that helps.

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I was just wondering how many people who work in the computer industry if you company has migrated from server 2003 to 2008 yet? I would greatly appreciate your responses so please let me know.


Answer:Server 2008 question

We have some Server 2008 boxes in Norway, and I am in the process of setting up one here in Michigan also. However, it's just a file server, and have not run into any problems yet. I have also set up a 2008 box in a virtual environment for testing purposes, and still have had no problems.

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I have an old (Pentium 233) NT 4.0 server. We want to get a new (Pentium III 733) and put Windows 2000 Server on it. I can get the upgrade with 10 users for MUCH cheaper than the full version. When I go to install the upgrade on a blank hard drive, will it require me to have NT 4 Server already installed, or can it just verify that I have the CD like the Win95 Upgrade does?

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Win2k Server license question (upgrade?)

I'm not certain if Win2k server is the same, but I've installed Win2K Pro on a few PC's with uprade discs on a clean HD and only had to insert a CD into the drive during setup to verify that I owned a previous version.

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I need to do some testing with the Server 2008 R2 RC release. Only question I have, will I be able to upgrade the RC of R2 to the official release when it comes out in September/October? I assume I can, but I just want to be sure as reinstalling Server 2008 is not an option once R2 is officially released.

Answer:Question on Server 2008 R2 upgrade

Are you running RC in a production environment?

Once R2 is release, its safest to do a clean install of Server 08 R2 for production use

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Does anyone know of a way to get rid of the "administrative tools" from the start menu? I have checked the GP editor and I cannot find it anywhere. I will be creating several accounts on this server and I dont want the limited user accounts to have it on their account. I know I can take it out by going going to the "customize start menu", but that is done in each account and thats what I am trying to avoid having to do. I'd like it just to be off by default.

Answer:quick server 2008 question

it's located in what is essentially the All User's profile folder. Sorta kinda.

located at this path:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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Hi folks, got a quick question about GOP's in Server 2008 R2.

Is there a way on a container that I could set a GPO that would force reset all the users passwords (One time occurance) held within that container only? The last admin just used the default domain password because students didn't have a login for Office 365 and we are introducing that this school year to the school community at large.


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I wasn't sure where this fit forum-wise, but since security is my concern, I'm throwing it in here.

I'm wanting to install some apps on my server for various things (media streaming, newsleeching, etc...) and I'm trying to figure out how I should do this. I'd like them to run as services so that they reside in the background but I wasn't sure if I should create a new account for these type applications or if it's ok to do it under the administrator account.

Answer:Server 2008 Applications Question

You could try running the program as a service under the "NT AUTHORITY\LocalService" account or, if the console isn't being used much, you could log in, have the programs auto-start from the startup folder, then lock the desktop allowing them to run without being touched.

Search for "srvany" to learn how to make a program run as a service. The first two results from google should help you out.

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Hey everyone.

I'm looking to install MS Server 2008 and I have one question that should be able to be answered by anyone installing it on a current-ish box.

When installing XP on a SATA drive, you have to press F6 and point to the SATA drivers. Is this also the case when installing Server 2008? I'm asking because I ditched floppies long ago, and have no way of installing the drivers if that's necessary.

Thanks guys

Answer:Question about MS Server 2008 install

My guess is, it would function like Vista and let you use a USB Flash Drive. However, you probably won't need to load any drivers anyway.

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So I just got this email from MS, and this is what really stood out to me:

We are virtually on the eve of releasing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and our main concern at this point is your readiness and awareness of all the new goodness that accompanies those products. Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation bits are set for availability on Friday, August 14, a week earlier than previously reported. On Friday, check out the Windows Server TechCenter on TechNet for info on how and where to download the 180-day evaluation bits.

So, am I to take this to mean that any Server 2008 R2 build that I download from Technet is timebombed? I'm pretty sure it says right there on the subscription page that one of the benefits to Technet is that all software is not timebombed. Am I reading this wrong, or what?

Answer:WTF? Server 2008 R2 on Technet question

Looks like we have a breach of contract here? It would seem that it is indeed going to be timebombed...I would call Microsoft and ask them

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I'm having a problem with a 2008 rdp server (running on a mac through a vm). When users log off, the log in prompt doesn't show. So after longing out, that only leaves the option of hard resetting the computer by turning it off or resetting it in order to be able to log back in. The best way I can describe it, it seems as though the shell is just just killed, and then the system stops.

Anyone see this before, and have any suggestions on what may cause this?

Answer:2008 rdp server logout question?

In the VM console the login ctrl-alt-del screen doesn't show up? Or are you talking about the client? Your post is confusing.

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The problem i am having is this...The Server 2008 installed fine on my little home server here. Runs smooth. However when i try to play MP3s on it it will run but if i start doing anything else next thing i know my cpu usage spikes to 100 and the song slows down and gets all choppy. Just opening media player sets my cpu usage at 15 percent doing nothing. This happens using the onboard sound and it happens if disable it in the bios and use the audigy.

Question i have is anyone have an answer to this? I would like to play music under Server 2k8 if anyone can figure this out. I know that vista has issues with nforce 2 but i never did know what the exact issue was that prevented nvidia from releasing the driver for it.

Im thinking there is some sort of issue with how the resources are handled with this Athlon XP cpu on this chipset. However i have read where others have had no issues at all using Vista on their nforce 2's. Either they are lying or they know some trick. The vista trick should work on server 2008 as well.

What i have done trying to solve the problem. Keep in mind i did this AFTER i found the problem so its not causing it:
Installed XP drivers for the memory controllers, Gart, and IDE
Used a Sound Blaster Audigy
Tried to force XP amd driver but failed.

The system its running on:
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
Amd Athlon XP 3000+
eVGa 6600GT AGP
1GB of ram
Audigy sound card
120gb WD HD using PATA
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I have a question about Mysql server 2008 R2

What is my server name if I select to install with "Named Instance" not "Default Instance"

with Mixed mode password

I don't know this because I used to install with Named Instance : neneka and mixed mode password 12345

but I can't login because I don't know what my server name is

user id should be : neneka right ? and maybe password is 12345

Answer:Question about installing Mysql server 2008 R2

When using named instances, the server name is of the form [ComputerName]\[InstanceName]
When using the default instance, it's only [ComputerName]

You can alternatively replace the computer name with the IP or "localhost" if it's on the very same box. And on the login dialog, if you open the server name combobox, the option "browse for more" can be used to help you locate the servers in the network too.
Also verify if the server service is running. For named instances to connect over a network, you also need the SQL Browser service running (not needed for the default instance).

BTW, you should rename the post to SQL Server, as it has nothing to do with MySql.

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If I may break topic here, I'm looking for an answer on something. I currently have one server running Exchange 2007, on a Server 2008 R2 box. I have 27 users on the server, and we have never had limits on e-mail size...not for mailbox or attachment. I'm looking to start implementing both limits, but I'm not sure of how or the best way to do so. Any Exchange admins out there who can make suggestions? I don't know much about Exchange or PowerShell, so keep that in mind. I am the lone admin in this company, so admin rights to the box are not problem.

Answer:Server 2008 R2 / Exchange 2007 question

So, mailbox limits. These are enforced on the database itself and can be done on a per user basis.

Open Exchange Management Console, expand Server Configuration, Pick Mailbox, Find your mailbox database and right click Properties, click on Limits Tab. Set them here

For individual users: From Exchange Management Console, expand Recipient Configuration, click on Mailbox. Find the user in question. Go to their properties, Mailbox settings tab, select storage quotas, click on properties, uncheck box for "use database defaults", set manually per user.

Now, for maximum size limits, these are defined on the connectors. Open Exchange Management Console, expand Hub Transport, look through your receive connectors, properties, set Maximum Message size
on the General tab.
With respect to setting limits, I set a warning and then I prevent sending emails once limit is hit. You don't want to prevent somebody from ever receiving email. Once they hit limit and cannot send, they will clean themselves up.

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I created the following performance counter using logman.exe. 

logman.exe create counter US_Triton_Perf_Log -b 9/23/2015 09:30:00 -e 9/30/2099 18:30:00 -r -s $server -si $frequence -cf $folder\$server.txt -f $logtype  -o C:\local\logs\Perfout_$Server --a -v mmddhhmm  -rf  $max_duration

When I do this across multiple servers specifically for Windows Servers 2008/2012, the counter is created to repeat and run everyday at 930PM and stops running everyday at 430PM. This works perfectly fine as intended. However, When I do this for a Windows
2003 server, my created counter is very different.
For example, in this case, I have set to the counters to start at 930AM and end at 1830PM, because I have set a maximum duration of 9 hours, the job terminates and begins on the next day, since I have the repeat option on. However, this does not apply to
our 2003 server; logman creates the job to run once a week in this case it would be on a Wednesday. In addiiton, I noticed that the job doesn't not even start at it's indented time. It actually does not start at all. I also notice that the jobs on all windows
2003 servers are created in a pending status, which then prevents me from removing the counter remotely. 

I would like to know if windows 2003 is capable of working like my win 2008/2012 servers using logman, and if historically, the job has to be kicked off through scheduled task. 

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I have a desktop that I installed Windows Server 2008 Web Edition on, and then later added Windows 7 Pro on a separate physical drive.

Server 2008 is C:
Win7 is Z:

I used bcdedit to delete the boot entry for Server 2008, and now I'd like to remove the install of Server 2008 and reformat the drive.

However, I am not able to delete the volume or format the c drive.

Can someone please point me in the right direction?

Thank you.

Answer:Dual Boot Question (Server 2008 and Win7 Pro)

The simple way is to mark windows 7 partition active, then run starup repair from the 7 dvd/recovery disc a couple of times.

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I'm painfully sure the answer is yes, but I don't see any documentation...

I just don't feel like I NEED 2007 for exchange, but I want Server 2008 for the upgrades to terminal services...also I'm too stingy to buy a new mobo for my server that supports 64-bit processing, which Exchange 2007 requires.

No problems, right?

Answer:Really, really, basic question....Will Exchange 2003 work on Server 2008?

Shouldn't be an issue.

Haven't tried it though.

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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask for a help in hand here, but i'm having trouble tracking down the source of a problem. My dedicated server provider has informed me that 1 of my servers has been sending syn flood attacks to another one of my servers connected to the same router and has unplugged the network cable on it for now as a precaution.

I can still remote desktop to the machine to work on it though.

Here is what they sent me:
This was a flood of traffic between the following two IPs 174.*.*.218,
174.*.*.219 Mainly traffic from 174.*.*.218 to the 174.*.*.219. All
4096 packets, that are the limit for a capture on the router, were strictly
traffic to and from these two IPs, and mainly traffic from 174.*.*.218 to the
.219 IP. This traffic was causing the CPU on the router to spike, thus causing
packetloss on the device.

It would appear that the 174.*.*.218 server was
performing a syn attack to the server 174.*.*.219. As this traffic was
originating from a host on this router to another host on this router. Cisco
Guard would not have mitigated this issue.


Now I have done some tests with netstat -o to try and find any rouge applications but everything seems normal to me, I have done a scan with Avast server edition and also MalwareBytes to see if anything could be picked up but both came back clean.

Has anyone got any advice?


Answer:Dedicated Server - Windows Server 2008 Standard. Been told it is sending syn floods

Re: Dedicated Server - Windows Server 2008 Standard. Been told it is sending syn floo

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Please help! I have installed Server 2008 x64 and as soon as I install the motherboard Initial Configuration Tasks stops working.

this is the errors I get

Stopped working

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
Problem Signature 01: oobe.exe
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6001.18000
Problem Signature 03: 47917945
Problem Signature 04: Microsoft.Windows.ServerManager
Problem Signature 05:
Problem Signature 06: 4791ad96
Problem Signature 07: 1f26
Problem Signature 08: 1e
Problem Signature 09: System.NullReferenceException
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 2057

I have no idea what it means and I cant find the .exe that opens Initial Configuration Tasks to try and start it again without restarting, I have tried going into msconfig and disabling all start programs to see if that helped, it didn't

Someone please, please, tell me this has happened to you and you have fixed it?.:banghead:banghead

Answer:Server 2008 x64 Windows Server Initial Configuration Tasks has stopped working

I got the same problem after installing my mother board driver's.

I'll let you know if I find something !

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I have 2 servers; windows 2000 & windows 2008, I can always access them via XP but my system 7 home can't authenticate. It appears to add the domain name as a preamble my user name in the authentication....does this make sense?


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Heroes Happen {Here} is what Microsoft calls the promotional tour for three of its 2008 products which will come to many cities in the United States this year. Users who attend a launch event will get a promotional kit of the three Microsoft products Windows Server? 2008 operating system, Microsoft? SQL Server? 2008, and Microsoft Visual Studio? 2008.
Not everyone can just walk in though and grab the copies, you need to register to be able to attend an event and even then kits will only be given out as long as supplies last. Events will also take place in other countries. A quick check revealed one event in Germany where attendees have to pay a fee to be able to attend the event. They still get the software kit with the newest versions of the applications though.
News Source:
You have to give a company name and job title during registration. It is unclear if Microsoft will reject applications if they do not meet certain criteria. The first event is on February 27th in Los Angeles, the last on May 22nd in Reston.

Free Copies of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio 2008 : Welcome To Tech-Dump

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I have received a new windows 7 pro computer to replace my old windows xp computer. I have used the Windows easy transfer tool to move the files from my old computer to the new one. The old computer is still connected for the time being. I named the computer the same name and have the same password. I did an update from xp to windows 7 on another computer and it seemed to work fine using the same process. It connected to the server automatically. I would really like to have it where the computer is just a workstation on the network and anyone can sign in with any name and password. How do I do it?

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I have install the administration toolpack on Windows 7 and enabled remote connections on my server 2008 box, When i try and connect with my Windows 7 server manager it does not work.

I see stuff on google about enabling a trustedhost with winrm but can't find a way to do this.

this seem more difficult than it should be?

this is what I keep getting

Answer:Can't connect to Server 2008 via Windows 7 Administration tools/Server Manager

Check Technet for the WinRM reference and or make sure that WinRM is enabled on the servers you are trying to access.

Use group policy to enable it if you need to do a bunch of machines at once. I'm using this with no problems.

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We have a requirement to get the windows services from one of our remote server. We already have a group with admin rights on that machine and users added to it. But while fetching the services from that details we get below error.
We are using to fetch the services.
InvalidOperationException Was caught
Cannot open Service Control Manager on computer :"". This operation might require other privileges.

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Hi, I am going to install windows 2008 server on the IBM server x3650 7979 and couldn't get the supportive RAID Serv as the I am currently got the IBM ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD version 7.4.17 for adaptec RAID controller 8K but it does not have windows 2008 server option. Do assist me in this regard. thanks

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I have install the administration toolpack on Windows 7 and enabled remote connections on my server 2008 box, When i try and connect with my Windows 7 server manager it does not work.

I see stuff on google about enabling a trustedhost with winrm but can't find a way to do this.

this seem more difficult than it should be?

this is what I keep getting

Answer:Can't connect to Server 2008 via Server Manager on Windows 7?

edit, I was wrong. https requires a non self signed cert
do the following in powershell, this is for powershell remoteing but it does the winrm stuff as well:

on the server:

Enable-PSRemoting –force
on the client:


Start-Service WinRM
Set-ItemProperty –Path HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System –Name LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy –Value 1 –Type DWord
Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts &#8211;Value <ServerName> -Force -Concatenate

Be warned that this is very insecure.

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Why? Because I need proper codec and audio support, and no-brainer stuff that just does not work. I have Windows 7 Professional x64 setup on dual-boot to Server 2008 and intend to use it for video encoding and related.

I am looking for suggestions similar to -- except the other way around and starting with Windows 7.

Answer:Converting Windows 7 for server use (or Server 2008 clone)?

It probably depends on what aspects of Server 2008 you want. What server roles do you want to be able to perform with Windows 7?

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We had:

1) 1 Windows Server 2003 running Active Directory services to manage logon and permissions for file sharing.
2) 15 workstations.

We now want to have:

1) 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 server running Active Directory services to manage logon and permissions for file sharing.
2) 15 same workstations, with their same user profiles.

So I joined the 2008 R2 server to the domain, and then used the dcpromo tool to make it a domain controller.

Problem is, whenever I take the old server offline, (the 2003 one) everything flips out, logons are slow, and the 2008 server gives people trying to access shared files weird errors like that the server that authenticated them cannot be contacted, and asks them to log in again with their username and password before accessing shared files on the server.

What did I do wrong? I must be forgetting something.

Answer:Replacing a Windows 2003 AD DS server with a 2008 R2 AD DS server

1. Transfer all FSMO roles to your 2008 R2 server
2. Uninstall AD on 2003 server
3. You can now permanently take 2003 server offline

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Hi guys,
What free Antivirus software for servers?
What free anti-malware would NOT be a good idea?
My friend has purchased a Poweredge server to act as a fileserver for a private network not connected to the internet..  He uses 2 laptops at the most  to access files on the server.
However at some points he will update Windows Server 2008 plus odd bits by temporaily hooking up to the Internet., and obviously leave himself open to malware etc. for a short time.
The cost of server Antivirus is very high and usually effective for 10 workstations upwards, and obviously he would appreciate keeping costs down.
I would appreciate thoughts on ideas for avoiding a costly solution.
Also, if he got Malware on it (e.g. Rootkit or Delta) would current Bleeping Computer tools (e.g. Rkill, RogueKiller etc) still work on the server - or does it require another approach? 
I am asking fior advice BEFORE he gets started while options are open.
Thanks in advance guys

Answer:Free Server Antivirus ? e.g. for Windows Server 2008

The answer is fairly simple. Just read the details on the site -
Microsoft Security Essentials is available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs.
• Microsoft Security Essentials:
Microsoft updated it’s free Anti-Virus solution at the end of 2010 to support Windows 2008/R2.
This is easily one of the better free offerings as Microsoft has updated this solution to complete directly with some of the biggest solutions, such as Mcafee and Symantec paid versions.

When downloading, simply choose Windows Vista / Windows 7, as Microsoft has yet to update the website.
Regards -

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As my final project for the year i am setting up a server that we will eventually move all our computers on to. I am using a poweredge 2900 as a server with windows server 2008 installed. As of now i have 2 computers connected to the domain which they can log on to.

- what i need help with
- How do i give all users access to programs?
- Each student needs to have access to her own drive through the server not locally.
The client computers are connected to a switch using dhcp.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:setting up a server for school help (windows server 2008)

I'm quite sure your instructor/teacher did not intend for anybody but you to do the final project for the year and nobody else.

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I have a file server at home with a Quad core, 4gb ram, and a 3tb of storage. It is running Ubuntu Desktop and sharing video files primarily. From my school I have access to a free copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. Other than the server I have 2 Windows 7 desktops, 1 Windows 7 laptop and 1 Windows Vista laptop.

I am interested in moving to a Windows setup as I am done with the ?Ubuntu? experiment. WHS looks like what I need, but I have a free copy of WS 2008 and I would miss the $50 for WHS. My goals can be described best as:

Need to Haves:
? File/media server (local network)
? Dedicated game server for various games for friends.
? Print server

Nice to Haves:
? Music/Video Streaming over the internet
? Automatic backup server
? File server over the internet
? Ability to manager other PC?s from the server

My ability as an admin:
? No experience
? Willing to learn and put forth initial effort to get setup
? Don?t have time to really spend more than 1 day moving from Ubuntu to the new setup.
? Don?t want to be stuck constantly screwing with things to get it right or keep it running.

What is going to be best option for my situation?

Answer:Help choose: Windows Home Server 2011 vs. Windows Server 2008 R2

Honestly, I use both in their proper settings, and unless you have a domain at home with multiple users, Windows Server 2008 R2 is overkill...and would require much more tweaking and add-in apps to do what you want. Given your write-up, WHS 2011 is the way to go. It does much of what you want out of the box, and is designed for people who don't want to become server admins (or at least not be forced to).

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I'm trying to decide between Windows Home Server and Windows Server 2008 R2 for my home server PC. Ordinarily it would be a clear cut choice, but I've got a free copy of Server 2008 R2 through my academic MSDN subscription. I'd like to avoid spending extra money if Server 2008 R2 would do the job. But I'm willing to buy Home Server should it prove necesary. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Windows home server vs Server 2008 R2

Server 2008 R2 is a more fully functional product. You will be able to do similar things, but it might be a little more involved getting it set up and working. Plus, if you are interested in IT, you could use the Server 2008 R2 experience....but you won't get hired for your knowledge on Windows Home Server.

My vote is Server 2008 R2 without a doubt.

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Hi all
Have been a LONG LONG user of Linux as a server (hosting VM's XP / W7 mix) and file / print sharing.

I used to avoid MS like the plague as far as SERVER environments are concerned - probably because my first experince was Windows NT (Windows NeanderThal or Windows No Thanks) which was SO HORRIBLE that it put me off Windows servers for ages.

(Note I'm using a server in a HOME environment where we have around 8 machines (most of which are actually mine for testing -- not a corporate environment which has other considerations).

The problem now with the latest Linux distros that they are trying to be "A Better Windows than Windows". You can of course customize them but I haven't got the time or patience to do this any more. To select what packages to install / leave out now is a 100% pain and if you do it wrong the chances are the system will give errors.

I've looked at the new SUSE 11.2 -- slick and polished - bit I don't NEED "an alternative Windows".

I've just been looking at Windows Server 2008 R2 (got it from Technet) and I'm REALLY IMPRESSED with it so far. I've installed the STANDARD version - you don't need datacenter or Enterprise version for a home server.

It runs vmware server on it just fine (although I might go the whole hog and use the Hyper-V virtualisation -- need to do a bit more research).

I'm quite happy letting MS do the updates than having to mess around with Kernel compiles etc.

Incidentally as a HOME server there ... Read more

Answer:Windows 2008 Server or Linux for server

Windows servers have come a very long way in the last few years, I will never use a linux server ever again.

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Iam working on a windows server 2008 where is my domain Server and a file server.

I want to do the following if it is possible and if you know pls help me.

When a client logins to the pc with the correct username and password that the company gave to him, and when hit the button to enter the file server, i want the file server to show ONLY the files that this person is add in the security tab and has full permissions to these files.

If you have more questions pls ask me ..

Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows Server 2008 - File Server

You would do it under GPO.

You really need to be reading the books on WS 2k8, since a lot of it is in there for admins.

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So, I really like Windows Home Server a lot, but I want to use a domain with Windows Server 2008. What kind of software could I use (third party, Microsoft) to get the functionality of WHS? I'm looking at the media streaming and easy backups for all client users. I can do remote access using VNC, so that's not a problem. And I know of software that can make the library online (as a web server).

Would my best option to make the Server 2008 a web server and just put a page on there to stream the music that way (as well as shared folders for the XBox)? And what software can do effecient backups similar to WHS?


Answer:Server 2008 -> Windows Home Server

Why not just use 2008 server as a file server
- shares for the Xbox
- web page for the music (although you can use shares as well)

theres all sorts of backups you can do.
Acronis backing up to the server autmatically
NTBackup backing up files/folders to the server
- all those should work fine on server 2008

Are the computers going to be part of the domain too?
XBox would probably need some sort of user/pass to access a domain server

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from my MSDN subscription i can get a copy of server 2008. (x86 or x64)

but i was toying with the idea of windows home server.

it will be going onto a 3600X2 on a k9agm2 with 2 gig of ram in my sig (which you cant see!) as i retire the old fileserver and upgrade the development box.

It will need to run SQL server 2008 (low load) and a couple of websites. as well as the families Media sharing, Document sharing and backups

i like the simplicity of WHS buti'm not bothered about the configuration of server 2008 either,

i really like the idea as hard drives appearing as one pool.

question is is the simplicity wortth the £100 for WHS and can i do everything i need to on WHS

Answer:windows home server or Server 2008

It is insane how much system requirements for Windows servers are now. I setup a 266mzh overclocked Nslug for a client office. They only have five users. It runs Debian like a champ. Another Nslug is handling OpenVPN at 266mhz. They only eat 5 watts each.

If Windows is only option, I would go with 2008. Windows Home servers have so many issues.

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I've been reading that the Windows Server Backup that is included with Server 08 R2 is pretty good. Is spending $400 on a third party utility worth it?

I'm asking because we're purchasing a new server soon and I want to know if the included backup is going to be good enough. Will be backing up server state as well as data to tape and possibly an off site server (server 2003) if I get my way.


Answer:Server 2008 R2 Windows Server Backup


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Ok I am lost. Could someone please give me a simple way of setting up my Windows 2008 R2 server to allow me to FTP into it from my local network and will allow me to FTP from outside my local network? I am new to the Windows server 2008 system. I previously tooled around with Server 2003 so I am more or less lost in this area. If someone could tell me how to configure it such as what feature and roles need to be installed and what settings need to be in place.

Answer:Windows Server 2008 R2 File server

open the link below. follow their instructions.

assuming you have a router, setup port forwarding on the router.

Installing and Configuring FTP 7 on IIS 7 : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

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Can anyone give any tips on the best way to obtain one of these. who will be our new host server want to charge £400 per annum plus vat. Is it cheaper to buy one outright and if so, where is the best place to obtain one? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 2000 Server License

click here to get the necessary information on licensing. click here for M/S recognised suppliers.

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I'm possibly interested in buying a license for Windows Server 2012/16 Standard Edition. How can I do that?

I've searched around on the net. The Microsoft Store is out of stock of the only version they offer. After an hour and half on the phone with Microsoft they weren't able to get close to offering a license for sale. Apparently, you can't simply purchase a license online and download an installation image. I've noticed a few OEM licenses for sale from 3rd party resellers I am not comfortable with and I prefer a full retail version anyway.

So how do you buy a license from a reputable organization?


Answer:Buying a Windows Server License

The Server stuff was just released at Ignite a week or two ago. I have to imagine MS hasn't fully rolled things out just yet. This should clear up before October ends, but in the meantime, here is some stuff to read and puzzle over:
1. search for "Windows Server 2016 licensing FAQ" in Google or wherever (can't produce a workable PDF for the resulting document)
2. Windows Server 2016 Licensing Pricing | Microsoft

When MS gets around to putting it up for retail sale, you'll be able to find it easily using Google shopping, or even the Windows Store. Not yet, though...

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I'm possibly interested in buying a license for Windows Server 2012/16 Standard Edition. How can I do that?

I've searched around on the net. The Microsoft Store is out of stock of the only version they offer. After an hour and half on the phone with Microsoft they weren't able to get close to offering a license for sale. Apparently, you can't simply purchase a license online and download an installation image. I've noticed a few OEM licenses for sale from 3rd party resellers I am not comfortable with and I prefer a full retail version anyway.

So how do you buy a license from a reputable organization?


Answer:Buying a Windows Server License

The Server stuff was just released at Ignite a week or two ago. I have to imagine MS hasn't fully rolled things out just yet. This should clear up before October ends, but in the meantime, here is some stuff to read and puzzle over:
1. search for "Windows Server 2016 licensing FAQ" in Google or wherever (can't produce a workable PDF for the resulting document)
2. Windows Server 2016 Licensing Pricing | Microsoft

When MS gets around to putting it up for retail sale, you'll be able to find it easily using Google shopping, or even the Windows Store. Not yet, though...

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Will Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 support .NET version 4.5 or higher?

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I am a lab technician at my local college and we have a Windows 2000 server computer that runs various applications for three labs. We have both Win98 and Win2000 clients. We just installed the 2000 clients this semester, but we have been having numerous problems. My lastest problem is with drive mapping. Before we installed the new Win2000 computers, all the machines had the application drive D: mapped on all the machines and we never had any problems. But as soon as I mapped the drives on the 2000 clients, all the clients started getting errors that the number of connections to the server had reached its limit. I checked the logs on the server and it says it has been getting error with SMBserver license. I also saw that Windows 2000 pro cannot have over 10 connections max. I don't know if this has anything to do with it. Any help is greatly appreciated. The new systems are Pentium 4 2.53ghz with 512mb of ram running Windows 2000 professional.

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I am going be moving all the shared folders on my Server 2003 file server to my new Server 2008 VM and want to do it in a way that will allow my clients to be able to access them as if nothing happened. I have been reading about the Windows FSMT (File Server Migration Toolkit) and it will copy over all the permissions and everything but I am not sure how to go about making sure the client will still be able to access the shares especially if they have mapped any of them. If i change the IP and host name of the new machine to the old one after the migration is complete and then shutdown the old server will everything run smoothly? What is the best way to go about doing this?

Answer:Migrate Server 2003 file server shares to new machine (Server 2008)

you can do this or you can change DNS so that the old server name points to the new server IP. You need to turn off StrictNameChecking

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


this means that you can name the server what ever you want but if you go to the old host name it will also take you to the new server.

Don't forget this needs to be completed and rolled out after the users log off but before they log back in

As old user move on and new users join make sure that you link them to the share via the new host name so eventually the old host name is fased out and you can remove the above reg key.

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Hey all,

I'm inexperienced with Windows Server 2008 and am setting up a "lab" or test server here at the company I work for's network.

In the intial configuration process, when setting up the Active Direct Domain Services, I'm stuck at the DNS server

Questions are...

-Do I install it?
-Will this interfer/mess up things with our main file server?

Sorry, a bit amateur with this stuff

Any help is appreciated

Answer:Windows Server 2008 - DNS Server..?




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And the keys are right there on the page.

It is *only* available in 64-bit flavor.

For the 'server faster than workstation' crowd. I've been messing with it most of the day, it's pretty slick. Still had to add the Aero cursors manually.

Answer:You know Server 2008 R2 (aka Windows 7 Server) is available too, right?

I converted Server 2008 into the 'workstation' mode. It matched Vista frame for frame in benchmarks and had a lot of desktop features missing. Forget it.

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how can i remove all my old computer programs from my new hp slimline desktop260-po26 . mircosoft keeps loading all my old computer stuff everytime i hook up my att internet connection 

Answer:how to remove window server 2008 2008 sp1,sp2 vista,sp1,sp2,...

chuck5014 wrote:how can i remove all my old computer programs from my new hp slimline desktop260-po26 . mircosoft keeps loading all my old computer stuff everytime i hook up my att internet connection Could you clarify what you're having a problem with?   Post a screenshot if possible.

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Hello my name is Adam. I am a desktop/lan admin for a warehouse supply company in New York. We run a strictly Windows 2000 domain with about 70 computers and maybe 3 or 4 Windows XP machines. I recently enabled a Terminal Services Server to allow 3 or 4 of my users to run database intensive Apps on the server. The reason for this is when they use specific functions in our "in house application" the app freezes up until it has finished its process (allocation of goods for large orders, takes about an hour tops). The app freezes up to do its job and the user is left with nothing to do because they cant touch the app until its done. So by enabling terminal services for them, they can run there allocations on the Terminal server, minimize it and keep doing there work on there computers.

Now, along with the Terminal Service Server, I am aware I need a Terminal service license server enabled on the network within 90 days. I have yet to enable a license server because I am somewhat unclear on its neccesity. I have read in the microsoft documentation

that machines with Windows 2000 on them already have built in licenses and therefore you do not need to purchase additional licenses. The documentation also states that if you do not enable a license server, anyone without a pre issued license will not be able to connect. My question is this, if I am only connecting to the terminal services server via Windows 2000 Machin... Read more

Answer:Windows 2000 Terminal Services License Server

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Hello my name is Adam. I am a desktop/lan admin for a warehouse supply company in New York. We run a strictly Windows 2000 domain with about 70 computers and maybe 3 or 4 Windows XP machines. I recently enabled a Terminal Services Server to allow 3 or 4 of my users to run database intensive Apps on the server. The reason for this is when they use specific functions in our "in house application" the app freezes up until it has finished its process (allocation of goods for large orders, takes about an hour tops). The app freezes up to do its job and the user is left with nothing to do because they cant touch the app until its done. So by enabling terminal services for them, they can run there allocations on the Terminal server, minimize it and keep doing there work on there computers.

Now, along with the Terminal Service Server, I am aware I need a Terminal service license server enabled on the network within 90 days. I have yet to enable a license server because I am somewhat unclear on its neccesity. I have read in the microsoft documentation

that machines with Windows 2000 on them already have built in licenses and therefore you do not need to purchase additional licenses. The documentation also states that if you do not enable a license server, anyone without a pre issued license will not be able to connect. My question is this, if I am only connecting to the terminal services server via Windows... Read more

Answer:Windows 2000 Terminal Services License Server

IM moving my post to the Windows forum. Sorry bout that

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I currently run Vista Home Premium X86, and I'm thinking of making a switch to Server 08. MY friend currently runs it, and says he hated Vista, but tried this, and loves it more than XP so I figured if he and I are gonna try and get our VPN working, I might as well switch. Only thing is, I have yet to see any drivers, but he says that you can just download Vista X64 drivers. Comments on that?

Answer:Windows Server 2008


Your friend is right. Server 08 is based off of the Vista kernel and can use the current Vista drivers. Be it x86 or x64. Just a heads up though. You can NOT run a antivirus like AVG or Avast on there. It must be a Business Edition or Server Edition antivirus installed to work.


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Looking tthrought the forums, I haven't been able to find any information about server 2008 and its features.... I've also seen a few things about it beening used as a workstation
has anybody here used this os and have any more information about it?

Answer:windows Server 2008

Ugh, if you want to run Windows Server 2008 as a workstation OS, you are in luck. It is already a product, also known as Vista. This isn't Server 2003 versus XP, where the cores and kernels were different. If you need a workstation, save yourself time and hassle, and just use Vista. All those guides do is tell you how to turn Server 2008 into Vista, which may seem great until you find out you'll need anterprise system utilities, like AV and defrag software.

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hello everyone.

I run a small 3D presentation firm. right now we have 7 workstations, plus a server and a couple of render farm computers. that means we have 10 computers connected in our network right now. so far I've been running vista 64 on our server, and we hadn't had trouble with it... till recently. lately I've been getting error messages (one about the server hard drive being full, which should have been solved with the IRPStackSize thing... we'll see); sometimes, when I'm moving large amounts of data to the server, it stops responding other computers for a while, and so forth. but mostly, we're expanding, and we're gonna break the 10 computer barrier in the next few weeks. I've read everywhere that vista ultimate is limited to 10 connections, which is what we should have considering every computer frequently communicates with the server. our server is used for storage and for running a rendering distribution software, pretty much.

so, am I advised to use server 2008, am I obliged to, or none of the above? I've downloaded and installed a trial version (enterprise) which I'm running on a different partition on a workstation just for tests. is that the way to go? get server, install it over my current server, and I'm good for life?

thanks for your input.

Answer:should I get windows server 2008?

Um, buy a server OS (cd and license) and install it on server grade hardware (ie faster hard disks than a normal PC usually has) and then you have to buy client licenses for the workstations to access the server.
Thats if you want to be legit
"get server, install it over my current server, " doesnt really apply here since you are using a desktop OS

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Lenovo Team, I recently installed WS2008 on a T61 here and have finished getting everything to work, except Thinkvantage RR and CSS.  Is there a way to get Rescue and Recovery or the Client Security Solution to run on that (or any server) OS? Sorry for the double post, I have no idea what happened. Nick Message Edited by brunnern on 06-16-2008 12:23 PM

Answer:T61 & Windows Server 2008

Nope.  Server is not a supported operating system on Thinkpads.

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I need to run ipmsg in all my client  when a user log on. I have tried in computer confuguration but it doesn't work any idea

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Do all Windows Server 2008 allow you to enter the serial into 5 computers?
Thank you

Answer:Windows Server 2008

I believe 5 client cals and 5 server licenses are different.

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Can I install Windows server 2008 R2 on my external hard drive so that I can use it as means to practice network on my laptop?

Answer:Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows switches from the bios usb drivers to it's
own during boot,which would cause a usb drive
installation to crash.
I would suggest you consider using some virtual machine
software so you can run it from an image on your windows drive.

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Is Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent MAK B or
Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent KMS B considered an Enterprise version? If not what is the Std/Ent from the
License Details website?
We are trying to get over 4GB of Ram and hopefully not having to purchase a 64-bit '08 version.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent MAK B

Hello Glueck,
The Std/Ent means those keys work for either Standard\Enterprise, they also work on either 32-bit or 64-bit versions, both of which should be available from the Volume License website.  The MAK B key is probably the one you want to use, the KMS
B is used to setup a KMS host machine that will then activate other Windows Server 2008 KMS clients Enterprise sku or lower as well as Windows Vista KMS clients.Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Volume Activation documentation on TechNet
VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link

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I decided to install windows server 2008 onto a virtual machine and play around with it and try to learn.
I've messed around with lots of stuff on it. The two things I would like to get working are FTP and VPN into the server. I've sort of managed to get ftp working. I can access it using the private ip address of, but when I try to access it with my public IP this is where the problem starts. Port forwarding is set correctly on my wireless router, port 21 is being forward to So when I go type ftp://publicipaddress into my web browser it pops up asking for the username and password. This is where I?m stuck. I have no idea what it is, I?ve messed with lots of the settings and whatever I do it still asks for this username and password, even though if I access the ftp server through my LAN using the private IP address it doesn?t ask for a username or password, it's only when using the public ip that it asks. Anyone got any idea's how I set the username and password to something I actually know?

I would like to be able to VPN into the server. I did follow a guide, but it didn?t work when my friend tested. Could someone point me to a nice guide on how to achieve this?
I'm more interested in getting the ftp to work for now.

Thanks all!

Answer:FTP and VPN into Windows Server 2008

the Virtual server is run under a specific user-id; I think you need that id and password

<ctl><alt>del will get the task manager and the column name User Name is what you need.

scroll to the process controlling the VM

you may need to alter the settings for the VM to force it to run under another
specific user which you can set the pwd
create new account
set new password for it
login to that account to create the %profile% area​then assign the VM to run under that login

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The link is on the main hardocp page.

Anyhow, the 32-bit Enterprise and datacenter versions support 64GB of RAM.

So much for the theory that a 32-bit OS can generally only support 4GB.

I am downloading both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions right now.

Answer:Windows Server 2008 RCO available

I'm grabbing it from TechNet now.

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Does anyone use it? If so what's the skinny on it? Better, worse, or more annoying than: xp, 98se, server 2003, vista, or any apple OS? Would it make a nice switch from XP while still retaining the ability to run my games and apps?


Answer:Windows Server 2008

I still don't get the idea of using it as a workstation OS. I haven't been able to tell any performance differences between it and Vista, to be honest. For some, cost isn't an issue, but I think I'd just stick with Vista x64 for a gaming workstation right now.

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I cant get Network discovery to turn on in Server 2008 sp1

Any ideas?

Answer:Windows Server 2008

Is it blocking it from being turned on in Network Sharing Center? (control panel-> NSC)

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Anyone use it and what are the differences?

Answer:Windows server 2008 HPC

I dont think anyone would use it. That is for high end machines with multiple CPU's and such. Just like a DataCenter.


Windows HPC Server 2008 can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores and provides a comprehensive set of deployment, administration, and monitoring tools that are easy to deploy, manage, and integrate with your existing infrastructure.

There are few machines out there that use thousands of cores. Let alone a desktop machine. This is way beyond the use of any desktop.

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i want to know difference between win server 2008 and win7 that oly i want to know

Answer:windows server 2008 rc

There are lots of differences. One is a client (win7) and 1 is designed to be a server (2008). The server offers various basic network services such as DHCP, DNS, WINS, VPN, Active Directory, Certificate Services, IIS Web Server, FTP Server, etc. Server 2008 is far more expensive to buy licenses for.

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is the new 2008 windows server uptodate as vista, would you use it over vista?

Answer:windows server 2008

Generaly speaking you wouldn't use a server os on a home machine. One they are expensive(server std is like 700 bucks). Another reason is compatabilty. Generaly speaking they are not as compatable with drivers and programs as some programs run an os check before installing.

On a side not server is generaly a little faster then the windows it is based off of. IE 2003 is a little faster then xp. This is due most of the time to it just having less running in the background by default.

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 i am upgrading my t61 from xp to windows server 2008. yet the bluetooth is not working. the driver said it could not find bluetooth device. secondly the fn hotkey does not work either. fn+f4 is ok, the fn+pgup/dwn is ok, but not fn+f2, f3, f5. any thought?thank you.


Go to Solution.

Answer:t61 and windows server 2008

Most of these function keys are tied into a specific program(Fn+F3 lets you change schemes with Power manager program)if the associated program isn't installed you do not have functionality.more info can be found here. To fix the problem either vist here to download drivers and sotware manuallyOrClick here to use system udpate to download and instlal software and drivers for you P.S. bluetooth radio must be powered on first before it is recognozed by windows. After being power on windows will install default microsoft drivers. Fn+F5 function is used to do that. Hotkey driver/utility must be installed to use Fn+F5. 

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I am trying to add a laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate with users account alreadly on the laptop to a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. Can some advise me on the best way of achieving this. Thanks.

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I'm starting a web hosting business and I need a good FTP server.

I can use Microsoft's FTP Server for IIS7, but it sucks. I could also use zFtpServer or FileZilla but they both lack the ability to limit the user's directory size.

Who knows a FTP SERVER:
- Secure
- Good interface
- Ability to add users (zFTP can be added by using their network interface, a pain but easy, filezilla by adding to XML file)
- Limit disk usage
- Limit DL speed

So, hit me up. I searched for weeks, and I freakin give up.

I'm too the point of making my own in C#.

Answer:FTP Server for Windows 2008

Making your own will most likely be what you have to do. FileZilla is decent. FlashFXP is the one i like but it isnt free. To get exaxtly what you what and not compromise will require you to code your own. sorry.

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I am starting up a Windows web host. I have a server configured with 2 public IPs. I have a domain with and pointing to the correct IPs. I have the DNS role installed. How do I configure nameservers to work with my server? Also, does anybody know how to set up the quicksignup in WebsitePanel? I followed the guide, to no avail.


Answer:Windows Server 2008

I got the nameservers set up. I still need help with WebsitePanel

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So we just ditched our XP Pro (32bit) + Filezilla setup and replaced it with Windows Server 2008 (64bit) IIS 7.5 FTP.

The main reason for change is to support high numbers of connections to SMB shares, but FTP was another service performed by that machine.

So everything looks good and FTP connections are being made. Using G4U however, after transferring 23MB of a compressed Windows XP image, the connection dies. I'll admit, this did happen intermittently on the Filezilla setup, but I didn't expect it on the Win Server 2008.

Any suggestions? I'm going to look for some logs but thought you might have some suggestions. I've never used FTP on Server 2008 before but I assume there should be logs somewhere.

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im trying to set up an FTP on windows server 2008 i have done these two things

1.Install IIS
2.Install FTP for IIS 7

on the server computer i can access the ftp on windows explorer but on a computer on the same network i do not get the same results.

after i can get access over the internet is there a way to give access to certain people like my brother to get on who lives somewhere else.

this is used in a home setting. thanks

trying to setup FTP using FILEZILLA

Answer:trying to set up FTP on windows server 2008

If other on the lan can't see the ftp it's probably the firewall on the server.

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Can i run Windows Server? 2008 R2 on my Netbook?

It is a Aspire One.

Just wondering i use it as a server.

Answer:Can i Run Windows Server® 2008 R2


As long as your netbook meets the minimum system requirements.

The following guide will take you through the 10 main steps of converting Windows Server 2008 R2 for workstation use (if you've not come across it already that is): Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation

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Do you think Server 2008 will be well suited to administer Windows Vista Business.

I think Server 2003 lacks policies to adequately administer Vista. For instance, widgets or UAC or Areo preferences. I'm not sure Server 2008 will have any either, but your opinion would be nice.

Answer:Windows Server 2008

You can't create admin templates to administer them in 2k3? I haven't looked, but I would imagine there is a "vista compatibility pack" jammed full of templates for group policy somewhere...

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Windows Server 2008

i just noticed today.... pretty cool eyy

Answer:Windows Server 2008

My first thoughts of Server 2008

Yeah i posted about this a long time ago and gave a review of it. It RTM's back in the beginning of February.

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First off, this is my first post here, so if it is in the wrong location, please feel free to chew me out.

In any case, here is my situation. I would like to set up an AD/DNS server on a networking using Windows Server 2008. I also would like to buy a domain from, and host a website through them. What would I need to do in order to have my internal network be called say, and also have my website | On a first name basis with the rest of the world. I'm pretty new to DNS (currently still in college for IT Security), so this question may be a lot simpler than it seems. I have been reading some material on something called "split-brain" DNS. Is this the approach I am looking for?

Answer:Windows Server 2008 DNS

different parts involved in this setup

domain registar -
--they setup your domain with ICANN

thru godaddy's interface, you set dns nameservers. this sets which servers host the domains dns records.

then you have the dns server(s) that host the dns records.

RFCs recommend the web server and dns server are hosted on separate servers.

if you want to do this, i think its best to purchase a vps or dedicated hosting package. you could set it up at home, but most residential ISPs do not allow public servers on their network. You could get a business class connection to your house to be legal about this setup. Otherwise, id look to Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Godaddy, for hosting.

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so i know this is a windows seven forums, but i wasnt sure where else to post so please excuse me

I purchased windows server 2008 a while ago and have misplaced the CD, luckily i have backed it up by copying it (backup freak haha)

now my problem is i need to reinstall it but cannot boot from the CD, i have first boot device set to CDROM drive in the BIOS and it doesnt read it and give the option to boot from it?

any ideas on how i could burn a boot image to make it bootable?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows Server 2008 help please

Hello mate, have a look at this link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to create a Windows Vista / 7 installation disc using ImgBurn

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I have an issue that I can't get out. When I add an new user on server 2008 and log in after it goes fine. When I log in a second time I get a black screen. I still can see the mouse and after about 15 minutes I can work normally. I thought that it was because we have windows xp and windows 7 but this is not the case because its also with a new account.

Can enyone help me?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Server 2008 and Windows 7

Sounds like DNS resolution problems to me.
Unless you have some special GPO for Roaming profiles.

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Anyone know of forums like these for the R2 beta of Windows Server 2008? I'm testing it as well and would love to read more about it from users.

Answer:Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote: Originally Posted by FreakyFerret

Anyone know of forums like these for the R2 beta of Windows Server 2008? I'm testing it as well and would love to read more about it from users.

"And Thus spake the Lord - Blessed are those that Possesseth the Power of the Almighty Google for they shall inherit true Riches".

Actually this Forum is fine -- I've been using it too. There's a special section as well on the R2 beta of Windows server 2008.

Windows Server 2008 Forum

Hope this helps


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