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Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

Question: Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

I'm looking for any hardware recommendation for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Can be pre-build (Dell/HP) or something DYI. It will be development system with three databases (1st - 20 tables and 2nd - 50 tables and 3rd - 2 tables) and around 3000 new records each day overall.

Thanks for any suggestion.

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Answer: Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

First of all, I would not go with a custom-built machine. If you're doing any production work, having a top-tier vendor with an on-site SLA and direct access to the exact identical parts throughout the warranty period is very important.

Few thoughts come to mind:
1. Will users be remoting into machine to use it, or interfacing with the data through a web/client application?
2. Is the database part of a vendor product? If so, what product? If this is part of a custom/homemade solution, what can you tell us about it?
3. What kinds of data will this be returning? Any embedded types, such as blobs? Any idea on column and row counts, both for the pool of data and some potential resultsets?
4. What is the network and infrastructure like going from user to database and back again?

Edit:
5. What is your budget? Do you have any existing business discounts with top-tier vendors?
6. What is your uptime and availability requirement?
7. Anyone familiar at your site with backup/rollback procedures of databases and transactions in SQL Server? If so, have you decided how to roll this in with existing backup procedures of your other data?

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Hello, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some Hardware Specs and/or prebuilt model #'s (ex. Dell, HP) for a new work server. It will be supporting 20 users, 26 PC's, and 6 printers. I will be using the Windows Server 2K3 OS and it will be used in the following roles:

DNS Server
Primary Domain Controller (Active Directory)
Application Server (minimal)
File Server (currently converting all paper customer files to electronic)
WSUS Server
Printers will be networked through it

I would like to put the OS on a RAID 1 array, and Data/Files on a 500 Gb to 1 Tb RAID 5 or 10 (suggestions?) array. Also, I would appreciate suggestions on favorite backup software suites.





 

Answer:Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

You'd be well served (no pun intended) by any entry level server. I was running AD on dual P3 1ghzs for 100 people and it sailed along.

What's the budget?

I'm partial to dell 2950s - they're solid servers.

HP makes a nice server in the 380-385s are nice too.
 

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Could someone please help me? I need to get a server to run NT SQL. I will have 4 workstations running Windows 98. I don't know what type of hardware to get for my server. Do I need a lot of RAM? A really fast CPU? A huge hard drive? Will my server need anything more that an ordinary beefed up computer already has? Please help me!
 

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT SQL server hardware recommendation?

Need to know more before that can be answered.

How much data do you plan on storing? That will determine your hard drive size.

How big are the databases programs going to be? That will help with the RAM. Of course, with and MS product, more RAM is always a good thing.

CPU speed... well, I would go with something decent. With only 4 users I doubt you'll need an 800MHz or anything. Of course, I don't know how much data you are planning to have this maching process - so even 1 user could need a really fast CPU.

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I'm kind of at a loss. This server as been running ok now for 6 months but after moving it I am having all sorts of problems.

Looking for pointers on how to troubleshoot and/or narrow down the source of the error.

Answer:Win Server 2008 R2 BSOD's -- bad hardware?

Hi. I just read the posting instructions so here is some more information:

? OS - Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Same
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Retail
? Age of system (hardware) - 15 months
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 15 months

? CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
? Video Card ATI Radeon HD 4250 (on board)
? MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3
? Power Supply - Strider 1000W

? System Manufacturer - Home Built
? Exact model number

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I have a Dell Poweredge 1750 with Intel Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's.

Does anyone know if the 2008 x64 OS can be installed on a system with Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's?

All the other stuff looks right like RAM, storage ect.

According to the MS web site it seems like it just lumps them all together. I guess the main thing is does the CPU have to be a specific 64 bit CPU or will it install on a 32 bit CPU.
Windows Server 2008 System Requirements

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows server 2008 x64 hardware requirements?

A Xeon is not a Itanium based CPU. So it falls under the catagory of the rest. It is above the 1.4GHz required for x64 you should be just fine.

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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 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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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.



INTRODUCTION

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 2.5.4.1
? ArcSoft PhotoImpression 5
? Auslogics Disk Defrag 1.0.3
? AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5.0.47
? 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 )



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947562
 

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

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Hello,
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
NOTE:
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.
Thank you,
V/R
Bill
William C. ?BC? Davis PMP, CISSP, IASO
Lead Infosec Engineer/Scientist
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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) http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=10268 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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\parameters]
"DisableStrictNameChecking"=dword:00000001

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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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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This was originally a response to a thread asking for approval of a build. Since I spent the time writing it, I decided to make a new thread as a general recommendation. Feel free to give feedback.

TOTAL without diaplay: $1143
TOTAL with display: $1553
Add a safe $50 for shipping costs.

$100 - Antec Sonata III 500 Case with Antec EarthWatts 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129024
on sale for a couple more days ($50 off)... deal is hard to beat for a quality case and quality psu... and quality in a psu is more important than power ratings, and this psu has both (34A combined 12V+)... did lots of research on this before ordering my most recent build for a friend

$9 - SilverStone FN121 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999346
Sonata III 500 has no side panel vents and an intake fan in the front will help air flow... this model seems to be fairly quiet

$90 - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
widely considered the best value for overclocking, very good chipset though it does not support SLI, but I don't think you'll need it with an 8800GT since you were originally considering 8600's. If you want SLI in the next two or three years, you can always replace your motherboard... but I think for the price and quality of this board, the tradeoff is worth it

$250 - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115018
can be overclocke... Read more

Answer:My system build recommendation as of February 2008

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Is this possible? I've got my free copy of server 08 and a 'older' spare PC that I'd like to install it on (I hope). Putting system requirements aside, is this attainable? The main thing that attracts me is the advertisement that server 08 can run php and asp.net side by side.

I've searched and looked around, but I haven't really found anything useful. That might be a sign...
 

Answer:Server 2008 as a Web Server/File Server/Print Server

I tested Server 2008 on an old HP Compaq nx9600 laptop (P4 3ghz, 512mb RAM, ATI Radeon Mobility X300) I had lying around in my cabinet in an attempt to practice migrating and upgrading WSS 2.0 from a 2003 server to WSS 3.0 on the 2008 server on the laptop. It ran slow as shit when the WMSDE database running lol.. but without it, it was as smooth as Win2003.

I say give it a try.
 

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Hey guys, I have two domain controllers running Server 2008 x64, and I want to move them both to R2. What do I need to do to make this migration happen? Is there any type of in place upgrade solution? Do I need to do anything with the FSMO roles for this? The servers also take care of DNS and DHCP for my users. And one of them is also a print server. Any kind of basic checklist for this sort of thing would be great. Thanks!
 

Answer:Server 2008 x64 to Server 2008 R2 migration for DC's.

You can do an in-place upgrade, as long as the current DCs are x64 (which you've already stated).

Here's my list:

Very important: Take a system state backup of one of the DCs.
Verify replication topology
Verify that replication is healthy between both DCs
Check event logs for anything weird
Run adprep /forestprep and domainprep on the schema master to prep the domain for R2 DCs
Move the FSMO roles off of the server that you're going to upgrade first
Verify that the roles have actually moved and that the change replicated
Check the location of primary/secondary DNS for each DC
Upgrade

If you had three DCs, what you could also do is completely take down one of the DCs until the upgrade was successful on the other two. That leaves you with a completely intact, untouched DC that you could use to perform an authoritative restore on the other two should things get really FUBAR.

DNS shouldn't be a concern since users willl hopefully hit the other DC. DHCP will be a problem as users won't be able to get an IP while the DHCP box is down. I can't say for sure about printers as I avoid print servers like the plague

I think that's everything. I'll post more if I remember something else.
 

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Hello everyone. I am a new member and I have read the how to and tried to run the scanning tools as recommended. The first scan from Roguekiller produced some scary results and I am not sure how to proceed, but as the forum states, I will attach the log from the scan here for the geniuses to guide me to a safe removal of any malware or viruses.
 

Answer:Server 2008 and server 2008 R2 Malware

I have attached the log from Roguekiller




weidy said:





Hello everyone. I am a new member and I have read the how to and tried to run the scanning tools as recommended. The first scan from Roguekiller produced some scary results and I am not sure how to proceed, but as the forum states, I will attach the log from the scan here for the geniuses to guide me to a safe removal of any malware or viruses.Click to expand...


 

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Hi;
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?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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So right now I'm running a Windows 2003 server at the house. It was one of my first forays into real server technologies - the AD is a disaster, and my DNS is less than optimal. Additionally, the system needs some new hardware. So, over the summer, I want to upgrade the CPU, and I want to replace my aging RAID5 array of 6x400GB array with a larger and more reliable 3x1TB. (Yes, this is a true hard RAID5 board that runs like a bat out of hell and cost a minor fortune.)

Anyway, I get all sorts of free MS software through school, so I can put pretty much anything I want on here. I want to run my own Exchange server as well. I installed and run SBS2008 at work, and very much like the tight integration and nice management tools. So the question is, do I just run SBS 2008, or do I set up Server 2008 R2, and manually set up Exchange 2007, SQL 2008, etc.? I want the integration of SBS, but I kind of like the idea of using a server OS based on Win7 instead of Vista.
 

Answer:Home: Server 2008 R2 or SBS 2008?

Server 2008 is Vista-based.

Personally, if I had both, I'd just use Server 2008, especially if you're used to 2003.
 

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While I'm still stabilising the overclock on my PC, can I ask if anyone has installed Visual Studio 2008 & SQL Server 2008 on Windows 7 x64 7600? If you do get any hiccups during install but manage to install it, does it run alright? Any problems? I'm interested in C# and ASP.NET development only. Thanks.

Answer:VS 2008 & SQL Server 2008 compatibility

Get the service packs. They run just fine.

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Hello, I am a student in high-school, and I have a pending project that is a bit over my head. Here is a part about OS/Hardware Recommendation. Thanks for the help.
 

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Well our small business network needs to expand and we grew from 4 people to 15 people now in less then a year. currently we have a t1 line running but our old router gave out and now we want to match the t1 with good ahrdware. I was looking for cost effective but good hardware that i could connect, like the router and a wireless access point. Any suggestions? Thanks in advanced.
 

Answer:Need Hardware recommendation

Well, it's only a T1...so don't need a high speed router. But for a business....stability and features is something to look for.

Often with a T the router is handled by the ISP.

What features to you have at your network? Services made available to the outside? Any VPN needs? Any wireless needs? Is there a mail server onsite?
 

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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

Description:
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: 6.0.0.0
Problem Signature 06: 4791ad96
Problem Signature 07: 1f26
Problem Signature 08: 1e
Problem Signature 09: System.NullReferenceException
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1
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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Hi,

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.

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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?

Paul
 

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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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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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?


thank
-Jeff

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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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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: http://www.ghacks.net/2008/01/22/free-copies-of-windows-server-sql-server-and-visual-studio-2008/
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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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 C#.net to fetch the services.
Error:
InvalidOperationException Was caught
Cannot open Service Control Manager on computer :"". This operation might require other privileges.

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I'm experimenting with implimenting this and am having a few issues.

When I install a print device and deploy with GPO, it works great.

When I update the driver on the server to a newer version using the 'new driver' button, I have issues. It prompts the user saying they need to install the driver. If you choose to install, it prompts for administrator credentials, which obviously negates the whole point of centralized management.

If I remove the printer from deployment, delete it and the driver, then add it again with an older version driver, and redeploy, the clients are still using the newer driver (sometimes I have reasons to roll back print drivers).

One thing I did notice is the driver is not listed as a package, where the default stuff by Microsoft is. I don't know if that makes a difference. If it is, how can I create the package? Do I have to use WDS or something similar?

So, what am I doing wrong when I'm changing the drivers that it won't automatically deploy the new driver without user intervention? Also, if there is no way to force the change, is there a way to force client stations to delete the old driver without getting into a bunch of scripting (I don't care for it).
 

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I have a Access 2000 database residing on one sever and an installation of SQL Server 2008 residing on another. Both servers are running Windows Server 2003. I created a linked server using the code below. When I run EXEC sp_tables_ex 'PropCont' I get the following,
"OLE DB error trace [OLE/DB Provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' IDBInitialize::Initialize returned 0x80004005: The provider did not give any information about the error.].
Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_tables_ex, Line 13
OLE DB provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error."

I tried changing the code to specify my account information, which has Administrative privileges on the domain and I get,
"OLE DB error trace [OLE/DB Provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' IDBInitialize::Initialize returned 0x80040e4d: Authentication failed.].
Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_tables_ex, Line 13
OLE DB provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' reported an error. Authentication failed."

Originally I was getting an error that said, "The workgroup information file is missing or opened exclusively by another user" I found an article on line that suggested I do the following,
"1. Open SSMS
2. Expand Server Objects, Linked Servers, Providers
3. Double click the provider (Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0)
4. UNTICK the "Allow inprocess" option"
I did this and I stopped ... Read more

Answer:Linked Server from SQL Server 2008 to Access 2000 db gives error

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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 was curious if anyone could recommend some resources / references for the "deeper" workings of computer hardware. I do desktop support for approx 150 employees and I would like to expand my knowledge to be as effective as possible here at work.

Anything you can recommend is greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm looking for a hardware firewall solution that allows me to access the server remotely, allow VPN access (via Windows Server SMB VPN), allows Outlook Web Access, all while allowing me to selectively block specific IP addresses or ranges from ever reaching my server. All while being fairly user friendly.

Got any brands or models you recommend and work with that will allow this?

There have been multiple attemps to get into my windows server from somethin other than traditional methods that makes me think security hole. The thing is that the server is up to date on all patches and only has the ports open for the aforementioned programs. Nevertheless it has disrupted the server enough to cause me a headache so I'd rather just ban that damn IP range that keeps trying as it's been similar addresses from europe that's been doing the same attack over and over for the last week.
 

Answer:Hardware firewall recommendation

The Cisco PIX boxes are nice, but they are not user friendly. I think the SonicWall TZ150 or TZ170 fits what you are looking for. If you are not opposed to "roll your own" open source solutions, m0n0wall is maybe even more powerful than the SonicWall boxes and much less expensive.
 

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I'm about to pull my hair out

C:\Users\Administrator>dcdiag /fix

Directory Server Diagnosis

Performing initial setup:
Trying to find home server...
Home Server = dc
* Identified AD Forest.
Done gathering initial info.

Doing initial required tests

Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\DC
Starting test: Connectivity
The host 661bcd5c-ba25-4e96-81b3-64c2db98a63b._msdcs.cwmg.local could
not be resolved to an IP address. Check the DNS server, DHCP, server
name, etc.
Got error while checking LDAP and RPC connectivity. Please check your
firewall settings.
......................... DC failed test Connectivity

Doing primary tests

Testing server: Default-First-Site-Name\DC
Skipping all tests, because server DC is not responding to directory
service requests.


Running partition tests on : ForestDnsZones
Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
......................... ForestDnsZones passed test CheckSDRefDom
Starting test: CrossRefValidation
......................... ForestDnsZones passed test
CrossRefValidation

Running partition tests on : DomainDnsZones
Starting test: CheckSDRefDom
......................... DomainDnsZones passed test CheckSDRefDom
Starting test: CrossRefValidation
......................... DomainDnsZones passed test
CrossRefValidation

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Answer:AD and DNS server roles not playing nicely in Server 2008

How many DCs?
 

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I am going to be upgrading a Server 2003 domain and Exchange server 2003 to Server 2008 and Exchange server 2010. We have one main DC and one backup DC along with another Server 2003 machine running Exchange.

Can anyone point me to some good how-to's or instructions for doing this? This is a small organization, about 40-50 clients total.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:How to migrate Server/Exchange 2003 to Server 2008

I'm in the same boat at work. I have about 120 clients and I'm taking the approach of building of building a new AD domain and installing exchange as a new organization in the new domain. From there I plan on exporting the mailboxes and importing them to the new exchange server. At this point I haven't decided how I'm going to export the mailboxes, probably have to exmerge the mail store to PST's or use Powershell if I can extract the old mail store from the new Exchange server.
 

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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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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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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:

Code:
Enable-PSRemoting –force
on the client:

Code:

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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My migration from Server 2003 to Server 2008 was going great until i just shutdown the last Server 2003 box that still had DNS running. Apparently DNS on my new Server 2008 DC was not really working and was forwarding requests to the old 2003 server. Once i shut it down outside requests and the entire internet stopped working until i turned that server back on again. Do i need to setup DNS forwarders with the IP of my ISP's DNS server for this to work or simply remove all forwarder IP's? i noticed on the old 2003 box it had no forwarders setup so that means it was using the root hints all along? internal host lookups work fine.
 

Answer:Server 2003 to Server 2008 migration DNS trouble

Yes remove the forwarders, and let the server use the Root Hints to get what it needs. You might make sure your Root Hints are up to date, just in case.
 

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Hey guys,

We are running an MSSQL 2005 Server with a clients database on it. The client uses a developer in India who is using SQL 2008 Server Management Studio. When he tries to connect to our 2005 Server, he gets an error. We have downloaded and reproduced the error and it appears to be a problem with 2008 studio trying to connect to a 2005 server. I have asked the developer to move to a different version of Studio, but for the future I was wondering if anyone here knew of any kind of fix for this at all?
 

Answer:SQL 2008 Server Management Studio and SQL 2005 Server

they expect everyone to upgrade their entire infrastructure and clients to the new version the very second they come out simultaneously, thats why
 

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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 http://www.win2008workstation.com/ -- 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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since enterprise is discontinued. what version can 2008 R2 ent be updgraded to?
 

Answer:server 2008 R2 Enterprise to Server 2012 ...... what verison

I went with Datacenter since I wasn't sure.

Here's what I found though
If you are upgrading from Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition you can upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition or Datacenter Edition. If you are upgrading from Datacenter Edition, you can only upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition.Click to expand...

Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh994618.aspx#BKMK_UpgradePaths
 

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to boot from a USB Memory Stick to install 2008 SP2 (Non-R2) on a Quad-Xeon ECC-Ram Supermicro Server from around 2002 that has with it only a CD-ROM Drive.

Fortunately,
The USB Memory Stick shows up as a Hard Drive boot device in the CMOS, but after following some instructions to format thumb drive to fat32, and run the following command: xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ --- The drive will not boot to the installation, it simply boots to a black screen which says "Operating System Not Found"

The thread I originally came across that discussed how to do this (through diskpart)
But, diskpart doesn't list the USB Removable Memory Stick as a Device, so I can't follow the instructions which were:

1) diskpart
2) list disk
3) select disk 1
4) clean
5) create partition primary
6) select partition 1
7) active
8) format fs=fat32
9) assign
10) exit

Anyway,
I think I'm missing a step.
I'm also sure theres a utility out there that would handle this,
Can someone point me in the right direction?
 

Answer:Booting from USB to install Server 2008 on an old Supermicro Server.

The diskpart instructions can be completed through Explorer. Right click the drive and select format.

Next, you are missing to the bootsect.exe step. On the original Server 2008 installation media there should be a folder named boot. Inside you will find bootsect.exe.

You will need to run the following command against the USB drive and make sure you are running the command prompt in elevated mode(admin rights).

As an example, if your USB drive is E: then type:
Code:
bootsect.exe /nt60 e:

 

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My Server 2008 Enterprise key from the academic alliance won't work on my new server, says it activation limit has been reached. What can I do to work around this? What do you do when you run into this problem with home lab environments?
 

Answer:Server 2008 key wont activate on new server build

Call Microsoft and tell them you had to reinstall. They should give you a new key if it's a Retail key.
 

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Im running into issues with a Terminal Server I setup. We migrated from a Terminal Server running on Server 2003, to a new server running Server 2008. All of our applications are running just fine in the new 64 bit OS, however my users want to use Firefox on it, but we are having a lot of issues with it. Firefox installs fine, and you can browse web sites with it, but anytime you try to browse the filesystem on the server it freezes. If I try to just do a file open, once it brings up the filesystem the browser freezes. This is important, as we need to import SSL certificates into it for our users to be able to access certain resources. Has anyone seen this, or have any suggestions on how to fix it. I have tried to uninstall, reinstall different versions, they all seem to be doing it.
 

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Ok so here's the deal:

2008 domain
GPP extension on all clients

Old server:
2003 32bit
has ~150 network printers
old name

New server:
2008 x64
cannot have same name as old server

My questions:

Since I can't use Print Migrator 3.1 (from 2003 to 2008 x64) can I install the new printers on the new server without conflicting with the old printers/server? If so I should just be able to roll the new printers out via GPP to each respective OU, right? Any advice on removing the old printers from the clients? It's 4-500 clients so I can't touch each one physically. I'm aware I will need x64 drivers when installing on the server then will need to manually add the 32bit drivers during each install (on the server).

Any advice would be appreciated. I've migrated 20-30 printers but never 150 off one server before.
 

Answer:Advice for print server cutover? (Server 2008 x64)

From my experience you can add the printers on any server without conflict. They are basically just "there" and people can connect to them if they want to. So you should be able to set up the printers on the new server without issue.

I don't know much about removing the existing printers from the client machines, especially with GPP. I have to brush up on my GPP skills as well as upgrade my functional domain level.

I was researching a script to delete all printers when the clients logged in and got it working, but never used it other than testing.
Thread here: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1566408
 

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Hi guys,
 
What free Antivirus software for servers?
What free anti-malware would NOT be a good idea?
 
Info:
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.
 
 
Questions:
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.http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
 
Regards -

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Hi,

I need to upgrade my current system to include:

2 new IDE hdds
1 DVD-RAM drive

I believe I need to purchase a new PCI IDE controller to allow me to add the above components. But, I do not know what exactly to ask for when I eventually hit up the nearby computer shop.

I also beleive I need a new power supply to accomodate the extra components i want to install. Currently my power suppy is a 320W one, and i'm positive there are no other extra outlets for me to use
.
My current system is as described below in my signature, with the following components left out:

1 - 40 GIG maxtor drive
1 - IOMEGA ZIP drive internal
1 - CD-ROM
1 - CD-RW

the above are all connected to the primary and secondary connectors, master and slave, so i know I have no room for any additions

I want to maintain my current setup (that means, I do not want to sub a CD-RW for the CD-ROM, etc..)
what should I buy first?? what sort of brands are good??

Zach.
 

Answer:Hardware configuration, recommendation and explanations

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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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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.

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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.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...s/thread/5992fbe1-4099-4c06-afe7-2ca4c6f3ca78
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731677(WS.10).aspx

You really need to be reading the books on WS 2k8, since a lot of it is in there for admins. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Windows-Server-Period-Second/dp/1597492736
 

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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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i have been using application(Visual Basic 6) in my office which uses SQL Server 7.0,now i wants to install windows 7 in my pc,i would like to know whether sql server 7.0 database can be restored in sql server 2008.pls guide me how to do the same

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If I wanted to use it for simply file storage, would there be any real benefit to using Storage Server 2008 over regular Server 2008 ?

Don't care about domains (don't use them), DHCP, etc...

Oh, will Storage Server even work without a domain?
 

Answer:Any benefit to using Storage Server over Server 2008?

If you aren't doing iSCSI or anything like that, just basic windows file sharing then there's no benefit.

You can get a Workgroup edition and a "Domain" edition.
 

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Hey guys,

Here at my customer we are tinkering around with a few things. My boss would like me to try and implement our Server 2008 x64 machine as a print server. He would like me to remove the printers from the 3 other servers (All are 2003 Standard) so that we have one centralized source for printers. I've been messing around with it for a little while, and it seems very nice.

I'm having an issue with one of the printers, which I expect to have on a few others. I am trying to use 1 printer / user as a test, which is an HP Color Laserjet 1600. About 95% of all of the printers we are using are HP. He also would like to make sure we use the HP Universal Print Driver, which makes sense. I am attempting to set all of this up on the Server 2008. I've installed the printer on the server using the TCP/IP address, and listed it on the directory. On the user's computer, which is Windows XP x32 w/ SP2, I attempt to add the printer.

I then get an error message from the Universal driver in Windows Xp stating that it is the wrong driver for the printer, and wants me to install a different driver. I've also tried downloading the x64 1600 Driver and installing that onto the server, however I get the following error message:

I'm not sure if I'm doing anything wrong, but nothing seems to work. Does anyone have any experience with this? Should I be installing a Windows x32 driver, since that's what will be installed on the clients as well? Or woul... Read more

Answer:Server 2008 x64 - Print Server, Issues

You would install both. You need the x64 driver so the server can access it, and x32 drivers for the client machines.
 

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Hi All,

I was wondering if someone could help me with an issue that I've been struggling with for some time.
The core issue\symptom is being unable to open roles or features in server manager (This is a VPS So cannot boot from CD to repair):



CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE 0x80080005

If I try to start the trusted installer I get this error:



I've been trying to follow two guides: Windows Modules Installer Error 126 - Fix
and System Update Readiness Tool - CheckSur.log File Analyzis

I've checked that the registry path is correct (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Version):



Which matches the Trusted Installer ID (C:\Windows\WinSxS directory\
)

(Not sure why theres two folders...?)


Something odd I noticed, the missing components listed in the CheckSUR.txt file have no version numbers, just 0.0.0.0 : ...31bf3856ad364e35_0.0.0.0_none...


CheckSUR.txt:
----------------------------

Checking System Update Readiness.
Binary Version 6.1.7601.22471
Package Version 22.0
2014-01-06 15:39

Checking Windows Servicing Packages

Checking Package Manifests and Catalogs

Checking Package Watchlist

Checking Component Watchlist
(f) CBS Watchlist Component Missing 0x80070002 amd64_microsoft-windows-browserservice-netapi_31bf3856ad364e35_0.0.0.0_none_ad85f50a98427e27 Package_6_for_KB2705219~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.1.1 Package registry presence failed, possibly an orphaned package on package watchlist
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Answer:CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE (Server Manager) Server 2008 R2 Std

The Watchlist components are the things that tie together the Package files with the content - the registry entries are present, but the files aren't.
This creates a problem - as you've found out!
Please upload the full CheckSUR.Persist.log file, and I'll see what I can do about creating a fix - it may take a while!

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Ok.. here is the dilemma. I have a Windows Server 2003 Running Active Directory and 1 Domain. I am looking at upgrading to a 1u Rack mount server and was wondering if anyone has any tips for me before starting. The biggest hurdle that I know of is going to be exporting all the settings and users from the 2003 box to the 2008 system. If anyone can give me any tips or share some resources of things I need to do to prepare please let me know. I am kind of new to the whole migrating to a new system. Especially in Windows Server.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Upgrading from Server 2003 to Server 2008

Can't you just join the 2008 to the existing domain, then move all the roles to the new server, then dcpromo the old server to just a standalone??
 

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I'm in the process of installing an application server that requires SQL Server 2008 R2 (x64) on a separate device. However, I'm noticing this error message whenever I try to install the application through its proprietary configuration tool:


Code:

ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to create database. Error: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections (provider: TCP Provider, error: - = No such host is known).
ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to drop database
ERRO: The provided SQL user may not have permissions to create and drop databases.
ERRO: ConfigureServer: The Configuration did not validate
ERRO: Task 'ValidateConfiguration' Failed (Exit Code=1)

This is what I have done so far:

On Server:
- Installed Client Tools
- Set it as Mixed-Mode Authentication (Windows + SQL)
- Created inbound rule on Windows Firewall to allow TCP 1433 (SQL Connection) and UDP 1434 (SQL Browser Service) from a small IP scope (only have four "test" servers in my network) under Domain, Public, and Private
- Created SQL accounts in Server Management Studio and verified that they are able to connect to SQL
- Checked DB instance in Server Management Studio to allow remote connections to the server
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Answer:Client(s) can't connect to SQL Server 2008 R2 server

You were on the right track, but having the server listen on localhost/127.0.0.1 may or may not be what you want. Regardless, you need to tell SQL to bind to the ethernet interface since you're trying to connect to it over the network.

Do a netstat -a on the server and see if you have 0.0.0.0:1433 or the ethernet interface:1433. You could also do telnet serverip 1433.

If it's not listening on the desired interface, you need to look up how tell SQL to bind to that interface (I don't know, I'm not familiar with it either).
 

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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.

Thanks
 

Answer:Server 2008 R2 Windows Server Backup

ttt!
 

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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?

Thanks!
 

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 asp.net 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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Hope this is the right place to post this


Just set up server 2008 r2 on a older box I had that I was using for a few things. Tried Linux but became tThanks of a pain for such simple tasks. Here is what I'm using it for.

Csgo server
Mumble server
File/backup
Media server?

My main concern was for media server to stream to few devices in the house. I was thinking plex. Does anyone have any other ways I can go about it.

Thankd

Answer:Server 2008 for home server... Opinions please.

Not sure what opinions you want. All I can say is that you don't need server 2008 R2 to complete your desired tasks. Any basic Windows client OS should work.

EDIT: It should be noted that Windows Server OS's are enterprise standards therefore a lot of home license applications will not install unless it is open source. You will need to purchase enterprise licenses of software for them to be installed on the server. This is particularly important with Anti-Virus solutions.

Josh

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What i'm wanting to do is to use one of these All-In-One printers on a Terminal Server - i.e. plug the USB lead into the server and use the printer from there but over RDP.

Can anyone reccomend something tried and test on Server 2008 R2.

/Andrew
 

Answer:Server 2008 R2 Terminal Server and Printers

yes u can share resources over RDP. under advanced tab of rdp u would see options what all to share which includes clip board n printer shud be there.
 

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So I have a client that has a dying server and we are replacing it with a new server running Server 2008 R2. They are currently running server 2003 R2 and it is their domain controller. I've googled around quite a bit, but I'm having trouble understanding exactly the right steps that I need to do and in what order. Here's what I understand so far:

1: Set a static IP on the new server with it's DNS pointing to the IP of the main DC server.
2: forestprep and domainprep the old server with ADPREP located on the Server 2008 R2 DVD.
3: Run DCPROMO on the new server and make it an aditional domain controller.
4: Follow the rest of the steps from the site below.
5: Once it's all working, run DCPROMO on the old server to demote it.

What I'm also wondering, how long does it take for these things to replicate over? Is there a way to force it?

Basically this page seems to tell me what steps I need to do. (It doing it from 2000 - 2003 but I'm assuming the principles are the same.)

Looks like it is time to get out the ESXi server again. I may borrow another server from work just so I can have multiple clients joined to the virtual 2003 domain to practice with.

http://jaredheinrichs.com/how-to-replace-a-windows-server-2003-domain-controller.html
 

Answer:Server 2003 to Server 2008 R2 DC Upgrade

Your steps sound accurate to me from what I've read.

As far as replication time, I think that depends on the size
of what you're working with.

I'm gonna hope you aren't sitting there for hours watching something
but...I had a customer with a mini-atx "mainframe" as he called it, that
had blown capacitors and all kinds of other issues, and it was so god
awful slow that when it finally died, I was almost happy for him. If you
had to work off something like that, then my god have pity on your soul
my child
 

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I Need server recommendation
min spec are:
single cpu dual core (PD, xeon, athlon x2, opteron)
min 1 gb ram
2 hdd sata
and rackmount
What do you think?
IBM, HP, DELL, SUN?
Or Tyan Vs. SUpermicro?
Max budget
1200$
 

Answer:Server recommendation

For $1200 bucks you could build the following and have some cash left over:

- Core 2 Quad powered box (about $275 for the processor)
- 2x500GB SATA II drives (about $200)
- a nice optical drive or two (maybe $100)
- 4GB of RAM (typically about $60-70 these days for 2x1GB; Fry's regularly sells Patriot DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-12 timings for $59.95 out the door so that's roughly $120 for 4GB)
- a kickass solid Intel motherboard (I won't recommend anything but pure Intel heavy iron for servers, ever) for roughly $200-ish or less
- a decent case with a 500w power supply for $50-100 (it's a server, not an art statement)
- soundcard and video duties could be integrated on the mobo, especially if you get a real Intel board with GMA X3000/Sigmatel or Realtek audio (since it's a server graphics and sound aren't a major priority)

That would be a monster box by most anyone's needs for server duties. You could fine tune the purchases, add more RAM if you snag a good deal on 2GB DIMMs (they're cheap if you look in the right places) and end up with 8GB, who knows. Or add more drives, etc.

There's no reason to simply buy something from an OEM when you can do it yourself typically for less and learn some cool stuff in the process.

Just my $.02...

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I'm going to hire someone to handle the network setup and all, but I'm need to setup a brand new office for my company (and by my, I mean I own it). I'm going to have approx. 10-15 PC's, some remote. I need the server to handle the following:

-Quickbooks for Manufacturing Database
-Exchange
-File storage (~4TB would be the very high end of our needs)

I'm basically looking for some recommendations so I can get an idea of cost. I have a very good budget for this but I want to make sure I don't overspend, though that's not nearly as important as going too light. Obviously this isn't going to be a huge demand on the hardware, but I don't want it to wimp out on me.

Also, I'm looking for some desktop document scanner recommendations. I'm going to have people scanning invoices, bills of lading, etc... and anything that could help to intelligently sort them would be a big plus.

Also, I'm particularly fond of Dell at this point, because I'm going to be purchasing about 20-30 PC's from them and want to leverage it in to a good discount. That said if there's something else you'd like to recommend I'm quite open to it. I REALLY appreciate any advice you guys are willing to give.
 

Answer:Server Recommendation

A little more input on the Quickbooks setup would be helpful, I've seen the extreme ends of Enterprise 11 lately. I've got two customer's on enterprise 11 w/ about 8 people in Quickbooks all the time, one a construction company, and the other a manufactoring/retail supply business. The file size's are 750mb and 1.5gb respectively, and while the construction company can happily run on a dell poweredge 1900 w/ 2 250gb 7200rpm drives in raid 1 while making no inpact on the server, I've had to put the other on a HP ML350 w/ 3 160gb SFF 10k drives in raid 5 just to keep up, and if I do any heavy I/O on this server they dog out in quickbooks, while I can do whatever on the other client w/ no issues.

So I guess the best question about quickbooks is how many users, the file size, and how much your transaction log (tlg file) grows during a day, my customer w/ the 1.5gb files grows about 3gb per day. Now all this might be because of some issues w/ my customers QB file, but I'd still go by it for sizing. I'll be calling intuit next week so I should be a little more in the know.

For the scanners, I'm not too sure on the software, I'm needing to look into myself, but I have 3 of the girls at the construction company running the Canon DR-2010C scanners all day, and they absolutely love them, like me though, they hate paperport.
 

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Hi,

Can someone recommend an antivirus for servers?

I am going to buy malwarebytes anti-malware business for the server and 4 workstations. And Microsoft security essentials as antivirus but I don't know what to use for the server.
 

Answer:Server antivirus recommendation

I know (Learn to read ) I'll use Microsoft Security Essentials
 

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Hi,

Anyone have a recommendation for the BEST Home NAS server. I'm looking for one that is the EASIEST to set up that has a minimum of 4 bays.

Additional features that would be nice are:

streams iTunes, photos, videos ect...
uTorrent
remote access
auto backup
de-duplication

thanks!
 

Answer:need recommendation for home NAS server - 4TB

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I'm in the process of building a Blackberry Pro server. I dont want a super duper server, simply because I only have less than 10 users.

I need recommendations on hardware and the license needed for Windows.

Since this BES will be installed on it's own server (not in the Exchange server) what license for Windows will I need?
 

Answer:Blackbery Pro Server Recommendation

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Currently we are using RADIUS authentication for all our network devices off a Windows domain controller. I would like to move away from using a DC for RADIUS and setup a dedicated device. Everything is virtualized, so a RADIUS that runs as a VM would be great. Any recommendations?
 

Answer:Recommendation for RADIUS Server?

Why move off using a DC? Do you still want to use AD for credentials? Create a second server VM with NPS on it and use that.
 

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Dear all:
Recently I purchased a LINKSYS EFSP42 2-port Print Server. Before I opened the box, I expected to finish the testing in approximately 10 to 15 minutes because most of the Linksys products I have are hassle-free setup.

However, this Print Server took me the whole day for testing. I experienced graphical texts failed to print, slow respondance, and Admin Software not able to search the print server on network and/or upgrade the firmware. I have even tried to visit Linksys's official website and downloaded the latest version of drivers and firmwares, but still no use.

Right now, I am in the market shopping for the most reliable print server for SOHO standard (means faily inexpensive but performance is good and reliable at same time). Can you share your Print Server experience with me, and perhaps give me some recommendation?

My friend has a NETGEAR PS101 and hethinks that works great. However, I searched the web and found out that it's got a problem with giving itself a static IP.

Currently we are hosting a RedHat Linux + Samba workstation as the print server, and the performance is so fantastic. However, it has some compatibility issue with Crystal Report. Switching to a Windows based workstation may help but currently the only PCs we've got are those old P2 and some old P3 with 128RAM; can such slow PC handle the print jobs well as a print server???

Thank you all =)
 

Answer:Best Print Server for recommendation?

The best solution is no print server at all and having printers with network support builtin..

If you set up the print serving computer with raw print queues (the pages are rendered by the client computer) then you don't need any computing power at all. You can use something as slow as a 286 in that case since all it has to do is take data from the network and send it to the printer port. Only some memory/disk space is needed for buffering/spooling.

Do you use raw print queues in your current setup? Or do the clients use a generic PS driver to send pages to the server which then renders them for the printers?
 

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So as I am setting up and administering a network for a small business and have decided to run pfsense because I have experience with it.

The network will only have 25-30 clients at a time max.
They will have 5 users who will vpn in to access the server.
Wan is 50/8 Mbps.
The network will be gigabit so I will install 2 or 3 intel pro1000's depending on mb support.

So my question concerns hardware they are a dell shop so...

Can anyone sugest a dell server for a pfsense box?
also does anyone knows if pfsense supports the SAS6iR?
if pfsense supports the on board nic I will install only 2 Pro1000's if it dosen't then I will install 3.
does not need to be rack mount

Thanks in advance!

-Jeff
 

Answer:pfsense dell server recommendation?

dashpuppy suggesting untangle in...

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GO!
 

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I have a small business client about 12 users using windows platforms and outlook express. They want email software so they can send inter office email etc. Any recommendations for SW to look at?

Thanks
 

Answer:Email Server Software Recommendation

If they use Office and have Outlook it can do this.
 

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Hello,

I've been tasked at looking at a solution to provide web-based email to some of our on the road employees, and I have to admit I don't have a clue as to what is available currently.

I found things like SquirrelMail, BlueMamba and RoundCube, but don't know which ones are reliable and have the best feature sets.

Basic requirements are:

low cost: open source preferable, however a low-cost purchasing fee would be acceptable
mail must be accessible through a standard web browser
should provide a choice of french or english client interface, determined by each user
ideally, should be able to integrate with Active Directory
should be able to apply corporate look & feel : colors, logo
should be able to integrate with some sort of anti-spam solution
That's about all of what I was told...
I would really appreciate any recommendations / suggestions of mail servers to look at.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Recommendation for a good web mail server??

google.
 

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1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Running lots of Websites. Each web server will have to be in their own VM. MySQL servers in their own VMs. VMs combination of Linux and Windows Server.

Will also be running some HPC applications on an ad hoc basis.

Don't worry about redundancy, backups, NAS, etc... Just this Server/Workstation

Might run some game servers for fun, or might even throw in a GPU down the road for gaming shits and giggles.

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
No budget, but looking for Bang for the quality parts.

3) Which country do you live in? If the U.S, please tell us the state and city if possible.

London, UK

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. The word "Everything" is not a valid answer. Please list out all the parts you'll need.
Motherboard, PSU, RAM, Storage, CPU HSF, GPU.

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
CPU: 2 x E5 2699 v3

6) Will you be overclocking?
No

7) What is the max resolution of your monitor? What size is it?
1920x1200

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
ASAP

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? eSATA? Onboard video (as a backup or main GPU)? UEFI? etc.

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How many websites is "lots", and why does each website need its own VM? That seems very wasteful. At that point you're not hosting websites, you're hosting virtual servers. Also, why DDR4? I would think with VMs, and especially website VMs, you would want more RAM rather than faster RAM.

I just buy used C1100's on eBay. They may not have top of the line specs, but I can buy FIVE of them with 72GB of DDR3 RAM EACH for the 1578.78 GBP that your parts cost.
 

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Hello,
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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How can I get the SQL DB Engine service to run as a local\system account?

Do I need to add a certain role or feature or change a permission setting somewhere?

Cheers
 

Answer:Server 2008 and SQL 2008

Isn't that an option at installation? Tried reinstalling and selecting "local system account" ;/?
 

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I have got a new tech specs for EMR system upgrade and now I have two options to pick:

option 1: workstations + SQL server + AD server
option 2: workstations + SQL server + AD server + Terminal server

Which option will be more optimal for 20-30 workstations in the network? Now I have a system based on the option 1 (there is no option 2 for current EMR software version). What is an advantage of the terminal server when workstations connect to the SQL server anyway?

Thanks
 

Answer:Win 2008 server w/ terminal server or w/o?

TS is good for Thin clients, or remote users. Thats it really
 

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I'm looking to build/buy a media server by the end of the summer to help centralize a few things. I'm looking for a recommendation of course

My needs are..

A) I want a centralized backup of all home my computers (1-2 desktops, 2 laptops)
B) I want a centralized area where I can share my files on the network.
C) Ability to rip DVDs to a central location where my Popcorn Hour can view them.
D) Ability remote into any computer via this server is a wonder feature as I often have to for business / practical needs.

The ability to auto backup all my computers on a regular basis has a big plus for me in regards to WHS. Does Server 2003 or 2008 have that feature?

Same question for D)
 

Answer:WHS or Server 2003 or Server 2008

I've got a Windows 2008 server in my house. For automated backup I use synctoy scheduled with task scheduler. All free. Backups are run every night @ 12:00. In fact, I can hear my server's HDs crunching now.

It all depends on the cost of the server software. I only use Windows Server 2008 because it was free from my college. The cost of Server 08 might be way too much retail to be practical. Even for my needs, Server 2008 is over kill because I'm only using it for file serving. I'm only using it because it's the only extra free license I have.
 

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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...-b5ca-75edae3d57c5&displaylang=en&tm#filelist

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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Hello all!

I wanted to double check with you guys on whether or not I should do this or not. I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate as my home server. The home server currently is nothing more than a file server for all my media. I experience constant "hangs" when trying to access media from my laptop and main PC (also both Windows Vista Ultimate). All are on gigabit lan (DLINK DIR-655) and move things back and forth fast...but at times if I try to open a song or something from another machine...it hangs and generally takes 20-30 seconds before it plays the song. Something is screwy with Vista for sure!

The current setup I have is as follows:

* CoolerMaster Elite 330 Case
* Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G motherboard
* AMD X2 AM2 BE 2400 2.3GHZ
* 3GB Kingston ValueRam
* 1 Samsung 80gb SATA (Operating System)
* 2X Western Digital 500gb SATA (media is stored on these)

Now, I would like to move to either Windows Server 2003 (which we all use at work....right) or Windows Server 2008 (something I am just getting into). I would prefer to install Server 2008 so I can familiarize myself with the OS, but is it a bit overkill for a "File Server"?

I would like to setup an FTP server on this server so all my family can share all that they want and possibly access all of my media too. What do you guys suggest I do?
 

Answer:Server 2008 - Home Server Use

Try XP first, I had network issues as well that seemed to be resolved doing that.
 

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on my server 2008 r2 (that is a VM)
it is the DNS server
preferred dns server: itself
alternate dns server: ISP dns server

it is also the DHCP server. so the dhcp server is giving out the same above settings to the workstations.

is this a bad idea ? will it cause problems ?
 

Answer:server 2008 r2 - dns server - is this bad form ?

Dont put your ISP dns in your NIC settings. put them in your DNS forwarders
 

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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..?

Bump...

Anyone?

Thanks
 

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I work in a mixed environment OSX 10.6 and Windows 7. I want to consolidate the print servers into one Server 2008 R2 server for both types of clients. The Windows are fine, simple print sharing scenario.

For OSX users, from what I understand I need to setup the printer as an LPR port. When I do that, I am able to go to the OSX client, go to add printer, click IP, I can enter the print server name and the queue name (manually) and it prints ok.

I have a few problems though, first of all, is there a way to have the printer show up in anyway so that I can just double click on it from the OSX client and have it connect like a bonjour share. Second, I can enter any queue name on the OSX client and it shows as connected even if it isn't a printer at all.
 

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I have a Server 2003 server running SQL Server 2008 and need to transfer it to a new server running Server 2008. What is the easiest way to do this? Can you just export the whole database and copy it to the new machine running another instance of SQL Server 2008?
 

Answer:Transfer SQL Server 2008 to new server

Detatch then move. Or use the copy database function if you can to copy it to the new server. But detatch works also
 

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Hey.

So I'm no DB master, I'm just trying to figure out why this server is running like it is.

We have a WhatsUp Gold server, it's a T300, E6405 (2.13 Ghz), 4 Gig ram.
The original setup was dual WD2502ABYS drives in RAID 1 (software raid...blegh)
I've moved the dbase on to a WD3000HLFS to give it the IO speed it needs.

I've tested the drive and it peaks at 125 Meg/sec read and/or Write. So the hardware is performing as it should. So now I need to look deeper at this database and I don't know what I'm looking at. I don't know if the WhatsUp Gold Database designers made this thing to run stupid slow or what. Here are my %Disk Time and Current Disk Queue stats:

(All on a scale of 100.0)
%Disk Time
Last - 160.00
Average - 351.943
Max - 3,595.800

Current Disk Queue
Last - 60
Average 10
Max 129

Avg Disk Queue Length
Last - 77
Average - 64
Max - 287.453

To my understanding that's really high. However HDTune Pro shows
Read
Speed - 6.6 MB/sec
Max - 12.4 MB/sec
I/O - 164/sec

Write
Speed - 2.8 MB/sec
Mac - 43.8 MB/sec
I/O - 120/sec

That seems somewhat low to me for the amount length of the disk queue and disk time?
The whole reason for this, WhatsUp Gold is timing out while trying to either read or write to the database so I'm trying to resolve that issue. The dbase size is about 24 gig right now.

Any help is very much appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:High %Disk Time, Current Disk Queue with SQL Server 2005 + Server 2008

Yeah those numbers are way out of whack. I would make sure you have DMA enabled, maybe try swapping out the drivers for the disk controller, or the chipset. There is definitely something up there...
 

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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.
 

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I have a client with a web server running Windows 2000 Professional. They also have a server on the network running NT 4. They have been told that there is a device that will route requests to the NT server if the 2000 server is down that costs about $100. I have not heard of such an animal, and if anybody can shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. The device should somehow, I suppose, automatically detect that the machine at IP address A is not responding, and route the web request to IP address B. Anybody?
Thanks,
Michael
 

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i have "Network Policy Server" installed on server 2008 r2

i am now at the point of configuring "NAP"
i need some help/pointers

i will have laptops connecting to the servers via vpn to transmit orders.
i am obviously going to use DHCP
we do have wifi

so what NAP's do i setup and what settings should i look for.
this is all NEW to me, so i am lost.
i don't want to miss something important.
 

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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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Question: Server 2008 R2

I know this is a Win & forum but I am thinking about setting up a Win Server 2008 R2 server to learn how to administer a server. As you might guess I really know nothing about how to even get started and am not an IT person, just someone that likes to tinker with computers.

Can someone recommend a path ie books, classes, online classes etc to get me started?

Thanks

Answer:Server 2008 R2

Ok you might think Im nuts, but look into the "For Dummies" Books I own a few myself and they are great for giving you ideas and hints on setting things up and remembering things with the way they are worded.
Also since 2008r2 is still so new it might be hard to find info on it. I would look into Server 2003 first then you can grab a book on 2008 since 90% of server stuff is just updated from one to another with added items here and there. Also grabbing the older copy will be a bit cheaper on the wallet then you can go from there about spending the extra cash.

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