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Safest way to VPN to network? Configuring Server 2008 as Gateway...?

Q: Safest way to VPN to network? Configuring Server 2008 as Gateway...?

I am doing an overhaul of my home network, in particular related to safe external connections and safe sharing.

There is no conn issues or alike, I am only looking for an opinion regarding how to connect to my home network from an external computer, and tips regarding safe configuration.

As it is I have one Radmin license which should be a pretty safe way to connect but I am, currently, also able to use RDP protocol.
The obvious advantage with RDP is that I can use any W7 computer. Even my phone,

I have two Windows 2008 based servers, one WHS and one Standard. I was thinking of letting the Standard act as a Gateway and thus removing direct external access to the WHS, I assume that would increase security, but I am not sure of how to configure the Standard server securely. Or if I could use another software than Radmin and RDP to connect.

Tips? Thoughts? Questions?

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A: Safest way to VPN to network? Configuring Server 2008 as Gateway...?

Hi Coram,

if you are concerned about security, the safest way of protecting your network is adding a Security Appliance like Sonicwall. You may use VPN or Remote Desktop Services (RDS), either one will be fine but again having a very secured network is beneficial. I am a big fan of Sonicwall.

Hope this helps.

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On my W2K server I have two NIC's, one for the external connection to the internet, and one for the internal connection to my workstation. I was messing around (computers and beer, bad...) so I'm not sure what I've done, but here are the details.

On the internal NIC I've specified an ip of, a subnet mask of and a default gateway of (I'm assuming the default gateway, because the server is cabled directly to the workstation, is the IP of the server.). Using a default gateway that matches the IP of the server was working, but now when I ipconfig the default gateway is blank. Furthermore, when I ipconfig on the workstation, it picks up an IP from DHCP, but again the gateway is blank. The workstation and server cannot communicate other than the workstation grabbing the IP address.

Can anyone make any suggestions that might lead to a resolution? I'm fresh out of ideas.

Thanks in advance.

A:Troubles configuring default gateway W2K server

Change the third octet of your addresses to something other than 255.

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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.
InvalidOperationException Was caught
Cannot open Service Control Manager on computer :"". This operation might require other privileges.

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Hi everyone,

I have a small lan of around 10 computers in my office which are connected through a switch
connected to a airtel broadband connection. I want to configure a network server so that
i could manage an control the internet traffic used by all the workstations in the lan through that server. All the workstations have either WinXP or Windows 7 on it.

I havnt purchased a server. I want to use a desktop(having some good configuration) as my network server.

Can anyone help me step by step of how top proceed to achieve this. I know its a very long procedure and its not that simple. But any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
Deepak Madan

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I am having difficulty getting my HP Officejet Pro 8500(A910) configured to save digital faxes to my Iomega 2TB Home Media Sever (cloud edition). My home network is setup through a Linksys E4200.

I was able to successfully configure it to save to a folder on my PC, but I do not want to leave it running 24/7.

I believe the breakdown is in the Authentication part of the setup... It asks for the Windows username and password, which works fine for the PC setup but not for anywhere else. Do I use the UN & PW for the home media server if I'm saving to one of its folders? If so, how do I correctly type the path? It is communicating with the folder and leaving an alphanumeric file saved inside the folder when I use the 'save and test' option, but it breaks down from there.

I've spent nearly 6 hours on the ph with HP tech support and engineers, but they do not have a resolution.

Does anyone here have a suggestion?

A:Configuring digital fax to network folder located on a home media server

You should investigate how communication goes between HP and your PC, NBT (port 445) or Netbios (139). After investigate how do you communicate with Iomega. Most often those home servers are linux based, what means it can have samba server inside.

How you see folders of this home server? I believe in both ways path should look like \\device_or_PC_ipaddress\sharename in same way you saved now faxes to your PC... same way to show path, only IP address will be different

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I am having trouble setting up mapped network drive or folder. My server and workstation are set up on a domain with windows server 2008 r2. The server only shows up on my workstation(windows 7) when I put in \\server in the search. It pops up then on the left hand side but not in the main window. When I go back to my computer "map network drive" I hit browse and still the server does not show up under the network (but my computer does). When I try to do this on the server, I go to map network drive and nothing shows up under the network. I have even gone into group policies and mapped the drive that way and still nothing shows up. Please help...

A:Server Not showing up in My Network Places (2008 R2)

Also, does it matter if workstation #1 is over wireless or not

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Hopefully someone here has some ideas on what's going on with this. Here's the setup......

I just upgraded my fileserver to 2008 R2 (clean install) and also upgraded my home PC to Win7 (also a clean install). Both are connected together using a linksys 8-port gigabit switch and each machine has 2 NICs which are bridged. The server has a static IP and the workstation currently has a static IP as well (although I've had it set for DHCP and the problem still occurs). Network Discovery is enabled on both and they are both in the same workgroup.

Now with that being said, here's the issue.....

Periodically, the workstation no longer can "see" the server if I try to browse the network. However I can still ping the server by IP as well as name, browse fileshares and even RDP into it. The only thing that is affected is if I'm using a program on my PC and need to access files that are on a network share, then the server isn't listed under network to allow me to browse to the share.

When this happens, I can usually reboot the server and then it will show up, but there seems to be no set pattern as to when it will disappear. If both machines are left on and not rebooted, the server sometimes will just show up under Network for awhile and then disappear again. One final note, on the server, the workstation does show up when browsing the network.

Any help would be appreciated. Let me know if any further info is needed.

A:Win7 unable to see 2008 R2 server on network.

Quote: Originally Posted by HDRoadKing

Periodically, the workstation no longer can see the server if I try to browse the network

However I can still .. browse fileshares

?? Those two statements seem to conflict with one another. Or are you talking about connecting manually? Like \\server\share ?

Are you running the RTM versions of those operating systems or the RC versions?

Your problem is such a random occurring one that I'm not sure what you can do to solve it. Possibly some network services are getting stopped.

Does it have anything to do with your bridged connections? You might try configuring the 2008 server into a DNS server or even Active Directory services. It might help to keep it in the network list. I have a similar setup and I haven't run into this problem yet.

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I am setting up a new Dell server that runs Server 2008 R2 and it has 2 network ports. What is the recommended way to setup those network ports. I have seen it setup where each network port has its own IP address on a different network. One port will have a 10.0.0.? address and is cabled directly to the internet router and then the other port will have an address of 192.168.1.? and is then cabled to the network switch with all the internal PC's. I have also seen it where 1 port is disabled and the other will have an address of 192.168.1.? and is connected into the switch with the PC's and the router. What is the preferred way to do this?? The server is on a small network with about 15 PC's and the server will be running DHCP and DNS. Is there a performance or security advantage to setting it up either way? Also we have a decent Sonicwall router connecting us to the internet. Any help or advice is appreciated.


A:Best practice for network setup on new Server 2008 R2

The dual NIC setup with 2 networks is generally set up if you are running an ISA server as well to port forward and manage internet traffic. If you already have a firewall just set it up with one port for LAN traffic. You can also use a second port as a fail over NIC or you can team them to combine the bandwidth with the NIC management software.

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I have just replaced an old XP box with our first Windows 8.1 Pro client. Joined the domain (Server 2008 R2, using active directory), seamed quite normal. When I rebooted, I received the normal windows logon screen, user name & password, entered those and logged in. The problem being, all resources on the network required me to enter network credentials. For example, try and double click on file server get following 'Windows Security' window:
Enter network credentials. Enter your credentials to connect to: SERVER.
The system cannot contact a domain controller to service the authentication request. Please try again later

I have: unjoined and rejoined client to domain; Checked active directory and the computer is correctly registered. Nothing is helping. Please help.

A:Network Credentials issue, win 8.1 client & Server 2008 AD

According to Paul Thurrott you need to add the credentials by going into the Windows vault per method #2 in the link below. If you don't add the credentials to the vault then Windows won't remember them despite checking the box to remember credentials.

He is using Windows server 08 and Homegroups with Windows 8 and he shows both methods to access network shares on the server.


No comment about the link I posed here>???

By the way I know this is solved, hoping you can come back to confirm this.

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I have 2 computers (one with Windows 7, one with Windows Server 2008), but only ONE monitor. Ultimately, my goal is to network the two computers so that I can use TeamViewer (or a similar remote access application), so that I can control my Windows Server 2008 machine from my Windows 7 machine. I want this connection to go through LAN so there is minimal lag. I plan to use my crossover Cat-5 network cable to connect the two computers. How would I go about setting this network up so that they are connected to each other and I can use TeamViewer (etc) over LAN?

TL;DR: How do I setup a wired crossover network between a Windows Server 2008 PC and a Windows 7 PC? So that I can remotely access the Windows Server 2008 from the Windows 7 machine using TeamViewer.

A:Crossover home network with Server 2008 and Windows 7

Buy a small workgroup switch to connect the two computers together and buy a KVM switch to switch between the tow computers using one keyboard mouse and video connection.

KVM Switches:

5 Port switch:

Not sure what teamviewer is, but you can RDP to any server on your network.

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Hello and thanks for looking in to this.

I recently bought a new computer to use for all sorts of hosting. Specs are following:
Intel Quad 2.99 GHz
6gb RAM
1 tb harddrive
Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
fibre/ethernet cable

So after using it for hosting for a while, I realized that I could need Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) for other people using it. I couldn't get it to work, so I looked it up. Apparently the version of windows I had doesn't support it, so I decided to try the evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 Datacenter 64-bit.

I managed to dual boot it along with 7 just fine, but problems started revealing themselves quickly upon startup.
The first thing I saw in the "initial configuration tasks" was: "Network adapters: None detected".
I tried reconnecting my cable to the computer, with no success. I also tried "add new hardware" through control panel to add network adapters, with no success. The adapters shows up as faulty, due to being unable to load drivers.

Out of my arena of knowledge, I can't do so much more about this issue. But I need windows server 2008 datacenter up and running.

My question is, can anyone help me, or guide me step by step for setting up any network connection at all? I'm available through msn, phone, skype or these forums. Although skype or phone is prefered.

Thank you ever so much!


A:Windows server 2008 Datacenter 64-bit network issues

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Hi. I am not able to connect to wireless network on my windows server 2008 r2. I tried the cable too but of no avail. Attaching the text file for more details. I dont know how to fix it. Have tried to dl many drivers etc but nothing seems to be working. Kindly help

A:Windows Server 2008 r2 network adapters not working

Go to the HP support site to find the drivers for your computer. You have an Intel Ethernet card so use the Intel Ethernet driver

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Greetings Bleeping Computer community!
I have a major issue on the computer I work with. I just got this job about a month ago and I found out I inherited a problem from the last IT guy. I'm still a student working on my BTech degree so my knowledge is limited. Also I'm the only guy helping with the computers so there's nobody to help me. 
Since I started working here, we have a couple employees complaining how the database software keeps crashing. The error that pops up is a network issue. So I check the log files of ESET antivrus firewall and it shows the servers ip port scanning the machine. The server consist of two HDs, one for the primary OS and another for storage for the network. I ran a malwarebytes scan on the Server and located a couple malicious files on the D drive. It was keygens that the last IT guy downloaded o.O So I removed them with MalwareBytes and I thought that did the job but boy was I wrong. The server has the BSOD so I had to uninstall MalwareBytes in order for the server to logon. Next, the portscans are still coming and crashing the database for some users. I think I have found the process that does the portscans which is svchost.exe. This leads me to believe that the server is infected with a rootkit which is maintaining access and has altered the antivirus and firewall to dial home and maint access on the server. I have already ran rootkit scanners such as tdskiller and bootkitremoval with no avail. Please advise on what I shoul... Read more

A:Rootkit on Windows Server 2008 (Port Scanning Network)

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Users have intermittent connectivity to shared folder if they use \\computername\folder, sometimes they can not access it sometimes they can but only see a few folders. However if they use \\computername\root\folder they do not have a problem. We are working
across subnets as our home office is in NC and we are in IA. I have asked our head IT guys what the reason for this is and even they are not aware of the issues. Of course they are on the subnet that we are trying to access from our site.
If someone could please explain why we have to use root in between to get this to work it would be a great help.
And yes at some point access the folders via \\domain\folder worked just fine, but it is hit or miss.

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Greetings Bleeping Computer community!
I have a major issue on the computer I work with. I just got this job about a month ago and I found out I inherited a problem from the last IT guy. I'm still a student working on my BTech degree so my knowledge is limited. Also I'm the only guy helping with the computers so there's nobody to help me.
Since I started working here, we have a couple employees complaining how the database software keeps crashing. The error that pops up is a network issue. So I check the log files of ESET antivrus firewall and it shows the servers ip port scanning the machine. The server consist of two HDs, one for the primary OS and another for storage for the network. I ran a malwarebytes scan on the Server and located a couple malicious files on the D drive. It was keygens that the last IT guy downloaded o.O So I removed them with MalwareBytes and I thought that did the job but boy was I wrong. The server has the BSOD so I had to uninstall MalwareBytes in order for the server to logon. Next, the portscans are still coming and crashing the database for some users. I think I have found the process that does the portscans which is svchost.exe. This leads me to believe that the server is infected with a rootkit which is maintaining access and has altered the antivirus and firewall to dial home and maint access on the server. I have already ran rootkit scanners such as tdskiller and bootkitremoval with no avail. Please advise on what I should do. Please note t... Read more

A:Rootkit on Windows Server 2008 (Port Scanning Network)

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Hi, We just received our HP Probook 650 G1.  We installed windows server 2008 R2 on it. We need to connect it to the network & internet (in order to activate the OS). But I coudn't manage to find any driver for the network adapter nor for the wifi adapter. Can you help me please.

A:Installing network adapter driver for Windows Server 2008 R2

Hi: The ethernet driver from the Intel website should work... https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/18725/Intel-Network-Adapter-Driver-for-Windows-Server-2008... For the wireless, the only suggestion I can offer would be to try the W7 x64 driver for the model wlan card your notebook comes with.

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All of our computers at work have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and are connected through Server 2008. One computer, which I recently imaged and deployed, is having an issue connecting to network folders. The strange thing is that all networked drives are set for access through group policy. The computer in question is able to access allowed folders but, when I go to the main computer screen, instead of seeing Network on the left hand sidebar, I see Computers and Devices. Also, the machine will not allow anyone, even administrators, to map a network drive. The user also cannot access files from links in emails - i.e. drive:\folder\file. I'm wondering if there is some glitch in the policy or should I just re-image the machine. My boss wants to avoid the re-imaging but, even going through Network Troubleshooting, we can't seem to locate the problem.

A:Network access issues on Server 2008 with Windows 7 and group policy

Maybe there's something within the registry that's keeping the user from accessing?

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I have this plan to create a massively complicated home network before Christmas, and I would appreciate some input and direction. As I have it planned right now, the network would allow file sharing over a wireless network between XP, Vista, and Ubuntu computers. The Netgear router (WGT624 v3) would be connected to a Pentium 4, 512MB RAM PC, which would connect directly to the modem. However, the P4 would also function as a media server and MythTV backend.

In theory, the media server would run an install of Ubuntu and allow remote users on trusted computers to access and control their own filespace. This would enable everyone in my house to have their own, personal music repository. The MPEGs encoded by the PVR app should also be available to trusted computers without the frontend setup. If I can successfully mod an old Xbox that I have, then I should be able to utilize it as a MythTV frontend connected directly to the Netgear router.

All in all, the home network would consist of the P4 quasi-server, an Xbox 360, a Dell laptop with Ubuntu, another P4 with Windows XP Pro/Media Center (haven't decided yet), a custom gaming PC with Vista, a modded classic Xbox, and several friendly, but untrusted, laptops.

What do you think?

A:Building a Server Gateway Style Home Network

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Hello, I have read a few similar posts and the resolutions but it doesn't appear to be working for me. Any help is appreciated. I apologize if I am leaving out any important info.

I'm running a Windows XP PC, wired to a Verizon FIOS modem/router, model MI424WR. I have a second computer connected via wire to this and a third computer connected wirelessly. As of 2 hours ago and for months, all 3 machines have worked fine.

My PC froze while playing a game and I reset it. This is not common but it has happened before without issue upon start up. However this time I received a limited/no connectivity message. When repair was attempted it didn't work because "the network did not assign a network address to the computer". The 2nd and 3rd PC work fine though.

Back on my first PC, when I view the details there is a physical address, IP address, and subnet mask, BUT there is no Default Gateway, DNS Server, or WINS Server.

I have tried the other suggestions I read about RESET TCP/IP stack and RESET WINSOCK entries then restarting my machine but neither of these worked.

Under device manager my NVIDEA nForce networking adapter says it is working properly and there isn't any red X or yellow indicators.

The only weird thing I saw which i have not seen discussed here is when I run IPCONFIG /ALL: It says IP Routing enabled: NO and WINS Proxy enabled: NO.

Thank you in advance for any help and please let me know if you need some additional information.

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A:Solved: "Network did not assign a network address" no Default gateway, no DNS server,

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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.
Thank you,
William C. ?BC? Davis PMP, CISSP, IASO
Lead Infosec Engineer/Scientist
Comm:   781.271.5221
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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 

A: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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Hi, I downloaded Norton Internet Security 2008 and had to go online to manually update my subscription. So now, subscription is okay.

I cannot connect to Norton via "help & support" - it does not recognize my internet connection (although I do have one - I can even do liveupdate !!!)

Of more concern is that I cannot configure anything, such as my Firewall. Clicking on configure gives me the following error message: "The options interface could not be initialized. One or more of the Symantec services may not be running. Please restart your computer and try again."

I have restarted my computer. I have downloaded and reinstalled the program. No solution.


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When I try to connect to network shares I get the following error:

I can ping the windows server 2008 machine.
Here is what I tried to solve this issue:
1. Disabling firewall on both machines.
2. File and Printer Sharing and Client
for Microsoft Networks is checked.
3. Server service and TCP//IP
NetBIOS Helper service and Computer Browser
are enabled and running.
4. Network Discovery is enabled.
5. NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled.
6. Everyone group is added to "Access this computer from the network" policy.
How can I solve this issue?
Any help would be appreciated.


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I have a home network set up as foillows:

Westell 327 Versalink DSL Modem/Router bringing in my DSL internet. That is connected to a linksys 10/100 24 port switch.
I have 5 desktops connected to the switch via ethernet.

I also have an ethernet cable run from the switch to my X-box 360.

I have a linksys WRT54-G wireless router, that I want to use to split the ethernet cable that runs to my xbox out to the ports on my linksys router.

Question is: What is the proper set up on network equipment to run all this effectively?
What is the configuration settings on the linksys router?

A:Need help configuring Linksys router/gateway

Depends on what you want. If you want a 2nd NAT layer to protect the devices connected to the second router then cascade them (LAN port of 1st router to WAN of 2nd). If you want everything to be on one LAN the following is good and proven.

JohnWill's procedure for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

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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?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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I have a child domain server03 [branchoffice.welber.com], that is part of a parent domain server02 [welber.com], right now the main DNS server is on the parent domain server02 and server03 uses this as it's DNS server.

How can I setup a Enterpise wide compatible DNS server on server03 so that if the link is cut between server03 and server02, all local users will continue to be able to authenitcate properly with server03, that this will not interfere with operations when server02 and server03 are connected.

I guess I would list the first DNS server on server03 as server02 leaving as it is, then set the 2nd dns server to server03 once it's setup correctly.

Thanks for your help.

A:Configuring DNS server for a child domain server

I think you're getting DNS and Active Directory confused.

Are you looking for authentication, AND name resolution - or simply authentication?

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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.

A:VS 2008 & SQL Server 2008 compatibility

Get the service packs. They run just fine.

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

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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.

A: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

A: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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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.

A: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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First off, thanks in advance for even reading this...

Second, I've exhausted Microsoft support to the point of refund on this issue...

Problem Scenario:
When an RDP 8.x client tries to connect using our TS gateway (Server 2k8 sp2 (not R2)), it hangs until the timeout occurs on "Initiating remote connection". Extensive research points the finger at the new version of RDP 8.x using UDP as it's default transport protocol. I'm reading that windows 8 non-pro versions do not come with the secpol or gpmgmt consoles, so the only way to change the transport protocol is by modifying the registry. Would anyone happen to know the registry key?

The system is 64-bit if that makes a difference.


I've reset IIS, changed authentication types for RPC, RPC-cert, and TS to every settings possible, rebuilt the server, restored from backup, run several recommended hotfixes, disabled NTLMv2, and God know's what else.

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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
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.


A: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.


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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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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):


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 : ...31bf3856ad364e35_0.0.0.0_none...


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~~ Package registry presence failed, possibly an orphaned package on package watchlist
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A: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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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.

A: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.

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A: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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Windows XP does not assign a WINS Server, DNS Server, or Default Gateway.

Here is the output from ipconfig /all:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Lon Hoss>IPCONFIG /ALL

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : omnibook-6100
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VM Network Connecti
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-C0-9F-09-00-6D
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\Lon Hoss>

A:Windows XP does not assign a WINS Server, DNS Server, or Default Gateway

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Installed ATA with no issues or errors. I've got a physical server running ATA Center and a separate physical server running ATA Gateway, and my Domain Controller is a physical server on the same network and VLAN. 
I have two ports on my switch connected from the Domain Controller to the switch, and two ports on my ATA Gateway connected to the same switch. 
For simplicity, port 1 and 2 on the switch are connected to the Domain Controller, port 3 and 4 are connected to the ATA Gateway.
Port 1 is set as a monitored port and port 3 a mirrored port in Mirror Group ID 1 on the switch.
Port 2 is set as a monitored port and port 4 a mirrored port in Mirror Group ID 2 on the switch.
I have confirmed with NetMon that bi-directional traffic can be seen between the Domain Controller and the Gateway on one of the NICs, but not on the other. I think this is due to there not actually being any traffic down the other as it is for redundancy
I believe.
The Gateway has successfully discovered the domain, DCs, users, computers etc, but I am not seeing anything in the timeline as yet (I realise I may need to wait a while for some actual events). 
I also keep getting a high error: "Gateway not receiving network traffic", saying that the Gateway is not receiving mirrored traffic every half an hour or so. Could this be the interface that is connected to the redundancy port causing the error?
Since it is possible that no traffic is actually going down that port? ... Read more

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Hi all ,

I need to configure web server in Linux Box, what are the step do i need to follow.

Pls help


Shahid Khan

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My sister's HP Laptop is acting up. Every network that I try to connect to, it manages to connect to the network and receive an IP address, however it does not get the following:

default gateway
DNS sever
WINS server

It's running Vista 32Bit Home Edition, and I have tried resetting to factory defaults to no avail. Also, I have tried connecting to many networks all ending with the same problem... Any ideas?

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Hi. I have no more ideas on what to try next. Any help greatly appreciated.My laptop is running Windows 7 Professional 32bit and is fully patched. The Ethernet adapter (Marvell Yukon 88E8055) is enabled and the wireless adapter (Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG) disabled (via software and the hardware switch). Symantec Endpoint Protection provides AV/security (via group policy). It is highly likely the problem was self inflicted and not caused by a virus / malware.I use the cisco VPN client and wanted to upgrade it (a reinstall may have been sufficient but as I was going to the bother I thought I would upgrade) as I was having some annoying timeouts when using the client immediately after logging into my desktop.I started by removing the existing (old version During the removal the screen went black and the laptop was not responding; ie I couldnt get the screen to wake up. I ended up powering off by holding the power button for 5 secs. On reboot, it appeared that the old vpnclient ( had been removed and everything else was functioning as normal. So I tried to install the new version ( vpn setup program gets as far as "Installing Network Components" and produces error "Error 27854. The network configuration lock is held by another application. Close all applications and run Setup again. If this message re-appears after closing all applications, reboot then re-try the install (the application holding the install lock may... Read more

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Hey everyone.
I'm ready to throw my laptop against the wall..
I am pretty new to computers in general and I have a website that i want to sell some digital products. I have been trying to get Filezilla going and It is like me reading Chinese. I cant even figure out how to get it to look like it does in all the tutorials it says
Warning: FTP over TLS is not enabled, users cannot securely log in.
You appear to be behind a NAT router. Please configure the passive mode settings and forward a range of ports in your router..... whatever
Is there anywhere or anyone that i can just pay for an hour of skype or phone to direct me though it.
Im telling you if your good at that , you would be rich starting a business , I been searching for days and no real support in this

A:Where can i pay for on-line help with configuring FTP server

we do not provide paid for support nor do we recommend people for this activity.
You will need to look locally for a company that does provide this service.

I will close the thread , if you want any online free support here - please start a new thread - in the web design forum.
We can only provide support via questions and answers in the forum and will not allow
Skype, email , or any other form of direct support.

Also note; Most domestic broadband will not allow you to host a website , because of the demand on the network.
You would need a business ISP connection , or pay for webhosting

See our rules here https://forums.techguy.org/help/rules/
Keep Support in the Forums
For the safety of our members, we must require that all technical support take place in the forums and not allow assistance be given via email or private message. This offers the opportunity for peer-review with the hope that any potential harmful advice can be corrected. Having problems and solutions publicly visible may also help someone in the future who is experiencing the same issue(s). If you're looking for live support, there are other (paid) sites that provide that service. Also, due to the risks involved, we also do not allow live remote control of computers by our volunteers.
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i have installed ftp support package on win xp prof. ,the service is already started and i have created a folder as well.
But when i am connecting from a linux client , i am unable to locate the files present in ftp folder.
when i browse control-panel-->administrative-tools-->internet-information-services-->ftp-defaultsites and ftp ( this "ftp" folder is attached with an error indication circle in red color).
Please help me to solve this problem.
Thanx in advance.

A:problem in configuring xp a ftp server

Use another FTP server application.

Without getting too technical, (and being too obvious) Microsoft Windows and all integrated applications have room for improvement to say the least.

A few alternatives:


Good luck

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