Questions tagged [windows-server-2008]

Windows Server 2008 is a Microsoft server operating system released in February 2008 and reached End Of Life on January 14, 2020. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003 and is based on the Windows Vista codebase. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2008 R2. This tag should only be used for questions related to Windows Server 2008. If your question is about Windows Server 2008 R2, please use the Windows-Server-2008-R2 tag.

Windows Server 2008 is a Microsoft Server Operating System released in February 2008. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003 and is based on the Windows Vista codebase. It was succeeded by Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Server 2008 Introduced the following new features:

  • Server Core installation
  • Read Only Domain Controllers
  • Hyper-V

It is available in the following editions:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard (x86 and x86-64)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (x86 and x86-64)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (x86 and x86-64)
  • Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Windows Web Server 2008 (x86 and x86-64)
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 (x86 and x86-64)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 (x86-64)
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (x86-64)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Foundation

Server 2008 is the last 32-bit Windows Server version Microsoft plans to release.

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100% uptime for a web application

We received an interesting "requirement" from a client today. They want 100% uptime with off-site failover on a web application. From our web application's viewpoint, this isn't an issue. It was designed to be able to scale out across multiple…
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How to assign permissions to ApplicationPoolIdentity account

In IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008, application pools can be run as the "ApplicationPoolIdentity" account instead of the NetworkService account. How do I assign permissions to this "ApplicationPoolIdentity" account. It does not appear as a local user…
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Any benefit or detriment from removing a pagefile on an 8 GB RAM machine?

I'm running Windows 7 on a dual core, x64 AMD with 8 GB RAM. Do I even need a page file? Will removing it help or hurt performance? Would it make a difference if this is a server or a desktop? Does Windows 7 vs. Windows 2008 make a difference with a…
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Windows Server restart / shutdown history

How can I easily see a history of every time my Windows Server has restarted or shutdown and the reason why, including user-initiated, system-initiated, and system crashed? The Windows Event Log is an obvious answer but what is the complete list of…
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How can I connect to a Windows server using a Command Line Interface? (CLI)

Especially with the option to install Server Core in Server 2008 and above, connecting to Windows servers over a CLI is increasingly useful ability, if not one that's very widespread amongst Windows administrators. Practically every Windows GUI…
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How to inspect remote SMTP server's TLS certificate?

We have an Exchange 2007 server running on Windows Server 2008. Our client uses another vendor's mail server. Their security policies require us to use enforced TLS. This was working fine until recently. Now, when Exchange tries to deliver mail…
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How Often Do Windows Servers Need to be Restarted?

A little background: We have several Windows servers (2003, 2008) for our department. We're a division of IT so we manage our own servers. Of the four of us here I'm the only one with a slight amount of IT knowledge. (Note the "slight amount".) My…
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Your system administrator does not allow the use of saved credentials to log on to the remote computer

At our office, all of our Windows 7 Clients get this error message when we try and RDP to a remote Windows 2008 Server outside of the office: Your system administrator does not allow the user of saved credentials to log on to the remote…
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How can I get a list of shared directories on local Windows server?

If I have a Windows server (typically 2000, 2003 or 2008), is there a simple way to list all local directories shared on that server? I can find the shares themselves easily enough, but I would love a quick way to find the local directories they…
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Is a VM with 2 CPUs really faster than one with 4 CPUs?

Our IT created a VM with 2 CPUs allocated rather than the 4 I requested. Their reason is that the VM performs better with 2 CPUs rather than 4 (according to them). The rationale is that the VM hypervisor (VMWare in this case) waits for all the…
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Windows 2008: WinSXS directory growing uncontrollably, blocking server

I run a (remotely hosted) virtual Server with Windows 2008 Server for a client. Initially, it had 10 GB of space. During the course of a few weeks - during which nothing was done on the machine except normal work using a web-basedt icket system -…
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What's the difference between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2?

What are the major differences between Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2 and 2008 R2? Are the code bases for these OSes different? If I'm developing applications for any one of these three, should I be worried that it might not work on the other two?
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IIS7: can't set host name on site with SSL cert and port 443

Consider a Win 2008 SP2 machine with IIS7. The task is to apply a certificate and host name to the one and only Site on this machine. The site's host headers need to be The first step was installing the .pfx to the Personal…
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Disable password complexity rule in Active Directory

Where do I go to disable the password complexity policy for the domain? I've logged onto the domain controller (Windows Server 2008) and found the option in local policies which is of course locked from any changes. However I can't find the same…
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Removing an (apparently) infinitely recursive folder

Somehow, one of our old Server 2008 (not R2) boxes has developed a seemingly infinitely-recursing folder. This is playing havock with our backups, as the backup agent tries to recurse down into the folder and never returns. The folder structure…
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