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How to purposefully exclusively lock a file?

I want to hold an exclusive lock on a file so it cannot be read or written by anything else. Is there a simple Windows tool or command to do this? I suppose the tool or utility would implement the ...
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How do you download files on a Windows server?

Related question: Native alternative to wget in Windows PowerShell? The question might sound stupid, but this is often a major issue for me. Consider the following scenario: The customer has a fresh ...
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Why do I get “General Failure” when pinging host name on a Win 7 node on the network?

This is a very peculiar problem with a station on our network. The client pc is running Windows 7 Pro. What makes this problem interesting is that this client is the only node on the network that ...
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How can I display host name on windows desktop

I do a lot of work on Windows Server 2008 remote desktops and often lose track of which host I am currently logged on to. Is there a way of displaying (without installing any non-standard apps) the ...
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How can I make sure that users log out of Remote Desktop sessions instead of just closing the RDP window?

We have a bunch of servers that our engineers remote desktop into, but each server has a two connection limit. We will often attempt to RDP into these boxes and we will see the "This machine has ...
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How to prevent long file name error copying from an external drive?

I have an external hard drive with many files (800 GB). I want to copy the entire contents of the external hard drive to my local drive. get many errors about long file name or long file path. ...
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Why does copying over RDP sometimes not work? [duplicate]

I was copying some files over an RDP session earlier, and all working fine. Now, all of a sudden, the "Copy" and "Paste" functions to and from the RDP session have simply stopped working! If I "copy"...
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How to grant remote desktop right to a user in Windows Server 2008?

I create a user and add it to group Remote Desktop Users but I cannot still remote using mstsc. The error message said the user/group doesn't have the right to remote. My question is how can I grant ...
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Detect Windows Server version 32/64-bit in CLI

What's the best and quickest way to detect whether you're running a 32 or 64-bit version of Windows Server from the command line? (Cygwin is installed)
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How to display a list of network shares shared by a Windows computer

I have a Windows 2008 server with various software packages installed on it. I want to know what network shares my server is sharing (and I want to know that from within the server, not by trying to ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - How to copy a scheduled task

I would like to create a new scheduled task that is extremely similar to an existing task. It would be a pain to write down or type out all the settings. Is there a way to copy an existing task to ...
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Creating a scheduled task in Windows that will run at intervals indefinitely

I seem to be getting slightly confused by the Task Scheduler trigger settings. (I'm on Windows Server 2008 Web) I want to create a task that will run every 5 minutes, whether a user is logged in or ...
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How to install multiple Microsoft applications without conflicts

                  For all the IT students, self-teachers, and new professionals Situation: The days of ...
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How can I upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise Edition?

Our IT guy mistakenly set up Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition instead of Enterprise Edition. The machine has 64GB of RAM, and Standard only supports 32GB, so half of it is unusable. Is there a way to ...
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Move VHD to Hyper-V

I have a Windows 7 machine that can dual boot into Windows 2008 on a VHD file. I am now trying to move this VHD file to run as a Hyper-V image on Windows 2008. I copied the VHD file to the Windows ...
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How do I find out what service is using a certain port?

Port 22 specifically. I installed freeSSHd on a Windows Server 2008 box that only runs IIS. When I try to start the SSH Service, it tells me that the port is already being used. How can I find out ...
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Windows vs Windows Server

How does Windows Server differ from any other Windows, say Windows XP? Does it have an inbuilt server of some kind? I can always start a server on any Windows machine, so I don't understand what ...
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Why would you use Windows Server as a desktop operating system?

I've noticed quite a few people using Windows Server as their main desktop operating system. Why? I've never used it, so I don't know if it has some productivity features that aren't available in ...
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Can access Windows share by IP or FQDN address but not by hostname

One of the lab computers at the school I administer is not able to access a any shares under the \\ad\data$ directory. I can access it from any other computer on the network. If I use the IP \\192.168....
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When to use a RAM disk?

I know that RAM disks are fast, faster than any disk, but they lose their contents on a shutdown of the operating system. The capacity is limited to the RAM. Is there a useful implementation on a new ...
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Difference between Power user and Administrator

What would be the differences between a power user and administrator user?
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How to charge an iPhone on a Windows PC without Installing iTunes

I want to be able to charge my iPhone on my work computer, which is running Windows Server 2008 SP1 64-Bit. When I plug the iPhone in with the USB cable, it will not charge. Windows attempts to locate ...
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Set environment variables from command line - and make them stick globally [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are PATH and other environment variables, and how can I set or use them? In Windows 2008 Server R2, once I set an environment variable in the command line, how can I ...
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How do I remap Shift + Del on Windows to mean Delete instead of Cut?

Shift+Del on my Windows computer is interpreted as cut to the clipboard. How can I make it no different than just Delete alone?
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How can mouse clicks stop working in Windows but I can move the mouse?

Situation: Windows 2008 Server with SP2 64 Bit used as "Terminal Server", Direct X 11 Office 2007 32 Bit .net add-in for PowerPoint using WPF, nlog, Lucene the add-in is for end-users and does not ...
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An equivalent of ssh port-tunneling for Windows servers?

my home is Linux servers where SSH can always be used to get around a slightly-too-restrictive firewall. At work however, all of the servers we deal with are Windows based. I'm needing to connect to ...
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Empty recycle bin on E: drive

I'm trying to free up some space on the E: drive of a particular machine. In WinDirStat, I see $RECYCLE.BIN there is taking up 10+ GB, so I'd like to empty it. Seems simple enough! I can't seem to ...
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Is there any advantage to having more than 16 GB RAM on a Windows developer machine?

Assuming a machine (Dual Quad Core Xeon (2.26 GHz) with 24 GB RAM) running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. How many VMs can I expect to run at the same time with good performance? Is this overkill? ...
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Creating one big continuous space from 4 disks

Hey. I am assembling file server for home use. I wonder if it is possible to use multiple disks in a way that they will be visible in network as one continuous space? More less like JBOD. I am using ...
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How to recover forgotten remote windows RDP password?

I had found this example: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/remote_desktop_password.html But it turns out it doesn't seem to work with the "newer" RDP save files. Anybody have any tips to retrieve my ...
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Can/should we copy DVD to HD when installing server 2008?

With Windows 2000/XP, possibly NT4 even, we used to copy the i386 folder to %SYSTEMROOT%, usually c:\windows, and update a key within HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup to point to ...
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What is the purpose of the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones folder in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?

In Windows 7 Ultimate I found a set of 10 ringtones inside the folder. And in Windows Server 2008 R2, the folder existed, but it was empty.
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In Windows 8.1, how to force prompt for credentials when accessing a shared folder?

I have a computer with Windows Server 2008 ("R1") SP2, which I use as a home server, and another with Windows 8.1 ("Home"), which I use daily. There is no domain controller in the network. I'm logged ...
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Show compressed size in explorer columns

This is Windows 2008 and i'd just like to show a "Size on Disk" column beside the "Size" column for a file (so i don't have to click on every file properties to know it). This would be interesting ...
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Remote Desktop fails after VPN connection

The local computer (comp 1) is connected to a remote computer (comp 2) with Remote Desktop. On the remote computer (comp 2), I try to establish an VPN connection to a different remote computer (comp 3)...
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Windows Server 2008 Create Symbolic Link, updated Security Policy still gives privilege error

Windows Server 2008, RC2. I am trying to create a symbolic/soft link using the mklink command: mklink /D LinkName TargetDir e.g. c:\temp\>mklink /D foo bar This works fine if I run the command ...
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How can I run a scheduled task as SYSTEM

I can't add SYSTEM account in task scheduler. When I try to add it becomes MYDOMAIN\SYSTEM and I get invalid user error. Can I use SYSTEM account to run a scheduled task?
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Server 2008 locks me out when not using the machine for 10 minutes after installing SP2

I have recently installed Service Pack 2 on my Windows Server 2008 machine (which I use actively for development, and i'm always logged on to). Now, after this installation, when I don't use the ...
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Script to set “Hide file extensions”

I'm tired of the multi-step process to set my preferred folder options on every server to which I log on (Mostly Win2008, but also some 2012 and Win7 here and there). I'd love to be able to script the ...
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Installed Tortoise on Win 2008 64 bit

I do not get context menu, I do not see Tortoise commands when I right click. I installed TortoiseSVN-1.6.5.16974-win32-svn-1.6.5.msi Ideas?
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Run application or script on Windows RDC connection

I checked this thread, but it did not solve my exact problem. I need to run a script on when a connection is made across my network using windows remote desktop connection. The thread listed above ...
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RDP tsclient shared drive shortcuts

I'm connecting to a Windows Server 2008 machine via RDP and opt to share the C: drive of my local machine (running Win7.) This always works without issue. When I create a shortcut to something on that ...
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Can I run a Windows 2008 virtual server with only 512 MB RAM?

I've seen adverts for Hyper-V based virtualised servers, with as little as 512MB RAM. This seems quite small to me, but I'm wondering if anyone has experience of running a virtual server with this ...
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How do I turn off Taskbar Tooltips in a VirtualBox environment?

I am hosting Oracle VirtualBox 4.322 on Windows Server 2012. One of my virtual instances uses Windows Server 2008. I can't turn off the Taskbar Tooltips on the taskbar, so when I move my mouse ...
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How to run a program with admin privilege

I need to run a program as a different user + make it run with admin privileges (Run as administrator). I use the 'runas' for running the program as a different user How can I run the program as ...
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How to disable column order drag-and-drop in Windows 7/Server 2008?

Explorer in pre-Windows 7/Server 2008 (and maybe Vista) did not have this new drag-and-drop "feature" of re-ordering columns. I'm finding it increasingly irritating (especially in a RDP session) ...
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How can I unlock a folder locked by ‘System’ process on Windows Server 2008?

I'm on Windows Server 2008 64-bit. LockHunter identifies that a folder is locked by the "System" process. I'm not sure why this happens, but my bigger concern is how to unlock it. I'm looking for a ...
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How can I tell if a KB or newer has been installed for Windows?

I have a Windows system that I need to audit. The requirements is that (for example) KB2160329 has been installed onto the system. I know from lots of digging that KB2731847 that we have installed ...
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Can I show millisecond for file modified time in Windows?

I am wondering if I can get file modification time in milliseconds when using Windows explorer or 3rd party tools?
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No USB devices working in Windows Server 2008 R2

Before telling my problem, I need to tell you guys one thing. I searched Google, Superuser and StackOverflow a lot and I can't find anything useful. I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine with Intel ...