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Schedule Auto Reboot

Windows Server 2003:

  • Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scheduled Tasks.
  • Click on "Add Scheduled Task".
  • You should now see the Add Scheduled Task Wizard. Click Next.
  • Disregard the list of programs, and click the Browse button.
  • By default, the browse button will bring you to the root of the C: drive. Navigate to WINDOWS -> system32 and locate the file named ‘shutdown.exe’. Highlight it, and click Open.
  • Enter your desired name for this task. Next, choose how often you would like your server to reboot, whether it is daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • Next you can select the time and date of the month you would like the server to automatically reboot. Click Next
  • Type in the password for the user you would like this task to run under. If you are setting this task to run under your ‘ServerAdmin’ login, enter the ‘ServerAdmin’ password. Once entered, click Next.
  • Place a check-mark in the option for 'Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish'. Click Finish.
  • Add the following line in the Run field:
 C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00
  • You will need to enter your ‘ServerAdmin’ password to confirm the changes. Once entered, click OK.

Windows Server 2008:

  • Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler
  • Name the task to reflect. Click Next
  • The next two screens will allow you to set the frequency of the task. Do so then click Next as you are ready
  • Select "Start a program", then click Next
  • In the "Program/Script" box enter in "C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe." If this is a x64 bit operating system, you will want to use "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\shutdown.exe". Click Next when finished

The last screen will allow you to view the settings before creating the task. When ready, click Finish.

Thanks to EUK Host Forums.

Network Card Teaming

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_7601138_enable-nic-teaming-using-proliant.html

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/realworld/361912/the-benefits-of-server-centric-teaming

Active Directory

http://www.schooltechnician.co.uk/organising-active-directory-for-users-and-computers/

DNS Configuration

Window name:

Full DNS name for internal domain:

NETBIOS domain name:

Computer name:

Pagefile Size

Set this to 1.5x the physical RAM in the machine.

Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) - Server 2008

This is a simple tool that allows a user to record the problems they are experiencing with their system. Each step they make is recorded as a screen capture and text description.

From the start menu search 'psr.exe'.

File location: C:\Windows\System32\psr.exe

Recordings are saved as a zip file containing a .mht file that can be opened in Internet Explorer or Opera (sadly not Firefox or Chrome).

Shutdown Tracker

Time - Checking Accuracy

Windows Command Prompt:

C:\Users\Administrator>w32tm /stripchart /computer:time.windows.com /samples:5 /dataonly