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Running Dropbox as a Service on Windows Server

If you need to run Dropbox as a service, you need to convince Windows Server to run it as a service. That's easy enough using the old "srvany.exe" toolkit program that let's you run "any" program as a service.

Basically, you will install dropbox, grab srvany.exe, create a service entry, add a registry setting, start the service, then you're up and running.

Here are the details...

Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Password Complexity and Other Settings

I don't use Active Directory and Policies enough to remember which is the proper place when I want to adjust the draconian password complexity settings on a Windows 2008 Server.

Here's how...

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation & Dell T110 Recovery Notes

Ran into a situation where a client's Dell T110 server would no longer boot Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation off the PERC S100 RAID controller and the two drives that were configured as RAID1.

The symptom happened after a power outage that took out the UPS and crashed Windows Server without a graceful shutdown. Not a pretty thing at all.

First, I discovered the RAID1 was broken and only one drive was showing the desirable "Online" state. The other was "Ready". That should have been OK, but it looks like the RAID failed and the was able to boot, but then crashed and took out the Windows configuration.

The boot would freeze where the green strobing progress bar would be displayed. It would do that for about an hour, then just freeze and stop...

Windows Server 2008 Shutdown with a 0x500ff Reason Code

I had a client that had a new Windows Server 2008 R2 server shutdown spontaneously.

In reviewing the logs, I saw where the system went into shutdown, but I couldn't tell why. All I had to go on was a 0x500ff reason code.

Resources I found to help diagnosis this issue included:

Systems Shutting Down with 0x500ff:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2001061

Shutdown codes:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa376885(VS.85).aspx

None of these were really helpful, though, because the problem was kind of my fault. You see, we had installed the server, but it wasn't in its final secured location. It was sitting in an empty office. An empty unlocked office.

When some kids came in to the facility to hang out and wanted to use a computer, they tried a few times to log in, couldn't, and powered the server down, since it wasn't "working".

Oops. Looks like I have to get the server physically secured sooner, rather than later.

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