Windows Server

Licensing grace period

When playing around with RDS in your LAB, you might run in to the problem that you have exceeded your grace period. The RDS server will show the message: Remote desktop licensing mode is not configured. Remote desktop Services will stop working because this computer is past its licensing grace

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Windows Profile versions

When using roaming profiles and Windows 10 you will notice that it creates V5 (version 5) profiles by default (.V5 extension) You might ask why version 5 but there is a good explanation: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 could create V3 and V4 if a hotfix were used and a

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Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 KMS keys

Still working with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 Not that long ago I needed the KMS keys for Windows 2008 R2, but realized that I only had posted the keys for Windows 2012 and Windows 8.1 on this blog. http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2013/10/windows-81-and-windows-2012-r2-kms-keys.html Time to change this. The default KMS keys used

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How long has this system been running

I often need a quick way to see how long a Windows box has been running, or actually when it was last restarted One way is to use the command net statistics workstation and find Statistics since: And of course PowerShell is nowadays also an option: Get-CimInstance -ClassName win32_operatingsystem |

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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) installation fails

When you try to install Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Windows server 2012 R2 you might get the error The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed. The operation cannot be completed, because the server that you specified requires a restart. Restarting the server does

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The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

You might not be able to logon to your computer and Windows will sat that The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. Typical this will mean that the secure channel with the domain is broken, as explained in this post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/asiasupp/archive/2007/01/18/typical-symptoms-when-secure-channel-is-broken.aspx Nowadays we are able to

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Install Printer driver

Some times I need to install a printer driver silently, this could for example be in a SCCM Task Sequence. One way around this is to use the build-in tools in C:WindowsSystem32Printing_Admin_Scripts Lets try to install the HP Universal Printer Driver this way, by using the command: cscript “C:WindowsSystem32Printing_Admin_Scriptsen-USprndrvr.vbs” -a

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Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 (RSAT)

Microsoft has released new version of RSAT for Windows 8.1. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2 KMS keys

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and  Windows Server 2012 R2 has been updated. KMS Client Setup Keys Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key Windows 8.1 Professional GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 Windows 8.1 Professional N HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY Windows 8.1 Enterprise MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7 Windows 8.1 Enterprise N TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW Windows

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Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2 KMS keys

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Windows 8.1 and  Windows Server 2012 R2 has been updated. KMS Client Setup Keys Operating system edition KMS Client Setup Key Windows 8.1 Professional GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 Windows 8.1 Professional N HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY Windows 8.1 Enterprise MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7 Windows 8.1 Enterprise N TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW Windows

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Pin to Taskbar script

This is a short vbscript to pin programs to the taskbar. The script can for example be used in a login script. Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”) Set oShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”) Set ofso = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)   strFile = “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice12OUTLOOK.EXE” PinToTaskBar   strFile = “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice12WINWORD.EXE” PinToTaskBar

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Compressing Windows 2003 Profiles

After cleaning yet another Windows 2003 Terminal server for Excessive Registry Entries in the users HKCU caused by the HP universal Printer Driver, we noticed that the ntuser.dat file in there roaming profile still was very large up to 20 MB. The reason for this is that even though we

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WMI error 0x80041003 in event log

Another error that has shown up lately is this error: Event filter with query “SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA “Win32_Processor” AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99″ could not be reactivated in namespace “//./root/CIMV2” because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is

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The WinRM service failed to create the following SPNs

I am starting to see this error on many newly created Windows 2008 R2 SP1 domain controllers: The WinRM service failed to create the following SPNs the event id is 10154 The solution is to find the domain controller in Active Directory Users and Computers. Select Advanced Features and right

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