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After installing Rand McNally IntelliRoute software, users may experience the error "Initialization of Client failed: Closing Application" This problem is usually attributed to inadequate permissions for the user running the application. Please ensure that the folder that Rand McNally software was installed (generally C:\Program Files (x86)\Rand McNally) has Full Control access granted to users. Also, the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Rand McNally on the workstation needs to grant Continue Reading...

Get RDS-CAL License Details (2008 RDS License Server)

Get current RDS-CAL details via PowerShell. Run this from your 2008 RDS Licensing server.
# Filename of the export
$filename = RDS-CAL-Report.csv
# Import RDS PowerShell Module
import-module remotedesktopservices
# Open RDS Location
Set-Location -path rds:
# Remove previous reports (Optional)
remove-item RDS:LicenseServerIssuedLicensesPerUserLicenseReports* -Recurse
# Create new RDS report
$NewReport = new-item -path RDS:LicenseServerIssuedLicensesPerUserLicenseReports -Scope DOM -Name Report
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Quickly Check Domain Computers (Servers) for MS17-010 Patches

A quick PowerShell script hacked together to scan Active Directory computer objects that are Server 2008+ and check for MS17-010 patches. Continue Reading...

Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation Screenshot Slideshow

This is just a screenshot slideshow of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (Full) installation.

Free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Press release free eBooks often and this is a nice one to have if you are responsible for maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2 (or just curious!).
Free eBook Article:
Download eBook Direct (PDF):
Here is the book’s Content at a Glance:
Introduction xvii
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Upgrade Windows 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise or DataCenter

I had a virtual 2008 R2 Standard server that I upgraded memory on to 64GB and realized (forgot) that it only supported up to 32GB RAM. Here's what I did to upgrade to DataCenter to overcome the 32GB limitation.
[stextbox id="info" caption="Note" collapsing="false" collapsed="false"]A reboot will be required![/stextbox]
To determine the installed edition, run:
DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition
To check the possible target editions, run:
DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions
To Start upgrade;
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Comparison Matrix

Server 2008 R2 Performance Tuning

Here's some of the things I do to a new Server 2008 R2 install (physical and/or virtual settings are mixed in; (VIRTUAL ONLY) specifies I only do configuration change on Virtual systems).

Disable Screen Saver, Personalize -> Screen Saver -> None
Sound, Do not start Audio Service -> Sound
 No Sounds
 Display Performance, System -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance Settings -> Adjust for Best Performance
Power Options -> High Performance
Power Options -> Continue Reading...

Allow Inbound ICMP on Server 2008 R2

Here is how to enable ICMPv4 echo from the command line using netsh in Server 2008 R2

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=ICMP Allow incoming V4 echo request protocol=icmpv4:8,any dir=in action=allow

How To Send Email Notification On Failed or Successful RDP Logon

In server 2008, it's quite easy to attach a task to an event. In EventViewer, simply right-click on the event and choose Attach Task to This Event. This is fine and dandy but sometimes, we want a little more granular control over when to actually fire the task; e.g., I typically want to only notify myself via email of failed RDP logons, not ALL failed logons. It's a little more complicated to get only the events you want based on some details inside the actual event - the Event Data. Note: In Continue Reading...