Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft

Synchronize time with external NTP server on Windows Server 2008 (R2).

Time synchronization is an important aspect for all computers on the network. By default, the clients computers get their time from a Domain Controller and the Domain Controller gets his time from the domain’s PDC Operation Master. Therefore the PDC must synchronize his time from an external source. I usually use the servers listed at the NTP Pool Project website. Before you begin, don’t forget to open the default UDP 123 port (in- and outbound) […]

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Microsoft

Windows XP clients disappear from the WSUS console.

A few days ago I came across a strange issue with some Windows XP clients and Windows Update Server Services 3.0. The XP client PC’s were mysteriously disappearing from the Update Services Management Console. For example, when one client made a connection to the WSUS server to check for new updates, the other one will disappear from the console. This behavior could be replicated when running the C:>wuauclt /detectnow command on one of the affected […]

Events

TechNet Live 2009 @ World Forum, Den Haag.

Today (8 October 2009) I attended with some of my colleagues the Microsoft TechNet Live – Join the new efficiency at the World Forum Den Haag, the Netherlands.  We arrived a little bit too late to see Steve’s  Ballmer keynote about “The New Efficiency” because of the traffic jams but we could catch Tony Krijnen and Daniel van Soest “Windows 7 – Seeing is believing” keynote which was great, as you could expect from this duo […]

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Tools & Utilities

Create and start a data collector from command line using LogMan.exe.

Regarding to my previous post about “List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file”, I wanted to automate the process of creating a basic system performance counter. So, if you successfully created a counter file and saved it with the counters you want to monitor, you can now use the LogMan.exe utility to create a new data collector in the Reliability and Performance Monitor. Start the command prompt on […]

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Microsoft

Create your own custom events in the event log.

Did you ever wonder how to add some custom events to your computer system or application log? I always have but never really had the time to look it up. I was browsing the Windows Server 2008 command reference guide at Microsoft TechNet Windows Server TechCenter and I found the EventCreate.exe command. So, let’s give it a try. C:>EventCreate.exe /L Application /T Success /SO Script /ID 1 /D “The script completed successfully” This command will […]

Microsoft

Troubleshooting the Security-Licensing-SLC Event ID 12293.

I discovered this error message on several servers in a new Windows 2008 domain. This issue occurs because you have more than one KMS hosts in your organization, which is the usual case. Just like written in this thread on the Microsoft TechNet Windows Server Forum, there are several ways to solve this issue. In this case I used the simplest one; create the SRV record manually in the DNS. 1. Log on to your DNS […]

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Microsoft

List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file.

Have you ever wondered how to list all performance counters that are present on your computer? Well, I have and after some research I discovered the TypePerf.exe command. Believe it or not, TypePerf.exe is installed by default on all Windows versions after Windows 2000. The syntax looks like this (tested on a Vista machine). C:>TypePerf.exe –q > counters.txt This command will list all performance counters on your computer and save it to a text file […]

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Microsoft

Unhide the Recovery Partition on a Basic Disk with DiskPart.

This quick step guide describes how to unhide the OEM/Recovery partition on your hard drive. It was tested on a Windows Vista machine with a Basic disk. DiskPart command line systax and parameters can be found here. Unhide Recovery Partition Start Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) on your computer and take a closer look at your hard disk. Note the disk number and the partitions. Start DiskPart and select your disk: DISKPART> select disk 0 List all […]