No Internet Access
Microsoft

Disable “No Internet Access” notification on Windows Server 2008 (R2).

The “No Internet Access” notification on the network connection icon usually appears when you’re not connected to the Internet or you probably behind a proxy server. However, when you setting up your servers in an isolated environment without Internet access and you want to disable this notification then: Open the GPMC.msc. Create or open a GPO which will be applied to your server(s). Navigate to Computer ConfigurationPoliciesAdministrative TemplatesNetworkNetwork Connections. Enable the “Do not show the […]

Windows Boot Manager
Microsoft

Delete invalid entry from the boot configuration data store on Windows Server 2008 (R2).

Recently I came across the following issue on a HP DL380 G5 server with freshly installed Windows Server 2008 R2 (click on the picture for a larger image). I have no idea what caused this. Probably an unfinished Windows installation or something. Anyway, it was annoying me 🙂 so I decided to remove the invalid boot configuration identifier from the boot configuration data store. When logged in with an Administrator account, start the command prompt. […]

Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft

Modify the Computer icon text to show logged on username in Windows Server 2008 (R2).

Changing the text on the Computer icon on your Remote Desktop Services Session Host is handy when a user calls you and you want to know which Session Host the user is logged on. The procedure to do this has changed since Windows Server 2003. Follow these steps to change the text on a Windows Server 2008 (R2) machine: Logon to your server with the Administrator account. Start RegEdit and navigate to the following key: […]

unhide recovery partition
Microsoft

How to install a language pack on Windows Server 2008 (R2).

The language packs provide an alternative user interface for the users. I mostly use the language packs when I’m deploying Windows Remote Desktop Services. Here is a short “how to” to install a language pack on Windows Server 2008 (R2). First, download the language pack from Microsoft. You can find it at the Download Center. I’ve downloaded the entire Multilingual User Interface (MUI) ISO and burned it to a DVD disk. If you are installing the MUI […]

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) […]

unhide recovery partition
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 […]

unhide recovery partition
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 […]