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Easy tip to test SQL server connectivity

I have been troubleshooting some Microsoft SQL connectivity issues lately in my home lab and I needed a quick and easy way to verify or test SQL server connectivity with several login accounts. Apparently there is a nice and quick way to do it on your windows machine that is already build in. Just create a text file, rename the extension to .udl (Universal Data Link) right-click the file and select the properties tab. Enter […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Acrobat Reader crashes in Internet Explorer with MSVCR80.dll.

I got this error in the Application Event log every time a user wanted to open a pdf file from the Internet Explorer on several brand new Windows Server 2008 RDS hosts. Acrobat tries to open a pdf file in the Internet browser but crashes. I’ve solved this by disabling the browser integration in Acrobat Reader by running the following command from the login script: REG ADD “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAcrobat Reader9.0Originals” /v “bBrowserIntegration” /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f  […]

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Log in as Administrator on a RD Session Host when the host is a member of RD Connection Broker group.

Lately, I came across a strange issue after setting up a new Windows Remote Desktop Services farm running Windows Server 2008 R2 Servers. When accessing a RD Session Host through RDP on the hosts’ NetBIOS, FQDN or IP address as Administrator, I was redirected to an another RD Session Host. Logically, because the RD Connection Broker has load balanced the request. Anyway, I still wasn’t able to login as Administrator on the RD Session host, even when using […]

Exchange 2007

Export and Import Mailbox data to a PST file on Exchange Server 2007.

This procedure describes how to export all mailboxes from one Exchange Server to a PST files and how to import the PST files to another Exchange Server in a different domain. Before you begin make sure that: You have a computer that has Outlook 2003 (SP2) or 2007, Exchange 2007 Management Tools (32-bit version), PowerShell and .NET Framework installed Logon with an account that has Exchange Server Administrator and Local Administrator rights You have full […]

Windows Server 2008 R2

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: […]

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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 […]