Establishing Network Connectivity to a Share in the Windows Recovery Environment

Hi there! My name is Neil Dsouza and I’m a Support Escalation Engineer with the Windows Core team. Today I’m going to cover a scenario where you have a server that fails to boot and all you want to do is copy the data off the machine to a network share.  In most cases connecting… Read more

Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes.… Read more

System Hangs at Splash Screen or Boot freezes on ACPITABL.DAT

Often we have seen operating system hanging at Splash screen as seen in the screenshot below. For Windows Server 2003: For Windows Server 2008 and above: As the first troubleshooting step, you would like to boot into safemode and you would notice operating system hangs at acpitabl.dat. See image below:   Unplug any external Devices… Read more

General activation concepts

Today’s blog posting is based on documentation written for our activation specialists to answer some of the most common questions for customers that are new to our current activation technologies.  Depending on the size of your organization and your familiarity with our current technologies, activation can be a very simple or complex discussion.  These are… Read more

Windows Vista Boots to a Black Screen with only the Mouse Cursor

Problem Upon startup, Windows Vista Boots to a Black Screen with only the Mouse Cursor Resolution This is most likely due to the Remote Procedure Call service (rpcss) running under the LocalSystem account rather than NT Authority\NetworkService account. To resolve the issue, follow this procedure on the problem machine: 1.    On the affected machine, boot… Read more

What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista and why is it so large?

A commonly asked question among people looking at a Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 installation is “why is the WinSxS folder so big?!”   To answer that question I need to first describe componentization, and how components are managed in Windows Vista. One of the largest changes between previous versions of Windows and Windows Vista… Read more

Yes, you CAN run Windows on your Mac!

Yes, that’s right, running Windows on a Mac.  This isn’t new to those of us who have been using virtualization, but with the introduction of the Intel-based Macs, users have a whole new area to explore running Windows or Windows based applications. For virtualization, there were many options to run on the older Mac OS… Read more

How to configure Windows Vista to support running Virtual Server R2 SP1

If you’re trying to run Virtual Server on Vista, you need to do two things. STEP 1: Enable IIS and the correct settings. To do this, go to Control Panel and under the Programs category click on Windows Features to Turn Windows features on and off. Here you will see a long list of features… Read more