Display warning text when someone logs onto your servers

This works for Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.  We use it during our reliability study to let the server owners know that they shouldn’t reboot their boxes without a good reason.  You can use it for whatever you’d like. 🙂 The two keys to set: reg add “\\brad-dc-01\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v LegalNoticeCaption /t REG_SZ /d “MSIT…

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Windows Update fails with 8000FFFF (E_UNEXPECTED)

Quick Solution:  Check the permissions on  the root of C: and ensure that BUILTIN\Users have Read access. Long Story: 8000FFFF == E_UNEXPECTED, not very helpful… Had a client where windows update was continually failing with the error code 8000FFFF.  When looking in the Windows Update log we’d see errors like this: WARNING: PTError: 0x80248014 Handler…

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Staring at a blank desktop, due to Interactive missing from Users group

Ran into an issue this week that was strange.  When you TS’d to the box it would just show a blank background and nothing else.  If you tried to launch task manager it would just fail silently to the user (actually access denied in the debugger).  My user account was in the admin group and…

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SearchIndexer.exe crashing with the exception code of 0xc00000fd

This is an FYI post so others on the intertubes can find the answer quickly. If you get this error: Log Name: Application Source: Application Error Date: 4.11.2008 07:20:41 Event ID: 1000 Task Category: (100) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: xxxxxxx Description: Faulting application SearchIndexer.exe, version 6.0.6000.16386, time stamp 0x4549b667, faulting module mssrch.dll,…

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Stuff to check out for Windows 2008

Just got released yesterday: X86: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ff6e897-23ce-4a36-b7fc-d52065de9960&DisplayLang=en X64: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d647a60b-63fd-4ac5-9243-bd3c497d2bc5&DisplayLang=en Overview Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1. It includes support for remote management of computers running either a Server Core installation or the full installation option…

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Taking a circular netmon capture from the command prompt

You’ve probably heard that netmon3.1 is out, but you might not know that you can easily launch a capture at the command prompt.  I find this useful when we’re waiting on a repro, we want a capture, but we don’t know when that’s going to happen.  Sure you could set this up in the GUI…

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I PTE the fool: !SYSPTES 4 works in Vista SP1/WS08

System Page Table Entry (PTE) issues are some of the top support issues for servers that run large server applications and have a relatively large amount of Random Access Memory (RAM). PTEs are structures used to track pages of RAM, similar to the way a telephone number is used to track a telephone to a…

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Vista SP1 and Windows 2008: No /console switch with MSTSC

I’ve ran into this a few times here and each time I stare at my screen for some time (depends on how much coffee I’ve had) and then remember this change.  When you install Vista SP1 or install Win2k8 the console switch for MSTSC will be ignored (it’s gone).  They’ve made a change that requires…

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Performance update for Vista RTM released today

Saw this on the Windows Vista team blog today. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943899 This update improves performance, responsiveness, and reliability of Windows Vista in various scenarios. This update resolves the following issues on a Windows Vista-based computer: •You receive a “Stop 0x000000A0” error when you try to switch the computer to the hibernate state. •You receive a “Stop…

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Returning just the errors using Wevtutil.exe

I posted on how you can use Wevtutil to enumerate the event logs on server core or LH.  Someone left a comment asking how could they just return the errors from the System log instead of all the events.  Seems like a reasonable question and with a bit of research here is the solution.  …

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