Interacting with Data Collector Sets via Powershell

Background: In an earlier post I talked about some new features for Windows 2008 and Vista.  One of those new features that is often overlooked are the data collector sets (DCS).  One particular role that leverages data collector sets is active directory.  Active directory has put “hooks” into tracing that can really take a lot…

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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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Getting Access Denied when trying to query rootMSCluster namespace remotely against Windows 2008.

Ran into a weird issue where I was getting access denied when trying to query nodes remotely in powershell.  The query was working fine against Windows 2003 cluster names and worked locally when ran on a Windows 2008 cluster node, it just didn’t work remotely.   Against 2k3: PS C:\Debuggers> gwmi -q "Select name from…

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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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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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Tidbits for admins for the 2k8 release…

Just some random stuff as you get ready for 2k8… Getting the Classic cluster logs: Clustering in Win2k8 has undergone some major changes (for the better).  One of those changes is that the cluster events are now part of the event stream so sifting through the cluster logs is a thing of the past.  You…

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