Guidance on page file size X64 and X32 machines Windows 2003 servers

There seems to be a little confusion on the page file sizing on X64 machines and X32 machines as well. Lots of kb articles have been written; am trying to simplify it in this post.   On 32 bit machines it is easier to determine the size of the paging file because we generally do…

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Print Spooler Crash Troubleshooting Steps

Overview of Print Spooler Component Print Processor The print processor tells the spooler to alter a job according to the document data type. It works together with the printer driver to move the spooled print jobs from the hard disk drive to the printer.   Print Monitor The print monitors are the name of any…

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"Windows Update failing" Torubleshooting Steps

1)  Windows update can fail due to many reasons.But as an initial troubleshooting step we can run script givenbelow. The following script will re-register windows update dlls and recreate software distribution & catroot folder.   To run the script please copy the highlighted content and save it as wu.bat.   regsvr32 comcat.dll /s regsvr32 shdoc401.dll /s…

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Services not starting after installing service pack on Windows 2003 server

      1)      Disable all third party services and startup items using msconfig.exe. 2)      Restart the machine. 3)      Open services console (Start à run à services.msc) 4)      Check the status of The Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service (rpcss.exe). 5)      If RPC service is running in Network Service account then change the login account LocalSystem 6)      Following…

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"COM+ Event System and MSDTC service not starting" Trouboulshooting steps

1. In Control Panel, stop all services, and change the Startup Type to “manual” <except> for the following:               –           Alerter             –           COM+ Event System             –           Computer Browser             –           Distributed File System             –           Distributed Link Tracking Client             –           Distributed Link Tracking Server             –           DNS Client             –           Event…

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Remote Assistance in Windows 2008

Remote Assistance provides a way for users to get the help they need and makes it easier and less costly for corporate helpdesks to assist their users. The Remote Assistance application in Windows Server 2008 is implemented in MSRA.exe. It can be started from the command line by running msra.exe. %systemroot%\system32\msra.exe Or   From the…


How to change RDP Port on TS

 Terminal services used port 3389 by default. It is well known port TS uses so there can be a chance that it can be a target for attack by network intruders.   Even though network attackers can find the port that is in use, changing TS port from 3389 can make it more difficult to…


How to install application on Windows 2008 Terminal Server

It’s recommended to install Terminal services role before installing any application which will be available to terminal server users. If TS role installed after the applications are installed, some the application may not work correctly in a multiple user environment.     In that scenario uninstalling and reinstalling the affected programs can resolve the issue….

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Terminal Server Easy Print

Terminal Server Easy print Terminal service easy printing is a new feature introduced in windows 2008 server.It enables users to print from a Terminal Services session to the local or network printers configured on the client computer without the need to install drivers on the Terminal Server. User will see the full printer properties of…

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