Thursday, April 27th, 2017
I have a secured cluster where there is no Net access. The users had licenses for Office 2013 and wanted to use them inside the cluster.
Office likes to activate itself. It tried and gave an error. I restarted Word and it gave the options for Internet and telephone activation. I selected telephone and I selected my location and was rewarded with:
Telephone activation is no longer supported for your product
Oooooookay. No Net and no telephone…….
Luckily this is just a “feature.”
I went through the telephone process and activated the installation. The only problem now are templates which appear to be downloaded from the Net. But, I will take care of that if they complain.
Friday, January 6th, 2017
One of our services gave an odd error. External user would attempt to access it and they would get an error about a configuration file not downloading.
The part of the error message that interested me was:
Failed to download this file. Error code 0x800C0008
What was odd was the service worked inside the firewall.
I thought it was browser related and checked the Net.
I tried the suggested registry change:
- Start Registry Editor.
- For a per-user setting, locate the following registry key:
For a per-computer setting, locate the following registry key:
- On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following value:
- Exit Registry Editor.
This did not need a reboot and the change worked.
To add more “oddness” the service started working before the affected users made the change.
Hmmmmmm? Network people or Security people?
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Minor odd issue. For some reason my mouse was selecting all virtual machines in XenCenter.
Problem was simply a stuck shift key. Banged it a couple times and the problem went away.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
I had an issue where we needed a small domain to register it’s Windows 2012 virtual machines to the main KMS of the company.
The problem was the small domain had it’s own IP range and it’s own DNS. I attempted to activate the virtual machines and received a message reporting the KMS was not resolvable in DNS.
Since this was a tiny domain and the DNS would not be managed, I needed another way to activate the virtual machines.
Looking at the options of the slmgr script, I found what I needed.
slmgr.vbs /skms <ip address>:<port number>
This tells the system where to look for the KMS and what port to use.
After the “OK” message, I simply attempted activation via:
The virtual machines activated.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
I had a user complaint over not being able to access a terminal server. He would attempt access and receive an error message:
The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied.
Since it was a terminal server; I renamed his profile and he was able to access it.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Windows 10 has been an adventure. I decided to “suffer for my art” and join the Windows 10 insider testing cycle. To add to my suffering I decided to join the fast cycle which meant more releases then normal.
If you are testing many things, you can run out of disk space and like most people there isn’t time to really go through and clean. What would be nice would be a fast recovery of space.
This is possible if you want to delete the previous install of Windows 10. On average, it was about 10 gig for me.
If you are happy with the current install and will not roll back to the previous release, you can delete the previous install.
Search for Settings and open it.
- Click on System
- Click Storage
- Click “This PC (C:)“
- Scroll down and Click “Temporary Files“
Here you will see your Temporary file usage and at the bottom of the list is “Previous version of Windows”
Simple click “Delete previous versions” and start the process.
You can do other things while the cleanup runs.
As mentioned this is useful if you need space and don’t have time to do a proper cleanup. Don’t forget to look at your downloads. People forget to check that all the time. I had 27 gig *coughs*
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
I was cleaning task scheduler jobs and found a 2012 server which would not display the task scheduler or scheduled tasks. As I was on a time table and could not review this system; I needed the command line.
To start the GUI for the task scheduler; simple enter:
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
A windows virtual machine goes bad and gives the terrible Blue Screen of Death. The problem is it goes away before you can read it.
What is interesting is the way many people can overlook a simple solution for getting this information. There are many articles about what to do to slow down the boot process, capturing error messages through many steps, etc., etc.
If it was a physical host, it makes sense. However, with a virtual machine and using the host console (in this case VMware); there is a simple way.
Watch the system go through the reboot and attempt to load. When the BSOD appears, take a screen capture.
Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Our monitoring systems reported errors with a terminal server. I tried remote desktop and received the following error:
Remote logins are currently disabled.
Someone with administrator access disabled the logins with the change logon command.
The management console for reasons not pertinent to this issue was not usable at this time. In order to enable the logins, I needed to a way to submit the command.
Time for our trusty friend “psexec”
psexec.exe “\\<terminal server>\ change logon /enable”
After that we could access the terminal server.