Mar
13

Remote Desktop Printing: First Page OK, Remaining Pages Print In Wrong Font

Symptoms: When printing a document to a local printer using Remote Desktop Easy Print (Terminal Server 2008), Microsoft Office documents, such as those from Microsoft Word, will correctly print the first page while printing the rest of the pages using the wrong font. Problem: After much research the best that I can come up with …

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Mar
13

Group Policy Not Applied To Remote VPN Users

Problem:  Users logging on to an Active Directory domain across a relatively slow VPN link will unreliably apply group policies.  This article deals with user policies specifically, not computer policies. Solution:  Although the ultimate solution to this problem would be to cure the root cause of the group policies not being applied, my reason for …

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Jan
26

Redirected Printer: Access Denied in Remote Desktop Session

Symptoms:  When a user connects to a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server using Remote Desktop, local printers are correctly redirected but print jobs will not print.  No error was reported and the print queue is empty.  Upon trying to access the printer properties, the following error is reported:  “Printer Properties cannot be displayed. Access is …

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Aug
18

Transferring FSMO Roles in Windows Server 2003 and 2008

Introduction This article will provide step-by-step instructions describing the process for transferring one or more FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation) roles from one server to another in Active Directory.  This is a necessary step during a server migration, reorganization of an existing domain or a handful of other situations in which the needs or level …

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Aug
09

How To: Time Sync Across Windows Network

**Note from the Author:  Although this may be helpful for older OS versions, the process below is no longer the correct method. There are many reasons that a network administrator may want to synchronize the clocks on all Windows computers across the Active Directory domain.  The following steps will demonstrate how to easily accomplish that …

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Apr
21

Blue Screen on Windows 2008 R2 – “0x00000101 – CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT”

Symptom: A computer running Windows 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role installed will randomly blue screen.  The blue screen error contains the message: “0x00000101 – CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT” The affected server is equipped with one or more Intel Xeon 55xx series processors or a Core ix desktop processor. Problem: According to Microsoft, these Intel processors “generate incorrect …

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Apr
12

Adding Sites to Internet Security Zones Using Group Policy

Sometimes it is useful to leverage the power of Group Policy in Active Directory to add sites to certain security zones in Internet Explorer.  This can save the network admin the trouble of managing the security zone lists for each computer (or user) separately.  In the following example, each user on the network needs to …

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Feb
25

“The License Server Activation Wizard encountered an internal error from the license server. Message Number: 0xc0110011”

Symptom: Your Terminal Services Licensing Server is no longer activated on or after February 26, 2010.  If you try to re-activate the server, you are greeted with the following message: “The License Server Activation Wizard encountered an internal error from the license server. Message Number: 0xc0110011” You may also see the following events in the …

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Feb
23

Installing CentOS 5.5 on Hyper-V

Prerequisites Hyper-V is installed and you have a new VM set up.  For help with this, see the post:  Walk-through: Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. Install the Legacy Network Adapter for your VM instead of the default.  To do this:  In the “Settings” page of the VM, click “Add Hardware”.  Select “Legacy Network Adapter” …

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Feb
23

Walk-through: Hyper-V on Windows 2008 R2

Installing and setting up Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 is a straightforward task thanks to Microsoft’s new approach to “roles”. Preparing Your Server to Run Hyper-V Ensure that your server’s motherboard and processor support hardware-assisted virtualization. Go into the BIOS setup menu of your server and make sure that virtualization is enabled.  This setting …

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