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How to change Windows 2012 Product Key

Run following command:
slui 3

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admin on January 18th 2013 in IT, Windows Server

Windows 2012 Server Installation get stuck on VMWare

I had the problem that Windows 2012 Server got stuck in the boot sequence. I just had to add a configuration parameter to make it work:
vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE

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admin on January 16th 2013 in IT, VMWare, Windows Server

WSUS Error 364–BITS HTTP 1.1 Range Requests

Error Message:
Content file download failed. Reason: The server does not support the necessary HTTP protocol. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) requires that the server support the Range protocol header.

You need to configure your firewall that it supports HTTP 1.1 ranges requests. Unfortunately I couldn’t reach our Firewall Administrator and I had to search for a temporary solution on my own.
You just need to change the settings, so that the BITS is working in foreground mode.

Temporary Solution Steps:
1. Install SQL Management Studio and run it
2. Connect to the DB:
3. Run following command on SUSDB:
UPDATE tbConfigurationC SET BitsDownloadPriorityForeground=1
4. Restart Windows Update Service

The solution above worked for me on Windows 2008 R2 Server. But actually you could probably also do it with the solution below.  The advantage of it would be that you don’t need to install SQL Management Studio on the Server.

Solution for Windows 2012:
1. Download and install following packages from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 Feature Pack
2.  Create a SQL query file “C:\Temp\WSUS_SetBitsDownloadForeground.sql” with following content:
UPDATE tbConfigurationC SET BitsDownloadPriorityForeground=1;
3. Run the query on the Windows Internal Database (WID):
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn>SQLCMD.EXE -S \\.\pipe\Microsoft##WID\tsql\query -i C:\Temp\WSUS_SetBitsDownloadForeground.sql
4. net stop wuauserv
5. net start wuauserv

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admin on November 29th 2012 in IT, MSSQL, Windows Server

Make Backup Domain Controller work after Veeam Restore

Today I restored my Exchange Server and virtual Domain Controller but couldn’t get it working because our main Domain Controller wasn’t arround.
To make the second Domain Controller work just set the following setting in the registry and restart the Domain Controller. You might also need to restart all other servers.


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admin on November 17th 2012 in IT, Windows Server

Extend Volumes on the fly without Downtime

Since Windows 2008 you don’t need special tools anymore because the operatins system has already everything on-board. But what if you need to resize the hard drive on an older server?

Dell has a free solution for this:

Don’t forget to make a backup first.

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admin on July 5th 2012 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

Find old Computers/users in Active Directory

Easiest way is to use following query on your Domain Controller to find all computers which were inactive for 4 weeks:
dsquery computer –inactive 4

The same you could for users:
dsquery users – inactive 4

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admin on March 22nd 2012 in Windows, Windows Server

When did I install Windows?


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admin on November 18th 2011 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

Administrator can’t access server Saved Profiles

To be able to open Server Saved Profiles from Users you need to take ownership over the folder and subfolders. After that you can add the Administrator Account to the NTFS permissions and give it full rights. After that it should workd.

If you want to solve this problem in advanced you can enable this GPO:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\ User Profiles\Add the Administrator security group to the roaming user profile share

After that the Administrator is able to acccess the profiles without the need of taking ownership.

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admin on September 8th 2011 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

Uninstall True Image Agent or CDP Backup Agent on Windows 2008 Server (BlueScreen 0x0000007B in crcdisk.sys)

Today I uninstalled True Image Agent on a Windows 2008 Server and I ended up with a BlueScreen. You can actually boot up with a windows CD and edit the registry or even better you remove this entries in advance.

In the UpperFilters key remove the text:
snapman for TrueImage
r1fltr for r1soft CDP Backup

I could imagene that this causes also trouble with other systems. So the same solution should work for this as well.

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admin on May 25th 2011 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

Log Off a REmote Desktop Session without locking the screen

To be able to log off a Remote Destkop Session and not to lock the screen you need to create a bat file on your desktop with following content:
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 0 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 1 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 2 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 2 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 3 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 4 /dest:console
@%windir%\System32\tscon.exe 5 /dest:console

Then you need to run it with Admin Rights.

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admin on December 3rd 2010 in Windows, Windows Server

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