Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fix: Blank Desktop on Windows Server 2008 R2

I normally don’t login to my domain controller that frequently as there aren’t much changes I need to do, especially on a lab environment. It was probably about a month ago that I had logged on to my domain controller, Server 2008 R2 Std, to reboot the server after patch installation. I never really logged back as my network was functional (so I guess I didn’t have to). Well today, when I tried to RDP to the server (HP Proliant Microserver) to create a test userID, all I got was a blue blank screen after I entered my domain credentials. I thought the GUI may still be loading as sometimes loading winlogon.exe can take few minutes but I got nothing for 15 minutes and longer. I tried Ctrl+Alt+End in RDP session and clicked on “Task Manager”. Again nothing happened. Then I tried Ctrl+Shift+Esc (should launch Task Manager in remote session as well) that went in vain as well. Not knowing what's going on and literally lazy to look into the event viewer of the DC, I restarted the system. I then tried RDP’ing back – same results. Tried the steps again to get to task manager to see if I can execute explorer.exe but no success. Then I physically went to the server for a logon and I got the same blue screen!

Friday, October 18, 2013

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 & MDT 2013 Now Available

I will be testing both in my lab soon, meanwhile here’s articles in technet for what’s new with both of these products -

Monday, July 22, 2013

SCCM 2012 Database Replication “Link Failed”

Okay, I guess sometimes there’s a real meaning of “patch testing” before throwing it into the production or production-like environments. Microsoft patches have been mostly unproblematic but every now and then, they tend to show their effective nature. I had one similar case this past Friday when I installed “bunch of patches” in my SCCM 2012 SP1 Secondary sites and didn't bother to examine further and went off for the weekend. I know, you are probably wondering, duh! don’t you test your patches or confirm once installed, right? Well, sometimes you will lose the focus of “what to test” and want to deal with it when real problems starts and besides, this was a production-like environment (test/dev) that I could easily troubleshoot if things go south.

Come Monday morning, as part of my routine, I check the Monitoring area of the console and under Database Replication, I found the secondary sites links are failing to replicate from the parent. I look at the replication status and the last time it successfully synchronized was right before I installed and rebooted the sites for patching. Running the Replication Link Analyzer was little help as it didn't show anything major other than check the rcmctrl.log (Replication Configuration Monitor) file for related issues.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Raspberry Pi becomes an instant hit on its launch day

Few years ago there was a $100 laptop sensation that ultimately converted to a one laptop per child Children’s Machine, an inexpensive subnotebook computer with low power and small footprint. Today it was Raspberry Pi, a $25/$35 small footprint computer almost the size of a credit card that can perform basic computing for many users. The UK based Raspberry Pi Foundation built this computer to stimulate the teaching of basic computer science in schools at affordable price. It has started to take the orders beginning today. The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relies on an SD card for booting and long-term storage. The board is intended to run Linus kernel based operating system and supports Python programming language.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2

The Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 contains 11 downloadable tools to help you manage and troubleshoot Configuration Manager 2007. The following list provides specific information about each tool in the toolkit:

  • Client Spy - A tool that helps you troubleshoot issues related to software distribution, inventory, and software metering on Configuration Manager 2007 clients.
  • Delete Group Class Tool - A tool used to remove inventory group definitions along with history data, tables, views and stored procedures for the group.
  • Desired Configuration Management Migration Tool - A tool used to migrate from the DCM Solution for SMS 2003 to DCM in ConfigMgr 2007.
  • Desired Configuration Management Model Verification Tool - A tool used by desired configuration management content administrators for the validation and testing of configuration items and baselines authored externally from the Configuration Manager console.