Year: 2011

Disk cleanup missing in Windows 2008?

Disk Cleanup option on drive’s general properties and cleanmgr.exe is not present in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 by default.

To enable Disk Cleanup, please follow the below steps:

1. Open “Server Manager”.
2. Click “Add Features”.
3. Disk Cleanup tool is bundled with “Desktop Experience”. Hence, place a check on it.
4. You will need to click on “Add Required Features” on prompt to proceed.
5. You will then need to click on “Install” button available.

Once the feature have been installed, the server will require a reboot to reflect the changes.

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How to run DSA.MSC in Windows 2008 Server?

It is the effective command used by the domain administrators and tech supports. This tool is taken out of the default installation of Windows 2008. The major reason is because of security.

However, you can enable/recover in Windows 2008 and its takes only a minutes time without the reboot.

Please follow the steps to enable DSA.MSC.

1. Open “Server Manager”.
2. Select “Features” and then “Add Features Wizard”.
3. Place a check mark over ” Remote Server Adminstration Tools”.
4. Choose ” Role Administrator Tools”.
5. Select “Active Directory Domain Services Tools”.
6. Choose “Active Directory Domain Controller Tools”.

This should now enable dsa.msc on the server.

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How to enable Telnet Client in Windows 2008?

When you first try to run a telnet command, Windows will informs you that telnet is not recognized as a command. Telnet Client is a feature included with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and you can install Telnet Client by using the Add Features Wizard in Server Manager.

To enable Telnet on Windows Server 2008 follow these steps :

1. Open Server Manager, click Start > Server Manager
2. From the left panel in Server Manager, click on Features
3. Click on Add Features, as you can see i have not installed any Feature on this Server ( 0 of 34 installed )
4. From the available list of features, scroll down and select Telnet Client, then click Next
5. On the Confirmation page, click on Install.
6. Installation of the selected feature will be initialized and started.
7. Once installation is completed, click on Close.

Now open Command Prompt, and run the telnet command

As you can see, Telnet is now recognized by Windows Server 2008 and you can start using it to connect to your telnet servers.

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Unable to restat IIS service in Windows (Error 1053).

Unable to restart IIS service, Could not stop the IIS Admin service on local computer
Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion
Usually when this happens I’m forced to reboot.

Therefore, today I found something very useful i.e the iisreset command! It restarts the IIS when it craps out like this is as simple as opening a command prompt and typing this command:

iisreset localhost /restart

Of course, you’ll need to use the correct machine name in place of localhost.

Running this program will result in this output:

Attempting stop…
Internet services successfully stopped
Attempting start…
Internet services successfully restarted

After it’s done (which seems to take less time than using the services control panel to restart the services) IIS will work correctly again.

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How to remove the unwanted Tunnel Adapters in Windows?

Please follow the steps to remove IP6 entry and the adapter.

1. Open Start Menu
2. Type In: Device Manager
3. Select Device Manager
4. Click the View menu from the top
5. Select Show Hidden Devices (Must be check before continuing)
6. Scroll down and expand Network Adapters
7. Right-Click a duplicated Microsoft 6to4 Adapter or Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
8. Select Uninstall
9. Click OK for the pop-up warning message
10. Repeat and repeat for each of the unwanted duplicated adapter
11. Close Device Manager when finish

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How to delete or force delete print jobs?

Follow the directions below to manually force delete print jobs. You won’t have to reboot your computer afterwards, either!

1. Browse to Start -> Run… and type in “NET STOP SPOOLER” – this will stop the print spooler service. (In Vista, you can just type this in the Search box; and when testing, the next two steps were unnecessary; however, try them anyway!)
2. Browse to your windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ folder
3. You should see files there ending in .SPL and .SHD created around the time you tried to print – delete these files.
4. Browse to Start -> Run… and type in “NET START SPOOLER” (this will restart the print spooler service)
5. Double click the printer icon in the lower-right corner of your taskbar to examine your print job queue and browse to View -> Refresh.

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Resize your Windows Partition using GParted (Downtime Required – Its open source).

GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.

GParted is useful for tasks such as: creating space for new operating systems, restructuring disk space to separate user and operating system data, and copying partitions to enable upgrading to a larger hard disk drive.

GParted enables you to reorganize your disk partitions while preserving the contents of these partitions.

With GParted you can accomplish the following tasks:
* Create a partition table on a disk device.
* Enable and disable partition flags such as boot and hidden.
* Perform actions with partitions such as:
o create or delete
o resize or move
o check
o label
o copy and paste

GParted uses GNU libparted to detect and manipulate devices and partition tables. Several optional file system tools provide support for file systems not included in libparted.

GParted is developed on GNU/Linux. It can be used on other operating systems, such as Windows, by booting from media containing GParted Live.

GParted is free and open source software available under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


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How to update the firmware for Virtual Connect modules?

Intial step is to make a backup of VC Domain configuration from VC Manager GUI and you will require Virtual Connect Support Utility downloaded and installed on any machine.

Please follow the below steps:

1. Run VCSU from Start > Programs>Hewlert-Packard>Virtual Connect Support Utility> Virtual Connect Support Utility – Interactive.

Please enter action (“help” for list): update
Please enter Onboard Administrator IP Address:
Please enter Onboard Administrator Username: Administrator
Please enter Onboard Administrator Password : ***********
Please enter firmware package location : c:\temp\vcfwall3.18.bin
Please enter Bay Number (Optional):
Please enter configuration backup password (Optional):
Do you want to force an update on modules? (Yes/No):
Do you want to specify VC-Enet module activiation order? (Yes/No)
Do you want to specify VC-FC module activation order? (Yes/No):
Do you want to specifiy the amount of time in minutes to wait between activating or rebooting VC-Enet modules? (Yes/No):
Do you want to specifiy the amount of time in minutes to wait between activating or rebooting VC-FC modules? (Yes/No)
Please enter the VCM Domain user credentials.
User Name : Administrator
Password : ***********
Gathering module and package information. [Step 3 of 3: 30 seconds]

HP advised to use different versions of VCSU for Ethernet and FC Virtual Connect modules, however, it is not possible with multi enclosure configuration.

Reset all VC modules one by one, making sure you can see the new version and you have all connectivity through this module back.

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