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Terminal Services

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I have been assuming server 2003 won’t allow itself to be both the terminal server and the terminal licensing server…but maybe I’m wrong:

Change the role:
Change Between Remote Administration and Application Server Mode
Apparently I’m not wrong:

How to override the license server discovery process
in Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

Regarding a previous problem that was had:

remote sessions can be disconnected prematurely

Here’s an interesting couple of reads:


How can I check the mode of a server that`s running Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services or Windows 2000 Server Terminal Services?

Terminal Services in Windows 2003 and Win2K Server has two modes: Remote Administration mode (known as Remote Desktop for Administration in Windows 2003) and Application mode (known as Terminal Server mode in Windows 2003). Although you can toggle between these modes, doing so will affect the installed applications and will probably cause currently installed programs to be reinstalled.

To determine the mode in which a server is currently running, perform these steps:

Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Terminal Services Configuration snap-in (Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, Terminal Services Configuration).
Select the Server Options branch in the snap-in`s left pane.
The configuration options are displayed in the right pane.
Write down the Licensing value (for a Windows 2003 system) or the Terminal Server Mode value (for a Win2K Server system).
Close the snap-in.
If the Licensing or Terminal Server Mode value is Remote Desktop for Administration or Remote Administration, you`re limited to two connections (plus a local console in Windows 2003) when you`re in Remote Administration mode.
If the Licensing or Terminal Server Mode value is Application or Terminal Server, you`re in Application mode and in that mode can have multiple concurrent connections, depending on the number of existing licenses.

XP startup defrag

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasksThe workaround for that is simple: Once every three days, I manually run the “rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks” from Start\Run. Then I follow that up with a full defrag because moving all those files around fragments a bunch of other files.
Make sure you use Microsofts defrag, most of the 3rd party Defragmenters don’t honor the placements in the Layout.ini file.

Microsoft update prevent networking access 2000 mdb files

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

What a stupid mess. Damn Microsoft to …

Access 2000 on a workstation wouldn’t access the back end files on another xp pro sp2 computer. This happened sometime between Friday August 10 , 2007 and the following Tuesday. It worked fine before the not at all.

The solution I got from Incognito at

To disable the warning start the Group Policy Editor (Start > Run, type

-gpedit.msc- and press OK) and go to:

-User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components >

Attachment Manager- then set -Inclusion list for low file types- to

Enabled and enter the file types you don't want to be warned about in

the box (for example: -.htm;.exe-).

Thank you Incognito

Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows XP SP2

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows XP SP2

Vista and Server 2003

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Just unbelievable…you can’t connect a Vista computer to Windows Server 2003 without installing a particular update to Server 2003. Just unbelievable. How could they design Vista like that? Another reason to make the transition to Linux servers…if only that wasn’t so full of it’s own headaches (maybe the headaches are what Microsoft is relying on…they can get away with making really stupid headaches because it’s a little less harsh than the Linux headache).

Anyway, here’s the link to Microsoft’s Knowledge Base article that has the download links:

And, yes, at the bottom of that page is a link to another page with a link to a document on “compatibility issues for running Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 in a Windows SBS network”

Just to add onto this entry, Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) has it’s own page as well.