Monthly Archives: March 2008
This is the first time I’ve run across this issue, but what was happening is I’d see a black screen both through RDP and from the actual server console. You could see a little bit of the windows logon box, but it was cut off where the username and password fields would be. If you can fumble your way through the logon screen you’d be able to logon but everything was still black, the only color you’d see would be in the desktop icons. This makes it virtually impossible to do anything on the server. This situation does not cause a work stoppage, as all the background services ran fine, you just can’t logon and do anything.
So I started searching around and ultimately ran across a MS KB article 906510. I’ll paste in the information below, but the KB said it was an issue with the color scheme, and the registry values were all set to “0”. At least that is whats listed as the cause of the black screen symptom, but it does not offer an explanation of what would cause the numbers to get set to “0” in the first place.
To resolve this I had to do the following: (NOTE: the drive mapping step was only needed for my solution as the server was not on the domain and not using internal DNS, so I could not authenticate on the domain).
1. Map a drive from another network machine to this server using local admin credentials.
2. Open regedit and connect remote registry to the server in question. (this will not work unless you map the drive first – see above note)
3. Use an export from a working server of the registry key noted in the MS KB and import that into the remote server.
4. Attempt logon through RDP or at the console, the color issue should be resolved.
I wish I knew what caused this issue, but I can’t find much as to the actual cause. I heard talk that maybe it was a disk space issue, but my server had 10GB of free space, so that wasn’t it. Hope this information helps someone in the future.
I ran into a situation in which the Help and Support service in server 2003 dissappeared. I had no idea why, and for a long time left it alone. I then did some digging and found a KB article from Microsoft describing how to re-install the service. Follow these instructions (taken from MS KB article 937055):
To resolve this problem, reinstall the Help and Support service. To do this, follow these steps:
|1.||Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.|
|2.||At the command prompt, locate the following folder:
|3.||At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
I’m starting to see faces and shapes while looking through spam logs. If you stare just right you can see people, shapes and faces made up from the spaces between words. I guess this is still healthy depending on just what or who your mind is seeing!
I realized today that it really bothers me to have unread mail in any of my mailboxes. I have two main e-mail accounts that I use constantly throughout the day, and sync them OTA on my mobile phone. If I look at my phone while out and about, I just have to go through any unread mail, file away things I will keep, reply to what needs a reply, and delete or process any spam messages. I wonder if there is a name for this disorder?
I have never been willing to spend a large sum of money to purchase a mobile MP3 player such as the IPOD or similar. But this past week I found a great deal on TigerDirect for a Sandisk Sansa 8GB player. My gracious wife made no objections to me getting it, so I happily placed the order. It arrived on my doorstep on Saturday afternoon in the mail, and I began goign through the options and setup. I can play video, music, photo slideshows, FM radio and even use it as a voice recorder. It works with Rhapsody which has recently become my favorite online music source. I like ITunes too, but I find I use it more for podcast subscriptions than music, only because I don’t have an IPOD so its not as useful for me. I spent a few hours this weekend searching for and adding new music to my new player. I know I am years behind and people have been doing this for quite a while, but having a mobile music player and being able to sync playlists and media and take them with me anywhere, is really cool!
Something really strange just happened, and I can’t explain it. Yesterday I was trying to install Terminal Services on a Widnows 2003 server. I went through the normal install routine, and set my options and everything installed ok. But when I went to view the configuration, it was set to Remote administration mode, and did not prompt me for this before install. I was also trying to install Citrix and couldn’t get past the first part of the installer because it detected TS wasn’t in application mode. I tried uninstalling and re-installing and nothing helped.
Here is the weird part, this morning when I tried doing the same thing, uninstalling and re-installing, this time it worked fine. I don’t even see a mode option in the configuration now and the Citrix setup is allowing me to proceed. I didn’t do anything differently this time, same options and same license server, but this time it worked. I have no idea why, but I’m not complaining, I just hate coming across things like this that don’t make sense and I can’t explain what happened.