Delete the Windows.old folder from a server

When performing an in place upgrade of your server, you are left with a folder called windows.old which you are unable to delete, even if you take ownership of it. Whereas in a client version of windows, you can remove this using the disk cleanup tool, this is not possible on Windows Server. For this you will need to follow the below procedure. From the start menu, type CMD into the search facility or run box, and then right click on it and “run as administrator”. Type the following at the command prompt, type the following and run then in sequence: takeown /F <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\* /R /A cacls <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\*.* /T /grant […]

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Setting a default user logon picture

As the person who is responsible for building deployment images, you may decide that you want to force the users to have a default user logon picture for the Welcome screen, both on their local desktop and on Remote Desktop Services. There is a Group Policy setting in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 that allows you to do this. 1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER 2. Go to the following branch: Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | User Accounts 3. Double-click Apply the default user logon picture to all users 4. Set it to Enabled 5. Exit the Group Policy Editor. This policy setting […]

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How to change DPI in Terminal Services 2008

Sometimes your users will need to make the fonts on their remote desktops a bit larger to help them see them. In Windows Server 2008 this setting is a per machine setting and so you can’t change it by user. I came across this post by Mark Prigg, who has written a very handy little program that you can install on your terminal servers to get around this problem. It really is a brilliant little tool that gives your users a GUI from which they can alter their DPI through 5 different settings. You can download it from here.

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Printing blank pages on a Deskjet 5550 from a 2003 Terminal Server

One of my users has been having a problem with their local Deskjet 5550 whilst using terminal services on a 2003 server. They can print fine locally but when printing from the terminal server they are just getting blank pages. Here’s how I fixed it. Log off from the terminal server. Go into your printers and faxes window, and right click on the Deskjet 5550 and choose properties. Go the the advanced tab and click “new driver”. When presented with the driver selection box choose HP Deskjet 990c, and then OK through the rest of the installation. When your user logs back into terminal services they should be able to […]

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Deploying Office 2010 Custom Ribbons and Settings via Group Policy

Deploying Office 2010 Custom Ribbons and Settings via Group Policy. This post will detail the process of pushing UI changes out to your Office 2010 clients. It will cover default fonts, margins and changes to the ribbon. I couldn’t find a great deal of information on this subject when I first looked, so hopefully this will help those struggling to find a solution. Custom Ribbons Configurations made to the ribbon in Office 2010 are stored in .officeUI files, these aren’t created until you modify the default ribbon. Start with a vanilla office install and make the desired changes in the applications you use. Once completed, head over to ‘C:\Documents and […]

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Alternative key strokes for terminal services

I can never remember what the terminal services equivalent key strokes are for the local key strokes, i.e. CTRL+ALT+DEL. Key combination Function Similar local keys CTRL+ALT+END Opens the Windows Security dialog box CTRL+ALT+DELETE CTRL+ALT+BREAK Toggles the Terminal Services client display from window to full screen NONE ALT+INSERT Cycles through running programs on the remote computer ALT+TAB ALT+HOME Displays the remote computer’s Start menu ALT+DELETE Displays the remote window’s Control menu ALT+SPACE BAR CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD MINUS Places an image of active window onto the TS clipboard ALT+PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD PLUS Places an image of the entire Terminal Services client on the Terminal Services clipboard PRINT SCREEN

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