How To Reset the Administrator Password in Windows 2008 R2

Recently had an issue where the local Administrator password was lost for a Windows 2008 R2 server. This post covers how to change the password of the Administrator’s account using the Windows 2008 R2 installation DVD / ISO image. Boot from the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD / ISO image From the Install Windows menu, click “Next”. Select “Repair your computer” In the System Recovery Options,... read more

How to Fix Local Resources not Mapping with RDP session Windows 2008

Recently ran into an issue where several servers would not honor the local resources map when running a Remote Desktop Session to a Windows 2008 R2 server. Since this was not controlled by Group Policy I was able to fix the issue. Below are the steps used to correct it. (read: a check in this box means drive & printer mapping is DISABLED) Windows 2008: Click Start, Administrative Tools, Terminal... read more

How To Install WMF 4.0 and PowerShell 4.0 on Windows 2008 R2 / Windows 7

So you want to try out PowerShell 4.0 on your Windows 2008 R2 / Windows 7 system. In this post we will do just that. Install the latest PowerShell version on your system. To use PowerShell 4.0 you need to have .NET 4.5 or higher. You can get the offline version here. Install .net 4.5 update NDP451-KB2858728-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe and reboot. Next download WMF (Windows Management Framework) from here.... read more

Finding the World Wide Name (WWN) in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

You know how it is, you just built that new server and you need to attach storage to the Qlogic or Emulex card and the storage guys are asking for the WWN (World Wide Name) and if this is a first time you start to scratch your head, no worries because Microsoft has added that little piece of info right at your finger tips. In Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, you can use “Storage Explorer” to... read more

Manually Uninstalling MSSQL Server 2008 R2

Every once in awhile you run into an issue where a program just doesn’t want to uninstall. Ran into this scenario with MSSQL Server 2008 R2. Following the normal Programs and Features uninstall in Control Panel I received the message of failed to uninstall. This process requires removing directories, services and registry entries. As with anytime the registry is involved you will want to back up the... read more

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