Category Archives: Windows Server 2008

How to: add all known RDS license servers to specified license servers list

To add all known RDS license servers to specified license servers list you could use RDS Host Configuration console (tsconfig.msc), but in Windows Server 2008 R2 GUI doesn’t allow for multiple select and therefore if you need to add all known license servers via GUI it is a little bit inconvenient.

Better option to accomplish this is via PowerShell, here is how:

\n[code lang=”powershell”]\nimport-module remotedesktopservices\ncd RDS:RDSConfigurationLicensingSettingsSpecifiedLicenseServers\ndir ..RegisteredLicenseServers | new-item -force</blockquote>\n[/code]

And as you most likely going to do it remotely you should use Enter-PSSession -ComputerName YOUR_SERVER_NAME to start remote PS session. In case PSRemoting is not enabled (use Test-WSMan to check) go to target machine and use Enable-PSRemoting – force to enable it.

MPIO feature in Windows Server 2008

Multipath I/O feature

Multipath I/O (MPIO) is a feature of Windows Server 2008 that allows server to use multiple data paths to a storage device. This increases the availability of storage resource because it provides alternate paths from a server or cluster to a storage subsystem in the event of path failure. MPIO uses redundant physical path components (adapters, switches, cabling) to create separate paths between the server or cluster and the storage device. If one of the devices in these separate paths fails an alternate path to the SAN devices will be used, ensuring that the server is still be able to access critical data. You configure failover times through the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator driver or by modifying the Fiber Channel HBA driver parameter settings, depending on the SAN technology deployed in your environment.

\nNew MPIO features in Windows Server 2008 include a Device Specific Module (DSM) designed to work with storage arrays that support the asymmetric logical unit access (ALUA) controller model (as defined in SPC-3), as well as storage arrays that follow the Active/Active controller model.\n\nThis feature can be installed via Add Features wizard or via ServerManagerCmd.exe: ServerManagerCmd.exe -install Multipath-IO

Multipath I/O Overview:

What /admin key for mstsc.exe actually does

/admin key is usually used for RDS server administration. When you use mstsc.exe /admin to connect to the Windows Server with RDS role installed it does the following for the initiated connection:\n\n- Disables RDS client access licensing\n\n- Disables timezone redirection\n\n- Disables RD Connection Broker redirection\n\n- Disables RD Easy Print\n\n- Disables PnP device redirection for this connection only\n\n- Changes the remote session theme to Windows Classic View (it it’s available) for this connection only

Windows Server 2008 administrative consoles shortcuts

I’ve posted similar list some time ago but it doesn’t include all Windows Server 2008 shortcuts (e.g. – Share And Storage Management and many others), so this list covers Server 2008 consoles (*.msc).\n

Command Line

Console Name

AdRmsAdmin.msc    Active Directory Rights Management Services
Adsiedit.msc    ADSI Edit
Azman.msc Authorization Manager
Certmgr.msc Certmgr (Certificates)
Certtmpl.msc Certificates Template Console
CluAdmin.msc Failover Cluster Management
Comexp.msc Component Services
Compmgmt.msc Computer Management
Devmgmt.msc Device Manager
Dfsmgmt.msc DFS Management
Dhcpmgmt.msc DHCP Manager
Diskmgmt.msc Disk Management
Dnsmgmt.msc DNS Manager
Domain.msc Active Directory Domains And Trusts
Dsa.msc Active Directory Users And Computers
Dssite.msc Active Directory Sites And Services
Eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
Fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
Fsrm.msc File Server Resource Manager
Fxsadmin.msc Microsoft Fax Service Manager
Gpedit.msc Local Group Policy Editor
Lusrmgr.msc Local Users And Groups
Napclcfg.msc NAP Client Configuration
Nfsmgmt.msc Services For Network File System
Nps.msc Network Policy Server
Ocsp.msc Online Responder
Perfmon.msc Reliability And Performance Monitor
Pkiview.msc Enterprise PKI
Printmanagement.msc Print Management
Remoteprograms.msc TS RemoteApp Management
Rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy
Secpol.msc Local Security Policy
ServerManager.msc Server Manager
StorageMgmt.msc Share And Storage Management
Services.msc Services
StorExpl.msc Storage Explorer
Tapimgmt.msc Telephony
Taskschd.msc Task Scheduler
Tmp.msc Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
Tsadmin.msc Terminal Services Management
Tsconfig.msc Terminal Services Configuration
Tsgateway.msc TS Gateway Manager
Tsmmc.msc Remote Desktops
Uddi.msc UDDI Services Console
Wbadmin.msc Windows Server Backup
Wdsmgmt.msc Windows Deployment Services
Winsmgmt.msc WINS Manager
WmiMgmt.msc WMI Control