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PVS vDisk extension results in windows boot manager failure

Situation:

Our C: drive on a test PVS image (Private mode acccess) was nearly full

We extended the vDisk following this process

  1. Open Cmd Prompt
  2. diskpart
  3. Select vDisk file=”Path to your PVS vDisk”
  4. List vDisk
  5. expand vDisk maximum=xxxxx (in Mb) (61440 for 60GB etc)
  6. attach vDisk
  7. list Disk
  8. list volume
  9. Select volume x
  10. extend
  11. List volume
  12. detach vDisk
  13. exit

After detattching and booting the Test PVS Server windows wouldn’t boot with a System volume couldnt be accessed

windows_pvs_boot_error_0xc000000f

Solution:

Repeat steps 3,6 and 12 to reattach the disk and deattach the vdisk cleanly then boot the VM.

Reduce WINSXS folder size

I hate the C:\Windows\WINSXS folder. The size it takes up is a complete joke even BEFORE apps or windows updates.

These are some of the commands that I have found in the past (with varying success) to try and reduce the size of this rediculous folder.

It is rare that I have run this on a production environment, but on mini test VM’s and prelive stuff havent ever had any issues (depends if the commands even exist or are installed)

USE THESE COMMANDS COMPLETELY AT YOUR OWNRISK, IF YOU BREAK THIS FOLDER YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY RUIN YOUR SERVER. ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP!

From and administrator command prompt try the following to try and reduce WINSXS folder size

  1. vsp1cln.exe
  2. compcln.exe
  3. dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded * (most successful)

or you can even try deleting blobs.bin file and reboot the system, c:\Windows\winsxs\ManifestCache\blobs.bin (only if its really big, and it should regenerate)

USE THESE COMMANDS COMPLETELY AT YOUR OWNRISK, IF YOU BREAK THIS FOLDER YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY RUIN YOUR SERVER. ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP!

James

Windows 2008 Error Reporting Capture

Registry File:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsWindows Error ReportingLocalDumps]
“DumpFolder”=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,43,00,72,00,61,00,73,00,68,00,44,00,75,
  00,6d,00,70,00,73,00,00,00
“DumpCount”=dword:00000010
“DumpType”=dword:00000002

 Will output to C:CrashDumps – Ensure this folder is created and exists and system and auth users have full control to write here…

Reference:

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX118614/

Add Desktop Shortcuts like "My computer" and "Network" for Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 and in Remote Desktop

Add Desktop Shortcuts like “My computer” and “Network” for Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]

My Computer:{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D

Libraries: {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

Control Panel: {5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}

User Profile: {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}

Network: {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}

Windows Search: {9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}

Public Folder: {4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}

My Network Places: {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

Internet Explorer: {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Appsense EM 8.2 Snippet (txt renamed to doc)

Windows_Desktop_ShowIcons_EM_Snippet_8.2.216.0

CA Certificate Services Unable to Install Certification Authority Web Enrollment on 2008

Situation:
we had migrate from Windows 2003 DC x32 to Windows 2008 DC x64 for certificate servers.
Everything working fine until the last steop of importing the old registry settings.

When adding the server role of CA Web Enrollment we received the following error message

Error Message:

Cannot Install Certificate Authority Web Enrollment
Active Directory Certificate Services setup failed with the followign error: The parameter is incorrect: 0x80070057 (WIN32: 87)

Resolution:
Change at HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesCertSvcConfigurationSetupStatus to HEX 6001 (instead of 6003)(REG_DWORD)