PsExec to the Rescue

November 26, 2009

Using PsExec instead of Terminal Services Manager to access a remote server has its advantages.

This is my first published article which appeared in WindowsIT Pro Oct 2008 .

In my previous position, I sometimes had to grant temporary access to remote servers to the administrators of other departments in that company. Sometimes these administrators forgot to log off the remote server after they completed their tasks, thus locking out other administrators when the Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services session limit had been reached. Usually the offending administrators were out to lunch or had left for the day. This always seemed to happen when there was a problem that needed immediate attention on that server. Typically, I had used Terminal Services Manager to log off the administrator. However, there were times when that wasn’t an option because the remote server I needed to access was the one running Terminal Services Manager. Read the rest of this entry »


DCDIAG NT5DS Error

November 26, 2009

During a routine check of a network I prepared to run

dcdiag /c /a /v /f:C:\DCDIAG_AUG11.txt

on a 2003 R2 Server.

I received this error message

NT5DS has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

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Sydi Server with Dated Output Folder

November 25, 2009

Sydi Server is a great free tool developed by Patrick Ogenstad.  With a lot of help from my co-workers we put together some additions that will create a dated folder each day that the script is run.  You will need the serverhtml.xsl and sydi-html-styles.xsl style sheets placed into the main folder that you will create.

The example I have, I used MS as the main folder name where the other files will reside.  You will need to create two other folders, “Output” and “Log Files”.

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