WinSrvr 2012 r2 tip: getting “Task Scheduler “A task or folder with this name already exists” ?

Have seen this pesky one in the past with 2008 r2 as well. Can get this sometimes when you try and create a new Scheduled Task via the command line (schtasks.exe), the following error appears: “WARNING: The task name “<>” already exists. Do you want to replace it (Y/N>?” followed by when you hit Y, then … More WinSrvr 2012 r2 tip: getting “Task Scheduler “A task or folder with this name already exists” ?

Ever need to convert your VMware snapshots to memory dumps? here’s how

As most VMware admins should probably know vmware snapshot or suspend states files are a copy of the Physical memory and are convertible into a Full Memory dump which of course is the bedrock of finding out root causes for issues like hangs/BSOD’s etc Below is a cool VMware fling called vmss2core that converts your .vmsn/.vmss … More Ever need to convert your VMware snapshots to memory dumps? here’s how

Try this ‘ping’ replacement before?

One really cool and definitely useful cmdlet available in Windows Server 2012 R2 is Test-NetConnection.  If you run Test-NetConnection without any additional parameters, it will look to resolve to an external Microsoft address (internetbeacon.msedge.net) and will return information such as the IP, Internet alias, and RTT in milliseconds. This can save time when you need to check if a … More Try this ‘ping’ replacement before?

Want to get a health check on your 2012 (incl r2) servers? try SPA

Server Performance Advisor Tool If looking for a free tool to do a health check on your systems, then you should take a look at the Microsoft Server Performance Advisor (SPA) tool; download version 3.0 from http://tinyurl.com/ws2012spa (you’ll need a Windows Live ID first). The goal of this tool is to help admins assess and … More Want to get a health check on your 2012 (incl r2) servers? try SPA

2k12r2 Hosted shared desktop/RDSH image tip – how to clear server manager from running

One pesky thing you might notice from time to time when preparing a hosted shared desktop is by default on logon for a new user will see the server manager icon on the taskbar – as generally these users will be non-admin users never a reason to have it there. Quick and easy way to … More 2k12r2 Hosted shared desktop/RDSH image tip – how to clear server manager from running

Citrix UPM logon performance tip – Upgraded to a IE10 or later as your standard browser in your PD environment? clean up your cookies so!

In our environment we have a 6.5 farm running UPM 5.1, over the last couple of years migrated to Internet explorer 11 as part of our standard hosted shared build. One thing took us a little while in getting around to doing as part of housekeeping for this process was to clear off IE8 cookies … More Citrix UPM logon performance tip – Upgraded to a IE10 or later as your standard browser in your PD environment? clean up your cookies so!

Citrix logon performance tip: Make sure to disable unused sections of GPO’s you are using

Pretty common tip but worth repeating – be surprised how many seconds you can shave off by doing it. To do: i) On the server you administer your GPO’s run gpmc.msc ii) Under group policy objects on the left-hand pane right-click on the group policy you want to amend and choose properties iii) Right-click on the group policy on … More Citrix logon performance tip: Make sure to disable unused sections of GPO’s you are using