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So user wants to connect to Windows Server 2012 essentials server via RDP, she had a Windows XP PC and the following error is being presented:

“An error occurred while sending data to the Remote Desktop Gateway server. The server is temporarily unavailable or a network connection is down. Try again later, or contact your network administrator for assistance.”

Turns out that this is a error with the newer RDP 7.0 client and CredSPP, there is a nice Fix IT utility from Microsoft, run it, reboot and the issue goes away. :-)

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Sorry for not posting a lot of late… I will resume my regular posts, which will be moving to Wednesday from Tuesday’s going forward.  I’m currently using all of my spare time studying for Microsoft Exams, hence why it’s been on the quite side here.

I hope you like the new look of the site.  I’ve had a few projects going on in the background for a while and in an attempt to make sure I get them up and running I have added a Projects menu, which I hope you can take a few moments to take a look at.

I’ve been playing around with Microsoft Azure Services which allows for 10 free sites at the moment, there are limits, but it’s enough for testing/playing/learning the technology.  From what I have seen so far Azure is very nice indeed.

One of my hopes for the blog in 2014 is to get more engagement from my readers. Please do be sure to ask any questions, ask for help, tell me I’m wrong, I want a (cvil) discussion. :-)



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Happy New Year to all my readers.  Hope this year proves to everything that you want it to be and more.

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My first instinct when I first seen this error, was to restart IIS on the server, which I did. Still didn’t resolve the issue. Opened up chrome and it worked no issue.

This issue is with Internet Explorer 11 and not IIS. I had to add the external URL in the IE Compatibility View Settings and the page displays now with no errors.

Very annoying issue, when your using all products from one vendor.

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So you need to know which users are members of which group… this little PowerShell Script will do the job.

  • Open Notepad and paste the code in below. Save it with the file extension ps1.
  • Open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Run the following command the allow unsigned scripts to run locally.

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Full Documentation here.

Now run the file that you created above, ensure you have a folder on the root of the C: drive called tmp or change the script to your own folder.

It will spit out an CSV file which can be opened in Excel.

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
 $Users = ForEach ($U in (Get-ADUser -Filter {Enabled -eq "True"}))
$UN = Get-ADUser $U -Properties MemberOf
$Groups = ForEach ($Group in ($UN.MemberOf))
(Get-ADGroup $Group).Name
$Groups = $Groups | Sort
ForEach ($Group in $Groups)
New-Object PSObject -Property @{
Name = $UN.Name
Group = $Group
 $Users | Export-CSV C:tmpUserMemberships.csv

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Supplied a user with a new printer as the old one had died. She then reported that she couldn’t print PDF’s.  Further investigation reviled that the issue was to do with Windows Server 2008 r2 EasyPrint and Windows XP.  There are many issues related to Windows XP and Easy Print.

This one was a pain to resolve… one of those, easy when you know what is causing the issue.

Remove Advanced Print features from local printer

Navigate to the following location :  Local computer–>Printer Properties–>Advanced tab–> Untick enable advanced printing feature

EasyPrint RDP Advanced

This solution does remove some advance functionality from the printer but not so much to be a show stopper.

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The other day I was working on a PC and it was low on disk space, on the root of the drive was a Windows.old folder. After backing up the users folder, I started removing the folder due to the Security applied to this folder it can take some time to amend and delete each folder.

After thinking to myself “There Must Be a Better Way” I found the article noted below.  I have noted here for reference.

1. Click Start, in the search box type without quotes “disk cleanup” and hit enter.

2. Select the drive / partition which Windows Vista / 7 is installed on. ( See image Below)


3. It will quickly scan your computer. Then it will display a window like the one below. You need to click “Clean up system files”. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes. (See image below)


4. It will again ask you to select the OS and scan your computer. (See image below)


5. Make sure “Previous windows installations” is ticked and click Ok. (See image below)


6. Click delete files. (See image below)


7. Windows.old should now be deleted.

Sometimes the contents of Windows.old will be gone, but the folder and some subfolders is still there and undeleteable, because it “Cannot be found”.
If this is the case, try the following…

1. Click Start, in the search box type in without quotes “cmd” and hit enter.

2. Type in….

rd /s /q c:windows.old

and hit enter.

3. The directory should now be gone.

Hope this has helped! :-)

SOURCE: HowToGeek Forum

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In many businesses the network has been configured for Windows PC’s to connect to a local server for Microsoft Updates. Generally running Windows Server Updates Server or WSUS for short.  If it [WSUS] has an issue and updates aren’t being pulled down, but you need to updated a PC quickly, then you can do the following to turn off WSUS for that PC, which will then allow you to obtain updates directly from Microsoft Servers.

1) Open your registry editor
2) Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
3) Change the key UseWUServer from 1 to 0
4) Restart the Windows Update service
5) Run Windows Update and it should connect and downloads start

SOURCE:  Eric’s Blog