Archive for Windows 2008

How to install .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows 2008 R2 server

Posted in Windows 2008 with tags , on April 7, 2012 by uniekdevries

As a prerequisite of Exchange 2010 server I tried to install .Net Framework 3.5 on a Windows 2008 R2 server. So I downloaded the dotnetfx35 executable and started the setup.

The setup failed with the following error:

You must use the Role Management Tool to install …

Research learned that .Net Framework 3.5 is a feature that is already included in Windows 2008 R2. You only have to enable it.

To enable it follow these steps:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

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Best practise: How to open Internet Explorer shortcut in new tab with RES User Workspace Manager

Posted in Internet Explorer, RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 2008, Windows 7, XenApp with tags , , , , on January 31, 2012 by uniekdevries

One of our customers asked me if it was possible to automatically open two websites (Managed Applications) in two different tabs when logging on.

Because every application has it’s own Application ID, pwrgate.exe starts a new instance of the application, even though the Internet Explorer is already active.

Since there is no commandline option to open a url in a new tab (unlike Firefox; firefox.exe -new-tab <url>), starting iexplore.exe is no option. Eventually RES Support came with the solution, When starting the url directly from the command prompt, Internet Explorer opens the website in a new tab.

Remember to change the shortcut icon when presenting the new application.

“c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c start http://www.ressoftware.com&#8221;

 

 

Outlook 2010 crashes when scrolling free/busy times on Windows 2008 server based XenApp 5.0 environment

Posted in Citrix, Outlook 2010, Windows 2008, XenApp with tags , , , on January 25, 2012 by uniekdevries

We have installed Outlook 2010 in a XenApp 5.0 environment in combination with Windows 2008 server. When users open an meeting  and open the free busy scheduling view, and scroll in the calendar, Outlook crashes. In the detailed information you can see the gdiplus.dll is involved.

Research learns that there are a lot issues with the gdiplus.dll and that it can be resolved by installing a hotfix. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971589/en-us

On the Citrix forum you can find the following threat

http://forums.citrix.com/thread.jspa?threadID=273082&tstart=0#1545823

Although the symptoms are different we solved the problem by installing  the hotfix.

RES User Workspace Manager: Browsing to a printer device triggers Windows driver installation request

Posted in RES User Workspace Manager, Uncategorized, Windows 2008 with tags , , on December 30, 2011 by uniekdevries

Yesterday I wanted to add a printer device to the RES User Workspace Manager console. I noticed that Windows was asking for the printer driver. I was confused by this because I did not expect this popup. And as far I know Workspace Manager does not distribute printdrivers. I contacted the Support Desk. Apperentlty browsing to a printer device triggers the driver installation request wizard. This is incorrect behaviour. To workarround the problem is to cut and paste the printername directly in the printer field.

RES Workspace Manager 2010 sr5, Windows 2008 R2

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Roaming profiles not deleted when logging off Citrix session

Posted in Citrix, vmware, Windows 2008 with tags , , , on November 7, 2011 by uniekdevries

When you have configured in a GPO that cached copies of roaming profiles should be deleted when logging off then you may notice that this setting doesn’t work because there is some process that prevents deleting the profile from the server.

When you troubleshoot the problem with a tool like Proces Explorer you find out that a file named hgfs.dat is still in use. If this is the case follow the steps explained in this blog.

Jason thanks for your advice!

 

 

 

Best practise: How to preserve Outlook signature and additonal mailboxes with RES User Workspace Manager?

Posted in Citrix, RES User Workspace Manager, Windows 2008, Windows 7 with tags , , , on November 6, 2011 by uniekdevries

When using the predefined settings of the Outlook template in RES User Workspace Manager (zero profiling) the outlook signature and additonal mailbox settings are not saved to the users homefolder. So if you want to preserve this settings to, you have to add the following keys:

Additional Outlook settings

Additional Outlook settings

In our environment we use this setting to roam between Windows 7 and Windows 2008 (Citrix). Both Workspaces have their own Windows profile. This feature helps us “synchronizing” important user settings.

How to disable windows Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows 2008 with tags , on July 27, 2011 by uniekdevries

Today we had to install some software on a test Windows 2008 server but we were constantly stopped by the “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration” functionality although I do not know exactly know what functionality it provides.

Here you can read how you can disable this feature. As you can see I am not the only one (what a surprise) who finds it annoying.

Summarized  “Select the root of the Service Manager navigation pane, and under the Server Summary click Configure IE ESC, which is part of the Security Information section. A dialog box appears, letting Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration be enabled/disable separately for normal users and administrators.”