Microsoft.Windows.InternetInformationServices.2003 MP Management Pack Missing

While trying to install the SCVMM management packs into SCOM, I hit a wall with the Microsoft.Windows.InternetInformationServices.2003 dependency failing to resolve itself.  I searched on pinpoint directly and couldn’t find the MP.  After a bunch of digging, it turns out its part of the IIS 7 MP (which seems strange).  Here is a link to that MP:

Filed under: Microsoft, SCOM | Posted on October 28th, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

System Center R2 update order

Yesterday I dove in and updated all my System Center products to 2012 R2.  Overall it was fairly straightforward.  One note of caution, there is an order to do the upgrades.  You can find that order here:

Overall it was pretty straightforward.  Even though all the products fall under the “System Center” umbrella, you can tell they are still all separate.  Some products you just upgrade, and some you have to uninstall everything then re-install the new version.

Filed under: Microsoft, SCCM | Posted on October 24th, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

IE10 Kills Sysprep

Thats right.  Even after IE10 being out for a few months, Microsoft has not acknowledged or fixed this issue.  The problem is that the registry points to the wrong spot for the IE10 DLL files.  In altiris, this manifested as the console saying “restarting computer to prepare for imaging” forever and the machine not doing anything.  Looking at the sysprep logs in c:\windows\system32\sysprep\panther verified the issue.  Here is how to fix it:

You will have to give yourself permission to each key first, or you wont be able to change it.  Open regedit and change the following values:


change the Value Data from:


change the Value Data from:

change the Value Data from:


Filed under: Altiris, Microsoft | Posted on June 20th, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

SCCM 2012 SP1 Console crashes after upgrade

I recently installed SP1 to my Configuration Manager 2012 environment, and ran across a little hiccup. I couldnt start the admin console on my desktop. Turns out, if you have the scorch SCCM IP installed it will happen. Here is the KB article on how to fix it:

Filed under: Microsoft, SCCM | Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop/Terminal Server DPI Changes

We were having a problem where our users couldnt change the font scaling on their own. The options were greyed out and unusable (even as an administrator). For many months there were discussions on various forums about it. We had another user ask about it recently so I decided to see if there were any updates, and there were! There are now a few different fixes.

The official fix is here:

That worked fine if you were an administrator (this was in our citrix environment, didnt check with plain RDP connections).  However users were unable to change the settings still.  So a little more searching turned up a tool to do it.  Just have the user run the exe, change the setting to whatever they want, then log off and back in and its all good!  Here is a copy of the program zipped up:  ChangeFontSize

Filed under: Microsoft, Xenapp | Posted on February 15th, 2013 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Adding a network location to Music Library in Windows 8

I was trying to figure out how to get my network location of music indexed and used in Win8. I tried a bunch of different things I found on the net, and nothing seemed to work. Then I stumbled upon a solution.

First is to set the location of your “My Music” folder to your network location. If you right click on your “My Music” folder and hit properties, you can then choose the location tab, and choose the “Move” button and choose your folder with music in it. Choose yes to move the files (if you choose no nothing bad happens, it just leaves your c:\user\username\My Music folder intact with any files in it instead of moving any files and deleting the folder). So even though that now your music folder defaults to your network location, Windows isnt indexing it. Here is how to trick it. Choose any music file in your folder and right click it, then choose play in media player. Setup media player (you can just choose to use the defaults), and let it start playing. If you then click the little button to open media player in library mode, and wait a minute or two, you will start to see you music populate it. It will take some time to get everything in there. I would just leave media player open until its done (not sure if it needs to stay open or not, but I just left it open).

Now when you open up the Music app from the Metro interface, you music will be listed!

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on September 12th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | 1 Comment »

Change Volume License Key on Windows 8

Another quick post here. After installing windows 8 you may need to change the activation key. There is no place in the UI to just click and enter it that I can find. I had to drop to an elevated command prompt and type in “slui 3” without the quotes to get the box to enter a key.

Filed under: Microsoft | Posted on September 10th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Change Network Category (aka public or private network) on Windows 8 and Server 2012

I installed Server 2012 on a VM and couldnt get the network location profile to change to Private from Public.  I tried everything I could find on the net, then I figured out how to do it with powershell.  I will walk you through it, its very easy and painless.

Open up powershell and type in:


What we are looking for is the InterfaceIndex entry. It should be a number. In my case it was 12. You will also see what the current Network Category is. So assuming we want to change the category to private, then we are going to type in:

Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex 12 -NetworkCategory Private

Running Get-NetConnectionProfile or opening up the Network Center will show you as Private network now. Why they didnt make it a click box to change your profile is crazy, but at least its easy to change.

Filed under: Uncategorized | Posted on September 10th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

WMI fails after a few weeks on RDS/Xenapp Servers

We were having an issue where WMI would start to fail on us after about 2 weeks. Sometimes it was a week, sometimes 2.5, but always right around 2 weeks the servers would be hosed and the only fix was to reimage them.

I posted in the Citrix forums, and got some pointers that eventually led in the right direction. I figured out that WMI was getting corrupted by running the following command: winmgmt /verifyrepository So the problem came with why was it getting corrupted.  I was able to find a forum post somewhere that mentioned that RSoP logging was stored in WMI, so was hoping it was that easy of a fix.  And indeed it turns out that GPO logging was the culprit.  After turning it off we never had a problem again.  To turn of RSoP logging using Group Policy, go to: Computer -> Administrative -> System -> Group Policy and the relevant key is “Turn off Resultant Set of Policy logging.” Change that to enabled and should be set to go.

Filed under: Uncategorized | Posted on June 28th, 2012 by CharlieMaurice | No Comments »

Automating DCOM permissions for Remote Assistance (for use with Xenapp) using GPO’s

Im in the process of setting up our new Xenapp 6.5 environment, and I needed to figure out how to use a GPO to apply the dcom permissions for Remote Assistance usage in Xenapp to replace shadowing (the article I mentioned it was here: Second Paragraph).

Today I sat down and figured it out. You will need one machine where you follow that article and actually setup the permissions you want. From that machine, open up the GPO you want to use to set the policy with. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Preferences -> Registry.

(Shown with the keys already populated)

From there, create a new Registry item. Click on the … button next to Key Path and browse to the following Key: HKCR\AppID\{F8FD03A6-DDD9-4C1B-84EE-58159476A0D7} Then on the bottom half of the screen click on AccessPermission and click the select button.

Change the Registry Preference to whatever other settings you need, create/replace, etc. and then close it. On to step two!

We are going to repeat everything from the last step, except this time instead of choosing AccessPermission, you need to choose LaunchPermission.

Those get you the first two DCOM Settings. The Configuration Permissions DCOM Setting is set in a different place. You Need to go to Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Registry.

(Again shown populated)

There you will need to create a new key. Navigate to HKCR\AppID\{F8FD03A6-DDD9-4C1B-84EE-58159476A0D7} then click OK, it will pop up a box for the security you want on it. Find the group/user you added before and add them. Then click the Advanced button. Find the user/group you just added and edit it. Give them full control and then click OK all the way out.

(Few screen shots of a few of the major screens)

You have now created the policy to change all those settings without doing it on each machine.

Filed under: Microsoft, Xenapp | Posted on December 15th, 2011 by CharlieMaurice | 1 Comment »

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