Tagged: Windows

Convert Windows Server Evaluation to Server Standard

There are time when you install a Windows Server using the evaluation version and decided to buy the license. Microsoft has set that the product key must match the Edition of the server. For Example, StandardEval and ServerStand is 2 different SKU.

To solves this, you will need to convert the edition using the DISM command. Make sure you run this from elevated command prompt

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

WindowsUpdates service did not work on Windows 2008 server


WindowsUpdates service did not work on Windows 2008 server.


The Windows Update Agent was in old version and the cache data in %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution was corrupted.


  1. Install the latest WUA.
    How to obtain the latest version of the Windows Update Agent to help manage updates on a computer
  2. Reset the cache folder of %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution:
    1. Stop WindowsUpdates service;
    2. Delete %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution;
    3. Start WindowsUpdates service.

Windows 7 Remote Server Admin Pack

It’s me again. As a system admin, we use a lot of tools to manage our environment. For me, as a Windows Sys Admin, the Windows Admin Pack is a must. Since I’ve moved to Windows 7, I need new set of tools to help me with my daily routine. Luckily, Microsoft have already published the admin packs for Windows 7.  Click the download link below.

Download here

Remote Server Admin Pack

“Note that it doesn’t show up automatically after install; you’ll have to enable by going to Control Panel, Programs, and click “Turn Windows features on or off.”  The Remote Server Administration Tools will be listed – just check the appropriate boxes for the snap-ins you wish to install and click OK.  They’ll now be available under Administrative Tools just like in XP and Vista.”


Windows 7: The best of XP & Vista?

It’s been a month since I got Windows 7 DVD from Microsoft and only today, I had the chance to install and play with it. My first impression, nice!! It’s not just about the appearance, but the usability and functionality of the system really stands out from the other OS, IMHO. Well…that’s my first impression of the OS. I’ll write a detail review later once I’ve tested all.

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta’s “Minimum” recommended specs call for:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor;
  • 1 GB of system memory (RAM);
  • 16 GB of available disk space;
  • support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme);
  • DVD-R/W Drive;
  • Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates).

In terms of system requirements, Microsoft reveals that Vista and its successor, Windows 7 are on par. This means that users will not have to pay for a hardware upgrade just to accommodate Windows 7, if they are currently running Windows Vista on their machines. Those who have bought new machines tailored to Vista, beyond the Home Basic SKU, namely Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate editions, will also be able to run Windows 7 without any problems.

I’ve installed Windows 7 on my office machine as the specs below:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6420 (2.13GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB)
  • Intel Q965/Q963  Express Chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • Western Digital 80 GB SATA

with this specs, I’m able to use it without any difficulties and the best thing is, I can run all my XP programs without any compatibility issues. Some more, no annoying system notification like in Vista! Cool huh? Well…I’ll write another detail review on this when I got the chance. 🙂


Windows: Access denied when trying to access admin tools (.msc)

As a good system admin, I start my day by doing all the routine checks on all of my server and being a system admin in a Windows/Microsoft environment, it is natural to use the admin tools that were available out of the box.

As usual, I’ll open all the admin tools to start my daily checkups and to my surprise, I was prompted “Access is denied for dsa.msc”. I tried to open other admins tools and as expected, I get the same message. I’ve checked my system drive permission and my access level and it seems ok for me. So back to basic, I googled and found a solution to the problem from some forum (sorry can’t remember it but I’ll post the link once I found it).

So here are the steps to gain back the access to your admin tools

1 – go to Start > Run and type in “RegSvr32 MSXML.DLL” and press ok. Repeat the step but replace with “RegSvr32 MSXML2.DLL” and “RegSvr32 MSXML3.DLL

*Note: Should you get any error during this step, try install Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML)

2 – Navigate to %SystemRoot%\System32 and look for the files with the .msc extension.

3 – Right click on any of the files and select Properties

4 – Change the open with by clicking on the Change button and browse to %SystermRoot%\system32\mmc.exe and click OK.

5 – Open any of the admin tools to make sure its working

I’m still investigating this issue. It might be a virus but that just my assumption. Will post later if I found something.