Thumbnails on Windows Server

I use Windows Server 2008 R2 as my primary workstation, mostly so I can run Hyper-V.  (At least until I get the time to upgrade to Windows 8.)  One issue in particular that’s been irritating me is the lack of thumbnail previews on my pictures.  It just works on my laptop.  I finally decided to fix it and it turns out the solution is very simple.  Continue reading

The Regedit You Never Knew

You’ve used regedit thousands of times and you know it inside and out, right?  Wanna bet?  I’ve got ten advanced tips that you probably didn’t know.  And if you’re like most of the engineers I’ve taught your reaction to the first one will be audible.

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Hyper-V General Access Denied

I recently made a change to a VM that I wanted to roll back but I didn’t have a snapshot.  So I turned the VM off, renamed the old vhd, and copied a recent backup from another machine.  When I went to start the VM I was greeted with an access denied and the following event in the Hyper-V event log:

‘Win7Seqx86’: IDE/ATAPI Account does not have sufficient privilege to open attachment ‘H:\VM\Win7Seqx86\Win7Seqx86.vhd’. Error: ‘General access denied error’ (0x80070005). (Virtual machine ID ECA0BD63-76CE-4C5E-96AB-44F0D635CBB3)

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SysInternals Overview

There is no single toolset I use more than the SysInternals tools. If you seriously want to understand what is happening on your system you can’t do it without them. When I taught the App-V workshops we used a few of the tools for troubleshooting installation and packaging issues. They were invaluable. Continue reading