Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Applications such as iTunes cannot connect to the Internet


Symptoms
Cannot connect to iTunes store with error
Cannot connect to Windows Update with error
Origin client cannot connect
(In general, it appears that no applications other than IE and FireFox can connect to the Internet)
Windows Update does not show the correct values for "Most recent check for updates" and "Updates were installed"

Resolution
Returned Windows Firewall to the default settings
Disabled "Automatically detect settings" in Internet Explorer


Monday, July 1, 2013

Forcing a system crash from the keyboard

Configure memory dump
- Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Settings... > System failure box
- Must have enough free space on C:\ to hold a .DMP file equal to the amount of system RAM





Enable crash from USB and PS/2 keyboards
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\kbdhid\Parameters]
"CrashOnCtrlScroll"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\i8042prt\Parameters]
"CrashOnCtrlScroll"=dword:00000001




To force a system crash
- While holding down right CTRL, press Scroll Lock twice




Notes
- *Does* work using HP Integrated Lights Out console



References
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff545499%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

MS KB - 2008 R2 SP1 patches for RDS

Available Updates for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2601888/en-us