How to configure Windows Time Synchronization (w32tm.exe) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 PDC

This article explains how to configure your Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Primary Domain Controller to syncronise time with an external time source.

Note: In an active directory, all member computers will sync time with the PDC, so you only need to setup an external time source on the PDC.

Open an elevated command prompt and type the following:
Note: this is for switzerland. More NTP names can be found here: http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/

w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:"0.ch.pool.ntp.org 1.ch.pool.ntp.org 2.ch.pool.ntp.org 3.ch.pool.ntp.org" /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update
net stop w32time
net start w32time
w32tm /config /update
w32tm /resync
w32tm /resync

You can run W32tm /resync on member computers to sync time with the PDC.

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Configure the Windows Time service on the PDC emulator in the Forest Root Domain

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8 Release Preview.

Overview

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

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Use PowerShell to Back Up System State Prior to Making Changes

Did you know you can use PowerShell to back up the system state?

Understanding the Computer Restore cmdlets

One of the easiest ways to ensure system reliability is to create a restore point prior to making potentially damaging changes. In this way, if a problem arises, it is rather simple to roll back the changes. In Windows PowerShell, the easy way to create a restore point is to use the Windows PowerShell cmdlets. These cmdlets require administrator rights (due to access to protected registry keys and other vital configuration files). Therefore, you need to right-click the Windows PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator from the Action menu. Keep in mind that these cmdlets only work on client systems later than Windows XP. These cmdlets do not work on server versions of the operating system.

 

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Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX in Windows 7 64bit

Today I bought a Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX. I didn’t expect, that it can be so complicated to install and configure that mouse. Well, it was the so called USB Receiver which made problems – The Windows 7 64bit System didn’t find a suitable driver for that micro-device.

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WerFault.exe – Windows Error Reporting Shortcomings

Today I’ll write about Windows Error Reporting on Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7, a set of Windows technologies that capture software crash and hang data from end users.

See this post as a summary of what I’ve learned when analyzing Windows Error Reporting feature and it’s ‘shortcomings’

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Disable “No Internet Access” notification on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

w2k8r2_nointernetaccess The “No Internet Access” notification on the network connection icon usually appears when you’re not connected to the Internet or you probably behind a proxy server. However, when you setting up your servers in an isolated environment without Internet access and you want to disable this notification then:

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Modify the Computer icon text to show logged on username in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Changing the text on the Computer icon on your Remote Desktop Services Session Host is handy when a user calls you and you want to know which Session Host the user is logged on. The procedure to do this has changed since Windows Server 2003.

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Finding process that locks a DLL

You want to replace a dll on a system, but you get access denied, although you’re admin, have the necessary rights.. so which process is locking the particular file/library. I know, there is handles.exe from Sysinternal Suite, and plenty other tools that do the trick.But, you don’t need third-party tools to get the answer, just use tasklist.exe or PowerShell.  

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Installing Windows to a new bootable VHD with no host OS

I love the performance gains I get by using bootable VHDs. I’ve always enjoyed using VHDs but I generally had a host OS first, then installed a bunch of VHDs that I made bootable. Recently I’ve changed all of this on my computer after a spent some time reading a post from John Papa. This leads  to more flexibility. The idea is simple: take a clean drive with no host OS and add or remove bootable VHDs as needed.

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Windows Thin PC Release Candidate Now Available

I’m pleased to announce the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available for download from the WinTPC RC site. It’s been a busy month for the Windows Thin PC team. Since the launch of the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) program on March 28 we have seen tremendous interest in the product with thousands of downloads of the software. So, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize our enthusiastic community of well over 12,000 customers and partners who have signed up for the Technology Preview program. Thank you for helping us to create a great product! Please keep sending us your suggestions; it is valuable as we continue our software development.

Many of you have been inquiring as to when the product will be available to customers outside the CTP Program. I’d like to take the opportunity to announce that we plan to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) within this quarter (Q2 CY2011). Windows Thin PC will be made available as an SA benefit, and customers with active SA or Windows VDA on their Windows PCs will be able to deploy Windows Thin PC to their environments after RTM. For more information on Windows Thin PC, check out the FAQ.

 

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