Windows Server Installation Stuck on the First Screen

May 23, 2013

I recently faced pretty interesting issue – I could not install Windows Server 2003 on DELL PowerEdge 2950. Even though I used DELL build utility and did not see any error messages or warnings, as soon as the server was rebooted to start Windows installation, it stuck at the very first screen of the installation process:

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RDP Fails After Server Restart; No Process Listens on Port 3389

September 30, 2012

I faced really interesting problem – one of our servers stopped responding to RDP after server restart. I spent some time trying to troubleshoot it.  This article from Microsoft gives good a course of troubleshooting. This one also can help. Unfortunalely, nothing helped in my case. Finally I opened a ticket with Microsoft. It took 4 hours to find the real root cause of the issue

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Setting up the Programmatic Access in Outlook 2007/2010

September 24, 2012

For a PCI-related product we have recently installed, I’ve needed to run a script that reads an Outlook mailbox and analyze the message content. Nothing special, but Outlook stops script with the following message

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