Posts Tagged ‘Terminal Server’

Group Policy Client Error When Logging In

August 13, 2012 2 comments

Warning: This post deals with editing the registry. If you don’t know what that is stop right here & ask someone else to help you. Using the registry editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Use the registry editor at your own risk.

Everytime a user tried to log into any of the Terminal Servers she got an error that said, “The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access is denied.”

No one else was having the issue on any of the Terminal Servers.

Long story short, her roaming profile was bad. What you can do to verify is open Regedit & mount (e.g. Load Hive) the user’s ntuser.dat file to a temporary key name. Look at the permissions of that node.

Yeah, that’s all messed up. It should look more like this.

So in my case I renamed her roaming profile on the file server from username to username.bak & had her try to log in again. It created a new profile & all was good. Had to reconfigure a few things once she was logged in but redirected folders took care of most of the things that would have gone missing.

Error Loading Roaming Profile

February 25, 2011 1 comment

Warning: This post deals with editing the registry. If you don’t know what that is stop right here & ask someone else to help you. Using the registry editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. Use the registry editor at your own risk.

Description – When a user with a roaming profile logs on to a Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server they receive an error that says, “Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.”

Once the user logs in they are able to function somewhat normally. But if you look in C:\Users you see a folder called TEMP instead of one for their username. And of course like the error said, any changes will not be saved when they log off.

Cause – There are several reasons this can happen but it is most likely caused by a corrupt Profile.

Solution – With the user logged off verify that the TEMP folder in C:\Users is gone. Open the registry & browse to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList. Look through each sub-key until you locate the key for the user in question (look at the ProfileImagePath value). Delete the key (it will start with S-1-5). Close Regedit. No reboot needed. Have the user log in & it should pull their roaming profile correctly.

Excel Title Bar Doesn’t say “Microsoft Excel – Book 1”

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I had a user report that every time she opened any spreadsheet in Excel 2000 when logged in to the Terminal Server it said “Simulation Template – filename.xls” instead of “Microsoft Excel – filename.xls“. Even if she just opened the Excel program first it still said “Simulation Template – Book 1”. It didn’t seem to affect anything negatively but it was still strange that it was showing up like this.

My first thought was she had saved a file in her XLStart folder (C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART) but there was nothing in there. Maybe somehow someone saved a file to the system XLStart folder (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\XLStart). Nope, nothing there either.

OK, maybe there’s something in her user profile that’s messed up. I had her log off the Terminal Server. I verified that her profile had been deleted from the server & then rename her roaming profile & redirected folders so that when she logged in it created everything from scratch. When she logged back in everything appeared as expected as if she was logging in for the first time. When she launched Excel it still said, “Simulation Template – Book 1”.

Well maybe it’s more server related than user related. So I logged into the server, launched Excel & wouldn’t you know it, it said “Simulation Template – Book 1”. At this point I’m a little stumped. Like any stumped administrator…when in doubt, run Process Monitor.

I started ProcMon, launched Excel then stopped the capture. I filtered to only show excel.exe. Then I did a search for the word simulation. I got several hits but as I was going through them one jumped out at me. It was querying a value called LoadBehavior in  HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Excel\Addins\SimulationClientAddIN.Connect.  I right clicked the entry to jump to that spot in the registry. LoadBehavior was set to 3.

Not knowing what a valid value is for this I did a little searching & came across this site. Apparently 3 mean the add-in’s status is “Loaded” & its load behavior is “Load at startup”. Looking through the list 2, 8, or 9 also looked like viable options as well. So I changed the value to 2. I opened up Excel & sure enough the title bar now says, “Microsoft Excel – Book 1”!!!

According to the chart on that website leaving it on 2 leave opens the possibility that LoadBehavior could change back to 3 if the application successfully loads the add-in. But for now I’m going to leave it at 2. If the issue arrises again I may just change it to 9.

Can’t See all Terminal Servers in Terminal Services Manager

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the ways I use to manage all Terminal Services session across all Terminal Servers is via Terminal Service Manager. When you open it, it will show all Terminal Server on the network. I recently ran into a little quirk. After moving all the FSMO roles from my old Server 2003 DC to my new 2008 R2 DC, I only saw the Terminal Servers on the local subnet & not the ones in a different data center.

For a detailed explanation see the link below. The short answer is that if the Computer Browser service isn’t running on the PDC emulator, then you will only see the servers/computers on the local subnet & therefor only see the Terminal Servers on the local subnet in Terminal Services Manager.

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Exchange 2010 Transition Gotcha

I’ve been working on a transition from Exchange 2003 to 2010 for the past few months. I did a lot of testing in a lab and caught several things in the lab that saved tons of time in the production rollout. Unfortunately, during the production rollout I ran into an issue that I was not prepared for. I still have Terminal Servers using Outlook 2003. I noticed the following behavior:

  • Outgoing emails stay in the Outbox for about 1 minute.
  • New email arrival takes about 1 minute.
  • Items that are deleted don’t disappear for about 1 minute.
  • If you try to delete the “deleted” email again you get an error that says, “Unknown error” then the “deleted” email goes away.
  • Items that are moved to another folder take about 1 minute to move.

There is a known issue using Outlook 2003 in online mode ( The KB article has a very good technical explanation. There are 2 workarounds mentioned in the KB article but there are really 3. Method 2 is not an option because I cannot run Outlook in cached mode on a Terminal Server. I implemented the registry fix in method 1 setting it to the lowest value. While it does speed it up from 60 seconds to 5, it is still going to cause a negative user experience. The third options is of course upgrading to Outlook 2007 or higher.

So for right now my transition is in a holding pattern until I can update all my Terminal Servers to the latest version of Office. Good thing I only moved over a few users that are OK with dealing with the problem until then. Keep this in mind if you are moving to Exchange 2010.

Port 3389 Not Listening

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

After upgrading one of our Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers to SP2 (I know it’s been out forever.) we could not connect to an RDP session. The Terminal Services service was running but if I did a netstat -nao there was nothing listening on port 3389. 5 reboots didn’t seem to fix it. I tried all kinds of registry & file comparisons with a working Terminal Server, running Process Monitor during boot but nothing seemed to point me in the right direction. After about 3 hours I decided I would try re-installing SP2. After the reboot everything seemed to be working properly again. Weird.

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Error Installing Software on a Terminal Server

January 16, 2010 2 comments

Description – When installing software on a Terminal Server you receive an error that says, “Only administrators have permission to add, remove, or configure server software during a Terminal services remote session. If you want to install or configure software on the server, contact your network administrator.” You receive this error even if you are a local administrator.

Solution 1 – Log in to the console or RDP to the Console/Admin session. Use “mstsc /console” on Windows Server 2003 or “mstsc /admin” on Windows Server 2008.

Solution 2 – Browse to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer. Create a DWORD value called EnableAdminTSRemote & set it to 1

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