Month: January 2012

Desktop icon text loses its “Aero shadow” on Remote Desktop Session Host

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(and how to change the desktop icon text color from white to black)

What’s going on? The symptoms.
Typically you have a few icons on your desktop, each one of them having a label with some text indicating what the icon is referring to. When a default Aero theme is active this text has by default a white foreground color and a black shadow. In the first figure you see an example of how this looks like on Windows Server 2008 R2.


Figure 1

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DFSS gets disabled automatically

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ATTENTION: this article isn’t 100% correct. Please read my new article about this topic and ignore this one completely. The new article resides here: https://windoh.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/dfss-doesnt-work-as-expected.

Dynamic Fair Share Scheduling (DFSS) is a new feature for a Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) (so only on Windows Server 2008 R2) and is enabled by default when the RDSH role is installed. It is possible though to disable DFSS through a group policy setting:
Path: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections
Setting: Turn off Fair Share CPU Scheduling
If this setting is disabled or not configured, DFSS is enabled; if this setting is enabled though, DFSS is disabled. Don’t get confused! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Nokia Lumia series officially announced for Belgium

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Today Nokia and Microsoft have officially announced the Nokia Lumia series for Belgium on a press conference. This evening Nokia has held an official Nokia event in Brussels (the Belgian capital) to celebrate the Lumia launch in Belgium. The Lumia series is Nokia’s series for Windows Phone (WP) smartphones. As you probably know, Nokia has made a partnership with Microsoft in 2011 to move as much as possible to the Windows Phone platform and give other operating systems (like their Symbian and MeeGo) a much lower priority. As time evolves, Nokia will prioritize Windows Phone more and more. At the end of last year the first Lumia smartphones arrived. The first Lumia, released in November 2011, was the high-end Lumia 800, while a few weeks later the middle-end Lumia 710 was introduced. Read the rest of this entry »

Remote Desktop Session Host has a BSOD (SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT)

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Recently we have created our new production farm filled with several remote desktop session hosts (RDSHs). We started to add users to this farm and almost everything went smoothly. This was no real surprise as we have piloted the environment before, so most issues should have been detected in the pilot phase. Nevertheless we had bad luck yesterday: one of our RDSH servers wasn’t available anymore and taking a look at the “real” console through the remote management interface showed us the server had a blue screen (Blue Screen of Death or BSOD). Oh no, this doesn’t seem a great start for our production environment!

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A wrong icon is shown on the task bar in a remote desktop connection

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When you start Outlook (or any other program), the corresponding icon is shown on the task bar. Recently I’ve experienced some weird behavior though. When I start Outlook, sometimes another icon is shown on the task bar: an icon with a red-white envelope (see the figure below), instead of the yellow-orange-brown-beige icon one typically sees. At first I thought there must have been some special feature showing a different icon to warn you about a missed appointment or something like that. But the thing is I couldn’t find anything on the Net about this special icon. Weird…


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