Monthly Archives: April 2012

Deployed printers not installing on Multipoint Server 2011

After configuring a Microsoft Multipoint Server 2011, I setup a group policy to deploy some of our network printers to the server to make them available to all our connected users.

But for some reason (a bug!), the deployed printers would not appear. The only solution was to manually stop and start the spooler service by loggin onto the server.

There must be a better way! And I found it.

You need to create a new Task in the Task Scheduler utility (Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler).

First create a simple batch file that has the net stop and and start command for the spooler service. Save this to a folder on C: drive. Next, create a task in task Scheduler. Make sure you set the task to start even if no one has logged on and set to run at the higest level. Click OK and you will be prompted for an admin account to run this task.

Once you reboot the Multipoint server, a message will appear before the logon prompt “Applying Deployed Printer Connections Policy”. And you mission is complete. Yay!

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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in MultiPoint Server, Printers


The virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running

My quest to try out Microsoft Hyper-V R2 2008 is on going. I decided to install my first Hyper-V virtual machine. But, of course, it was not that easy.

This lovely box appeared:

Hyper-V requires hardware support, including: an x64 CPU; VT (Intel) or AMD-V (AMD) hardware extensions; No eXecute (NX)/eXecute Disable (XD) and full BIOS support for hardware virtualization.

The problem is that in your computer BIOS, the virtualization option is not enabled. By default, virtualization in the BIOS is disabled.

Your CPU needs to be able to support virtualization. Check the specs on your CPU.

To enable this, restart your computer and enter the BIOS. Every system board differs so just read the on screen instructions on how to enter the BIOS (normally DEL or F10).

Once in the BIOS, navigate to CPU settings or advanced settings (may be called something else depending on your BIOS). Look for anything related to virtualization and enable it.

Save the settings and TURN OFF your computer. This will allow the BIOS to enable the feature on start up.

NOTE: Be very careful in the BIOS. If you change the wrong setting, your PC may not boot or become unstable.



Copy files to Hyper-V Server

I have a stand-alone Hyper-V 2008 R2 server and I needed to copy ISO files over to it. After a short search, I proceeded with the following commands on the Hyper-V box:

netsh advfirewall firewall set portopening ALL 139 “Share1″

netsh advfirewall firewall set portopening ALL 445 “Share2”

After a reboot of the Hyper-V server, I could browse to the C: drive of the server, create a folder and copied across the ISO files needed to create the new servers. Yay!

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Microsoft Hyper-V, Virtualization


Cannot connect to the RPC service on computer . Make sure your RPC service is running.

I was getting really frustrated with this problem when I was trying to connect a Windows 7 PC to my Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 server. No matter how many posts I read, nothing would work. Until one post made me think to double check my IP address settings on my Hyper-V box.

Low and behold my subnet mask was incorrect. Once that was changed to the correct setting, all was fine in the virtual world.