USB Drive on Server May Affect Rebooting

More and more people are hooking up USB hard drives to their servers to do daily or image backups. A word of caution: if you find that your server will not reboot, it may be due to your USB drive getting in the way. Unplug your USB drive and if the server reboots, then you know the cause. How do you fix it? Simple … repartition your USB hard drive as an “Extended Partition”. Chances are your USB drive is formatted as a primary partition, and a primary partition will be scanned as a boot device. Changing it to an Extended Partition will … Continue reading USB Drive on Server May Affect Rebooting

Term Server & Install vs Execute mode

Most of my SBS sites have a second server that runs as a Terminal Server, since SBS2003 only supports Term Server on SBS in Admin mode, and not Application mode (see KB 828056). At times when in installing a utiliy piece of software, I need to switch the Term Server into “install” mode. KB 186498 talks about the Execute/Install mode. Awhile back, I wrote a quick little batch file that let’s me switch between install and execute mode, and to query the mode. Perhaps someone else will find this useful!  Just copy and paste the following into a .bat file: echo offclsecho. echo —————————————-echo … Continue reading Term Server & Install vs Execute mode