Manually Activating Windows 10 Enterprise

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Windows 10One of the perks of being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is the fee MSDN VisualStudio account. This gives access to pretty much all of Microsoft’s software for development and testing purposes.

The main pieces of software I use is Windows and SQL Server. Usually when writing blog posts about Microsoft Dynamics GP, I use Windows 2012 or 2012 R2, but occasionally I create a Windows client machine with Windows 10.

Usually these machines don’t last long enough to need registering, but I have lately been working on one or two projects which required a somewhat longer life than the free registration period. For Windows Server, this isn’t a problem as the server version of Windows registers online without problems. However, registering Windows 10 Enterprise is not so simple, as the Enterprise editions of Windows requires a Key Management Server to successfully register.

I have never configured one of these as my installations for development and testing are usually fleeting. Instead, there are a couple of commands which can be run which will allow Windows 10 Enterprise to be registered online.

The first command is where you install the KMS key:

slmgr.vbs /ipk {Windows 10 Enterprise Key}

slmgr.vbs /ipk {Windows 10 Enterprise Key}

Once installed, a confirmation dialog is displayed:

Installed product key successfully

Then you run another command which activates Windows online:

slmgr.vbs /ato

slmgr.vbs /ato

If activation is successful, a confirmation dialog will be displayed:

Windows 10 Enterprise will now be registered and will continue working as normal.

Further details are available from TechNet.

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Windows 10 Lock Screen Doesn’t Show Background

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Microsoft Dynamics GPI had my work laptop rebuilt recently after having numerous faulty components replaced. After the rebuild, the Windows lock screen remains black and doesn’t show the background image. I changed it to a static image rather than the Windows spotlight. Unfortunately, this didn’t resolve the issue.

The answer for fixing this is actually very simple, but not obvious. To correct the problem, open the System properties window by opening Windows Explorer and right clicking on This Computer and then clicking on Properties (or by pressing Win + Pause|Break).

Once the System window is open, click on Advanced system settings:


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List All Installed Programs

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is a diversion from the usual Microsoft Dynamics GP focused ones, but is related to Microsoft. The admin team at work recently emailed everyone asking for a list of all the applications installed on laptops and desktop machines for a licence audit. They asked for a screen shot of the Add/Remove Programs window, but one of the developers replied with an email containing a set of commands which would list all programs. Which is much easier when you have a lot of software installed which would require multiple screenshots.

To run the script, open a command prompt in administrator mode and type:

cd c:\windows\system32\wbem (hit enter)
wmic (hit enter)
/output:C:\InstallList.txt product get name,version

The first highlighted section above contains the output location and the second shows the fields to return.

You can use the following to get a list of available fields:

cd c:\windows\system32\wbem (hit enter)
wmic product get /?(hit enter)
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Error Starting Virtual Machine On Client Hyper-V

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Hyper-VI make a lot of use of virtual machines for both testing and demonstrating Microsoft Dynamics GP. As a company, when I joined, Perfect Image tended to use VMware (I’ll reserve comment, which I realise tells it’s own story), but more recently have started making more use of Microsoft Hyper-V, which is what I also use at home for testing and writing my blog and books.

After installing Hyper-V on my work laptop I created a virtual machine and clicked start. Unfortunately, I received the below error messages:

Hyper-V Manager

I did some digging around and found that although Hyper-V was installed, the hypervisor wasn’t running. Fortunately, the laptop I have does support Hyper-V and I only had to do one thing which was to enable the hypervisor by opening an elevated command prompt and type the following command:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

Once I had run the command I was able to start the virtual machine without further problem; at least with Hyper-V.

What I found was that with the hypervisor running, I wasn’t able to start a VMware virtual machine. So a second command can be used to disable the hypervisor for those times when I need to use a VMware virtual machine:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete the transition away from VMWare very soon and stop toggling from one to the other.

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Error 778: It Was Not Possible To Verify The Identity Of The Server

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Microsoft Dynamics GPTaking a slight diversion from my usual subject matter with this post. I was trying to connect to a clients system via VPN a short while ago when I received error 778:

Error 778: It was not possible to verify the identity of the server

Error 778: It was not possible to verify the identity of the server

I did a little digging and found that this error actually relates to the username and password being incorrect. I checked our records and found that the password had been reset since the last time I logged on; after entering the new details I was able to log in successfully.

It would be nice if the error message had been a little more descriptive of the actual problem, but at least it was a simple solution.

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Remote Desktop Connection – An Authentication Error Has Occurred

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this is an off topic post which I’m posting mainly as a memory prompt for myself. I was working with a set of virtual machines the other day on my test server and received the following error when I tried logging in:

Remote Desktop Connection - An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted. Remote computer: azc-gp2013-wc-8Remote Desktop Connection
An authentication error has occurred.
The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted
Remote computer: azc-gp2013-wc-8

I logged onto the Hyper-V server and launched the VM from Hyper-V Manager and was able to log in without issue. I did some fiddling around and realised that my Domain Controller wasn’t accepting connection requests.

One quick reboot later and I was able to log into the VM without error.

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System Requirements For Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Now Available

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe System Requirements for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 are now available from CustomerSource (login required).

The stand out items for me is that support has been dropped for several older versions of Windows, SQL Server and Office:

  1. Windows:
    • Windows XP all editions
    • Windows Vista all editions
    • Windows Server 2003 all editions
  2. SQL Server:
    • 2008 all editions (including R2)
  3. Office:
    • Office 2007

The only surprise on the above list is that some of the software listed as no longer supported was also listed as no longer supported with Dynamics GP 2013; in fact only SQL Server 2008 is new to the list.

Apart from the above retired software, the recommendations look pretty much the same as Dynamics GP 2013; Windows 8.1 and SQL Server 2014 have been added as supported.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Win+Tab and Virtual Desktops

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Win+Tab key combination was introduced in Windows Vista and appears to have been removed in Windows 8, but is back in Windows 10.

The initial display is very like Alt+Tab which allows task switching, but also has an Add a desktop option:


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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Alt+Tab

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe task switching feature in Windows 10 has also undergone a revision. The small previews of Windows 8 have been replaced with larger ones, as you can see below:

Task Switching

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Windows 10 Technical Preview: Start Menu Customisation

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Microsoft Dynamics GPAs I covered in this post the Start menu is being reintroduced in Windows 10 and will include a side panel containing the live tiles previously used on the Start screen.

The image below shows the default layout of the Start menu when Windows is first installed:

Windows Start Menu

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