Author Archives: Ben Wagner

Virtualization, Windows Home Server, and HTPCs

Right now I’m focusing on virtualization, windows home server, and HTPCs. I will be exploring different configurations to find the optimal setup able to achieve my goals.

Goals:

  1. Computer backup
  2. Virtualization – testing/experimenting
  3. Media streaming server
  4. PVR
  5. HTPC front end – for playback of DVD rips and recorded TV
  6. BitTorrent machine
  7. Automate the process of media downloading, organizing, metadata/fanart

My primary desktop is used for gaming so I want to accomplish as much as possible on my secondary pc (complete specs). For virtualization I plan to experiment with VMWare ESXi, Hyper-V Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, VMWare Server 2.0, and Virtual Server 2005.

I hope this blog can serve as a reference for others who are interested in a similar setup, because I know how difficult it was to find information on these topics. read more

Remote Desktop Connection – Blank desktop

When trying to remote desktop to a networked computer I was encountering an issue where I was presented with the login screen, but after entering my credentials all I saw in my Remote Desktop Connection window was a blank desktop – no task bar or anything.

Attempting to open other connections and seeing the same result I figured I would try to remotely log out of the computer. By pressing Ctrl+Alt+End I was able to pull up the Task Manager, go the the Users tab, and disconnect any sessions.

After disconnecting the users, I was able to remote into the computer. read more