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.
- Computer backup
- Virtualization – testing/experimenting
- Media streaming server
- HTPC front end – for playback of DVD rips and recorded TV
- BitTorrent machine
- 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.
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.