Log-off terminal services session remotely

There are times when you want to quickly log-off a number of terminal services sessions without having to log on to the server itself, perhaps because of the following error:

The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections.

Microsoft provide two useful command-line tools to view and terminate sessions, qwinsta (Query WINdoes STAtion) and rwinsta (Reset WINdows STAtion).
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Migrate from Spaceguard to FSRM

For years a company called Tools4Ever have been producing the excellent Spaceguard, providing flexible quota management for network shares. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft introduced FSRM (File Server Resource Monitor), providing almost identical functionality out the box.

One of the time consuming aspects of switching to the Microsoft solution can be transferring existing quotas from Spaceguard to FSRM. Thankfully Spaceguard have an option to export the configuration, which we can parse with Powershell and create the shares.
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BSA Licensing Audits

Following on from my post about Microsoft Licensing Options, I thought it prudent to cover what may happen if your licensing isn’t in order and you end up getting audited. The BSA (Business Software Alliance) represent many vendors, not just Microsoft so are the most likely ones to be involved with an audit.

Regardless of how up to date your licensing is, it’s possible for the BSA to audit you if they suspect you’re not compliant. This can be down to a number of reasons but most commonly boils down to an ex-employee informing them that your software licensing doesn’t add up. They do require credible information though, so an angry ex-employee with unfounded accusations probably isn’t going to get very far.
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