Changing your password in a Terminal Services session.

So you’re using a Terminal Services Client (MSTSC) to connect to a remote server, and you want to change your password.  The secret is to use CTRL-ALT-END.  Which will bring up the Windows Security dialog box.  From here, you can Change Password.
Other keyboard shortcuts have been documented by Microsoft here:
Keyboard Shortcuts in a Remote Desktop Session

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Using %homeshare% seemed like a good idea at the time.

AD User - Terminal Services Profile We used to hard-code a user’s home directory in a logon script; just like this:

net use H: \\NODDY22\%Username%$

Of course, it becomes a problem when you need to change some of the users to another server.  Say for load balancing.

So you think to yourself, “Oh, I’ll just use the %homeshare% variable!”
(%homeshare% contains the link to the user’s home directory, as stored in Active Directory).

net use H: %homeshare%

All goes fine, until someone logs onto a Citrix/Terminal Server.

“Wahhhh, I don’t have a home drive anymore”.

The cause? In the AD User Properties, you have a Profiles tab AND a Terminal Services Profile tab.

Guess which %homeshare% is loaded when you log on to a Terminal Server?  That’ll be the one in the Terminal Services Profile tab Chucky.  And yes, it was different from the users normal home directory.

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“… No Terminal Server License Servers available …”

The remote session was disconnected because there are no Terminal Server License Servers available to provide a license.  Please contact the server administrator.

Strangely enough, I see this error occasionally when I connect to our corporate Citrix server farm.  Googling for the answer, I found Microsoft’s answer, which was less than helpful.

As my (Citrix) server administrators are only two desks away, I asked

“What gives???”

Windows does that, the fix is to delete the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSLicensing registry entry.

You can either do that manually, or use the registry file I created here.

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