If the following errors look like what you are experiencing, you ‘might’ be able to fix it by following the instructions in this post:

wmic (from Linux – if installed)

wmic -Uuser%pass //172.16.2.2 "SELECT * FROM Win32_OperatingSystem"
[wmi/wmic.c:196:main()] ERROR: Login to remote object.
NTSTATUS: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED - Access denied

wmic (from Windows)

C:\Documents and Settings\mon>wmic
wmic:root\cli>/user: mon
Enter the password :***********
 
wmic:root\cli>/node: 10.1.1.196
wmic:root\cli>csproduct get /value
Node - 10.1.1.196
ERROR:
Code = 0x80070005
Description = Access is denied.
Facility = Win32

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Pre Windows Vista, you could find the version of Internet Explorer via WMI using the following method:

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & _
    "\root\cimv2\Applications\MicrosoftIE")
 
Set colIESettings = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from MicrosoftIE_Summary")
 
For Each strIESetting in colIESettings
    Wscript.Echo "Version: " & strIESetting.Version
    Wscript.Echo "Product ID: " & strIESetting.ProductID
    Wscript.Echo "Cipher strength: " & strIESetting.CipherStrength
Next

The MicrosoftIE_Summary object does not exist post Windows XP though (Why Microsoft, why?), so to find your browser versions, you could use the following VB Script, which essentially just checks the file version for you.

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If you, like me, often work with an extra screen attached to your notebook,
you would surely have come across the problem where your applications open ‘off-screen’
or in other words, on your secondary screen, even when it is not plugged in.

WinAmp is especially finicky with this one and the solution is not as straightforward
as many people might have you believe. Or should I rather say, in Windows 7 the
solution is not as simple as expected.

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Knowing your BIOS information, e.g. Revision or Release Date, can be critical in troubleshooting your hardware (and even software in some cases) issues.

This begs the question, where do you find this information? Well, you could obviously just reboot your PC/Server, go into your BIOS and get the information there. Of course, not all of us have the luxury of being able to boot our PC and going into the BIOS at free will. Especially in either ‘headless’ or off-site boxes.
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On all my previous Windows Server installations, I was able to have multiple (mostly 2, 3 if you add the ‘console’ user as well) Remote Desktop sessions to the same server. In Windows 2008 R2 however, it seems the existing sessions get disconnected and reconnected to the new RDP Client when you use the same username.

Like most things in IT however, there is a workaround. It involves a simple regedit and you should be able to connect to the same system with the same user on multiple sessions.
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Ever get the following message when setting up passwords in Windows 2008 R2 Server?:

Unable to update the password. The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain

You like your passwords to be what YOU set them as. Right? You don’t like to have to add ‘123’ to your cat’s name or ‘@&%’ to your favourite sports team’s name. So why let yourself be forced to use these complex passwords on your Windows Server? It’s probably running in a disconnected environment free from hackers et al?
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Remote Desktop (RDC, Remote Desktop Connection or Microsoft Terminal Services Client) is an useful multi-channel protocol that allows user to connect to and administer remote computer with full screen support. However, as the Remote Desktop Connection screen is effectively running within the host Windows system desktop, users who use keyboard shortcuts frequently may get confused with keyboard shortcuts to use when working on remote PC’s desktop, or getting incorrect, erroneous or unexpected behavior with keyboard shortcuts and accelerators.
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