Get Remote Server Administration Tools on windows 7 or 8

When I get a new PC I always forget how to get the RSAT on my machine so here a little reminder.

Really it is 2 steps: 1. Install the package, 2. Enable the features

Install the package

The link should get you to the download link for your version of windows and corresponding servers. Go and get the appropriate package.

Then install the package, I usualy go with

windows6.1-KB958830-X64.msu /quiet

Enable the features

And the thing that always gets me, is that all of those feature are not enabled after the installation of the package, you should then enable those when installed. To do so use the mighty commandline or windows feature GUI from the control panel if you wish.

dism /online /get-feature

This command will list all of the features you have and look for anything RemoteServerAdministrationTools

Then user the enable-feature to enable the feature!

dism /online /install-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-<FeatureName>

I wish there was a get-windowsfeature for workstation as well…

#install, #package, #rsat, #windows-2

XBMC on Chromebox by Asus

I’ve had a boxee for 4 years now serving my multimedia content from my Synology NAS. Somehow, it failed me the other day.

Looking for a replacement, I decided on a Asus Chromebox m004u. Apparently a great chromeOS box with BT, Wifi and small SSD for under $200 on which it is easy to install xbmc or at least openelec.

So I went on and follow the very easy instruction for setting up a dual boot: ChromeOs and Openelec

All went fine until the final reboot, I am left with a blank screen with …well… nothing at all. ctrl-c,d,i,l nothing to allow me to select the other boot partition or move on to anything else.

After an hour of fiddling around I decide to recover.

Using the google chrome recovery process from Google, I would also get stuck at “booting the kernel” right after it said it successfully recovered from the recovery media.

On the recovery screen, I would see:
gbb.flags is nonzero: 0x00000489
read-only firmware id: google_panther.4920.24.22
active firmware id: google_panther.4920.24.22

As far as the post recovery screen, I am stuck at:

SeeBIOS version -20140305_130215-build120-m2
press ESC to continue.
Booting from hard Disk…
early console in decompress_kernel
Decompressing Linux… Parsing ELF… Performing relocations… done
Booting the kernel.

And it would sit here for ever. I even tried with another build panther f5u-q24 and mine of course panther f5u-b5m and had the same results.

Now I have a useless chromebox.

UPDATE 20140611

I had tried to restore the box using an SD card using the Mac recovery, when I suddently decided to do something different and tried on a Windows using a USB stick.

So I did and the ChromeOS recovery process worked fine. I gave the xbmc EZsetup another go and now I have a wonderfully fast XBMC. Even my 4k content plays without any delay or lag.

By the way, I opted for a mini wireless Azio keyboard and navigate within XBMC using the arrows, Enter, Backspace and Esc and it is crazy fast – plus typing my credentials or url is way better than on the tiny boxee keyboard remote!

#brick, #chromebox, #fail, #openelec, #recovery, #xbmc