IT Pro Tips and Tricks #1: Removing the Terminal Services Wallpaper on Windows 2003 Dell Servers
I'm going to do my best to do two things. First, be more active in this blog. And secondly, try to start a series of tips and tricks that help make all of our lives better. I bet there are a lot of other tips and tricks you guys can teach me to make my life better too. Let’s see how many of you out there are either supporting in-house servers, or are doing third party IT support for other clients.
One of the most annoying things I've ran into recently, is the slow scrolling action you see every time you terminal service into a new Dell SBS server that has their new background. It literally scrolls down very reminiscent of back in 1995 when you were trying to view great pictures of Cindy Crawford over your 28.8 modem connection to the internet. And the slower the connection, the more pain you have to experience waiting for it to finish.
Well, there is a very simple answer to alleviate your pain. Just follow these instructions, and enjoy.
(Insert annoying disclaimer telling you that anytime you edit the registry, you are taking your own life, and that of the server into risk. If you break it, ITS NOT MY FAULT!)
1. On the server, open the registry by going to start - run - regedit
2. Navigate to the following Key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
3. Delete the WALLPAPER key entirely. Some people recommend clearing the contents out, or creating a new wallpaper named the same, but its much simpler to just delete it.
4. Close registry editor, and enjoy
Please feel free to put in your own tips and tricks in the comments section. We'll post the good ones.