Remote Desktop Connection unavailable on Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

Posted on 2012-09-17
Last Modified: 2012-09-20
This is a weird one.

I just have installed fresh Windows 2008 R2 - just stand alone server. Updated with windows updates etc. , but nothing else loaded.

My intent was to use it as HOST server for Hyper-V.

I have installed Hyper -V role on it - everything was great - no problems.

At this point I realized that the Windows 2008 R2 Standard edition will allow only for 4 CPU for the Guest OS - based on the impression that Enterprise version will allow me for more more cores to be assigned to Guest OS I have decided to upgrade to Enterprise. (Note: Enterprise version will not allow for more cores than the Standard version - I know that now :))

Instead of reloading I used the procedure that allows to change the Product Key in order to upgrade from Standard to Enterprise.

This is when I noticed that I can not connect to the server using RDP anymore.
At first I tried to troubleshoot this the regular way - when eventually I noticed that the Remote Settings are gone all together from the server.

See below the screenshot of Remote Settings Tab in System Properties.

Remote Settings Tab
The Remote Desktop service is started - when I try to stop it I get:

Service Stop error
There is nothing in the LOGS !!!

Thinking that the Virtual Networks from the Hyper-V may have something to do with this I have removed the role - so now I have "plain" Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise - without ability to remotely connect to it.

I would like to avoid re installing it from scratch - although it seems to be the fastest route at this point.

Any ideas?
Question by:pyotrek
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    Accepted Solution

    Sometimes it is just faster to reload and you will at least have a clean install.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Easy points :)

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