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I have this consistent problem of RDSM crashing in Server 2008 R2. It is either really slow to open, sometimes never opens, or after it's been open and working properly for a bit, stops working, and forces an unload of the snap-in. It's done this since the deployment of this server, new hardware, new instance of S2k8. Domain Administrator login.

I am using it to manage 3 Terminal Servers, the other two are S2k3.

I've used it without issues on other 2008 servers.

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Defective hardware, bad drivers.

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On the hardware thought, the server is running under VMWare on an ESX machine. Forgot to include that bit. –  milkmood May 27 '11 at 22:43
    
Still, could be. Drivers or some defective RAM. Move he VM to another host, pull that one for testing. –  TomTom May 28 '11 at 4:03
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This has nothing to do with hardware. What sort of hardware would only affect this one application? Either way I have ruled out hardware because the problem occurs on many computers. A simple Google search will confirm this; the Internet is overflowing with complaints about this problem (and, humorously, threads that Microsoft marked as "answered" even though people are still complaining that the problem remains).

This is a Microsoft software problem with RDSM for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 that I have never been able to solve. This problem has followed me between Win7 computers and even at 3 different companies with completely separate environments.

The problem only appears when you try to manage multiple remote servers. As soon as I add a few servers to the console it will eventually have the problem. It might work for a few minutes, or a day, or 3 weeks. But eventually RDSM will start crashing as soon as I open it. It becomes completely unusable until I delete all the MMC configuration data from my user profile, and start with a clean slate.

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