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"How to" Installation and Configuration Articles for Windows 2000

Windows 2000 isn't too difficult to set up and configure, but can be confusing if you're new to NT and  you've never done it before. Here's our collection of instructional articles on how to create boot disks, solve basic problems, and configure your workstation after you've installed it. For Installation Walkthroughs and Step by Step Guides, please see our Installation Basics Section
Where to Start...

Adding Optional Components to Add/Remove Programs Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 223182 - During Windows 2000 Setup, the following components are installed by default: 

Best Performance Windows 2000 Professional
Sample Chapter 9 from Introducing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, published by Microsoft Press. This chapter describes features that improve Windows 2000 Professional's performance. In the course of describing enhancements to the storage subsystem as well as new storage features, this chapter also touches on a number of features that don't necessarily impact the operating system's performance but do make it easier and less expensive to manage.

Configuring Page Files for Optimization and Recovery
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 197379 - Windows NT Server and Windows 2000, by default, will place the pagefile on the boot partition where the operating system is installed. To determine the size of the pagefile multiply the amount of physical RAM by 1.5. 

HOW TO: Add Components and Programs to Your Windows 2000-Based Computer 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301180 - This article describes how to add programs and Windows components to your Windows 2000-based computer. 

How to Add OEM Plug and Play Drivers to Windows 2000 Installations
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254078 - This article describes the steps required to add Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)-supplied drivers to Windows 2000 installations. This article only includes drivers that are normally installed during graphical user interface (GUI)-mode. 

How to Add or Remove Windows 2000 Components with Sysocmgr.exe
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 222444 -  This article describes how to add or remove Windows 2000 components with the Sysocmgr.exe tool. 

How to Add Support for Multiple Processors in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 234558 - Windows 2000 provides support for single or multiple Central Processing Units (CPU); however, if you originally installed Windows 2000 on a computer with a single CPU, the hardware abstraction layer (HAL) on your computer must be updated for your computer to recognize and use multiple CPUs. This article describes how to add support for multiple processors in Windows 2000.

HOW TO: Apply Registry and File System ACLs on Computers That Are Upgraded to Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 313205 - This step-by-step article describes how to apply registry and file system Access Control Lists (ACLs) on computers that are upgraded from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000. When you upgrade a Windows NT 4.0-based computer to Windows 2000, the registry and file system ACLs are not changed by Windows 2000 Setup. Windows 2000 handles registry and file system permissions differently than Windows NT 4.0, which allows a greater security for the server or workstation. Microsoft recommends that you apply the Windows 2000 ACLs to computers that are upgraded from Windows NT 4.0. 

HOW TO: Change the IP Address of a Network Adapter in Windows 2000
This article describes how to change the Internet Protocol (IP) address that is assigned to a network adapter. An IP address may be assigned automatically if your network has a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, or you can specify an IP address. 

How to Change the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 223188 - This article describes how to change the system or boot drive letter in Windows 2000. For the most part, this is not recommended, especially if the drive letter is the same as when Windows 2000 was installed. The only time that you may want to do this is when the drive letters get changed without any user intervention. This may happen when you break a mirror volume or there is a drive configuration change. This should be a rare occurrence and you should change the drive letters back to match the initial installation.

HOW TO: Configure a Computer to Enter Hibernation in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308098 - When a computer enters hibernation, a snapshot of all computer settings and memory contents of a computer is taken, the information is saved to the local hard disk, and then the computer is turned off. When you restart the computer, all the settings and memory contents are restored to their original state. Unlike the standby state, the computer does not require power to maintain itself when it enters hibernation. All documents and programs are restored to their original state when the computer comes out of hibernation. This article describes how to configure a Windows 2000- compatible computer that supports Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) to enter hibernation.

HOW TO: Configure Your Computer for Infrared Communication
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302011 - This step-by-step guide describes how to set up your computer for infrared communication. 

HOW TO: Configure Windows Clients to Use Both NetWare Servers and Windows 2000 Servers
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300976 - This step-by-step article is intended for use by network administrators who operate in an environment that requires client access to both Windows 2000 and Novell NetWare resources but do not wish to install additional software on each client. 

HOW TO: Configuring Your Windows 2000 Server-Based Computer for Daily Virus Checks
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 298034 - This article describes a step-by-step procedure that you can use to configure your Windows 2000 Server-based computer for daily virus checks. 

HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 Server to Inform You When Your Computer Resources Are Running Low
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300237 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure your Windows 2000-based server to inform you when your computer resources are running low. Windows 2000 defines the performance data it collects in terms of objects, counters, and instances. A performance object is any resource, program, or service that can be measured. You can use System Monitor and performance logs and alerts to select performance objects, counters, and instances to collect and display data about the performance of system components or installed software. 

How to Determine if Windows 2000 is an Upgraded Installation or a Clean Installation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 258504 - This article describes how to determine whether an installation of Windows 2000 is an upgraded installation or a clean installation.

HOW TO: Disable the Configure Your Server Wizard in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 289080 - This article describes how to disable the Configure Your Server Wizard in Windows 2000.

HOW TO: Display the Build Number on the Desktop in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315420 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure Windows 2000 so that the build number is displayed on the desktop.

How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows NT/2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 97597 - Windows NT allows you to automate the logon process by storing your password and other pertinent information in the Registry database. 

How to Enable NTLM 2 Authentication for Windows 95/98/2000 and NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 239869 - Historically, Windows NT supports two variants of challenge/response authentication for network logons: 

How to Enable Logon Screen Shutdown Button in Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 232399 - In Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, the Shutdown button is available in the Welcome screen after pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE to log on. However, in Windows 2000 Server, the Shutdown button is not available by default.

How to Enable Debug Logging of Windows 2000 Upgrade
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 234034 When you upgrade your Microsoft Windows 98-based or Microsoft Windows 95-based computer to Windows 2000 Professional, the migration process consists of two phases, a Windows 98/95 phase and a Windows 2000 phase. 

How to Expand the Boot Partition During a Windows 2000 Upgrade
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 289876 - This article describes the procedure to expand the existing operating system partition during an upgrade to Windows 2000. 

How to Gain System Access to a Windows 2000-Based Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 238846 - You may need to run commands in the context of the local System account for recovery or other administrative purposes. 

HOW TO: Install and Configure Windows 2000 File and Print Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300392 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure your Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server to act as a file and printer server. 

How to Install Network Services Such as WINS and DNS in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 261321 - The location for installing Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and other network services has changed in Windows 2000. 

How to Install the Windows 2000 Recovery Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216417 - Describes how to install the Windows 2000 Recovery console to your hard disk. Note that if you install this tool to your local hard disk, Windows 2000 Recovery console is added as a choice on the Windows 2000 Startup menu. 

How to Install the Windows 2000 Support Tools to a Windows 2000 Server-Based Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301423 - Support personnel and network administrators can use the Windows 2000 Support Tools to help manage their networks and troubleshoot problems. Note that you should install the Windows 2000 Support Tools before you contact Microsoft for support. 

How to Integrate Service Pack 1 into a Windows 2000 Installation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 271791 - Windows 2000 has the ability to integrate a service pack into the initial installation of the operating system. You can use this method to replace the original Windows 2000 source files with the updated service pack files before Windows 2000 is installed. When Windows 2000 is then installed, the service pack is installed automatically. 

How to Install the Remote Server Administration Tools in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216999 - The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins for remote DNS, DHCP, or WINS administration may not be listed on the 

How to Manually Remove Programs from the Add/Remove Programs List 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 247501 - This article describes how to manually remove items from the Add/Remove Programs tool if the item is still displayed after you try to remove the item from Add/Remove Programs.

How to Manually Remove Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 103049 Describes how to remove Windows NT from your computer.

How to Manually Remove Windows 2000 and Restore Windows 95/98
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 250456 - This article describes an overview of available options for removing a Windows 2000 upgrade and restoring Microsoft Windows 95/98. 

How to Minimize the Installed "Footprint" of Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 255771 - This article describes how to minimize the installed size of Windows 2000 Professional. Note that this article applies only to Windows 2000 Professional, not to any Windows 2000 Server products. 

How to Modify the List of Programs that Run When You Start Windows
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 270035 - This article discusses how you can modify a list of programs that run when you start up Microsoft Windows. 

How to Move a Windows 2000 Installation to Different Hardware
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 249694 - This article describes how to move a Windows 2000 installation to new or different hardware. You can use the information in this article to migrate a working Windows 2000 operating system and installed programs to a different or more powerful computer with minimal downtime. You can also use this procedure to replace a small system/boot disk drive to a larger system/boot disk drive, or to restore a Windows 2000 backup from a non-working computer to a different computer for disaster recovery purposes. 

HOW TO: Perform a "Clean" Installation of Windows 2000 Server 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308207 - This article is a step-by-step guide to installing a standalone version of Windows 2000 Server on an unpartitioned hard disk. 

How to Perform a Parallel Installation of Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266465 - This article describes how to perform a parallel installation of Windows 2000. Note that you must know your environmental requirements to complete the installation procedure. 

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 292175 - This article describes how to use the Windows 2000 Professional Setup CD-ROM to perform an in-place upgrade over the existing installation, if you have first performed the emergency repair process and the computer still does not operate normally. 

HOW TO: Prevent the Last Logged-On User Name from Being Displayed  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310125 - This article describes how to prevent the last logged-on user name from being displayed. After you use this method, a user must type a user name and password to log on to a Windows 2000-based computer. 

How to Prevent Windows 2000 Upgrade from Modifying Custom Security
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260242 - The Windows 2000 upgrade process applies Windows 2000 default security settings to registry keys and file system objects. This process overwrites any custom permissions that you previously defined. If the Windows 2000 default security settings. 

HOW TO: Receive Verbose Startup, Shutdown, Logon, and Logoff Status Messages  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316243- This article describes how to configure Windows so that you receive verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages. In scenarios where you are troubleshooting slow startup, shutdown, logon, or logoff behavior, you may find it helpful to enable verbose logging. 

HOW TO: Remove Items From the System Tray 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310429 - This step-by-step article describes how to remove items from the system tray. Many software companies design their programs so that they run a tray program in the system tray to increase accessibility to (and visibility of) their products. 

How to Remove Linux and Install Windows 2000 or Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 247804 Describes how you can remove the Linux operating system from your computer, and then install the Windows NT 4.0 or the Windows 2000 operating system. This article also assumes that Linux is already installed on the hard disk

How to Remove Windows 98 When It Is Part of a Dual Boot with Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 285480 - This article describes how to remove an operating system, such as Microsoft Windows 98, that has been configured to dual boot with Windows 2000 Professional.

How to Replace Currently Locked Files with Inuse.exe
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228930 - Inuse.exe provides individuals and administrators with "on-the-fly" capability to replace files that are currently in use by the operating system. Although this behavior is generally accomplished by running a program's setup program or a service 

How to Run a Batch File Before Logging on to Your Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243486 -  Windows 2000 can be configured to run a startup script that is a batch file, VB script or JScript by using Group Policies. These policies can be either domain wide or computer-specific local policies. Using the AutoExnt utility

HOW TO: Safely Connect Your Company to the Internet 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300876 - This step-by-step article describes how small businesses with less than 255 workstations in an existing Windows-based network can connect computers to the Internet by using the Microsoft Internet Security Acceleration (ISA) firewall secured

How to Set Up and Troubleshoot Multiple Monitors in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 238886 - You can configure your desktop to be displayed on multiple monitors in Windows 2000. Support for multiple monitors requires two or more video cards and monitors. 

How to Set Up Print Services on a Windows 2000-Based Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301201 - This step-by-step article describes how to set up print services on your Windows 2000-based server. To enable users of client computers that are running non-Microsoft operating systems to print, the print server must have additional services installed. 

HOW TO: Set Up Windows 2000 as an FTP Server
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300662 - This article provides a step-by-step guide for setting up a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server in a Windows 2000 environment for anonymous access. 

How to Specify a Specific or Third-Party HAL During Windows 2000 Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 216251 - This article describes how to specify a specific or third-party hardware abstraction layer (HAL) during Windows 2000 Setup.

How to Upgrade Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Use an ACPI HAL
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 246236 - This article describes how to configure your computer running Windows 2000 to use either a standard APM hardware abstraction layer (HAL) or an ACPI enabled HAL.

How to Upgrade Your Windows NT Server Version 4.0 to Windows 2000 Server 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 298107 - This article describes how to upgrade your Windows NT Server version 4.0 to Windows 2000 Server. 

Information About Configuring Windows 2000 for Domains with Single-Label DNS Names 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300684 - This article provides information about configuring Windows 2000 for domains with single-label DNS names. Microsoft does not recommend that you name Active Directory domains with single-label DNS names.

Installing MS-DOS Version 6.2x After Windows NT is Installed
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 104429 - If you install MS-DOS version 6.2x on a computer that has Windows NT installed, the Windows NT boot sector may be erased. This prevents Windows NT from loading.

Moving the Windows NT Default Paging and Spool File
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 123747 - This article describes how to move the paging file and print spooler to another hard disk. You may want to do this if you install a new hard disk that is faster than the hard disk currently storing your paging and print spooler files.

Requirements for Using the "WINNT32 /SYSPART" Command
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 241803 - In Windows 2000, the /syspart parameter for Winnt32.exe causes Windows 2000 Setup to copy all the necessary boot files and temporary Setup files to a drive and mark the partition as active. You can then install the drive in another computer, turn the computer on, and continue with Setup.

How to configure Samba and give users a home directories on a Red Hat server
This answer discusses how to setup a Samba share directory on your Linux system Source: TechTarget.com

Syslog from Windows
Linux and Windows server administrators commonly need to view and monitor application, system and security logs. Of course, most of these logs in Windows servers are viewed in the aptly named Event Viewer, while most logs in Linux are just lines appended to simple ASCII text files by the syslogd service. One thing I find very helpful is the ability to monitor Linux syslog messages from my Windows desktop in real-time. Source: TechTarget.com

Windows 2000 Upgrade Version CD-ROM Allows New Installations
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 256026 - It is possible to perform a new installation of Windows 2000 by using the Windows 2000 Upgrade version CD-ROM.

HOW TO: Use Upgrade Packs to Upgrade to Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 317380 - This article describes how to use upgrade packs to upgrade to Windows 2000. If you upgrade from either Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to Windows 2000, you may have to use upgrade packs 

Using Winnt32.msi to Install or Upgrade to Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 254382 - Windows 2000 includes a Winnt32.msi file that you can use to upgrade previous versions of Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000. This file is used as a wrapper to start Winnt32.exe.


Desktop Options

Changing Background Bitmap for the Windows NT Logon Screen
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 103327 - You can change the default background bitmap used at the Windows NT logon screen by modifying a value in the Registry. (updated 1/20/2000)

HOW TO: Add an Authorized Page Warning in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310115 - This article describes how to create an authorized page warning. By using Windows 2000 Group Policy, you can add a legal notice to users who attempt to gain access to your systems. The legal notice provides information about network policies to users who log on to your systems. The notice also includes information about possible incident handling for unauthorized network usage. You can configure authorized page warnings for site, domain, organization unit, or local group policies. (updated 10/25/2001) 

How to Add a Comment Field to a Computer Name
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 259523 - When you browse computer names, there is a comment field in the Details view where a computer can contain a description. Computer comments do not show up immediately in the browse list. 

HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 So That the Build Number Is Displayed on the Desktop  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315420 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure Windows 2000 so that the build number is displayed on the desktop.

How to Configure the Short Date Format in Windows and Windows NT
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 241671 -This article describes how to configure the short date format that is displayed in Windows and Windows NT. 

How to Disable ToolTips for Minimize, Maximize, and Close 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 186385 - This article describes how to disable the ToolTips that are displayed when you move the mouse pointer over the Minimize, Maximize or Close buttons. 

How to Hide Selected Control Panel Tools in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 261241 - This article describes how to hide specific configuration tools in Control Panel using Group Policy. The Group Policy settings that you create are contained in a Group Policy Object (GPO), which is in turn associated with selected Active Directory 

How to Remove Default Desktop Icons 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 162170 - This article explains how to remove and restore the default Desktop icons such as Inbox, Windows Internet Explorer, and Recycle Bin. 

How to Show All Items on the Start Menu or Favorites Menu
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 230596 - Personalized Menus organizes the Start menu (Programs and Favorites) or the Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites menu to reflect how you use these menus. When Personalized Menus is turned on, Windows keeps track of which items you access from the Start menu or the Internet Explorer Favorites menu, hiding the items you have not accessed recently while keeping all of your items easily accessible. Personalized Menus is turned on by default. This article describes how to show all items on the Start menu or the Internet Explorer Favorites menu, or turn this feature off so you always see all the menu items. 

New Start Menu Settings in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 233101 Describes the new Start Menu settings included in Windows 2000.

Multi Language Support

HOWTO: Add and Enable Additional Languages in Windows NT/2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 177561 - This article describes how to add and enable support for additional languages on a computer running Windows NT. 

Accessibility Options

How to Set Up and Use SerialKeys in Windows 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260517 - This article describes the SerialKeys accessibility feature in Windows. This feature, in conjunction with a communications aid interface device, enables you to control the computer by using an alternative input device. Such a device needs only to send coded command strings through the computer's serial port to specify keystrokes and mouse events, which are then treated as typical keyboard or mouse input. This feature is designed for people who are unable to use the computer's standard keyboard and mouse

SerialKeys Advanced Usage and Troubleshooting 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260739 - This article describes common troubleshooting tips for SerialKeys and how to use more sophisticated methods of access. SerialKeys enables you to control the computer by using an alternate input devices. 

Networking 

Configuring Windows 2000 Professional to Work in a Peer-to-Peer Workgroup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 258717 - Windows 2000 Professional may have problems communicating with other computers running Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows 95/Microsoft Windows 98 in a peer-to-peer workgroup. These issues might include problems connecting to a shared folder 

How to Change the Binding Order in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266771 - This article describes how to change the binding order in Windows 2000. 

HOW TO: Change the IP Address of a Network Adapter 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308199 - This article describes how to change the Internet Protocol (IP - address that is assigned to a network adapter. An IP address may be assigned automatically if your network has a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, or you can specify an IP address 

How to Configure Active Directory on a Home Network
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 260362 - This article contains information to simplify installation of Active Directory on a home network by identifying common configuration issues. For additional information about any of the information described in this article, refer to Windows.

HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 Server and TCP/IP Networking Without NetBIOS
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299977 - This article describes how to configure a Windows 2000 server with TCP/IP networking while NetBIOS is disabled. 

HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server to Participate in a Workgroup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299909 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional to participate in a workgroup. 

HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 Server to Find Networked Resources Using Domain Name System
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300386 - This step-by-step guide is intended for new networks or networks without Domain Name System (DNS) servers. DNS servers enable users to use "friendly" resource names, such as "Color Printer" rather than, for example, an IP address. 

How to Connect Windows 2000 Professional to a Dial-Up Internet Service Provider
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244301 - This article describes how to connect to a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP) in Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional. 

How to Enable Internet Connection Sharing on a Network Connection
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237254 - With the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) feature of network and dial-up connections, you can use Windows 2000 to connect your home network or small office network to the Internet. 

How to Remove Internet Connection Wizard and Outlook Express Icons from the Desktop in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 250380 - This article describes how to remove the Internet Connection Wizard (ICW) and Microsoft Outlook Express icons from the desktop of the default user profile.

HOW TO: Type a Comment in the Description Box of a Windows 2000-Based Computer's Network Identification Properties 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243166 - You can type a comment in the Description box of the Network Identification properties of a Windows 2000-based computer. The comment helps to further identify the computer on the network. 

 
General Troubleshooting for Readiness Analyzer Under Windows 95 or Windows 98
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257239 - This article describes general troubleshooting procedures that you can use if you experience problems running the Readiness Analyzer tool, the Winnt32.exe portion of Setup, or the..

How to Enable Verbose Logging in Windows 2000 GUI-Mode Setup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 243996 - Windows 2000 GUI-mode Setup logs information about the installation of devices and drivers in a log file named Setupapi.log. This log file is located in the %SystemRoot% folder. Setting the logging mode to Verbose can help you with troubleshooting 

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