Closed Bug 977214 Opened 8 years ago Closed 8 years ago

AWS Windows Server 2012 tests failing due to start screen


(Infrastructure & Operations Graveyard :: CIDuty, task)

Windows 7
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(Not tracked)



(Reporter: bugzilla, Assigned: jhopkins)




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I've found that I've been able to eliminate many test failures by having Windows Server 2012 boot straight to the desktop instead of the start screen. Alternatively, booting into the start screen but then programmatically switching to the desktop would also work.

I suspect that the start screen having focus is what is breaking those tests.
Component: General Automation → Platform Support
QA Contact: catlee → coop
Blocks: 886640
No longer blocks: 886640
Aaron: How did you have Windows Server 2012 boot straight to the desktop instead of the start screen?  Was this done on an AWS instance or a local VM?  From what I could find out, the RTM version (which we're using) did not come with a way to bypass the start screen but R2 does.
Flags: needinfo?(aklotz)
There is a registry setting that can be used to do this on the Server 2012 AWS instances, however its default permissions do not allow user modification. On my loaner I ran a PowerShell script that I found at that can do this for you. I've already vetted the script's contents and can confirm that it does (and only does) what it claims to do.

OTOH, I'm wondering what we do on the Windows 8 test machines. I'd think that they'd have dealt with a similar issue; I wonder what we do for those...
Flags: needinfo?(aklotz)
Q says the Windows 8 machines run c:\Windows\explorer.exe upon login to force Desktop mode.  This is run via HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
I've enabled this on the two Date branch CI machines so the next round of tests should see improvements.  Once the trees are reopened I will kick off a new set of builds.
Assignee: nobody → jhopkins
Attachment #8392298 - Flags: review?(catlee) → review+
Comment on attachment 8392298 [details] [diff] [review]
[cloud-tools-windows] force the Desktop interface upon login
Attachment #8392298 - Flags: checked-in+
Closed: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Component: Platform Support → Buildduty
Product: Release Engineering → Infrastructure & Operations
Product: Infrastructure & Operations → Infrastructure & Operations Graveyard
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