Try this to manually crash your server:
In the registry of the VM:
System Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters
Value Name: CrashOnCtrlScroll
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)
If set to enabled, you can generate an crash with holding down the RIGHT ctrl key on your keyboard and pressing scroll lock twice.
Thanx for the reply, but your solution is described in the microsoft link i allready included.
I tested it but it will not result in a bsod... notthing happens.. i think this is not working for this specific windows 2003 release..
any other clues ?
Stupid question maybe; have you rebooted the server after applying the registry settings?
I've tried the trick here on a Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 SP2 edition, and it works.
Did you test it on VMware ESX server with the same windows 2003 R2 SP2 Enterprise Edition ?
I only tested directly with virtual center in the console screen, was not able to test this with RDP..
Simple solution related to RDP connections: To be able to use Scroll Lock inside a RDP connection you will have to activate scroll lock when the focus is inside the RDP connection.
This can't be checked; the only way to check this is to have Excel available on the machine you are RDP'ing to. Excel is the only application today which is using Scroll Lock.
After you have activated the Scroll Lock key, crashing the machine is possible with the trick from Microsoft.
Finally problem solved.. thank you Richard..
This works now fine over RDP and directly in the console tab of the ESX host or the virtual center server with the VI-client.
with VI-client: get the focus of the VM in virtualcenter console tab.
then press scrol lock once after this press right ctrlscrol lockscrol lock
this will result in the VM crash..