Windows Server 2012 and iTunes oddities….

By | 5 November, 2012

All my music is stored on a Raid/1 volume and my upgrade to Server 2012 has been not entirely smooth in this instance.

I’m partly an Apple junkie, so have an iPhone and an iPad so iTunes is important to me (I know its not the best piece of software in the world but I like it). Disappointment started with this when I first loaded up iTunes, an application error containing this:

Faulting application name: iTunes.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x504d85d9
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.2.9200.16384, time stamp: 0x5010ac2f
Exception code: 0xe06d7363
Fault offset: 0x00014b32
Faulting process id: 0x1460
Faulting application start time: 0x01cdbb94d3a57856
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\KERNELBASE.dll
Report Id: 1a95ba61-2788-11e2-93fb-0030671e5062
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

It’s been 2-3 weeks and have at least found a temporary solution…

On the Apple discussion boards I found this gem. It says to disconnect your internet connection when opening iTunes. Now because my iTunes is on a headless server, I could no longer control the computer if I disconnected the internet so then I came up with the idea of putting in a temporary block on the Windows Firewall whilst iTunes is launching.

Voila. It worked. It seems to only work temporarily, so I leave the block in place but disabled for when I need it again. Hopefully Apple will sort this out soon. Not sure if this affects Windows 8 or not….

The other thing I do to save me having to backup stuff on the c: drive, I put in a junction point to the music folder that sits on the mirrored volume, so first delete the music folder in your user profile (in my case c:\users\administrator\music), making sure you’ve backed up any music first.

Then in a command window:

mklink /h /j c:\users\administrator\music e:\music

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