Decrypting Dell vWorkspace .pit files

The Dell vWorkspace (previously Quest vWorkspace) Client can save a connection to a .pit file which is very similar to an .rdp file with one big difference: it is encrypted!

I am not sure why Dell/Quest have chosen to encrypt their files but a while ago I needed to know what was in a particular pit file so I could troubleshoot an issue.

I first created a test .pit file with the client (pntsc.exe version 7.6.305.791).


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TCP Error 10061 when Login into ChangeAuditor

When installing ChangeAuditor form Quest (a next, next finish installation) I received an error when I tried to logon with the client but I did not get any error during or after the installation.  I got the following error:

Info","Could not connect to net.tcp://<FQDN>.local:49309/Service. The connection attempt lasted for a time span of 00:00:02.0779654. TCP error code 10061: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it <IPadress>:49309. "

Quest ChangeAuditor TCP error code 10061


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Quest ActiveRoles client Failed to connect

During a installation of a POC environment I run in to a problem when we wanted to connect to the ActiveRoles server (Windows 2008 R2)  from a client (Windows 7). We tried to connect with the MMC console of ActiveRoles, which was locally installed, and to the Web console but ending up with error’s.This is the error from the Web console

Conection error Web Console ActiveRoles

This error is not readable because of the way the IIS is configured.


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Access denied Quest ActiveRoles and Event 10016

After the installation of the Quest ActiveRoles MMC component I experienced a error:
Connecting to Administration Service on ‘’ as ‘GALLIE\QAR’…
Failed to connect to Administration Service on ‘’. Access is denied.

Access is denied Administration Service  Quest activeRoles

When I looked in to the system log I also found this error with event ID 10016 and source DistributedCOM:Event 10016 DistributedCOM Quest ActiveRoles

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Determine WAN latency for remoting protocol

Author : Ingmar VerheijSlow lane

Latency is the time required for a package to travel to its destination. Latency arises because the media the packet is travelling on has limits (for instance bandwith) and because the packet has to be processed by systems (like NIC’s, switches, routers, etc.).

The more items in a chain the bigger the latency.

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