I was at a customer site and they had a single Hyper-V host (running Server Hyper-V edition) and had done an in-place upgrade. Microsoft generally recommends you always do fresh installations and migrate, except for Configuration Manager servers where it is a supported configuration to upgrade Windows versions. They were starting to run low on … Continue reading "Delete Windows.old from an upgraded Windows Server install operating in Core"
I recently took on a new customer who’s IT infrastructure was a mess. They have good hardware but the setup they had was just awful (it was an internal guy who had great ideas but little skill). They had Hyper-V running on a nice new Gen9 HP Server on Windows Server 2012 R2, which is … Continue reading "Hyper-V Virtual Machine stops responding to network traffic if VMQ (Virtual Machine Queues) are enabled on a 1GB physical NIC"
If you’re in an enterprise environment, chances are that you have a KMS server running (usually either Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2). So now that Windows 8 and Server 2012 has hit VLSC for SA customers you’ll most likely want to begin testing and performing pilot deployments but we need to get our Key … Continue reading "Upgrading your current KMS Server (Server 2008 R2) to support Windows 8 and Server 2012 activation"
I was recently looking at modifying our SharePoint warm-up script as we had found out that it wasn’t working as it should be. So I went to fire up the small but useful PowerShell ISE and found that it wasn’t available. So there are two ways to go about getting it installed. First off is … Continue reading "Installing the PowerShell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) on Windows Server 2008 R2"
So we recently upgraded our printing infrastructure with a whole new lot of printers and software (along with a shiny new version of PaperCut MF) and have implemented a global queue or better known as Follow Me Printing. So how do we go about pushing out all the new global printers to our users. Well … Continue reading "Deploying printers via Group Policy and getting them pushed out the right way as well as solving driver installation issues (0x80070bcb Specified printer driver was not found and needs to be downloaded)"
I was recently tasked with performing a clean-up of some of our servers, removing old files/software installations as well as a clean-up of our WSUS server. After a quick look I could see that our previous administrator had set it to download Driver updates as well, which was taking up quite a large amount of … Continue reading "Thoroughly cleaning up a WSUS server"
Recently, the clocks on my home networked PCs began drifting off sync until the difference was around 30 minutes. At first i thought that my SBS server was no longer synching with time.windows.com (the default time server for windows). After a quick look at the event log, I could see that it was syncing correctly … Continue reading "How to set (and change) an NTP time source in Windows Server 2008 R2 (SBS 2011 and Vanilla Server)."
During the Christmas break many still wish to check their e-mails whilst enjoying their holidays. One of my Clients who don’t use OWA are now taking the plunge and going to be checking their e-mail (great feature). With SBS 2008 (so Exchange 2007), OWA is enabled by default, so I thought there would be nothing … Continue reading "Fixing the Outlook Web Access web application failed to initialize error"
Today when checking one of the servers I manage, I got an error when opening up the BackupExec 12.5 management console. The error was “Unable to read or write to the Database” which I found a bit puzzling. I checked to make sure SQL Server which hosted the BE database was running, and it was. … Continue reading "BackupExec unable to read or write to the Database"
One of the usual things I perform as an IT Consultant is maintenance and configuration tasks on Exchange. One of the most requested tasks is accepting e-mail for more than one domain. Most of my clients run Windows SBS Server 2008 which comes with Exchange 2007. In this article I will walk through accepting mail … Continue reading "Letting Exchange accept Mail from other domains"