SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

SOVLED: Next Generation AntiVirus – Signatureless Endpoint Protection Product Evaluation

We are constantly telling our customers that traditional anti-virus programs that rely mostly on ‘signatures’ from previous attacks will no longer keep a company safe.  Attackers are now sophisticated, well funded and often government controlled.  This means they rely less on exploiting known security holes and more on developing those holes. A ‘zero day’ exploit is something that has been developed to take advantage of a security hole but has not been applied to other…

SOLVED: Windows Deployment Services WDS hangs on “Windows is loading files” Status 0xc00000001 “Required Device Isn’t Connected”

If you are seeing your Windows Deployment Services WDS operating system installs stall on the WINDOWS IS LOADING FILES screen and then errors out with: Windows Failed To Start … Status 0xc0000001 Required Device Isn’t Connected or Can’t Be Accessed then have we got a fix for you! To get to the point, it appears that in March 2019 Windows Update Patch KB4489882 and/or KB4489881 tighted up security on the TFTP (Trivial FTP) that WDS…

SOLVED: 6 Easy Ways To Uninstall Software Using Command Line

If you have software you need to uninstall via a script there are six easy ways to go about it: 1 – Uninstall Using The Software’s Own Tool Many pieces of software come with their own custom uninstaller.  For instance if you want uninstall Dell SupportAssist, the command is: C:\Program Files\Dell\SupportAssist\uninstaller.exe /arp If you want to uninstall Office365 Pro Plus you could create an uninstall .XML using the Office Deployment Toolkit and then run: \\<SERVER>\Office365ProPlus\setup.exe…

SOLVED: Can Connect To UNC Path With Host Name But Not the IP Address

This was a very unusual situation.  Normally we see computers unable to connect to a UNC share using the Host Name but being just fine with the IP address.  When you see this you almost certainly have a DNS issue. This case was the other way around: Can connect on \\<server host name>\<share name> Cannot connect on \\<server IP address>\<share name> When trying to connect to a share using the IP address, you may see:…

SOVLED: McAfee Removal Tool / Uninstaller

If you have a McAfee product that is stuck on your computer, there is a tool that McAfee developed to solve the problem.   The McAfee Endpoint Product Removal tool will forcibly remove: McAfee Agent McAfee VirusScan Enterprise McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention McAfee SiteAdvisor Enterprise McAfee Data Loss Prevention McAfee Active Response McAfee Endpoint Security McAfee DAT Reputation McAfee Client Proxy MVISION Endpoint McAfee Policy Auditor Agent McAfee Endpoint Intelligence Agent McAfee File and Removable Media…

SOLVED: How To Merge AVHDX When No Checkpoints Appear in HyperV Manager

If you have a Microsoft HyperV Checkpoint / Snapshot that has come disconnected from the Hyper V Manager console, then you need to manually merge the VHDX and AVHDX files.   Fortunately, this not generally very difficult: Shut Down the VM in question – This is not technically required but it will be faster and will reduce the likelyhood of data loss In HYPER V MANAGER, click EDIT DISK from the actions pane on the right…

SOLVED: Veeam Error Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later

When performing file restores using Veeam you may see an error that says: Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later.  This message appears when the data you are restoring was originally stored on a server with Windows Data Deduplication enabled. Fortunately all you need to do to get around it is to install the Data Dededuplication Console on the server that hosts your Veeam.  You…

SOLVED: Performance Differences Between Azure Storage Data Centers Sites

If you are considering using Azure Storage via Azure File Sync or Azure File Share, you need to know how fast files transfer.  To figure this out we setup Azure storage shares in Toronto, San Antonio, California and Ireland than ran some tests. Specifically, we used Azure File Sync which moves ALL of the files to the Microsoft Azure cloud but lets you cache files on your local servers to dramatically increase performance of your commonly…

SOLVED: Azure File Share Connection Problems

If you are using Azure File Shares you will find connection errors on various Operating Systems and configurations.  This article is designed to tell you what you need to know quickly. Azure File Share Requirements: SMB3 : You need to be on Windows 8.1 or above or Windows Server 2012 (original ‘R1’) or above because Azure File Sharing requires SMB 3.0 See the OS/SMB table at the bottom of this article for more details .…

SOLVED: How to Upgrade or Install Windows Server 2016/19 Standard VM on a Windows Server Data Center Host

The short version is that if your host server is running Datacenter you can NOT upgrade an existing Windows Server 2016/2019 STANDARD Virtual Machine to anything but Datacenter.  If you try you will see that Windows Server STANDARD is missing and not an option from the list.  The way it was explained to me is: Datacenter upgrades to Datacenter ONLY.  Windows Server Standard is missing from the upgrade list, by design: There is also no…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup Azure File Sync From Nothing In Just 20 Minutes

The instructions and video below assume you know very little about Azure and have nothing but a Windows Server 2016 (or 2012R2 or 2019) server. In case you don’t already know, Azure Storage lets you create a real UNC share on to an Azure cloud disk, kind of like what many people thought One Drive For Business was going to do.   You can also use Azure File Sync to take old files from your existing…

SOLVED: How To Remove a CheckPoint That Has No Delete Option in HyperV Manager

If you have a HyperV Virtual Machine that shows only SETTINGS, EXPORT, RENAME and HELP on a CHECKPOINT that you want to delete, don’t panic.  If your HyperV manager does not show DELETE as an option for a Checkpoint: Click REFRESH from the actions pane.  Then right click on the Checkpoint and if DELETE is still not an option; Close and re-open the HyperV Manager.  Then right click on the Checkpoint and if DELETE is still…

SOLVED: How To Patch Remote Desktop Servers

If you have setup a Remote Desktop Server (RDS) farm, you will know how to manage the monthly patches, but if you are managing someone else’s RDS farm you will likely be confused. The nut of the problem is that from Server 2016 on, you can no longer directly install patches on a Remote Desktop Server Host.  There is a process you need to go through.  Fortunately that process is not too challenging. Log into…