SOLVED: HyperV Error: A Virtual Disk Provider for the specified file was not found

I recently blew an hour trying to attach a VHD inot a HyperV on a new Server 2008 R2 64Bit Standard server but received “A Virtual Disk Provider for the specified file was not found” which was not cool. The solution was a small registry change as documented http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2013544 Solution: 1)    Start Registry Editor. 2)    Visit the following registry key: “HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesFsDepends” 3)    Under the “FsDepends” key, change REG_DWORD value “Start” from “3” to “0” 4)    Restart the computer…

How to Add a Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller (DC) to a Server 2008 Domain

Yes, Windows Server 2008 R2 DC’s are allowed to be on Server 2008 (R1) based domains as long as you do NOT raise the Domain/Forest Functionality Level. Instructions: Below is the process: Install Server 2008 R2 on some hardware, install all service packs and hot fixes Join the new R2 server to the domain Give the new R2 server a static address (yes, this is important) Prep the domain: Determine which existing R1 Domain Controller…

Can Not Find / Add Domain Users In Sharepoint 2010

When attempting to add users to a Sharepoint 2010 site I found I could not find domain users, only local ones.  After 3 hours of goofing around, this is what I found. I was getting the following: Requested Registry access is not allowed. Correlation ID: 39aea029-6545-417d-9534-8b8bcbc892aa Date and Time: 12/6/2010 11:40:12 AM” and the Event Viewer shows only Requested registry access is not allowed Source: Sharepoint Foundation EventID: 6615 Sooooo, below are the answers I found: My…

What is the Difference between a Web Application and Site Collection

WebApp vs Site collection.  This is a confusing issue: Basically a WebApp is a container for sites.  Each Web Application must contain at least one Site Collection. Each Site Collection can contain more than one site A site is usually shown as a tab in a Sharepoint page. This applies equally to Sharepoint, WSS (Windows Sharepoint Services), Sharepoint 2007, MOSS, Sharepoint Foundation 2010, and Sharepoint Server 2010. I found a great little table on THIS…

Sharepoint 2010 Free (and Useful or Fun) WebParts and How To Install Them

Background: I am a Sharepoint 2010 novice but I have spent considerable time banging through 2010 in recent days and below is information I will need in the future to perform installs at other client sites.  Perhaps you will be interested in some of this.  If you want more of my tips and tricks just type SHAREPOINT in the search, you will find a 3 or 4 more posts from today. NOTE: All of these work…

How to Turn Off / Disable / Hide the Left Hand Menu Bar / Nav Pane in Sharepoint 2010 Foundation

I am a Sharepoint 2010 novice but I have spent considerable time banging through 2010 in recent days and below is information I will need in the future to perform installs at other client sites.  Perhaps you will be interested in some of this.  If you want more of my tips and tricks just type SHAREPOINT in the search, you will find a 3 or 4 more posts from today. How to Turn Off / Disable…

SOLVED: Sharepoint Foundation 2010 2013 New Web Application Prompting for Username and Password Credentials

Ok… this is what I blew my morning on and man that is not cool!  (scroll immediately to the bottom if you just want the easy fix!) I created a new Webapp and Site Collection in a fresh Sharepoint Foundation 2010 server running Server 2008 R2 Standard 64 bit and found that I was being prompted for Username and Password Credentials even though I was logged in as Enterprise Admin.  After three apparently failed attempts at…

How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…

How to Clean / Remove and Recover from a Virus From Your PC

This is the complete virus cleaning guide.  There are many ways to clean a virus from your computer and I will list them in from the easiest to the most complex.  Contrary to commonly held beliefs, there are MANY nasty virus’ for Apple Mac’s, iPhones, Linux and Unix, however this document is only intended to be used by Windows machines. By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Feb 10, 2010 NOTICE: This information is…

How to Install Windows 7 Group Policies on a Windows 2008 R1 Domain

by Ian Matthews – September 13, 2010 REQUIREMENTS: This will only work if your domain is running at Server 2008 R1 (with any service pack).  If you have R2 of 2008, then you already have this policy templates and so this is a waste of your time.  If you have 2003, I think you are toast (but I am not certain). As always these instructions are provided without warrenty or support so be careful. PROCESS:…

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…

How to Configure an Authoritative Time Server on a Windows Domain

Prepared by Ian Matthews Written April 21, 2010, Last Updated March 27, 2018NOTE: This is MY cookbook for ForeFront 2010 installs and you should use with caution.  As usual my instructions are provided without warrenty or guarentee of any sort. Since NT4 I have had troubles setting a Windows Domain to sync with an external time source.  I have blown hours trying get this configured and even worked with Microsoft support a few times.  Microsoft has…

How to Convert a Physical Server to a Virtual Server

Prepared by Ian Matthews Feb 16, 2010, Updated March 9, 2010 As with all my documents, there is no warranty on these instructions.  They are based on my training and experiences but are provided without me accepting liability for damage… be careful!  These instructions assume that you know how to create a simple virtual machine using Hyper-V. Everyone in I.T. is abuzz about converting Physical Servers to Virtual Servers and if you are reading this…

Should You Use an IDE or SCSI VHD in Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Prepared by Ian Matthews February 11, 2008, Updated March 9, 2010 The short answer, USE IDE ON HYPER-V.  Read on for details and why many people are confused about this. Today I had to convert a server with a 500GB data drive from a physical to a virtual machine.  This was a problem because I (wrongly) understood that IDE Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) used in Hyper V (on both Server 2008 and R2) was limited…