SOLVED: How to Configure Server 2012 Hyper V For Replication

HyperV 2012’s Replica service is designed for disaster recovery and given the complexity of what is happening in the background, this is a shockly simple task.  Below are the steps and a lovely video to explain graphically: Install Hyper-V on two Windows Server 2012 (or 2012 R2) servers In Hyper-V, click HYPER-V SETTINGS (on the right) In REPLICA CONFIGURATION, select ENABLE THIS COMPUTER AS A REPLICATION SERVER select USE KERBEROS (assuming the servers are on…

SOLVED: How to Move Group Policy Objects (GPOs) Between Domains

It turns out that Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) has a dandy EXPORT, IMPORT feature.  The only thing that isn’t particularly obvious is that you have to EXPORT (and IMPORT) in the GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder, and not on any of the OU’s.  On the old/source domain, start GPMC Expand your GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder Right click on a policy you want to move Select Backup Copy the resulting file to a stick, network disk, floppy,…

Bootable Suite of Disaster Recovery Tool For Corporate Administrators

This disaster recovery tool is often shown for only for Windows 7, Vista and XP (both 32bit and 64bit) but their site says it also works with Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2003… This program can easily be used to recover lost data, backup or clone disks, edit the registry, undo Windows Updates and much much more. “…O&O BlueCon 9 Admin Edition is a bootable suite of disaster recovery tools aimed squarely at corporate system administrators,…

Windows In Place Upgrade Problem: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing

When attempting an in-place upgrade or an upgrade from a previous version of Windows, you may see the COMPATABILITY REPORT error stating: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing. After restarting this alert flag may not be cleared.  Fortunately there are two simple solutions: Uninstall Nero DVD / CD burning software as this is a known issue Delete any pending operations in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager like:

Video: Windows Server 8 – Sneak Peek WPC 2011 – HyperV Replica

At the World Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft fist publicly showed off Windows Server 8 (codename).  They show that the number of CPU’s per VM is no longer limited, an amazing new cluster feature called Hyper-V Replica, and explain that in Server 2008 R2 you can overcommit memory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9f2G7drEg

SOLVED: AN AUTHENICATION ERROR HAS OCCURED. THE ENCRYPTION TYPE REQUESTED IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE KDC

Solution: If you are seeing this error, go to ALL of you Domain Controllers and restart the KERBEROS DISTRIBUTION KEY (KDC) service.  I have done this on live DC’s without any errors or disruption in service.   Details: I found the An Authentication Error Has Occured.  The Encryption Type Requested Is not Supported by the KDC, intermittantly when trying to RDP to various Server 2008 and R2 servers. Last week, I moved the Forest and…

SOLVED: Your Searches Might Be Slow Because The Index Is Not Running

Windows Server 2008, R2, SBS 2008, R2 and SBS 2011 do not install the indexing service by default so you end up with very slow searches and errors / alerts that look like: and your desktop searches from Windows 7 and Vista, of network shares will be very slow.  You want something that will connect your desktop search to the servers index of files (and their contents) so that searches of the network are near…

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…