Category: Windows Servers

Mar 10

How to: Manage the Certificate Store on your local machine using the command prompt or PowerShell

How to: Manage the Certificate Store on your local machine using the command prompt or PowerShell It seems that as of late I am playing a lot with certificates in order to authenticate traffic across the network. Some of the most useful shell commands I have found are listed below, hopefully they’ll help you manage your …

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Jan 18

How to: Resolve errors 13 and 12292 on Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and stop Virtual Machines from going into Save state

How to: Resolve errors 13 and 12292 on Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and stop Virtual Machines from going into Save state I recently installed Windows Server 2012 and with it an hardware RAID card in order to consolidate storage and host several VMs. The problem I am facing is that my virtual machines sporadically …

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Dec 26

Windows Server 2012 Powershell commandlets

Windows Server 2012 list of Powershell commandlets & a few common ones With the release of Windows Server 2012 server powershell got a few changes as well. There are some quick start guides available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30002 that will make most tasks in the command prompt much easier. Below are a few common commandlets that can be useful …

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Jul 30

DNS error while browsing top level domains like .com.mx or .com.uk

Symptom When name resolution is provided by root hints, Windows Server 2008 DNS and Windows Server 2008 R2 DNS Servers may fail to resolve queries for names in certain top-level domains. When this happens, the problem will continue until the DNS Server cache is cleared or the DNS Server service is restarted. The problem can be seen …

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Jun 22

What are Hard Faults per Second?

As anyone who has taken a look at the Task Manager and then into the Performance Monitor, one of the two key metrics “Hard Faults per Second” is an important one to consider. I´ve never been too familiar with this term so I finally decided to research what it really meant (the name has a connotation that …

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Jul 22

How to: Uninstall an assembly (dll) from the GAC

So, you probably have already tried going to the GAC and selecting uninstall, if not, below are the instructions: Navigate to the GAC, which is located at %systemdrive%WindowsAssembly. Right-click on the assembly you wish to uninstall, click Uninstall, and then click Yes to confirm.  In my case I kept wondering why I can’t possibly follow those simple instructions. …

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Aug 16

Why can’t I use the Disk Management utility for a remote server?

Q: I just installed Windows Hyper-V server R2 and I’m having issues having it recognize other hard drives in the machine. Because this is similar to a Windows server 2008 core installation I don’t have an UI to use the Disk Management utility to troubleshoot what is wrong with the hard drive. I get the …

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Aug 06

Microsoft Download Manager – Cannot install in a Windows Server box

For a long time now every time I try to download something from a Microsoft site that uses the download manager I come across different error messages in Internet Explorer, the latest one being:  “An add-on for this website failed to run. Check the security settings in Internet Options for Potential Conflicts.” and it pretty much …

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Apr 17

“Communication with the underlying transaction manager has failed.”

Why would the following error message occur?: “Communication with the underlying transaction manager has failed.” I also got the following inner exception in case this helps: {“The MSDTC transaction manager was unable to pull the transaction from the source transaction manager due to communication problems. Possible causes are: a firewall is present and it doesn’t …

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Apr 17

The partner transaction manager has disabled its support for remote/network transactions. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8004D025)

How do you resolve the following error message: “The partner transaction manager has disabled its support for remote/network transactions. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8004D025)”

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