Category: Windows Server

Recommended hotfixes, updates, and known solutions for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Microsoft Hyper-v         I found this list on a blog from Micosoft with recommended hotfixes, update and more for Window Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2012 R2 Also the KB from Microsoft points out some recommeded hotfixes and update for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments. Recommended hotfixes, updates, and known solutions for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments  

Unable to initialize the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service

Okay, so I got this error in the event log (ID 5003) on a Exchange Server 2010, after a update and a reboot of the server. The Information store service could not start up
Event ID 5003: Unable to initialize the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service because the clocks on the client and on the server machine are skewed. This may be caused by a time change either in the client or the server machine, and may require a reboot of that machine. Other than that, verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently online.
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The time was okay on the server and the DC (PDC) was okay. Then I checked the VMware tools to see if the “Time Sync” Feature of the vmware tools was disabled, and it was. I noticed after a second reboot that the time was off by 10 minutes, and then jumped back to the correct time!?. Then I looked at the VMware vSphere host in the “Time Configuration” the time was of by… you guest it.. 10 minutes! The host was set to sync with an external time server (pool.ntp.org). But the time was off anyway. So I decided to reboot the host, to see if the time was off by 10 minutes after a reboot and it was! Then I did another reboot and jumped in the UEFI (BIOS) of the server and there it was… time in the BIOS was 10 minutes behind. I corrected it and booted the host and now the time on the host and the VM was okay even after a reboot.
I hope that you can use this information, I know where I will look next time there is a time sync issue in a VM. Please leave a comment below if found the useful. Thanks!


Fast Active Directory object recovery tip for Veeam

The other day I had a customer who had deleted a active directory user by accident. The customer was running some Windows server 2003 DC so no AD recycle bin. So on to veeam for the restore, it took a very long time to complete all the steps, also you have to go to the enterprise manager to approve the restore lab, and then you can go back and start the restore. But I got at tip from @poulpreben over a Veeam Denmark (Thanks!). To skip the approval part in the enterprise manager, you just have to right-click the sure-backup job and choose “Active directory wizard” this will get you directly to the part where you can restore the deleted user, another tip is when you are looking for a deleted user you can just type (DELETED) in the search box, this will return all deleted users. I hope this can help you in any form or way. Please drop a comment below in the discussion box, if you have any tips for restoring AD objects with Veeam. Thanks!


Extend Windows System Partition in VMware

So today I had to extend a system partion on a old windows server 2003. Normally I would use a helper windows 2003 VM to extend the partition but when I tried this I got the same message error “Selected Volume cannot be Extended”. So I had a look on google and found a tool call extpart by Dell. This tool did not work the first time I used it, here I got the error : “Unable to connect to c: or it does not exist”. I then tryed restarting the VM in safe mode to see if the tool will work here  and it worked! So from now on I think I will use extpart instead of the old way of extending a VM piggybacking on a helper. To use extpart download and extract the file on the VM you want to extend the partition. You can download here in case Dell desists to move it from Dell’s FTP site. Run extpart.exe specify the drive you want to extend eg. C: next, in MB, how much you want to extend the drive with and you done!