Archive for the ‘Windows Server’ Category

Migrate DHCP to New Server

Icon Written by Grant on July 15, 2016 – 7:04 pm

During a recent SBS 2008 to Server 2012 R2 migration I decided to try and migrate DHCP from the old SBS to the new 2012R2 server – I normally just create an new blank DHCP, create the exclusions and then reboot all PC’s and power cycle the access points – this site had over 200 […]


.NET FX 3.5 on Server 2012/2012 R2 (and Win8/8.1)

Icon Written by Grant on October 3, 2015 – 12:38 pm

I had issues today with a newly loaded ML350 Gen9 server running Server 2012 R2 – pretty  much nothing loaded besides all the Windows updates – first app I went to load required .NET FX 3.5, so I began to add it using the Server manager Add/Remove Roles/Features – I specified the “alternative source” (DVD […]


Reset Windows Update components

Icon Written by Grant on September 23, 2015 – 1:24 pm

Today I was getting some issues installing 7 or 8 WIndows Updates on a client PC – it had done the previous few but was stuck on these last few – I rebooted a few times and also ran A MS FixIt tool to no avail,, I came across these steps to reset Windows Update Components […]


Sophos – Force Rebuild of CIDs and Warehouse

Icon Written by Grant on October 16, 2012 – 7:16 pm

  If you get issues with updates not being processed due to errors you may have corrupt updates or partially ‘processed’ updates. A typical  error might be : Event Log, Applications; Event ID 16443: Product release ‘C311B965-1C90-432f-9437-63875BA878F7’ could not be updated because the synchronize operation has failed due to an earlier error. I have found […]


Remote Desktop Connection Management tool

Icon Written by Grant on April 12, 2011 – 5:24 pm

I constantly have a handful of RDP sessions open at all times – whether it’s to one of my dozen internal servers or to one of the servers at each of my most important customers — up until now I have always relied on the “START | RUN | MSTSC /v:ip /admin” to launch the […]


Sophos – add delay to Auto Update at user login

Icon Written by Grant on March 9, 2011 – 6:00 pm

In some instances the Sophos End Point Protection autoupdate system may try and do an update at user login before all network components are stabilised or login scripts have run. You can add a delay to AutoUpdate thus: HKLM\SOFTWARE\[Wow6432Node]\Sophos\AutoUpdate\StartupDelay DWORD value in SECONDS that AutoUpdate should wait after starting before attempting an update


Manually Removing WSUS 3.0

Icon Written by Grant on November 24, 2010 – 11:28 pm

If you find your WSUS 3.0 gets corrupted you may need to uninstall and reinstall it. I have noticed that depending on the corruption it may not be as easy to do this as first it looks The following steps have helped me manually strip WSUS 3.0 (inclsp1 and sp2 updates) from the system when […]

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Setting SNTP time source

Icon Written by Grant on November 3, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Now that NET TIME /SETSNTP and /QUERYSNTP have nbeen deprecated, newer versions of Windows require complicated w32tm.exe configuration. If you have one particular machine that you need to reference a SNTP server the easiest way is to modify it’s registry. This key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters Set the TYPE : NTP Set the NtpServer :,0x9 Restart w32time […]

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iLO2 Reset without rebooting server

Icon Written by Grant on July 3, 2010 – 12:28 pm

SOmetimes you need to reset the iLO card without restarting the server – when a remote control session has failed for instance… this is easy Telnet to the iLO using your normal credentials, and enter the following commnads  cd /map1  reset