Installing .Net 3.51 on Windows 2008R2

Install .Net 2008R2

If you are installing SQL Server 2008 on a fresh instance of Windows Server, you will be prompted to install .Net 3.5 as a prerequisite. As long as you are using the older operating system versions, e.g. 2003, 2003R2, or 2008, you have the choice of (a) downloading from Microsoft or (b) letting the SQL […]

Attaching Storage to a Hyper-V Guest within a Failover Cluster

disk create in hyper-v

I needed to attach some storage to an existing Hyper-V guest operating system. The guest was running in an existing failover cluster. The storage was already provisioned such that it appeared in Failover Cluster Manager | Storage as “Available Storage”. Herein are the steps taken: Grab the storage path for later use. Start | Administrative […]

Setting up Jumbo Frames in ESXi 5.0

esxi mtu summary

VMware ESXi 5.0 has the ability to setup jumbo frames without using the command line. The first time I tried it, I charged the maximum MTU settings on the storage array, in the network equipment, and on the VMware vSwitch. It didn’t work and I was frustrated. After a little research, I figured out that […]

Installing a VMware ESXi 5.0 Host

VMware ESXi install

I needed to install ESXi 5.0 on a new HP blade server. I downloaded the ESXi ISO image from VMware, but it did not work! Turns out that HP has a OEM version of the ESXi image, with the necessary ethernet Flex-NIC drivers already bundled. So, I downloaded the HP OEM ESXi 5.0 image, installed […]

Resolving Exchange User Mailbox Move Error

exchange fix user rights error

In the middle of an Exchange data migration, and having full Domain Admin & Exchange Admin rights, I receive this troublesome error message — Error: Active Directory operation failed on XYZ. This error is not retrievable. Additional information: Insufficient access rights to perform the operation. This error was presented to me when attempting to complete […]

Incorrect Name Servers Can Make the Network Crawl

dns changes

Have you ever felt that your network should be faster? No really, the hardware is state-of-the-art. The software is current. But, the network response is lack luster. Servers to be responding slowly and pings respond slowly. You cannot find any underlying reasons for this behavior. Have you looked at your DNS settings, and specifically your […]

Which Domain Controller has the FSMO Information

domain check fsmo

Have you ever needed to know which domain controller has the FSMO entries? For instance, as you are upgrading your domain to 2008R2, its important to move these entries from the old 2003 Server before you attempt to decommission it. Although you can get this information from the GUI, there is no one screen with […]

Installing Applications on a Remote Desktop Server

Remote Desktop Services install

Have you ever installed a Remote Desktop Server (aka Terminal Server) and then gotten strange errors when multiple users utilize applications installed on that server? Well, I’ve found that Adobe Reader works fine even if it was installed prior to the transformation of the server into a Remote Desktop Server. But, MS Office is another […]

NTP on the VMware Host

NTP on the VMware Host

Have you ever noticed that your VMware host has the incorrect time? This can cause Windows domain problems if your Windows guest machines are syncing their time with the VMware host. This post tell how to set the VMware host using vCenter. First, open the time settings dialog in vCenter: Highlight host in vCenter inventory. […]

Extending the Windows system drive

how to extend a drive

Have you ever run out of space on your system c:\ drive? This causes massive machine headaches, and its totally unnecessary if you are running your Windows machine as a guest operating system in a virtual environment. This is how, without purchasing any special licenses (other than Windows and VMware) that you can extend the […]