The Windows 10 technical preview is now open for all to try out. I’ve just taken the plunge and done an in-place upgrade of my main PC (was Windows 8.1) and it’s all come back up fine with no need to re-install anything (so far). It’s available for anyone who want’s to try it out from here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview

Winx

Welcome to the WinX club!

Is Windows 10 really a whole new OS version? No, I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure it was what they were going to release as Windows 8.2 (Windows 8, Update 2) but decided to go with the approach that worked well for the change from Vista to Windows 7. Try to cut the connection between the bad press of Windows 8 and learn from previous mistakes. Again. I’m sure Apple is in a panic now that Microsoft has finally caught up in OS version numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

WARNING: This is intended for use in a lab environment rather than production. Given the nature of domain controllers, all details here should be used with extreme caution as damage is HIGHLY POSSIBLE and data loss is a risk.

At various time I want to test something that I want to install on my production system at home without actually risking damaging anything. The easiest way I find is to make a copy of the virtual machine hard disks and start them up attached to a new LAB version of the machine, on an isolated Virtual network of course. This works fine for Domain Controllers also which makes it quicker to test things like Exchange with your actual configuration.

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[Place holder post - FULL POST write up coming shortly]

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/3ac88d59-d1b5-4826-a44d-bb94bfd80f66/configmgr-2012-update-source-content-deleted?forum=configmanagergeneral#39c42c3c-d3af-4362-b097-09c022adc86b

An issue where some source folder content of Windows Update deployment packages is deleted for no apparent reason.

Currently waiting for a response from the Microsoft ConfigMgr Product team on if they feel this is an issue worthy of a product update or just a TechNet article warning of the impact

Summary: issues relating to Update deployment packages that are migrated between ConfigMgr hierarchies that share the same source folder location. Automated “orphan cleanup” process will delete content from the folder if one of the hierarchies doesn’t need it, even it the other one still does.

After performing an in-place upgrade on a Windows machine, you will find a WINDOWS.OLD folder in the root of C:. This folder will have a backup of your old program files, appdata and Windows folder… just in case you need to revert back or recover something that might have been lost during the upgrade. When you try to delete it though you are told you don’t have permissions. Read the rest of this entry »

Usually after an OS upgrade or possibly a major system corruption and repair, event viewer will start throwing up a message when you go into certain “query” views such as the “Custom Views\Administrative Events”. Usually this is because a component that event viewer was configured to monitor no longer exists in the upgraded OS.

One or more logs in the query have errors 
The system cannot find the file specified
The events displayed are partial results

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This is usually because an element of the query for the logs is no longer part of the system or is corrupted to the point it can no longer be read.

(If you are seeing this on a standalone Exchange server when opening “Custom Views\Microsoft Exchange with Database Availability Group Events” then check this post instead)

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NOTE: I am not an Exchange person by any stretch of the imagination, but I do run it at home for all my email as a partial learning exercise, and so get to encounter all sorts of issues I really think I’d rather live without. On that note, this post is here really for my future reference. If anyone else uses this it is at your own risk.

Running Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012. I wanted to upgrade to Server 2012R2. I was already running Exchange 2013 CU6 so it was supported for 2012R2 at least.

There is a *small* note on the Exchange pre-reqs page saying something about upgrading the OS not being supported when Exchange is installed. HA! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(v=exchg.150).aspx#prereq

You can't upgrade Windows when Exchange is installed on the server.

I figured I’d give it a go anyway. I mean, like, what’s the worse that could happen, right? A quick Hyper-V Checkpoint (snapshot) created, checked last nights backups were good and away we go!

After the upgrade, the worst happened :(

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I don’t have a fix of my own for this, but I am seeing a lot of people finding my site through various search engines from my previous Windows RT fix. This is not an issue I have experienced and at the moment is not something I am looking into.

If you need help then the following Microsoft article has some details on a fix.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

If you know of another site with more “friendly” instructions, let me know and I’ll link it here. If this problem persists, or if I encounter it myself I will look to post my own fix if nothing else appears from Microsoft.