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This will be a quick reference page for links to build numbers for versions of various products

Configuration Manager 2012

Exchange 2007-2010

Exchange 2013

SQL Server

Windows Server and Workstation – Need better reference with build numbers

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During the process of numerous upgrades of the OS during the Windows 10 technical preview, I’ve found quite often that my Windows Apps often stop working properly, or display as non functioning icons showing the meaningless name of the app instead of the proper app tile.

Two quick things to try to resolve:

  1. From an elevated command prompt run “wsreset”
    1. This will trigger a “Windows Store Reset” and may or may not resolve any initial problem you have opening the Store App
  2. From an elevated Powershell prompt, run the following
Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

This should re-register all the apps that appear in your app cache.

There are still many other potential issues you might encounter such as proxy servers blocking access or corrupt apps, but it’s a relatively easy starting point.

This has happened to me a couple of times in the various Technical Preview updates where the start menu stop working.

It turns out a simple powershell command will rebuild the appcache to resolve

Run this in Powershell as admin

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

A quick link reference so I don’t keep having to hunt for it in the future. Finding what the current release status is for Windows Phone updates in Australia

http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/wp8-availability-in-asia-pacific/

When you need to change the location that you have been saving all your package source files, you will then need to update all the existing packages and applications to point to that new location.

(Note: See here to read what happens when you do update all your source locations)

This is fairly simple for Packages, but is a bit more complicated for Applications (more…)

A quick link for reference to what happens in Configuration Manager when all you change is an application or packages source path, but the file contents are still the same?

This is an important point to understand as it does NOT resend all the files back out to DP’s again. This means you can change where you keep your master software repository without having to worry about massive network impacts.

This blog post has an excellent explanation: http://blog.configmgrftw.com/content-distribution-myth/

Lot’s of improvements including direct connections to Hyper-V guest consoles. Nice.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=44989

RDCMan manages multiple remote desktop connections. It is useful for managing server labs or large server farms where you need regular access to each machine such as automated checkin systems and data centers. It is similar to the built-in MMC Remote Desktops snap-in, but more flexible. The RDCMan 2.7 version is a major feature release. New features include: – Virtual machine connect-to-console support – Smart groups – Support for credential encryption with certificates – Windows 8 remote action support – Support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

And here’s some info about a connection bug you may or may not see

For various reasons, there are times when Active Directory may encounter a situation where multiple objects appear. The duplicates will be named with a CNF:[GUID] on the end of the name.

Here is an excellent Microsoft blog post with an explanation of why it happens and some simple commands to find these objects. It is an issue we encounter at times with Configuration Manager boundaries and slow AD replication, but could happen for many other object types also.

For a slightly simpler method, here is my approach to using AD Users and Computers to find and delete them.

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After having a failure on many servers installing a particular component, I found the process of scrolling through the MSI setup logs looking for the error to be incredibly tedious and unhelpful.

Luckily a colleague mentioned a tip for how to fid the error which led to this awesome blog post.

Essentially, search for “return value 3” (without the quotes) and the failing component should be just above it.

[16:07:47] The state of web site “Default Web Site” is Started.
[16:07:47] The installed certificate has a hash of length 20.
[16:07:47] @@ERR:25051
MSI (s) (AC!24) [16:07:47:727]: Product: ConfigMgr Management Point — Error 25051. Internet Information Services BITS support is not installed
Error 25051. Internet Information Services BITS support is not installed
CustomAction CcmValidateServerConfig returned actual error code 1603 (note this may not be 100% accurate if translation happened inside sandbox)
Action ended 16:07:47: CcmValidateServerConfig. Return value 3.
Action ended 16:07:47: INSTALL. Return value 3.

 

I’ve done upgrades on several computers and for the most part never had an issue, but everyone now and then I have found that while the Windows install goes all the way through the installation and device setup, it then seems to get stuck during the very last “Setting up a few more things” stage, sometimes stopping at a frustrating 79%!

I’ve tried leaving them for several hours but it never gets past that point. A hard reset is the only option, after which Windows restores the previous version. So at least nothing is lost other than time.

In all cases though, I’ve found the problem is having the Hyper-V role installed. There must be something about the Hypervisor that causes a problem.

After the OS rolls back, go into roles and features and remove the Hyper-V role, then try the upgrade again. After it completes just add the Hyper-V role back in again and it should pick up all the previous settings.