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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 😦 (more…)

This has bugged me for YEARS.

Take a column full of US dates in Excel that have been formatted as text and convert them to a “proper” format that can actually be used to sort by… i.e. the date format used by the rest of the world.

While annoying, this is relatively easy if all your dates are in fixed width mm/dd/yy (e.g. 03/12/14) or mm/dd/yyyy format, you can just use simple mid/left/right formulas to extract them knowing exactly where each will be.

If on the other hand the dates are in m/d/yy (e.g. 3/5/14 or 25/11/14) or m/d/yyyy format then it gets a bit messier as you now need to start finding and splitting the text at the slashes.

Today I found a really simple way to do it.

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Have you noticed that the Metro / ModernUI Internet Explorer has gone missing or only starts the desktop version?

If you don’t like the “full-screen” Metro / Modern UI version of Internet Explorer, then this post is for you.

If you do like it, then this post is for you also.

I for one do like the ModernUI version of IE, both on the desktop and on my Surface. On the desktop I mostly use it when reading news sites and such, but it still serves a purpose for me.

Today I noticed it wasn’t working anymore. When I click the big ‘e’ icon on the Start Screen it would switch over and start the desktop version. I tried doing a search on my desktop for Internet Explorer, but still, only the desktop version would appear. Most peculiar.

After a bit of digging around I found the following option to “Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop” under the IE options Programs tab, but it was greyed out and I couldn’t change it. Most peculiar

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Another one of those “this has been bugging me for ages” things. Sometime *ages* ago one of my servers had an unexpected shutdown (crash/bugcheck whatever). After it came back up and all the various repair and recovery stuff completed it was back to normal… more or less.

One thing that started happening was that the task scheduler would throw an error “Task Scheduler is not available. Task Scheduler will attempt to reconnect to it.” every time it was opened, and some scheduled tasks didn’t always seem to trigger.

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Overall I didn’t bother about it too much as I planned to decommission the server anyway. One and a half years later, the server is still going :sigh:

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A simple task sequence deployed to a collection, a virtual machine (Hyper-V guest) booting with PxE to run that task sequence.

WinPE starts up, loads the networking (which gives a working IP address, can ping/connect to servers) but then the computer just reboots. No errors or warnings.

With WinPE debug mode enabled, you can press F8 to load the command prompt, but smsts.log doesn’t report an obvious error. Lot’s of “access denied” type messages that led me hunting issues with Network access accounts and such

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Sigh. Turns out this is one of those “obvious” facepalm issues. Posting the issue anyway in the event other people come across it.

Windows clients on Configuration Manager 2012 R2 are not applying power policies at all. Standard Windows power settings still applied and available.

  •  Client policy enabled for applying power settings
  • Collection has a power policy configured (either pre-existing or custom)
  • No Group Policies configured to apply any sort of power settings
  • Client in collection
  • PolicyEvaluator.log and PolicyAgent.log both indicate the policy has been applied by the client
    • Policy appears with the CollectionID as a reference
  • No power configuration change occur on the target workstation
  • Lots of activity in pwrmgmt.log, but nothing seem specific to the policy I have configured, and no errors
  • PwrProvider.log just repeats message: “Failed to read ValueUnitsSpecifier” and nothing else
  • No Windows Event Viewer messages stand-out as related to this issue

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This issue isn’t specifically related to Configuration Manager or Windows Updates, but it does seem that Windows Updates itself could behave better to prevent this.

When Windows Updates attempts to connect to the WSUS server (or SUP), you will see the WINDOWSUPDATE.LOG show the client attempting to open the client.asmx file from the WSUS server. The lines following show this connection failing with “SyncUpdates failure, error = 0x8024401B, soap client error = 10, soap error code = 0, HTTP status code = 407” followed by several more 0x8024401b errors.

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My gaming clan forums started throwing a rather annoying random error recently and I couldn’t figure out what had changed to cause it. Essentially a page saying only “No input file specified.”

My forums are running phpBB on Server 2012 running IIS with (of course) php installed. The message would just randomly appear when posting replies to messages, or searching for new topics. It didn’t always happen, and clicking refresh would then load the page fine. I tried re-installing php, upgrading to a newer php and “tweaking” settings in the php.ini file. No difference.

Looking in the IIS logs would show a 404 error returned, hitting refresh (maybe a couple of times) usually returned a 200 and loaded the page. The file being loaded was present and everything seemed to be in order.

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This is one of those really simple and stupid problems that had me stuck for a while. I kept getting distracted with other things so it took a while before I got around to looking into it properly.

About a week after upgrading ConfigMgr 2012 to R2 I noticed some of the rebuilt servers didn’t have the Endpoint agent installed. The clients were working correctly, deploying windows updates and software deployments fine. Client Policy and inventory processing correctly, Endpoint Policy was assigned to machine in console and appearing on client (policyspy)

On new computers, Endpoint Protection did not install at all, and on computers when SCEP setup run manually, Endpoint policy never applies. Registry key indicates no policy is applied, even though “Generated Policy shows the correct values

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First off just to clarify, I am not a SQL guru, so on this topic I “know of” the feature but don’t really know that much about it.

We recently experienced a problem building a new Primary Site where the database replication links to the CAS failed and nothing we tried could fix the links. We resorted to completely uninstalling the site, deleting the Primary database and rebuilding the entire server OS from scratch. No matter what, the links replication just would not work.

RCMCTRL.LOG – Lot’s of these types of errors
Error: Replication group “Hardware_Inventory_4” has failed to initialize for subscribing site H01, setting link state to Error.

Error: Exception message: [ALTER TABLE SWITCH statement failed. Source and target partitions have different values for the DATA_COMPRESSION option.]

As it turns out, the SQL DBA’s had enabled a wonderful new feature in SQL2012 called Data Compression. In SQL land it probably makes sense and does wonderful things, but in ConfigMgr world it’s BAD.

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