Rights needed for user account to create a Cluster Name Object (CNO) on Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster

As discussed in previous blogs and articles, there is no longer a Cluster Service account in Failover Clustering. However, there are still some rights needed in Active Directory. The rights of the logged on user and the Cluster Name Object are part of these rights. This blog is only going to cover the rights of… Read more

Reason for Access Denied error in PowerShell using Get-WMIObject calls to a remote Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster node

What we will be covering in this blog, is a reason for an Access Denied error message in PowerShell and the options for resolving them. The particular Windows PowerShell cmdlet we will be referencing, is Get-WmiObject for accessing WMI object calls against a remote Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster node. Before continuing, we want you… Read more

Hyper-V Client Tracing – Tracing the User Interface (“UI”)

The purpose of this article is to explain a troubleshooting methodology with Hyper-V that goes a little deeper than the Event Logs.  I’m creating a simple problem, starting a Virtual Machine with a corrupt .vhd file, to show how to proceed. I’m simply starting my VM, z2008_VS1 from the Hyper-V Manager.  The following error pops… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters: Networking (Part 4)

The Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering: Networking  three-part blog series has been out for a little while now.  Hopefully, it has been helpful.  Little did I know there would be an opportunity to write another part.  This segment will be short as it covers a very specific scenario.  One that we rarely see, but we… Read more

Understanding the Cluster Debug Log in 2008

One of the major changes from 2003 to 2008 is the way we handle logging of cluster debug events. I thought I’d do a quick write-up on how cluster debug logging works in 2008. In Windows 2003 Failover Clustering, the cluster service on each node constantly writes to a live debug output file. These files… Read more

How to backup recovery information in AD after BitLocker is turned ON in Windows 7

Hello, My name is Manoj Sehgal. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover “How to backup recovery information in Active Directory (AD) after Bitlocker is turned ON in Windows 7 and above.” In this blog, I will try to answer a common question asked to us… Read more

Cluster Validation Storage Test ‘List All Disks’ Fails with Status 87

Greetings CORE blog fans!  It has been awhile so I thought it was time for another blog.  In recent weeks, we have seen an issue where the Windows Server 2008 R2 storage validation test List All Disks is failing with a Status 87.  Figure 1, is an example of what is displayed in the cluster… Read more

How to Disable BitLocker Drive Encryption Fixed Data Drive Read-Only Policy Using GPO

Hello, my name is Kaushik Ainapure. I am a Support Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog I am going to discuss an issue with BitLocker drive preparation tool. When you try to run the BitLocker Preparation tool you may encounter the following error message: The new active drive cannot be formatted. You may… Read more

Access Denied Error 0x80070005 message when initializing TPM for Bitlocker

  Hello, my name is Manoj Sehgal. I am a Senior Support Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover How to initialize TPM successfully when you enable Bitlocker in Windows 7. A common problem we have seen since the release of Windows 7 has been to initialize TPM successfully so that you… Read more

Hyper-V Snapshots: Suggestions for Success

While working with customers, I have frequently run into situations where they need help with Hyper-V snapshots. Help with understanding what snapshots are, how to use them, best practices with them, or, in worst case scenarios, they may need help in recovering them in order to use a VM. What I’d like to do in… Read more