Windows Update fails with 8000FFFF (E_UNEXPECTED)

Quick Solution:  Check the permissions on  the root of C: and ensure that BUILTIN\Users have Read access. Long Story: 8000FFFF == E_UNEXPECTED, not very helpful… Had a client where windows update was continually failing with the error code 8000FFFF.  When looking in the Windows Update log we’d see errors like this: WARNING: PTError: 0x80248014 Handler…

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Staring at a blank desktop, due to Interactive missing from Users group

Ran into an issue this week that was strange.  When you TS’d to the box it would just show a blank background and nothing else.  If you tried to launch task manager it would just fail silently to the user (actually access denied in the debugger).  My user account was in the admin group and…

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SearchIndexer.exe crashing with the exception code of 0xc00000fd

This is an FYI post so others on the intertubes can find the answer quickly. If you get this error: Log Name: Application Source: Application Error Date: 4.11.2008 07:20:41 Event ID: 1000 Task Category: (100) Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: xxxxxxx Description: Faulting application SearchIndexer.exe, version 6.0.6000.16386, time stamp 0x4549b667, faulting module mssrch.dll,…

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Find out who pings on a subnet quick and easy

So i know there are tools out there to do this but figured some would be interested on how to do this real quick with stuff that’s already in the OS. 1) Turn off echos to make the out put clean (don’t forget to turn it back on when its done via “echo on”). 2)…

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Got IPSEC? Got Problems? New tool released to help you triage IPSEC failures.

The Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool is available for Windows Server 2008, for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2003, and for Windows XP This should help you out when you have those weird "network" issues going on with some clients where IPSEC is deployed. Description from KB: You can use the Microsoft IPsec Diagnostic Tool to…


Some useful debugging commands

All of these are for kernel mode, these are just commands I use often that don’t troubleshoot a particular problem, but are helpful in getting a general picture of the system.  If you have a specific issue you’re trying to understand, drop a note and I’ll see if there is a command to help you…

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Stuff to check out for Windows 2008

Just got released yesterday: X86: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ff6e897-23ce-4a36-b7fc-d52065de9960&DisplayLang=en X64: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d647a60b-63fd-4ac5-9243-bd3c497d2bc5&DisplayLang=en Overview Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1. It includes support for remote management of computers running either a Server Core installation or the full installation option…

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Hey Admins! Gathering information from remote machines using WMI (the easy way).

  Those who are just getting into scripting might be wondering how to query info from remote machines using WMI and how to find useful information to query.  When I started out trying to learn some of the WMI syntax and gathering info,  I started with ScriptoMatic.  I found this tool to be quick and…

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Tidbits for admins for the 2k8 release…

Just some random stuff as you get ready for 2k8… Getting the Classic cluster logs: Clustering in Win2k8 has undergone some major changes (for the better).  One of those changes is that the cluster events are now part of the event stream so sifting through the cluster logs is a thing of the past.  You…