KB2975719 is not installed as expected using MDT 2013

Problem:Customer uses (MDT) Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 to perform Windows 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 deployments and discover that KB2975719 is not installed although it’s applicable. My customer scenario:Customer creates a task sequence to deploy, patch and capture a custom wim for deployment which succeeds. They then deploy patched wim and find that KB2975719 is…


Where did my volume label go?

I recently worked an interesting case where 3rd party application had a dependency on the label name for a volume.  The customer reported that the label name was actually missing and therefore the application would not start.  Further, the label name was present on Windows 2003 servers and not on Window 2008 R2.  Finally, the…


The Case of the Unexplained Boot Delay in Microsoft LiteTouch ISO

I was working with a customer recently who had noticed a significant increase in time required for MDT LiteTouch wizard to initialize.  Specifically, the amount of time under review is from system post until the BDDWelcome screen is displayed.  This is the familiar screen I am referring to: What changed? Driver related? Not enough memory?…


Another case of unexplained server hang – ETW to the rescue

  I received a call today from one of my customers who was experiencing intermittent server hangs and time drift up to five minutes on a mission critical application server. No intervention by the customer was required to bring system back in service, it sorted it out on its own. In the back of my…


The Case of the Unexplained Windows Server 2012 Replica Kerberos Error : 0x8009030C 0x00002EFE

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica is a new feature that replicates all changes on a virtual machine to a counterpart virtual machine hosted by a different server.  Replica overview and deployment considerations can be found here.  This feature is well documented so I’ll skip setup and installation and strictly focus on troubleshooting. I received a call…


Windows Server 2012 Continuous Availability File Server feature

General availability of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 is almost here!  As a result, I have been slowly absorbing all of the new features so I can better support my customers.   Continuous Availability File Server is my favorite feature, so I wanted to take a few minutes to make the case to highligh its importance and…


The Case of the ADAM/AD LDS error A referral was returned from the server

My customer uses ADAM/AD LDS for directory aware applications instead up extending schema for Active Directory Domain Services.  In short, they prefer to isolate line of business or 3rd party applications in their own sandbox and leave Active Directory schema alone when possible.  The definition for ADAM\AD LDS from technet is “Active Directory Application Mode…


The Case of the Strange Hyper-V Networking Issue

I received a call from a customer who said they were experiencing networking problems with virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  The customer had implemented a two node Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Failover Cluster using Live Migration for Cluster Shared Volumes. Specifically, it was reported, virtual machines running on cluster could not access CIFS-based share on…


The Case of the Unexplained Server Hang

Recently, I received a call from one of my customers reporting a new server deployed in their environment became unresponsive or‘hung’ almost daily.  The customer explained that the server was deployed using their standard build process and wanted to collaborate on troubleshooting the issue.  I asked a few scoping questions: What Operating System and Service Pack? Windows 2003…