Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning)

Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the warming of economies, and the timing of hardware leases, we have started seeing more questions around replacing servers within existing DFSR Replication Groups. Through the series I will discuss the various options…


Clearing sharepoint Configuration cache for timer job and psconfig errors

Configuration cache   1. Check the directory with the configuration cache in “Drive:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftSharePointConfig ” 2. [If needed] Look for the GUID of the configuration database in “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0SecureConfigDB” 3. [Optional] Create a directory there with the name – the GUID we found above (if needed) 4. Stop the “Windows…


Built in backup and restore facility for sharepoint does not work for Project Server

If you are getting the following a similar error message after trying to migrate/do a full backup from the central admin than you have run into a Backup/restore procedure mishandling. The solution to this problem would be a manual backup and restore of the Project Db’s as follows. If you are not familiar with this steps i…


How to check for the Project Version you have installed on your machine and to make sure the binaries did correctly install

 1. Check Microsoft.SharePoint.dll – WSS version (C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions12ISAPI 2. Check Project version in the GAC ( type assembly into the start RUN) – check for Microsoft Project Server and Windows SharePoint Services File Version Microsoft Project Server – Product Version – Windows SharePointŸ Services – Product Version   3. Verify the…


SYSVOL Migration Series: Part 4 – Migrating to the ‘REDIRECTED’ state

The previous article in this series explained how to migrate replication of the SYSVOL share to the ‘PREPARED’ state. In this article, we examine how to migrate all domain controllers to the ‘REDIRECTED’ state. Before we begin … Before migrating to the ‘REDIRECTED’ state, a couple of precautions are advised. a)       All domain controllers are…

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Disassembling my Notebook Optical Mouse

Unhelpful Preamble I converted to the Notebook Optical Mouse as a desktop mouse about eighteen months ago, and haven’t looked back. I find that using a heavier mouse is now actively challenging for me – I find the larger type sluggish and unresponsive. The added battery weight of the Notebook Wireless Optical is enough to…


Exchange and Domain Rename Operations

Update: please note that domain rename is not supported by any version of Exchange newer than Exchange 2003. I’d like to introduce a relatively new Exchange 2003 tool called xdr-fixup. It’s a handy tool, because it allows Exchange 2003 servers to continue to function after a Windows 2003 domain rename procedure. xdr-fixup is not technically…


About Me, About This Blog

It’s pronounced “try-stank”. I’m Tristan Kington, a (Senior) Premier Field Engineer primarily covering Cybersecurity and PKI. I have a background spanning IIS, TMG, networking and infrastructure, and some development bits. I maintain or act as a Lead on a couple of our Assessment offerings, and I’m passionate about seeming passionate about things. Often. No, sometimes….