KB981833 – STOP: 0x0000006B on Dell systems

A very interesting case I worked on this week brought us on a new possible cause for blue-screens with STOP 0x6B, and I am now sharing this valuable information now 🙂 Symptom: Your Windows 7 Dell Latitude E6510 systems are running in STOP 0x6B, although KB981833 is already installed. Even if you delete the C:\Windows\system32\CodeIntegrity\bootcat.cache…


Supersedence problem with MS Office 2007 Updates KB974561 – KB2251419 and KB981715 – KB982312

Scenario: You have a WSUS Server in your environment and you are installing new Windows XP SP3 machines with Microsoft Office 2007. You notice that after the first update installation cycle finishes, following window pops up:     No installation logs (KBxxxxxx.log) have been created under C:\Windows for these 2 Updates. The 2 Office Updates…


Svchost.exe uses 100% CPU when Windows XP updates via WSUS

Although this problem will diminish in time with more powerful PC’s being released to the market, there are still situations where you might run into a performance problem when a client scans against WSUS. By default a client will scan every 22 hours for updates when connected to a WSUS Server. This default time can…


Tips for improving the performance of Hypervisor-based virtual machine images

There are several improvements that can be made on the Hypervisor Host machine and on the virtual machines running on this host machine (guest machines). If possible the host machine should run Windows 2008 Server R2 since the latest version of Windows Server does offer significant performance improvements over Windows Server 2008 1. Settings on…


How to fix Server Manager Errors after installing updates (HRESULT:0x800F0818 / HRESULT:0x800B0100)

Symptoms You install several Updates. After the successful installation, you notice you cannot add or remove features/roles in the Server Manager. Error: Unexpected error refreshing Server Manager: Exception from HRESULT:0x800F0818 Alternatively you can also get: Server Manager: Unexpected error refreshing Server Manager: No signature was present in the subject. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800B0100) Resolution First…


Creating a custom Data Collector Set with SQL x86 counters on an x64 OS

In one of our recent CSS cases, we noticed a strange difference between the Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 x64 and Windows Server 2008 x64. One could create a Data Collector Set (DCS) with SQL Server x86 counters, collect and view the samples just fine on the SBS 2008 x64, out of the box….


Windows deployment – WSUS installation explained

After 3 years working in the deployment industry I still see customers hitting some basic roadblocks when using WSUS. For this very reason I decided to write one or more articles that would cover: 1. The installation of WSUS 2. The options explained 3. Windowsupdate.log troubleshooting Let’s start with the Installation of WSUS: 1. These…


Services.exe terminated unexpectedly (Ops Mgr 2007)

A system running OpsMgr might run in a restart loop, caused by services.exe crashes. In this case, you might see the following error message being displayed: · C:\windows\System32\services.exe terminated unexpectedly with status code -1073741819. The system will now shutdown and restart. As a workaround, you can pause the shutdown process by executing the following command…


System State backup nu functioneaza – CAPI2 Event ID 513

Astazi va prezentam un caz mai rar intalnit, dar foarte interesant! – Windows Server 2008 SSB (System State Backup) nu poate fi efectuat cu success – Comanda ‘vssadmin list writers’ nu listeaza system writer – In Application Eventlog observam ca este logata eroarea CAPI2 de fiecare data cand o operatiune de backup este incercata –…