A simple way to apply hotfixes to a whole bunch of servers

I was recently challenged with how to apply a whole lot of hotfixes to a bunch of servers so I came up with this solution using PSexec from Sysinternals that can be downloaded here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx First I need to download and extract all of the hotfixes I need to install 2012 Clustering http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2784261 2012 Hyper-v http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15576.hyper-v-update-list-for-windows-server-2012.aspx I…

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How to Register SMB 3.0 Shares in SCVMM 2012 SP1 Beta

In my last blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/trentsh/archive/2012/08/31/server-2012-optimizing-smb-shares-for-hyper-v.aspx I described how to setup SMB 3.0 shares in Windows server 2012 optimized for hyper-v. In this blog I will describe how we can present these shares to hyper-v hosts in SCVMM 2012 SP1. If you don’t perform these steps and try to deploy a VM where the parent VHD lives…

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Server 2012 Optimizing SMB shares for Hyper-v & Rapid Provisioning

Windows Server 2012 gives us the ability to use SMB 3.0 file shares as storage for hyper-v. You can store VHD’s, virtual machine configuration files, and snapshots on the SMB 3.0 shares. By using SMB 3.0 the server has the ability to transmit more data simultaneously over multiple NIC’s or paths. The beauty of SMB 3.0 is that…

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SCVMM & BITS problems

Hi Everyone, We ran into an issue a while back I thought I would share. When trying to deploy a sysprep’d OS using a template in SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1) , or attempting to modify an existing template in SCVMM we were getting the following error in the VMM job…

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vmdk to vhd conversion using SCVMM 2008 R2

Problem: Unable to convert ESX VM to hyper-v based VM using System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Description: I recently had a customer who needed to to convert a VM created in VMWare. The VM was exported from ESX and given to me with the following files: builtin-ZIP.clone-VM001-flat.vmdkclone-VM001.vmdkclone-VM001.vmsdclone-VM001.vmxclone-VM001.vmxfclone-VM001_1-flat.vmdkclone-VM001_1.vmdkclone-VM001_2-flat.vmdkclone-VM001_2.vmdkvmware-4.logvmware-5.logvmware-6.logvmware-7.logvmware-8.logvmware-9.log Following the procedures in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb963721.aspx I copied the files…

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FASTSearch for sharepoint The remote server returned an error: (502) Bad Gateway.

Setup for a non-admin node for FASTSearch for Sharepoint 2010 was failing. Deployment.xml, IPSec rules on the admin node all looked correct. Connectivity and name resoultion all appeard to be solid in the domain. Examining the installer logs located in C:\FASTSearch\var\log\installer were not very much help. The logs show that when connectivity to the admin node failed…


[Error number: 0x8024800C] running Windows update

Trent Here, I recently ran into a problem on some machines that were failing to run windows update. The web service would fail with the following [Error number: 0x8024800C]  I found several posts related to connection errors between a proxy server and firewall settings however none of these applied to my scenario. Looking at the…

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