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Sunsetting TMG 2010 with some (free!) Best Practices

Long and boring post ahead. So: KITTENS! There. Fluffy now. As one of the Premier Field Engineers performing ISA Server Health Checks and then Threat Management Gateway (TMG) configuration reviews (by default, from my long association with Proxy 2.0 and then ISA), I was reviewing a document I put together for a customer just before… Read more

Hyper-V Synthetic Networking Is Much Faster

I decided it was time to look at upgrading my home broadband, mostly to get better-than-128KB upload speeds. After the ISP-side change had eventually wound its way through, I was interested to see that while my upload speeds had improved, my download speeds still seemed capped at about 25Mbits/s (rule of thumb: divide by 8 to get megabytes per… Read more

App Pool Recycling Defaults: Why 1740 minutes?

Without doubt, one of the most FAQ when discussing Application Pools in IIS Admin and Troubleshooting workshops! Scott Forsyth shares Wade’s answer In Wade’s words: “you don’t get a resonate pattern”. then follows up with useful advice on establishing your own best recycling interval: First off, I think 29 hours is a good default. For… Read more

IIS 7: But why do I get a 500.19 – Cannot add duplicate collection entry- with 0x800700b7 !?

(Because I’m sure that was your exact exclamation when you hit it!) Also applies to IIS 7.5 (Windows Server 2008 R2), IIS 8.0 (Windows Server 2012), IIS 8.5 (Windows Server 2012 R2) and IIS 10 (Windows Server 2016). The Background This week, I was out at a customer site performing an IIS Health Check, and got… Read more

Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint farms – a generic gotchas list

Recently, I worked on a Kerberos configuration issue with a customer; these are my notes from the visit. You’ll see some common themes with Kerbie Goes Bananas, and it puts much of that into practice. Speaking of, I must redo Kerbie with SetSPN -S  (shameface)   1. DNS should use an A record to refer… Read more

PSA: You really need to update your Kerberos setup documentation with SetSPN -S!

Hi! You might remember me from such posts as Kerbie Goes Bananas, and SetSPN improvements for Windows 2008. Or something. I’m here with a public service announcement! Excitement! It’s been long enough since Windows 2008 (and the downlevel release of SetSPN) that I feel comfortable respectfully asking you to please: Search and Replace SetSPN -A… Read more

DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y – no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center. Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: · .Net 2.0 and higher analysis… Read more

Windows Live Sync Beta “Sorry” Errors

I’m in the process of updating my Mesh-and-Sync empire to the new Sync. On all of the Server operating systems (all 2008 R2), I’d install the new Live Sync Beta, and then find that they reported something along the lines of: “Sorry, there is a problem with the sync servers. Please try again in a… Read more

Telstra HTC HD2 Connection Settings

The Shiny New Phone I bought an HTC HD2 sight-unseen from the Telstra online store yesterday, and the “five business days” for delivery worked out to be one in total. Score! With the phone as supplied, aspects of the phone are uncustomizable, and the Internet connection is one of those things. Most Internet-connecting items worked… Read more

Old MPSReports

There’s a new MPS Reports version in town, with new features : new 64-bit friendliness, various forms of wizard-driven hotness for all the products the individual old tools used to support, etc, etc. Call me old school if you want, but I typically prefer the convenience of “run this and send me the CAB file”,… Read more