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Written by Sam McGeown on 7/5/2010
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This was a bit of an odd one. I was adding a Gateway Server to a newly rebuilt SCOM 2007 R2 Root Management Server when I kept encountering this error: The certificate specified in the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Machine Settings cannot be used for authentication.  The error is The credentials supplied to the package were not recognized(0x8009030D). I followed the Microsoft install and setup guides exactly, and it’s not my first time either – but I’d never seen that one before.
Written by Sam McGeown on 6/4/2010
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If you see the following cryptic errors when trying to install FCS, then the chances are you need to install the .Net Framework 1.1 AND SP1.   [06/04/2010 10:47:11] Task (Install Collection Server Component) The following process failed. Process: C:\Windows\system32\msiexec.exe Exit code: 1603 Number of tasks completed: [06/04/2010 10:47:12]
Written by Sam McGeown on 1/4/2010
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If you install Reporting Services on Windows Server 2008 (RTM or R2) and attempt to verify the installation by opening the http://SERVER/ReportServer site, you may well see the following message: Reporting Services Error -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The permissions granted to user 'MCGEOWN\Sam.McGeown' are insufficient for performing this operation. (rsAccessDenied) Get Online Help -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SQL Server Reporting Services Additionally, you may be able to access the http://SERVER/Reports site, but will have no permissions:
Written by Sam McGeown on 29/3/2010
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I logged onto a production domain controller this morning and checked the event logs to be confronted with this:   Event ID 1030 and 1058 every 5 minutes, looking into the detail for these events I can see its a replication issue for one of the GPOs. Event Type: Error Event Source: Userenv Event Category: None Event ID: 1030 Date: 29/03/2010 Time: 04:01:29 User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Computer: DC01 Description: Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects.
Written by Sam McGeown on 24/3/2010
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So, you’ve installed a new server with Server 2008 R2 Core – what next? Logging on, you’re presented with a shiny command prompt, you can run notepad or regedit…but aside from that, where do you go from there? In the next few series of posts I’ll hopefully point out the basics, and some not so basics! In this post, I’m covering Installing the IIS web server (and a few useful bits) and managing it from the IIS Management Snap-in.
Written by Sam McGeown on 24/3/2010
Published under Microsoft
So, you’ve installed a new server with Server 2008 R2 Core – what next? Logging on, you’re presented with a shiny command prompt, you can run notepad or regedit…but aside from that, where do you go from there? In the next few series of posts I’ll hopefully point out the basics, and some not so basics! I’m going to look at some management tasks – the bread and butter of being a Windows admin.
Written by Sam McGeown on 24/3/2010
Published under Microsoft and Networking
So, you’ve installed a new server with Server 2008 R2 Core – what next? Logging on, you’re presented with a shiny command prompt, you can run notepad or regedit…but aside from that, where do you go from there? In the next few series of posts I’ll hopefully point out the basics, and some not so basics! Using the Server Configuration Tool The server configuration tool (sconfig.cmd) is provided in R2 for some of the basic setup tasks, so you can run that by issuing the “sconfig” command.
Written by Sam McGeown on 11/2/2010
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If you read the Microsoft blurb for R2, the first thing you notice is that Server 2008 R2 is 64-bit only(!). It seems Microsoft are forcibly removing 32-bit server hardware from the data centre. I’ve not seen a decent upgrade guide online so far, so here’s my process. I’m going to be upgrading a Server 2008 R2 x64 SP2 Standard Edition virtual server to R2. To see what editions can and can’t be upgraded, check out this Technet Article, but it’s safe to say that you can’t upgrade across architectures (32-bit to 64-bit) and you can’t downgrade SKUs (Enterprise to Standard).
Written by Sam McGeown on 27/1/2010
Published under Microsoft and VMware
Configuring the Virtual Environment and Virtual Machines Note – this configuration will work for ESXi 4 upwards due to the server 2008 MSCS requirement for persistent SCSI-3 reservations. The first step is to create a new vSwitch for the host-only cluster heartbeat network, don’t assign any network adaptors to the switch as it’s going to be local only. Create a new virtual machine with a single hard disk. For the purposes of this test, I’ve assigned 2 vProcessors, 1GB RAM, 30GB drive for the OS, 1 vNIC in the default vSwitch0.
Written by Sam McGeown on 16/10/2009
Published under Microsoft
If you have an Alternate Access Mapping configured for a MOSS 2007 site with Integrated Authentication you might find that you get prompted for the DOMAIN\UserName and Password. After 3 attempts you get to a HTTP 401 error. This can be resolved by following the steps in MS KB 896861 HTH, Sam