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Azure: Upload and Download VHDs

With Microsoft Azure Powershell you have the ability to upload and download VHD files between on premise and Azure. Please note that at the time of writing, only the VHD format is supported. First you need to ensure you have Azure Powershell installed, there is a great guide you can follow here After you’re connected … Continue reading

Enabling features on Windows Server 2012 R2

When I was trying to enable the .Net Framework 3.5 Features from server manager, I received the prompt “Do you need to specify an alternate source path? One or more installation selections are missing source files on the destination…” I did the usual and clicked “Specify an alternate source path”, pointing to the installation media where … Continue reading

Patch SharePoint 2010 RTM to SP2 with latest CU

I was tasked with upgrading our SharePoint 2010 farm from RTM to the latest Cumulative Update (April 2014) to ease our migration to SharePoint 2013. I’d never really touched SharePoint before, so was quite unsure of the steps. After reading some contradicting articles online, here’s the steps I followed to successfully get to the April … Continue reading

SharePoint My Site “An unexpected error has occurred” after installing Cumulative Update

After installing the April 2014 Cumulative Update on our SharePoint 2010 farm (updating from Service Pack 2), when browsing to My Site we got the error “An unexpected error has occurred” Error presented when My Site loads Looking in the Windows event logs on the farm servers provided no information on this error, however looking … Continue reading

Reset SQL SA account password

Don’t know the SA password for your SQL server instance? Here are a few ways that you can reset the SQL SA account password should you ever need to. Both methods focus on getting a command window running as the SYSTEM account, and then launching SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) from this window. This will … Continue reading

Windows Server Backup Failed Recovery

I was trying to recover a Hyper-V server from a volume/system state backup created by Microsoft DPM 2010 using Windows Server Backup (WSB) on a new Windows Server 2012 R2 host, as part of a Disaster Recovery project. In the following post I use MYSERVER to replace the actual server name. DPM had backed up … Continue reading

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host hanging at login causing cluster failover

We had an issue on the hosts in our Hyper-V cluster where after a reboot they would take several minutes to log in, hanging at the Welcome screen. This was causing our cluster to become unstable and failovers of VM’s to occur. The solution we found was to run devnodeclean on each of the hosts … Continue reading

Infrastructure Planning: SQL Clustering and Mirroring

I created a few diagrams for a brief at work on our options for planning the mirroring or clustering of our SQL servers. Included is information that may prove helpful, and also examples of failovers. I included is a zip file for download with the actual Visio files in that you can use and edit … Continue reading

Hyper-V virtual machine failed in failover cluster, showing pending status and cannot boot

We had a SAN failure this weekend on our 2008R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster, this dropped all VM’s within the cluster and left us with a few VM’s unable to boot. In failover cluster manager, selecting the VM displayed the status as failed, and selecting the cluster node that hosted the VM shows its status as … Continue reading

Exchange server bulk mail send using PowerShell

I recently had to check the capacity of our Exchange 2007 Server due to having delays of several hours for email sends and receives. I created the small PowerShell script attached to send 1000 emails through the server. Feel free to download and modify as required. It turns out it was a bad Server 2003 … Continue reading