Schedule Automatic Update and Reboot Using Group Policy – Windows Server 2012

Scheduling when updates happen on a Server is essential. You can schedule the updates to install and then the server to automatically reboot at a time when no one is using the server so then end users do not experience any downtime and also you don’t need a technician to manually update and restart the server.

This also prevents the error that says that your server will automatically restart in 15 minutes.

To do this you just need to open group policy and apply the settings outlined in the video.

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How to install Windows Server Essentials

You can download your own free trial of Windows Server Essentials from here.

Windows Server Essentials is designed to be used in Small Business and has a limitation of 25 users or 50 devices. Microsoft brought out Windows Server Essentials when it discontinued the Small Business Server.

Watch the video to learn how to install Windows Server Essentials.

Windows Server Essentials System Requirements

  • 1.4Ghz 64-bit single core processor or 1.3 Ghz 64-bit multi core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 160GB HDD
  • Network Adapter

Windows Server Essentials Recommended Specs

  • 3.1 Ghz 64-bit multi core processor
  • 16GB RAM

 

 

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Display driver igfx stopped responding and has successfully recovered – Event 4101, Display

When this happens your screen will suddenly go black and then come back to normal and then you get a error message down the bottom of the screen saying:

Display driver stopped responding and has been recovered.

driver error

To make sure this is the correct event check the event viewer and look for the below event.

Display driver igfx stopped responding

 

Error Log Details:

Log Name: System
Source: Display
Date: 2/02/2016 9:55:54 PM
Event ID: 4101
Task Category: None
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: zenbook.goe.local
Description:
Display driver igfx stopped responding and has successfully recovered.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event”>
<System>
<Provider Name=”Display” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”0″>4101</EventID>
<Level>3</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2016-02-02T10:55:54.732456900Z” />
<EventRecordID>13641</EventRecordID>
<Channel>System</Channel>
<Computer>zenbook.goe.local</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>igfx</Data>
<Data>
</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>

 

How to fix Display driver igfx stopped responding error

To fix this issue open the device manager and expand the display drivers section
device manager driver

Right click on the display driver and select update driver software, this will now pop up with the driver updater.

Update driver

Once the installation is finished you will get the below message, then reboot your computer and it should be fixed.

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How to enable Developer Mode in Windows 10

With Windows 10 you no longer have to pay Microsoft for a Developer License to create and test your own apps.

You can actually just enable developer mode and then run your apps or you can even sideload other peoples apps that are not in the store.

To enable Developer Mode

 

  • Press the Windows-key, type Settings and load Settings.
  • Click on Update & Security
  • Select the For developers tab.
  • There you may either enable “sideload apps” or “developer mode” whichever suits your needs best

 

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How to open Internet Explorer in Windows 10

 

With the release of Windows 10 from Microsoft they have included the “Edge” browser as the default internet browser. If you still prefer to use Internet Explorer with Windows 10 you can.

You can either open Internet Explorer from the Edge browser by clicking the more options button in the top right hand corner or you can open it directly from the start menu by searching for the words Internet Explorer, this will bring up a search result and all you have to do is open it.

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Installing SQL Server 2012 – Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed

This error happens when installing SQL Server 2012

The following error has occurred:

Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.

For help, click: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?LinkID=20476&ProdName=Microsoft%20SQL%20Server&EvtSrc=setup.rll&EvtID=50000&ProdVer=11.0.3128.0&EvtType=0xD15B4EB2%25400x4BDAF9BA%25401306%254026

To fix this issue you need to completly uninstall SQL by:

  • Go to Programs and Features
  • Right click Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Select Uninstall
  • Follow the prompts to uninstall SQL Server

Once the uninstall of SQL Server has finished you will need to reboot your server.

Now start a fresh installation

Go though the SQL Server installation until you get to the Server Configuration Page

At this page change the SQL Server Database Engine to use the account “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” which may also be called the Local System account.

sql server error

 

Finish the SQL Server installation and this time you should not get the error “Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed“.

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How to add Internet Explorer back to Windows 10

Internet explorer is not the default browser in Windows 10. This does not mean that it is not included just that by default web pages will be opened by the Microsoft Edge browser.

Tadd internet explorer to windows 10o access internet explorer on windows 10 follow these steps:

  • Select the search bar next to the start menu
  • Type in “internet”
  • Internet Explorer will now show in the search results
  • Right click on Internet Explorer
  • Select Pin to Start
  • You will now have an internet explorer shortcut in your Windows 10 start menu

 

Internet explorer in the start menu on windows 10
An internet explorer shortcut will be visible in the start menu
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Backing up your Vsphere Virtual Machines host unfortunately is one of the last items you address when bringing your VMs online. With everything that goes into VMware Vsphere, back up seems to be an area where Vmware has fallen short.

Currently there is no built in method for performing a backup of your Vsphere Virtual Machines. In previous version of Vsphere,  VCB or Vmware Consolidated Backup was a viable option for backing up your Vms, but in newer version of Vsphere, VCB has been discarded in favor to VMware Data Protection. As is the case, this option is available for purchase. Other solutions are available, such as Net backup, Acronis and others, but like anything else they aren’t free…So what is a cash crunched admin to do..The answer is ghettoVCB.sh

This article will provide you the details of backing up your Vsphere Virtual Machines without breaking the bank. Now, as the case with most free options this solution does require you possess an intermediate level of understanding of Linux, VI and have SSH access to your Vsphere host.

GhettoVCB.sh script performs backups of virtual machines residing on ESX(i) 3.5/4.x/5.x servers using methodology similar to VMware’s VCB tool. The script takes snapshots of live running virtual machines, backs up the master VMDK(s) and then upon completion, deletes the snapshot until the next backup.

Upon dowloading GhettoVCB.sh, you will want to create a folder on the root file system and copy it to this folder. Then it will be necessary to unzip the file

unzip ghettoVCB-master.zip

and make sure you have the appropriate rights and permissions:

chmod +x ghettoVCB.shchmod +x ghettoVCB-restore.sh

As is the case with open source solutions, it is now necessary to configure the solution for your environment. Below are list of the variables ,with sample values, that are necessary for GhettoVCB.sh to successfully backup your Vsphere Virtual machines. Several of the variables are pretty self explanatory & are within your scope of setting up. With that being said, please take the time to gather this data prior to configuring this solution, it will make this alot easier. Of the variables listed below if you have any issues it will most certainly come from these variables

EMAIL_LOG=0
EMAIL_SERVER=
EMAIL_SERVER_PORT=25
EMAIL_DELAY_INTERVAL=1
EMAIL_TO=
EMAIL_FROM=

But don’t sweat it, it wont be anything you and your Email admin cant figure out.
VM_BACKUP_VOLUME=Backup Location
DISK_BACKUP_FORMAT=thin
VM_BACKUP_ROTATION_COUNT=3
POWER_VM_DOWN_BEFORE_BACKUP=0
ENABLE_HARD_POWER_OFF=0
ITER_TO_WAIT_SHUTDOWN=3
POWER_DOWN_TIMEOUT=5
ENABLE_COMPRESSION=0
VM_SNAPSHOT_MEMORY=0
VM_SNAPSHOT_QUIESCE=0
ALLOW_VMS_WITH_SNAPSHOTS_TO_BE_BACKEDUP=0
ENABLE_NON_PERSISTENT_NFS=0
UNMOUNT_NFS=0
NFS_SERVER=172.30.0.195
NFS_MOUNT=/nfsshare
NFS_LOCAL_NAME=nfs_storage_backup
NFS_VM_BACKUP_DIR=mybackups
SNAPSHOT_TIMEOUT=15
EMAIL_LOG=0
EMAIL_SERVER=auroa.primp-industries.com
EMAIL_SERVER_PORT=25
EMAIL_DELAY_INTERVAL=1
[email protected]
[email protected]
WORKDIR_DEBUG=0
VM_SHUTDOWN_ORDER=
VM_STARTUP_ORDER=

After you have addressed each variable, now it is time to give it a go. Like with so many solutions there are numerous switches to further define how the backup will run

OPTIONS:
-a Backup all VMs on host
-f List of VMs to backup
-m Name of VM to backup (overrides -f)
-c VM configuration directory for VM backups
-g Path to global ghettoVCB configuration file
-l File to output logging
-w ghettoVCB work directory (default: )
-d Debug level [info|debug|dryrun] (default: info)

I will make the assumption that you want to backup all your VMs on your host for this example.

./ghettoVCB.sh -a -d debug

Now like all good admins we will want test our first pass of the backup. For this we will use the option

-d dryrun

I suggest you run your first pass like this

./ghettoVCB.sh -a -d dryrun

This will let you know a few things before going live:

1.Duration of backup
2.Verify if your variables are defined correctly

OK that’s it..You should have everything you need to start backing your VMs. Going forward you will probably want to schedule this script to run regularly to make sure you have consistent backups. To schedule this script will need to create a cron job, and that my friends is a different subject altogether

Have fun
@piettov

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Enable rotation on Surface Pro with Windows 10

By default rotation will be disabled on Windows 10 devices, this is a bit strange if you are using a tablet device.

You can enable the screed to rotate in Windows 10 by following these steps:

Press the icon below to open the charms menu

open menu in windows 10

Press the Rotation lock button

enable rotation in windows 10

 

Now when you flip the Windows 10 tablet over you will be able to flip the screen on your surface pro or other Windows 10 tablet.

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Outlook 2013 won’t send emails after Windows 10 upgrade

This issue appears after doing the free Windows 10 upgrade.

When you try to send out emails from outlook you will get the following error message in the send receive dialog:

8x800ccc13 cannot connect to the network verify your network connection or modem

It appears that this only happens with POP mailboxes sending through SMTP protocol

To fix the “8x800ccc13 cannot connect to the network verify your network connection or modem” outlook error you will need to run the command

sfc /scannow

This will need to be done in an administrative command prompt. If you do not know how to do this follow the folling steps:

In the search box type cmd8x800ccc13 cannot connect to the network verify your network connection or modem

Right click on cmd and select run as administrator

Type in “sfc /scannow”

Hit enter

sfc

 

 

Once the scan runs test sending emails from outlook again. You will now be able to send emails again from outlook 2013.

 

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