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Windows 10 VPN before log in for domain users

How to create a VPN connection before logging in to Windows 10

I just thought I’d post a quick help guide for those struggling with remote sites that have no site-to-site VPN. For what ever reason the site has no VPN you can get new users logged into a domain.

The situation

I’ve been looking after a site that has remote users and due to the fact the remote office is shared with other companies, it is not possible to set up a site-to-site VPN. In the past we have setup new computers at head office, got the user to log-in and then ship the PC to site. Once on the remote site, they can log in and connect to the VPN to get access to the network shares. This is becoming more difficult as new users are starting at the remote location and need to log in for the first time from there. Continue reading

Exchange 2013 Uninstall Error – generating an offline address book

“This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book”

I was trying to uninstall Microsoft Exchange 2013 after moving to Exchange 2016 but kept getting the error “This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book” in the Readiness checks.

I ran ‘Get-Mailbox – Arbitration’ to verify all the mailboxes had been moved.

Nothing appeared to be pointing at the old server and I could not find any mailboxes on the server.

In the end I ran ADSIEdit and found under Configuration > services> Microsoft Exchange > First Organisation> Address List Container > Offline Address Lists that the Offline Address Book had a reference to the old server. Continue reading

Exchange 2013 readiness check fails – The windows component Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra isn’t installed on this computer

I was trying to install Exchange 2013 SP1 on a freshly installed Windows 2016 server when I received an error running the Exchange 2013 readiness checks.

Error:
The Windows component Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra isn’t installed on this computer and needs to be installed before Exchange Setup can begin.

For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.ServerGuiMgmtInfraNotInstalled.aspx

Exchange readiness error
Exchange 2013 readiness error

When clicking on the link for more information I received the most helpful information “Sorry but we haven’t added content for this Exchange 2013 readiness check yet”.

Exchange readiness error web link
Exchange readiness error web link

After double checking everything I found out Microsoft Exchange 2013 is not support on Windows Server 2016.  Windows Server 2016 only supports Microsoft Exchange 2016 CU3 (and presumably later).

Workaround

Unfortunately there are only 2 options. Downgrade your Windows 2016 licence to Windows 2012 R2, as I did, or go for Exchange 2016 CU3 .

I hope this post helps someone find a quick answer to the issue rather than trawling the internet for hours.

Let me know if there are any other workarounds or if this helped you in the comments below,

Thanks

Ian

Solved – Dell PowerEdge R430 and installing Windows 2016 from USB

Today I got a delivery of a new Dell PowerEdge R430 and needed to install Windows 2016 Standard on it.

I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and created a bootable USB pen using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, but Dell’s LifeCycle controller refused to recognise the USB drive.

Dell, if you’re listening, please let us install from USB through the Lifecycle Controller !

The ISO was 5.47 Gb so would not burn to a standard DVD and I needed to deliver this server to my client the following day.

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Draytek Router Firmware Damage – the router will die after reboot

If you have a DrayTek with Firmware Damage and a warning “the router will die after reboot” read on to learn how to resolve it.

I have been flashing some DrayTek routers after I received an advisory from DrayTek about new critical firmware updates.

The first few went as expected with minimal downtime until one, a DrayTek 2830, disconnected midway through the upload of the firmware.

The web page of the router came back with an error “session disconnect”.

When I reloaded the page and logged back in I got the message:

Warning: Firmware Damage!!!

You must upgrade FW immediately, or the router will die after reboot!

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Event ID 1500 1501 application event log spwebapp

I have just been looking at a problem with IIS (OWA outlook web access and sharepoint http://companyweb were not responding) and remote access to the RDS server had stopped. The application event log was full of event ID 1500 and 1501 for the user spwebapp.

The Windows SBS 2011 is running Exchange/OWA and IIS and has the remote gateway configured to redirect to the RDS server.

I restarted the remote gateway service which fixed the remote access problem.

The next problem was OWA and Company web not responding. I restarted IIS by running the IISreset from an admin command prompt but this didn’t change anything.

Event Id 1500 and 1501
Event Id 1500 and 1501

As you can see the event were happening frequently (about 20 a second). I have no idea when this started as the log  was full and overwriting older events.

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Windows 2012 Backup error 0x8004231F

I recently had a server that had Windows Backup failing with the error (0x8004231F) “There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location”

Windows Backup Error
Windows Backup Error

All the hard drives appeared to have plenty of space and the backup drives were new and also had plenty of space.

Disk Space
Disk Space

I deceided to try and run the backup from the command line and while this also errored it gave a bit more detail

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Windows 2008 server Hyper-V host and corrupted windows install

I had a bit of a worrying time last week when a colleague upgraded an old (but live) Dell PowerEdge R310 server running Hyper-V with some new RAM.
He powered down the old server, upgraded the RAM and booted the server back up.
A few minutes later he was looking at the screen loading windows, when it failed. He put the DVD and tried to repair windows but when he got to the  System recovery window it didn’t show any installations of Windows.
He then looked to restore from backup to another server to get the Hyper-V clients running while we fix this server.

Yes, you know what’ coming here, the latest backup we had was over a year old. Our client had not swapped out the drives for that length of time and something had corrupted the one drive that was plugged in.  Windows Backup was reporting successful backups, but when you try to restore, you cannot see any dates to select from. An investigation for another day I think !

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