This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of windows

I was trying to repair a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and got an error at the System Recovery Options screen when booting from the Operating System DVD.

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows

The error read “This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows.”. 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 helpful information:

“Sorry, but we haven’t added content for this Exchange 2013 readiness check yet”. Continue reading

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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Web Site Tools

I thought I’d just put up a quick page to list the tools I use to create, maintain and optimise my websites.

Hosting and Domain Names

I currently use Heart Internet and Go Daddy for domain names and HostMedia to host my websites.

Heart Internet, start at £2.49* per month for web hosting and £6.99* per year for a co.uk domain name.

HostMedia has hosting for £1* for 100Mb space for life and £7.19* a year for a .co.uk domain name.

This means you can get your own domain and website very cheaply.

Website and Plugins

The main tool I use is to create websites is WordPress. It’s very easy to get started and have a good looking site up and running quickly. Continue reading

Draytek Router Firmware Damage – the router will die after reboot

Draytek Router Firmware Damage

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”. Continue reading

How to Archive emails in Outlook 2010

I’ve had a few request lately asking me how to archive emails so I thought I’d put a post up with the instructions I created.

Archive emails in Outlook 2010

Open Outlook 2010 and go to the “File” menu and under “Cleanup Tools” option select Archive.

Archive Menu in Outlook 2010
Archive Menu in Outlook 2010

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