Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks


May 19, 2011  10:47 AM

Open your Windows server’s service MMC with the run menu…

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

You can open up the services MMC module by hitting the:

 Windows Key + R and typing Services.msc followed by the enter key

And then you can start, stop and disable services easy as pie!

May 19, 2011  10:45 AM

Continually ping a remote host to see when it comes back up.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

Working on servers 100’s of miles away from me and sometimes further I do not know when the boxes are back up after a remote reboot. So I drop to the command line and use this command to tell me when the server’s NIC is back up:

 

ping 10.10.10.1 -t

 

Simply replace the IP address with the address you want to monitor and hit enter you will see failures until the server is up and then the pings will have replies.


May 17, 2011  11:01 AM

Windows 2008 – Role Error with exception code: 0x800B0100

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

When viewing Server Manager on Windows Server 2008 we are getting a Roles: Error with error details of unexpected error refreshing Server Manager and an exception code: 0x800B0100.The fix is as follows:

1. Download System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Server 2008/Vista – http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=947821

x86

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d9ece65-3820-4583-85f5-7e2a5799b3ba&DisplayLang=en

x64

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=32978546-8108-408f-b78e-0e95eff14c92&DisplayLang=en

2. The System Update Readiness Tool creates a log file with any issues the tool found or fixed.
The log file is located under: c:\windows\logs\CBS\CheckSUR.log

Example:

=================================
Checking System Update Readiness.
Version 6.0.6001.22275
2009-03-30 21:43

Checking Deployment Packages

Checking Package Manifests and catalogs.

Checking package watchlist.

Checking component watchlist.

Checking packages.
(f) CBS MUM Missing 0×00000002 servicing\packages\Package_for_KB961260_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.3.mum
(f) CBS MUM Missing 0×00000002 servicing\packages\Package_for_KB961260_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.3.mum
(f) CBS MUM Missing 0×00000002 servicing\packages\Package_for_KB961260~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.3.mum

Checking component store

Checking SMI Store
Summary:
Milliseconds: 374633
Found 3 errors
CBS MUM Missing Total Count: 3

Based on the example this means that we are missing 3 MUM packages under c:\windows\servicing\packages

3. We locate the failed KB Update KB961260 in this example which will be different for everybody and we download it on our system
4. We rename it from .msu to .cab and we extract it to get our missing files
5. We locate the missing files and we copy them to a new folder. Most of the times at least 1 file can not be found so we have to rename the update.mum and update.cat to the missing file name
Missing Files Copy
6. We select Properties of c:\windows\servicing\Packages and under Security tab we click on Advanced. On Owner tab we click on Edit and change the owner from TrustedInstaller to our account and then OK to return back to Packages Properties
7. Under Security Tab we click on Edit so we can add our account with Full control
8. Now we copy the missing files to c:\windows\servicing\Packages
9. We rerun the update until the log file does not report any more missing files

* Do not forget to assign the Package permissions back to NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller after you finish with the updates.

Thanks IT Solutions!


May 17, 2011  10:57 AM

Can I upgrade my Power Edge 2950 to quad core Xenon 5400 processors?

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I just wanted to save our readers a little bit of grief if they have to deal with the same issue that a friend of mine recently ran into:

 

My 2950 was working fine with Server 2008 & Hyper-V. Just only had the two dual core CPU’s.

Ordered two Intel Xeon Quad Core 5400 series processors, got some thermal paste and swapped the processors.

Now the Poweredge will not boot, has a ierr 1410 CPU 1 scrolling on the little display.

I can’t find anything that tells me what this code means and what steps to try and fix it.

For now we are going to try putting the dual cores back in and update the bios.

I’m looking to see if anyone has done this successfully and what did you need to do to make it work.

 

The answer was quite simple –

The only 2950 that will support the 5400 processor is the PowerEdge 2950 III (It needs to say III or III in a circle.) If you have an older version you will HAVE to use the 5300 series of processors. And that’s it. No workarounds no nothing!


May 5, 2011  9:44 AM

Saving Windows Event Logs to Excel on Server 2003.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

This has been an issue of mine for a while. I was not able to open other server’s event log files and see the correct event descriptions due to the applications not being installed on my server. So the quick fix is to Export the events from the server as CSV and open them in Excel. This way you get all the text necessary to troubleshoot!

Open up the event viewer and right click on the log you want to export (Like application or system) and choose export events as… Choose CSV as the file type and you can export the events and read them in Excel easily!


May 5, 2011  9:38 AM

Disabling Internet Explorer’s enhanced security configuration on 2003 or 2008 server/

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

By default, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 ship with Internet Explorer in enhanced security configuration, which is basically a locked down version that adds a bit of extra security to your servers.

However, if you know what you are doing, you might want to disable IE enhanced security configuration to get rid of the annoying messages. In this post, I will walk you through the steps to disable enhanced security for both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.

Windows Server 2003 Method

  1. In Windows Server 2003, you can turn off enhanced security for IE by going to Start, Control Panel, and then Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Next, click on Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side:
  3. Scroll down to Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration and uncheck the box to turn it off.

In Windows 2008, the process is a little different.

  1. First, go to Start, then Administrative Tools and choose Server Manager.
  2. Under the Security Summary section, click on Configure IE ESC.
  3. A dialog will pop up where you can disable IE ESC for either Administrators or Users. Click Off to turn off IE ESC for whichever group you prefer.


March 30, 2011  3:57 PM

Free statistics for your website

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

We have seen a lot of real time web statistic programs come and go but Statcounter.com takes the cake with a free application that is simply awesome and non-intrusive. Install this on all your web sites today. What do you use for stats?Hit us up in the comments below.


March 30, 2011  3:55 PM

Find out your serial port information or usb to serial port info.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I connect to serial devices on Windows 7 using a serial to usb cable and putty. To find out what com port it is using i simply open up device manager and expand ports and blamo there it is!


March 30, 2011  3:54 PM

Sonicwall Pro 3060 stops web traffic on port 80 suddenly…

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

The sonicwall security appliance will stop all web traffic if its security services are expired. Either uninstall them or renew them and you will have your service restored. Thanks Sonicwall.


March 30, 2011  8:47 AM

Creating network traces with Wireshark.

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

If you need to capture data into and out of a computer you can download and run Wireshark. But if you need two way chatter (both sides of the conversation) you will either need to use a spanned port on a switch or use a port aggregator. Then start your Wireshark trace and you can capture and analyze your network traffic.

Do you have any tips or tricks regarding Wireshark? If so we would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Wireshark can be grabbed from http://www.wireshark.org


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