vCenter Server stopped, event id 1827, 1105


In recent months I’ve been mainly focused on Hyper-V installations, but I’ve had an interesting VMware week this week. After 7 years of using ESX and then ESXi in production i experienced my first Purple Screen of Death which although inconvenient at the time i don’t think is too bad going!

Then later in the week and the subject of this post vCenter stopped running on one of our oldest installations.

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How to reset the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password

Windows SBS 2011

The Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password is used for restoring  Active Directory data on a Domain Controller. During an AD restore you can’t authenticate to Acitve Directory because it isn’t started while you boot into the restore mode and there aren’t any local accounts on a Domain Controller, so the DSRM password is used instead. This is a particularly important password to know in a single Domain Controller environment like an Small Business Server domain (although you can add additional DCs). It’s also a very good password to reset if you take on a new client with existing infrastructure that has been setup by someone else.

On SBS 2011 although you are not prompted to specify the DSRM password, it defaults to the password you use to install the server with. On Windows 2008, 2012, 2012 R2 when you promote a Member Server to a Domain Controller, you are asked to specify the password.

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Top 10 Blog posts of 2014

Happy New Year!

Following on from 2013’s success, 2014 was a busy blogging year, with 66 posts, 560,000 views and visitors from 218 countries! The blog has gone from strength to strength, there was no major redesign this year but subtle tweaks here and there to make it better. For a hobbyist blog its edging ever closer to the 1,000,000 views mark which is insane!

Below are the top ten articles in 2014

  1. How to install Exchange 2010 (SP3) on Windows Server 2012   (43,232 views)
  2. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve password last set and expiry information (40,199 views)
  3. How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8   (28,942 views)
  4. PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date – part 1 (24,922 views)
  5. Exchange PowerShell: How to list all SMTP email addresses in Exchange (21,600 views)
  6. How to display Celsius on the Outlook 2013 Weather Bar (21,108 views)
  7. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve logon scripts and home directories – Part 1 (20,128 views)
  8. Server 2012: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” (18,817 views)
  9. Exchange PowerShell: How to enumerate Distribution Lists, managers and members (17,954 views)
  10. How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1 (16,958 views)

Looking forward to 2015, I intend to work on some Sophos Certifications while trying to find time for a few more Microsoft exams.  I didn’t get around to the SBS migration to Windows / Exchange 2013 last year, but with a number of clients now on the cusp of migrating I’ll be looking at that sooner rather than later! The surprising success if 2014 was my PowerShell posts, these have been hugely popular and enjoyable to write so expect more this year.

I hope you have a great year!

Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8 v2 released and installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 1 Installtion tips

On 9th December Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8, the update was subsequently pulled and then re-released as Update Rollup 8 v2 a few days later.

See my post regarding the issues: Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8 released and then pulled!

Exchange 2010 SP3 UR8v2

The Update Rollup 8 v2 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 contains the fixes for the security issue that is described in KB2986475.

Update Rollup 8 v2 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 resolves the issues that are described in the December 2014 security update, and the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

  • 3004235 Exchange Server meetings in Russian time zones as well as names of time zones are incorrect after October 26, 2014
  • 3009132 Hybrid mailbox moves to on-premises environment but finishes with CompletedWithWarnings status
  • 3008999 IRM restrictions are applied to incorrectly formatted .docx, .pptx, or .xlsx files in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
  • 3008370 Group members are not sorted by display name when HAB is used with OAB in Exchange Server 2010
  • 3008308 Public folder database migration issue in a mixed Exchange Server environment
  • 3007794 Hub Transport server cannot deliver messages when a database fails over to a cross-site DAG in Exchange Server 2010
  • 3004521 An Exchange server loses its connection to domain controllers if a public folder server is down in Exchange Server 2010
  • 2999016 Unreadable characters when you import ANSI .pst files of Russian language by using the New-MailboxImportRequest cmdlet
  • 2995148 Changing distribution group takes a long time in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
  • 2992692 Retention policy is not applied to Information Rights Management protected voice mail messages in Exchange Server 2010
  • 2987982 Issues caused by ANSI mode in Exchange Server 2010
  • 2987104 Email message is sent by using the “Send As” instead of “Send on Behalf” permission in Exchange Server 2010
  • 2982017 Incorrect voice mail message duration in Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2010
  • 2977279 You cannot disable journaling for protected voice mail in Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2010

The update can be downloaded from here.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8 released and then pulled!

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 1 Installtion tips

On the 9th December Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8. The Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 contains the fixes for the security issue that is described in KB2986475.


Exchange 2010 SP3 UR8 pulled

Yet again the testing and quality assurance process for Exchange updates has failed! Each time this happens it knocks the confidence IT professionals have in deploying Exchange updates, I’m sure with the end result being more unpatched Exchange Servers in the wild.

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Veeam News – December 2014

Veeam it just works

Veeam have had a busy couple of few months recently, they are a company at the top of their game and there have been several big announcements recently:

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V – was released in August.

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech BETA is here! – was released in September.

PowerShell for newbies: Getting started with PowerShell 4.0 – written by Jeffery Hicks, this is a nice little introduction to PowerShell, just enough to whet your appetite!

Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – In October Veeam announced a free Endpoint backup product for Windows 7 & higher and Server 2008 and higher, for physical machines. Betas are starting to be released as I write this (I’m just waiting for mine!).

Veeam Availabiltiy Suite v8 is GA – Veeam releases version 8 of its flagship product in Novmeber.
What’s New in Veeam One – pdf download of new features in Veeam One 8.
What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication – pdf download of new features in Veeam B&R 8.

 Announcing: R2 of the Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center is here – released in December

Finally, it’s rare that I have to contact Veeam for support because as the logo states “It just works!”, but last week we had an issue with a Backup Copy Job failing, within three hours of uploading the logs I have a hotfix in my inbox which solved the problem, keep up the good work!

Related Posts:

1. Veeam – Task failed Error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

2. Veeam PowerShell: How to schedule an inventory of a drive and mark the media as free

3. Free eBook from Veeam – Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

4. How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM

Outlook 2013: How to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox

Outlook 2013

In this post I’ll show you how to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2010.

In a lot of companies I work with there are instances where a department will use a Shared Mailbox which users will have Send As permissions to. When a user sends an email as the shared mailbox it will often end up inthe user’s Sent Items rather than the Shared Mailbox’s Sent Item.

To change this behaviour you need to make a Registry Edit.

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