Windows 10 Resources

Windows 10

 

With Windows 10 being released next week on the 29th July I thought it was about time I put together some resources for the early adopters among you.

I’ve been using Windows 10 for the past few months on my laptop and have found the tech previews to be very reliable, so am excited to see what features make it into the final edition.

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals

First up we have “Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals” (ISBN 9780735696969) by Ed Bott. It’s base on the Tech preview as of April 2015 and will be updated once the final version has been released.

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals – PDF, MOBI, EPUB

 

 

Some links from the Windows 10 Insider Program:

Basics: Using Start and Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows 10 Terminology and Locations

How to enable desktop Control Panel on Start menu in Windows 10

How to locate and open Internet Explorer in Windows 10

A demo by Microsoft’s Joe Belfoire:

Windows 10 Demo: Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore at Ignite shows off new features coming to the OS on YouTube

This looks interesting if you do screencasts: Windows 10 has a secret screen recording tool

A bit about Dell and Windows 10:

Dell + Windows 10

Upgrade on your own terms to Windows 10

Some links from the Windows blog:

Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ

Introducing Windows 10 Editions

Finally some links from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals

Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros

Enterprise Mobility: Prepare you mobile environment for Windows 10

I hope you find the information above useful, if you know of any other resources you think i should add in here let me know. Thanks, Carl.

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Dell Server Update Utility SUU 15.07 released

Dell Server Update Utility

The latest version of Dell Server Update Utility (SUU 15.07.00) was released last week. The SUU is an application used to help patch Dell PowerEdge servers. It will compare currently installed drivers and firmware with those available on the mounted iso file.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 10 released and installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 1 Installtion tips

On 16th June Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 10.

The Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 contains the fixes for the security issue that is described in KB3049853 and the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

 

 

The update can be downloaded from here.

The official Exchange Team blog post can be found here.

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Exchange OWA not working and WAS Error 5172

Microsoft Exchange

Recently I came across an error where OWA had stopped working on an Exchange 2010 server.

After a quick look in services I could see that the IIS Admin Service wasn’t running. So I tried a quick iisreset /restart command, but received the following error.

iisreset error

Back to Services again, and I could see that the World Wide Web Publishing Service wasn’t started. I tried to start the service but it failed to start.

services

So i took a look at its dependencies and noticed the Windows Process Activation Service wasn’t started either.World Wide Web Publish Service Dependencies

I tried starting the Windows Process Activation Service, but it wouldn’t start and produced the following error message:

The Windows Process Activation Service terminated with the following error:
The data is invalid.

So I had a quick check in the event logs, and each time the Windows Process Activation Service tried to start it generated an Event ID 5172 Error message in the System Event log:

The Windows Process Activation Service encountered an error trying to read the configuration data from file ‘C:\Windows\system32\intsrv\schema\NetFx40_IS_schema_update.xml’, line number ‘1’. The error message is: ‘Configuration file is not well-formed XML’. The data field contains the error number.

Event ID 5172 Error WASSo I browsed to the folder in question to take a look at the xml file and found the following.

Windows System32 inetsrv config schema-beforeThe file size was 0 KB which and contained no data. On further investigation I had a quick look at the Windows update history and the issue occurred after Microsoft.Net Framework 4.5.2 for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64-based Systems (KB2901983) was installed.

Windows Update History

Whenever a change is made in IIS a backup of the configuration is saved in the C:\inetpub\history folder.  So I browsed to the last CFGHISTORY folder to take a look, and sure enough the NetFx40_IIS_schema_update.xml file was 4 KB in size.inetpub history cfghistory schema

I copied  the NetFx40_IIS_schema_update.xml file from the C:\inetpub\history folder to the C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config\schema folder.

32 inetsrv config schema-after

I was then able to run iisreset, at which point the WAS, World Wide Publishing and IIS Admin Services all started sucessfully.

iisreset success

 

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Exchange PowerShell: How to Bulk Import/Create Mail Contacts

Exchange PowerShell

I’ve been working a lot with Exchange 2013 recently so will be focusing my next few posts on some PowerShell I have used and found useful to help me setup an Exchange 2013 environment for a new company.

In this post I will look at the process I used to bulk create Contacts.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 9 released and installation tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 1 Installtion tips

On 17th March Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 9. I’ve waited a bit longer than usual to test and depoly the update due to the issues with Update Rollup 8 being released and then pulled, then re-released a few days later.

The Update Rollup 9 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 contains the fixes for the security issue that is described in KB3030085 and the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

This update resolves the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

This update also includes new daylight saving time (DST) updates for Exchange Server 2010 SP3. For more information about DST, go to the following Microsoft website:

The update can be downloaded from here.

The official Exchange Team blog post can be found here.

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Released Today: Veeam Availability Suite v8 Update 2

Veeam it just works

Veeam have just release Update 2 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software – Veeam Availability Suite v8.

The update includes full support for vSphere v6, and support for Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. See the Knowledge base article kb2024 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

As a service provider I got my hands on the update last week to apply to our Cloud Connect Solution and we’ve not had a problem with it, still you may want to wait a few days just in case there are any bugs to iron out.

Read the official blog post here:
http://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-availability-suite-update-2-vsphere-6-support-endpoint-and-more.html

Download and further information can be found here:
http://www.veeam.com/kb2024

Also of note is Update 2 for Veeam One v8. Details and download can be found on the link below.
http://www.veeam.com/kb2025

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