Managed Service Accounts

Creating Managed Service Accounts is fairly strait forward – no passwords are required. These steps are for Windows Server 2008 R2. There is one catch, while it will allow you to create a Managed Service Account more than 15 characters, it won’t let you install a Managed Service Account more than 15 characters on servers. Best to keep under 15 characters as a rule of thumb. This is the error that you would get if you tried to install a Managed Service Account on a server – Cannot install service account. Error Message: ‘Unknown error (0xc0000017)’ Also, you cannot use…

Exchange Online breaks AutoDiscover for additional Exchange mailboxes

I was getting an error message on a single physical Windows 7 machine, which was a brand new install of Windows 7 with Office 2010 SP1. Outlook is connecting to Exchange 2010 SP2 which hosts all mailboxes for the company. I was getting this error on the first Outlook setup screen where I enter, name, email address and password: (An encrypted connection to your mail server is not available. Click next to attempt using an unencrypted connection) This error was happening the first time I configured Outlook 2010, right after installation. The Windows 7 machine is not on the domain….

Hyper-V cluster host maintenance, mass live migration of virtual machines

If you have Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2008 R2 in a cluster, there are times when you will need to live migrate all virtual machine guests to another host for scheduled planned maintenance on a specific host. You can live migrate all virtual machines one by one, one after the other from one host to another host by automatically running the following PowerShell script: Import-Module failoverclusters get-cluster "$CL" | Get-Clusternode "$SH" | Get-ClusterGroup | Move-ClusterVirtualMachineRole -node "$DH" As an example: get-cluster "dc-au-hvc-03" | Get-Clusternode "dc-au-hv-12" | Get-ClusterGroup | Move-ClusterVirtualMachineRole -node dc-au-hv-13 If you want to live migrate one specific…

Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installation issues/problems

When I installed Exchange 2010 SP2 by the GUI, it gave me an error: Setup cannot use domain controller ‘<server>’ because it belongs to Active Directory site ‘<site>’. Setup must use a domain controller in the same site as this computer (<site>). So how do you install Exchange 2010 SP2 forcing the setup to use the correct domain controller in the same site? Simple fix is to kick off the installation from the command line and watch it install from there. setup.com /mode:upgrade /domaincontroller:dcname.contoso.local This works perfectly. Also for any Unified Messaging rolls, I got this error: All the Unified…

Use Photoshop batch to process all photos in a folder

If you take many photos and normally use Photoshop to Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color as a manual task, this can be fairly time consuming. This guide will show you how to automate this on a folder basis. All photos in a folder can be automatically processed by Photoshop for Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color, saving you lots of time by using pre-recorded Actions in a batch job! Create an output directory on your computer where all Edited photos will output and saved to, e.g. C:\Users\<user>\Pictures\Edited Open Photoshop and open any image as preparation. You will…

Australian Digital TV comskip.ini

This comskip.ini file works well for me using MCE Buddy with Windows Media Center. detect_method=255            ;1=black frame, 2=logo, 4=scene change, 8=fuzzy logic, 16=closed captions, 32=aspect ration, 64=silence, 128=cutscenes, 255=all validate_silence=1            ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues if selected above. validate_uniform=1            ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues (like pure white frames) if blackframe is selected above. validate_scenechange=1        ; Default, set to 0 to force using this clues if selected above. verbose=1                ;show a lot of extra info, level 5 is also OK, set to 0 to disable max_brightness=60                  ;frame not black if any…

Printers not installing on Windows 7

If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 as a print server and have all the correct drivers installed, x86 and x64 versions, printers might not install correctly from Group Policy and you might see event ID 4098 in the event log: Group Policy object did not apply because it failed with error code ‘0x80070bcb The specified printer driver was not found on the system and needs to be downloaded.’ This error was suppressed. In this scenario, printers might install correctly on Windows XP x86, but not on Windows 7 x86. Also, if you try to manually connect to the…