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  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Snapshots and SharePoint Development, Part 2

    In part 1 of this post, I introduced the way I use VM snapshots to allow me to quickly rollback my SharePoint development VMs to key points in time. For example, I can quickly revert to a "baseline SharePoint Server 2010 configuration" in which no Web applications have been created (besides Central Administration...
  • Blog Post: Errors Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (a.k.a. "How much disk space do I need?!")

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about issues I encountered deploying Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 due to insufficient disk space on various VMs in the the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab). This morning I encountered similar issues when attempting to install Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Resolving Issues After Applying Hyper-V Snapshot

    This morning I rolled back one of my development VMs to a snapshot I created about a month ago. When I subsequently tried to login with my domain credentials, I encountered the following error: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. I did a quick Internet...
  • Blog Post: Before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1...

    ...make darn sure you have already installed the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 (if you want to use them, of course). Otherwise, like me, you'll likely resort to nuking your desktop and starting over. Earlier this week, I posted about how I rebuilt my Windows 7 desktop while installing...
  • Blog Post: What's in your Jump List?

    Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post that described the BackedUp and NotBackedUp folders I use on almost every computer I ever log on to (my laptop, desktop, a handful of servers, and more than a dozen VMs). I also showed how I created taskbar shortcuts to quickly access my NotBackedUp and Toolbox...
  • Blog Post: Script to Save Event Logs

    Earlier this week , I shared a script that I frequently use in my development environments to clear the event logs (for example, whenever I want to verify that one of my VMs "boots clean" -- meaning without any errors or warnings). Note that prior to clearing each of the event logs, the script first...
  • Blog Post: Script to Clear (and Save) Event Logs

    As I was writing my first post earlier this morning , I wondered if I had previously shared the script I use to quickly clear the event logs on a server (but saving them first -- just in case I need to go back and retrieve something from the "archive"). I did a quick search on my blog and didn't see...
  • Blog Post: Removing Downloaded Program Files (e.g. ActiveX Controls) in Windows 7/IE 8

    In the latest sprint on my current project, we are adding yet another major feature to a customer service portal -- specifically, the ability to view live video feeds from security cameras. The vendor this particular customer has selected for providing the camera functionality utilizes several ActiveX...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Backup Does Not Show Backed Up Files

    [Sorry the blog has been relatively silent this month -- but, on the other hand, I did manage to make time for a vacation to Arizona this month (Sedona, Grand Canyon, and then Scottsdale). It was a little hot, but a wonderful trip nonetheless.] Here's an email that I sent last month regarding an issue...
  • Blog Post: Save Significant Disk Space by Setting MaxPatchCacheSize to 0

    A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , in which I mentioned setting the MaxPatchCacheSize registry setting to 0 (in order to save some significant disk space while installing the service pack). [Note that the credit for this trick really goes...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 Does Not Work with Windows Server 2003 POP3 Service

    I've mentioned in the past how I run a Windows Server 2003 mail server in order to use the POP3 service for basic e-mail functionality, and that I didn't have any interest in finding an alternative when I discovered POP3 is no longer available in Windows Server 2008. Well, I guess I need to start investing...
  • Blog Post: Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V

    In a previous post , I noted how the " Jameson Datacenter " (a.k.a. my home lab) currently runs two domain controllers (DCs) on a couple of VMs. If you choose to virtualize one or more DCs in your environment, make sure you are aware of the considerations, risks, and recommendations detailed in the...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned Moving TFS to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008

    I've been a bad blogger this month. Almost a month ago, I wrote a post about using Web standards with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 , but I noted that there would be more to come on that subject in the near future. Well, almost a full month has passed and I still haven't posted "part...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Backup Solution

    As I've mentioned before, I don't spend much money or time maintaining the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab). However, that doesn't mean that I treat my infrastructure lightly. In previous posts, I've covered many of the Group Policy objects that I use to minimize the maintenance effort associated...
  • Blog Post: Configure IntelliMirror Using Group Policy

    Yet another Group Policy object that I use in the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab) is one to automatically configure roaming profiles and redirect the Desktop and Documents folders to a server(a.k.a. "IntelliMirror"). Even though I don't have many users in my Active Directory domain -- it...
  • Blog Post: Eliminate MBSA Warnings Using Default Security Settings Policy

    Another Group Policy object that I use in the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab) is one that I created a couple of years ago in order to eliminate various warnings from the Microsoft Baseline Security Advisor (MBSA). To automatically change the default security settings in the "Jameson Datacenter...
  • Blog Post: Managing Group Membership via Group Policy - Part 2

    In Part 1 of this post , I explained the Group Policy object (named Development - Restricted Groups Policy ) that I use for enforcing group membership on a specific set of servers. As a follow-up to that post, I also want to cover an alternate method of managing group membership. In the previous scenario...
  • Blog Post: Enforcing Windows Update via Group Policy

    Another Group Policy object that I use in the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab) is one to automatically configure Windows Update on all computers in the domain. This ensures that each server or workstation downloads updates from COLOSSUS (one of my VMs that is running Windows Server Update Services...
  • Blog Post: Managing Group Membership via Group Policy - Part 1

    In yesterday's post I covered one of the Group Policy objects that I use in the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab), specifically one that automatically enables Remote Desktop (Terminal Services) whenever I add a new server to my Active Directory domain. This post introduces a Group Policy object...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Remote Desktop via Group Policy

    In a previous post, I provided some details on the "Jameson Datacenter" (a.k.a. my home lab). In a follow-up post, I also discussed the Active Directory domain structure and mentioned how I use the Group Policy feature of Active Directory to "effortlessly" configure new servers. For example, I have...
  • Blog Post: Why choose "Server Core" installation of Windows Server 2008?

    If you ever find yourself looking for reasons or evidence why you should choose the "Server Core" installation option for Windows Server 2008, try searching for the following: "Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected" site:microsoft.com/technet/security You will find page after...
  • Blog Post: Update on Patching and Disk Space Usage

    About a year ago, I wrote a post about saving huge amounts of disk space by slipstreaming service packs . Having just been through an ordeal installing Windows Server 2008 SP2, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide an update (since that original post refers to disk space usage with Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Reclaiming Disk Space After Installing Service Pack 2

    In yesterday's post , I noted the errors I encountered when trying to install Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) due to "insufficient" disk space. I ended up having to expand numerous VHDs (one for each of my VMs running Windows Server 2008 x64) in order to have roughly 5 GB of free space to allow...
  • Blog Post: Errors Installing Windows Server 2008 SP2

    Last week I approved Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista SP2 on my local WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server. My expectation was that the various physical and virtual machines in the "Jameson Datacenter" would subsequently install the update around 3:00 AM the following...
  • Blog Post: Redirecting stderr to stdout

    Yesterday I replied to an email from a teammate in which I incorrectly stated that you can't redirect stderr to stdout in DOS -- er, I mean a command window in Microsoft Windows. I would have sworn the last time I tried something like the following in Windows Server 2003 (a couple of years ago), I...
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