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Removing RDP 8.0

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2592687



I’ve been uninstalling KB2592687 as I’ve found it doesn’t let the RDP connection to remember which ones have rdgateway settings and which ones do not.


To remove it, go into programs and features, then into “installed updates”.  Then scroll down in the Windows section and find KB2592687.  Click on it and it will ask you if you want to remove the update.  Approve it and it will uninstall and then prompt for a reboot.

The Windows Server Client Computer Backup Service failed


Helping out with a friend’s Home server that had been failing.  We googled on that error and found this blog post:


http://dedyukh.in/index.php/windows-server-client-computer-backup


“To fix it you have just to delete the Commit.dat file from Client Computer Backups folder and restart the service.”


I then started the Windows Server client backup service that had been stopped on the server.  And then the client backups started up again.

The HP t610 Plus units arrived


Next project at the office.  Thin client deployment/testbed for MultiPoint 2011



These are the HP thin client units that support up to four monitors – note the pigtail ready video card, the onboard hdmi and the funky HP (built in a Foxcon plant in China) adapter things (I forget what they are called)



This particular unit is the onboard wireless one.  And I had to pull out this little serial card on the back and read the part numbers to figure out that this one has the wireless on it. We bought one with wireless support and the rest with wired support. 


http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06b/12454-12454-321959-338927-3640406-5226823-5226824-5302897.html?dnr=1


Why MultiPoint 2011?  Because some of my apps don’t support Windows 8/Server 2012 yet.  So 2011 MultiPoint will be the base.

Why should they buy a (OEM) server with WS2012 Ess???

On a Facebook post the question was asked…if the RSB (Really Small Businesses) have to go to Office 365 plan E3, why should they buy a (OEM) server with WS2012 Ess??? Just for back-up/imaging of their workstation(s)??


I thought I’d post the response here too …


Remote Web access on the box to allow for easy access back to the desktops. Direct Access wizard that allows you to set up DA even for really small offices. And yes, I really love my Backup box by gramps (it’s the same backup engine) as it makes changing out harddrives to SSDs a snap and ensuring that I can recover workstations to exaclty what they were. Also without Essentials you don’t have password sync ability in a RSB. Essentials has glue to allow for easy password sync that you cannot do without multiple servers and two DCs. 


Essentials is not just about backups.  And it’s certainly not all about Exchange.  If you see it as cheap email, there’s a lot of things you need to have bulletproof email that it doesn’t have.  For example to really have bulletproof email you need to add some sort of backup mx service or mail hygiene. 


http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/windows-small-business-server/merry-christmas-oems-start-to-offer-windows-server-2012-essentials-now/10151564361360898?comment_id=29540834&notif_t=note_reply


But to everyone out there in cyberland who is asking Microsoft to bring back SBS.  Folks, Santa is not bringing it back. 

Who knew

After getting a bluray player that had Netflix on it, we were setting it up last night…


Yeah… that last night http://gigaom.com/cloud/christmas-eve-aws-outage-stings-netflix-but-not-amazon-prime/


Who knew one needs to include reviewing twitter accounts in the support process.

So you got a brand new Windows 8 and you want to connect it to…

either SBS 2011, SBS 2008 or SBS 2003?  While it’s fully supported to run connect with SBS 2008 and 2011 with the latest updates, I personally think you will be a lot happier if you just set it up manually.  Go to the control panel, system and maually join the pc to the domain. 


Everything BUT the migration profile will be done with group policy.  Given that it’s a brand new pc you probably don’t have a profile to worry about migrating.


SBS 2008 in particular – even for Windows 7 machines – will look to install .net 2.  Make your life easier on the “standard” platform these days and with the newer OS’s just manually join them.


http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/12/13/connecting-windows-8-to-small-business-server-2011-standard-after-the-installation-of-the-latest-update-rollup-3.aspx

If you can’t vote

I need help on voting up a bug – THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS DIVA:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2012/12/22/i-need-help-on-voting-up-a-bug.aspx#1821497


Send an email to kbeares@microsoft.com indicating your business case for the reason you need to add multiple backup locations without having to pull all of the backup locations back on the box.

I need help on voting up a bug

MPECS Inc. Blog: SBS 2011 Backup Error: Add Destination Drive Failure – Cannot Configure Backup Schedule:
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2011/06/sbs-2011-backup-error-add-destination.html

If you want a rotating backup in SBS 2011 and even Windows 2012 Essentials you have one slightly large problem.  There’s what I consider to be a bug in the process.  A big bug.  But it’s a bug that Microsoft doesn’t see as a bug.


Error message when you try to add an additional disk to a scheduled backup: “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2009365?ppud=4&wa=wsignin1.0

The “bug” resides in the fact that if you want add another usb backup location to your offsite rotation, the only way you can do so is to bring ALL of the drive locations back so that the system sees all of them at the same time and then and only then can you add an additional drive location.  If you don’t have all the drives, the wizard won’t let you add a new drive to the disk rotation but you’ll have to set the backups all over again.  Which kinda defeats the idea behind father/grandfather backup rotations.


Here’s a current manifestation of the “bug”


Cannot add additional backup drives to existing schedule | Microsoft Connect:
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/feedback/details/775013/cannot-add-additional-backup-drives-to-existing-schedule


“It is not possible to add additional backup destinations to a backup schedule unless ALL the drives are plugged into the server.

This means if you have more backup drives that can be plugged in at once (i.e. more USB disks than USB ports) the drives cannot be added to the schedule.

Also if a new drive needs adding to the schedule then ALL drives must be brought back on site and plugged in. This is an issue as it means there is no “off site” backup.

I have a support case SR112122010094252 open for this issue.

I have uploaded a text file with PowerShell output showing the issue and a Procmon log showing the issue – VDS cannot find the path it is looking for.”

“Create backup schedule to one USB drive. Re run the wizard to add a destination. Choose a drive. This fails with a path not found error.

This can be reproduced on all Server 2012 editions using GUI and PowerShell”


More on this thread here.


Has wbadmin changed since 2011 Essentials?:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserveressentials/thread/8c16b6c7-85d2-4522-9ea3-9c71f4e78fef/

Help me out by voting up that bug please.  We shouldn’t have to bring all the usb attached backup locations to add another backup to the rotation.

Do you or don’t you?

So Nick built a survey that I’d like to see more than just 6 responses to…


Most of the users we support are local admins on their PCs and I know this isn’t the greatest, but it’s what our users want. I’ve created a quick 1 question survey to see if people in the communities I’m in are the same:
http://www.opensurveys.org/takesurvey.php?SID=610


If you know this isn’t the greatest… and you know… you don’t have to be an admin on your desktop all the time.  You can still give a person admin password in order to install things but just not have them RUN as an admin all the time.  If they were running Macs they wouldn’t so why do they want this on Windows?  On Win7 is no big deal to run as a non admin these days.

The next server at the office will be…

So this is going to be new MultiPoint server at the office…


HP ProLiant ML310e G8 4U Micro Tower Server – 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1240V2 3.4GHz – 1 Processor Support – 8 GB Standard/32 GB
Maximum RAM – DVD-Writer – 6Gb/s SAS RAID Supported Controller – Gigabit Ethernet


Four HP 300 Gig SAS 10,000 RPM drives


32 gigs of RAM


And yes I’ll be making it on a HyperV Base.


http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/15351-15351-241434-241646-241477-5249594.html?dnr=1


Hanging off of that will be several http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06b/12454-12454-321959-338927-3640406-5226823-5226824-5302897.html?dnr=1 Thin client stations.