Update-StorageGroupCopy fails with ESE Error

If you get the following error when you try to seed a CCR/SCR target node, you probably have a Windows Firewall problem. WARNING: Replication for storage group ‘MyCluster\SG01’ is still suspended. If needed, you can use the Resume-StorageGroupCopy cmdlet in the Exchange Management Shell to resume replication. Update-StorageGroupCopy: Seeding failed : Database seeding error: Error returned from an ESE function call (0xc7ff1004), error code (0x0). If you take a network trace while this cmdlet is running, you’ll find numerous unanswered TCP SYNs from the source node to the target node. Looking in TCPView from Sysinternals, you’ll find the PowerShell.exe process … Continue reading Update-StorageGroupCopy fails with ESE Error

How to Sysprep in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

About eighteen months ago, I blogged about how to run Sysprep for Windows Server 2008 and this has turned out to be the most popular article on this site by a long shot, so I figured I’d update it for Windows Server 2008 R2 (and Windows 7). If you never had the need to look at Sysprep in Vista/2008, you’ll find thatit’s nothing like what you’re used to on Windows 2003, XP, etc. The first step is acquiring the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) and installing it on a machine. It will run fine on a Windows Vista or Windows … Continue reading How to Sysprep in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7


Some may have noticed I posted one of my tools, SimplePatch a couple weeks ago. The idea wasn’t initially to leak that URL to the RSS feed or homepage, but thanks to an undocumented feature of the system my site runs on, I did. I’m thus adding a second post just to get this in to the main feed where it belongs now. Here’s a quick summary of SimplePatch, my patching tool: I’ve been working on this VBScript on and off for a few years now. The purpose of the script is very simple. It installs security patches and other … Continue reading SimplePatch

Website Updates

I resolved some open bugs on my website as well as made a couple of enhancements. While I don’t anticipate any problems, please do let me know straight away if you see anything. Here is what has changed: CSS styles for tables now correctly indent the table RSS feed links and meta tags now point to FeedBurner Email subscription link has been added to the navbar Tools link has been added to the navbar Syntax highlighting has been upgraded to new version Note: It appears that I don’t support browsing with FireFox 2 very well on Windows. I’m probably not … Continue reading Website Updates