Sunday, February 15, 2015
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
SQL 2008 Using Other Editions of SQL for Report Data Sources Not SupportedThis error was caused when Report Services Configuration Manager was a different version than the SQL instance that hosted the application database. In this case the end-user was using microsoft SQL express for the applciation database and installed the Reporting service Manager from SQL standard. The Management Studio interface for SQL worked fine managing the SQL express database but the reporting services componenent did not.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, November 26, 2010
To enable MSI installation logging use the following example:
installfile.msi /L*V c:\install.log
Replace the installfile.msi with the name of your installation file.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Connect with true color 24 bit rdp.
A pre-defined default limit on XP or windows 2003 server limits the color depth of RDP connections to 16 bit maximum. How to configure the "server side" of remote desktop to accept connections at 24-bit true color. Vista, windows 7 and server 2008 already allow higher that 24 bit color by default.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
- Go to Start -> Run.
- Type in gpedit.msc and click on OK to run the program.
- In the window that opens’ left panel, go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services.
- On the right-hand panel, find the setting that says Limit maximum color depth and double-click it.
- In the dialog box that pops up, select Enabled from the radio buttons as shown in the image.
- In the combo box, select “24 bit” or “Client compatable“.
- Click OK.
Microsoft Terminal Server
(Windows RDS - Remote Desktop Service on Windows 2008 R2)
On Windows server, RDP or RDS (Remote Desktop Services), also permits remote access connectivity by clinets running any version of the remote desktop connection client. The remote desktop connection client used to be called terminal services client and remote desktop protocol client. Older RDP client used to have a color limitation but the newer later RDC client (remote desktop connection) does not have that limitation but the color depth can be adjusted to the user's preference.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A simple but effective command used by hundreds of thousands domain administrators and other tech support and server management personal was to run the command dsa.msc from the command line or from the start run menu. This tool was taken out of the default installation for windows 20087 server. This is an interesting change and one that must have a logical cause behind it. The first of which is security.
That topic is not in the scope of this post. What is in the scope is how to get it back . To get the dsa.msc command back into member 2008 server is quite easy. The image in this post shows the options that should be selected to re-enable dsa.msc to run from a member server. The installation takes only minutes and doesn't require a reboot of the server.
Monday, March 02, 2009
The few instances where I needed to contact VMWare support for assistance on a project, they did a decent job. Although they, and all other vendors, tout having the best support and are committed to making their users happy, it always depends and varies depending on who you get when you call in and what is the current support queue length they are working off of.
A tired and understaffed support group no matter whose it is will always be less effective than a support department that is fresh and not over-worked (over baked), ready to break down or are disgruntled about their work conditions.
Then, there is the other factor of who you get. Although I'm not apposed to getting a new support person when I call in to a company for support, I do mind if they are not into the technology or interested in solving the issue at hand. I like and don;t mind if put on hold so they can consult with another person except times where time is more critical for the project and that added wait time can come back to hurt the project goals.
On the other side of the spectrum is the support staff members who have been at the company many years or doing the same job or technology for a long time and not only know a great deal but are grumpy about it. The experienced grumpy that thinks you should have already known much of the information they are providing and also they dispense a subtle talk down. This is the worst. Worse that the new support agent or support engineer. Although they know a lot of the product and technology, the more sadists ones will use that as a torture device. Not providing all the information, especially and particularly in the form of gotchas in design or implementation.
Remote SupportA simple process that could take an experienced person several minutes to maybe ten can turn into an hour with a person on the remote side that has no idea of how to perform the functions that you are requesting or have never even seen a command line or rarely use the right-click feature of their mouse.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
#550 5.7.1 RESOLVER.RST.AuthRequired; authentication required
Diagnostic information for administrators:
Generating server: exchange.yourdomain.local
#550 5.7.1 RESOLVER.RST.AuthRequired; authentication required ##
Original message headers:
When you're encountering a problem sending Backup Exec 12 email notification alerts through an Exchange 2007 server, check the following
Test that you can access port 25 (SMTP port number) on the Exchange server by using telnet.
telnet ip-address-of-exchange-server 25
Your will then get a confirmation the mail has been queued for delivery
If the mail gets delivered you know port 25 in not blocked or restricted in any way you have permission to send e-mail.
If you do not connect, check to see if there is any software blocking the connection like software or hardware firewalls. Antivirus programs now come with firewall features to stop worms from sending out email from the computer they are infecting. Stop the services and try again. Once you have successfully telneted and sent the test email but backup exec still does not send email notifications then check the following.
The Backup Exec software might not be authenticating properly so be sure you have used an actual real email address with an active domain account as the sender address. The name is a description and can be anything but the email address has to an account in the domain - Exchange wants it that way. If you already have an active domain account as the sender address in backup exec, like firstname.lastname@example.org, check the account's inbox and look for NDR (non-delivery reports as they may provide an important clue to why your email not being delivered.
Other tools that are handy to utilize when troubleshooting this problem is the the transport receive logs in exchange, they will determine if the email has even been received by the exchange server. When email is accepted into the Exchange email organization by the transport server (it could be the same server as the mailbox server), it will be logged. A simple log generated by exchange is very useful for problems such as this one.
Another tool I often used for determining if a program is trying to communicate information to another system over the network is a simple little program call Active Ports. This is a free program hat show you the running processes and what they are doing in terms of sending or receiving data. It has a very small foot print and installs in seconds so it is worth a look at. You can accomplish the same thing with a command line command but this GUI based tool gives you nearly realtime information which is important for something like SMTP send that could take only less than a second to occur.
The NDR information shown at the top of this email is an example of what someone was getting when they called for assistance. After going through the regular trouble shooting options as discussed above for determining the problem. If you are reading this you most likely have Symantec Backup Exec 12 and Exchange 2007. The way Backup Exec sends their email notifications has not changed in years and version 12 or 12.5 has also not changed. the new culprit is Exchange 2007. There are some additional security options included in the groups and users that are implemented through the domain schema update that has to be run in order to install Exchange 2007. One of those new options is in the domain group properties especially if you are using a distribution list to send the notification to. Uncheck the option to authenticate all users in group. That was the cure for the problem described in the NDR report shown at the beginning of this blog.
Microsoft Exchange email delivery issues as well as issues on the client side can be resolved using online remote support software. Online remote support accounts for a majority of help-desk solutions. Microsoft Exchange can be repaired remotely as well as email clients like Micrsooft Outlook.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Among other error messages received while trying to get Outlok Web Access working on IIS6/Exchange 2007 , this one was the worste:
The reason it was one of the worst ones was because I knew I was close. Close to getting the thing working and after already trying so many things to make Outlook Web Access work from the Internet or an external computer and on the internal LAN network, this was the final hurrah to the trouble.
Trouble shooting this OWA Exchange 2003 problem was a brute force attack. I knew that at some point the right combination of security and permissions settings would hit and they did. Struggling to get outlook web access to work from external or the Internet but see it working on the LAN or internal network then try this. Don't be scared. Exchange has some new features that will put things right as Exchange 2007 actually manages Outlook web Access directory security from the web browser. Also, it isn't working anyway that's why your reading this. IIS manages the web site but exchange is looking out on the Outlook web access folder and everything else structure underneath.
All the folders underneath OWA should say the same thing in these three fields. You may be asking, what about directory security? What do I put there? Put anything you like. Exchange is managing that portion of it and will change whatever you do there anyway.
This solution also fixed these errors too:
- Outlook Web Access encountered an unexpected error and was unable to handle your request.
- Page canot be displayed Internal server error .
- Url: http://exchange.yourdomain.com/owa/auth/error.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/owa/auth/logon.aspx
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Make any standard USB printer a network printer with this inexpensive USB to network converter. Share your desktop printer with all computers on your home or small office network without having to buy more printers. With this PS, you can stop having to leave computers on just so other desktop computers on the network can acces the USB attached shared printers. Share them and keep your computer off and save power without even needing a dedicated server to do it.
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008
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Kaseya is capable of automating and remotely manage the following key IT services:
- PC Remote Control/Remote Support
- Patch Management
- Kaseya Computer Audit and Discovery
- Remote Desktop Management
- LAN and Windows Monitoring
- Help Desk and Trouble Ticketing
- Software Deployment & Systems Management
- Network Policy Management
- Backup and Disaster Recovery
- Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Detection
- Cross Platform Support (PC and MAC)
- User State Management
- Power Management