Written by Sam McGeown on 6/4/2010
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If you see the following cryptic errors when trying to install FCS, then the chances are you need to install the .Net Framework 1.1 AND SP1.  [06/04/2010 10:47:11] Task (Install Collection Server Component) The following process failed. Process: C:\Windows\system32\msiexec.exe Exit code: 1603 Number of tasks completed: [06/04/2010 10:47:12]
Written by Sam McGeown on 29/3/2010
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I logged onto a production domain controller this morning and checked the event logs to be confronted with this: Event ID 1030 and 1058 every 5 minutes, looking into the detail for these events I can see its a replication issue for one of the GPOs. Event Type: Error Event Source: Userenv Event Category: None Event ID: 1030 Date: 29/03/2010 Time: 04:01:29 User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Computer: DC01 Description: Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects.
Written by Sam McGeown on 23/3/2010
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I’m pleased to say that yesterday I took and passed two Microsoft Certified IT Professional exams, the Server Administrator (70-646) and the Enterprise Administrator (70-647). Hopefully I can take a bit of a break from study and write a few more technical posts here now!
Written by Sam McGeown on 8/3/2010
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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve passed the 70-649, which gives me the following MCTS certifications: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration Next I’ll be looking at the 70-647 to get the full MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (I already took the 70-620 exam for my MCSE).
Written by Sam McGeown on 27/1/2010
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Configuring the Virtual Environment and Virtual Machines Note – this configuration will work for ESXi 4 upwards due to the server 2008 MSCS requirement for persistent SCSI-3 reservations. The first step is to create a new vSwitch for the host-only cluster heartbeat network, don’t assign any network adaptors to the switch as it’s going to be local only. Create a new virtual machine with a single hard disk. For the purposes of this test, I’ve assigned 2 vProcessors, 1GB RAM, 30GB drive for the OS, 1 vNIC in the default vSwitch0.
Written by Sam McGeown on 19/9/2008
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So I was testing the configuration on my Exchange 2003 server in preparation for the roll out of some Windows Mobile devices when I recieved the following error: Outlook(R) Mobile Access is supported only on Microsoft(R) Exchange Server 2003. Currently your mailbox is stored on an older version of Exchange server. Please contact your system administrator for additional assistance. “That’s odd”, I thought, “I only have Exchange Server 2003 in my organisation, how can I have an older version of Exchange?
Written by Sam McGeown on 10/9/2008
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Well, I’ve been away with my friends at Firebrand again and guess what…MCSE Windows Server 2003! 70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 70-298 Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network