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    Robert R.
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    Re: Adding vCenter Server to Active Directory Disconnects ESX Hosts

    We finally resolved the issue by

    (1) uninstalling vCenter

    (2) adding the server to the Windows domain

    (3) re-installing vCenter

    One of my co-workers did this while I was working on something else, but he told me that the configuration information was saved in a database (I think it’s MS SQL Server Express by default). Once he re-installed vCenter, he was able to simply import the configuration.

    PS: I should add that, as part of the troubleshooting process last week, I created a Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition (not Server Core) on a physical server, to eliminate any virtualization related issues. However, that did not resolve the issue. The reason I had to switch to Standard Edition from Server Core was because Server Core does not support RADIUS.

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    in reply to: Demote Windows 2008 R2 Server Core domain controller #353164

    Re: Demote Windows 2008 R2 Server Core domain controller

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    Can you post the answer file please.

    [DCINSTALL]
    username=administrator
    userdomain=dcad.[domainname.tld]
    password=Asdf1234 (yes, I know this is a crappy password. It’s only temporary until everything is set up)
    removeapplicationpartitions=yes
    removeDNSDelegation=yes
    DNSDelegationUserName=administrator
    DNSDelegationPassword=Asdf1234

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    in reply to: Demote Windows 2008 R2 Server Core domain controller #353163

    Re: Demote Windows 2008 R2 Server Core domain controller

    FYI: secedit /export /cfg c:tempnew.cfg on the 2008 Server Core outputs:

    [System Access]
    MinimumPasswordAge = 1
    MaximumPasswordAge = 42
    MinimumPasswordLength = 7
    PasswordComplexity = 0
    PasswordHistorySize = 24
    LockoutBadCount = 0
    RequireLogonToChangePassword = 0
    ForceLogoffWhenHourExpire = 0
    NewAdministratorName = “Administrator”
    NewGuestName = “Guest”
    ClearTextPassword = 0
    LSAAnonymousNameLookup = 0
    EnableAdminAccount = 1
    EnableGuestAccount = 0

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    in reply to: Network Policy Server on Windows 2008 R2 Server Core #353162

    Re: Network Policy Server on Windows 2008 R2 Server Core

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    It cannot be done yet, especially when it is not listed.

    Thanks for confirming that I’m not crazy.

    I did finally find this statement

    The NPS role service is not available in Server Core editions

    in Microsoft’s “NPS Migration Guide,” which is the only explicit statement I’ve found from them.

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    Robert R.
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    Re: Adding vCenter Server to Active Directory Disconnects ESX Hosts

    After I posted the original question last week, we discovered that there was an issue with the hardware clock being either 12 hours behind or 12 hours ahead the correct time, which propagated to the system clocks for the ESX/ESXi hosts, and the vCenter server and Windows domain controller.

    On Friday, I removed vCenter from the Windows domain.

    Since then, the issue with the hardware clock has been fixed.

    However, this morning, when I added vCenter back to the Windows domain, ESX hosts 01, 03, and 04 disconnect from vCenter. ESX host 02 is stable.

    Fortunately, the Virtual Machines running on the disconnected hosts are still available via Remote Desktop (otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to manage vCenter).

    Note: In the screen shot below, ESX host 4 shows as being connected. ESX hosts 01, 03, and 04 go into the disconnected/non-responding state less than a minute after manually being connected.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Remote Management of DNS on Windows 2008 Server Core #353160

    Re: Remote Management of DNS on Windows 2008 Server Core

    As soon as I posted the above, I was informed that Windows DNS can only run on a Domain Controller.

    Nothing I had read stated that — which I guess hows how much I know. But, after some struggling to get DCPROMO working on Windows 2008 Server Core, my problem has been resolved as soon as the promotion of 172.18.1.105 (now known as devdc01.datacenter.******.edu) was complete.

    If I had found Daniel’s articles, “Installing Active Directory on Windows 2008 Server Core” and “Creating an Unattend Installation File for DCPROMO in Windows Server 2008,” I would have saved an afternoon of metaphorically spinning wheels. Microsoft’s KB 947034, mentioned by Daniel, was incredibly helpful in making sure the syntax of my unattend file was correct.

    The actual unattended install was incredibly simple. Once my unattend file was configured, the actual DCPROMO process took only a few seconds.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Ghost in the GPO? #353159

    Re: Ghost in the GPO?

    This problem still has been popping up intermittently.

    Sunbelt Software has stated that

    Quote:
    This is definitely related to your GPO configuration. It sounds like there is a reference to that MSI in a GPO somewhere in AD, but I’d be hard pressed to determine where it’s located based on this. I don’t know of any way to search the GPO for a specific string, but if you can find one I’d look for the missing file path referenced. That should point you in the correct direction.

    On PCs with the issue, I’ve found that the following registry entries were present:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerProducts116445D9734F351419E319EC305638CCSourceListPackageName = CSEAgent-New.msi

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesInstallerProducts116445D9734F351419E319EC305638CCSourceListPackageName = CSEAgent-New.msi

    I have no idea where this is coming from. CSEAgent-New.msi was removed from the server CAROL over a year ago. I cannot find any references to it in Group Policy.

    It is only when specific Windows XP workstations are experiencing this problem that I can find the above registry entries.

    gpresult /z shows that the source is Sotware Installations –> [OU name] Default:

    Resultant Set Of Policies for Computer:



    Software Installations


    GPO: [OU name] default
    Name: CounterSpyAgent
    Version: 1.5
    Deployment State: Assigned
    Source: \carolGPInstall$CSEAgent-New.msi
    AutoInstall: True
    Origin: Removed Package

    Even though \carolGPInstall$ no longer exists, and I cannot find any reference to it in Group Policy. The Group Policy Object “Software Installations” was deleted a year ago.

    Does anybody have any recommendation on how to find where this is coming from?

    Is there any way to block CSEAgent-New.msi from trying to install itself on workstations?

    This problem is rare and intermittent, but very annoying and frustrating, both for the end user and us support techs, when it happens.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Outlook 2007: Resource Is Already Booked #353158

    Solved: Outlook 2007: Resource Is Already Booked

    In retrospect, the solution to this was blindingly obvious.

    This is a recurring meeting that started on June 11:

    Recurrence: Occurs every Thursday effective 6/11/2009 until 12/30/2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

    and was later updated.

    When the meeting was updated, Outlook must have been looking at the conference room’s past schedule, and saw that it was already booked in the past.

    I simply had Angela change the recurrence to start next week to until 12/30/2010, and she was able to book the resource.

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    Robert R.
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    Re: “Send on Behalf” places items in my sent box, it should go into the second sent b

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    Too bad there isn’t a native option in Exchange, but thanks for posting that link! I thought the other answers were very short sighted (and almost mean spirited) as you posted a very valid scenario. We have several (50+) “generic” shared mailboxes across our org such as website contacts, customer service, sales teams, etc. We would love to have replies from those mailboxes saved in the shared sent items folder so others could review if necessary. I find it hard to believe that more people don’t have a need for this…

    Microsoft finally released a fix for this over the summer. I just found it last week, since I’ve been creating more shared mailboxes lately.

    [FONT=Calibri, Verdana, Helvetica, Arial]
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972148/

    Article ID: 972148 – Last Review: July 1, 2009 – Revision: 1.0
    When you send an e-mail message from a shared mailbox in Outlook 2007, the sent message is not saved in the Sent Items folder of the shared mailbox

    . . . . .

    Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    To resolve this problem, install the Outlook 2007 hotfix package that is dated June 30, 2009 and then set the value for the DelegateSentItemsStyle registry entry to enable the hotfix package. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Install the Outlook 2007 hotfix package that is dated June 30, 2009. For more information about this hotfix package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 970944 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970944/ ) Description of the Outlook 2007 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): June 30, 2009

    2. Set the value for the DelegateSentItemsStyle registry entry to enable the hotfix. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0OutlookPreferences

    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

    4. Type DelegateSentItemsStyle, and then press ENTER.

    5. Right-click DelegateSentItemsStyle, and then click Modify.

    6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

    7. Exit Registry Editor.[/FONT]
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    [/FONT]

    No such fix is available for Outlook 2003, which reached its end of Mainstream Support on April 14, 2009. Security fixes will still be available, but no non-security Hot Fixes.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: PowerShell: Select Computername ? #353156

    Re: PowerShell: Select Computername ?

    Thank you.

    That did exactly what I wanted.

    I was confused when I started this, I thought $computer was an array by default, because I can enter multiple values into it. eg,

    PS C:> $computername = “asok”, “ex2k3”, “mi6”, “mordac”
    PS C:> write-host $computername
    asok ex2k3 mi6 mordac

    At that point, I thought it would be a simple matter to get-content from a text file, and apply a loop to it which would read each value for $computer in succession.

    Obviously, I was wrong.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: PowerShell: Select Computername ? #353155

    Re: PowerShell: Select Computername ?

    The code works for single machines, either locally or remote.

    Eg: If I substitute

    $computer = gc env:computername

    with

    $computer = get-content “ASOK”

    I get the properly formatted output I want for the remote server ASOK.

    Computername name startname


    —-


    ASOK AeLookupSvc LocalSystem
    ASOK Alerter NT AUTHORITYLocalService
    ASOK ALG NT AUTHORITYLocalService
    ASOK AppMgmt LocalSystem
    ASOK AudioSrv LocalSystem
    ASOK BITS LocalSystem
    ASOK Browser LocalSystem

    Thank you, because I wouldn’t have even gotten that far without your help, being as new at this as I am

    At this point, I thought it would be a simple matter of using get-content to read from a list of server names. For testing purposes, I have a file called lists.txt which contains the following four items

    ASOK
    EX2K3
    MI6
    MORDAC

    However, it turns out not to be the case.

    $computer = get-content list.txt
    $Services = get-wmiobject win32_service -computername $computer | select name, startname

    , or anything else with -computername $computer results in a

    Get-WmiObject : Cannot validate argument on parameter ‘ComputerName’.
    The argument is null or empty. Supply an argument that is not null or empty and then try the command again.

    error message. I’ve tried several variations, including without the $computer = statement, and including foreach-object .

    A proper syntax I’ve discovered for reading through a file is:

    get-content list.txt |
    foreach-object { get-wmiobject win32_service -computername $_ | select name, startname }

    but that puts me back to my original position of not having the computername in the output.

    After spending a day fiddling around with this some more, the closest I’ve come is

    $computer = get-content list.txt
    $Services = ( $computer | get-wmiobject win32_service -computername $_ | select name, startname )
    $Services | format-table @{Label=”Computername”; Expression={$computer}}, name, startname

    which does read through list.txt properly — services unique to EX2K3 and MI6 are listed in the output — and outputs a column with the computername.

    The only problem is that it puts all four computernames on one line:

    Computername name startname


    —-


    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… AeLookupSvc LocalSystem
    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… Alerter NT AUTHORITYLocalService
    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… ALG NT AUTHORITYLocalService
    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… AppMgmt LocalSystem
    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… AudioSrv LocalSystem
    {ASOK, EX2K3, MI6, MORD… BITS LocalSystem

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Cannot Send email from exchange 2003 to exchange 2007 #353154

    Re: Cannot Send email from exchange 2003 to exchange 2007

    If you look at the properties of the messages that are stuck in the queue, is there an error message that says “Unable to open message for delivery”? Or any other type of message.

    This isn’t exactly the same your issue, but I had a similar problem last year with calendar invites (not mail messages) from our Exchange 2003 users to external Exchange 2007 users being stuck in the queue and then timing out.

    It wasn’t until I saw the “Unable to open message for delivery” error that I was able to track down the cause as being the two different versions of Exchange, and not the configuration of my server.

    As Simon suggests above, check the queue information box for messages. See screen shot below.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Outlook 2007 Calendars: Can’t See Own Appointment #353153

    Re: Outlook 2007 Calendars: Can’t See Own Appointment

    Following the advice from the Bwain Dump link above, if Angela expands the Distribution List before sending out a meeting invite, she is able to

    • see the item in her calendar
    • change the meeting times
    • change the meeting from a single-instance to a re-occurring meeting
    Quote:
    The ‘solution’ to this problem is for George to always remember to expand out any DG he invites to a meeting before sending.

    However, I was able to send an invite to a test distribution group that I created to troubleshoot this problem, and make changes to the meeting, without having to expand the distribution group before sending the meeting. So this behavior is inconsistent.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Restore Previous Version #353152

    Re: Restore Previous Version

    Yes, both the server and clients are in the same Active Directory, with Windows 2003 domain controllers.

    Both server and clients have all critical patches applied. Is there an optional patch I should apply?

    I should also have added that the Windows 2003 file server is Windows 2003 Appliance Edition.

    The Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 RC clients are 32-bit. Both run in VMWare Fusion on a Mac.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Outlook 2007 Calendars: Can’t See Own Appointment #353151

    Re: Outlook 2007 Calendars: Can’t See Own Appointment

    Finding a possible solution at Bwain Dump (see below), I had Angela Recover Deleted Items from her calendar.

    The items were restored to her Inbox, but she could not Accept the appointment to put it in her calendar. “As the meeting organizer, you do not need to respond to the meeting.” See screen shot below.

    However, she started to receive the pop-up reminders from Outlook: one that was for a meeting one day overdue, and one for a meeting due in five minutes (Thursday at 9:00 am, see the screen shots in the above post). The options from the pop-up reminder are “Snooze,” “Dismiss,” and (something like) “Other Action.”

    From “Other Action,” she was able to edit the appointment. After hitting Send, the appointment appeared in her calendar, but then disappeared a few seconds later — without any user intervention. I was there, and saw this happen.

    Is there any way for Angela to move the appointment from her Inbox to her Calendar once it is recovered from Deleted Items?

    Quote:
    http://bwain-dump.blogspot.com/2007/06/missing-appointments-2-organizer-was.html

    Sometimes we see a special case of this: a meeting invitation was sent out, and now everyone seems to have the meeting in their Calendar except, perplexingly, the person who organized it.

    This usually occurs when a meeting organizer invited a Distribution Group (DG) of which they are a member. Typically what happens is something like this:

    • George is in the Sales department and wants to set up the weekly department meeting
    • So he doesn’t forget anyone, George invites the SalesDept DG in his address book
    • Because George is a member of the SalesDept DG, he also receives an invite to the meeting
    • George knows he already has the meeting in his calendar because he only created it a moment ago, so he deletes the invite from his Inbox
    • Outlook removes the meeting from George’s calendar

    The ‘solution’ to this problem is for George to always remember to expand out any DG he invites to a meeting before sending. But George wants to know how he can fix this meeting where the mistake was already made.

    If George is lucky enough to be running in an Exchange environment where Deleted Item Recovery (aka The Dumpster) is enabled, he should go to his Calendar, select Tools > Recover Deleted Items, search for the meeting by subject, then restore it to his Calendar. He can then Cancel the meeting and re-book it with the SalesDept DG ‘expanded’ so that all the invitees appear individually.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Updates to the Global Address List #353150

    Re: Updates to the Global Address List

    6,577 items in the Global Address List.

    Server is an HP DL-380 with a 3.40 Ghz Xeon and 4 GB of RAM.

    The Offline Address Book is scheduled to update at 6:00 AM every morning (see attached screen shot). But I don’t see any errors in the event log at 6:00 AM for any day.

    Also, if I select the “Details” tab in “Default Offline Address List Properties,” the “Creation date” is 1/4/2002 (back when we were running Exchange 2000), and the “Last modification” date is 4/14/2009 — a date which has no significance as far as I can remember.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Updates to the Global Address List #353149

    Re: Updates to the Global Address List

    Thanks for the info.

    After a 3-day holiday weekend, my Outlook address book has not updated, even after I rebooted my workstation.

    But forcing the update from Outlook– per the instructions above — worked for me, so I’ve forwarded the information onto the end users.

    Because “Depending on the size of your GAL, the address book rebuild may take some time,” I won’t rebuild the address book on the server during business hours. I don’t know what impact it may have on the Exchange server’s performance.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: A.D.U.C. "Additional Account Info" #353148

    Re: A.D.U.C. "Additional Account Info"

    Process Explorer does not show any DLLs loaded in the DLL View pane (View –> Lower Pane View –> DLLs). See attached screen shot.

    However, when I start A.D.U.C. (mmc.exe), dllhost.exe does start under wininit.exe –> services.exe –> svchost.exe , and then ends a few seconds later after A.D.U.C. opens.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: A.D.U.C. "Additional Account Info" #353147

    Re: A.D.U.C. "Additional Account Info"

    Yes.

    I have also shut-down and re-started the computer several times, since this has been going on for a few days now.

    Still no luck.

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Outlook 2003: 32 KB Rules Limit #353146

    Re: Outlook 2003: 32 KB Rules Limit

    Do locally stored template files

    C:Documents and Settings[username]Application DataMicrosoftTemplates

    count against the 32 KB rule limit?

    UPDATE: It just occurred to me that since this is for a secondary mailbox, client-side rules to access locally stored template files probably won’t work anyway if Jane Smith is logged in as herself, and not the secondary mailbox user. As it is, I don’t even trust client-side rules to run for the primary mailbox…

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication #353145

    Re: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication

    UPDATE: The Access Control List for the named.conf file on the DNS server was not allowing ASOK-NEW to update its DNS records.

    Once the change was made, and named restarted, the SRV records related to our Active Directory in named.ad on the DNS servers were updated. I’m not going to pretend to completely understand what that means.

    After re-booting ASOK-NEW, replication appears to be working properly now, and the replication topology in Active Directory Sites and Services –> NTDS Settings Properties looks correct for all servers.

    The only other issue we’re aware of is e-mail related. ASOK-NEW was not automatically showing up as a directory server in Exchange, so we manually added it to resolve the e-mail issues. I’m sure if we had waited another 15 minutes or so, that problem would have been automatically resolved.

    PS – There were several errors in the event log similar to this:

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: NETLOGON
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 5774
    Date: 4/15/2009
    Time: 1:06:57 AM
    User: N/A
    Computer: ASOK-NEW
    Description:
    The dynamic registration of the DNS record ‘_kpasswd._udp..
    600 IN SRV 0 100 464 ASOK-NEW.’ failed on the following DNS
    server:

    DNS server IP address: 10.50.2.59
    Returned Response Code (RCODE): 5
    Returned Status Code: 9017

    For computers and users to locate this domain controller, this record
    must be registered in DNS.

    USER ACTION
    Determine what might have caused this failure, resolve the problem, and
    initiate registration of the DNS records by the domain controller. To
    determine what might have caused this failure, run DCDiag.exe. You can
    find this program on the Windows Server 2003 installation CD in
    SupportToolssupport.cab. To learn more about DCDiag.exe, see Help and
    Support Center. To initiate registration of the DNS records by this
    domain controller, run ‘nltest.exe /dsregdns’ from the command prompt on
    the domain controller or restart Net Logon service. Nltest.exe is
    available in the Microsoft Windows Server Resource Kit CD.
    Or, you can manually add this record to DNS, but it is not recommended.

    ADDITIONAL DATA
    Error Value: DNS bad key.

    For more information, see Help and Support
    Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    Data:
    0000: 05 00

    ..

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication #353144

    Re: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication

    from MORDAC:

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication #353143

    Re: New Domain Controller – One Way Replication

    From ASOK:

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Avg. Disk Queue Length #353142

    Re: Avg. Disk Queue Length

    The battery for the storage controller died over the weekend.

    Here’s a sample from Sysinternals’ Diskmon. Note that the read times for Disk 16 — the S.A.N. with the mail store — are nearly 2 seconds; up from 0.26 seconds last week. It’s only two working hours into Monday. I have a feeling that tomorrow is going to be worse.

    20 10:08:39.107 AM 0.03487587 16 Read 368767583 8
    21 10:08:39.123 AM 0.00254631 14 Write 291128 15
    22 10:08:39.138 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 368769975 8
    23 10:08:39.138 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 368770543 8
    24 10:08:39.154 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 88813503 16
    25 10:08:39.154 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 419274343 16
    26 10:08:39.154 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 438309111 16
    27 10:08:39.154 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 438309143 8
    28 10:08:39.154 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 368766623 8
    29 10:08:39.154 AM 0.25546074 16 Read 335122431 8
    30 10:08:39.170 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 88813479 16
    31 10:08:39.170 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 419274343 16
    32 10:08:39.170 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 358543199 8
    33 10:08:39.170 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 438309111 16
    34 10:08:39.170 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 306544031 8
    35 10:08:39.185 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 438309143 8
    36 10:08:39.185 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 306548527 8
    37 10:08:39.185 AM 0.15095711 16 Read 419274311 8
    38 10:08:39.201 AM 0.01739502 16 Read 419274359 32
    39 10:08:39.201 AM 0.01739502 16 Read 419274391 32
    40 10:08:39.217 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 349893551 8
    41 10:08:39.217 AM 0.03488541 16 Read 349893575 8
    42 10:08:39.232 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1224713495 8
    43 10:08:39.232 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1224727799 8
    44 10:08:39.232 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1224800671 8
    45 10:08:39.232 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1224798047 8
    46 10:08:39.279 AM 0.04795074 16 Read 271742351 8
    47 10:08:39.279 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1243230623 8
    48 10:08:39.279 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1243196479 16
    49 10:08:39.295 AM 1.93865776 16 Read 1243194831 8

    In Perfmon, the Disk Queue Length for system disk C: — the thick yellow line — hovers around 20, but spikes to 100.

    [IMG]http://forums.petri.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3041&stc=1&d=1239639522[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://forums.petri.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3042&d=1239639782[/IMG]

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    Robert R.
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    in reply to: Avg. Disk Queue Length #353141

    Re: Avg. Disk Queue Length

    Here’s a screenshot of the report view:

    [IMG]http://forums.petri.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3022&stc=1&d=1239055994[/IMG]

    Even though the current graph view shows the Disk Queue Length for E:, the SAN with the mail store, pegged at or near 100, the report view fluctuates between 1.x and 3.x. I don’t understand this discrepancy.

    Also, I was doing some monitoring with Sysinternals DiskMon.

    One of the things I noticed last week was that read and write operations to the mail store disk were taking about 2 1/2 seconds. Today, the longest read operations are taking about 1/10 that. And I have not seen anything over 3/10 of a second today.

    Thursday, April 2 2009:

    165 2:34:00.226 PM 0.05002975 16 Read 547158671 8
    166 2:34:00.226 PM 2.52897263 16 Read 619274943 8
    167 2:34:00.241 PM 0.04738808 16 Read 1274727207 8
    168 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 760027447 8
    169 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 611642559 8
    170 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 636573167 8
    171 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 50842399 8
    172 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 45019767 8
    173 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 367776239 8
    174 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 367246607 8
    175 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 365259295 8
    176 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 367765655 8
    177 2:34:00.241 PM 2.52897263 16 Write 362552023 8
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    Monday, April 6, 2009:

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    Robert R.
    Participant
    in reply to: Avg. Disk Queue Length #353140

    Re: Avg. Disk Queue Length

    Here’s the Disk Queue monitor for individual disks:

    [IMG]http://forums.petri.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3021&stc=1&d=1239051316[/IMG]

    C (system): two local disks (Ultra 320 SCSI 10K in RAID 1)
    D (page file, and anti-virus quarantine store): two local disks (Ultra 320 SCSI 10K in RAID 1)
    E (mail store): SAN with 4 GB fiber connection
    F: CD drive
    G (log files): SAN with 4 GB fiber connection
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    Robert R.
    Participant
    in reply to: Avg. Disk Queue Length #353139

    Re: Avg. Disk Queue Length

    Quote:
    You’d add a counter “PhysicalDisk” and, of course, choose the proper instance for the physical disk that you’re most interested in.

    Thank you.

    I should have caught that the first time around. And if I had scrolled down a little bit in the “Select instances from list” window, I probably would have. Lesson learned.

    [IMG]http://forums.petri.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3020&stc=1&d=1239039184[/IMG]

    FYI: Disks 0 – 13 form the spanned H: disk, which is the old Hitachi disk array that’s still attached.

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    Robert R.
    Participant
    in reply to: Avg. Disk Queue Length #353138

    Re: Avg. Disk Queue Length

    The new battery was installed without any problem, and the HP Array Diagnostic Utility shows that it charged within a few hours. The cache on the storage controller is working now. I’ll keep monitoring it to see if it fails within a few weeks, as the previous one did.

    So far, I haven’t had any complaints about Outlook performance, except on my own computer. But I run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac, which is often kind o’ slow and has it’s own issues. Also, it’s only 3 working hours into Monday…

    However, the Avg. Disk Queue length on Exchange looks the same as it did last week.

    Is there any way to monitor a specific disk with Perfmon? If not, is there another tool that will?

    I should explain our setup:

    Exchange 2003 Enterprise Edition
    Windows 2003 Standard Edition
    server is HP Proliant DL380, with 4 GB of RAM
    C (system): two local disks (Ultra 320 SCCI 10K in RAID 1)
    D (page file, and anti-virus quarantine store): two local disks (Ultra 320 SCSI 10K in RAID 1)
    E (mail store): SAN with 4 GB fiber connection
    F: CD drive
    G (log files): SAN with 4 GB fiber connection

    Obviously, I expect a lot of disk activity to and from the mail store, since we have approximately 1,000 users. However, I don’t know what a normal disk queue length for the SAN is, because (1) I shamefully admit it’s not something I’ve watched closely before, and (2) we just moved our mail store to a SAN a few weeks ago, from an old Hitachi disk array.

    Does Perfmon monitor external disks, such as our SAN, or just the local disks?

    FYI: The page file configuration for this server is:

    C: 300 MB to 300 MB
    D: 2,048 MB to 4,096 MB

    Total paging file size for all drives:

    Minimum allowed: 16 MB
    Recommended: 5,374 MB
    Currently allocated 2,348 MB

    Any help, insight, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Robert R.
    Participant
    in reply to: Automatic Processing of DMCA Notices #353137

    Re: Automatic Processing of DMCA Notices

    Requiring them to use a web form would assume that the notices are generated by a human, and not a script.

    I’ve been told that the notices follow a few basic templates (see below for examples). But your point about changes to the patterns of the e-mails would require changing the parsing algorithm is noted, and something that concerns me.

    From: SonyPicturesEntertainment [mailto:[email protected]]
    To: DMCA-agent
    Subject: Case ID XXXXXXXXX – Notice of Claimed Infringement

    [ text of e-mail ]



    INFRINGEMENT DETAIL



    Infringing Work: Quantum of Solace
    First Found: 25 Feb 2009 16:53:32 EST (GMT -0500)
    Last Found: 25 Feb 2009 16:53:32 EST (GMT -0500)
    IP Address: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
    IP Port: 19074
    Protocol: BitTorrent
    Torrent InfoHash: 5B33F152B763F5C6241894B2811AD89EA381CC22
    Containing file(s):
    Quantum.of.Solace.REPACK.DVDSCR.XviD-COALiTiON.torrent (734,044,537 bytes)

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]copyright-compliance.com]
    To: DMCA-agent
    Subject: DMCA Notification Notice ID: XX-XXXXXXXX

    [ text of e-mail ]

    Title: The Changeling
    Infringement Source: BitTorrent
    Initial Infringement Timestamp: 27 Feb 2009 17:54:38 GMT
    Recent Infringement Timestamp: 27 Feb 2009 17:54:38 GMT
    Infringing Filename: Changeling.2008.DvDRip-FxM
    Infringing File size: 839207734
    Infringers IP Address: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
    Infringers DNS Name: [host name].[domain name].edu
    Port ID: 7174

    From: Recording Industry Association of America Inc [mailto:[email protected]]
    To: DMCA-agent
    Subject: Copyright Infringement – Notice ID # XXXXXX

    [ text of e-mail ]

    List of infringing content



    gwen stefani the sweet escape



    INFRINGEMENT DETAIL



    Infringing Work : gwen stefani the sweet escape

    Filename : 02-gwen_stefani-the_sweet_escape_(ft_akon)_-_www torrentazos com.mp3

    First found (UTC): 2009-02-27T04:59:09.88Z

    Last found (UTC): 2009-02-27T04:59:09.88Z

    Filesize : 9864926 bytes

    IP Address: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

    IP Port: 49524

    Network: Ares

    Protocol: Ares

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    Robert R.
    Participant

    Re: New Exchange 2003 Server for Fail-Over/Disaster Recovery

    After reading through some more documentation, I believe the proper terminology for what I want is a Standby Recovery Server (unless we budget for some application like DoubleTake to build a fail-over server).

    reference: “Exchange Server 2003: Member Server Recovery Methods”
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998116(EXCHG.65).aspx

    Quote:
    Using an Exchange Standby Recovery Server

    . . . . .

    Install your Windows Server 2003 operating system to a workgroup, including both the SMTP and Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) IIS components as part of your installation. Additionally, configure the same drive letter and drive space configurations as the server that is running Exchange and that you intend to replace.

    So what I need to do is remove the current disaster recovery server, EX2K3DR, from the domain, and then install Exchange 2003 on it.

    Since the plan is to have a current copy of the database and transaction logs available at the D.R. site via SAN replication, I should be able to mount the mailboxes at the D.R. site in the event of a disaster or server failure.

    After that, route mail through the D.R. Exchange server (still have to figure that part out).

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