Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How To Free Space From The WINSXS Directory

Hi Guys,

I’m sure most of you know…
If you have a server 2008 installation with SP1 installed, you can use the below command to remove the backup files for the SP installation.

This will reduce the size of the WINSXS directory.

Monday, November 11, 2013

SCOM “File system error or corruption” alert.


NTFS has reported that the logical disk is either corrupted or completely unavailable. Some data stored on the volume may be inaccessible.


A logical disk may become corrupted or inaccessible due to a number of reasons some of which include:

A physical disk related to the logical disk has been removed or failed
A physical disk related to the logical disk has become corrupt (for example; bad sectors) or inoperable
The disk driver may've encountered an issue


Check the status of your hardware for any failures (for example, a disk, controller, cabling failure). In most cases, the system log contains additional events from the lower-level storage drivers that indicate the cause of the failure.

After you have isolated and resolved the hardware problem:

1. Open the Disk Management snap-in.

2. Rescan the disks and then reactivate any disks with errors.

Resynchronize or regenerate the volume as necessary if the disk was a member of a mirrored or RAID-5 volume.

3. Run chkdsk on any reactivated volumes.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Delegate Control in AD to grant permissions to reset passwords and unlock accounts

To Delegate Control to Reset Passwords:

1.       Open Active Directory Users and Computers

2.       Click on View and select Advanced Features

3.       Select the OU where you want to delegate a user or group

4.       Right Click and select Delegate Control (and click Next on the Welcome page)

5.      Add the required Username or Group and click Next

6.       Tick the box “Reset user passwords and force password change at next logon” and click Next


7.     Click Finish

To Delegate Control to Unlock Accounts:

1.       Follow Steps 1-5 from the above list.

2.       Select “Create a custom task to delegate” and click Next


3.   Select “Only the following Objects in the folder” and tick the “User object” box and select Next

4.  Untick the “General” box and tick the “Property-specific” box. Select the “Read lockout Time and “Write Lockout Time” options

5. Click Next and then Finish.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guideline to using Lifecycle Controller on DELL Server

Guideline to using Lifecycle Controller on DELL Server.


Step 1. Launch the Unified Server Configurator by rebooting the server and selecting “System Services” or F10 at the DELL boot screen.

Step 2. Select “Platform Update”. Then select “Launch Platform Update”. If prompted to configure network, proceed and enter a static IP address. (Proxy already allowed for FTP to DELL on Universal)

Step 3. On the next screen select FTP Server and input proxy server settings if needed..

Step 4. Click Next and you will be presented with a window stating “Please wait while remote repo is verified”. Although the window states “3 minutes” it can take up to 10 minutes for the process to complete, so don’t reset the server thinking its locked up.

Step 5. On the next screen you will be presented with a list of available updates for your server. As shown in the below window.. Select them individually and click “Apply” (if multiple is ran simultaneously server update may fail as they have a timeout period)

Step 6. You will be sitting at a screen showing “Please wait”. You may sit at this screen for 20 minutes while the files are being downloaded from the FTP and stored in memory. (no hard drives are needed for this process!).

Step 7. The process will then begin updating hard ware in the server.

Step 8. The system may reboot and enter Lifecycle Controller again to continue the update process by updating hardware and bios etc. Repeat till all relevant firmware is updated.

Step 10. Once this process finalized you can reboot the server and it will boot up to your ESXi installation.