Archive for the ‘Sys. Admin.’ Category

New Server

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Recently purchaced and installed a new HP ProLiant DL320s to run as the site primary file server, had some issues with Windows 2003 R2 32-bit as it repeatedly BSODed before getting into graphical setup, tried the drivers for the SAS controller also tried the disc on a different computer to no avail. After chatting with a few people someone asked why I wasn’t going for 2k3 R2 64-bit, the main reason for not using it was it I had not had a chance to test it out in a test environment and wasn’t overly happy putting it into a live environment, looked at the software that was going on the File Server and all seemed ok, installed the ProLiant Support Pack migrated files, setup file screening and quotas. All was well, server running very fast and very happy.

Came to install BackupExec 10d yesterday, BIG mistake seeminly when I checked to see if BackupExec supported Windows 2003 R2 64-bit on a x64 Architecture I got confused, yes remote agents are supported on that architecture and the media server is supported on IA64 Architectures, however the media server is not supported on Windows 2003 R2 64-bit (x64)… wooops.

Fortunatly it seems that all is not lost as BackupExec 11d looks like it will work and the options from 10d can be upgraded to 11d, now all I have to do is cost it all up. Note to self and other system Administrators read Symantecs compatability lists VERY carefuly.

Resetting TCP/IP under Windows XP

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

I have done this a couple of times at the request of BT and NTL engineers when internet connections haven’t been working as expected:

netsh int ip reset [log_file_name]

Very useful if you a struggling to figure out why you can’t even ping

ISO Creator/Writer

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Found a very useful tool called ISORecorder for creating ISOs from CDs, it works well with daemon tools, and burns ISO images created with nLite, pretty good replacement for the ISO Burning portions of Nero.

If you wanted a burning tool similar to Nero with the ability to add individual files and directories to a CD Image take a look at the free CD Burner XP.

On a totaly different topic, there is a heated discussion going on over here about the relative merrits and disadvantages of Wireless Mice over Wired Mice… if you feel like a bit of an expert feel free to join in!

New Job

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Started a new job today, won’t tell you lot where 😉

Seems like it is going to be a challenge though… I am sure I am going to be making an occasional post about what I am doing, but basicly my task is to take the Environment up from Windows NT 4 to Windows 2003… sound familiar?

What happened to Windows Installer 3.1

Friday, May 6th, 2005

n Aprils raft of patches, hotfixes and updates delivered via SUS, WSUS or Windows Update; Microsoft chose to release Windows Installer 3.1 the updated version of the install engine Microsoft has been pushing for the last 2 years.

However at the beginning of the week Steven Bink of noticed that the update had been pulled from SUS, further inspection showed that it had in fact gone totaly missing from the Microsoft Website. Many have pointed to KB Article 898628

This blunder by Microsoft could cause some major headaches for IT Administrators who rely of Group Policy Software Management to install and update software throughout their enterprise.

Software Update Services (SUS) Problems

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

We have been having a couple of problems with the soon to be replaced Software Update Services (SUS):

First and formost, large files do not syncronise between the Master SUS Server and the Slave at a satalite site. The two that have caused us the most problems have been Windows XP SP2 (266MB) and Windows 2003 SP1 (337MB). The error message is the rather criptic “0x80072EFE: The connection to the server was lost“. The soloution, however, is a simple one. Simply take the files from the Master SUS server on USB key or CD and dump them on the Slave SUS Server.

Second problem, was Active Server Pages EventID 5 messages in the application log, seemingly caused by SUS in the Default Application Pool. What it turns out is permissions on the IIS directorys were preventing the SUS application (or any other application for that matter) from writing fairly meaningless information to disk. The steps for resolving this message are found at this KB Article (842493)

However! put up with SUS for the time being, WSUS is on its way soon™


Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

I have discovered a serious gripe, I have been trying to deploy all sorts of applications via GPSI into a Windows XP domain. For the most part I have had great sucess, old executables with a setup.exe I have been able to extract the files and install them manualy, or take an instalation image. Some new installs I have just been able to copy the install MSI files.

However there is a certain company who creates a product called InstallSheild, that produces the most convolute, screwy, malformed MSI packages you could imagine. Why? I don’t know, everyone else manages it perfectly well, maybe it is so that we all have to use their AdminStudio package to re-package our software, who knows.

Anyway, if you value your systems administrators don’t use this software, you could be causing them a nightmare.

Power Up (or not)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

Having issues today with power at work, yesterday we had a new generator installed, then we had a power cut… at least we know the generator will kick in, as long as we don’t mind waiting 15 seconds. Of course the computers, servers and all can’t cope with this.

So we have ordered UPSs for all the computers in the Admin Block, hopefuly will get some for the servers too, you never know we might be able to have an up time longer than one week.

Other than power issues, work is quite good, we are really getting in to the swing of things, still lots and lots to get done but, it looks possable now. My main issue at the moment is documenting all the things that I rushed to get done because they needed doing yesterday. note to anyone in the same business: document as you go is much, much, much easier

Everyone on OcPS is looking forward to World of Warcraft EU looks like lots of the old Planetside gang is getting together to make an impact on Azeroth, most of us have played it before in the NA beta.

Microsoft Word Viewer

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

Because of the way that the Microsoft website is arranged it is near on impossable to find the download for the Word Viewer for Windows XP, so here it is for anyone who googles for it…

Word 97 / 2000 Viewer (Windows XP / 2000 / NT / 98 / 98SE / 95)