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Oct
7

We had just finished walking through all of the steps to set up two nodes for a Server 2012 RTM Hyper-V cluster when we got hit with the following error:

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Create Cluster Wizard

An error occurred while creating the cluster.

An error occurred while creating the cluster 'TD-12Cluster'.

Unknown error (0xc0000133)

Our initial searches turned up very little when we included Hyper-V and Cluster in our terms.

The error code however turned up a tie into time synchronization.

These nodes were set up using Windows Server 2012 Standard in Server Core mode. And, we had missed step 9 in SConfig: Date & Time!

The time zone was incorrect on both nodes.

We also noticed that the time on the test network was about 9 minutes out from our own. So, we had missed configuring the time service on the physical DC to poll the Canadian pool.ntp.org servers.

  • Blog post here: Preparing A High Load VM For Time Skew
    1. Elevate a command prompt
    2. w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual "/manualpeerlist:0.ca.pool.ntp.org,0x1 1.ca.pool.ntp.org,0x1 2.ca.pool.ntp.org,0x1 3.ca.pool.ntp.org,0x1"
    3. w32tm /config /update
    4. net stop w32time && net start w32time
    5. w32tm /resync /force
    6. w32tm /query /source
      1. Should be 0.ca.pool.ntp.org

Once we had the domain time in order and the nodes synchronized to the DC we were able to successfully stand up the cluster in Failover Cluster Management.

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In the end not referring to our process manuals was the key. ;)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
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www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

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Sep
12

That was the error we had when we ran setup /admin from our Office 2013 Pro Plus distribution point.

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It turns out that we do need to download some additional files from Microsoft's download site.

We downloaded the 32-bit version of the tools and extracted them to a folder.

Once the extraction is complete copy the Admin folder to the root of the Office distribution point.

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We could then run the setup /admin command from the distribution point and voila:

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We can now go on and create our MST file to allow for automatic installation, activation, and base configuration of the products.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

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Sep
12

That was the error we had when we ran setup /admin from our Office 2013 Pro Plus distribution point.

image

It turns out that we do need to download some additional files from Microsoft's download site.

We downloaded the 32-bit version of the tools and extracted them to a folder.

Once the extraction is complete copy the Admin folder to the root of the Office distribution point.

image

We could then run the setup /admin command from the distribution point and voila:

image

We can now go on and create our MST file to allow for automatic installation, activation, and base configuration of the products.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Sep
11
Windows Features Error: Windows couldn’t complete the requested changes 0x800F0906
Posted by Reprinted Article on 11 September 2013 02:36 PM

We hit this today:

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Windows Features

Windows couldn't complete the requested changes.

Windows couldn't connect to the Internet to download necessary files. Make sure that you're connected to the Internet, and click "Retry" to try again.

Error code: 0x800F0906

Our search turned up the following KB:

The OS affected was Windows 8 Enterprise on a greenfield Windows Server 2012 Essentials virtualization setup.

The relevant point for us was in the WSUS settings as we set up WSUS in Group Policy with the appropriate WMI Filters for each operating system. We did _not_ make the respective changes recommended in the KB article though.

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We made the necessary change to allow for the required files to be pulled down:

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We then ran GPUpdate /Force on W2012E and the affected system.

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We were then able to click the Retry button on the error window and the needed content was downloaded.

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We were then able to move on with our tasks!

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Sep
11
Windows Features Error: Windows couldn’t complete the requested changes 0x800F0906
Posted by Reprinted Article on 11 September 2013 02:36 PM

We hit this today:

image

Windows Features

Windows couldn't complete the requested changes.

Windows couldn't connect to the Internet to download necessary files. Make sure that you're connected to the Internet, and click "Retry" to try again.

Error code: 0x800F0906

Our search turned up the following KB:

The OS affected was Windows 8 Enterprise on a greenfield Windows Server 2012 Essentials virtualization setup.

The relevant point for us was in the WSUS settings as we set up WSUS in Group Policy with the appropriate WMI Filters for each operating system. We did _not_ make the respective changes recommended in the KB article though.

image

We made the necessary change to allow for the required files to be pulled down:

image

We then ran GPUpdate /Force on W2012E and the affected system.

image

We were then able to click the Retry button on the error window and the needed content was downloaded.

image

We were then able to move on with our tasks!

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Sep
5
BitLocker Encrypted Drive: Unable to Unlock
Posted by Reprinted Article on 05 September 2013 02:53 PM

We have a number of external BitLocker encrypted drives that we use to tote around our business data with.

After plugging one of the drives into our newly stood up system with Windows Server 2012 RTM being slowly configured as a desktop we hit this:

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Normally, a BitLocker encrypted drive gets plugged into any Windows Vista and above operating system and a prompt happens to unlock it for full access.

Double clicking on the drive in Explorer did nothing. Nada. Zippo.

In the end we had missed installing the BitLocker components on the machine:

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Note that a restart would be required once the installer routine completed.

Sure enough, after the reboot we were prompted for the pass phrase after double clicking on the drive’s icon:

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With BitLocker now included in Windows 8 Pro there is no reason why organizations that do move their desktop operating system platforms over to Windows 8 should not use BitLocker to encrypt every system and external storage device by default.

In fact, for any organization that has sensitive data housed on their systems the only thing stopping the migration to Windows 8 Professional would be Line of Business applications ... maybe. One could work around that with application virtualization or RemoteApps depending on the LoB.

The tools for BitLocker management are also available in Windows Server as well as a part of the Desktop OS Software Assurance and MDOP offering.

And one more thing: With the horsepower that today’s systems offer whole disk encryption as opposed to encrypting only contents is always the best option. BitLocker Content Only Encryption is a new feature in Windows 8.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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