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Sep
22
KB913086: Security Updates Available as ISO Files at Microsoft Download Centre
Posted by Philip Elder on 22 September 2014 01:35 PM

Original Posted Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: KB913086: Security Updates Available as ISO Files at Microsoft Download Centre

Microsoft’s security updates can be downloaded in ISO form.

The above site has a list of links to the ISO downloads.

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We have set up a link on Microsoft’s Download Centre site to sort the ISO files with newest at the top:

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We suggest bookmarking this link to gain quick access to the newest or latest ISO downloads.

Hat Tip: Thanks to Derek Knight and Russ Stamm (quietman7).

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen ASP Project
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Apr
21
A Microsoft Cluster Troubleshooting Guide
Posted by Philip Elder on 21 April 2014 01:02 PM

Original Post Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: A Microsoft Cluster Troubleshooting Guide

Here are some of the tools we can use when troubleshooting a cluster, Scale-Out File Server, Hyper-V, and other cluster issues:

Failover Cluster Manager 

The FCM gives us the ability to dig into the various Windows Logs and delimit them by time, node, and log type.

  • FCM –> Cluster Name –> Cluster Events –> Query

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We set up a few different queries out of the box. One with everything Cluster, Failover Clustering, and Hyper-V related. We then create a subset of queries. The various queries get saved to a local folder on the management DC/RSAT system.

Get-ClusterLog

The Get-ClusterLog PowerShell commandlet allows us to pull the full log set from one or all nodes. Note that the default output folder is NODEC$WindowsClusterCluster.LOG (C:WindowsClusterCluster.LOG) unless specified in the command.

This log can be very busy and a bit of a challenge to work through. If one has a good idea of what to look for then the log can be quite informative.

  • Get-ClusterLog -Destination .
    • Places the log in the local directory (we create C:Temp on all nodes for this kind of thing)
  • (get-cluster).ClusterLogLevel=5
    • There are five levels with 5 being the most verbose. Default level is 3 and best left there unless absolutely needed. Level 5 file can be large.

EDIT: The Default cluster log location is C:WindowsClusterReportsCluster.log

Microsoft Message Analyzer

This is an in-depth tool. There is no way around it. Thus, a learning curve is required.

However, there is an amazing amount of information that we can then have at our fingertips and not only that colour coded!

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One can use a series of filters under the log file settings to delimit by time period among others.

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We can set up our columns:

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Once we have our Cluster column, for example when looking for a problematic cluster component, we can set up a filter:

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And that is just the tip of the iceberg. One will need to spend some time with this tool to really get into its abilities such as colour coding source node, information levels, and so much more!

Please check the Message Analyzer Blog for more information.

Note that an absence of System Centre and its components is deliberate. We find, at least at this time, that Failover Cluster Manager provides a far superior cluster management experience.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen ASP Project
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Third Tier: Enterprise Solutions for Small Business


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Dec
4
Microsoft Downloads: TechNet Libraries PDF Downloads Search List
Posted by Philip Elder on 04 December 2013 02:19 PM

Original Post Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: Microsoft Downloads: TechNet Libraries PDF Downloads Search List

This link opens the Microsoft Downloads site:

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Note the third one listed in the search results (sorted by newest publish date) is the _entire_ Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 RTM TechNet Library Documentation! It weighs in at a paltry 110MB in PDF form too.

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An example of how great it is to have one searchable document is in the search results _within_ the document for the search term “RDMA”.

Try searching for Windows Server and RDMA and come up with a Microsoft product focused set of search results on any search engine.

Philip Elder
Microsoft MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
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Third Tier: 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/

Windows Live Writer


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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


Read more »




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