Errors Installing Windows Server 2008 SP2

Last week I approved Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista SP2 on my local WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server. My expectation was that the various physical and virtual machines in the “Jameson Datacenter” would subsequently install the update around 3:00 AM the following morning. Unfortunately when I examined the WSUS…

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WSUS Server Cleanup Wizard Hangs on "Deleting unused updates…"

While cleaning off my Desktop this morning, I came across a file that I created back in December capturing my notes from a problem I was having with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Evidently I intended to blog about the issue, but apparently this task kept getting pushed to the back burner. Before moving on…

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Server Core Installation – "Accessing Windows in Notification period"

I had a rather rough start this morning. When I attempted to boot up my primary workstation and login, I kept encountering a problem loading my roaming profile. I could login to Vista, but my desktop was blank and I kept getting prompted to enter my credentials to access the server (BEAST) where my user…

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Some Gotchas with Remote Administration of Hyper-V

As I mentioned in my previous post, last month I built out a new virtual environment using Hyper-V on Server Core. Since you can’t run MMC — and therefore Hyper-V Manager — on Server Core, you need to use remote administration to manage the VMs. John Howard’s blog series on Hyper-V Remote Management is by…

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Copy/Paste Gotchas with Server Core

I’m building out a new virtualized environment using Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. In order to maximize performance and follow recommended best practices, I am using Server Core as the host OS. I have to admit, doing this much administration from the command line really brings back memories from my “old Unix days” (before I…

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