Windows Server 2012 first view

Microsoft has released the Release Candidate of its latest Windows Server operating system. If you wish to get your own taste, you can download it from Microsoft’s Technet site. For all the rest, here are my first impressions. Coming from a Windows Server 2008 (R2) background the new Metro style UI just doesn’t feel natural. Many time i found myself … Continue reading

Windows Server 2008 BSOD after a system restore from older backup

Certainly using and testing backup and restore procedure is one of the most important tasks of any system administrator. In most of the cases this process is well documented and the regular tests provide peace of the mind. But . . . You always get the odd one that makes your heart race. After what seemed to be a (nearly) standard … Continue reading

Windows Backup Fails because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation failed

In  a recent attempt to create a full system backup of a Windows 2008 R2 server with Hyper-V installed and a few virtual machines running on this physical box, the backup job failed after a while. After some investigation an error has been discovered in the System Event Log: Log Name: Application Source: Microsoft-Windows-Backup Date: 31/05/2012 18:22:39 Event ID: 521 … Continue reading

Troubleshooting group policy

Isn’t life funny – every time you really need to remember something, no matter how hard you try, it just won’t click. Same in my profession. There have been cases where i could not recall a command that i just needed to troubleshoot this or that. And sometimes even if you try to google it, it takes a big effort … Continue reading