SBS 2011 Internet Explorer Maintenance missing from Group Policy Management

Came across another interesting behavior doing a SBS 2011 migration. By default the  User Group Policy sets the Internet Explorer home page to point to the Companyweb. Which is all and fine, we all got used to live with this “feature” and we all know how to disable it. Right? Not quite. As it turns out, the Internet Explorer Maintenance … 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

How to reset the domain administrator password on Windows Server 2008

This probably should never happen, but there’s always that odd case when the domain administrator password simply disappears. If you did your job right, you would normally dig out your notes with the backup domain administrator details and use that to reset the administrator password. But . . . You don’t always have the luxury. Than you’ll have to find … Continue reading