Installation of IE11 failed with code 9C47

Recently, I found that one of the servers doesn’t have IE11. I was surprised by that, but OK. I never use IE (or any other browser) on any server. Additionally, most of the servers don’t even have the default gateway address.

I ran Windows update, it started to work….

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Weird Task Scheduler error 0x1

If you’re a “poor soul” administering an Exchange server, then you probably know that it lacks some of the security features. I use the smart host solution at the front of the server to increase email security. However, I will explain the concept of smart host in another article.

Part of this solution is the Spam Assassin anti-spam engine. The key problem here was the scheduled task that is used to update the Spam Assassin’s definition files; it failed with error 0x1 and the reason was weird.

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Building the “Windows To Go” flash drive

Many Linux installations have an option to boot from removable media, like a CD or USB flash drive. This solution is known as the live CD. Windows users did not have such an easy solution for years. There were some solutions, but they were either complicated to build or suspiciously legal.

Eventually, Microsoft introduced this option with Windows 8. This was the first time that even less experienced administrators (or advanced users) could build their own live Windows environment. Unfortunately, this solution natively supports only this short list of USB drives. But don’t give up!

If you are ready to get your hands dirty, here is a recipe how to build your own “Windows To Go” flash drive.

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Increase memory for a stable WSUS work

In my recent posts, I described the problems with the inaccessible WSUS server. The first problem was related to the stopped WSUS database and I quickly solved it.

The second problem was more complex and I spent an hour narrowing it down to the stopped WSUS application pool in IIS. I found a temporary solution – to manually start the application pool every time the service crashes.

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The WSUS database stopped

In the past few weeks, I had a series of problems with the WSUS server. It just stops. So, I need to check the server and fix the problem.

In most cases, I spotted the problem when I tried to update my laptop. While trying to check for new updates, I am getting one of the many update related errors. In this case, the error 80072EE2.

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You can’t update the updated driver

I regularly update my laptop. In addition to the Windows update site, I like to periodically check either the manufacturer’s site of the laptop or the component manufacturer’s site. I like to optimize my computer at the most. I have to unleash the full potential of each piece of hardware. Virtualization is a tough job.

On the manufacturer’s site, I can find drivers for chipset, video adapter, RAID controller, etc. These drivers are the latest versions published by vendor. Often they are newer than drivers in the Windows archives. Continue reading

Windows update error 80244022

A few days ago I updated my office laptop to Windows 10 build 1703. This part passed fine. However, after the reboot, Windows update reported an error with code 80244022. The explanation of this error is unclear – something went wrong.

After a few restarts, many retries, even deletion of the Software Distribution folder from the Windows folder, I searched the Net. Many answers were like “it’s just gone”. As my error isn’t just gone with the wind, I knew that it’s time for the HEV suite, crowbar and deep dive into the world of logs and Windows services.

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