C drive is a system drive and it shouldn’t be used for any storage of data. Even more, you can achieve up to 30% better operations with the MS SQL server when the database and its log are on separate physical drives or virtual disks. Continue reading
If you want to view a file details in Windows with GUI, you need to right-click on the file in Explorer, select Properties from the context menu and then click on the Details tab. Easy.
Can you do the same task using only the command line? With a little magic and a few mighty tricks you can do that, too.
I have a very strict policy that servers must not access the Net. If a server needs to be accessible from the Net, it will be placed in the DMZ zone with very rigid firewall rules. To update all servers, I need to implement the WSUS server in the local network.
I never let servers update automatically. Rather, I let them notify me about available updates and then I will manually run an installation process.
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….
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.
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.
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.