• Microsoft KB

    DCOM Event ID 10016

    Are you using Windows 10, Server 2016 or 2019, viewed the event viewer and found DCOM Event ID 10016 with something similar to this error message: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160} and APPID {9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276} to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool. What does this mean? These 10016 events are recorded when Microsoft components try to access DCOM components without the required permissions. Solution: Microsoft mention in their KB article “These events can…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed – WDS PXE issue

    I kept getting “A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed” in MDT/WDS. I had no idea it was actually a cumulative (March) windows update that broke the WDS server this week. The MS article says “After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension.” Solution: Disable TFTP Variable Window Extension inside WDS properties. Here is…

  • Microsoft KB,  MS Server

    Backup & Restore of DHCP Server 2012 and above

    I recently built a new 2016 domain controller, exported the old 2012 DHCP server config and imported it in Server 2016 via the DHCP GUI. On the new 2016 server DHCP failed with an error “The DHCP service failed to restore the DHCP registry configuration”. I was stuck and couldn’t restore the new DHCP server. Here is an alternate way of exporting/importing DHCP. Here is the solution: Open cmd on the server you want to export the DHCP config (In my case it was the older 2012 R2 server) netsh dhcp server export C:\Users\username\Desktop\dhcp.txt all  Copy this file to the new server you wish to restore the DHCP config and…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    Word 2016 blank table bug

    After you install update KB4011039, you may encounter the following issues: If you merge vertical cells in a table, the cell content disappears, and you can’t select the merged cell. If you open an existing document that has a table with merged cells, the cells are displayed as blankAs a workaround, you can uninstall this update, and your tables will return to normal. MS anticipate releasing the fix for these issues in the next monthly update that’s tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2017. Link to Microsoft re this issue.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Tips

    RSAT Win 10 1511 Issue

    If you are like me and are using Win 10 1511 and have installed RSAT you will notice the tab’s inside ADUC are missing. This is due to a bug with RSAT version v1.2 published 12/10/2016. Solution: Upgrade to a higher build of Win 10 e.g 1607 Anniversary edition. You may be able to try and find an earlier version of RSAT, this may work also. If you find a link to the older version please let me know and I’ll post it here.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    Win 10 update broke DHCP / getting an IP address

    Last week Microsoft quietly fixed a Windows update it recently released which prevents users from getting an IP and connecting to the Internet. People are pointing the issue to update KB3201845 released on Dec 9 2016, which appears to break DHCP. This prevents Win 10 from automatically getting an IP address from the network. KB4004227 has been released to resolve this issue. “Note: This issue is limited to PCs running Windows 10 version 1607 that have not been restarted recently, and with network adapters unexpectedly showing an IP address in the 169.x.x.x range. ” More info on MS forums.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    Outlook 2010 safe mode dodgy patch

    Microsoft’s patch tuesday 8/12/15 brought update KB3114409. The patch was meant to fix issues with Outlook 2010 however it breaks Outlook and forces it into running in Safe mode and also prevents the preview pane from working unless you manually turn it on. The fix is to uninstall the patch. Go into Programs & Features, View installed updates and search for the kb number. Double click it to uninstall. Microsoft have pulled the update.

  • Microsoft KB,  MS Server,  Windows Updates

    2012 R2 VM on 2008 R2 Server

    This may be old news however it’s a good reminder. If you are running Hyper-V on 2008 R2 server and have a 2012 R2 VM server you may notice the VM stops responding and also receive STOP errors. Read the following MS KB to find the update. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2744129  What’s the cause? The issue occurs because the Hypervisor does not handle the one-shot synthetic timer correctly.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    kb2967012 – A Windows 8.1-based or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer does not restart after update rollup 2919355 is installed

    Here is more info re server 2012 R2 stuck in a restart loop after installing Update Rollup 2919355 (April 2014) As quoted from MS “After you install Update Rollup 2919355 (April 2014) for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, or after you install any of these systems from media that includes this update rollup, you cannot restart the computer because the computer experiences a restart loop. Update Rollup 2919355 may have been installed automatically through Windows Update (WU) or through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in your environment. Computers that start from certain Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage controllers are affected by this problem. This includes,…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    kb2961042 – Printer server goes offline when you wake up the computer at another network location

    Microsoft has released a fix for Win RT 8.1, Win 8.1 and Win Server 2012 R2 to fix printers from going offline. As quoted from the MS website: “Consider the following scenario: •You have a computer that is running Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2. •You connect to a printer server that is shared on a Windows Server. •You put the computer into a sleep mode and move it to another network location. •You wake up the computer and try to print by using the shared printer. In the scenario, the printer server goes offline in the client spooler even though it is actually reachable. “

  • Microsoft KB,  MS Server,  Windows Updates

    21 issues with KB2919355

    KB2919355 – Windows RT 8.1, Win 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Update April 2014 There are 21 issues being tracked with this MS update. As quoted from the MS website “Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is a cumulative update that includes all previous released security updates and nonsecurity updates. In addition to previous updates, it includes improvements such as improved Internet Explorer 11 compatibility for enterprise applications, usability improvements, extended mobile device management and improved hardware support. Important All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed. We recommend that…