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Windows 7 and IPv6

I’ve been having issues with my Windows 7 RC test PC over the past two weeks. Every day or two, Internet connectivity would stop and the PC would requirea reboot. Symptoms were unusual.
1. Some websites worked, while others wouldn’t.
2. In a command prompt, ping would not work, with the name not being resolved.
3. However, NSLOOKUP would work fine, and return a valid answer.
4. TRACERT would not work, since PING didn’t work.
5. The Network Sharing Centre would report that there was Internet Access.
 
After fiddling around, I realised that the IPv6 DNS was taking preceedence. I checked the SBS2008 server DNS and everything appeared to work properly.
Finally, I turned off all IPv6 services, and suddenly, Internet Connectivity was restored.
 
Interesting?

SBS2008 Useful links

Here are a bunch of useful links to SBS2008 related resources that I have gleaned in the past month. (Thanks to Susan Bradley and the SBS Team!)
 
 
 

BITS, IAS, VSS and RRAS May Stop Responding on SBS 2008 With a Particular NIC Driver
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/05/18/bits-ias-vss-and-rras-may-stop-responding-on-sbs-2008-with-a-particular-nic-driver.aspx

SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration to a Different Domain Name
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/05/01/sbs-2003-to-sbs-2008-migration-to-a-different-domain-name.aspx

You May Lose Network Connectivity on SBS 2008 When Using a Driver Which Utilizes TDI
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/02/12/you-may-lose-network-connectivity-on-sbs-2008-when-using-a-driver-which-utilizes-tdi.aspx

Catalog of Installation Error Messages in Windows SBS 2008
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2009/02/02/catalog-of-installation-error-messages-in-windows-sbs-2008.aspx

Problems accessing file shares on Windows Server 2008 64-bit running AntiVirus Programs
http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2009/05/20/okay-so-remind-me-again-what-antivirus-really-does-other-than.aspx

SBS Code plex – Custom XML code for alerts and resources
http://www.codeplex.com/sbs

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7

UPDATE [8 APR 2011]: The RSAT Tools for Windows 7 SP1 has been released and can be downloaded here – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d
 
One of the most useful tools for administering a server from your desktop is the RSAT toolset, which are available via the MMC console. With these components, you can administer the AD, and various other components of the Server Manager Console via the workstation.
 
In Windows7, you have to install the RSAT tools to accomplish this task. KB974877 describes the tools, and provides a download link:
 
Once the tool has been installed, you need to enable them via the control panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows features on or off.
 
Then, pick and choose the features you need.

 

Windows 7 RC is here

Windows 7 RC has been released. Check out the latest news and updates here – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/
 
I am currently running this on a basic Intel Core2Duo E4600, 2GB RAM, and 160GB hard drive, with a dual screen setup. So far, everything is running well, and much faster than my previous trusty old Core2Duo E6600, 2GB RAM running Windows XP Pro.
 
The system joined to the SBS2008 domain without problems. Three vendors are testing their AV offerings. I have installed the Kapersky public beta.
The look is clean, and there have been some nice cosmetic and functional changes.
 
More to come…

Error 0x8007007f: A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer

I got this error, when I tried to log in to one of my Domain Controllers this morning. It is a Windows 2003 x64 server. I had remotely applied SP2 and some other patches.
 
Looking up this error, I found references to the fact that SP2 may have been installed, but the computer had not been rebooted. Duh!
 
Rebooted the server, and all was well.

Using Dual Monitors in Terminal Services with Remote Desktop

How to obtain dual monitor mode within Terminal Services when connecting with Remote Desktop.
 
The prerequisites are Remote Desktop Connection client version 6.0 or higher. Windows XP and 2003 users can obtain the client here – http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6E1EC93D-BDBD-4983-92F7-479E088570AD&displaylang=en
Windows Vista and 2008 user already have this version.
 
Obviously, you would already have two or more monitors. Some rules are:
  • The monitors must be the same resolution
  • The total resolution must not exceed 4096 x 2048
  • The top left monitor must be primary
  • The monitors must be horizontally oriented

From the start menu, open a Run dialog. Type in mstsc /span /v:servername

Optionally, you can also use the /w:HorizontalResInPixels /h:VerticalResInPixels switches.

 

Daylight Savings Issues for Australia

 

The powers to be in Government in Australia decided last year to make changes to the starting and ending times for Daylight Savings In Australia. As a result, the end of daylight savings has been extended to the first Sunday in April. Some PCs which have not been patched may automatically switch off to non DST time. This problem particularly affects Windows Mobile devices.
 
To resolve this issue on PCs and Servers, you will need to apply the Microsoft August or December 2008 Cumulative time zone update. If either patch is applied, the PC will have the correct DST information. This patch can be downloaded here – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955839/
 
For Windows Mobile Devices, you can download the patch here using IE from the device- http://mobile.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsmobile/updates/dst.aspx
 
The patch does not require a reboot.

Vista is unable to Rename/Move Files/Folders on a network drive

Upon installing a new PC on a SBS2008 domain, the following symptom showed up when trying to save, rename or move files and folders on the network drive.
 
“The “\\servername\sharedfolder” does not exist. The file may have been moved or deleted. Do you want to create it?”
 
I was able to create a new folder or file, but could not rename it. I could also delete the folder or file.
 
The problem appears to happen with new PCs, possibly caused by the way the vendor packaged the OS.
 
A resolution was to turn off Offline Files Synchronization from the control panel.
I also needed to create a DWORD value named FormatDatabase with a value of 1 in HKLM/system/currentcontrolset/services/csc/parameters.
Reboot, and problem solved.

Trend Micro Worry Free message “To complete the installation, restart the computer” does not go away

After installing Trend Micro’s Worry Free Business Security version 5.0 or later, the following message comes up on the workstations. After clicking on the “Install drive and restart the computer” button, the system restarts, and this message keeps reappearing.
 
 
The solution is on Trend Micro’s knowledge base, but it is a bit difficult to find. http://esupport.trendmicro.com/Pages/To-complete-the-installation-restart-the-computer-always-appears-when.aspx
 
   1. Stop Cryptographic Services.
   2. Go to the C:\Windows\system32\catroot2 subfolder and rename it as “oldcatroot2”.
   3. Start Cryptographic Services.
   4. Open a command prompt and run the following commands:
      a. regsvr32 wintrust.dll – This registers Microsoft Trust Verification.
      b. regsvr32 netcfgx.dll – This registers Network Configuration Objects.
   5. Restart your computer.
 
There is a bit more information there, detailing the problem.