Find all active AD users not expiring in a month

Sometimes your AD has a lots of temporary users, with accounts expiring in near future, and to ensure that only legitimate users have never expiring or long expiring accounts you want to audit your accounts. To do so, perform next: 1. Create test account expiring today 2. With ADSI edit get the value of accountExpires […]

Unexpected server reboot caused by windows update

Recently I’ve got unexpected Windows server 2008 R2 reboot with some recovery reason, which is quite uninformative: The process C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe (servername) has initiated the restart of computer servername on behalf of user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM for the following reason: Operating System: Recovery (Planned) Reason Code: 0x80020002 Shutdown Type: restart Comment: As time of reboot was very […]

Clustered MS SQL dependency on mounted volume

Recently I have added new mounted volume to Microsoft cluster (lets say disk 3 mounted at m:\history), and tried to restore some old backup to it. But after I have run SQL script I’ve immediately got an SQL error: Only formatted files on which the cluster resource of the server has a dependency can be […]

Error 1602 or 1618 during install of any msi packet

Recently we’ve got error installing driver on our Windows 2008 R2 server. It does not provide any specific error dialog, just constantly showing “Please wait while the application is preparing for the first use”. After you press Cancel, it gives you error message saying that installation could not be completed because other installation is in […]

Error 1053 while starting NetBackUP Client Service

Recently I have stuck with error 1053 “The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion” while starting NetBackUP Client Service. But the error appeared much faster then 30 seconds which is actual service timeout, so the message was incorrect. The problem was that affected server was joined into […]

Fixing MSDTC errors 4135 4163 4185 4112

One of clients had problem with MSDTC service on Windows 2003 server, which couldn’t start. After short investigation I have found corresponding errors in Application log: Event Type:    Error Event Source:    MSDTC Event Category:    LOG Event ID:    4163 Date:        2011-08-02 Time:        12:02:08 PM User:        N/A Computer:    servername Description: MS DTC log file […]