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How to connect a client computer to WSUS 2012

In previous iterations of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), your group policy would point to your WSUS server with the following:

http://<server name>

eg: http://wsus

But now, with WSUS in server 2012, you have to specify the port number. The port number is 8530. So in your group policy, you would specify the following:

http://wsus:8530

eg: http://wsus:8530

Once you have refreshed your local group policy or allowed it to apply itself overtime, you will then be able to receive updates from your local WSUS 2012 server.

 

How to successfully install Windows Internal Database onto Server 2012

If you are like me and you have tried to install the Windows Internal Database as part of the WSUS role in Server 2012, you would have come across this error message after a while:

 

Of course, your first instinct is to reboot as suggested. After a reboot, um, it has not installed. You try and try again – same result. After a lot of cursing and swearing, a search using Google found a result. Try this:

  1. Open up your domain group policy editor.
  2. Navigate to the Default Domain Policy
  3. Navigate to Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policy -> User Rights Assignment
  4. Find the “Log on as a service” policy and edit it.
  5. Click on “Add user or group” button.
  6. Add the following users: IIS_WPG, NETWORK, NETWORK SERVICE, SERVICE
  7. Got to your Server 2012 box and open an elevated command prompt.
  8. Type in: gpupdate /force. Wait for it to successfully complete
  9. Now try and install the WID or WSUS.

You should now have successfully completed the install.

 

Provider cannot be found. It may not be properly installed.

I installed a new Windows Server 2008 R2 and I hosted my own web server. All was going well until I tried to connect a virtual directory to an Access database driven site and I received this error:

Error 500: Provider cannot be found. It may not be properly installed.

After a short search, I found that I needed to enable 32bit applications on this 64bit OS.

The easiest way to do this is to follow these steps:

  1. Open IIS manager on your server
  2. Click on the Application Pools link in the left column
  3. Click on the application pool for your website
  4. Choose Advanced Settings from the right column
  5. One of the first options should state “Enable 32-bit applications”. By default it is set to FALSE. Change this to TRUE.

And that’s it. Simple aye!?

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in IIS, Server 2008

 

Second network adapter and TCP Offload

I have been having all fun and games trying to get a second NIC to work correctly using Microsoft Hyper V (core and full install). I could see the NIC and configure but the VM would not see the network.

I first thought that Hyper V didn’t like the brand of network card, so I ordered some others. But in the meantime, I have found a solution.

It comes down to an advanced NIC option – TCP Offload. This option is normally on by default on the NIC’s that I have seen. The TCP Offload is an option which was first used way-back-when PC’s were not as powerful as they are now. It would give the CPU a break from digesting network traffic and send it straight to the NIC. In this modern era, we do not need to do this any more. Also, disabling this option is supposed to assist in quicker network transfer speeds – we will see.

So how do you disable it? Open up your network card properties and click on the ADVANCED tab. The screen will look similar to this:

The 3 options that I disable are “IPv4 Checksum Offload”, “TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4)” and¬†“TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6)”. Please note, the screen shot above has lumped in TCP and UDP together – that’s OK. Your network card driver may do a similar thing or separate them. Just disable TCP when you can.

Your VM’s will work like magic now.

 

 
 

Windows Server 2012 Unstable

Well I have been trying to install and run the new Windows Server 2012 recently, both in a virtual environment and a physical. But I am finding that it is very unstable.

There are two main areas that are causing my head to hurt:

  1. The new SERVER MANAGER seems to have a mind of it’s own. Sometimes it starts without a problem, other times it does not start at all. Very frustrating especially as this is where most of your work gets done in Server 2012
  2. Windows Update is really bad. Most of the time it just appears with a blank screen and if you close it down and try again, it does the same thing. Even when you shot down the server, it takes forever to do this as it is waiting on the update services to complete. I did manage to download a 170MB update for Server 2012 – hoping that this would solve my problem, but it did not.

Stay tuned for more Windows Server 2012 postings.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Server 2012