Monday, June 2, 2014

Windows 2008 VM on Hyper-V in Windows 8

A note to self: If you want to deploy a Windows Server 2008 VM within Hyper-V on Windows 8, the VM needs to be created as a generation 1 VM, not 2. If you use Generation 2, not even switching off Secure boot will allow the installation to go through.

In other news, my lab is now just about built. Not sure why it took me so long, considering I’ve been in my new position for 3 months already.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

AppFabric installation error

While trying to set up a SharePoint 2013 machine in my lab for testing OpsMgr dashboards, I ran into this error with installing one of the prerequisites, AppFabric:

AppFabric installation failed because installer MSI returned with error code : 1603

This solution resolved the problem for me. Issue is caused by an extraneous quote at the end of the PSModulePath in Environmental variables. To resolve, as per th resolution posted:

Incorrect path:

C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\PowerShell\Modules"

removing the extraneous " corrected the issue

To change this go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> On the Advanced Tab Select Enviroment Variables -> Under System Variables there is a Variable named PSModulePath, select it -> Click Edit -> Remove trailing "


Credit for solution goes to original poster. Really just keeping this here for my own sanity.

Friday, December 20, 2013

SCSM: ETL jobs stuck after upgrade to R2

If you have upgraded your SCSM environment to System Center 2012 R2, you may run into a situation where the data warehouse ETL jobs get stuck.


  • The ETL jobs status shows running, but the jobs are disabled. The MPSyncJob does not complete.


  • Some management packs have a Failed deployment status, and if you try to redeploy them, they fail immediately.
  • Event 33519 in the OperationsManager event log on the DW management server:


3. You have attempted to repair the ETL jobs using this brilliant post by Doug Sigmon, with no luck.



Run the SQL queries as described in this article against the DW Repository, CM DataMart, DW Datamart and OM Datamart databases. Once complete, click on each failed management pack and select Restart Deployment. Within a couple of minutes the management packs should have a completed state (including those that were in a waiting state waiting for the failed MPs to complete) and your ETL jobs should complete as normal.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

First glance: Nokia Lumia 925

Towards the end of last year, I did something very uncharacteristic and bought a mobile phone off the shelf, but in my defense it was a Nokia Lumia 920, my much lived Sony phone had died and I was just about a year away from my next upgrade. Over the last 9 months the 920 stole my heart and loyalty, and I said I would never want another phone again.
After a comedy of stupid mistakes, we managed to lose one of our Nokias to the evil pits of hell where sad mobile phones go to die, leaving a gaping chasm in my life.
And then my contract renewal came round. And the Nokia Lumia 925 became available. And the chasm was bridged, filled, closed.

The first noticeable difference between the 920 and the 926 is the weight. While I loved the feeling of the 920 in my hand, it was a weighty phone. The 925 is much, much lighter, while still maintaining that nice in hand feeling. I also quite like the new candy shell cover, and i hope it is better at protecting the apparently not so unbreakable gorilla glass.

So far, the phone also feels snappier than the 920, and the screen appears to be a little crispier, while the touch screen feels a bit more responsive. So far, i am happy with the upgrade.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

First Glance: Surface RT

After months and months of drooling to myself over the Microsoft Surface, and waiting patiently for them to come to South Africa, I finally got my hands on one whilst on holiday in London. And all is good with the world.

So far, I am really impressed with how quick it was to set up, and how responsive it is. I had high expectations, considering how much I love my Nokia Lumia 920, and it has, so far, exceeded expectations.

This post really is just to test it out, especially as I will be on holiday for another two weeks. I will put this baby through some tests while on holiday, and do a bit of a write-up when I get back home.
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