Windows 10 & Windows Server Update Error 0x800705b4
Jun18

Windows 10 & Windows Server Update Error 0x800705b4

KB ID 0001569 Problem I can’t remember Windows being so diabolically bad at simply updating? I built a new 2016 server, simply to create a VM template, and it would not update; There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep. seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information this may help: (0x800705b4) Solution Well that’s a very polite but useless error!...

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Windows Disks ‘CanPool’ set False?
May29

Windows Disks ‘CanPool’ set False?

KB ID 0001560 Problem While attempting to create some Storage Spaces in Server 2016 today, I presented a bunch of ‘new’ disks and some of them were flagged CanPool as false? CanPool simply means the disk it available to be added to a storage pool, Id just removed all the arrays from these drives so I was confused? Solution Just because we’re on Powershell does not mean I can’t go old school! Launch Diskpart and...

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Windows Adding Firewall Rules With PowerShell
Apr24

Windows Adding Firewall Rules With PowerShell

KB ID 0001538 Problem There was a question on Experts Exchange this morning, the asker wanted to be able to add a ‘Trusted’ network range to their Windows Server Firewall settings as a ‘allow all ports’ rule. Solution You can of course add this manually in the GUI, normally I’d simply Add a Firewall Rule with a Group Policy. but the problem with that is, that’s fine if you want to open a particular...

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Sysprep Was Unable to Validate
Apr14

Sysprep Was Unable to Validate

KB ID 0001535 Problem While building a new Windows 10 machine to be used as a template, I ran Sysprep to generalise the installation, and got this; Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows Installation. Review the log file at %WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep\Panther\setupact.log for details. After resolving the issue, use Sysprep to validate yout Installation again. Solution What I did was Google the error, instead of looking at the log...

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KMS Error 0xC004F056
Jan11

KMS Error 0xC004F056

KB ID 0001502 Problem While checking the KMS licence status of a newly deployed 2016 Datacenter server. I got this; Licence Status: Notification Notification Reason:0xC004F056 Solution While I’m not a fan of any errors, this ones harmless, in fact it’s telling us to perform an activation (slmgr /ato). So let’s do that. Then re-check. Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links...

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Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)
Dec09

Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)

KB ID 0001493 Problem If you have an iLO/iDRAC/EMM, then logging into these will give you the servers serial number, but what if they are not setup/connected, or you don’t know username or password? Then you can use WMI to discover the serial number. Solution From PowerShell; Get-Ciminstance -classname win32_bios -computername {Server-Name} | format-list serialnumber   Or if you have RDP/Console access , then from an...

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