July 2011 Entries

Virtualized data center - Part Two: Hardware
Instead of making a list here of what requirements or needs for hardware hosts exist, I’ll make it plain and simple: CPU, memory and network links. Those are the most important things in a virtualization host and is all well documented in build guides across the internet. What I would to talk about is the following: Whitebox vs. Branded servers! Throughout the years I’ve been pretty much brainwashed (no kidding) that in a professional, production environment you only use “real” server hardware. And ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:29 PM | Comments (1)

The virtualized data center - Part One: Overview
There used to be a time where the whole concept of a data center was limited to (very) large companies due to the cost and housing, not even to mention the cooling and electricity required, of all those machines humming along in giant, underground lair. It was a huge undertaking that got a bit simpler with the rise of VMware and their virtualization techniques, but still required a massive amount of resources. Now that different players have come to the market, all with their own possibilities, things ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

A guideline to migrations: “All hands on deck!”
Welcome to this second instalment of the series! This series of articles is aimed at giving you a hold and a sort of “Best practices” to starting any kind of migrations. Whilst each technology or project has its quirks and traps most of the process you’ll need to go through is, roughly, the same. The second article will describe a so called “test run” or, as I like to call it, practicing with duds... Seeing as running a test system in the ground is not quite as disruptive as destroying an actual ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

A guideline to migrations: “The Beginning”
Welcome to this first instalment of the series! This series of articles is aimed at giving you a hold and a sort of “Best practices” to starting any kind of migrations. Whilst each technology or project has its quirks and traps most of the process you’ll need to go through is, roughly, the same. This first article will describe what’s called the preparation process. Although most IT professionals have the tendency to just into thing (or “forget about the manual, I’ll make it up as I go along!) it ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 1:21 PM | Comments (0)

/upgradecms failed!
An error that happens frequently when trying to upgrade your 2007 CCR or other form of the cluster is represented by the following error prompts: Move-ClusteredMailboxServer: Database Recovery Storage Group/Mailbox Database is not in the final expected state: final state is Failed, expected Online. Cluster Common Failure Exception: The cluster resource coudl not be brought online by the resource monitor. 0x8007139A setup.com /upgradecms failing with error code : "0xc00713a0" "1002" ---------------------------... ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:06 AM | Comments (0)

Article: Recreating the public folder hierarchy
When the EMC (exchange management console) is launched, it returns the following error: ---------------------------... Microsoft Exchange Warning ---------------------------... The following warning(s) were reported while loading topology information: get-PublicFolderDatabase Completed Warning: Object AAA-EX01\Second Storage Group\Public Folder Database has been corrupted and it is in an inconsistent state. The following validation errors have occurred: ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:03 AM | Comments (28)

Article: ADAM Troubleshooting
Initial troubleshooting As always, one of the first things to check is the event viewer to see if an event was generated detailing the error. Additionally check the %windir%\debug for the adamsetup.log and adamuninstall.log (this last one is only created during the uninstall process). These two logs will tell you where the setup is failing and what should be checked. It also pays to know that setup errors are written to the registry. If you cannot find the following key there was no failure as the ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:02 AM | Comments (1)

Article: Troubleshooting the information store service
Alot of calls I get are related to the information store service of the exchange server not starting. Since troubleshooting why this services does not start is often related to alot of stress (after all, your users and managers will be pounding your door as they cannot access their email) it is always handy to have some reference as to where you can start and what direction it can take. This is my basic modus operandi so feel free to give suggestions on how to improve it :). First of all you need ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 9:48 AM | Comments (0)

Disclaimer
The opinions or ramblings in this blog are my own and represent, in no way, those of my employer or any other person. All content is written by myself unless otherwise specified. Common sense applies when performing actions recommended on this blog. I take no liability for any sort of data loss or injuries sustained during IT work. Do not use microwave to dry pooch. Do not spray directly in eyes. Do not take orally. Banging your head in to the wall may cause head trauma. Ninja’s might follow you ......

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2011 1:47 PM | Comments (0)