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Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack Support End Date is April 2013!

Good to know…

Service Pack Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 all versions is ending this month!!!

On 9-April 2013.

Products Released Lifecycle Start Date Mainstream Support End Date Extended Support End Date Service Pack Support End Date Notes
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter 10/22/2009 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 4/9/2013
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 10/22/2009 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 4/9/2013
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems 10/22/2009 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 4/9/2013
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 10/22/2009 1/13/2015 1/14/2020 4/9/2013

Notes from Microsoft:

When a new service pack is released, Microsoft will provide either 12 or 24 months of support for the previous service pack, varying according to the product family (for example, Windows, Office, Servers, or Developer tools).

When support for a service pack ends, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, DST updates, hotfixes or other updates for that service pack. Limited support will continue to be available.

For more, check here.

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Windows 2008 R2

 

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RemoteApp: Deploying applications made easy, by Rick Vanover, TechReplublic

I was about to set RemoteApp for one of our applications when I realized I had never posted my experience on it.

I have thought sharing with you this article from Rick Vanover on this Windows Server functionality: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/networking/remoteapp-deploying-applications-made-easy/6224?tag=nl.e102&s_cid=e102

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Windows 2008 R2

 

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Windows 8 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B

If you have installed Windows 8 by doing an upgrade from Windows 7, you may have experienced this error. SQLJoe wrote an article that includes the solution. Please go through it.

Windows 8 Activation Error: DNS name does not exist Error Code: 0x8007232B.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Windows 8

 

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Issues after Migrating Printers from Windows 2003 x86 to Windows 2008 R2 servers

If you have migrated your shared printers from Windows 2003 x86 Servers to Windows 2008 R2 Servers, I guess you may have dealt with different issues concerning the drivers.

Although Print Management console has an easy migration option, you may have noticed that the target printer server needed much more attention, like in installing/activating x86 drivers.

In my case, this was handled by an expert colleague, so he did well and the migrations were successful. But a recurrent issue occurred just after: Spooling service constantly stopped at the server level and had to be restarted 4 times per hour. The users (accessing the shared printers from x86 Windows XP and Windows 7 PCs) were also constantly asked to install drivers for the printers they were connected to.

I did not know about any of the following properties, until we found this information. So I thought sharing it with you might be helpful.

The “No isolation” mode fixed all our issues.

Driver isolation mode settings for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

No Isolation—The driver runs in Spoolsv.exe (the same as for Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Server 2008 SP2). All drivers set to no isolation share Spoolsv.exe. The failure of one driver could cause the failure of the entire print system.

Shared—Drivers share the same PrintIsolationHost.exe, separate from Spoolsv.exe, but not separate from other drivers within the shared PrintIsolationHost.exe process. The failure of one driver could cause the failure of all drivers sharing the isolated process, but would not cause failure to Spoolsv.exe.

Isolation—Each driver runs in its own PrintIsolationHost.exe process, separate from Spoolsv.exe, and separate from other drivers in isolation. Failure of one driver would not impact other drivers. Each print queue does not operate in its own instance of the PrintIsolationHost.exe. Instead, multiple queues using a single driver utilize the same instance of isolationhost.exe.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Technical, Windows 2008 R2

 

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Manage your Exchange 2007 from a 32-bit Windows OS version

Download your console from the link below.

Make sure you download the right one (there are three versions : SP1, SP2 and SP3).

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11876

The download includes the console and the shell.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Exchange 2007

 

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UEFI IBM x3650 M2 installed with Windows Server 2008 x64: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, Stop Error 0x0000000A

We have experienced an issue with one of our servers.

The Server

This IBM x3650 M2 installed with Windows Server 2008 x64 R2 is running Hyper-V and multiple virtual machines on it. It is also connected to a EMC NS-960 FC SAN, from which it mounts volumes where the virtual hard disks are located.

The Issue

1- We noticed that when one of the virtual machine is having a certain load, the complete IBM server has a blue screen showing “IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL” with STOP ERROR “0x0000000A”.

Figure 1: Stop Error

2- It is not the only strange behavior. When the dump consecutive to the error finishes and the server restarts, it stays a long time trying to load Windows in vain. We have to physically go to the datacenter, stop the server, remove the FC cables, and start it up, for the OS to load correctly. We then plug back the FC cables once the OS is completely loaded.

You can imagine the inconvenience, especially when important services are running on the virtual machines!

The solution

1- Having a look to different knowledge bases, I found that Microsoft discusses the issue of Windows Server 2008 R2 experiencing stop error 0x0000000A and has published a hotfix.
The following article may be interesting for you to read:
Article ID: 979903"STOP 0x000000A" Stop error when there is a request to allocate a large amount of contiguous physical memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.
It is explained in the article that the issue is due to Memory Manager struggling with database scans.

2- I also found another article on the second behavior and for that one too, Microsoft had a hotfix published.
Article ID: 979374The system becomes unbootable after you add raw disks to a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has EFI enabled
Due to the fact that our server runs UEFI and is mounting external storage volumes from the SAN, the system is unbootable, they explain. I just wonder why this issue did not appear before, as we have been running with that server almost for a year without experiencing this.

I would also recommend you follow this link which discusses the same behavior of IBM servers with external storage: http://sites.google.com/site/virtualkb/accueil/hardware/localoperatingsystembootfailswhenexternalstorageisattached-ibmsystemx3550m2x3650m2andbladecenterhs22
The issue might occur on series:
BladeCenter HS22, Type 1936, any model

BladeCenter HS22, Type 7870, any model

System x3550 M2, Type 4198, any model

System x3550 M2, Type 7946, any model

System x3650 M2, Type 4199, any model

System x3650 M2, Type 7947, any model

So I understood that we were merely leaving two different issues at a time.

Did the hotfixes…fix the issues?

We successfully downloaded and applied the two hotfixes one month ago. Since then, we haven’t experienced any of the previous behaviors!!!

Note that in the KB 979374, there are two methods proposed: one method if you are already running your server with the OS installation, another method to be followed at the installation of the server (it is about including the hotfixes into your install media, and you would have to add one other hotfix 975535).

The lesson: So if you have a server built on EFI and may have to add external storage volumes, I would recommend you go to the second method before you install your OS!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Hardware, Windows 2008 R2

 

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Recover photos from a corrupted SD card

Back from my leave, I was in despair when I discovered my photo SD memory card was corrupted. The only suggestion I had when plugging it to my Windows 7 desktop was: Would you like to format it?

I found this interesting free tool and would like to share it with you! It saved my holiday memories! It recovers photo files from any unreadable SD memory card (PhotoRec 6.13) and even from another storage. I have not used the TestDisk tool associated to it in the download but it may be useful for other recovery cases too!

TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.13 (15 November 2011), Data Recovery

Download it from: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download 

Here you have a Step-by-step guide to use the tool: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

If it helps you too, share it!… and donate on CG’s website 😉 !

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Personal

 

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