Decommission WSUS 3 on Small Business Server

I am slowly but surely moving all of the services from Windows SBS 2008 onto our brand new Windows 2016 Server. This article covers the steps I took to decommission WSUS 3 after switching to WSUS 4. Firstly, I checked that none of my clients were still connecting to WSUS 3. Once I established this, … Continue reading Decommission WSUS 3 on Small Business Server

Windows 10 Update 1709 woes

I tried many different methods of attack, but on every occasion, Windows 10 Update 1709 continued to fail. The Error Message was a follows: 0x8007001F - 0x3000D The installation failed in the FIRST_BOOT phase with an error during MIGRATE_DATE operation - - Now, I need to point out that┬ámy Workstation is connected to a Domain, … Continue reading Windows 10 Update 1709 woes

Office 365: Your Automatic Reply Settings Cannot Be Displayed

We recently decommissioned our aging Exchange 2007 Server and switched to using Office 365 for Email. One quirk of the new system was that some users were having difficulty accessing their Out Of Office (Automatic Reply) Settings when using Outlook 2010 or 2013. Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently … Continue reading Office 365: Your Automatic Reply Settings Cannot Be Displayed

Watchguard Firebox M200: Unblocking WeTransfer

If you are blocking "Personal Network Storage and Backup" at your Watchguard Firewall, users won't be able to access wetransfer.com. In their own support documentation here, WeTransfer suggested creating the following firewall exceptions: *.wetransfer.com *.we.tl *.amazonaws.com *.wetransfer.net However, this still doesn't prevent the Firebox from dropping the traffic. Below is a table of exceptions I … Continue reading Watchguard Firebox M200: Unblocking WeTransfer

T-SQL: Aggregate Functions; Date Functions; and Group By Statement Woes

When combining Aggregate Functions with Date / Time functions within an SQL Query, you may run into errors relating to the "Group By" statement, such as: "Column is invalid in the select list┬ábecause it is not contained in either an aggregate function or the GROUP BY clause" "Invalid Column Name" "Each GROUP BY expression must … Continue reading T-SQL: Aggregate Functions; Date Functions; and Group By Statement Woes

SQL Server File Locations for Default Instances

Each Instance of SQL Server has its own set of executable files (sqlservr.exe) and data files. The file locations for the default instance are different depending upon the version installed. Essentially, this is to allow multiple versions of SQL Server to happily co-existing on the same server. The table below lists the default file locations … Continue reading SQL Server File Locations for Default Instances