SOLVED: SCCM – Windows Deployment Services 0xC1030104

SCCM One of our System Center consultants had the issue while doing a lot of work on the SCCM 2012 server in building PXE build images and going through adding drivers for each of the bare-metal machines that we would have to build against. When she looked at the PXE service, she found it was […]

SCCM 2012 and Its Version of Trace32

Trace32   In System Center Configuration Manager 2007, one of the handiest tools that came from the downloadable SCCM Toolkit was Trace32.exe.  This is a viewer for .log files that, by default, highlights warnings and errors.  It’s a pretty nifty tool and quite handy for searching through the copious log files that SCCM generates. Trace32 […]

SonicWall access LAN via SonicPoint wireless Access point

SonicWall doesn’t want you to access your LAN via a SonicPoint wireless access point, but they don’t tell you that. You might be expecting to be able to access your LAN after you’ve connected and set up your SonicPoint. Even though you can reach the Internet, you’ll discover that LAN access is elusive. Configuring access […]

SOLVED System Center Unified Installer with SQL Server 2008 R2

Unified Installer The installer instructions completely ignore the fact that you can’t just download SP1 and CU4 and put them in folders. You will get “Invalid Location”. Unified Installer Solution: To fix this, you must decompress the download file. It is a .exe file. It is self-extracting. But you still aren’t done. The decompressed download file […]

SOLVED Windows 2008 R2 Remote App black screen – never loading

R2 Remote App   For the longest time I’ve been battling an issue with a client where one of the users had issues with a R2 remote app. Multiple people used the remote app but only one user had an issue. She complained that it took over 20 minutes for the remote app to load […]

SOLVED: Removing Failed File from Failover Clustering


If you use Windows Failover Clustering and use a File Share Witness as your quorum configuration, you might have a situation in which you have removed your server that had contained the file share without first removing it from the cluster. In this case you find out two things: one, your cluster has lost its failover protection, and two, you can’t easily remove the failed file share witness (FSW).

SOLVED: UC5xx Voicemail / CUE inaccessible

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UC500, UC520, UC540, UC560 Voicemail / CUE non functional and inaccessible. Service Module is trying to recover from reset/shutdown, error, failed.

Speed Test for NAS

After setting up the drive and sharing it out on the network I was interested in the read/write speed across the network.

Resetting a user’s Cisco UC Voicemail PIN (password)

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A user of a Cisco IP phone has both a PIN and a password. In Cisco Telephony terminology, the password is for accessing CUE (Cisco Unity Express– a web-based configuration program generated on the UC500 device), and the PIN is needed for voicemail access.

Call/Ring back operator from voicemail cisco uc5xx

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I was at a client with a Cisco UC560 who requested that callers could ring back the operator after being forwarded to an extension and hitting an employee’s voicemail. Typically this action would be done by pressing 0, however, this did not work.

Windows 7 Phone – Setup Incomplete

Window 7 Phone Problem: Recently, I was issued a new Windows 7 phone.  Being the owner of one previously, I was already familiar with the OS and had a Windows Live ID that I entered when the sales rep asked me. The phone was just out of the box, and as soon as I entered […]