Backup Exec, Volume Shadow Copy, Permissions etc

Ok, long story short, it all started with a Backup Exec 12.0 job suddenly failing.. One part of the whole job is backuping Exchange Server 2007 using a remote agent and the exchange server. In the job log of Backup Exec, i got a ‘Final error: 0xe000fed1 – A failure occurred querying the Writer status. ‘ ok, initially i thought, this is nothing new.. querying the writer status and seeing what this one’s reporting .. Logo_winlogo

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Microsoft Releases Beta of DaRT 7 Recovery Tool

This week I had a chance to sit down with Brad McCabe, the product manager for DaRT (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset). DaRT has been a favorite tool for many IT Pros, dating back to its days as part of Winternals Admin Pack. DaRT has continued to evolve since then but it’s still focused on helping IT Pros easily recover PCs that have become unstable, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked out systems, all faster than the average time it takes to reimage the machine.

Customer can sign up for that Beta today here. Larger customers wanting to deploy DaRT 7 now can email us at to find out if they qualify to join the DaRT TAP program. The TAP program will allow them deep interaction with the product team and assistance in deploying and testing DaRT 7 in their production environment today.

IT Pros can learn more about MBAM (content coming soon) as well as DaRT, AGPM, AIS and the rest of the tools in MDOP in the MDOP Zone on the Springboard Series on TechNet.

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How to: Run a cmd under system account / gain access to system account

There is an account in Microsoft Windows that is more powerful than the Administrator account in Windows Operating Systems. That account is called System account it is similar to the root OR super user in the Linux/Unix world . I will show you how to access this system account in this article.


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Did you know about the Shell: Extension to open special Folders in Windows (XP, Vista and 7)?

Recently a friend was surprised when i opened the SendTo folder using the Shell: Extension. Apparently the Shell: Extenstion still not widely known. Therefore, I write a review about it.
As an entry: using Shell:SendTo (it is not case sensitive) Put that in a Run box (Windows-R key combination), the SendTo Folder will open in Windows Explorer.

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Did you know about DiskShadow? Creating Shadow Copy from the command line

This can be an alternative for taking a Snapshot in Hyper-V..
According to TechNet @Microsoft they state: DiskShadow.exe is a tool that exposes the functionality offered by the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). By default, DiskShadow uses an interactive command interpreter similar to that of DiskRAID or DiskPart. DiskShadow also includes a scriptable mode.

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Deleting a Windows Service – did you know it’s so easy?

Whenever i had to delete an orphaned Windows Service, i started RegEdit.exe and navigated to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services. Then i searched for the Service and removed the whole registry key including all subkeys. Then i rebooted the system. Yes, i know, don’t tell me that this a horrible way, that’s why i want to share this post with you.. Logo_cmd

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Microsoft Key Management Services KMS aka MAK

Okay, thank you Microsoft, thank you for the good idea of a central KMS what-ever-kill-me-service to activate Windows 7 and Office 2010 in an Enterprise.
Well, things could be easy, but obviously not a KMS Server done by Microsoft .. However, this is my collected information (Installation, configuration, error handling, testing, etc) about Microsoft Key Management Service (KMS).. and the tale isn’t over, believe me!
Getting started with Microsoft Windows KMS server..

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Microsoft – Sysinternals RAMMap v1.0

Have you ever wondered exactly how Windows is assigning physical memory, how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers? RAMMap makes answering those questions easy. RAMMap is an advanced physical memory usage analysis utility for Windows Vista and higher.


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VS.NET TFS: IISReset and The system cannot find the file specified. (2147942402, 80070002)

Okay, today i installed Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010. At the end of the Setup, i had a warning regarding the configuration of the IIS Web Server Part. In the result i tried to reset the IIS using iisreset.exe. What i got is an error message stating:
The system cannot find the file specified. (2147942402, 80070002)

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Windows Help File: Navigation to the Webpage was canceled

It seems it’s not clear for everyone. When you download a compiled HTML Help file from the internet, the file get’s tagged as insecure. Now when you open the file, the content get’s block unless you remove the lock..

Screenshot (this is not an error of this page 😉


To unlock the the file, just right-click it in explorer and chose properties. Under Genereal you’ll find an unlock button


that’s it. Now you can open the and read the file as usual..