Category Archives: Windows Server

Slowly migrating away from dependance on Microsoft Products

For many decades we have been strictly Microsoft evangelist (where Microsoft had solutions that matched requirements), We became particularly excited when Microsoft announced Windows 10 mobile and Nokia designed mobile devices. Mobile we saw as a positive direction to encompass all our server and desktop efforts with mobile support. We put three years development effort into this direction and Microsoft continued to make positive statements and promised features that gave us confidence to expense time and effort. Customers started purchasing Microsoft phones. The almost overnight, suppliers did not have stock and Microsoft started to drop support for models that where under 12 months old and finally they announced that they have stopped all mobile development.

Seagate Expansion Disk – Absolutely bad choice for backups

We have always had a trouble free run with Seagate hard drives, both internal and external and we had three Seagate Expansion Drives that we had not used previously that we intended to utilize for a server backup drive. All was well during several consecutive test backups, fast and successful. So the USB 3 attached Seagate Expansion drive has an new job. We scheduled a single daily backup to run after midnight. However, after the first nightly backup we started to have serious issues. The Seagate Expansion drive started to fail when the backup software could not find the drive. A look at disk management proved that the drive was no longer visible to the system. Looking at the drive we could see the blue LED flashing, so we removed and inserted the USB cable, but no joy. Cycling the drives power resolved the issue, but after several hours the drive disappeared again. This we put up with for several days, only getting a successful backup immediately after cycling the power. This appeared to be a case of the drive going to sleep and never waking.

Windows Defender not updating definitions on Windows Server 2008 and SBS2011

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Updates repeatedly fails to install "Definition Update for Windows Defender".
Manually updating definitions through Windows Defender but this fails.
Running "mpcmdrun.exe -RemoveDefinitions -All" and then "mpcmdrun.exe -SignatureUpdate" but this fails with the error "ERROR: Signature Update failed with hr=8050A005".
sfc /scannow finds no errors.