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JoinDomain VMExtensionProvisioningError when deploying WVD (aka Conflict Error)

Deploying WVD Fails with a conflict error and when clicking for more information it presents a conflict and not much else that is useful by way of toubleshooting. Hopefully this helps someone else as it had me head scratching for a little while.. When creating the Host Pool, make sure that you haven't made the fatal error of using the Azure Active Directory Credential INSTEAD of the Local AD Domain Credential.  i.e do not use to domain join, even if it links back to the domain - this is where the conflict arrises.    Instead, use your full internal domain UPN.  Re-deploy your same configuration and you should find it goes through now without any problems. Additional findings.... Albeit my mistake above was an easy one, it does appear the error is directly linked to the domain join process. If you go into your resource groups, locate the session host and MSTSC directly to it.  Try the domain join pr

TS Server 2003 - Turning off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security

Turning off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security mode isnt always easy on a Terminal Services server when your users arent the most profficient. I found the best way to disable this if you find you have to; is to incorporate the following into group policy as a registry file. Copy all text after the break line into a text document then save it as a .reg file. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap] "IEHarden"=dword:00000000

Internet Explorer 8 — Now Officially Launched

The long awaited Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 has now been made officially available to general public, With long awaited features included such as: InPrivate Browsing Browse the web without saving your history with Internet Explorer 8's InPrivate Browsing. Now you can shop for that special gift with confidence knowing your family won't accidentally find out or use a shared computer without leaving a trace Web Slices Keep up with changes to the sites you care about most. Add a Web Slice and you won't have to go back to the same website again and again for updates on news, stock quotes, online auctions, weather, or even sports scores. Accelerators Accelerators let you map directions, translate words, email your friends, and more in just a few mouse clicks. Click Here to download

SMTP: Advanced Queue Failed to Deliver Message in ESM

We noticed a while ago that emails were suddenly disappearing without trace, no NDR being genereated. The email just seems to disappear. There are multiple ways to resolve this issue but I'll explain my method which will hopefully point most people in the right direction. Firstly you need to find out exactly what the issue is, in my case we tracked the message in ESM and found the message was received by the server but then never delivered with the message; "SMTP: Advanced Queue Failed to Deliver Message in ESM" You should enable message tracking, by right clicking the mail server in ESM and checking the tracking box on the general properties page. Review the log file to find the exact event id from the exchange server. An example of my case is as follows: 10:33:38 GMT SERVER2K3 1019 10:33:38 GMT 1025 10:33:44 GMT SERVER2K3 1026

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer.

I recently came accross a client who recieved this message when they tried to use a sharepoint (V3) list: "Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer. " Obviously this isnt a very helpful message but after a short while of searching through events and web pages I found the following Microsoft Article which helped to resolve the issue. It is caused by a long URL or List name exceeding 100 characters. Microsoft have noted the problem and now released a patch for download so you can clear this problem. Support Link:

How to make an External Drive Bootable

This is something that used to drive me crazy and probably still would had I not simply taken a few minutes to think a little bit about my options. The scenario was simple Windows 7 RC from Microsoft's website as an ISO installing onto an Acer Aspire one with NO CD DRIVE! So I had to go down the USB root, well the answer is actually really simple, Firstly make sure your external drive is formatted as NTFS then secondly go into computer management (Right click My Computer and Click Manage) and right click your disk. You then see an option (Set as Active) this will set the partition as Active as it states (Which also means bootable). Copy your ISO onto the drive and boot, hoorah! I think this is limited to Vista though...not sure anyone willing to try this on XP please let me know how this goes..

File could not be found documents.doc

I first saw this when opening a word document from outlook as an attachment, I may be mistaken though this could happen in more scenarios. Most of you will be glad to hear, the fix is simple! Go to Start > Run, type "Winword /r"

LSASS.EXE - System Error / Rebuilding Active Directory Indices. When booting windows server 2003

LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization failed because of the following error: Directory Services cannot start. Error status 0xc00002e1. I know everyone's scenario's when seeing this message are pretty varied but I found a nice way to fix this within an hour providing you have a similar setup. In my particular case I had two servers an SBS 2000 (oh dear I hear you cry) and a Standard Server 2003 running SP1. The 2K3 machine was rebooted and upon reboot we were presented with the above error. So to fix try the following: 1. Reboot the 2K3 server into "Directory Services Restore Mode" then logon to the machine locally, in my case I didnt know the restore password (results of taking on machines from other support companies.) -If this is the case go onto the second server, right click "my computer" and select manage, within the new window, right click the "Computer Management" header and then click connect to anothe