Our partner Denamik has released Denamik LoadGen 2.3

Our partner Denamik has released a new version of Denamik LoadGen. The execution of massive load and stress tests is now easier than before. You can now record your own user action scripts from within LoadGen, and setup LoadBots to handle the execution of these scripts. LoadGen allows you to manage LoadBots to create remote sessions and evaluate your IT environment under stress. A built-in reporting facility will give you instant results.

What is new in LoadGen 2.3:

  • Rewrite of installation and activation of LoadBots
  • Rewrite of internal functions of the DUAF language to speed up interaction with XenApp desktops
  • Introducing the possibilities to add your own libraries to DUAF scripts

Feel free to check out Denamik LoadGen 2.3, it’s free up to 15 virtual users.

Offline Address Book not updating

It’s possible that when using Outlook Anywhere the Offline Address Book will not update. The most common error is 0x8004010F.

There can be a couple things to look at:

  • If the account is less then 24 hours old, the Exchange server have not yet generated the Offline Address Book. The Offline Address Book is generated once a day.
  • The Offline Address Book Distribution is not setup correctly (externally this must be the autodiscover site).
  • The Offline Address Book is corrupt.

With the last one, you have to close Outlook 2007, go to “%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook” and remove the *.oab files. The next time Outlook starts the Offline Address Book is generated again.

Daniel Nikolic

Firewall 2008 R2 blocking SQL traffic by default

After spending some time trying to install Microsoft OpsManager and Virtual Machine Manager I got stuck after the installations try to connect the SQL database which was installed on another server in the domain.

It’s really important to open some firewall ports when SQL is installed on a Windows 2008 R2 host.

Create a script on the SQL server and execute it, after that all works like a charm 🙂

@echo =========  SQL Server Ports  ===================
@echo Enabling SQLServer default instance port 1433
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 1433 “SQLServer”
@echo Enabling Dedicated Admin Connection port 1434
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 1434 “SQL Admin Connection”
@echo Enabling conventional SQL Server Service Broker port 4022 
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 4022 “SQL Service Broker”
@echo Enabling Transact-SQL Debugger/RPC port 135
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 135 “SQL Debugger/RPC”
@echo =========  Analysis Services Ports  ==============
@echo Enabling SSAS Default Instance port 2383
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 2383 “Analysis Services”
@echo Enabling SQL Server Browser Service port 2382
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 2382 “SQL Browser”
@echo =========  Misc Applications  ==============
@echo Enabling HTTP port 80
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 80 “HTTP”
@echo Enabling SSL port 443
netsh firewall set portopening TCP 443 “SSL”
@echo Enabling port for SQL Server Browser Service’s ‘Browse’ Button
netsh firewall set portopening UDP 1434 “SQL Browser”
@echo Allowing multicast broadcast response on UDP (Browser Service Enumerations OK)
netsh firewall set multicastbroadcastresponse ENABLE

Also see this KB article @ Microsoft support.

Daniel Nikolic

SCCM installation fails with 'Could not connect or execute SQL query'

When installing SCCM (SP2) and connecting to a remote SQL 2008 R2 (EE), you can receive an error: ‘Could not connect or execute SQL query’

This happens because of the installation of SQL 2008, which disables the SQL Server Browser service on the SQL server. Reset the server to Automatic and start the service.

After that you have to run the following command on the SCCM server: setspn -A MSSQLSvc/<FQDN of SQL Server> <DomainUser Name>.

Then as final step we must enable the Named Pipes and TCP/IP protocols in the SQL Server Configuration Manager. Open the SQL Server Configuration Manager, go to the SQL Network Configuration, Protocols for MSSQLSERVER and enable the Named Pipes and TCP/IP protocols, restart the SQL Server service and voila.

Daniel Nikolic

Data Protection Manager 2007 – Error ID: 31008

Het is noodzakelijk dat de Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) update rollup package voor Windows 2003 is geïnstalleerd voordat er met Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 een Protection Group gemaakt kan worden.

Wanneer deze update niet is doorgevoerd treed er een foutmelding (ID: 31008) op wanneer op de desbetreffende server ‘All Volumes’ en ‘System State’ worden aangevinkt. Wanneer de foutmelding hierna nog optreed, dient voor Refresh information in de Management Tab,  Agents Tab onder Actions (rechterpane) gekozen te worden. Dit is noodzakelijk omdat de Agents eenmaal in de 30 minuten ververst worden.

Daniel Nikolic

Microsoft DPM / SCOM error: 800706ba – The RPC server is unavailable

Het kan voorkomen dat de volgende foutmelding verschijnt wanneer er een connectie wordt gemaakt naar de DPM / SCOM server óf wanneer een agent wordt geïnstalleerd:

Agent operation failed. (ID: 370)
The agent operation failed because the DPM Agent Coordinator service on MachineName.DNSName did not respond. (ID: 324)

DPM ID: 0^|^MachineName^|^Agent operation failed^|^DPM^|^Administration^|^MachineName^|^SID

 Wanneer daarna, bijvoorbeeld met de hand de agent wordt geïnstalleerd, in dit geval voor DPM de dpm server gezet wordt verschijnt de volgende foutmelding:

setdpmserver.exe -dpmservername MachineName.DNSName
Configuring dpm server settings and firewall settings for dpm server =[MachineName.DNSName]
DPM server name provided is invalid. Make sure that machine provided is fully qualified name and joined in domain.
SetDpmServer failed with errorcode =800706ba, error says: The RPC server is unavailable.

Volg de stappen in het volgende artikel en controleer in ieder geval of er geping-ed kan worden naar de MachineName.DNSName. Wanneer er gebruik wordt gemaakt van Windows 2008 let dan op dat de Firewall standaard aanstaat, het volstaat om het volgende commando uit te voeren: Netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable all

Daniel Nikolic