Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Server 2008 R2 w/ Hyper-V on Precision T3500 Workstations

Came across a BSOD issue when running Server 2008 R2 w/ Hyper-V on a Dell Precision T3500. Specifically, there is an issue with the Intel Nhalem-based CPUs (Xeon 5500 series and Core-i series). Specifically the stop error is 0x00000101 with an error o CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT

Microsoft has released this hotfix to address the issue.

Works like a charm!

TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring

Its been 7 years since I last written a Microsoft Exam, and am happy to report that i wrote the SCCM 2007 exam and PASSED!!!

Its definatly a tough exam and makes you think about different ways of using the product that you may not have thought of.

Details on the exam can be found here

Next exam is going to be TS: Windows 7, Configuring

BES 5.0.1 Troubles!

So recently I upgraded our Blackberry environment to 5.0.1 MR2 due to our Exchange servers being upgraded to 2010. Definatly a hair raising experience. Wanted to post a little-known issue when installing BES on a Windows 2008 R2 server!!

There is a known issue with Microsoft Hotfix KB979683

The behavior I experienced was pretty strange, mainly:

  • When I added the DNS A Record for the MDS-IS service, I could no longer sign into the Blackberry Administration Console using Active Directory Authentication. I could only use BAS Authentication ... but i was able to access the configuration for the MDS-IS Component
  • When I removed the DNS A Record for the MDS-IS service, I was able to sign in via AD Authentication but was unable to configure the MDS-IS Component
  • Numerous error messages were displayed from timezone issues to message routing problems
  • BES would stop redirecting email after 6 - 8 hours depending on load

Removal of the Hotfix appears to have cured all these issues and more.

Thanks to the Blackberry Support Community Forums for pointing me in the right direction, specifically this post