Recently I have been wanting to install Windows Server 2012, SQL 2012, SharePoint 2013 & TFS 2012 all on one VM for testing, but after installing SQL and SP – running the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard for the first time, produced the following error:
Failed to start the database service MSSQL$SharePoint.
Repair this product by selecting it from the Add/Remove Programs menu
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If you have just installed Server 2012 Core, configured it to your requirements and ready to manage remotely but you get the following error message: “Computer \\computername.domain.com cannot be managed. The network path was not found.”
But you are 100% sure you have:
- Configure Remote Management set to Enabled
- Remote Desktop set to Enabled (all clients)
Then the following fix should work:
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Previously we executed some basic commands to get our environment up and running on the network so that it will be available for remote administration. As we saw, it can be fairly de-motivating having to execute long commands just to simply change the name of a server!
This is where SCONFIG comes in. It has been available since Server 2008 R2 to combat the problems we faced previously. Some of the features of SCONFIG are (other than being launched easily from the CMD window by simply executing sconfig):
- Configure domain or workgroup membership
- Change a server’s name
- Add a local Administrator account
- Configure remote management features
- Configure Windows Update settings
- Download and install Windows updates
- Enable or disable Remote Desktop
- Configure network settings for TCP/IP
- Configure the date and time
- Log off, restart, or shut down
The following commands are the classic, one command changes one setting way of doing things. Later on we will use sconfig and we can compare ways of doing and which one will increase productivity and efficiency.
Change computer name:
netdom renamecomputer %computername% /newname:Server2012Core /userd:Administrator /passwordd /reboot:0
And after the reboot it should now have it’s new name:
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I will make it nice and quick. I am not one for advertising or make under the table deals for money, but I think it is fair to comment on the service that I have received from the StableHost.com guys.
After scouring the internet for “Top 10 web hosting” sites and reading up everything you can possibly read on Web Hosting Talk (you have to take those guys with a pinch of salt though) and making up my own judgement I decided to settle with StableHost.
The advantages in my opinion:
- Customer service – every time I contacted these guys they have replied straight away or within a short period of time and they were polite, helpful and resolved my issues. Really impressed and how a service should be offered, with grade A customer service.
- Resonable price – if it’s cheap and you get loads of space, bandwidth, databases etc. it is bound to suck. As the saying goes, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Providers oversell so that they can make as much money as possible
- EU servers – as most of intended audience from Europe I thought that having a EU server was a good idea, and to be honest, these days you cannot tell the difference anyway. If you are one of those that says “1 ms is important for my important site” and you are using a shared hosting plan – then you are doing it wrong
- cPanel – I know it probably doesn’t mean much as I am if only twice a year actually logged on it, but it is good to know that you get all the goodies that come with cPanel than the others out there. Personal preference really I guess.
- SSH – honestly, I haven’t used it, but I know that before WordPress had the auto update feature built in, the easiest way of updating to the latest version was through SSH (svn I think it’s called)
The disadvantages – nothing is perfect:
- Offers – there have been some crazy offers for US hosting packages with discounts such as 60% off for life! Unfortunately having the European package you miss out on those things as apparently the hosting is a bit more expensive here, so no deals! :’(
- Generous features – I know I mentioned earlier that you get what you pay for but I just wished there might have been some more storage space in case you wanted to have a gallery or owncloud running privately
To summarise it – read some of the posts on Web Hosting Talk with a pinch of salt, read as many various threads as you possibly can to get an idea of common problems people are experiencing (and I can pretty much guarantee you that the majority of them are user errors) before making your mind up.
So if you have just installed Server Core 2012 and want to set a static IP address you might have been looking at the Microsoft site only to find that they’re asking you to put a dash ” – ” before the IP and gateway address, which will invalidate the command.
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Some of the ways to configure server core can be done mainly from PowerShell or from RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools).
Here I will be using PowerShell to quickly switch from Core to the full GUI:
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So my new love is PowerShell and as I like to spend my time (or whenver I get the chance) in CLI mode, anything is welcome!
Anyway, let’s get down to business. So Windows Server 2012 has been installed in my Virtualbox environment and I opted for the CLI mode (non-GUI) right from the start. Hey, if Microsoft are offering two install modes – CLI or GUI then I am assuming that you can do everything in both modes right?
And as PowerShell is native on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 why not remote in through PowerShell from your client workstation? Similar to SSH into your newly built *nix server eh?
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The Logitech MX mouse is truly a great mouse. And this is coming from someone who is old school and doesn’t see the point in these fancy expensive toys. But once you use the MX and configure it to some of the shortcuts you use on your keyboard, you’ll never look back.
Anyway, this is how I got it configured it to my liking on Ubuntu 12.04:
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Some of the new features in Kernel 3.5.0 are:
·EXT4 metadata checksums;
· Uprobes: userspace probes;
· Seccomp-based system call filtering;
· Bufferbloat fighting: CoDel queue management;
· TCP connection repair;
· TCP Early Retransmit;
· Android-style opportunistic suspend;
· Btrfs: I/O failure statistics, latency improvements;
· SCSI over FireWire and USB.
To install the latest version that’s currently available via the package manager enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install linux
Once installed restart and if you do uname -a you should get:
Linux TurtleHead 3.5.0-030500-generic #201207211835 SMP Sat Jul 21 22:35:55 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux