All posts by Ryan Grisham


Attachment Reminder


Today I hit send on an email that was supposed to have an attachment and  I got a friendly reminder from Outlook.



I cannot tell you how many times I have sent an email and forgot the attachment and had to send that embarrassing “oops I forgot the attachment” follow up email. I’m guessing Outlook is checking your email for phrases like the one below.

Attachment Reminder EmailProps to Microsoft on this one….

dedupeI just finished implementing the new Windows Deduplication on some of my backup volumes and decided to share the results. I’m pretty impressed with the numbers. Its pretty easy to set up, just install the Role Service, then right click a volume in server manager to turn it on. It creates scheduled tasks that you can adjust.

Continue Reading

So I went to remove a program from startup today on a Server 2012 machine and typed in msconfig like I always have and received this error “Startup items are not enabled on this system.” In Windows 8 you can use task manager but not true with 2012. my googling has been unsuccessful so far. I know you can use a third party tool or edit the registry directly.


You can also check these folders: %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and folder %ProgramData%Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Here is the sysinternals tool.

I’ll post back if I find a better solution. “not enabled” leads me to believe you can enable it…


According to this MSDN Blog Post AppFabric is now supported on Server 2012. However I have been unable to create a clustered cache on the standard edition of 2012. I found the following in the event log:

“The High Availability feature of AppFabric Server caching features requires all nodes in the cache cluster to be running Windows Server Enterprise Edition or higher”

That makes perfect sense for Server 2008r2 considering you can’t do any clustering without Enterprise edition, however things have changed with server 2012. According to Microsoft:

“Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.”

I have commented on the MSDN blog without luck…


Microsoft has finally released a patch to address this issue. The patch can be found here:

I noticed today when I opened the services.msc console on my Windows 8 machine that it automatically reconnected to the last machine I was connected to. This was NOT the behavior of previous versions of Windows and could potentially cause serious issues if not noticed. For example you could be connected to a prod server accidentally restart a critical service thinking you are doing it locally. This persists through a reboot.

Typically you would see (Local) next to services.

Not sure if this is a bug or an intended change in functionality. I wish Microsoft would get some consistency across the management consoles. You can’t even get consoles like DHCP to reconnect without some hackery when most people are going to be connecting to the same DHCP servers every time. Not true with services. I suppose I should be using the new Server Manager console but I haven’t been able to get used to that thing yet. It reminds me of those SBS wizards designed for that accounting guy that got forced into the IT role because he “knows computers”.

When attempting to change live migration settings on a Windows 2012 Hyper-V cluster from a windows 8 machine the following error is displayed.

There are additional property pages for this resource, but an error occurred while creating them. The COM CLSID of the DLL that provides the additional pages is {B0CA44F2-1FFC-4BD1-8930-F4480301981B}. The specific error is: Class not registered.

Continue Reading