COMException (0x8007200A): The specified directory service attribute or value does not exist.

Last few days I spent on investigation, why an “application” we use does not work properly trying to access Active Directory. Long story short, we’re using application which … . The application can use internal users (similar to SQL “sa” account) or Active Directory users and we wanted to use AD users. Our AD is hardened and some default rights are removed. So … application didn’t work and it’s returning error window with message

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SCCM 2012 R2 installation + separate SQL 2012 instance – Firewall issue – “Network path was not found”

In this post, I’d like to share with you problems I faced during the System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 installation, while using separate SQL server for SCCM database. Basically it was a firewall configuration problem. There are many guides how to install install SCCM 2012 R2, here are example links : Gerry Hampson ConfigMgrSCCM 2012 R2 STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION GUIDE – UPDATE or this one. Everywhere installation goes very smooth. But not in my case … Continue reading

HOWTO : Create a Windows Server + SQL Server template

We live in virtualization era, so in this post I’d like to show how to prepare a a Windows template with pre-intalled SQL Server. I will use a Windows Server 2012 R2 as operating system and MS SQL 2012 server. This will be a sceenshot based quick manual.

To install SQL 2012, I need to install .NET 3.5 framework on Windows 2012 R2 and while trying to do that with ServerManager, I faced following error Continue reading

HOWTO : Configure IP network settings with Powershell.

Windows 2012 finally delivered a set of cmdlets for managing network connection. The cmdlets for networking you can find on the Technet site. But I’m still stuck with Windows 2008 R2 and I need to set up IP address on the servers during installation/configuration phase. For that I’ll be using the xml input file

In the ideal situation I will have only one network adapter in my machine and than script is quite easy to write. I will use Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration WMI class.

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