• Exchange 2010,  Microsoft Exchange

    Exchange 2010 Backups fail with Replica Writer Error

    We had a backup fail this week with an error stating something to the lines of Exchange Writer is in a failed state. After some digging around I found that the Microsoft Exchange Replica Writer was in a failed state. To check the writers do the following: Open the command prompt on the Exchange server where the backup is failing. (In my case the server with the passive copies) In the command prompt type: vssadmin list writers and hit enter. You will now see a list of all the writers with their current state. The picture below shows the writer in the failed state. To resolve this issue I had…

  • Exchange 2010,  Microsoft Exchange

    When installing Exchange 2010 you receive “The start mode for the Net. TCP Port Sharing service must be set to Automatic before Setup can continue”

    During my lab testing and installing Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 I keep receiving this pre-requisite that fails. The start mode for the Net. TCP Port Sharing service must be set to Automatic before Setup can continue. As far as I know (I might be wrong) this pre-requisite only fails the readiness check on Windows Server 2008 R2. In order to set the Net.TCP Port Sharing Service to Automatic at start-up do the following: Open Power Shell on the Windows 2008 R2 Server that you are trying to install Exchange 2010. Type: Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic Hit enter. Run the Exchange installation wizard again and you should be…

  • Exchange 2003,  Microsoft Exchange,  OWA

    Outlook Web Access not displaying correctly when using IE 10 and Exchange 2003

    Tonight I was busy patching my servers for the monthly scheduled patch cycle and tested Outlook Web Access from my home PC. I received the results below.               After almost having a miniature heart attack, I tested Outlook Web Access from my work laptop (IE 8) and home PC using Chrome. OWA displayed and functioned correctly as expected. I then checked the IE versions. Home PC = IE 10 (Recently upgraded) Work Laptop = IE 8 After a quick search on the internet I found an article by Pete Long who posted a work around on his blog. It seems like IE 10 is…

  • Linux,  Manjaro

    Error stating “Please select a root (/) partition before proceeding” when trying to install to a selected partition in Manjaro

    I got my hands on a Manjaro Linux distribution today and decided to install and play with it. I got confronted with the below error after running through the initial setup steps and trying to choose the partition that Manjaro needed to be installed to.               After trying a few things and lots of disk partitioning I found how to install Manjaro to the root partition as shown in the short video below. This would hopefully save you some time and get to installing and enjoying Manjaro. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM_qzG6brZQ]