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Basically there are two things that could be causing your backup to fail if it is a removable HD.  I am going to save you the trouble of reading this whole thread and catch you up.

Your removable HD has bloatware (crapware, extra software, custom bios, etc etc…) that prevents windows from seeing it for what it should be (a removable HD). When you plugged your disk in did you also get a new CDROM drive also?  Did you install some special software in order to get to the disk?  Encryption software maybe?  Your disk is not going to work.  Stop reading any further and return it.

Don’t feel bad.

Chances are you didn’t know it was going to be that way and the manufacturer did a poor job of telling you about it before you purchased it. Return your drive and go to this site where there is a nice list developing that tracks disks that have been tested:

Your disk has more than 512 bytes per physical sector.  If it new and large (like 1TB or more) it probably has 4096 bytes per physical sector.  The windows backup software was designed to work with disks that have 512 bytes per physical sector.  Again, don’t feel bad about getting the wrong disk.

A quick check of about 10 disks online and couldn’t find a single one where the manufacturer listed the bytes per physical sector in the specs anywhere.  Also, until you have this problem, you will probably never know about the 512 byte design issue.

Anyhow, now that you do know about it, you can try to fix it using the Microsoft hotfix here: which adds support for 4096 byte disks to server 2008 and 2008 R2 (and any SBS versions based on them).  Once the hotfix is applied and you reboot, try assigning the removable HD a drive letter and formatting it. Once that is done you can check to see if the disk is going to work by using fsutil.  Here is an example showing the command line and the result:

You see where it says “Bytes Per Physical Sector:” and the result was “<Not Supported>” ?  That means this disk will not work with the backup even though the hotfix is installed.  Some disks don’t report their bytes per physical sector correctly and therefore won’t work.   If you get one that does report 512 or 4096 you should be OK.

Btw, if you do find one that works, be kind and add it to the list of drives here: with a comment about your test setup and results.

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So user wants to connect to Windows Server 2012 essentials server via RDP, she had a Windows XP PC and the following error is being presented:

“An error occurred while sending data to the Remote Desktop Gateway server. The server is temporarily unavailable or a network connection is down. Try again later, or contact your network administrator for assistance.”

Turns out that this is a error with the newer RDP 7.0 client and CredSPP, there is a nice Fix IT utility from Microsoft, run it, reboot and the issue goes away. :-)

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Sorry for not posting a lot of late… I will resume my regular posts, which will be moving to Wednesday from Tuesday’s going forward.  I’m currently using all of my spare time studying for Microsoft Exams, hence why it’s been on the quite side here.

I hope you like the new look of the site.  I’ve had a few projects going on in the background for a while and in an attempt to make sure I get them up and running I have added a Projects menu, which I hope you can take a few moments to take a look at.

I’ve been playing around with Microsoft Azure Services which allows for 10 free sites at the moment, there are limits, but it’s enough for testing/playing/learning the technology.  From what I have seen so far Azure is very nice indeed.

One of my hopes for the blog in 2014 is to get more engagement from my readers. Please do be sure to ask any questions, ask for help, tell me I’m wrong, I want a (cvil) discussion. :-)



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Happy New Year to all my readers.  Hope this year proves to everything that you want it to be and more.

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My first instinct when I first seen this error, was to restart IIS on the server, which I did. Still didn’t resolve the issue. Opened up chrome and it worked no issue.

This issue is with Internet Explorer 11 and not IIS. I had to add the external URL in the IE Compatibility View Settings and the page displays now with no errors.

Very annoying issue, when your using all products from one vendor.

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So you need to know which users are members of which group… this little PowerShell Script will do the job.

  • Open Notepad and paste the code in below. Save it with the file extension ps1.
  • Open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Run the following command the allow unsigned scripts to run locally.

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Full Documentation here.

Now run the file that you created above, ensure you have a folder on the root of the C: drive called tmp or change the script to your own folder.

It will spit out an CSV file which can be opened in Excel.

Import-Module ActiveDirectory
 $Users = ForEach ($U in (Get-ADUser -Filter {Enabled -eq "True"}))
$UN = Get-ADUser $U -Properties MemberOf
$Groups = ForEach ($Group in ($UN.MemberOf))
(Get-ADGroup $Group).Name
$Groups = $Groups | Sort
ForEach ($Group in $Groups)
New-Object PSObject -Property @{
Name = $UN.Name
Group = $Group
 $Users | Export-CSV C:tmpUserMemberships.csv

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Supplied a user with a new printer as the old one had died. She then reported that she couldn’t print PDF’s.  Further investigation reviled that the issue was to do with Windows Server 2008 r2 EasyPrint and Windows XP.  There are many issues related to Windows XP and Easy Print.

This one was a pain to resolve… one of those, easy when you know what is causing the issue.

Remove Advanced Print features from local printer

Navigate to the following location :  Local computer–>Printer Properties–>Advanced tab–> Untick enable advanced printing feature

EasyPrint RDP Advanced

This solution does remove some advance functionality from the printer but not so much to be a show stopper.

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The other day I was working on a PC and it was low on disk space, on the root of the drive was a Windows.old folder. After backing up the users folder, I started removing the folder due to the Security applied to this folder it can take some time to amend and delete each folder.

After thinking to myself “There Must Be a Better Way” I found the article noted below.  I have noted here for reference.

1. Click Start, in the search box type without quotes “disk cleanup” and hit enter.

2. Select the drive / partition which Windows Vista / 7 is installed on. ( See image Below)


3. It will quickly scan your computer. Then it will display a window like the one below. You need to click “Clean up system files”. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes. (See image below)


4. It will again ask you to select the OS and scan your computer. (See image below)


5. Make sure “Previous windows installations” is ticked and click Ok. (See image below)


6. Click delete files. (See image below)


7. Windows.old should now be deleted.

Sometimes the contents of Windows.old will be gone, but the folder and some subfolders is still there and undeleteable, because it “Cannot be found”.
If this is the case, try the following…

1. Click Start, in the search box type in without quotes “cmd” and hit enter.

2. Type in….

rd /s /q c:windows.old

and hit enter.

3. The directory should now be gone.

Hope this has helped! :-)

SOURCE: HowToGeek Forum