Migrating print queues + troubleshooting WMI issues

Just read an excellent post on migrating print queues: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2012/04/03/migrating-print-queues-quickly-using-printbrm-configuration-files-and-the-generic-text-only-driver.aspx

Also, there’s a great post on troubleshooting WMI issues using WMIDiag: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2012/02/03/wmidiag-2-1-is-here.aspx

Reliability Monitor not showing data in Server 2008 R2

I like using the Reliability Monitor to easily show the stability of the server over time. However, sometimes no data is shown at all:

Here’s how to fix it:

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Cisco ADSL firmware upgrade and debugging

So we finally moved away from Griffin Networks broadband – which was ok to be fair…as fair as stepping on a nail every step for a mile! – and went with TalkTalk Business broadband instead.

We’re still going through the usual 10-day stabilisation period, so I’ll reserve judgement until then; although it’s already more stable than Griffin Networks!

Anyway, now that we’ve been up and running for 4 days, I thought I’d upgrade the ADSL firmware and see if that made any difference to the broadband performance.

Here’s how to upgrade the ADSL firmware on a Cisco 877W router:

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The synchronization with the upstream server or Microsoft Update was cancelled – WSUS Error

When initially setting up WSUS, you may get the following error when trying to synchronize with Microsoft for the first time:

“The synchronization with the upstream server or Microsoft Update was canceled”:

It took a while, but I finally fixed the problem!

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Troubleshooting slow network applications with Wireshark

I’ve had some fun today troubleshooting the intermittent network slow down we get at work. Through absorbing several articles, videos, and forum posts, I think I have found a better way of troubleshooting slow network applications.

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My Documents folder redirection not working after file server migration

I used the excellent Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit to migrate files to our new file server on the weekend. However, although the user home folders are correctly being mapped to the H: drive, by using this setting in user properties:

the ‘Documents folder redirection’ GPO setting is not updating ‘My Documents’ to the new file server location.

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How to use the Group Policy Results Wizard

The ‘Group Policy Results Wizard’ is a great way to help troubleshoot any issues with Group Policy Objects (GPO). Here is how you run it on Windows Server 2008 R2.

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