Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New DC Unable to Get rID Set

I recently added another domain controller (DC) to my SBS2011 R2 network. I checked it out at the command line with >DCDiag /dnsall and found it wasn't working. Further tests with >DCDIAG /dnsall showed me that my new DC didn't receive an rID Set from the rID Master.

Running >repadmin /options <Main DC Name> showed that both inbound and outbound replications were switched off, I switched them back on and my new DC received an rID Set almost immediately.

To reset INBOUND/OUTBOUND DC replications and ensure that they are switched on run the following commands:
>repadmin /options +DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL <Main DC Name>
>repadmin /options -DISABLE_INBOUND_REPL <Main DC Name>
>repadmin /options +DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL <Main DC Name>
>repadmin /options -DISABLE_OUTBOUND_REPL <Main DC Name>

Useful commands for domain controller testing:
>NSLookup /?
>DCDiag /?
>repadmin /?

You can have as many DCs as you need on an SBS network as long as the FSMO rID Master role remains on the SBS server.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

ERROR Connecting to a Shared Printer

I kept getting an error when I tried to connect to a shared printer. The solution i found is to add the shared printer as a local printer and set the port to the network share.

1. Control Panel/Devices and Printers/Add a Printer
2. Select 'The printer I want isn't listed'
3. Select 'Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings'
4. Select 'Creat a New Port' / Local Port
5. Enter the network share as the port name \\<Network Computer Name>\<Printer Share Name> or \\<IP Address>\<Printer Share Name>
6. Select your printer from the list of available printers

If your printer is not listed the best solution is to download and install the drivers from the printer manufacturers support website. You can, however, try a generic driver.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Office 365 Error Code: 30143-37

What fixed it for me was to delete the sub-directory "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15" and then restart the installation.