Browsing articles in "Server 2003"

SQL Administration for Dummies (by a dummy)

This will be a work-in-progress article, so it’ll be updated. If you’re interested; I suggest you bookmark or subscribe 🙂 What I’ve noticed in my travels, is that SQL Server is one of those things that alot of people install, but few people configure properly. I have been one of those people, though I have tried my best. And it’s understandable. Often times, you’re looking to set something up for a single purpose maybe, and SQL Server […]


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 BPA — Error 1722

A bit of a head-scratcher when trying to install the SQL Server 2008 R2 Best Practice Analyzer. The Baseline configuration analyzer installed just fine, and WinRM / PS2.0 was installed, so no prereqs were missing. However, when running the BPA installer, it would just flash a powershell window and fail. I could run msiexec /i {MSI} SKIPCA=1 to install it, but it wouldn’t initiate. A little bit of digging led me to enable-psremoting cmdlet, which failed […]


Delegate unlock account privileges

So you want to delegate permissions to unlock accounts, as well as reset passwords for users in your domain? It’s not as straight forward as it should be. First, you have to edit %Systemroot%\System32\Dssec.dat to make the property visible. Open the file in notepad; find the [user] section, and change lockoutTime from 7 to 0. Close and save. Now open Active Directory Users & Computers: Go to properties on the desired OU Go to Security-Advanced […]


The device, \Device\Scsi\symmpi1, is not ready for access yet.

So this had me cursing for quite a while. Case was a VMware virtualised 2003 R2 32-bit server, running IIS (customers intranet) which was pretty essential for the customer. At an increasing frequency, these two error messsages were pounding the log: Event ID 11 The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0. Event ID 15 The device, \Device\Scsi\symmpi1, is not ready for access yet. In effect the server was useless at times, completely unresponsive, and […]