Install CRM Dynamics 2011 on Windows Server 2012

Today I installed CRM for the first time. According to MS it is supported on Windows Server 2012 but as always there are always extra steps to follow.

Firstly I installed SQL Server 2012 Standard as it will ask you to select an instance in the install. I downloaded the full CRM package and when I ran the install you can see the .exe’s running in the background but nothing happens.

I then found this awesome article on the Web and followed it to install CRM 2011 on Windows Server 2012 without any issues.

http://niiranen.eu/crm/2013/05/dynamics-crm-2011-on-windows-server-2012/

Hope it helps

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host NIC problem

Currently I am consolidating my environments and one of things I am doing is moving VM’s to new or different hosts.

I moved my Pastel server, started up the machine and no network connectivity, however a  few minutes ago I just had.

Upon investigation the Microsoft Hyper-V Network Adapter had a yellow exclamation on it with error code 31 that windows could not load the driver for this card.

I then shutdown the machine and added a legacy NIC with the same result. I then ran SFC /Scannow and windows reported no errors.

The only real fix to this is adding a VHD (Virtual Hard drive) with updated NIC drivers and then updating it or re-installing the server. Quite painful as you are pretty stuck without a connection and especially that you cannot add USB devices to Virtual Machines without making them pass-through disks but not all of them can do that.

Another thing is that Windows Server 2012 has the Integration Components built in so you cannot remove this and re-install it.

Hope it helps

DPM 2012 SP1 Exchange Job Failed

Today I upgraded one of my branches DPM 2012 evaluation to SP1. After upgrading all agents I ran consistency checks and all passed except one, Exchange. The server gave the following error:

“Cannot create a recovery point because of a transient problem. (ID 215 Details: VssError: The shadow copy provider had an error. Check the System and Application event logs for more information. (0x80042306))

So the first thing I did was check the writers from a command prompt on the problem server, all good. I then ran Windows Update and RU2 for DPM was available. I installed this rollup, rebooted the server and then upgraded all the Agents again.

After this I ran a consistency check and it returned with an OK status now.

Hope it helps

SharePoint 2013 – The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again.

Recently I installed SharePoint 2013 Foundation to only realise I needed some of the features in SharePoint Server 2013. I upgraded the server and started running into strange errors as below:

1. Creating folders
2. Removing folders
3. Finding people in SharePoint

These issues above caused endless headaches, I tried the following as per MS:

1. Restart the SharePoint Search Host Controller Service
2. Added more memory to the server

Finally the solution was to enable Anonymous Access on the IIS site and then do an IIS reset. After doing that all those issues went away, I am sure this is a BUG in SharePoint 2013.

Hope it helps

Event ID: 1309 Source: ASP.NET – Exchange 2013

The last few days my Exchange server (Passive) starting with all these errors, I did an IISRESET and it worked for about 10 min and then the issues started again.

After this I was also seeing other strange events logged, OWA errors, IIS errors every 5 min, my event log went to around 5500 events in just an hour.

I then restarted the Microsoft Exchange Health Service and this kick started everything again. No errors reported after that. My event viewer started filling up with Information alerts like everything came back online 🙂

Hope it helps