Thursday, December 6, 2012

Veeam Backup Failure: Task failed Error: Object server not found


I have seen this happen if the link between Veeam and the Host is failing for some reason. Of course this assumes the VM still exists on the host.

To resolve open virtual machines or Infrastructure

Expand your VMWare vSphere Host

Right Click on the Host and select Properties.

Run through Next, Next, Next so it reconnects

Retry your backup job

If it fails again follow steps above but this time re-enter the password

Run through Next, Next,… so it reconnects

Retry your backup job

Veeam 6.1 and 6.5 Changing Vpower NFS path


Create a folder in the new location then open the Veeam Console

Open your Infrastructure

Go to Backup Repositories

Highlight your Default Repository

Right click and Select Properties

Next through till vPower NFS section

Type in the new location path you created in the “Folder” field and select “Next”

Uncheck move existing jobs

Next, Next,…. Finish and your NFS path is now relocated and it automagically restarts the services so it is ready to use.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

HP600 Configuring Email Alerts


Access the printers web interface http://x.x.x.x

Configure SMTP first:

Go to” General”>”Alerts”> Select “Add” Outgoing E-mail Servers as shown below:


Enter in your SMTP servers address x.x.x.x as shown below:


Confirm Port and SSL required and select “Next” as shown below:


Select whether the server requires authentication or not as shown below:


Currently your Exchange server is set to not require authentication from this IP address

Uncheck AutoSend to HP and Next as shown below:


Enter in a test email address and click test to confirm connectivity as shown below:


You will then hopefully receive confirmation that it successfully sent:


Configure the Alerts:

Go to “General”>”Alerts” >”New Subscription” as shown below:


Name the Alert Subscription

Enter in the alert destination users or groups for example you can add multiples on this printer model

Select the alerts and scroll down to add any attachments such as “supplies status page” and select “OK” to apply, as shown in the example below:


You can now test your alerts by selecting the alert and clicking test as shown below:


You can select which test users you want to send to and add a Reply Address such as

Enter in any Notes such as TEST and select “OK” as shown below:


HP4015 Configuring Email Alerts


Access the printers web interface http://x.x.x.x

Configure SMTP first:

Go to” Settings”>”E-mail Server”

Enter in your SMTP servers IP address x.x.x.x

Enter in a return address such as as shown below:


If SMTP requires authentication then enter that info in and select “Apply”

Currently your Exchange server is set to not require authentication from this IP address

Configure the Alerts:

Go to “Settings”>”Alerts” >”New Alert Destination” as shown below:


Enter in the SINGLE alert destination user or group for example

Note: you cannot enter in multiple destinations in this field

Select the alerts and scroll down to add any attachments such as “supplies status page” and select “OK” to apply, as shown in the example below:


You then have the option to click “Test” to test your alert:


Note: you can setup only up to 4 separate Alert Destination Notifications

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SBS2011–No Logon Server Available


Since this is typically your only domain controller this can be very disconcerting.

The SBS server will not allow domain admin logon

At boot up black screen you see a warning similar to:

Safe Mode: booting in directory services restore mode

Multiple restarts do not make the server boot normally

At the logon screen change user to:


Enter in your directory services restore password.

Note: If you have a local domain administrator with a logon of “administrator” it may not be the same password.

With the correct directory services restore password entered you should be able to logon to safe mode

go to Start> Run and type in MSConfig

Select the boot tab and change the startup from “safe mode” to “normal” save and exit.

Perform a system restart

The boot and logon process may take longer than normal but be patient your logon troubles may be behind you.

After a successful normal logon process I would recommend checking all services and make sure all it good then restart again just to make sure the issue does not return.

Credit- Charles Mix

Thursday, November 1, 2012

How to configure HP LaserJet Printer IPsec Encryption


I always recommend using a static IP for network printers. Once you have that configured use the printers web interface by going to that IP address using internet explorer.

Select the” Networking” Tab > “IPsec/Firewall” as shown below:


First we will add a rule to allow unencrypted traffic from all connections we will later define IPsec rules specific to the print server. You can set encrypted for all but keep in mind if it fails you will have a harder time remotely repairing it.

Select “Add Rules” > “All IP Addresses” as shown below:


Select “All Services” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “Allow traffic…” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “Finish” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “OK” as shown below:


It should take you back to the ” Networking” Tab > “IPsec/Firewall” as shown below:

Note: “Enable IPsec/Firewall” is unchecked


Now we will add an Encrypted Rule:

Select “Add Rules” > “New” as shown below:


Name the Rule, Specify the local and remote IP Addresses or Ranges and Select “OK” as shown below:


Select your new Custom Address Template > “Next” as shown below:


Select “All Services” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “Require traffic…” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “New” as shown below:


Name the Template, Specify the encryption type > “Next”


Review any alerts and click “OK”


Specify the Authentication Method in this case I am using a pre-shared key> “Next” as shown below:


Select your new Custom IPsec Template > “Next” as shown below:


Select “Finish” >”Next” as shown below:


Select “OK” as shown below:


It should take you back to the ” Networking” Tab > “IPsec/Firewall” you now need to put your Rules in order by changing the number in the “Rule” field keeping the higher security rules first and select “Apply” as shown below:

Note: “Enable IPsec/Firewall” is still unchecked


Warning: You break it your bought it. If it goes south you will have to factory reset your printer to gain access again.

To enable the rule select “Enable IPsec/Firewall” and select “Apply” as shown below:

Note: You will be prompted with a warning and an option to enable the failsafe.


Setting up PC IPsec policy to communicate to the HP printer (rough draft)

Edit IP Security Policies on Local Computer and create a new IP Filter:




Source: MY IP Address


Protocol: ANY

Authentication Method:


Filter Actions:



You can view the policy to confirm communications are working by:

pinging the printer IP after both are enabled

access the printer console with the printer IP in your webbrowser

and using the IP Security Monitor to View Main or Quick Security Associations

Note: if you did not select “All Services” above on the HP printer policy you will have intermittent communications issues. I would recommend all or nothing…

Monday, October 22, 2012

SBS2011 Changing your default website from remote.domain


Open the Server Console and on the Home screen select “Set up your internet address”:


“I already have a domain name I want to use”:



“I want to manage the domain name myself”:



Enter in your domain name and Select “Advanced Settings” below the domain name to open up the following:


In my example below I changed it to mail.


Select OK and Configure

Then confirm the wizard completes with no errors

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Brother MFC Get the most out of your Toner!


Here are the basics to get the most out of your toner:

Warning some of these settings and tips may void your warranty so “if you break it you bought it”

1) Replacement toner that is not new or a new official original replacement toner unit cannot reset the toner alert on the LCD. (if anyone knows a trick I don’t please post it)

2) Clean the corona wire whenever you replace the toner (green slide on the drum slide it back and forth a few times) (CAREFUL: only touch the outer plastic surfaces, oil from your skin can cause problems if you make contact with the toner and printer drum) (if you do make contact clean with a dry soft cloth immediately)

3) The toner alert will stop ALL printing if not set to “continue mode”. Always use Toner in the (Continue Mode) to use ALL of your toner. Each model’s menu may be a little different but you are probably looking for a “General Setup” “Replace Toner” setting in the menu. Option is usually “Stop” by default. “Continue” will let it keep printing. You’ll know when its time to replace when you don’t have full coverage.

4) Give it a gently rocking shake when it starts looking low. If any toner falls out clean it up with a soft dry cloth. If toner is dumping out do NOT install back in your printer.

5) If printer has an eco mode for printing. Unless you need the extra darkness of printing leave that on.

6) If you replace the drum with a NEW one reset it on the printer by opening the front cover, press clear with the cover open, and when the menu displays “new drum” select YES or NO as necessary. If you do this on an old Drum you can extend it’s life, however be careful as extra toner not fused to the paper floating around will cost more than a drum to clean up and repair.

7) Older toner cartridges have a clear cover on the left and right that is used by a sensor to determine if light passes through and thus indicating toner is low. This can be overridden by covering the senor with tape or filing in the clear cover with a black Sharpie.

Monday, October 15, 2012

SBS2011 Moving Data Paths and Logs


Open the SBS 2011 Server Console

Select Backup and Server Storage

Select Server Storage

Select the data you want to move using the tasks listed on the right as shown below:


WSUS the rest of the story….

After Moving WSUS using the menu above you will notice the C:\WSUS\SUSDB folder does not move.

You have to move this via SQL Management Studio

Login to server as an administrator.

Click Start/Programs/Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Right Click on /SQL Server Management Studio Express and select

Run As Administrator

Fill in the following information and then click Connect

  • Server type: Database Engine
  • Servername: \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query
  • Authentication: Windows Authentication

Note: If you didn’t “run as administrator” above you may see:

 "login failed" (Error 18456) error messages in SQL Server 2005

Expand Databases and right-click on SUSDB and select Tasks > Detach…

Select theDrop Connectioncheckbox and click OK.

Move C:\WSUS\SUSDB folder to the same location you moved your WSUS directory to above. for example:


To reattach the database, right-click on Database and select Attach

On the Attach Databases page select the Add button.

Browse to the new location of the SUSDB for example:


click OK twice to complete task

Moving IIS Logs: 

Open IIS7

Open each site and double click on the logging Icon


Create a new folder on the data drive or a drive with a lot more space.  Create a Logs\logfile folder

Change the path of the logfiles


Caution: The next step will take your web server offline for a minute or so

Once done right click and open a command prompt as administrator

type in and run “iisreset”    

It will restart IIS and update the paths and you can clean out the existing folders on drive C.

Credit: Michael Patrick