Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fix: Windows Update Failing in Windows Server 2008 and Vista

If you are having issues with Windows Updates in Windows 2008 or Vista and Updates fail often. You can resolve this by deleting the DataStore.edb file and restarting your system.

The file is located at %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore.

You may also need to delete Log folder if Updates don't work after removing DataStore.edb file.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Windows 2008 needs NetBIOS to join Windows domain

Today, I was installing Windows 2008 Enterprise on a 64-bit machine. I decided to use this installation to write up a new server build document for the organization. As part of the process, I decided to disable any unnecessary services in Windows 2008 that were not of use. Later on, I noticed that I could not join the newly created server to our Domain. As it turned out, I had disabled an important service, TCP/IP Helper for NetBIOS. After enabling this service, I was able to join the Windows 2008 server to the domain without any problem. The error message that I was getting stated that 'Network path cannot be found'.

Come on, I thought MS was doing away with WINS and NETBIOS. What's this?