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Can’t import Windows 10 Pro WIM into MDT 2013 Update 2

January 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Here are the steps:

  • Download Microsoft Media Creation Tool.
  • Start the tool and select the option to create ISO files to install on another computer.
  • Once all is downloaded and the Tool allows you to press finish – DON’T
  • Check C:\ESD folder for files (as it should contain installx86.esd and installx64.esd)
  • Copy ESD folder to C:\TEMP
  • Convert the esd files to wim using the following command: dism /export-image /sourceimagefile:C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\installx64.esd /SourceIndex:4
    /destinationimagefile:C:\install.wim /destinationname:"Windows 10 Pro x64" /compress:max /checkintegrity
  • Import the new WIM files to MDT 2013 Update 2



The Active Directory integrated DNS zone was not found

November 22, 2016 Leave a comment

I did not discover this fix. I found this from TechNet forums but have since lost the link.

The fix below helped me resolve this problem.

The Active Directory integrated DNS zone was not found.


  • Create a zone called ""
  • Make it AD integrated
  • Allow secure only updates and Click Finish
  • Go back into the zone properties
  • Change the replication scope to "All DCs in the Forest"
  • Delete the _msdcs folder under
  • Run an ipconfig /registerdns
  • stop netlogon
  • start netlogon
  • The SRVs should populate shortly, if they already haven’t

Credit goes to users on TechNet Forums.


PowerShell – Azure AD Connect sync: Scheduler Command Cheat Sheet

May 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Here are some of the commands.

To view the Scheduler configuration:


This shows you the current sync configuration information like interval, sync policy type, next sync cycle start time etc.

To change the scheduler configuration:


This allows you to change some the following sync parameters.

  • CustomizedSyncCycleInterval
  • NextSyncCyclePolicyType
  • PurgeRunHistoryInterval
  • SyncCycleEnabled
  • MaintenanceEnabled

To Start the Scheduler manually:

There are two synchronization options – Delta and Full.
Delta – Use this when there is an urgent change that needs to be synchronized immediately.

Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta

Full – Use this when the following changes have been made.

  • Synchronization rules have been changed
  • Filtering changes, which included different number of objects
  • More attributes or objects are to be imported from source directory
    Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial
    Check the status of the connector:

    If its busy and running the sync the connector name will be returned.


More info – Azure Documentation


Printer Spooler Error on Windows 7/8.x/10

March 16, 2016 1 comment

In this I received the Printer Spooler Error on Windows 8.1:

"windows cannot connect to the printer. the local print spooler service is not running. please restart the spooler or restart the machine."


This can be fixed in 2 ways.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools and open Services. Find the printer spooler service and check the status of it. If its Started, then Restart the service.
  2. Right Click on Windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin). Type in the following command: net stop spooler && net start spooler
    TIP! – This will also work on Windows 7/10


Shutdown and Restart Application Script

May 7, 2014 Leave a comment

This is a script to shutdown and restart an application (i.e. jboss) on windows.
It also renames the application generated log file(s).

taskkill /f /t /fi “WINDOWTITLE eq 3 Scheduler”

for /F “tokens=1,2” %%d in (‘date /T’) do set day=%%d & set date=%%e
set yyyy=%DATE:~6,4%
set mm=%DATE:~3,2%
set dd=%DATE:~0,2%
set dateserial=%yyyy%-%mm%-%dd%
ren “D:\logs\scheduler\scheduler.log” %dateserial%-scheduler.log

start /min “3 Scheduler” cmd /c “D:\scheduler\bin\run.bat”



Note: I found the base script from here

Windows Live Mail POP3 Configuration and Settings

June 1, 2009 2 comments

If you find logging in to Windows Live Mail using your browser boring and annoying, then it is now possible to configure your desktop email clients using the following settings.

Windows Live Mail POP3 Server:
POP3 SSL required: Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example
Password: The one you use to sign in to Windows Live
Windows Live Mail SMTP server:
Authentication required: Yes
TLS/SSL required: Yes


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32-bit Exchange Management Tools for Exchange 2007 (64-bit)

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

We all know that Exchange Server 2007 is 64-bit only. Is it possible to manage it from 32-bit Windows Vista machine? The answer to this question is yes. There is a 32-bit version of Exchange Management Tools. It includes:

* Exchange Management Console (EMC)
* Exchange Management Shell (EMS)
* Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)
* Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (ExTRA)
* Help files

Remember these tools require MMC 3.0, the .NET Framework 2.0 and Windows PowerShell. If you don’t have them, you will be prompted to install them. You can run these tools on Windows XP Pro 32-bit edition or Windows Vista 32-bit edition.

You can download it from here and for more information check this Technet site out.