Internet Explorer 9 Prints Blank Page – The Fix

Ran into and interesting situation with Internet Explorer 9 today. When trying to print a web page it just prints out a blank page. Also in Print Preview the page is blank. Thanks to this post.

Here are the 2 commands I used, as mention in the above post DO NOT run the cmd prompt with elevated privileges.

mkdir %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low

icacls %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low /setintegritylevel low

Microsoft Identity Extensions Error when installing Prerequisites for Sharepoint 2013

I was having an issue when install the Prerequisites for a new install of SharePoint 2013, I was getting errors when trying to install the Microsoft Identity Extensions. Turns out you can download the standalone installer and to a manual command line install.

You can download the Microsoft Identity Extensions from here.

Run the command below to install and then the Prerequisite installer for SharePoint 2013 should continue on its merry way.

C:\Windows\System32>msiexec.exe /i “C:\foldername\MicrosoftIdentityExtensions-64.msi” /quiet /norestart

Where foldername is the name of the folder you have downloaded the file to. Happy Sharepointing !

Resources for the 70-411 Exam

As there is no MS Press Book for this exam published as I am writing this I will be using the resources from the Born to Learn Wiki as well as my own. I thought I would document them as I go to help others out as well. These resources are for the fist objective of the exam Deploy Manage and Maintain Servers, and in particular Deploying and managing server images.

Objective – Deploy Manage and Maintain Servers

Deploy and manage server images

Install the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) role; configure and manage boot, install, and discover images; update images with patches, hotfixes, and drivers; install features for offline images.

I have created a dedicated page to this as it will be a work in progress as I make my way through the objectives

How to Pass the 70-410 Exam

G’day everyone, just sat and passed the 70-410 exam, the first of the 3 to gain my MCSA 2012. If you are studying for this exam then I would highly recommend the Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 by Craig Zacker. I thought the book covered all the exam objectives very well and that was the resource I relied on as well as the Train Signal videos.

If you have had hands on experience with the other Server OS’s then the knowledge you have already in DNS, AD, DHCP etc then all you really need to do is make sure you know how they are all installed and configured in Server 2012. Make sure you know Hyper-V inside out both from the GUI and by using PowerShell, I had quite a few questions on that area. The other area that my exam focused heavily on was Active Directory and Group management. Another thing make sure you know the basics of Local Storage, Raid-5, Stripped Disks, Spanned Disks and Mirrors.

Any onto the 70-411 exam, as there are no official MS Press Books available until later in the year I am going to use the 70-417 Book as apparently maps to to all the objectives, as Michael Bender suggests. In conjunction with that use the wiki resources created over at Born to Learn.

The 70-410 Exam

My quest has started to complete the MCSA 2012. I have been studying the past few weeks for the 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Exam. Got my resources together, The Official Microsoft Press Book, joined Born to Learn 90 days to MCSA challenge, signed up to Train Signal. Now for the exam this week, from all reports it is well done. I will post a follow up on the exam after I take it this week. Fingers crossed.

Prevent DNS Registration of Secondary or Additional IP Addresses

There are times when you may need to prevent the DNS registration of a secondary or additional ip address on the same network adapter. I recently needed to do this when configuring SSL for Sharepoint 2013 and associated My Site Host.

After some research this is the command that did the trick.

Netsh int ipv4 add address Interface Name ip address skipassource=true

Where Interface Name is the name of the Network Connection and IP Address is the address you wish to assign.

Sharepoint 2013 User Profile Synchronization Service Will Not Start

I came across another little issue when installing a new Sharepoint 2013 Server Farm and that is that the User Profile Synchronization Service Would Not Start.

After some research it turns out the account that the service uses needs to be in the Local Administrators group of the server that you are running it on. So after adding the account, in my case sp_farm, to that group and trying to start it again it still DID NOT WORK.

They Key and Resolution: After adding the account to the Local Admins group of the server, Restart the Sharepoint Timer Service.

Then try and start the User Profile Synchronization Service again and all should be hunky dory!.