Hyper-V Error – An Authentication error.

Hyper-V Error – An Authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted.

Today I was trying to connect to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine when I started to get this error on all of the VM's on that particular host. I was connecting to the Hyper-V host via a Windows 8 Workstation via the Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Error

At first I thought it was an issue with my account, but it wasn't. After hunting around for ages and running out of ideas, I stumbled across the obvious. The Hyper-V host didn't have the correct DNS servers set.


So I changed the DNS Servers to the correct ones that were being used in my Domain and bob was my uncle!

DNS Servers


Hope this helps!




App-V – Installing the App-V 5.0 Sequencer

Before you get started on installing the App-V 5.0 Sequencer, there are a few things that you may have to do to get your environment ready.

  • Create a Windows 7 Virtual Desktop machine with 2 partitions eg. C:\ and Q:\. This will be used to create the App-V packages. It is recommended that the Sequencing Workstation be on the OS that is the lowest that is used in your environment. (In this case, in my test environment, I don't really have anything older than Windows 7, Windows 2008 R2.)
  • Download the Desktop Optimization Pack 2012.
  • Make sure .NET 4.0 is installed. (If Windows 7)
  • Powershell 3.0 (If Windows 7)
  • Make sure KB2533623 is installed. (If Windows 7)

Guide – Step by Step

On the Windows 7 workstation, mount the Desktop Optimization Pack DVD, and then select Application Virtualization for Desktops.

Select the App-V 5.0 Sequencer.

Click Yes.

Make sure .NET 4.0 is installed.

Make sure Powershell 3.0 is installed.

Make sure KB2533623 is installed.

Click Install.

Click Next.

Join the CEIP.

Click Close.


More info can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj713463.aspx

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Error 0x80070569

If you find you are getting a similar error 0x80070569 on Hyper-V 2012, you might be experiencing something similar to this.

So I jumped on to one of my Hyper-V hosts the other day to bang out a fresh Virtual Machine. I clicked on Create New Virtual Machine and BAM!, I get this error.


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Try restarting the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management Service.

I wasn't sure if I could restart this service while I had Virtual Machines running, but since it was on my home lab environment, I thought I'd give it a shot. The service restarted with no issues on any of my virtual machines. What's more, when I tried to create a virtual machine, it worked, no error. I'm not sure why this happens or why restarting the service fixes it as it seems by the error to be a permissions issue but as a work around it seems to do the trick.


Uninstalling & Reinstalling SQL Server Reporting Services 2012

​I had some issues with uninstalling and reinstalling Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services in my SCCM Lab environment. It turns out there are a few steps not mentioned in the microsoft documentation that you need to do in order to do a fresh install, without carrying any configuration settings over from the previous install. Here are a few dot points on what I had to do.

  • Remove the Reporting Services Point from SCCM
  • Appwiz.cpl > Microsoft SQL Server 2012 > Remove > Remove Reporting Services
  • Manually delete the ReportServer Database and the Temp Report Server Database
  • Delete the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS11.MSSQLSERVER) folder.
  • Reboot
  • Reinstall SQL Server Reporting Services and select install only during the installation.
  • Open up Reporting Services Configuration Manager and configure your accounts.
  • Make sure that the Websites are set in Reporting Services Configuration Manager or you won’t see a Sql Instance when you try to create the Reporting Services point in SCCM. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4479e73e-8a19-4c7e-9418-b36770656b9b/sccm-2012-reporting-point-server-instance-blank


Report Builder 3.0 Fails to Install

If you find that the Report Builder 3.0 Click Once Application fails to install, you might have the same issue I have had in this blog post.


I tried to create a Report in SCCM and when the ClickOnce Application for Report Builder 3.0 tried to install it got this error.


WOW, soo helpful, thanks Microsoft! Click on Details, and you will get some more helpful information. Scan the log file for something similar to below.



    Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.

    * Activation of http://<server>/ReportServer/ReportBuilder/ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application?http://<server>/ReportServer/ConfigMgr_MTL/Hardware%20-%20Memory/Memory resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:

        + Unable to install this application because an application with the same identity is already installed. To install this application, either modify the manifest version for this application or uninstall the preexisting application.

This is most likely generated because you have installed Report Builder 3.0 once before. To fix this all you need to do is to clear the Click Once Application cache. Open up a command prompt and then type the following "rundll dfshim CleanOnlineAppCache" **NOTE** this command is case sensitive, I found that I had to type it exactly.

Now try again to Create or Edit a report.

Hope this helps!




Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit – Stuck at 0% Complete


Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit – Stuck at 0% Complete?

If you are installing the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit and find yourself stuck at Overall Progress: 0% complete. You may start to think that the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit installer isn't working and has crashed.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Window

To make sure things are still ticking along under the covers, you can navigate to %temp%/adk to look at the installation log file to make sure that things are still progressing behind the scenes. The installation can be quite large up to 5.1 GB, so if you are on a slow internet connection, you may be stuck at 0% complete for up to 15 mins or more before you see any change in the progress bar. In the log file, look for the time that you kicked off the installation and also the time of the last log entry. You should be able to see some activity, namely 'acquiring package'. This will mean that it's downloading the package in the background.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Log File

My installation took about 15 mins before I started to see any movement. My internet connection was saturated at that time, so that is why it took so long for me.

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Window 2


Where can I get it?

You can download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit installation file here.

You can also find more information about installing the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit at Microsoft's site, here.


Installing the Hyper-V Feature via Powershell on Windows Server 2012


Open up a Powershell Console as an Administrator.


We can use the Get-WindowsFeature cmdlet to find what Hyper-V features are available for installation.


PS>Get-WindowsFeature –Name hyper-v*


This will show the Hyper-V features that we can install. 

Once we know what we would like to install. We can use the Install-WindowsFeature cmdlet to install the feature. We can use the IncludeSubFeature and IncludeManagementTools parameters to install all subfeatures and management tools at the same time. The –Restart parameter will make the machine reboot once it has finished installing.


PS>Install-WindowsFeature –Name Hyper-V –IncludeSubFeature –IncludeManagementTools –Restart

The Feature will then install. 

After a reboot, you should be able to see the Hyper-V Manager in your Start Page. 

Australian TV Logos for XBMC FRODO PVR

Australian TV Logos for XBMC PVR

Here is the collection of Australian TV Station Logo's for use with XBMC PVR. With Frodo just being released and having the PVR functionality built in, this set of .png files will make channel surfing feel just as it should! I've been hunting around for them for ages and I thought I'd make a collection for people to grab all in one place. See below the images for a zip file that contains all of the images. Hope this helps!

Here is a zip file with all of the Australian TV logos.



Using Powershell to search a log file for an error and then email you

This little script I used when I was having a problem with my TV Tuner card on my home server. Every now and then it would stop working and it was a real pain to come home and find that the shows I had set to tape hadn't recorded because the card stopped working. So this script would email me to let me know that it was time to perform some percussive maintenance on my usb tv tuner card again.