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Installation is the act of making a computer program program ready for execution. Because the process varies programs often come with a specialized program responsible for doing whatever is needed for their installation. Installation may be part of a larger software deployment process. Cross platform installer builders that produce installers for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux include InstallAnywhere, InstallBuilder and Install4J. Installers for Microsoft Windows include Windows Installer, InstallShield, and Wise Installation Studio; free installer-authoring tools include NSIS, IzPack, Clickteam, InnoSetup, InstallSimple and WiX. Mac OS X includes Installer, and also includes a separate software updating application.

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I'm experiencing several issue with computer in my environment receiving updates from WSUS. The updates download but remain at 0%. When rebooting, the computer attempts to install updates taking a while longer than expected and shows windows is updating. I have to manually shut this down as the it is sometimes hours and no updates are installed. I've completed the following:

1. Run Windows Troubleshooter for Windows Updates
2. Checked the BITS, which continuously switched from automatic to manual and stops servers. Windows Updates remains at manual and services are started for this worked.
3. Settings for Updates have been verified on the workstation for how updates are selected with other pc on the network.
4. Should Windows defender remain enabled although we use a third party anti virus program (Trend Micro Worry Free Business security)?

What other information I can offer is this workstation was upgraded from Windows 7 to 10. I appreciate any feedback with this inquiry as it will help with future install of Windows 10 in our environment.
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Have a 2008 Domain controller and a member 2008 server.

When trying to promote the member 2008 server via DCPROMO, it gets to the point examining active directory forest and then a message you will not be able to install a writable replica domain controller because the RID master oldservername is offline do you want continue ? (The Oldservername no longer exists on the LAN. )
It then examines DNS configuration - comes back with
You cannot install a read-only domain controller at this time. You must first run "adprep /rodcprep" from a command window on any computer in this forest. The Adprep utility is available on the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media in the \support\adprep folder.

Clicking next reveals "you cannot install an additional domain controller at this time because the RID master Oldservername is offline."

What is safest way please to remove the ghost oldserver from the domain ?

thank you
OK experts here's an InstallShield puzzle. I think recent Windows 10 updates are affecting this, but I am not sure. We have an application that installs to "Program files (x86)" folder. Our customers have been installing our application for years with no issues. Included in the install is a custom .exe application (written in c# .net) that performs a few registry read/writes to the HKCU tree created by us. Recently the exe included in this custom action has been failing to perform a simple read of the registry tree. But after the installation is finished we can right click the custom action exe that is included, run as admin, and it will perform all functions without fail. We are using InstallShield 2016 Express version. The application is written in c# .Net using Visual Studio 2017 Pro. All applications are code signed including the custom exe.  We have "Deferred execution in System Context" setting for the In-Script Execution settings for the custom action. The custom action is located in the "After register Product" section. What am I missing?
I need an experts opinion on installing anti-virus on domain controllers.  Would you recommend to install antivirus on DCs if so do we have to exclude any folders?
I took over the AD admin and noticed the users log on take a while. The network has all new DCs with plenty of memory. I seen the GPs part loading for long time.
Can that be with antivirus and need to be excluded some folders?
Hello team!!!

I have a big problem, I cannot install Exchange 2016 because I have a previous versión Exchange 2007 but it is not posible because the server is shut down..i think it does not exist.

How can I be sure?

Hi Guys

I have  install VMware ESXi 6.7 in one of the Server with 150 SSD. it has take all 150 GB partition. Is there any way to reduce the ESXi partition & take out 100GB out of this. Please advice.
Successfully added the Adobe Reader catalog to SCCM 1806.
Also deployment of the update works to already running clients (the installation is shown in Software Center).
Task Sequence installed clients do not have the Adobe Reader update because the Adobe Reader patch is not required yet.

To fix this I enabled "Available for Installation - All software updates" in the "Install Software Updates" step.

Now the step "Install Software Updates" fails near the end.

found in UpdatesHandler.log:

<![LOG[Failed to initiate install of WSUS updates, error = 0x800b0109]LOG]!><time="13:38:10.991-120" date="10-11-2018" component="UpdatesHandler" context="" type="3" thread="5828" file="wsusupdatehandler.cpp:133">
<![LOG[Failed to start WSUSUpdate, error = 0x800b0109]LOG]!><time="13:38:10.991-120" date="10-11-2018" component="UpdatesHandler" context="" type="3" thread="5828" file="update.cpp:1205">

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And wuahandler.log:
<![LOG[1. Update: 26e84e49-305a-4349-8174-1478bc7caee5, 2   BundledUpdates: 0]LOG]!><time="13:38:10.475-120" date="10-11-2018" component="WUAHandler" context="" type="1" thread="5828" file="cwuahandler.cpp:1698">
<![LOG[1. Update (Missing): Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - MUI Update 17.011.30105 (26e84e49-305a-4349-8174-1478bc7caee5, 2)]LOG]!><time="13:38:10.475-120" date="10-11-2018" component="WUAHandler" context="" type="1" thread="5828" file="cwuahandler.cpp:1820">
<![LOG[Failed to download updates to the WUAgent datastore. Error = 0x800b0109.]LOG]!><time="13:38:10.991-120" date="10-11-2018" component="WUAHandler" context="" type="3" thread="5828" file="cwuahandler.cpp:490">

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Searching for the error reveals it has a problem with verfying the validity of the file. Found out the WSUS self signed certificate is not in the machines certificate store.
Added the certificates to root and trusted publisher, the step still fails with the same error...

Any ideas?
Trying to install SQL 2014 Express (English) via SCCM on German Windows 10 1803 on multiple computers.

Problem: local admin group won't get added to the sysadmin group in SQL, therefore any user is unable to access the tables or add permissions.

Tried setup via command line:


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First command line works when run on a command prompt, but not when deployed via SCCM.

Next I've tried the ConfigurationFile.ini. After recording the ini-file via
setup.exe /Action=Install /UIMode=Normal 

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it shows:

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But after installing it via command prompt
setup.exe /ConfigurationFile="ConfigurationFile.ini"

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sysadmins is again empty.

Same result when I change ConfigFile.ini to

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I'm following the instructions found in the Microsoft URL below for installing Windows Admin Center.

This URL says to"Run the following command to install Windows Admin Center and automatically generate a self-signed certificate:"

msiexec /i <WindowsAdminCenterInstallerName>.msi /qn /L*v log.txt SME_PORT=<port> SSL_CERTIFICATE_OPTION=generate

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What value should I enter for the <port> value?

I need to install the Windows Admin Center on both a Server 2016 server and a Windows 10 computer.

Is there any way of adding the graphical user interface (GUI) to a Server 2016 core installation?
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New computer Windows 10 Prof
New install of Office Prof 2013
Outlook not working properly
When the user receives a calendar invitation and she accepts the response stays in Outbox
Please provide me with the step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use PowerShell in a Server 2016 Core installation.
What are the command line commands to install the Server 2016 updates on a Server 2016 Core server (that doesn't have a GUI interface)?
I am working with app packaging in SCCM 2012R2 and have an application installer (.exe) that while running launches a second .exe (Sentinel Runtime) to install. At the end of the second one installing, there is a prompt to hit OK. The application install won't go past this point if you don't hit OK. So in SCCM, it will run until it times out then the installation will fail. I haven't been able to get it to move beyond this point no matter what switches I use. It would be great to get some help with this. I am running the installation again to get some fresh logs as I am sure someone will want to know. Below is the string I am using in the installation line.

".\tnxTower8040_Setup.exe" /S /v"/qn " /norestart

I've tried many variations of the same command, but have had no luck. I've also reached out to their support and they were unhelpful as well. So now I am reaching out to the experts!

Thanks in advance!!

I have updated my Remote Desktop Sever with a new self signed certificate but when the client tries to run the app it still errors due to the old certificate.  

How do I get the system to use the new certificate?  

Do I have to delete the old one?  

Do I have to install the certificate on the VM server that runs the app?

I wish to update my Android SDK/NDK  tools on Embarcadero RAD Studio 10.2 from SDK API 34 (Android version7) to SDK API 28 (Android version 9).
several videos on U-tube show how to install Android tools into the IDE using Gettit but in my list of Gettit packages, Android development tools is missing ?

Is there a way to update the SDK/NDK using RAD Studio ( C++ builder) ?
We cannot get our SQL 2017 licensed. We have been running the SQL 2017 trial and have now purchased SQL Server 2017 Standard Core Edition via volume licensing.
I have downloaded the ISO from VLSC, run the setup, selected maintenance and then edition upgrade. This shows the product key pre-populated  runs some pre-checks
before the final page with the upgrade button. Proceeding with the upgrade everything goes 100% and reports as upgraded. However, when I query the SQL installation it
returns no licence details -
We only have 2 days left on the trial so as a definitive check I advance the system date and tried to restart the SQL service which fails due to trial period exceeded.
Am I missing something on how to apply the volume license?
We restored a server from a system state backup yesterday. However, it seems that the applications didn't come with it. They do appear in Programs in Control Panel which makes this situation funnier. We are now running into a major issue trying to re-install SQL Server 2012 Enteprise. If I try to install a new instance, I get "SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error: There was a failure to calculate the default value of setting INSTANCEID. Error code 0x85640001."

If I try to install the default instance, you get the same error but replace INSTANCEID with SKU.

The installation media also recognizes the previous installation which is weird because it doesn't exist anymore. We already extracted the installation .iso via WinRAR and tried that and that didn't help.
I have an early 2008 Mac Pro tower w/4 internal drives configured with El Capitan plus a Bootcamp "Win7 installation" on a separate internal drive.

I want to install a new Win7 partition while maintaining my existing Win7 installation on its separate drive.

Thus, I will end up with 2 BootCamp Win7 partitions, one new and the other old and a bit corrupted.

My purpose is to create a Fresh Win7 installation to which I can easily copy and install some Docs & Applications from my existing over-taxed Win7.

Where do I begin? I assume I need to create a new Bootcamp partition on my Mac OS drive (currently a single partition) or on a separate drive.

Just not sure of the best way to go about that without screwing up either my Mac OS or existing Win7 installation.

Thanks for the help
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On my workstation, regardless of the keyboard connected, one key does not work. It is the "z" key. SHIFT z does work but it is a capital Z but if you turn on CAPS LOCK and then hit the SHIFT z  it gives you a lowercase z.
I have uninstalled all keyboard drivers and reinstalled them.
This is a fresh install of Windows 10 I am on the latest release and fully patched...
Trying to install Server 2016 on a HP DL360e Gen 8 v 2.

Cannot boot with images. Intelligent Provisioning cannot see anything useful on the USB stick.

Tried using Rufus, NLite, Windwos 7 USB tool.

Also trying HP USB Key, but when I select the ISO, it says not supported.

I am using Action Packs ISOs downloaded. Also even tried putting RAID drivers on a custom boot using NLite as suggested by someone with the same problem.

I have an embedded RAID and also p420 1GB.
So I have made some logical drives on the P420.

Any ideas anyone... I am a little foxed at this stage.


I have a windows 7 laptop where I have MS Project 2016 installed.  This was installed using the volume licensing program.
However, I need to install MS Office 2016 which I purchased retail.
I'm having an error message appear (see attached) and I can't install office 2016.
I need to have both apps on my laptop. There has to be a way this can be done.

So I have this code which people helped me with, i'm just trying to get it to skip the installation if a reg key exists.

@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion

set GUIDs=DDF96E66-E39B-4A69-B776-2DE49EBCAFBD D7D3F00A-638B-41DE-A2A3-FFC6EF034783 B1A6CB20-C032-4228-940F-AC3BC9BF6B3E 3EB41C0B-00EF-4C8B-9FF7-FF252E2F4E33 D8A08493-2F06-4EB2-A636-4392991981AB 
for %%a in (%GUIDs%) do (
     reg.exe query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{%%a}" >NUL 2>&1
      if not errorlevel 1 (
            echo Uninstalling %%a
          msiexec.exe /X{%%a} /quiet

:::8x8 VOD Latest Version Installation
::: Copy the latest version of the VOD to the path below and change the msi filename

Reg query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{5FCB2176-11C5-4114-889B-CD93066BE094}
IF %errorlevel%==0 GOTO END

msiexec.exe /i "\\domain.com\SYSVOL\domain.com\scripts\8x8\VOD_5_6_0.msi" /qn
                (if %errorlevel%==0 (
                  echo %date% %time% %Computername% - Installation succeeded
)              ELSE (
                                echo %date% %time% %Computername% - Installation FAILED - %errorlevel%
)) >>      "\\file08\W common\logs\%Computername% InstallVOD.log""
::: Please wait for the time to finish

timeout 15


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The bit I've got issues with is

Reg query HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{5FCB2176-11C5-4114-889B-CD93066BE094}
IF %errorlevel%==0 GOTO END

And then the :END label, it doesn't seem to work quite right.

Is it right or am I missing something?

SBS 2011 : for the last 3 months it keeps on trying to run the Microsoft security updates and fails
Trying tonight to install just the 2008-09 security update manually, it foes through the process and upon reboot I get the message
"Failure configuring Windows Updates - Reverting changes - Do not turn off your computer"
This has been now going on for 90 minutes and still no end in sight.
I am currently trying to install a Communications Board on a Server running Server 2016 Essentials. I keep on getting an error "The third-party INF does not contain digital signature information". I have had no luck with the current drivers that I have found thus far. I was wondering if there may be a way to disable the Server from even attempting to obtain this digital signature in the first place? Or any other possible ways around this? Thank you for any help!






Installation is the act of making a computer program program ready for execution. Because the process varies programs often come with a specialized program responsible for doing whatever is needed for their installation. Installation may be part of a larger software deployment process. Cross platform installer builders that produce installers for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux include InstallAnywhere, InstallBuilder and Install4J. Installers for Microsoft Windows include Windows Installer, InstallShield, and Wise Installation Studio; free installer-authoring tools include NSIS, IzPack, Clickteam, InnoSetup, InstallSimple and WiX. Mac OS X includes Installer, and also includes a separate software updating application.