Cannot copy files during in-place upgrade to Windows 2003

August 1, 2017

It’s hard to believe but I have recently needed to execute the in-place upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003. Nothing special, but in the middle of the copy process the installer threw out the error:

Setup Cannot Copy the File Cmprops.dl_

I could see the file on CD, but could not copy it. OK, I ignored the message and immediately got another one about the next file. Well, the setup was cancelled.

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Cleaning up the DFS errors

November 21, 2016

Some DFS-related errors, such as “Cannot enumerate namespace“, “Element not found” or “RPC server is not available” are related to the configuration issues in namespace. All  DFS components in registry, Active Directory and file system should be in sync. If they are not, the mentioned above errors happen. Pretty often it is easier and faster to remove DFS namespace completely and recreate it rather than to fix it. This article is about removing a DFS namespace and cleaning up all its components.

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WD Sentinel (DX4000): Disk is not compatible

October 26, 2016

If you have Western Digital WD Sentinel (DX4000, DX4200, DS5100, DS6100) NAS device, you may have trouble replacing the failed drive. Even if the drive is from the compatibility list, the device does not see it as compatible. Fortunately, WD Support has a solution

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Remotely Synchronizing the Time Between Two Computers

March 8, 2016

Cannot log into remote system due to time discrepancy?


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Resetting the vCenter SSO Master Password

February 3, 2016

Yes, it happened to me too: I forgot my vCenter SSO master password, the one that used for the admin@System-Domain account. VMware KB 2034608 clearly says that “The master password is stored in the database and can only be changed by re-installing vCenter Single Sign-On 5.1 with a fresh back-end database”. It did not give me extra optimism in resolving the issue, but Ingmar Verheij gave me a hope. His article, which  you can find here, describes in full details how to reset the SSO master password. My text is just an instruction, so I strongly recommend to read Ingmar’s page first.

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How to Recover the SA Password (Part 2)

February 2, 2016

Even though I have already published the article about the sa password recovery, this Part 2 adds some interesting stuff. This time everything is done via command line interface

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