Windows Server 2016 – ServerEssentials DesignatedActiveDirectoryServerDown Event ID 1280 Error

December 20, 2018

After removing a DC and cleaning up the metadata I still got errors relating to DesignatedActiveDirectoryServerDown ?

I rechecked all settings and had still some references in the DNS.

But even after removing all of this it was still complaining ?


Solution :

Open the registry and go to :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ADContext


Key ConnectedDc was pointing to old DC server.

Correct the value and pointed the key to current  DC :

Correct the registry entry by overwriting with the proper value of the local server.

Restart the dashboard for the change to take effect.

Next go on searching for more references in the registry


If there is an entry for Src Root Domain Srv, right-click the value and then click Delete.

This value must be deleted so that the domain controller sees itself as the only domain controller in the domain after promotion.

Remove these registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Root Domain Srv 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Root Domain Srv 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Root Domain Srv 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Srv objectGuid 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Srv objectGuid 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NTDS\Parameters\Src Srv objectGuid
Reboot the server and check again.


Windows Server 2016 – Disk Event ID 153 Errors

December 18, 2018

I got a lot of Disk Errors Event ID 153 every day when using Windows Backup. Every day at the same time more or less.


Analysis :

First we need to find out which one is Disk 4 ?

Open the registry and go to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\disk\Enum


You will see that I had 4 Disk, of which the number 4 is a USB Memory card storage…

It will match up with the Server Manager Disks


Next start the Command Line using Admin Privileges

And run this command




Go to Portable Devices and see check the Drive letters

In my case it is G: drive ?

On the GENERAL tab you can read that the device is NOT ENABLED


Using WMIC to get more info on the Event ID PDO name Device\00000xxx ID


Use this command to get all drivers detailed information :


wmic /output:c:\temp\drivers.txt path Win32_PnPSignedDriver

And look for the device number in the column PDO


If you don’t find it, it means it is a STALE device that can be removed.

See here on how to…

Solution :

In our case we had to disable the INTERNAL SD Card Slot using the BIOS.

Use these steps on an HP server :

UEFI System Utilities and Shell Command Mobile Help for HPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers and HPE Synergy

Going to System Utilities – by pressing F9

Enabling or disabling the Internal SD Card Slot

Procedure :

1. From the System Utilities screen, select System Configuration > BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) > System Options > USB Options > Internal SD Card Slot and press Enter.

2. Select a setting and press Enter:

a. Enabled—The server can access the internal SD card slot.

b. Disabled—The server cannot access the internal SD card slot.

3. Press F10.


Windows Server 2016 – Remote Desktop TermDD Event ID 56 Error

December 18, 2018

On a Server running Remote Desktop Services you can encounter the TermDD Event ID 56 Error


Solution :

1. Open the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration

2. Double click RDP-Tcp in the Connections block


3. Go to General tab change the Security layer pull down box from Negotiate to RDP Security Layer.

The issue is caused by the latest Security Update related to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation.

See here


Windows Server 2016 – Disk Signature Issues Event ID 58 & VDS Basic Provider Event ID 1 Error

December 12, 2018

On a Virtual Machine Host after doing a P2V. you can encounter the Event ID 58 & Event ID 1 Errors


Error Message :

“The disk signature of disk 5 is equal to the disk signature of disk 0.”

Use the Device Manager to see the Hidden Devices


Next download the DevNodeClean Utility

This will list all Orphaned Devices on your VM

Run this command :

devnodeclean /n


You will see many Registry Keys that WOULD BE removed, but are now only listed.


User the /r parameter to delete the registry key…

BE SURE you have always good backups to fall back on in case you need it !

Enjoy !!

Windows Server 2016 – Hyper-V CheckPoints Disk Space

December 4, 2018

Once you create VM checkpoints in Hyper-V it might start consuming a lot a disk space afterwards.


Because it will write data to the AVHDX files.

You can use PowerShell to investigate the current disk size.

Get-VM YourVM | Select-Object VMId | Get-VHD | Select-Object –Property path,computername,vhdtype,
@{label=’Size(GB)’;expression={$_.filesize/1gb –as [int]}}


As you can see the VHD Type is saying DIFFERENCING.

That is because you have a checkpoint pending. And this is NOT recommended in a production environment.

There are some tricky scenario’s where deleting checkpoints can corrupt your VM.

See here for more info

Enjoy !

Windows Server 2016 – HP iLO PowerShell and more…

November 9, 2018



HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO),

HPE Onboard Administrator (OA) for HPE BladeSystem Enclosures and

System BIOS of HPE ProLiant servers, this set of PowerShell utilities



We will only use iLO at this moment, because this is the most valuable.

It is a proprietary embedded server management technology of HP.

iLO makes it possible to perform activities on an server from a remote location. Even if the server OS is not responding.


1. Download the PowerShell Module

See here at the moment we are at version 2.1



2. Load the PS Module

Check the version



import-module "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett Packard Enterprise\PowerShell\Modules\HPEiLOCmdlets\HPEiLOCmdlets.psd1"

Get-Module -ListAvailable "HPEiLO*"



List the Cmdlets

Get-Command -Module "HPEiLOCmdlets"




Update the PS Module if needed



Search for iLO servers in your network using a range or subnet

$IPRange = Read-host " Enter the IP Range of HPOA ( "

Find-HPEiLO $IPRange


Now you are ready to run some cmdlets.


Let’s check the power of the server:

Get-HPEiLOServerPower -Connection $connection



Let’s check the Temperature Sensors

$Ret = Get-HPEiLOTemperature -Connection $connection

$Ret.Temperature | Out-GridView




3. iLO commandline Tools

The HP management utillity called hponcfg.exe is installed here.



iLO config Export Example :

Command :


hponcfg.exe /w c:\Temp\iloconfig.txt




You can use the is config file to make changes to your iLO configuration, like resetting your Password etc.


hponcfg /f your_script_name.txt


Enjoy !

Windows Server 2016 – Volsnap Error Event ID 27 & Event ID 153

November 7, 2018

Accidently I noticed some Disk Warnings Event ID 153. Together with a VSS error Volsnap Event ID 27.

All at the time we had scheduled a backup to run.


The message was :

The shadow copies of volume \\?\Volume{xxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} were aborted during detection because a critical control file could not be opened.


First recommendation is to resize the VSS Storage Area.

Or even put the settings to No Limit


For more info see here :

At the link you can also download a small Free Utility called VSSDiag.


This can help you debug further issues.

PS : This is also linked to Event ID 3, see here for more info



Enjoy !