How to Install .Net Framework 2.0 on Windows Server Platforms

This article describes several different ways to install the .NET framework v2.0 on various Windows Server and PC platforms. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 / R2 via the Server Manager Open the Server Manager and click add features. Add the feature ‘.NET v3.5’, which includes .Net v2.0. If the domain policy restricts it […]

Gmail SMTP Configuration for Backup Alerts

If you plan to use a Gmail email account for sending email alerts, the configuration requires two steps. First visit https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps and able “less secure apps”. This step is only necessary once: Then enter the Gmail settings in BackupChain’s Log Options tab as follows: SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com Port: 587 Sender’s email address and User Name: […]

Ubuntu VM Hyper-V Backup and What You Need to Know for Linux Support

In order for Ubuntu virtual machine live Hyper-V backup to work properly, you need to install Hyper-V’s Linux Integration Services. Download the currently latest version 4.1 at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2016/03/21/linux-integration-services-4-1/   Then run the commands: Sudo apt install hv-kvp-daemon-init linux-tools-virtual-lts-xenial linux-cloud-tools-virtual-lts-xenial   Then reboot the VM.      The ISO and RPM files can be downloaded here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51612   How […]

How to Fix: The semaphore timeout period has expired, Error 121

If you encounter the Windows Error: 121, “The semaphore timeout period has expired”, this could have several potential origins: It could be a hardware connection issue, to or from the drive, such as its physical connection. Beyond that it could be a network issue, as described in Microsoft’s KB 325487 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/325487 The network issue may be […]

Server Administrator’s Checklist: Manual Server Monitoring

Below is a general checklist aimed for basic server administration and server monitoring when done by hand: When you unpack a new server Hardware defects with brand-new servers and PCs are unfortunately not uncommon. To be certain your hardware is in good condition before you put your server in production: Run chkdsk with /b on […]