Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Failed to Install DPM 2012 Update Rollup 3

The Service Control Manager is the one that states how long the service must have to start the service.  If the Service Control Manager did not receive a “Service Started” notice from the service within a time period, the Service Control Manager terminates the process that the service is hosted.

To adjust the time-out period follow the steps below :

  • In the Registry Editor, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control


  • Right-click on the right-pane, select New, then DWORD.


  • Name it as ServicePipeTimeOut


  • Right-click on the ServicePipeTimeOut that was created, select Modify …


  • Change the value to 300000 (means 300000 miliseconds, which is equivalent to 5 minutes), then click OK.
  • In order to have the new value activated, restart the computer.
  • Re-Install the DPM rollup-fix.  You should be able to succeed.

Hope the above steps help. Thank you.

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Checking if VSS Writer is Stable

Sometimes we may face errors for DPM trying to backup the client.  DPM depends on the clients Volume Snapshot Service also known as VSS.

To check if the VSS is stable, in the designated protected computer, from the command prompt (if admin privilege), key in the command as shown :

C:\> vssadmin list writers

The listing shown below as example :


Restart the VSS services either from the Services or reboot the computer.

Thank you and hope this helps.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Activating Windows 8 or Server 2012 License Key

The steps shown here is that in an environment that has no domain and/or no KMS server running. Activating the Windows 8 and Server 2012 License is different from it’s predecessors.  This needs to be done from the command prompt. To activate it, there must be a connection out to the internet.

Using the command prompt (“Run as Administrator”) key in as below follow by the license key.

C:\> slmgr.vbs /ipk <product key from MSDN (MAK)>

* Note : insert your license key in the PINK colour space then hit ENTER.

The above command will install the product key. Then next to key in the following command to activate

C:\> slmgr.vbs /ato

To check if it’s activated key in as below :

C:\> slmgr.vbs /dlv

Hope the above helps.  Thank you.

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