Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IIS WebAdministration module failing with 80040154

Apart from the normal stuff about the IIS 7 powershell module failing because it's not registered, elevated or you've not allowed the execution of scripts in your powershell session, there's one more little gotcha:

Get-Website : Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {688EEEE5-6A7E-422F-B2E1-6AF00DC944A6} failed due to the following error: 80040154.

...which is that the COM objects are only registered for x64 (if on an x64 machine), so if you're running a 32 bit PowerShell prompt (for various reasons related to VS GDR) you'll get the error above :-(

See http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3501001/windows-powershell-snap-in-for-iis-fails-on-32-bit for some unsavory workarounds, or just run as x64 if you want it to actually work :-(

What proxy is 'automatically detect settings' actually giving me?

Chrome doesn't seem to like the 'automatically detect settings' (at least not where I am right now), so I have to change over to have an explicitly configured proxy.

But what to enter? PowerShell to the rescue:


...tells you what proxy the system will use for the uri provided, and that's pretty much the only one you ever have to worry about.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Clustered Hyper-V Live Migration for $450

Well, ok, not counting the MSDN licence I had to play with this, but the point is thanks to the iSCSI support in Windows 2008 R2 (initiator and target), you can now build test clusters without having to have a ‘real’ (as in expensive) shared disk array, so you too can amaze your friends by live-migrating a virtual machine in front of their very eyes, or dispel your own lingering doubts that this stuff is all smoke and mirrors.

I used:

  • 3x old Dell Optiplex 745’s that we got for a song
  • A 100mb hub I borrowed from IT
  • Er… that’s it

Using the Microsoft iSCSI target for Windows Server 2008 R2, one box pretends to be a SAN. You could use Windows Storage Server, or a high-end NAS that supported iSCSI also.

The other two boxes I stuck Windows 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role. I could have used Hyper-V server. Using the out-of-the-box iSCSI initiator, I bound both of them to virtual drives I fronted up from the storage server, and after a few goes made a cluster.

I’m not going to do the blow by blow, because there’s actually a couple of really good posts on doing this:

…though you will have to wade through them a bit, because the landscape has been changing, but before you know (well, it took maybe a few days, on and off) you have a VM flitting from box to box like a sprite[1].

Couple of things I will mention:

  • The doco says you can’t do this with only one NIC per box, but you can. Wouldn’t want to in production, sure, but you can
  • Though experience I suggest that the safest course is to only have the quorum disk target attached when creating the cluster (and add more disks later). That’ll prevent the wrong disk being used as the quorum disk, which I couldn’t work out how to prevent otherwise
  • If you destroy the cluster (as I did, several times, when it kept getting the disks round the wrong way) and find your machines don’t talk to each other any more, try removing them from the domain and re-adding. Worked for me
  • If something doesn’t work, don’t be an idiot like me and later try exactly the same thing again and waste a whole day rebuilding everything. Try it a different way :-/

[1] The actual moment of cut-over took the VM out for about 4 seconds, which isn’t terrible considering the appallingly low-spec setup I was running: disk, heartbeat and client access all hitting one NIC though 100mb hub. It was only getting about 7Mb/s on the disk too.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Custom Folders in SQL Server Management Studio

It’s about bloody time, but it took a 3rd party to hack it together. This really should be out-of-the-box behaviour.

I like the way he’s used extended properties as the persistence medium, rather than, say, a table with a special name. It’s an approach I’ve used myself for other extensions to the standard schema metadata, like for my Upsert View Generator (which is long overdue an updated post).

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