Windows 2012 Storage Spaces not mounting after reinstall

After reinstalling Windows 2012 R2 Server you may find that the Storage Spaces virtual disks will not show up automatically. In fact you won’t even see them in “Computer Management”. The reason for this is that the server is not configured to use the old storage space setup. Authorize server for read-write to storage spaces First … Read more

Should I defrag my SSD?

The answer is: “Yes!” and “No, never!” or somewhere between. SSD disks has overcome the physical limitations of traditional harddisks. It is actually not a harddisk any more because it doesn’t have a disk. Traditionally when you access a fragmented file the data is scattered around on the disk so the read heads has to … Read more

.Net GUI thread crossing

In this article I thought I’d try to explain the exception: Cross-thread operation not valid: Control ‘someControl’ accessed from a thread other than the thread it was created on. This article is a simplification and applies to WinForm and WPF (though samples are for WinForm). What is the GUI thread? When an application starts the … Read more

Disable Windows 7 Sound Card Jack Sensing

Windows attempts to auto detect any changes to the plugs in your sound card. That doesn’t work well with my sound card (X-Fi something) so the speakers keep falling in and out randomly. Solution: The sound card drivers are located under the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class{4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} Search for “EnableDynamicDevices” (located under GlobalSettings somewhere) and set it … Read more

BitLocker startup error 0x26000070

I’m using BitLocker for HD encryption on all partitions, USB disks and USB pens. For USB* it works fine by just asking for a password. But for HD encryption it is a bit more complicated. Basically BitLocker should encrypt your HD without you having to provide any password at every startup. It should also be … Read more

Tip: Never use IP addresses

Never use IP addresses Use of IP addresses are never actually required. There are two fully valid alternatives: Using DNS name served by DNS server. Windows/Linux can have unlimited number of DNS servers in case one goes down, so there is no problem with stability. Just add more DNS-servers. (At least two) In case DNS … Read more