Windows 2008 Server Update Error 80070490 – Windows 64-bit – KB967723

When trying to update my Windows Server machines using the built-in Windows Update I had noticed that there was a single update that had erroring out time and time again. I finally decided that I should do something about it to resolve the problem so I began searching the internet and Microsoft’s site to see if there was a solution to the Windows Update error 80070490. Turns out, there was a problem with the Windows Update system installing the error. The quick and easy work-around was to download the update individually from Microsoft and install it singularly.

Here is the link to the download page (this is for the 64-bit version, if you have a 32-bit system, you’ll need to find and download the file for your 32-bit system):
Security Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB967723)

IIS7 on Windows Server 2008 – 503 Service Unavailable Error – Application Pool Stops Unexpectedly

So twice now, I’ve had a problem where an IIS7 Application pool unexpectedly stops and does not restart itself, and it does not put any events in the event log that help to track the root of the problem. On a server that runs about 20 different websites, all other sites continue to function normally, it has just been 1 site, on 3 different occassions now that ceases to run. For some reason, it just stops, and when looking at the application pool list, it has a stopped icon next to it:

IIS 7 Application Pools Listing

There is an option under the “Advanced Settings” – just right click on the application to get there. Select Advanced Settings and you’ll be presented with a screen that looks like this:

IIS7 Application Pool Advanced Settings

Apparently, if you set the Start Automatically option to True your application will restart if it crashes, but this hasn’t been the case for me. Each time my application has crashed (with the Start Automatically option set to True) the application hasn’t restarted on its own, I’ve had to login to the server remotely to restart the application.

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So now that Halo 3 is getting old, people are starting to look for the next best thing, which of course will be Halo 4. Though no release date has been set yet, we can all rest assured that Bungie is alreadly deep into the development of Halo 4. After all, they’re not just going to let the biggest video game empire in the history of gaming just fall apart, right? Hell no, Bungie and Microsoft will ride Halo until something better comes along… oh, wait… there is nothing better than Halo. (Except Halo 2, and the only thing better than that is Halo 3, and the only thing that will better than that is Halo 4). But until Halo 4 is released, Halo 3 will reign supreme as the best video game on earth. The only question left to ask, is will Halo 4 be developed for the Xbox 360, or will Bungie and Microsoft combine forces to use Halo 4 to coincide with the launch of the Xbox 3, or the Xbox 720 (who knows what they’re going to call it).

Halo 4 Update

The next Halo (Halo 4) has officially been announced by Bungie. This is not Halo ODST, this next version will be called Halo Reach and will be the next installment of the current Halo Trilogy. Stay tuned for more as we get updates.

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No Listings in Microsoft Outlook Address Book – Problem Solved

I don’t know why this happens, but from time to time, when I open Microsoft Outlook and try to type a message, I click on the “To” or “Cc” button within the compose message form, and my address book either gives me an error, or comes up entirely empty. Well, I think I’ve found a simple solution for all of you who have this same problem.

I use my Outlook Contacts as my address book, so if you use a Microsoft Exchange Server or anything like that, this may not work for you. Okay, so here’s the trick:

  1. Click on your contacts tab from within Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Click File > Folder > Properties for “Contacts”.
  3. On the General tab, check the box toward the bottom that reads: “Automatically generate Microsoft Exchange views”.
  4. Click OK.

Happy mailing!