Wow, so again this is me documenting a problem I've had. Recently I was asked to diagnose a problem with a Windows Server 2008 on which its scheduled tasks were failing with the helpful error 0x3.
So what does 0x3 mean? Well according to Microsoft it means:
"The system cannot find the path specified."
Given that the paths were there and that up until midnight the tasks were running fine this lead to a problem. So I checked the following:
1, Can I run the task manually?
2, Can I run the task in the "Only if user is logged on" mode
3, Has the anti-virus done something?
4, Is there anything in any of the event logs for the last 24 hours that relates to this?
Nothing appeared to offer a reason for the failure. I ended up doing the thing I hate the most and that was scheduling a reboot. Once the server came back up the tasks sprang into life. If anybody knows what happened, please let me know.
One of the customers I look after has several support websites which I am responsible for. I recently convinced those with the money to switch all of the sites to a cloud server from Rackspace.
Whilst Rackspace's dedicated servers are expensive, you are paying for the best technical support in the business. Their cloud servers are definitely more cost effective and with a great team behind them I am very pleased.
The bonus was that the new cloud server was IPv6 enabled, so are future proofed! I just needed to setup the IP addresses in the DNS and bind the IIS web server to all IP addresses and it was job done.
I did false start with putting the Microsoft's fe80 address into the DNS. But when I corrected that all the IPv6 test sites reported success.
Next challenge will be migrating all my other sites to IPv6.
The concept irks me, businesses voluntarily paying good wages is like businesses volunteering to pay tax. Many millionaires have stated they don't mind paying more tax, just they don't want to pay more then their peers.
The living wage is the same problem, you've either got to make it the national minimum wage or not bother.
Personally I would prefer to see the wage increased so we can do away with Working Tax Credit which is at the end of the day a benefit from the state to the shareholders of low paying companies.