How-to: Fix Windows Update error 0xca00a000

So recently I ran into a Windows Update error. I am in the WindowsInsider rings, so it is not uncommon to me that errors can occur!

But this one was new, so what can I do?
The error at hand was: Error 0xca00a000 

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Well the first thing I normally do in cases like this is:

  • Stop the Windows Update service
  • Delete the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder
  • Start the Windows Update service
  • Check Windows Updates again
  • Et Voila! There we go!

Easy enough, and what happened? It all started working again, so that was an easy one this time!

I read some posts on Twitter that the Seach service was involved. I checked but that was not the case here..

Me happy WindowsInsider again 🙂

Nutanix CommunityEdition (CE) 5.10

Hi, so this is a new one. And it’s different, more technical. Also very nice to do and to play around with.
I’m talking about the CommunityEdition (CE) of the Nutanix stack.

Wait the what?

Nutanix is a vendor that provides a Hyper-Converged datacenter solution. Enterprise Cloud. One OS. One Click. Any Cloud. 
Hm I think you need to know more about this!

They make IT invisible! But what does this mean? I think it means a lot.

It means I can make more time for things that are important, instead of, for instance, updating my servers.
Continuous Innovation, which means they are adding more functionality to the product. And that means I achive more with the same product! Nice 😉
Because it is a Hyper-Converged solution, it is possible to pay only for what you actually use. Well I like that idea.
And there is a thing called ‘Time to Market’, which means how fast can I get a appliction available to my users. Uh very fast, like in for instance five minutes.

When you look at the Gartner Quadrant (Jan ’18) it is clear that there is a distinct leadership.

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And the beauty of this all, you can explore all of this for free. Yes for FREE.
Nutanix offers a Community Edition of there product. Just register and you are good to go.

Register (and download) here: https://www.nutanix.com/products/community-edition/

And then we are good to go: HOW-TO Install Nutanix CommunityEdition (CE) 5.10 on VMware ESXi 6.7

Nice intro video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEQ72n6-Bv4

HOW-TO Install Nutanix CommunityEdition (CE) 5.10 on VMware ESXi 6.7

So in my last post I gave the address of where to get the nice and free bits to play with:

Nutanix CommunityEdition (CE) 5.10

At the moment there is no ISO to download, so we have to go with the manual installation. This is not so hard but we have to take a few extra steps.

Extract the image and rename it to ce-flat.vmdk. Then you have to make a descriptor file, VMware got you covered here: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1002511
This is rather a long post so here is a little shortcut. All credits to: https://www.virtuallifestyle.nl !

Create a text file with the name ce.vmdk and copy this in the file:

# Disk DescriptorFile
version=1
encoding="UTF-8"
CID=a6fec276
parentCID=ffffffff
isNativeSnapshot="no"
createType="vmfs"

# Extent description
RW 14540800 VMFS "CE-flat.vmdk"

# The Disk Data Base 
#DDB

ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"
ddb.geometry.cylinders = "905"
ddb.geometry.heads = "255"
ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"
ddb.longContentID = "7cd3219978337481ae6b4edaa6fec276"
ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 94 64 30 98 a0-5d 85 e3 5b e8 b7 c5 e5"
ddb.virtualHWVersion = "14"

Then save both files to a datastore on your VMware environment.

And now we start! So fire up your VMware web client and let’s roll.

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There are a few settings to be made:

CPU: minimal 4 Cores

Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS

Enable virtualized CPU performance counters

I/O MMU enabled

RAM: minimum of 16GB –> My minimum is 24GB 😉

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I had to choose the Rescue version. The other one did not work for the installation.2019-03-14 20_45_59

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This was my picture when I didn’t choose the Rescue install ;-(2019-03-14 20_49_37

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This looks good.

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Type ‘install‘ and let the installation begin.

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Give keyboard

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And 2 IP addresses. The Best Practice from Nutanix is that these addresses are in the same sub-net!

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You have to scroll all the way through the EULA. Didn’t do that? Well…

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And off we go!

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First run was not good, second run I came to this field: SUCCESS

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You have to make a adjustment in VMware otherwise you can’t login to the CVM (the hart of the Nutanix eco-system!)

Set: ‘Promiscuous Mode’

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Services are starting!

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This is the CommunityEdition so registration is Mandatory!

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And there is the management console of Nutanix named PRISM.

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And the system is up-and-running. Jippie!

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Problems? Feel free to contact me 🙂

HOW-TO Microsoft Windows Store apps fail to update – Error 0x803FB002

Sometimes when you have a Windows Store app on Windows 10 there is an update available. So you get a nice fly-out that there is one.

And you think, ok let’s do this update!

You click ‘Okay’ to update, and then: ERROR

But why? And how to resolve this error…

First what happens:

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And then how to fix this.

Well because it is a Windows Store app we can go to the Store and see what is going on with the app. In this case I see an error with the Feedback Hub app. Click on the ‘See details’ to reveal what is going on!

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The Details page:

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Aha an error 0x803FB002

This usualy indicates a problem with a Store app and it needs a Reset.

After giving the app a Reset (that is the round arrow associated with the app) all is functioning again!

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Have a good one!

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18342 – And why it may fail to present itself!

A nice and happy message from the Windows Insider Program website, another Build (#18342) is available.

So I rushed to my Windows Insider machines and, huh wait no update on 1 device. That’s odd, the other devices in the Fast Ring are ok, but this one is not…WHY?

Wel then there was the update on the website:

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18342 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

[UPDATED] PCs with the following chipsets processor model numbers will not receieve this build due to an issue with Connected Standby: Intel64 Family 6 Model 142 and Intel64 Family 6 Model 158. To check to see if your processor falls into these two buckets:

1: Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button on your taskbar.
2: Open up the Processors group and right-click on one of the processors listed (you will see multiple for each core of the processor in your PC).
3: Click properties and go to the Details tab.
4: Choose “Hardware Ids” in the property dropdown. This will give you the model number of your processor.

Hmm let’s check 🙁

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Ow well I guess I will have to skip this Build on this machine. Luckely I have some more machines 🙂