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Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4041676 Fixed

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Microsoft released KB4041676 as an update that includes quality improvements. What many started to notice was that it was accompanied by an issue included systems unable to boot and those cause in boot-loops.

 

Jump to quick fix: for those of you who already installed this

In the cmd line of the advanced repair options type:

Dism /Image:C:\ /Get-Packages (could be any drive, had it on D, F, and E.)
Dism /Image:C:\ /Remove-Package /PackageName:package_ for_###
(no space between package_ and for)

Remove every update that’s pending – There are 3 updates that are causing the issue they are:

  • Rollupfix_wrapper~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~14393.1770.1.6
  • Rollupfix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~14393.1770.1.6
  • Rollupfix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~14393.1715. 1.10

 

Microsoft explained in a support article that this has been caused by what it describes as a “publishing issue,”

““We have corrected the publishing issue as of the afternoon of October 10th and have validated the cumulative security updates. We recommend all customers take these cumulative security updates,”.

 

At the office and in the lab:

I have taken steps to flush the update from my WSUS environments as a precaution and to allow for the corrected package to be downloaded.

 

ref:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/4049094/windows-devices-may-fail-to-boot-after-installing-october-10-version-o

My VMware Certification Experience

I recently received my VCP6-DCV Certification from VMware by Passing the 2V0-621 Proctored Exam with Pearson VUE.

The Journey

For many years I have used VMware products. I distinctly recall getting my hands on VMware Workstation back in 2001, and it was truly an amazing tool. I could emulate Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, QNX, and even a few BSD environments, which I used to learn and troubleshoot issues.

Over the years I continued to use VMware line of products from: Workstation, ESX, GSX, and lastly the introduction of VirtualCenter.

Fast forward to now: The latest products have changed the landscape of running the data center, desktop provisioning, and the rapid deployment of test/development systems.

It was a no-brainer that I should obtain a certificate, but I never felt the need to. This changed when I was made a vExpert in 2017 this year, and that initiated my drive to do more with my knowledge and experience with the product. I now wanted to “prove” to myself, and perhaps others that I had what it takes to pass the exam and have an official recognition backing my previous and current experience levels.

VCP6-DCV Prerequisite

Obtaining the VCP6-DCV Certification requires a set of prerequisites. You need to meet all 3 requirements:

  • Attend an authorized training course
  • Pass the vSphere Foundations exam (2V0-620)
  • Pass the VCP6-DCV exam (2V0-621)

Training

The most difficult part of my path to being a vCP was finding a reputable company to train with in addition to scheduling the time to attend training. The following may sound like a plug and do I assure you that I am not being compensated for writing about them.

I choose to train with a company by the name of StormWind as they offer exceptional VMware Certified professional training which is not only budget friendly, but doesn’t require travel as training is instructor lead; Live in real time and can be done from the comfort of your home or office.

The course I enrolled in was: VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6], with instructor: Vince Rightley.

This was a very engaging class which allowed for attendees to not only be instructed but to participate in supplemental discussions which I personally found to be beneficial. Labs were particularly useful as they allowed for students to get hands on.

Study

vSphere Foundations exam (2V0-620)

After completion of my course I was now qualified to take the vSphere Foundations exam (2V0-620). Admittedly I rushed in to take this exam and FAILD my first attempt.

This was an eye opener that I was not fully prepared to take the test. What I discovered was that many of the resources can be found on VMware’s My Learn site. I would highly recommend following their guidance.

VCP6-DCV exam (2V0-621)

After successful passing the vSphere Foundations exam (2V0-620) it was time to start preparing myself for the VCP6-DCV exam (2V0-621)

VCP6-DCV exam Preparation

I have a few suggestions to make regarding preparation for the VCP6-DCV exam which I believe was beneficial to my success in passing.

Study the materials you obtained in your training course. Continue to leverage the study notes you made for yourself from the Foundations exam (2V0-620). Yes! You should have been keeping notes.

Seek out resources from VMware’s My Learn site. They are beneficial to your success.

Search ‘Google’ for VCP-DCV Study Guides. You will find many results many of great value

Practice Labs

I highly recommend that you gain access to a lab such as VMware’s Hands-On Labs (HOL) to get hands on to all the subject areas covered under the VCP6-DCA as you will need them. I built my own lab so I could have the full experience of building from scratch, to give me a full understanding of the environment.

Test many scenarios including areas of troubleshooting things which are broken (I had to break them, so I could fix).

Familiarizing yourself with acronyms and terms is also very helpful. Example: http://jermsmit.com/vmware-vcenter-terms-acronyms-glossary-tag-your-it/

Find yourself a practice test, and take it once a week to get yourself in accustom to taking tests; In my case it’s been a long time, and practice pays off.

Certification URL

Originally Posted on my LinkedIn

And, that’s it all folks.

–         Jermal

X1 Set-Top Box Issues RDK-03004 & RDK-03033

Excellent Comment from one of my previous post:
http://jermsmit.com/x1-error-code-rdk-03004-unable-to-connect-to-xfinity/

Sharing the information below.  Thanks dude for sharing.

 

Equipment List:

1. Cable Modem -> Xfinity TG1682G internet cable modem (https://tinyurl.com/y7vmfwr9)
2. Main DVR Unit -> Xfinity PX0113ANM main cable box (https://tinyurl.com/ybqa3m6y)
3. Remote Units -> 2 Xfinity PXD01ANI receivers (https://tinyurl.com/y97fawjj)
4. Amplifier -> Commscope CSAPDU5VP 5 port Subscriber Amplifier (https://tinyurl.com/y6vdnuhn)
5. MoCa Filter -> PPC MoCA Ground Block PoE Filter, Combo Wave (https://tinyurl.com/ybhb496l)

Situation:

Xfinity internet was disconnecting frequently, and the main Xfinity cable box (PX013ANM) was rebooting. Basically, service was going in and out.  Neighbors were not having any issues.  Called Comcast a number of times.  Sometimes they customer service representative could ping (i.e. see) the devices, other times they could not.

Complicating Factors

Internet was consistently dropping.  Great performance, then nothing. Reboot the modem, work for a period, then same issue would repeat.

All of a sudden main cable DVR unit would reboot multiple times per day.

Cable would begin randomly freezing on remote units.  I would reboot the remote units, and they would time out, not connect, and display the error: rdk-03036.

I’ll jump to the solution so I don’t bore you to sleep….

Solution:

After hours (possibly days) of internet research, hair pulling, and deep, deep soul searching, I figured out the issue and now (knock on wood) have a speed demon, high-performance Xfinity network.

1.  Make sure your cable line is GROUNDED.  This is important.  My cable line is grounded using the MoCa filter which is explained in #2 below.  Grounding the line really important.  Proper grounding reduces noise/static in the cable line which allows the data to perform better.  Here is a link explaining the situation: https://tinyurl.com/6k3hqb.  Safety note: You also want to ground the line in the rare situation that the cable line outside gets hit by lightning, sending that dangerous current into your house destroying everything in its path (all electronics and possible your home)

2. Make sure you have a MoCa filter (see equipment list above) installed on your cable line BEFORE any amplifier or splitter.  This is very important – also, make sure the directional arrow on the filter points into the house as if data were flowing into your home.  NOTE: My MoCa filter is also the ground point.  I’ll explain this MoCa pain in the a$$ down below.

3. If you are using the Commscope amplifier, it is really important on where you connect your devices.  On my Commscope 5 port, there are four active ports (Out 1 -> Out 4), and one passive port (-4dB VoIP Out).   There is also the line IN port (this is where you connect the cable line coming into the house {assuming the MoCa filter is on the other end connect to the main line from the outside cable}), and the Power In port.

– The cable modem MUST be connect to the VoIP Out passive port.  This is defined as “passive”  since the amplifier does not send any power to it (i.e. amplification).  The main purpose is that if your power goes out, and your cable modem has a backup-battery, the phones will still work (i.e. land lines).
– The rest of your cable devices (main DVR, and remote boxes) should be connected to 1, 2, 3, and 4.  I’m only using 1, 2, 3.  My Main DVR is connected to Port number 1.  Also, if you have an open port, you should cap it with an F-Type terminator -> (aka dummy load) https://tinyurl.com/ydxybeog

4. Make sure the MoCa communications settings on the Cable Modem/Router is DISABLED!.  Using a browser on your home network, go to 10.0.0.1 and login as the Admin.  (Note: the default password is “password”).  Select Communications, find MoCa and disable it.

5. Unplug all your devices, wait a few minutes and plug them back in.  Once they are all up and running, use the Xfinity My Account app on your mobile device, and send a REFRESH single to your system.

If all goes to plan, everything should come back to life.  If you still have issues, check the following:

1. Make sure you limit splitters on your cable network.  If you have any, and require splitting, please make sure they are high-quality.  Also, if you have a one to four, or one to two splitter, and you are not using all the connectors, the ports need to be capped with an f-type male terminator.  Otherwise, you lose signal.

2. If you are having internet issues and are using a downstream router, make sure all your Ethernet cables are high quality.  I had some old cables where the ends did not fit well, and that was causing internet problems.

3.  If you are still having cable issues on the remote boxes, go to the main DVR, grab the remote and perform the following procedure:

– Press and hold the EXIT button for five seconds
– Click the down arrow twice
– Hit the number 2 button

You should be presented with the diagnostics menu. Arrow to the MoCa Diagnostics section and confirm that the MoCa Link Status is set to LinkOn (not NoLink).  If this is set to NoLink, then your cable will not work on the remote boxes. Check to make sure the MoCa filter is installed correctly. Also, make sure MoCa is disabled on the cable modem router page.

*** MoCa PITA (Pain in the A$$) ***

So, I learned a lot about MoCa during this exercise.  Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (“MoCa”) is the data communications method used by the Xfinity devices to communicate.  The remote devices do nothing more than connect to the main DVR for processing. When you are watching cable on a TV connect to a remote PXD unit, all the interaction (guides, internet apps, DVR viewing) is being served by the main DVR unit in the home. All the data is being controlled by MoCa.  If you don’t have the MoCa filter connected to your cable line coming into the house, you can get MoCa traffic into your home network which causes congestion and conflict.  Hence, there is so much traffic that the devices can’t connect to the right host – your main DVR.  By installing the filter, outside MoCa traffic is left outside.

In theory, the MoCa configuration on your Comcast router should not impact the performance of your cable devices.  However, when I had it on, I had internet and cable problems.  By making sure the filter was installed correctly, and MoCa was OFF on the router, the system worked perfectly.

I hope this helps and saves at least one person some time and headaches.

submitted by frustrated xfinity (comcast) customer

Some say…

Some say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why. I want to encourage you to seek what you were put on this earth to do. Then pursue it.  – #jermsmit #jermfit

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