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What To Do When Windows Updates For Office Fail To Install

Troubleshooting Windows Update Install issues can be a daunting task. People (including myself) automatically think that the problem is the Windows Update agent or services, and we start to troubleshoot that. There are many resources online that show us how to reset the agent, services and even have scripts that can automate the task. Microsoft also publishes fix it tools to assist with some of these problems. We can easily spend hours banging our heads why certain updates wont install.

I just came across a Windows 7 computer that has similar issue. Five Windows updates kept on failing to install.  I too spent a couple of hours running my collection of  Windows Update Agent scripts, CMD commands, deleting windows updates, and re-downloading updates. Nothing seemed to work this time, so I left the computer and went to lunch. As I am ordering my favorite Subway sandwich, it hits me: “It is probably not a Windows Update problem…”, I thought.

Went back to the office and looked at the failed updates screen. Voila! They were all MS Office 2013 updates. I looked at the system logs and I noticed that every time I ran the update, and it failed, Windows recorded it as Event ID 20 and  0x80070663 error. Quick Google search did not reveal the answer, so I decided to run MS Office repair. When the repair was completed, I restarted the computer and tried to install the Windows updates. To my surprise the computer installed three of the five updates that kept on failing before. Then I manually forced Windows to check for updates and it found 6 more updates related to Office. With fingers crossed on one hand and the mouse in the other, I selected to install those newly found updates. Fast forward 10 minutes later and a reboot — no more failed updates!!!

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New Nexus Phones On The Horizon – Current Nexus Phones On The Cheap

The new Nexus phones are expected to be revealed soon and that means you can get great deals on the existing Nexus phones.

The discounts offer up to $130 in savings, which makes purchasing the current generation Nexus phones an easy decision (for those who do not care about the latest and greatest). Let’s not forget that even though the current gen Nexus phones are about a year old, they still offer things that are hard to beat: standard Android experience, factory unlocked hardware, and good build quality for a reasonable price.

The deals are out there but B&H seems to offer the best one for the Nexus 5X. They also include some freebies like a selfie stick or screen protector.

  • B&H Nexus 5X White, 16GB for $249.99
  • B&H Nexus 5X Black, 16GB for $319.99
  • B&H Nexus 5X Black, 32GB for $269.99 ($130.00 OFF)

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How To Install and Configure Dell OpenManage 8.3 (OMSA) in ESXi 6.0

I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about installing and configuring Dell OpenManage 8.3 (OMSA) on my ESXi 6 hosts. I never really had a good enough reason to have OpenManage installed on the ESXi hosts in my backup site. After all it is a backup site and my servers were in RAID 5 and I could tolerate a degraded performance if/when something goes bad. Well…fast forward two (2) failed HDDs at the same time and here is my reason for OpenManage (OMSA). During the process of trying to recover my broken RAID 5 and save me from having to rebuild the array and lose all my data, I figured how to install OMSA on my host. It was surprisingly very simple and straight forward process.

SPOILER ALERT: It is super easy and I have the instructions for you below. Just keep in mind that I am not responsible for any system down-time or data loss that you may experience during this process. The process below worked for me and your experience may vary depending on many factors. Please make sure to backup your settings, configs and data before you begin.

  1. Download Dell OpenManage Server Administration 8.3
  2. Download and Install WinSCP if needed (free tool)
  3. Using WinSCP copy the VIB package (no need to unzip) to the ESXi host. I like to put these type of files in the /tmp directory
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