Monthly Archives: April 2011

Simple Fix! “the disk structure is corrupted and unreadable ” – Disk Management

Recently I had a problem which was very frustrating. While in disk management, I was was trying to initialize an iSCSI disk. Every time I tried, it would throw the message “the disk is corrupt and unreadable”. I found the solution and it’s too easy to not share.


I found the fix here: Windows Server 2008 installation fails with “The computer could not find a valid system volume”

  1. Start out by logging into your server
  2. Run “Computer Management ” (Start -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management)
  3. Check out “disk 3” in the image below. As you can see disk 3 is offline.
  4. If you click “Online” it throws this box:

Solving the Problem:

On your host.

  1. Start up the command prompt and run the following commands:
    san policy = OnlineAll
    exit diskpart
  2. In Computer Management -> disk Management, right click on the Disk that is giving you  problems -> properties
  3. Write down the location of the Problem disk
  4. Open Device Manager -> under Disk Drives
  5. Find the Problem disk by location comparison
  6. Once you find the Problem disk -> right click and uninstall
  7. Open Disk Management -> right click -> rescan
  8. Initialize your disk’s now, they should work!

Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Windows Server 2008



Quick Note on Finding SharePoint Central Admin Site

This is a small quick guide on finding your Central Administration site in SharePoint Foundation 2010.

Recently I wanted to change my upload limit when uploading multiple documents. This required that I login to my SharePoint Server’s Central Administration site.
I knew that the Share Point Central Administration website had a web address like:

https://sharepoint:#(<random port number>)”, but I couldn’t remember the port.

Steps for finding your Central Administration URL:

  1. Start out by logging on to your SharePoint server with Remote Desktop. Run Server Manager
  2. Expand “Roles”, then “Web Server (IIS)”, then click on “Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager”
  3. Expand your SharePoint server, then expand “sites”
  4. You should see your Central Administration site here. right click on your SharePoint Central Administration, and click on “Edit Bindings”. This will show you what port your Central Administration Website is using.

So once you find out what port your Central Administration is using, type that into your web browser.

Should look something like this -> https://sharepoint:12345

Great you’re done. You should now be able to access Central Administration.



Upload more than 100 documents on SharePoint 2010 websites

Recently I was tasked with uploading lots of documents to a SharePoint 2010 website. I ran into a couple of problems.

Things I will have solutions for in this post:

  • The “Upload Multiple Documents” option is grayed out (unavailable).
  • I can’t upload more than <some amount>MB’s of information at a time.
  • I can’t upload more than 100 documents at one time.

The “Upload Multiple Documents” option is grayed out:

On my SharePoint website the first thing I tried to do is upload multiple documents option. But as many people found, the option to do this was grayed out.

  1. This was related to using Mozilla Firefox. Switch to Internet Explorer for this action and make sure it is the most current version. I know this isn’t a “fix”, but all I needed was a quick workaround.

I can’t upload more than <some amount>MB’s of information at a time:

  1. Login to your Central Administration website for your SharePoint 2010 site.
  2. Once logged on, Click “Application Management” -> “Manage Web Applications”.
  3. Here, Click (highlight) the site you wish to modify,  then click “General Settings”.
  4. In “General Settings” scroll down until you see an option to set your “Maximum Upload Size”.
  5. Change this number to your preference and click ok.
  6. You’re done.

I can’t upload more than 100 documents at one time:

  1. On your SharePoint 2010 site go to the library you would like to add documents to.
  2. Select “Open with Explorer” View.
  3. Drag and drop your documents you want to upload to your SharePoint 2010 website.
  4. Yes it is that easy and you’re done.
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