Category Archives: General Rants

Virtual disk could not be repaired because there is not enough free space in the storage pool. – Fun with storage spaces

Just a few fun notes with storage spaces:

I was trying to repair a failed storage spaces disk but didn’t have any spare disks or free slots available and the system was due to be decommissioned so investment was not really wanted.

Genius here thought that adding a iscsi disk and then repairing with that would work and as the system was going to be migrated it wouldn’t be much of an issue.

So i added a 2TB iscsi LUN and added the disk to the pool.

set the faulty disk to retired and then tried to repair the pool.

Virtual disk could not be repaired because there is not enough free space in the storage pool.

But i have just added 2TB!?! what is going on? Free space for the pool is showing 2TB but yet i cannot use it to do the repair… Why?

Looking a bit harder i saw that the disk media type is showing as UnSpecified in the Physical Disks. Perhaps this is where the issue is – the iscsi disk is not a supported target and storage spaces doesn’t know what to do with it?

Can i force it to be a supported media type?

I know that when the tiered settings came out we could pretend to have SSD disks so why not give that a try?

Get-PhysicalDisk | Select-Object FriendlyName, MediaType, Size

find the Disk (PhysicalDisk9 in my case) and set it as media type HDD

Set-PhysicalDisk –FriendlyName PhysicalDisk9 -MediaType HDD

The command issued ok with no confirmation so just reissue the previous command to verify the disk has change media type

Get-PhysicalDisk | Select-Object FriendlyName, MediaType, Size

If all looks okay, try to start the repair.

Group Policy not applying – Inaccessible, Empty or Disabled

This is affecting Windows 8.1

Group Policies that used to work are now not applying. A quick check on the failing PC using gpresult –h shows that the policy is Inaccessible, Empty or Disabled.


No changes have been made to Group Policy.

Quick Solution

This is due to a Microsoft Patch to plug some holes in the way Group Policy is deployed ( ) and affects group policies where there are security filtering enabled.

Find the Group Policy that is being affected and on the delegation tab give “read” permission to the “authenticated users” group. This will not apply the policy to all users as that is controlled using the “Apply group policy” permission. This will simply allow the GPO to be read and thus interpreted by the PC.


Once updated, run a gpupdate /force and things should be back to the way they were.


Alternative Solution

Remove the patch KB3159398 from all affected PCsUninstall_Patch_Inaccessible_Empty_or_Disabled

How to upgrade a Jailbroken iPhone 3Gs to 3.1.2

If your SHSH hashes for your iPhone have been logged to Cydia, you can upgrade your iPhone firmware to 3.1.2 with a bit of hacking.

Step 1

Check to make sure that your SHSH files are logged with Cydia

If this is the case, you are in luck and should be able to upgrade you iPhone.

Step 2

Download the iPhone 3.1.2 firmware from

Step 3

Edit your hosts file (usually located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) using notepad and add the following line to the bottom of the file. 

This fools iTunes into pointing to the Cydia servers for the verification codes to confirm that the 3.1.2 firmware is allowed to be applied to your iPhone.

Step 4

Make sure your iPhone is fully charged (this reduces the risk of it turning off mid upgrade), plug it into your PC and fire up iTunes

Step 5

Once connected, in iTunes, click on your iPhone in the side bar Shift+Click on restore and browse to the 3.1.2 firmware that you downloaded.

Click OK and wait for iTunes to go through its motions.

Step 6

Once complete your iPhone will reboot and you will be given the option to restore your files and settings from a backup.

Choose your backup and then click continue.

iTunes will now restore your files and settings to your iPhone.

Make a cup of tea or something whilst waiting…

Step 7

Download your Jailbreak of choice. I use blackra1n –

Step 8

Jailbreak your iPhone following the instructions of the jailbreak program. For blackra1n, just launch the program and click “make it ra1n”

Job done!

Useful links:

iPhone Firmwares –

Blackra1n –

Pwnage Tool –

Youtube Video by tysiphonehelp for blackra1n –

Can’t sleep…

I can’t sleep. I have been up since 3am so I figured as it has been a while since I made a post, a quick update was in order.

The past few months have been quite busy for me, I have been focusing a lot on my career and building up my certifications, work has had a few restructures and I have also just moved house.

In July I passed the CompTIA Security+ exam and in October I completed the final exams to gain my MCSA in Server 2003. I am now focusing on my CCNA which all things going well, I hope to complete by the end of the year or beginning of January at the latest. I was originally aiming to complete my MCSE as well but money and time have not been on my side especially with moving house and work commitments.

I am sitting in the kitchen of my new house which overlooks some farmers fields, waiting for the sun to come up drinking a cup of tea. We moved in on the 31st of October and two weeks on most of the things are sorted. Our stuff has been unboxed and places have been found for most things. Internet is still waiting to be connected and we are playing it safe until our gas and electric switch over to our preferred supplier. Funny how important it is nowadays to search for a property that is serviced by a decent Internet connection! Before we decided to go for the house, I logged onto to check what the local exchange could offer us, the house is lovely but I wonder if we would have gone with it if we couldn’t get some form of ADSL connection. There is a scheme called the Digital Region running in South Yorkshire the aims to get every house connected to the Internet via fiber at speeds of around 100meg within the next few years. They have already laid the fiber down the main road next to work so things are looking promising. 100meg line to your house sounds pretty neat, but I wonder what the contention will be like. Still, anything is better than relying on a 3g data dongle for all our Internet needs. 3g coverage is not great here and my iPhone flutters from GPRS and 3g depending where you are in the house, the data dongle is a bit more consistent which I put down to having a stronger antenna buy is still shaky at best. Here’s hoping that our broadband gets connected soon.

I forgot how tiring and stressful moving house can be but thanks to a few mates, we managed to get everything across in a weekend without anyone being stabbed or otherwise abused/injured! Being preoccupied with the move I completely missed Halloween and Guy Fawkes this year and it seems strange that Christmas is only a few weeks away. Is it something to do with getting older that the years seem to get shorter? Like when you are five a year is a fifth of your life so seems quite long but when your 25 it is only a 25th of your life so seems much shorter?

Kinda tailing off now so I’ll leave it at that…