The server encountered an error while creating . No reason given.

If you have received the error:
“The server encountered an error while creating <virtual machine name>”

When creating a new virtual machine or trying to add a new virtual machine from existing VHD, where there is no reason given for the error other than “Creating the virtual machine failed”.

You will find that there is a lack of info on Google relating to this, as most users would have had a reason under Creating the virtual machine failed.

On top of that, the Event Log ID 16000 doesn’t tell you much other than “The locale specific resource for the desired message is not present”, which is also a generic message with no real reason.

My Fix:

In my case, I retraced some steps and noticed this issue occurred after joining the Hyper-V server to the domain. All virtual machines added before then worked fine, but could not add, import, mount any existing VHD disks.

It appears to be a GPO related problem. In my case, I setup an OU with no inheritance to fix the issue. The server once joined to the domain was dropped into the default “Computers” container.

More info can be found from Microsoft here with alternate fixes:


Exchange 2013 – Room mailbox – Cannot expand folder

Came across this issue with an onprem installation of Exchange 2013.

Created a new room mailbox. Assign Full Access permission to a user, and when you attempted to expand the mailbox in Outlook it gave the error “Cannot expand folder”.

Manually adding the room mailbox to Outlook did not resolve the issue.

Fix was to open the mailbox in OWA first, go through the initial Language and Timezone selection. Then Outlook opened the mailbox fine.

South Korea in 12 days

Taking advantage of the Easter break this year, we managed to put in a quick trip to South Korea (a nice 12 day holiday). It has always been one of the destinations I’ve wanted to visit, as their unique culture interested me, as much as their kimchi and Korean BBQ.

It didn’t disappoint. I found Korea to be a cross between say Taiwan and Japan. Some streets looked old and you sometimes wondered if it was really Korea. Other streets looked modern and everything you would see in Japan.

For food, make sure you squeeze in some fried chicken and beer. It’s their thing.

I hit the following locations as part of my itinerary, and please read below for details of the strips and my comments.

Seoul – the capital of South Korea. Plenty of hotspots to hit including the below:

Insandong – creative/arty strip with the art mall. There is a busy strip with lots of shops on insadong-gil. Drop into Ssamziegil to view the collections on display in this hip little complex. Good place to buy yourself a souvenir.


Myeondong – Shopping, restaurants, and just busy! Good for people watching. Find myeongdong-gil.


Yongsan – electronics shopping and Starcraft competitions, but nothing as extravagant as Akiharbra in Japan. If you get to Yongsan station, you’re pretty much there. You can give this place a miss if running short on time.


Dongdaemon – Less touristy around here. Very arty and cultural, with lots of shops and stalls. Widely spread out, so it might take a day exploring the area. It’s where all the locals tend to hang out more. Hunt down Gwangjang Market.


Itaewon – somewhat the least authentic area that I found in Seoul. Lots of expats and western style restaurants (lots of pubs etc). Have a look, but if short on time, give it a miss.


Gangham – uptown Korea, where the rich and business people. Visit the underground shopping strip at the Gangham subway station. The main strip is at Gangham-daero.


Garosugil – upper end shopping with nice shops and restaurants down side alleys. Find Dosan-daero 13 gil. Sorry, forgot to take any photos in this area.

Samcheongdong – cool old meets new style streets. Find Samcheongdonggil road, then locate the tourist centre and grab a walking trail map. Highly recommend you walk the first half of the path at least.


Busan – Located down south about 2.5-3hrs by high speed KTX train. Second largest city, different vibe and less busy compared to Seoul. Some recommended spots below.

Busan Chinatown (Jung-gu) – Labelled as Chinatown, but not very Chinatown. Used to be a redlight district, and now overrun by Russian bars. Give it a miss if short on time, otherwise drop in a have a look.


Gwangbokro – Lots of little shops tucked in alleys. Find the roads Daecheongno and Gwangbok-ro. Explore that area.


Sasang – Stumbled across this area on my way to Jinhae (it’s where the bus terminal is). Has some nice alley ways and shops just across from the bus terminal.


Jinhae – The highlight of my trip. Cherry Blossom festival. See my separate blog here.



Credit goes to my wife Roxane, and my sister-in-law Fiona for helping me recite the hotspots.

Seoul to Busan to Jinhae (Cherry Blossom Festival)

I had some airfares that happened to go on sale, and also had the privilege of taking some leave off in April this year. This coincided nicely with being able to visit South Korea during Cherry Blossom season.

The famous Cherry Blossom festival is held in Jinhae, towards the South of South Korea. It is a bit of a trek to make from Seoul, so it is recommended you visit Busan (the 2nd biggest city after Seoul). You can take the high-speed train (KTX) from Seoul to Busan. It takes around 2.5hours.

KTX from Seoul to Busan (and return)

KTX from Seoul to Busan (and return)

You can stay at the accommodation of your choice in Busan. As long as you can get to a metro line, its fairly easy to get to Jinhae. You need to make your way to Sasang metro station. You can get here via various lines and tranfers from any other metro line.

Some quick notes:

  • Please note Jinhae is pronounced Jin-air, else locals will not understand where you are referring too
  • Jinhae is not the same as Jinae (on the light-rail train)

Once you have arrived at Sasang station, find exit 5 and once up the stairs turn left and walk past the McDonalds/Apple Outlet. You will find the bus terminal here. Buy a ticket for Jinhae, and wait for the bus. It should be Bus stop 17 outside the terminal, with a nice long line of people. The bus itself doesn’t have a number, and runs every 20mins between 6am and 10pm.


Jinhae on the ticket is probably written in Korean, so take note of below (Jinhae is written in Korean next to the arrow Busan ->). It’s probably where everyone is heading anyway.

Jinhae to Busan

Jinhae to Busan

Busan to Jinhae

Busan to Jinhae

The bus ride can be any where from 1hr to 2hrs depending on traffic. Just sit back and relax.

When you arrive in Jinhae, you may notice people getting off at various stops. Some stops are closer to the actual festival. My advice is to wait until the last stop, which will take you to the Jinhae bus terminal. That way, you can get a bearing of where this is compared to everything else. You will need to come back to this bus terminal to buy your return ticket.


PS. The bus will drop you off at Jinhae bus terminal which is near the people selling food in tents as part of the festival. To get to the famous Yeojwacheon Stream (pictures below), just show the pics to an info desk at the big roundabout and they’ll give you a map with walking directions – otherwise try and google and see if you can make your own way there!

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We arrived in Nice to a thunderstorm; if only you could control the weather when you’re travelling. This meant that many shops and restaurants were closed, because who shops and eats when it’s raining right? Only in Europe 🙂

You can visit the beaches in Nice, check out the yachts that are parked in the harbour, eat frog legs and do a bit of walking through parks. I think you will find that Nice is more a chill out, lay on the beach place. Depending on how much of a beach person you are, and whether you enjoy doing nothing will affect your opinion on Nice.


Lyon is often referred to the food capital of France. It is smallish city, but there are markets and streets you can wander down. Visiting this city, you will probably be planning your days around where to eat.

There were two memorable stories for me that both involved food. One was when we were hunting down a cheese and wine tasting place, which led us to go through some doors that happened to be hiding a whole market place behind it. It extraordinary to stumble across such a place, and we proceeded to walk around and eat endlessly.

The second place was for dinner, where I made a booking to a nice restaurant. On arrival we would find that it was a fine dining restaurant, and we were dressed somewhat casually. I had also proceeded to book the restaurant for the wrong night (ie. I booked tomorrow night). they were nice enough to accommodate us still, after some blank looks on both ours and their faces regarding the reservation.

We then found out the menu was degustation only, and were in awe of the food by the end of the night. It was at the very end that we then realised on the bill that the restaurant actually had a Michelin star! No wonder…


Paris was the final stop of our European holiday. It is one of those places that you seem to get mixed opinions about. For us, we were really enjoyed our Paris experience, and we never received any snobiness or rudeness from the locals – I think you need to put in that little extra effort to greet and thank, and it helps to have a smile on your face.

My favourite coffee variation was the the noisette, and I could not resist having a croissant a day. Bread overall is sooooo good in Paris, and we had no issues just having just baguette and french butter. To add to this, I’m also a fan of Foie Gras, which you can get at many restaurants in Paris.

There are a million things to do in Paris, but I think the main attractions would be Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, The “lock” bridge (although the locks have all been removed now), and the Lourve if you’re into Museums.

Getting around is quite easy on the subway system, and I would recommend it. Dinner at the Les Papilles was a highlight. It is hard to get a booking, and they do confirm bookings via phone so make sure you have a working number. There is no menu, and you rock up and get served the specials for the day

Lucerne (Switzerland)

In Switzerland, due to the only having a few days we decided that we would skip Zurich and go straight up to Lucerne. The beauty of Europe is how you can chop and change you itinerary so easily, and hotels are almost always available anytime any day.
Switzerland is one of those places where the landscape is so unique. The colours of green, blue, and white really don’t look the same anywhere else. Everything is so lush, clean, and crisp – truly beautiful and you can’t help but to keep staring out that window of the train.

In Lucerne I managed to pick up a cheap Swiss watch as a souvenir (practically the only thing I wanted to leave Switzerland with), pay the most I ever have for a cup of coffee (in excess of AUD$10), and visit Mount Pilatus (must do if visiting Lucerne). Make sure you try some swiss chocolate, and also drink water from any of their fountains. The water has an impeccably clean taste about it, and I think it is one of the worlds highest quality drinking water.

Lake Lucerne 1 Lake Lucerne 2 Mount Pilatus

Prague (Czech Republic)

We arrived in Prague and caught a taxi to our hotel. Fortunately for us, we managed to somehow book the last room at a bargain rate in the attic of a hotel, that happened to be meters from the (Charles Bridge). Every morning we walked out to traffic and hordes of people.

We really enjoyed our time in Prague, visiting Old Town, the Royal Palace, taking a segway tour, and bumping into another Australian couple who we had dinner with. Make sure you find a place that cooks a Pork Shoulder. It’s quite a thing, and will easily feed 2 people.

I found that the people were very nice there overall. People can appear to be abrupt and direct, but it’s normal for them. Making small chat isn’t there thing. Speaking to a taxi driver, and think the people genuinely feel a sense of freedom as they were under Communist rule for so long, and have finally become a Democratic country.

Charles Bridge Old Town Prague

Vienna (Austria)

Vienna was essentially a stop over destination for us on the way through to Prague. It is a lovely city with rich architecture and people. Unfortunately for us, the night we caught the overnight train to Vienna it was daylight savings. This meant that the train had to stop in the middle of nowhere for an hour, so not to affect the arrival time into Vienna. We also arrived on a Public Holiday which meant that a lot of shops were closed. This wasn’t too much of a problem, as we took advantage of the lack of people on the streets to do walk around the Vienna Ring Road (Vienna Ringstrasse).

The things I would recommend in Vienna would be to visit Stephanplatz (their main shopping district) and try their bread dumplings, and their beer. Not a big beer fan, but I found one that I really liked there.