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BIS Consulting Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

BIS Consulting recently celebrated its five-year anniversary in Farmers Branch, TX.  Since 2007, BIS Consulting has quickly grown to over 175 clients and 20 employees. This tremendous growth is attributed to the great clients we have and our dedication to providing the best customer service possible.

The summer of 2012 brought exciting changes to BIS, including the launch of our eSearch , eProtest, and GIS Interactive Maps. These applications are an integral part of the overall solution that BIS provides.  Click here to learn more about our web and mobile applications.

“We are excited to mark our 5-year anniversary in business,” said Brandon Kay.  “We strive to exceed our client’s expectations by delivering the best customer service and superior technology.”

“Five years of successful growth hinges on hiring the right people and always putting the customer first,” said Britt Martin. “We believe the relationship with our clients is what sets us apart and offering the best solutions only strengthens those relationships.

About BIS Consulting:

BIS Consulting delivers enterprise-level IT & GIS Services to government agencies and organizations throughout Texas. Since 2007, we have quickly grown to over 20 employees and established ourselves as the leader in IT & GIS solutions in Texas.

As our company expands, we add more and more products to help you grow and protect your business, while still maintaining the personal touch that has been so important to our success. We believe that providing our clients with an unmatched level of customer service is the best way to develop successful, ongoing business relationships. At BIS Consulting, we’re committed to your success, because in the end, it’s our success too.

Sign documents without printing them

Have you ever needed to sign something, but couldn’t print the document sign it and then scan it in ? Well now you don’t have to with hellosign . Hello Sign allows you to upload the document, sign it, save it and send the document on its way. I have used this tool for contracts and it works flawlessly and is very easy to use. Highly recommend for business people on the go. Click here to read the mac article about the application – MAC WORLD

Need a free image renaming tool ?

Rename Master is an excellent free image renaming tool that is very advanced. check it out! http://www.snapfiles.com/downloads/renamemaster/dlrenamemaster.html




2012 Windows 7 antivirus Virus going around

Just when we thought the Windows xp antivirus virus was going away, here comes 2012 windows 7 antivirus virus. If anyone is having issues with this virus bleeping computer came through once again. This article helped me resolve the issue.



Backing up files on volumes larger than 2 TB using GPT partition table

I ran into this issue while trying to backup a server 2008 sp2 box. The error message was Volumes have to be smaller than 2 TB (-) 4 GB to be protected. This is an issue with windows and my solution was to upgrade to r2. There are no signs of SP3 coming out for Windows server 2008. 🙁  My D drive is 3.9 TB in size and my backup software Genie wouldn’t work with it and neither did windows server backup. Having VSS shadow copy on would not allow me to backup the .vhd files either.



This behavior is by design. Error is generated because we try to configure backup for a source volume which exceeds the limits ofWindows Server Backup. Error can be bypassed either by skipping the volume that is greater than 2044 GB in size, or by shrinking it.


BIS Consulting is now offering disaster planning and recovery for Rains County Appraisal District

The Board of Directors at Rains County Appraisal District picked BIS Consulting for our disaster recovery and offsite backup solution.


10 Ways to Troubleshoot DNS Resolution Issues

Great article on troubleshooting DNS issues. 30% of our IT calls are from people not understanding how DNS works or configured it incorrectly. Here is an article that should help those understand or troubleshoot the issue.



Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot provider selected returned: “Unexpected provider error”.

If you are seeing this error in Backup Exec

” – AOFO: Initialization failure on: “D:”. Advanced Open File Option used: Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). V-79-10000-11226

– VSS Snapshot error. The Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot provider selected returned: “Unexpected provider error”.

Ensure that all provider services are enabled and can be started. Check the Windows Event Viewer for details.”

Try the below solutions that resolved my backup issues:


Make sure that VSS hardware providers are operating properly

To make sure that VSS hardware providers are operating properly:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Type vssadmin list providers, and then press Enter.
  3. If a provider is missing from the list of registered providers, try reinstalling it.
  4. For each provider that appears in the list, use the vssadmin create shadow command to create a shadow copy of the volume for which the provider is responsible. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=105248.
  5. If a provider is unable to create a shadow copy, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=102491. You should provide the entire event log message as it appears in the Event Viewer.


To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To verify that the Volume Shadow Copy Service is started:

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
  2. In the results pane, double-click Volume Shadow Copy.
  3. In Service status, make sure that the status is Started. If the status is not Started, click Start.
  4. Make sure Startup type is set to Manual.
  5. Click OK.



You must have Windows server backup installed first. Then run the following  command to start a System State Backup:

Wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:F:
How to repair VSS in Server 2008 r2
How to repair VSS in Server 2003

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  2. Type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
    • cd /d %windir%\system32
    • Net stop vss
    • Net stop swprv
    • regsvr32 ole32.dll
    • regsvr32 oleaut32.dll
    • regsvr32 vss_ps.dll
    • vssvc /register
    • regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
    • regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
    • regsvr32 es.dll
    • regsvr32 stdprov.dll
    • regsvr32 vssui.dll
    • regsvr32 msxml.dll
    • regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    • regsvr32 msxml4.dll

    Note The last command may not run successfully.

  3. Perform a backup operation to verify that the issue is resolved.

MBR Rootkit Virus

Lately there have been a lot of issues with the  “MBR rootkit virus”  Here is an article on what it actually does for those interested.



Here are a few tools to assist in removing the virus, most of the time we have had to reinstall the OS. Good luck! 🙂

Symantec  TDSS


Kaspersky TDSS Killer


Kaspersky Rescue Disk


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