RPC Server is Unavailable

Problem – Limited Connectivity on your network card.

Symptoms – attempting to repair the network connection, but Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following steps couldn’t be completed, Renewing IP.
Attempting an ipconfig /renew receives the following message: The RPC server is unavailable.

The problem can often be worm related and can be fixed by simply running a winsock reset in the command prompt.

netsh winsock reset or netsh w r

From Microsoft:

One of the components of the Internet connection on your computer is a built-in set of instructions called TCP/IP. TCP/IP can sometimes become damaged or corrupted. If you cannot connect to the Internet and you have tried all other methods to resolve the problem, TCP/IP might be causing it.

Because TCP/IP is a core component of Windows, you cannot remove it. However, you can reset TCP/IP to its original state by using the NetShell utility (netsh).

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I, and several of my peers, are having an issue with Microsoft’s Software Assurance Benefit called the Home Use Program (HUP). After a support call with Microsoft and several exchanges on Twitter with @Microsoft_VLSC, I was contacted directly and asked to supply as much info as possible. Below is the information I sent in hopes of finding a solution.

After signing in to https://eopen.microsoft.com and going to the Software Assurance tab, I’m clicking on Home Use Program. Under Home Use Program, I have two Licensing IDs, one of which was returned.

I click on my active license to access the Benefit Summary. Under Activated Benefits, I have “Home Use Program” and “E-Learning – Applications”. The HUP shows “On Hold” as its status, and the E-Learning shows “Active”.

The HUP keeps switching to On Hold by itself. I have repeatedly changed the Benefit Status from “Held Awaiting Reactivation” to “Active” and clicked Submit. I’m not sure of the timeframe, but days or weeks later it is “Held Awaiting Reactivation” again.

 As of now I’m still waiting on a solution but will update the post if anything changes.

Basic troubleshooting for the Zebra 2844-Z label printer in Fellowship One Check-In

  • If there is an alignment issue w/ the printers:
    • Open the printer and make sure the labels are feeding through the black alignment guides. These guides should be lightly touching the edges of the labels. The majority of alignment problems are caused by these guides being too loose. This can be fixed by adjusting the “teal wheel” to bring the black guides closer to the labels.  The labels should not be able to move side to side in the alignment guides.
      • After closing the printer lid, press the flashing green button to reset the labels.
    • You can print test tags from the Check-In app anytime by pressing the Menu button in Check-In and selecting “Print Test Tag.”
  • If the printer pulls the label back in slightly after printing:
    • The Cutter function in Check-In has been inadvertently turned on. (This is a feature of a different printer model). After signing in to the Check-In app, press Menu and choose “Turn Cutter Off.”
  • If none of the above steps resolve the issue, the printer may need to be recalibrated.
    • Hold the Feed button down. It will blink 1 time, then it will blink 2 times, then it will blink 3 times. After it blinks 4 times, release the button. A few labels will feed to auto-calibrate and the printer should then be ready to begin printing.

Dan Heath – Author, Consultant, and Co-founder of Thinkwelldan-heath_small


Chip Heath – Author, Consultant, and Professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business


Bright spots – what is working? Go with the bright spots. If we have 9 ministries, and 2 are dying, & 5 are fine & 2 are thriving – Dan says focus on the thriving 2. Those 2 are proof that success is possible. Find out what works. Forget the TBU – true but useless.

There is a clear asymmetry between the scale of the problem and the scale of the solution.

Start out high on the peak of Hope and end high on the peak of Confidence. But in between the 2 peaks there’s a valley called Insight. Insight will not come easily but must be endured.

The growth mindset – people who view their skill sets like muscles – they can be improved through work. There is also a tolerance for failure built into that mindset. Failure is a NECESSITY. Failure can be an early warning sign for success. Some people should be empowered to fail.

David Gergen – Political Analyst for CNN and PBS, Former White House Adviser to Four Presidents


How actually does a leader get better at leading?

You have to learn to get better. Be a reflective practitioner.

Where you really learn leadership is out in the arena, but it’s not simply that.


  • Continually read & learn. Education is key.
    • Not every reader is a leader, but every leader is a reader.
  • It’s easy as a leader to confuse motion as progress.
  • When you’re done dancing on the dance floor, go to the balcony and observe.
  • Our best leaders are the ones with enough self confidence to remove themselves from the “cockpit” for periods of times

Nixon was the best strategist I’ve ever met.

Someone who can see farther back can see farther ahead.

Ford was the most decent president I’ve ever worked for.

Clinton was the most resilient. He was always willing to get back up.

Reagan was the best leader in the White House since Roosevelt. He was a principled man and had a contagious optimism for life.

Nixon had these demons that he could not control.

Gerald Ford could be a little naïve and could be taken advantage of.

Reagan’s problem was his detachment. Reagan would sometimes let others take the wheel.

Clinton clearly had cracks in his character. He should have come clean and ask for forgiveness.

We all have flaws. We all have a light & dark side. The challenge is to integrate the two. You have to have your flaws under control enough that they don’t derail you.

Leaders with great teams get the best results. The days of the lone ranger leader are over.

If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.

Leadership is about trust & communications w/ the goal of persuading, not dictating to, people to meet goals.

Speeches take place w/in a context, never a vacuum. Who the speaker is speaks as loudly as what the speaker says.

Harvard research shows that if the speech goes longer than 30/35 minutes, 25% of people fight sleep & 50% of people engage in sexual fantasies.

Physical fitness often represents internal fitness. Flabby bodies, flabby minds. (IMO – often true but not a rule).

During a church service, Gergen hopes to find inner peace. Also hopes to learn something.

Third Culture Leadership

Dave Gibbons – Founder and Lead Pastor – Newsong Church, Irvine, CA

david-gibbonsThe Two Greatest Commandments – Love God & love you neighbor.

God has called us to develop a church that is contrarian. This isn’t easy. In fact it’s difficult.

Third Culture = painful adaptation. The mindset and will to love learn and love even in the midst of pain & discomfort.

Characteristics of The Third Culture Leader

  • Focused upon the fringe. More on the misfit than the masses. Typically it’s the misfits that lead, not the masses.
    • Vision typically starts at the center, the leadership, & moves outward.
  • They have a different set of metrics
    • Failure is success to God
      • Your weakness & failures are gifts from God
    • Weakness guides us more than our strengths
    • Relationships trump vision
      • We don’t need more visionaries but “relationaries”
    • How Dave’s life changed
      • Priority shifts – move from programs to leadership development
      • The best discipleship happens w/ life on life
      • Design/space shifts
  • Obedience more than passion
    • 4 acts of obedience
      • Deep collaboration
      • Communal living
      • Prayer
        • More than prayer, the church doesn’t believe in the power of the Holy Spirit
      • Sacrificial love for the outsiders

Aid vs. Trade

Andrew Regarsira – Founder of Good African Coffee


14,000 African coffee suppliers http://www.goodafrican.com/

"There is no country in the world that has developed through handouts. Why is Africa different?"

Between 1970 & 2000, Africa has received $400 billion in aid. Aid is really not aid. It’s poorly structured, it’s insincere & it’s conditional. It results in remote control of Africa from overseas donors.

Aid undermines the integrity of donor countries. It creates chronic dependence.

Leveraging Your Past

Wess Stafford – President & CEO of Compassion International


In the last 4 years, CI staff has doubled in size

pain is catalyst for passion, integrity, and application of personal gifts. Wess knows this pain firsthand. Beaten as a kid in African boarding school on average 17 times/week, he and his 50 friends kept silent of the horrors for years.

We were so “poe” we didn’t have a zip code.

Last year 187,000 accepted Christ through CI. 50,000 of them were Africans.

What’s your cause? Does it move you to tears? Tears of sorrow or tears of joy. What is it that moves you passionately?

Forgiveness may not mean

  • . . .forgetting, or that it was okay
  • . . .release from consequences of actions
  • . . .reconciliation.

Forgiveness does mean giving up the right for revenge. You will not forget what you will not forgive.

    Manage Differently NOW


    80% of people know Christians personally – barely 25% of those see a difference in the Christian’s lifestyle.

    9 out of 10 Americans have a belief in a spiritual being.


    82% of young non believers have been to church at least once.

    What’s failing – God’s message or our methods?

    “Church has become a weekly convocation for the converted and the content.”

    Our materialistic culture has left people empty & jaded and needing something genuine.

    The world is becoming more turbulent faster than organizations are becoming more resilient.

    Success is a self correcting phenomenon.

    A critical skill – The ability to change & morph as circumstances warrant. Unfortunately it usually takes a crisis to make this happen.

    We need to change the way we change.

    How do you become an enemy of entropy?

    4 key imperatives for outrunning change

    1  Overcome the temptation to take refuge in denial. Every org is successful. . . until it’s not. 

    The 4 typical steps of denial – Dismiss, Rationalize, Mitigate, Confront.  This pattern is typical to board rooms and bedrooms.

    When an organization can’t see the future, it’s because the future is unpalatable.

    Face the facts & question your beliefs. Make sure you’re listening to the renegades.

    Do we welcome or stifle dissent? Learn from the positive deviants.

    The future has already happened, but it’s unequally distributed.

    2  Create more strategic alternatives.

    The oak tree doesn’t know where the fertile ground is. We’re so anxious to find that one giant acorn instead of focusing on the small ones and increasing our impact.

    3  You’re very unlikely to create new options unless you’re willing to deconstruct what you believe.

    Look at your programs and ask what hasn’t changed in years. Have they not changed because we’ve explored options and found nothing better, or is it because it’s the “way we’ve always done it?”

    “The longer you’re in the trenches, it’s easier to mistake the edge of your rut w/ the horizon.”

    Is the challenge finding great leaders, or making great organizations that can successfully run w/o superhumans at the top?

    Our organizations were never built to be adaptable. It’s not enough to be focused now we have to be malleable & experimental.

    The web is the most creative & adaptable thing humans have ever created.

    The Facebook generation doesn’t want to work for a Fortune 500 corporation, and they don’t want to go to a church that feels like one.

    The early church was spiritually powerful & organizationally weak. Today that is often reversed.

    We will not be able to fundamentally change people until be get fundamentally better at changing our churches.