Certificates for vCenter and HTML 5 Appliance – Part 1

So I pretty much lost a day and half trying to sort out certificates for one of my vCenter clusters.  I’ve read through many VMware KB’s different blogs and articles on how to have a valid certificate for my vCenter servers, but didn’t quite find a definitive one.  So I’m hoping that what I did … Read more

MS Products Coming Up on End of Life

Just a n FYI that the following Microsoft products will be end of life “relatively soon” July 9, 2019 – MS SQL Server 2008/ 2008 R2 – July 9, 2019January 14, 2020 – MS Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 After these dates, extended support will end and the affected products will no longer have … Read more

PDQ and Windows Updates

Last year introduced PDQ as way to easily deploy applications to desktops. In the past, applications were either installed in the master clone, thinapp’d or manually installed by remotely connecting to the VM and installing it locally. This is where I did a POC and proved that this was a time saver and pretty much … Read more

Time…

The other day, I was asked how to change the NTP Server on a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM.  I responded with a dumbfounded look, and replied with, “You don’t, the Server talks back with an AD server that with PDC Emulator role and syncs with that server…”  Of course, my storage guy only asked … Read more

Creating transforms file and using PDQ

The other day I need to “mass deploy” an application to our users at the hotels.  Normally, pushing applications using PDQ is straightforward, however, the installation needed some user inputs such as server name, username and install feature.  Luckily, the installer was an MSI, and was able to create a transforms file to automatically answer … Read more

Guest OS reporting error during quiescing

My storage engineer recently approached me about a couple of VMs that were failing to backup because it could not quiesce.  We were seeing:   My storage engineer recently approached me about a couple of VMs that were failing to backup because it could not quiesce.  We were seeing: “An error occurred while saving the … Read more

Reusing Computer Names in a Full Clone Pool

For the few of us using Full Clones in their Horizon View environment, we’ve always run into the issue of not being able to reuse computer names like you can in a Linked Clone pool. However, I came across a VMWare KB that explains how to do this.  I’d advise you fully read the KB … Read more

ending the week on a high note

nothing like ending the week on a high note. Been running RecoverPoint for VM for the past few weeks with lack luster results with the same level of support. Replication was painfully slow along with a UI that was severely lacking in features. However, after setting up Zerto, which took about 15 minutes or so, … Read more

Windows Update Error 8024402F

I’ve recently built a new W7 VM for AppVolume provisioning, however, when trying to install windows updates, I get the following   For whatever reason, my new Windows build couldn’t contact the MS Windows Update servers.  After some Googling, I ran into a post saying to add windowsupdate.microsoft.com to the list of trusted sites.  After … Read more

using Runonce to move VM to different OU

If you are using Horizon View and creating full clones, undoubtedly you’ve run into the issue of having the VM joining the domain but placed in the wrong OU.   To get around this you either moved it yourself, have a GPO do it or some VBScript. After many searches and trial and errors, I’ve finally … Read more

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