No Sound on Windows 10

If you’re still running vSphere 6.0 like I am, Windows 10 VMs will not have any sound. To fix this, you’ll need to edit the vmx file and add the following lines: Once added, you sounded should be working. FYI, this works for Server 2019 as well. Given the above, should really upgrade to 6.5 … 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


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

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 to the list of trusted sites.  After … Read more

Trouble installing applications

The last few months I’ve had some issues installing certain applications.  Some applications would be looking for the msi in the Windows temp directory, in one instance, VAMT would fail with Error 1651. Well, I’ve finally resolved the issue with the following: According to the website, the following is fixed: Corrupted registry keys on … Read more

svMotion and losing the MBR

very strange situation today. I performed a single disk svMotion on my vCenter VM which also had 4 mapped raw LUNs. However, after a reboot, the VM never came back on line saying that it cannot find the boot device. after much tinkering around, I performed the following to get my vCenter back: Attached Server … Read more

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