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Dell t420 Install 2008 R2

Trying to install 2008 r2 on Dell T420 and it would not find the drivers for the Dell PERC H710 Controller. I downloaded the Drivers for it: Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 64 Bit Driver for Dell PERC H310/H710/H710P/H810/SPERC8 on Support.dell.com and it was an EXE which you cant install on win7 or 8 or […]

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Really? Get Windows 10… How to get rid of it!

Update: More info on disabling the Windows 10 update notification including a registry hack: Reg Hack   I just did some windows updates on a laptop I am using at the house and got this.   I don’t know if this is only for OEM or for all windows 7/8.x version.  Mine is OEM on […]

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How to truly disable UAC on Server 2012

Just ran into this with an admin account having UAC issues …   The fix: “Deactivating UAC in Windows 2008 R2 was possible via running msconfig (for example winkey+r -> msconfig), going to the Tools tab and launching “Change UAC settings”. There, you select “Never notify” to disable UAC. The same approach is still available […]

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Convert sparse disk to thick or thin disk

If you use vCenter Converter to a local drive you will need to run this to convert the vmdk files. Also you may need to run the following to enable this to work: To load the multiextent VMkernel module, run the following ESXCLI command: esxcli system module load -m multiextent To check whether the multiextent […]

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Why is Java on vCenter using most of the Memory? and How to fix it

So after installing a new 2008 R2 vCenter 5.5 I look at the memory usage and found it was using 88% of the memory.  I open up task manager and find Java running with 7 processes using as high as 1.2GBs of memory.  So like always I did a google search and found this vmware […]

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Problem: When was the local administrator account last changed

Have you ever been working on a server and wondered “When was the last time the local administrator account had the password changed???”  Scary! Here is a quick command for either Linux or Windows In Linux: chage -l UserName In Windows: net user UserName | find /I “Password last set” Change UserName to administrator or […]

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EMC VNX Unisphere – Can’t login with Sysadmin

Had a problem the other day where I could not login to Unisphere on a VNX after doing the configuration with VIA.  I could login to root locally (sometimes) but not sysadmin.  After doing a little hunting and seeing that I could get into SSH on the CS0 with root.  I ran the following command […]

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Citrix XenApp 6.5 – IMA Service will not start

Had this problem today and found this post on how to fix it.  It did fix it and was much more helpful than what I could find from Citrix Knowledge Base. Problem: If the IMA Service will not start with messages in the event log such as the following, then the IMA local host cache […]

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Over 50 Free VMware Self-Paced eLearning

Over the last 2 years I have been doing a great deal of training. Here are some of the free fundamentals training on most VMware products.  These will work great with the Labs I just posted.   Updated list of VMware Free Training. https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=33611&ui=www_edu What is new: Horizon (with View) Fundamentals [V6] NEW Horizon View […]

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Free Online Labs for Most VMware Products.

Some of the Categories they have: Beginners Cloud Ops Networking Performace Storage vCloud Suite   Some of the Products vSphere Horizon View Horizon Mirage Horizon Workspace vCloud Thin App SRM VMware Data Protection Many many more.   Just thought I would share this. http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/