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VMware: Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]

May 13th, 2015 7 comments

Today I deployed my new created Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 base image with Windows 8.1 u1 template and Customization file, during the customization process I received this error message:

Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click “OK” to restart the computer, and then restart the installation.

 

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Cause

This issue can have multiple causes. Some common causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Bad Product Key
  • Invalid Device Drivers
  • Invalid Computer Names
  • Issue with the Admin Account being used
  • An installed application breaks the unattended install process

Solution

This resolution is based on the source of the error, to troubleshoot this issue, review the Microsoft Setup log setupact.log file.

Note: The Microsoft Setup log file is located at c:\Windows\Panther\unattendGC\setupact.log.

To view the log file from a computer currently displaying the error, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt and run this command: notepad c:\windows\panther\unattendGC\setupact.log

In my case I configured in the Customization Wizard a Windows 8.1 MAK license key, the configured template OS was an VLK edition…

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VMware: My favorite Windows 2012R2 template configuration

December 16th, 2014 9 comments

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Virtual Hardware (VMX) Template configuration

Hardware Value
Memory 2 GB
CPU’s Number of virtual sockets: 1
Number of cores per socket: 2
Video card Number of video displays: 1
Total video memory: 5 MB (1280×1024)
VMCI device None
SCSI Controller 0
Hard disk 1
LSI Logic SAS, bus sharing: none
40 GB, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed (<—best performance)
CD/DVD Drive 1 Client Device
Floppy Drive 1 Removed
Network Adapter 1 VMXNET3, network: VM Network with DHCP (for joining domain)
General Options OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
VMware Tools Advanced: Check and upgrade Tools during power cycling
Virtual Machine Version 8 (not 9 because you only can edit version 9 via vSphere web-client)
Advanced > General Enable logging

 

Virtual Machine BIOS configuration

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Configuration Value
Boot-time Diagnostics Screen Enabled

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Hyper-V: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 released

October 14th, 2014 No comments

Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™ or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host

MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

New Features in MVMC 3.0
The 3.0 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.

Standard Features

  • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Microsoft Azure.
  • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
    Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
  • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
  • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
  • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
    Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
    Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
  • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
  • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
    Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

Source: Microsoft

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VMware: Install Windows 8 in vSphere 5

March 22nd, 2012 2 comments

I tried to install Windows 8 at my vSphere 5 patch 1 environment, but after starting the VM I received a warning:

Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart.

If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

It’s collecting error info and will restart in: 0 seconds

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Solution:

Only you have to do is add the new guest OS in you’re .vmx file, re-add the file to your vSphere inventory and start the VM. Guest OS you need to add:

guestOS = "windows8srv-32"
guestOS = "windows8srv-64"

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Note: if you’re running vSphere 5 without Update 1 you need to install Patch 02

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Microsoft: RDP to Windows 2003 R2 fails – Protocol error

May 2nd, 2010 1 comment

Last week I got some trouble to connect a Windows 2003 R2 32-Bit VM by using RDP.. I received this error:

Because of a protocol error, this session will be disconnected. Please try connecting to the remote computer again.

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To resolve this issue you can delete the “MSLicesing” key/folder in the register. Goto:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ , delete MSLicesing folder and reconnect the server.

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Microsoft: Upgrade Windows Server 2008 to R2

March 28th, 2010 1 comment

Today I started with upgrading my production Windows 2008 PDC’s to the R2 release. After mounting the Windows 2008 R2 DVD I received two warnings:

– You must have 15 GB of free space (it’s VMware.. so what’s the problem?)

– Prepare a Windows Server 2003 Forest Schema for a Domain Controller that runs Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2

To do step 2 you need to do a few things:

– Mount Windows Server 2008 R2 cd-rom

– Start CMD with Administrator rights (run as Administrator)

– Type: D:\Support\adprep\adprep /forestprep [Enter]

VMpros 2010
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Hardware: Performance tweak Windows 7 64-bit with OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD

March 10th, 2010 1 comment

Last week I bought a brand new OCZ Agility Series 60 GB SSD for my workstation as OS disk. I started a fresh Windows 7 64-bit installation and made some software tweaks for optimal performance. Down here some of those little settings to maximize your performance.

I already upgraded the firmware to the latest level v.1.5

My computer specs: click here

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VMware: Create performance logging with ‘esxtop’ and view with ‘perfmon’ – Part 1

January 21st, 2010 No comments

You can monitor/check your ESX performance with esxtop, by generating a share to your vCenter Server and view the results with Perfmon you can follow this article.

Create Credentials:

1. I created a new share on my vCenter 2003 on E:\Logging\

2. I created a new user with username: Logging and password: Logging

3. On the new created folder I add the Logging account with full permissions to the security rights:

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Windows: Howto set default folder view for all folders

January 21st, 2010 6 comments

I stumbled upon this reg key a few weeks ago. If you want to change the default folder view for all users on the local machine use HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. If you want to change it for a single user then use HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\Bags\AllFolders\Shell]
“WFlags”=dword:00000000
“Status”=dword:00000000
“Mode”=dword:00000004
“vid”=”{137E7700-3573-11CF-AE69-08002B2E1262}”
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