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VMware: Windows 2008 disks are offline after upgrading hardware 4 to 7

September 21st, 2010 4 comments

Today I did some maintenance in the datacenter. I upgraded last month to vCenter 4.1 and the ESX hosts from 4.0 to 4.1. Today was planned to update some virtual hardware from 4 to 7 but after I upgraded and started some Windows 2008 SP2 VM’s I can’t connect mappings and receiving some errors from the loginscript. After some troubleshooting I saw that some local disks (.VMDK) are offline!

Solution:

Goto Disk Management > Right click on the offline disk, select: Online 

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Okay, the disk is online.. my data is back without any dataloss but my shares are gone. You only need to restart the VM again to resolve this issue.

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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]

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Software: NoDrives ADM tool

February 28th, 2010 2 comments

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The NoDrives tool creates a ADM files to remove the icons representing selected drives from My Computer and from Windows Explorer. Also, the drive letters representing the selected drives do not appear in the standard Open dialog box.

This tool creates a easy to use Group Policy Template. You do not need to calculate the drive value you only have to check the drives you want to hide and create the ADM.

APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003,
  • Microsoft Windows 2000

VMware: Disable SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

November 13th, 2009 No comments
Details:
If you plan to use Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 as a guest operating system, do not use the SVGA drivers included with VMware Tools. Use the standard SVGA driver instead.

Symptoms:

Freeze

Hanging Console

High CPU

Reboots

Solution:

To deselect the SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools:

  1. When you install VMware Tools, select VMware Tools Custom Install and deselect the SVGA driver.

Alternatively, remove the SVGA driver from the Device Manager after installing VMware Tools

 

Product Versions:

VMware ESX 4.0.x

VMware ESXi 4.0.x Installable

Source: KB 1011709

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Sander Daems is founder and author of this blog and working as a Lead (Sr.) Consultant by UNICA ICT Solutions. Sander has over 15 years experience in IT, primary focus: virtualization and modern worksplace.

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Microsoft: How to Migrate Printers from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008

November 2nd, 2009 1 comment

There are a lot of way’s to migrate printer from one server to another.

Within Windows 2008/vista/7 gives microsoft a standard tool for this option.

When you want to use this option you need to install the print server role.

After you done this you will be able to import and export printer’s.

An example:

Go to start -> administrative tools -> printer management.

Add the 2 servers (in my example vdc2 and vps1, vdc2 is a windows 2003 server and vps1 is a windows 2008 server)
Right click on “Print server” and choose “Add/Remove Servers”
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Microsoft: Windows 2008 Citrix XenApp 5.0 Client Time Zone won’t redirect

October 5th, 2009 1 comment

Installed this hotfix:

Hotfix XAE500W2K8030 – For Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008 x86
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122563

Set the following policy’s:

Citrix Policy’s: Default Policy – User Workspace – Time Zones – Do not estimate local time: Enabled
Citrix Policy’s: Default Policy – User Workspace – Time Zones – Do not use Clients’ local time: Disabled

Local policy: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates >Windows Components > Terminal Services > Terminal Server > Device and Resource Redirection > Allow time zone redirection: Enabled

 

I rebooted the Citrix servers and the Client Time Zone is active for the Citrix users.

 

Check also: Citrix KB

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Windows 2008: Windows update doesn’t work behind a proxy

August 25th, 2009 No comments

I just installed a Windows 2008 behind a proxyserver  and i saw that it couldn’t update.

To solve this issue you can do the following:

  • Run the Command Promp as Administrator
  • Type netsh
  • Type winhttp
  • Type import proxy source=ie

Now Windows Update will ask you for a username and password before it wants to check for an update.

Windows 2008: SystemState backup to the source volume

August 7th, 2009 No comments

Mostly you have on a terminal (citrix) server just 1 volume. With Windows 2008 it’s default not possible to create a SSB to the source volume.

You can change this do doing the following:

Create a new registry entry with the following information:

Key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wbengine\SystemStateBackup\AllowSSBToAnyVolume
Type: DWORD
Value: 1

A value of 0 prevents the storing of system state backup on a source volume. A value of 1 allows the storing of system state backup on a source volume.

However, there are known issues with storing a system state backup on a source volume:

  • Backups can fail. The backup can be modified during the backup process, which might cause the backup to fail.
  • It causes an inefficient use of target space. Twice the amount of space is necessary for a backup than for the original data. The volume must allocate twice the amount of space for the shadow copy process.