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Archive for June, 2012

VMware: RVTools – a must have tool!

Posted by bartvdw on 2222/0606/2012

A must have tool for VMware: RVTools!

Robware – RVTools
http://www.robware.net/

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How to Copy VMs Directly Between ESXi Hosts Without Shared Storage

Posted by bartvdw on 2222/0606/2012

Just read, makes your life easy!!

How to Copy VMs Directly Between ESXi Hosts Without Shared Storage
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2012/06/how-to-copy-vms-directly-between-esxi.html

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VMware vCenter Server upgrade: check vCenter Server Status afterwards!

Posted by bartvdw on 2121/0606/2012

Upgrade VMware vCenter Server is normally quiet boring… However check vCenter Server Status afterwards! Had an upgrade which went smoothly, but after check the status noticed some issues. Below the 2 things I encountered myself.

  1. Coverter: this is not supported anymore, if you had the vCenter plug-in installed and didn’t uninstall it before your upgrade, it will be in error. Uninstalling it doesn’t always solve the issue.
    Error after upgrading to vCenter Server 5.0: com.vmware.converter alert unable to retrieve health data
    http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2006132
  2. "VMware vSphere Profile-driven Storage Service" & "vCenter Inventory Service" –> noticed that there was a reference to http://fqdn-domain/… without the server name!
    In reference to the link below, only had to change the registry key and ran the register.bat file; other settings were OK already.
    vCenter Service status reports red alerts and warnings after the vCenter Server FQDN is changed
    http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2007039

Ofcourse you can have other issues, but it’s an important step to verify your upgrade. Enjoy!

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VMware: Troubleshooting storage performance in vSphere

Posted by bartvdw on 2121/0606/2012

Edit 16-07-2012: Added remaining articles.

Excellent series!

Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 1 – The Basics
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/05/troubleshooting-storage-performance-in-vsphere-part-1-the-basics-.html

Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Part 2
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/06/troubleshooting-storage-performance-in-vsphere-part-2.html

Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere (Part 3) – SSD Performance
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/06/troubleshooting-storage-performance-in-vsphere-part-3-ssd-performance.html

Troubleshooting Storage Performance in vSphere – Storage Queues
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/07/troubleshooting-storage-performance-in-vsphere-part-5-storage-queues.html

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VMware: disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault and das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled settings

Posted by bartvdw on 2121/0606/2012

The link is short & to the point regarding the settings disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault and das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled settings, a must read!

disk.terminateVMonPDLDefault enabled and das.maskCleanShutdownEnabled disabled
http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2012/06/diskterminatevmonpdldefault-enabled-and-dasmaskcleanshutdownenabled-disabled.html

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Symantec Backup Exec 2012 Service Pack 1a

Posted by bartvdw on 1313/0606/2012

Backup Exec 2012 revision 1798 Service Pack 1a
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH186717

Backup Exec 2012 revision 1798 Service Pack 1a Release notes
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH189907

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Windows Server 2012: Goodbye dcpromo !

Posted by bartvdw on 1313/0606/2012

With the new release Windows Server 2012 the command dcpromo is no more… If you type in the command you will receive a pop-up informing you it has moved to Server Manager.

The link below describes how to promote a Windows Server 2012 to domain controller step-by-step.

As always this also has a new schema version, for the RC version it’s currently 56. My earlier post with the AD schema numbers has also been updated with this information.

Promote Windows Server 2012 to Domain Controller, step-by-step
http://www.infotechguyz.com/WindowsServer2012/windowsserver2012dcpromo.html

Active Directory schema version numbers
https://bartvdw.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/active-directory-schema-version-numbers/

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

Posted by bartvdw on 1313/0606/2012

Excellent overview and nice how to’s for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it’ll get you started with some essential basics and more!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zxue/archive/2012/03/07/windows-8-consumer-preview-power-user-howto-series.aspx

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PowerShell: WSUS cleanup script

Posted by bartvdw on 0808/0606/2012

This script allows you to schedule WSUS cleanup on a regular basis.

[reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration") | out-null
$wsus = [Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.AdminProxy]::GetUpdateServer();
$cleanupScope = new-object Microsoft.UpdateServices.Administration.CleanupScope;
$cleanupScope.DeclineSupersededUpdates = $true       
$cleanupScope.DeclineExpiredUpdates         = $true
$cleanupScope.CleanupObsoleteUpdates     = $true
$cleanupScope.CompressUpdates                  = $true
#$cleanupScope.CleanupObsoleteComputers = $true
$cleanupScope.CleanupUnneededContentFiles = $true
$cleanupManager = $wsus.GetCleanupManager();
$cleanupManager.PerformCleanup($cleanupScope);

WSUS Cleanup
http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ScriptCenter/fd39c7d4-05bb-4c2d-8a99-f92ca8d08218/

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WSUS 3.0 database maintenance (re-index)

Posted by bartvdw on 0808/0606/2012

It’s advised to perform maintenance on the WSUS 3.0 database from time to time, if not the performance can degrade over time. The script is published on the TechNet Script Center website.

Re-index the WSUS 3.0 Database
http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/6f8cde49-5c52-4abd-9820-f1d270ddea61#content

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