Cloning a Domain Controller Server 2012: Hyper-V

Ensure the domain controller is placed in the Clonable Domain Controllers Security Group Creating the Allowable Applications List: get-addccloningExcludedApplicationList Generate a exception xml: Get-ADDCCloningExcludedApplicationList -GenerateXml Creating the Clone Configuration File: New-ADDCCloneConfigFile -Static -IPv4Address <newipaddress> -IPv4DefaultGateway <ip address> -IPv4SubnetMask <Subnetmask> -IPv4DNSResolver <DNS IP> <Second DNS IP> - CloneComputer Name <domain controller name> -SiteName <site Name> You... Continue Reading →

Networking Configuration on a ESXI Host using Shell

Useful network commands on ESXI Shell: esxcfg-nics cmd allows you to set the speed, duplex or list physical nics. esxcfg-nics -h shows the list of cmd available esxcfg-vswitch cmd allows you to administer vSwitchs. to list the switches: esxcfg-vswitch -l      # list current vswitch configuration esxcfg-vmknic -l       # list vmkernel interfaces and their configuration esxcfg-nics... Continue Reading →

Configuring Routing on ESXI Shell

A quick post to show how to create and view routes on a ESXI Host: The following cmd shows the list of options: esxcfg-route -h To set the VMkernel  default gateway: esxcfg-route -a default <IP address> or esxcfg-route <IP Address> To view the arp table: esxcfg-route -n To add a route:  esxcfg-route -a 192.168.100.0 255.255.255.0... Continue Reading →

Powering off a VMware Virtual Machine in ESXI Shell

I recently had a issue with a VM failing to shut down via the client and web console. I found the best way to resolve this would be to force a shutdown via the ESXI shell. Connect to the ESXI Shell using Putty or other terminal console using SSH. You would first need to get... Continue Reading →

Investigating a locked VM using ESXI Shell.

When you try to power on a machine you will receive a message "Unable to access a file since it is locked"  I found the best way to fix this is to migrate the VM to another host. To investigate whether the VM  is locked you would need to open a shell session to the... Continue Reading →

Configuring RDS 2012 on Windows Azure

This post shows you how to setup RDS 2012 on Windows Azure: please see previous posts for guides on configuring RDS. Deploy RDS VM Ensure  you setup the Virtual Network and Domain controller before deploying the RDS VM. You can ether create a site to site VPN to a on-premise Domain Controller or create a... Continue Reading →

Configuring vSphere HA Isolation Responces 5.1

When carrying out maintenance on Vcenter it is important to disable Enable Host Monitoring. You can also configure advanced isolation response address's.  for more information, please see VMware's support document : http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/documentLinkInt.do?micrositeID=&popup=true&languageId=&externalID=2033250

Vcenter 5.1 not starting on server 2012

After installing Vcenter on a server 2012 I received the following message: To fix this you will need to edit the registry: \System\CurrentControlSet\Services\vpxd and the Open the DependOnService key and remove ProtectedStorage from the list Remove the ProtectedStorage from the list , click ok and exit out of the registry. Reboot the server and Vcenter... Continue Reading →

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