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VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) and after install tricks
Posted by Vladan Seget on April 10, 2017
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It is not new that VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is a very popular option, especially for small businesses which can save money on an additional Windows Server license.

It is a prepackaged and preconfigured virtual appliance with PostgreSQL database, vCenter server 6.5 components and also (in case you deploy “all-in-one” VM) Platform services Controller that contain all of the necessary services for running vCenter Server such as vCenter Single Sign-On, License service, and VMware Certificate Authority.

The VCSA is running Photon OS which is a VMware own lightweight distribution, optimized for fast booting, security, and scalability. During a long time, VMware was using Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) distribution, but the fact that VMware did not own the stack was a break to faster development.

Reset Root password on VMware VCSA

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Create an ESXi 6.5 installation USB under two minutes
Posted by Vladan Seget on January 24, 2017
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The Installation of ESXi 6.5 did not change much since previous release. After you’re download your installation ISO, you need to burn it to a CD-ROM in order to proceed with installation. Know that there is a way to install ESXi from USB stick too. And in this post we will prepare one. You as an administrator or consultant have to have your toolkit with the latest ESXi installer ready in your pocket, so today we’ll show one of the methods to create an ESXi 6.5 installation USB under two minutes.

While this method of creation of USB media is quick and it is done under two minutes, it is not always obvious to deal with hardware compatibility and drivers and firmware (combination of those two) for latest vSphere 6.5. At the end of the post we’ll show you few ways how to deal with that.

Create ESXi 6.5 Installation USB

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VMware vSphere 6.5 – What to be aware of before upgrade?
Posted by Vladan Seget on December 6, 2016
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VMware vSphere 6.5 has been released few weeks back and many users would like to hit the upgrade button. Not so fast. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about what to consider before upgrading to vSphere 6.5. One of the good news is that there are no new license keys needed for vSphere 6.5 so if you’re currently on vSphere 6.0 you don’t need to enter new license keys.

Planning is a pain, but it is necessary step. Also, playing with Firmware on your physical NIC cards and applying proper firmware-driver combination is a hard reality before even thinking going further…. I have experienced that recently when upgrading my pNICs to proper firmware/driver combination (Those were the x710-da2 Intel Hyper converged 10GbE adapters).

Below you’ll find few points which are essentials to every IT admin.

VCSA 6.5
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How-to Create Bootable Windows Server 2016 USB Thumb Drive for Installing OS
Posted by Vladan Seget on October 6, 2016
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Microsoft has released the final version of the Windows Server 2016. I thought that it might be a good idea to create an USB stick which can be used as a source to install Windows Server 2016 OS to other servers/workstations.

There are many free tools which can be used to do the job, but sometimes you just don’t have that option or simply you do not want to use any free tools for this job. It is not so difficult to create a bootable USB, and this post will teach you that in 6 easy steps.

This process does work on any version of Windows Server or Windows Desktop version 8 or above. It uses Microsoft Diskpart tool present on those systems. It’s a command line tool which is invoked by simply typing “Diskpart” from within a command prompt.

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How To Install Microsoft MultiPoint Service On Windows Server 2016
Posted by Vladan Seget on June 22, 2016
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Microsoft Windows Multipoint Server function is a function which allows you to use a shared resource technology from Microsoft to share compute. Share desktop. This is very convenient for example in environments like educational or training environments which can benefit from a single server in order to use a remote desktop experience.

Microsoft Windows Multipoint Server

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Windows Server 2016 – Three Built-in Tools To Protect Your Data From Ransomware
Posted by Vladan Seget on May 10, 2016
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After spyware and malware IT administrators do have to face another threat – A Ransomware. You have to pay to recover your data that has been encrypted by malware. Clever move from the Pirate’s perspective. Indeed. Pirates are hoping that they can make some dirty money out of it. And sometimes they’re successful. You might be asking what can you do, as a system administrator, to protect yourself against ransomware?

Hackers will always find a way to your data and Anti-malware solutions will always try a way to block them. But you as an admin, must be prepared for an eventual data loss. Prepared how? We’ll try to find some strategies and tools which might be good to know. The tools that are built-in Windows Server 2016 that will be out later this year. Currently in TP5, but there won’t be any major updates on features further down the development cycle so the RTM of Windows Server 2016 shall have all what you can see in the TP5 which is available for download since about a week. We try to do a recap on which tools can be helpful to fight ransomware today.

system protection on Windows Server 2016

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Deploy MSI package to group of computers in your domain
Posted by Vladan Seget on March 2, 2016
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This is a follow up post on a post we have done previously – How To Convert EXE To MSI Package In 5 Easy Steps – where we created a MSI package for an application that did not exists as MSI, so we had no choice. We used third party software to repackage our application.

As you can see, repackaging of an application can be done, but not without third party tools. Anyway, so now we have this MSI and we want let’s say to deploy this application to a group of computers in a Microsoft domain.

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How To Convert EXE To MSI Package In 5 Easy Steps
Posted by Vladan Seget on January 5, 2016
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MSI package are useful to be deployed in centralized management environment of Microsoft Active Directory. Unfortunately to deploy a software you need a MSI package. Microsoft do not support deploying EXE applications via GPOs.

So if your organization has some of those EXE applications and want do manage the deployment via Group policy, it’s necessary to repackage the EXE and create an MSI package.

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