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Adding Drivers to Windows Deployment Services Boot Images

A while back, I posted an article on building a SharePoint development environment in Hyper-V, which included a part onautomating deployment of the host machine. Although we’ve now moved to VMware Workstation, we still use this approach for automating deployment of our standard Windows 7 builds, and this commentary is generally relevant to any Windows Deployment Services (WDS) deployment. When I learned WDS and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (which were both quite new in Windows Server 2008 R2 at the time), I contented myself with getting ~90% of the way to a fully-automated build, as the additional effort to get from 90 to 100% (mostly re: drivers) wouldn’t have paid enough immediate dividends and we needed to start capitalising on some of the other wins of our new environment. As is often the case, we never got back to that remaining 10%, but it’s become more of an issue in recent months, as we’ve added a few Dell Latitude E6410 and Lenovo W520 laptops – both of which had ne…

Installing FreeNAS 8 on VMware vSphere (ESXi)

FreeNAS is an Open Source Storage Platform and version 8 benefits not only from a complete rewrite – it also boats a new web interface and support for the ZFS filesystem. It is also worth mentioning that FreeNAS supports Advanced Format drives (something that my Windows Home Server does not). The features of ZFS are many but it is the data integrity and large capacity support that caught my attention when I first started to ponder alternatives to Windows Home Server (WHS). The other ZFS contender that has piqued my interest is Nexenta whose community edition has an 18TB limit (although you can run the Nexenta Core version with a community developed GUI without any storage limit). One key difference to be aware of (and these will be moving goalposts) are the versions of ZFS that both of these projects are running. At the moment, for example, it looks like FreeNAS does not support de-duplicationof data while Nexenta does. FreeNAS is designed to be run from a flash drive which is nice in th…

Creating a Nested ESXi 5 Environment

Since vSphere 5 was released earlier this year, it is now time to get ready to pass the VCP exam.  I am a VCP for both 3.5 and 4, and decided I would post some updates along the way as I study before taking the VCP 5 exam. The first thing I did was create a lab environment. I currently use 2 whitebox ESXi 5 servers, attached to iSCSI storage. However, since I am studying VMware products, I don’t want to configure, and reconfigure these 2 ESXi servers constantly.  Thankfully, I can run Nested ESXi Servers – or, run ESXi 5 inside of ESXi 5.  I can even run 64bit guests inside of my virtualized ESXi servers!  See below: Now, I can run more than 2 ESXi servers, and blow them away and recreate if needed. (yes, it will be slow).
In order to run ESXi 5 inside of ESXi 5, there are a couple of steps we need to do: First, we will need to add a line to the etc/vmware/config file.  Using SSH to connect to your ESXi server, type the following: echo ‘vhv.allow = “true” ‘ >> /etc/vmware/config …

vSphere 5.1 Lab – Initial Setup

With the release of vSphere 5.1 now, and some of the new features, I decided to dedicate a new series of posts just to 5.1, and install it all in my lab environment – from the ground up. First off – this is a clean slate – I won’t be doing any upgrades – everything will be a fresh install. Hardware: HP ML330 G6 1 Xeon E5504 Quad Core64 GB RAM8x 300 GB SAS 15k in Raid 5 Since I am using a single server, I will be running mutiple nested ESXi servers. (See previous post – Creating a Nested ESXi 5 Environment) Now onto the install: Install ESXi 5.1: This really is self explanatory anymore.  Insert CD, pres enter and F11 a couple of times – and you are good to go.  I did use the HP Customized image, since this is a HP server. Prepare for Nested ESXi: The steps are the same as with 5.0. echo ‘vhv.allow = “true” ‘ >> /etc/vmware/configEnable promiscuous mode on vswitch

How to Change Product Key of Microsoft Office 2010 and Visio 2010

If you need to change your Microsoft Office 2010 or Visio 2010 product key to resolve activation issues or other reasons, then you can do so very easily. You may also find How To Use Microsoft Office 2010 for 180 days Free without Activating?useful.

Previously we have shown “How To Change Windows Product Key After Install“, so if you need to change your Windows 7 or Vista key, you can head over to that post for reference.

Now, coming back to today’s topic on How to Change Product Key of Microsoft Office2010 & Visio 2010, just follow the simple steps below:
Click on the button to open the Start Menu. Now, click on the Control Panel and then click on Programs (Uninstall a program), and finally click on Program and Features.
(Windows XP users: Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs.)
From the list of installed programs, find Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 (or your installed version of Office 2010) or Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2010 (or your installed v…