Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Extract Microsoft SysPrep Files for vCenter Convertor

Are you trying to P2V a Windows 2003 Server? Did you download the Microsoft SysPrep files and run them and it didn't work? Ok. Stop pulling your hair out and read further.

Have you gotten this error when you download and try to run the .exe file for Microsoft Sysprep?

1. VMware KB for SysPrep Locations:

2. Download error if you just try to run it. (Not enough storage space is available...blah blah blah)

3. Open up Powershell or Command Prompt and put /x after the file name.

4. The files then extract. Wahoo! 

5. Copy them to where they belong...

C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\svr2003 
(*NOTE: You must copy all of the files from SP2QFE and update to \svr2003\)

6. Run VMware Convertor again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

How to Secure Your Cisco Router or Switch

When you configure your Cisco Router or Switch you need to make sure your passwords are not in clear text. When you pop your new switch or router out of the box and are running configurations the very first time (or if you have to go back and fix it). You want to make sure you're not allowing casual exposure of your passwords:

Cisco IOS CLI:

SWITCHKING# service password-encryption
enable password 7 892398498FF1111D
line vty 0 4
 password 7 075E731B7D10987987
line vty 5 15
 password 7 075E731B7D1043434222

SWITCH# crypto key generate rsa
SWITCH# ip ssh version 2

*This is instead of seeing "enable password JimBobPassword or line vty passwords in clear text"

How to Delete Windows Server Backups (Windows Server 2012 R2)

Do you need to delete backups from Windows Server 2012 R2?

1. Go to PowerShell.

2. Type diskshadow

3. Type delete shadows all

4. Type list shadows all

Friday, November 1, 2013

How to Install .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2

Need to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2?

1. Put your Windows Server 2012 R2 disk into the server before doing anything else...
(VMware/Hyper-V add it to the VM Settings and Connect it to the VM / Physical Servers Put in the DVD).

1. Right-Click on PowerShell and "Run as Administrator" (Click Yes on UAC if it's enabled)

2. Run this command at the command line:

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

3. It will give you a message that it's 100% completed (Give it a few minutes, it takes like 3-5 minutes).

4. You can then verify if your paranoid that it installed under the Server Manager and check Features...=)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Remove Hidden or Ghost Network Interfaces from Hyper-V

Note: Applies to all Windows Servers as a Post P2V Cleanup Tasks.

1. Open CMD Prompt (Run As Administrator)

2. set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

3. Open Device Manager from the CMD Prompt Command Line: C:\>devmgmt.msc

4. Uninstall all of the Ghost/Shadow NIC's and then reboot your server.

Now your back in business!