P2V Migration Requires Access to DHCP Server

I have had many a struggle using vmware converter to migrate virtual machines. Recently, this has been more problematic. It turns out the the vmware “helper” machine needs an accessible DHCP server in order to create the new VM. See vmware discussion http://communities.vmware.com/thread/219178


Configuring MPIO for iSCSI Connections on Windows Server 2008R2

With a Dell MD3000i storage array, you may recieve an error that the virtual disk is not on the preferred path. The Array actually registers iSCSI connections on all of the controllers. If a connection is not present on an array and it must communicate through an alternate path, you will need to configure MPIO. 

*make sure you add MPIO as a feature to windows server before installing the Dell MD3000i Storage drivers.


Server 2008 R2 Has Slow Mouse Performance on ESXi (vSphere 4)

After scouring the internet for how to resolve this more than a couple times, I decided that this should be added to my site. I got all of the information from: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1592228


When viewing an ESXi guest using the console in the VI Client, you may experience poor mouse performance on server 2008R2 even after installing the VMWare tools. The behavior is similar to the typical mouse performance before installing VMware tools.


Change the video card driver to the one located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video, once complete, shutdown your virtual machine. Next edit the hardware settings of the VM and change the video RAM to 32MB. When you start your VM back up mouse performance should significantly improve.

If this does not work for you please let me know your solutions in the comments


Can anyone explain this? :)


Binding OSX Lion to Active Directory Issues

Read this thread on the apple discussion forums


How to stop OSX Lion from Opening Old Files in Every Application

Go to System Preferences, General, and uncheck the box for “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps”


Using Robocopy to copy directory structure and NTFS permissions (but not files)

I recently encountered a situation where I needed to copy a directory structure and folder permissions, but not the files contained within. To do this I used robocopy with the following syntax:

robocopy "source" "destination" /e /z /SEC /xf *

It worked like a charm!


Managing Site to Zone Assignment With Group Policy

You can centrally manage what sites are assigned to what security zones in internet explorer with a group policy object (GPO.) This is especially useful for organizations implementing SharePoint and want to make sure users don’t have to log in twice to any SharePoint sites. In order to do this correctly there are a couple things you should know:

  1. IE by default only passes credentials to sites in the intranet zone. NOT trusted sites. This behavior can be changed to pass credentials in all zones but in some opinions (including mine) would pose a security risk. The best thing to do is to leave this as-is.
  2. The in a GPO the setting to manage this is <Windows Components/Internet Explorer/Internet Control Panel/Security Page/site to zone assignment list>

According to the GPO help:

“Internet Explorer has 4 security zones, numbered 1-4, and these are used by this policy setting to associate sites to zones. They are: (1) Intranet zone, (2) Trusted Sites zone, (3) Internet zone, and (4) Restricted Sites zone. Security settings can be set for each of these zones through other policy settings, and their default settings are: Trusted Sites zone (Low template), Intranet zone (Medium-Low template), Internet zone (Medium template), and Restricted Sites zone (High template). (The Local Machine zone and its locked down equivalent have special security settings that protect your local computer.

Specifically for SharePoint applications, ensure that you place your SharePoint domain in the list with a value of 1 which is the intranet zone.


How to Set “Use Default Gateway on Remote Network” in Windows XP

Frequently I run into network problems when using VPN connections to connect to my workplace. Most of the time, this can be resolved by selecting use default gateway on remote network to send all of your network traffic across the VPN as opposed to letting your internet traffic go out through your local connection. I can never remember where this setting is. Smile

Its under properties of the VPN connection, TCP/IP, Advanced, and then on the general tab.


Backup Bitlocker to AD

Open an elevated command prompt (not powershell – powershell will cause this to fail with errors)
run the command
manage-bde -protectors c: -get
you will receive output similar to this
BitLocker Drive Encryption: Configuration Tool version 6.1.7600
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Volume C: [Windows]
All Key Protectors
    Numerical Password:
      ID: {9557D616-0BD0-4B2A-8A2A-9DD4C5C21CCC}
      ID: {5EB69F42-4ABC-4D6B-87C5-C894A3840FC4}
What you are looking for is the Numerical Password ID.
So in this example to backup the password to AD you would type the following command
manage-bde -protectors c: -adbackup -id {9557D616-0BD0-4B2A-8A2A-9DD4C5C21CCC}
When that completes you will receive the message…
Recovery information was successfully backed up to Active Directory.