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Blog posts June 2016

POWERCLI : ESXI SERVER SNMP CONFIGURATION USING ESXCLI COMMANDS

June 27, 2016 08:02PM

I was configuring SNMP on multiple ESXi servers and I wanted to use only VMWare Powercli for this instead of Esxi SSH or vCLI commands, (I wanted avoid enabling SSH service and port on Esxi and didn't want to install vCLI tools, As I already have Powercli on my laptop, I can automate this task …

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THE POWERSHELL PROVIDER DOES NOT EXIST AT THE POWERSHELL MODULE PATH NOR IS IT REGISTERED AS A WMI PROVIDER

June 27, 2016 04:35PM

After resolving A NETBIOS DOMAIN NAME MUST BE SPECIFIED, I got below error while installing and configuring Active Directory through Powershell Desired State Configuration. 

The PowerShell provider xActiveDirectory does not exist at the PowerShell module path nor is it registered as a WMI provide…

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POWERSHELL DSC XACTIVEDIRECTORY ERROR - A NETBIOS DOMAIN NAME MUST BE SPECIFIED

June 26, 2016 11:17PM

While testing Powershell DSC (Desired State Configuration) for Active Directory Domain (First Domain Controller) setup I was getting below error constantly.

Verification of prerequisites for Domain Controller promotion failed. A NetBIOS domain name must be specified.
    + CategoryInfo         …

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PART 8 : CPU COOLING SOLUTION FOR MY HOME LAB ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

June 26, 2016 09:02AM

After purchasing and building my lab everything was going smooth, except I found CPU is getting very hot and reaching above and staying at 60 Celsius constantly when I was powering on VMs and putting loads (Due to this I had to stop VMs each time to deal with Temparature). Even thought there is no l…

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AZURE TRAINING AND MET EXCELLENT TRAINER 

June 21, 2016 10:17AM

Last week I completed my 4 days (6 hours daily) Microsoft AZURE training. Course details are as below, Overall this training was terrific.

•Introduction to Microsoft Azure Overview
•Azure Portals (ARM and Classic)
•Managing Azure with Windows PowerShell …

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POWERSHELL PS REMOTING BETWEEN STANDALONE WORKGROUP COMPUTERS

June 18, 2016 05:54PM

Today I was building some script for PowerShell DSC (Desired State Configuration), Scenario was to run PowerShell DSC script and push configuration against standalone computers which are in workgroup, they were not joined in the Domain or sitting in the DMZ and not required to join to domain due to…

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POWERSHELL: INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING ACTIVE DIRECTORY

June 13, 2016 09:05AM

I have already written few articles on PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION, That was completely GUI (Graphical User Interface) based installation and configuration using server manager, I used it to add AD role and promote it. This article is written for windows…

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PART 4 : CONFIGURING DNS SERVER FOR VMWARE VSPHERE LAB

June 11, 2016 12:02AM

DNS server is a important role in the vSphere Lab, No lab is complete without DNS server. it is necessary in any environment for correct name resolution, I faced error in one of my earlier blog in absence of DNS server RESOLVED : FAIL TO DEPLOY OVF TEMPLATE - TASK CANCELED BY USER.  In this artic…

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PART 3 : CREATING NEW USERS IN ACTIVE DIRECTORY FOR VMWARE VSPHERE LAB

June 10, 2016 10:25PM

Continuing from my previous blog PART 2 : CONFIGURE AND PROMOTE ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION, I want to configure my home lab full fledged for complete vSphere Lab. These are the some of things I configure in my LAB so I don't have to reinstall and reconfigure again and …

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PART 2 : CONFIGURE AND PROMOTE ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

June 9, 2016 11:56PM

This is second part of PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION, I configured Windows Server 2012 R2, and installed only Active Directory Domain Services role, Now it should be promoted to domain controller. Click Promote this server to a domain controller when you…

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PART 1 : INSTALL ACTIVE DIRECTORY DOMAIN CONTROLLER ON VMWARE WORKSTATION

June 9, 2016 10:36PM

Active Directory (AD) is an essential and must have in your lab, Even if you have single Domain Controller (DC) in your domain its enough for lab environment testing, This LDAP server can be used and integrated as a SSO server (single sign on) in multiple and different applications, Same Active dir…

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RESOLVED : FAIL TO DEPLOY OVF TEMPLATE - TASK CANCELED BY USER

June 6, 2016 11:55PM

Recently I setup my complete lab from scratch, and whenever I do it either I face some new issues or the old problems I faced earlier, now in this article I am going to document on the one of the old problem I always face in absence of DNS server. As my complete lab is on VMWare Workstation, and VMs…

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RESOLVED : ADDING VIRTUAL HARD DISK GRAYED OUT ON VIRTUAL MACHINE

June 6, 2016 10:46PM

Today I received one of the escalated task from my junior to extend existing virtual hard disk on one of the VMware VM using vSphere client, I explored VM settings by right clicking, but found virtual HDD settings are grayed out and it is disabled. At first it looks like Virtual Machine Hardware Ve…

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INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING ESXI EMBEDDED WEB CLIENT

June 6, 2016 10:12AM

VMWare has officially announced they will be discontinuing vSphere desktop client in their future version releases of vSphere software. Henceforth they want to promote HTML5 web client . For more and detailed information you can check this check this official blog here. Currently vCenter has its in…

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PART 3 : ACCESSING STANDALONE ESXI SERVER IN HOME LAB USING VSPHERE CLIENT

June 5, 2016 07:46PM

PART 2 : CONFIGURING ESXI ON VMWARE WORKSTATION HOME LAB

June 4, 2016 11:07PM

PART 1 : INSTALLING ESXI ON VMWARE WORKSTATION HOME LAB

June 4, 2016 07:09PM
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