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How to upgrade ESXi 5.5 to ESXi 6.0 using vSphere Update Manager 6.0

VMware announced the latest version of ESXi 6.0. Now its time to upgrade your ESXi 5.5 update 1 to ESXi 6.0 to utilize the new features and also to fix the issues reported on the vSphere 5.5 U1. This post will explain how to upgrade the ESXi 5.5 host to ESXi 6.0.
This upgrade can be easily achieved via vSphere Update Manager server. To upgrade to Esxi 6.0, Download ESXi 6.0 from the VMware download page and follow the below steps.

Once ESXi 6.0 ISO downloaded, open VMware Update Manager Client as shown below,
My ESXi host 192.168.100.102 version is ESXi 5.5.0 before the upgrade.

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Select ESXi 5.5 host which you want to upgrade & Click on Update Manager & then Admin View,
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Now you will be able to see all Admin related VMware Update Manager tabs, Now click on ESXi Image-> Import ESXi Image,
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In this step you have to upload downloaded ESXi 6.0 ISO image to vSPhere Update Magaer server, to upload it click on Browse & provide location of ESXi 6.0 ISO image and click Next.
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Click on Ignore to continue using the current SSL certificate.
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Click next to proceed,
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Provide name to Baseline,
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Once ESXI ISO image upload gets over, you will see the uploaded ESXi Image.
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Now select the Host to attach the newly created Host upgrade Baseline. Click on the Update Manager tab and click on Attach.
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Select the checkbox for the baseline to attach to the ESXi 5.5 and Click on Attach. 
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Now Click on Remediate and click on Next.
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Accept the End user License Agreement and click on Next.
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Select the checkbox “Remove installed third-party software”  if you want to remove the installed third-party software that is incompatible with the upgrade, and continue with the remediation and click on Next.
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Enter the Task name and description. If you want to schedule upgrade later time, schedule it and click Next.
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Change the Host Remediation options as per your requirements.
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Change the cluster Remediation options as per your requirement.
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Review the Remediation Settings and click on Finish to start the ESXi 6.0 Upgrade process.
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Now My ESXi host 192.168.100.102 version is ESXi 6.0 after upgrade.
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How to Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.5 to 6.0

VMware provides several ways to upgrade VMware ESXi hosts.
Upgrade or migrate  interactively using an ESXi installer ISO image on CD/DVD or USB flash drive 
You can run the ESXi 6.0 installer from a CD/DVD or USB flash drive to do an interactive upgrade or migration. This method is appropriate for deployments with a small number of hosts. The installer works the same as for a fresh installation, but if you select a target disk that already contains an ESXi 5.5 installation, the installer upgrades the host to 6.0 and gives you the option to migrate some existing host settings and configuration files, and preserve the existing VMFS datastore.
Here we are going to Upgrade or migrate to ESXi 6.0 interactively using an ESXi installer ISO image on CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
So lets start,
My current version of ESXi is 5.5  as shown below,
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Now turn of the ESXi 5.5 server & mount ESXi 6.0 ISO file & power on the ESXi server for upgrade,
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Press F11 to accept the EULA and continue.
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Select the virtual disk where you want to install, and press Enter to continue.
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Select option “Upgrade ESXi, preserve VMFS datastore” as we want to retain old VMFS partition as it has our Virtual machines.
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Confirm that the information on the screen is correct, then press F11 to start the installation.
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When the upgrade is complete, Press Enter to reboot.
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Now you can see ESXi 5.5 is upgrade to ESXi 6.0 without any data loss…
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Step By Step How to Solve Windows 10 Black Screen Issue upon boot

I was facing black screen issue when I start the machine. For my Windows 10 PC's I have faced black screen issue after upgrade after upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

I found out possible solutions for the issue and the problem was with the graphics card driver issue.

Let start,
Shut down your machine and start Power On. Start PC in safe mode.
I entered in safe-mode by repeatedly pressing F8 key. You have to be patience to enter into Safe mode. While entering into safe on screen you will get "Please Wait" message.
Now press Troubleshoot option.


In the Troubleshoot screen, press Advanced options.


In the Troubleshoot screen, press Advanced options.


Now you will get below message that machine is about to restart in order to change several Windows options, including enabling Safe Mode after restart. Press Restart.


Press the F4 key on your keyboard once machine restarts to enter into the Safe Mode. If you fail then you have repeat all above steps again.
Now go Control Panel-> System-> Device Manager
Expand Display Adapter & disable listed Display Adapters driver. In my case its Intel HD Graphics. Also disable listed Monitors.


UPDATE-1 -  If your issue persist download & install Latest Display Card drivers & motherboard chipset drivers. I was facing same issue after above workaround but by installing latest display card & intel motherboard chipset drivers it resolved.
 
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Step By Step How to Solve Windows 10 Taskbar and Start Button Issue

If you are facing Taskbar and Start button issue with Windows 10, then this guide will help you. Recently I have upgraded my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, it was working great for few days. Today when I turned on my PC and when I click on Start Button or Windows key on keyboard nothing worked for me. Even I was not able to use search bar, I have tried to restart my PC but no luck.

Below solution will work for you,
1. System File Checker Tool
Open command prompt (Run as Administrator)
In command prompt type SFC /scannow
Press enter and let it scan for missing or corrupt files and reboot when it finishes.
System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files.
 
 
Then try to use Taskbar and Start Button.

2. Reinstall Windows Apps

Launch the Task manager and open a new PowerShell window with administrative privileges, and enter below command,
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
 
 
 This process will take some time for app download and installation process once completed restart PC.
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(Solved) Windows 10 Search Bar not Working?

Recently I have faced wired issue, When I click on search text box nothing happens and I was not able to search anything. The menu doesn't pop up and I can type anything into the search box.  Windows 10 search is very helpful to launch app by simply selecting the corresponding app first letter.

If you are facing Windows 10 search, then follow below solutions,

1. Kill Windows 10 Search process

To kill Windows 10 search process, go into Task Manager, find SeachUI.exe, SeachFilterHost.exe, SeachIndexer.exe, SeachProtocolHost.exe and "End the process tree" as shown below.


2. Restart Windows Search Service

If your issue does not resolve after killing Search process, then restart Windows search service. To do that, press “Win + R,” type "services.msc" and press the Enter button to open the Services window.
In Service Windows find "Windows Search" service and restart it as shown below.

 
3. Kill Cortana Process
 
In some cases due to of Cortana search menu does not work, in that case you have to kill Cortana process as shown below. To do that open Task manager and Kill the Cortana and Cortana Background task host process. 
 
 
4. Raster PC
 
If none of the above option works for you, The last option is restart your PC.
 
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(Guide) Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Installation Guide

In last post we learn how to Install Windows 2016 on VMware workstation and ESXi Server. This guide is step by step guide which shows you how to install Windows 2016 Server Active Directory.
First Download Windows Server 2016 ISO file and prepare new Virtual Machine, to Install Windows Server 2016 follow this guide.

Follow below standard steps to Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2016
  1. Download Windows Server 2016 ISO
  2. Prepare Windows Server 2016 Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation or ESXi Server
  3. Install VMware Tools on Virtaul Machine.
  4. Assign Static IP Address to the Windows Server 2016 VM.
  5. Open Server Manager->Add Roles and Features 


Choose "Active Directory Domain Services" and This adds the different sub services, like AD DS and AD LDS Tools as shown below.


Click on Install to start the Installation.

Click on the Task details click the link Promote this server to a domain controller. 

This is my test environment and I do not have any forset. So I have selected third option "Add a new forest".

Now select the "Forest function and Domain function level" to “Windows server technical preview” and then select the domain controller capabilities like GC and DNS, then enter the DSRM password and click next to proceed.

Then it starts the installation process. It will reboot server automatically once setup completed. 

 Once server reboots, you can see AD DS is configured and functioning as shown below
 
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