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[Solved] Windows 10 Cisco IPsec VPN Client Issue

Cisco IPSec VPN Client is not supported on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 officially. Cisco VPN client (5.0.07.0440 for x64, 5.0.07.0410 for x86) is working for some people. But for that,
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1. You have to apply a small Registry workaround
2. By installing Citrix Deterministic Network Enhancer & then Cisco IPSec VPN Client 5.0.07.0440

This guide will help you to solve your Cisco IPSec VPN Client issue on Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
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How to Install Windows 10 in VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)

Windows 10 Tech Preview can be easily be installed in VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5). Even the latest version of Windows OS is not listed in the supported OS.
The installation of Windows 10 including VMware tools is without a problem and everything works great.
Microsoft has created Windows Insider Program to all users to test the new version Windows 10. You will have to agree to Microsoft Terms and conditions to download it.
 
In this post we are going to install Windows 10 on VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5), so lets start.
To install Windows 10 Tech Preview, first you need to sign up for the Tech Preview program and download the ISO from http://preview.windows.com.
To set up Windows 10 in ESXi 5.5, launch the vSphere client and create new virtual machine,
Create new VM > Chose Typical >
From the drop down list choose guest operating system as Windows and Version as Microsoft Windows 8 (64bit)
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Follow the steps to create new VM & Start the VM.
The Windows 10 installation process is same as Windows 7 and Windows 8.0,8.1. To check more Windows 10 installation screen shots check below posts,
How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation
How to Install Windows 10 on VirtualBox
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How to Install Windows 10 on VirtualBox

Microsoft has created Windows Insider Program to all users to test the new version Windows 10. You will have to agree to Microsoft Terms and conditions to download it.
There are couple of options to install Windows 10 on your PC.
1. Install directly on your PC, but take your backup as downgrade is not supported.
2. Install VMware workstation 10 on your exiting PC & install Windows 10.
3. Install Virtual Box on your PC & Install Windows 10.
In this post we are going to install Windows 10 on Virtual Box , so lets start.
To install Windows 10 Tech Preview, first you need to sign up for the Tech Preview program and download the ISO from http://preview.windows.com.
Download and Install Latest version of Oracle VirtualBox.
So lets start,
To set up Windows 10 in VirtualBox, launch the VirtualBox and click New in the VirtualBox Manager window to create new Virtual Machine. Enter "Windows 10" as the name of the operating system. Select the Windows 8.1 64-bit as the version and click next.
 
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Set the Memory Size to 2GB and Click Next.
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Choose to "Create a virtual hard drive now" and click Create.
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Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) as the hard drive file type and click Next.
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Select Storage on Physical Drive as  dynamically allocated (it will resize as required).

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Click Create and VirtualBox will start the process to create drive for Windows 10 VM.
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Once you done, Select Virtual Machine and click the Start button in the Oracle VirtualBox Manager.
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During VM Start up window, click the folder icon and navigate to the Windows 10 ISO and Click on Start.
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Select your desired language and click next .
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Accept Windows license agreement to continue.
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Select to install the OS with Custom: Install Windows only (advanced), as you are installing fresh Windows 10 and no upgrade.
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How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

Microsoft has created Windows Insider Program to all users to test the new version Windows 10. You will have to agree to Microsoft Terms and conditions to download it.
There are couple of options to install Windows 10 on your PC.
1. Install directly on your PC, but take your backup as downgrade is not supported.
2. Install VMware workstation 10 on your exiting PC & install Windows 10.
3. Install VirtualBOx on your PC & Install Windows 10.

In this post we are going to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation, so lets start.
To install Windows 10 Tech Preview, first you need to sign up for the Tech Preview program and download the ISO from http://preview.windows.com.
1. Download latest version of VMware Workstation
2. Click the File->New Virtual Machine button to create a new virtual machine.
Select Custom Configuration & click Next,
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Specify path for your Windows 10 ISO file,
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Here select the operating system, since Windows 8 has the similar Windows kernel as Windows 10 Tech Preview. So select guest operating system as Microsoft Windows and Version as Windows 8 x64.
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Specify Virtual machine name and Click Next.
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Specify the number of processor & cores per processor & click next.
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Specify the memory as 2GB.
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Specify the Disk Size 60GB & click next.
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Follow the step to finish the installation wizard and start the installation.
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Select to install the OS with Custom: Install Windows only (advanced), as you are installing fresh Windows 10 and no upgrade.
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The last step is to install VMware Tools, From VM menu, select Install VMware Tools, and follow the steps to finish the VM tools installation.
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Download vSphere 5.5 Update 2

VMware has released vSphere 5.5 update 2 and it can be downloaded from VMware.
Below are the new features of the vSphere 5.5 update,
  • Support for hosts with 6TB of RAM
  • VMware vShield Endpoint Thin Agent as VMware Tools Guest Introspection plugin
  • vCenter Server now supports the following external databases: Oracle 12c, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1and Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • The vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) introduces a new container, Hybrid Cloud Service, on the vSphere Web Client home page. The Hybrid Cloud Service container contains the vCHS installer and the new vCloud Connector installer.
  • The vSphere customer experience improvement program is introduced to collect configuration data for vSphere and transmit weekly to VMware for analysis in understanding the usage and improving the product.

 
Below are the new vSphere 5.5 update product support notice,
 
Starting with vSphere 5.5 Update 2, Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported as vSphere Client Operating System. 
vSphere Web Client is not supported on the Linux OS as Linux OS are no longer supported by Adobe Flash
There is no more support for IBM DB2 for vCenter server databases.
vSphere Data Protection 5.1 is not compatible with vSphere 5.5 so if you want to use vSphere Data protection with vSphere 5.5 update 2 you have to upgrade vSphere Data protection to newer version.
 
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vSphere 6 vMotion Features Long-Distance and vMotion across different vCenter Servers

VMware vSphere 6 will offer support for long-distance vMotion and cross-vCenter vMotion. VMware also previewed a revised Fault Tolerance feature that adds support for multiple vCPUs, acknowledging that a single vCPU limitation makes Fault Tolerance all but useless for most virtual machines (VMs).

Long-distance vMotion, will allow Infrastructure Administrators to seamlessly migrate running Virtua Machines from one Data Center Server on one side to the other side vSphere Server.

Below are the new vSphere 6.0 vMotion Features

vMotion using routed vMotion networks.
Long-distance vMotion between two Data Centers.
vMotion across different vCenter Servers.
vMotion across virtual switches and Virtual Distributed Switches.

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VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2 Announced

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VMware has announced vSphere 5.5 Update 2. The new release of VMware vSphere ESXi offers support for
New chipsets (Haswell EP Legacy)
Latest guest operating systems
Storage vMotion interop with CBT
Business critical application
6TB host support
It is expected to be available in Q3 2014.
Stay tune for latest updates.

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[Guide] Lync 2013 client Show a Picture from a website

I have Lync 2010 server in my environment but we recently upgraded to MS office 2013 and that comes with the new Lync 2013 client. For some reason users that had their pictures hidden in the old 2010 client after upgrading to 2013 cannot seem to show their photos even after they enable it. But I  installed the old Lync 2010 client on machines and their display pictures appears, but in the 2013 client it wont show up.
Below guide will help you to get a custom picture form URL feature in Lync 2013 client.

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This feature was removed and such users got stuck and could not change pictures. To enable “Show a picture from a website” you have to install latest Lync 2013 client
and run below commands Lync Power shell as show below,
Run the following commands,
$PolicyEntry=New-CsClientPolicyEntry -Name EnablePresencePhotoOptions -Value true
$currentClientPolicy=Get-CsClientPolicy -Identity Global
$currentClientPolicy.PolicyEntry.Add($PolicyEntry)
Set-CsClientPolicy -Instance $currentClientPolicy

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Once you run the above commands, Sign Out and Sign In back to Lync client and you will see a “Show a picture from a website” option again.
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[Solved] Videostream We couldn’t make a connection to your Chromecast

With the help of Videostream you can play your own locally stored videos from your PC to directly on your ChromeCast with Subtitle support.
Today I installed Videostream Google Chrome extension on my PC, but while playing videos I was getting “We couldn’t make a connection to your Chromecast” error message.
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As per above error message I Disabled my PC firewall and enabled Incoming TCP port 5556
but no luck.
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Then finally I closed/Stopped my Antivirus i.e. Microsoft Forefront Client security and I was finally able to cast videos from my PC to ChromeCast via Videostream.
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[Guide] How to Disable IPv6 in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 from Command Prompt

I faced issues with IPv6 so decided to disable IPv6 from all my Windows 8.1 PC’s. As my DNS server was showing double entries for each machine such IPv4 & IPv6 as shown below.
How to disable IPv6  in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 -00 So I decided to disable IPv6 from all machines. You can not disable IPv6 by editing the network adapter properties by un-checking the IPv6 and it does not work. A registry hack is required to disable IPv6 completely.
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How to disable IPv6  in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 -01

If you want to disable IPv6 properly you have to disable it via Registry. To add registry setting to disable IPv6 use below method,
Click on Start –> Run –> type regedit to open registry editor
Locate the following registry entry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters
In the details pane click New and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Type DisabledComponents, and then press ENTER.
Double-click DisabledComponents, and then type 0xffffffff  as shown below
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If you want to add registry entry automatically simple create Batch script and add below command into the script & run the Batch script As Administrator.
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reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TCPIP6\Parameters /v DisabledComponents /t REG_DWORD /d 0xffffffff /f
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