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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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How to Schedule a System Image Backup Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 comes with really great feature i.e. System Image Backup but lacks of schedule backup daily,weekly or monthly feature.
What can be done to configure this as a scheduled job to backup a machine every night as an image? Do not worry as its still possible to take system image backup on scheduled time by creating simple batch file or power shell script.
In this article I am going to show you how to create Simple Batch script for daily backup.
Create Simple Batch file as shown below, This will backup the C:\ drive to your E:\ drive.  The -allCritical option tells it to backup the critical volumes containing the System state of Windows 8.1 and the -quiet tells it to run without prompting user.
wbAdmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

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If you want to take backup on remote network drives use below command script.
wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\192.168.100.5\Backups -include:C:,D: -allCritical  –quiet
Now its time to run created Batch file everyday at 1:00 PM via Task scheduler. To do the same navigate to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler
In Task Scheduler windows click on Create Basic Task,
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Assign any Name to your task & click Next.
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In Task Trigger windows you can select when you want the task to Start. In my case its daily.
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Here you can configure the Time when you want to start the Backup & recurrence.
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In Action window, select “Start a Program” option as we want to run Batch file.
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In Program/Script option provide path of your Batch file & click next.
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Click on Finish to create task. Enter password if Task Scheduler ask for the same.
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Now you can see the newly created backup scheduled task.
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How to Configure Windows or System Image Backup on Windows 8.1

To create a System Image Backup in Windows 8.1 is very easy, to create backup of Windows 8.1  navigate to the Control panel->File History as shown below.

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Select location where you want to take backup. In my case I am taking C:\ drive backup on D:\ drive. It always recommended to take backup on separate disk, if you take the backup on same disk & if this disk fails you will lose your backups completely. If you want you can take system image backup on DVDs or on a network location. If you're saving your system images in a network location, you can only keep the most current system image for each computer.
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I am going to take backup of C:(System) drive, click on Start Backup to start the backup process.
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System images are saved in the format of drive\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\. If you have an existing system image for a computer and are creating a new one for the same computer, the new system image will overwrite the existing one. If you want to keep the existing system image, you can copy it to a different location before creating the new system image
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Click on Close once backup completed.
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In windows 8.1. you can create a system image backup but what can be done to configure this as a scheduled job to backup a machine every night as an image?
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GPMC Encountered an error while parsing Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

I have all Windows Server 2008 server and we upgraded our PC to Windows 8.1 operating system. So I downloaded the Administrative template for Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows 8.1 and  created the PolicyDefinitions folder, and copied the extracted files there.
Now whenever I expand the Administrative Templates while editing an existing GPO, I get an below error message,
GPMC Encountered an error while parsing
Administrative Templates
Encountered an error while parsing.
Expected one of the following possible elements(s), <test>, <decimalTestBox>, <testBox>, <checkBox>, <comboBox>, <dropdownList>, <listBox>, but found <multiTextBox> instead.
File
\\vmwareandme\SysVol\corp.vmwareaneme.com\srm-fci.adml,
line 198, column 60

Above parsing issue is related to particular ADMX and ADML file, in my case it is related to four adml files. To solve issue simply remove admx/adml file from the PolicyDefinitions folder.
Take backup of the adml/admx files before removing it if you required.

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Selected as vEXPERT 2014

This year I'm selected as a vEXPERT 2014. This is great occasion for me as honored by VMware as VMware vExpert 2014. This is the first time I got awarded as vExpert. Thanks so much for selecting me as vEXPERT.
vExpert 2014
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I would like to thank VMware, all my readers. I would like to more contribute towards the VMware community.
 
Source: vExpert 2014 Announcement


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Fix: Fatal Error: Failed to start and configure the WSUS service in Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2

I ran into a Windows Update Server configuration problem a few days ago at a customer’s site.  I was were trying to install/configure Windows Update Server on Windows Server 2012.  The error was "Fatal Error: Failed to start and configure the WSUS service"  while configuring WSUS.

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Then I opened the temp log file of WSUS server as shown below. I was getting below marked error i.e. The request failed with HTTP status 503: Service Unavailable.
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Actually issue was with the IIS WSUS Administration Website. So in IIS manager console I  deleted the "WSUS Administration" website as shown below.
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Click Yes to remove selected site.
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Now Complete the WSUS installation.
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