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Great VM network config!

A few days ago I was visiting a customer to troubleshoot some network issues on their virtual environment. I was amazed when I looked at the network configuration of their ESX servers. Look at the picture below and judge for yourself. The guy who configured it must be a real VMware guru! 😉 Cheers! – Marek.Z

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Tools & Utilities

Create and start a data collector from command line using LogMan.exe.

Regarding to my previous post about “List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file”, I wanted to automate the process of creating a basic system performance counter. So, if you successfully created a counter file and saved it with the counters you want to monitor, you can now use the LogMan.exe utility to create a new data collector in the Reliability and Performance Monitor. Start the command prompt on […]

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Tools & Utilities

Manage a Windows Machine using Windows Remote Management.

With Windows Remote Management (WinRM) you can remotely (duh! 🙂 ) manage hardware and software on your Windows machines. It’s installed by default on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. I mostly use it to start the command prompt on a remote system for which I use the WinRS.exe command. Before you can use WinRM, you have to configure it at the machine you want to remotely manage. Log in with an administrative account, start the […]

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Microsoft

Create your own custom events in the event log.

Did you ever wonder how to add some custom events to your computer system or application log? I always have but never really had the time to look it up. I was browsing the Windows Server 2008 command reference guide at Microsoft TechNet Windows Server TechCenter and I found the EventCreate.exe command. So, let’s give it a try. C:>EventCreate.exe /L Application /T Success /SO Script /ID 1 /D “The script completed successfully” This command will […]

Microsoft

Troubleshooting the Security-Licensing-SLC Event ID 12293.

I discovered this error message on several servers in a new Windows 2008 domain. This issue occurs because you have more than one KMS hosts in your organization, which is the usual case. Just like written in this thread on the Microsoft TechNet Windows Server Forum, there are several ways to solve this issue. In this case I used the simplest one; create the SRV record manually in the DNS. 1. Log on to your DNS […]

PowerShell

Send an e-mail message from PowerShell.

This small PowerShell script will send you an e-mail message to notify you about something. I used it as a monitor for a custom, non-Microsoft service running on Windows Server 2008. Whenever the service will stop for an unexpected reason, the support guys will quickly be notified about the failure. The PowerShell script looks like this: $EmailFrom = “<e-mail address>@<yourdomain.com>” $EmailTo = “<e-mail address>@<otherdomain.com>” $Subject = “<Enter your subject here>” $Body = “<Enter the body […]

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Microsoft

List all performance counters on a Windows computer and export it to a file.

Have you ever wondered how to list all performance counters that are present on your computer? Well, I have and after some research I discovered the TypePerf.exe command. Believe it or not, TypePerf.exe is installed by default on all Windows versions after Windows 2000. The syntax looks like this (tested on a Vista machine). C:>TypePerf.exe –q > counters.txt This command will list all performance counters on your computer and save it to a text file […]

Certification

Passed the 70-652 exam!

Yes! Today I passed the Microsoft 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring exam. I took this exam because my firm is currently participating in the Microsoft Partner Readiness Program for Server Virtualization. I must say, it was quite easy exam! I got 47 questions and 90 minutes to complete the test. I expected more in depth configuration and technical questions about Hyper-V and Virtual Machines but the questions were more like: installing the Hyper-V server […]