May 04

Connect HP OneView with Directory services

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— original post on my personal blog https://hendric.us —

This blog describes a step-by-step guide on how to use secure LDAP to connect the HP OneView appliance with Directory Services (Active Directory).

  • step 1. get the server certificate from the domain controller(s)
  • step 2. creating the right ldap query within HP OneView
  • step 3. adding domain groups to HP OneView

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Mar 12

Server 2016 – Using Edge with the built-in Administrator

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When you’re logged in with local Administrator on a Windows Server 2016 box, you can’t start the Edge browser.

Default security will prevent you from using the Edge browser and suggests you to login with a different user.

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To workaround this, you can follow these instructions:

  1.  (windows+r) run gpedit.msc
  2. go to: Computer configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account -> Enabled
  3. Reboot the Windows Server 2016 box (windows+r -> shutdown /r /t 0)
  4. enjoy using Edge with the local administrator account
Jun 19

When you’re using HP OneView to manage your HP hardware (virtual connect etc.) you can manually create a backup by using the web interface.
Because its a manual proces, it would be an to intensive process to do that on daily or weekly base.

That’s why i created this HP OneView Appliance backup script that uses the Rest API to create a backup and then download it from the appliance.
The script also can archive older backups, to keep everything nice and clean ;).

Please email me when you have any question or suggestion.

Save the script as Oneview-backup.ps1 and run it once (per host and per user) to provide the password which will be saved encrypted.

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Mar 13

Book review: Learning Ansible

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Learning Ansible

If you’re not (yet) familiar with Ansible or you just started your Ansible journey, this book is a great startup.
Ansible is all about automation and provisioning of servers.
You create and define a desired state (from a configuration perspective) and Ansible will provision the server exactly like you want to.
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Feb 05

Lync 2013 Full client installation using a MSP

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This blog is about the installation of the Lync 2013 Full client (part of the Office 2013 installation).

– Introduction
– Using OCT
– OCT/MSP bugs and fixes (Lync only installation problem)

Introduction:

When you want to install the full version of Lync 2013 client instead of the Lync basic client version, you have to use the Office 2013 installation media.
This is because the Lync Full client is now part of the Office suite and therefore not available as separate installation anymore, as it used to be.

Because there are enough reasons to not upgrade the whole office suite to version 2013, you have to create an MSP file with OCT (Microsoft Office Customization Tool).
For the most IT professionals the OCT isn’t new, but for those who are new to OCT i will explain the basics of it.

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Dec 18

Book review: Puppet Essentials

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Puppet Essentials by Felix Frank

This book is a very good read for people with absolutely no Puppet experience.
You will learn all the basics of Puppet and at the end of the book you can even write your own (basic+) puppet modules.

Puppet Essentials starts with an introduction about the basic elements of Puppet.
This introduction will give you a very good impression about the power of Puppet and what it can do for your infrastructure.
Easy readable examples are making it easy to learn how to create your own modules.

All examples within the book can be downloaded, so even when you’re not familiar with programming you can jump start your Puppet experience 😉

you can buy the book over here

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Nov 28

vCenter Server 5.1 with SSO 5.5

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This blog describes how to install vCenter Server 5.1 with SSO (Single-Sign-On) 5.5

In my case, it’s not possible to upgrade to vCenter Server 5.5 because of the fact that the vendor doesn’t support a higher version (yet).

SSO 5.1 (and i will say it very nice) is not the best product VMware has ever made.
It has several bugs and is not very stable.
But VMware made a more stable version for 5.5, and i recommend everyone to use that version.

Ok, this is the procedure to install all needed vCenter components: Continue reading »

Nov 10

Lync 2013 with Lync VDI plugin

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I’ve read a lot about using Lync 2013 with Lync VDI plugin for offloading video and audio, but how to configure it and how it really works is a little bit hazy in my opinion.

This blog describes how the Lync VDI plugin works and how to configure it on a domain joined computer and a standalone computer.

First let’s start with the download… you can find the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here.
note: when you have a Microsoft Office version installed on your client, you have to match the VDI plugin with the Office version, so a 64-bit version of Office requires a 64-bit version of the VDI plugin. When no Office version is installed, it’s recommended to use the 32-bit version.
When using Receiver you have to use 32-bit VDI plugin, that requires you to remove 64-bit office versions.

The VDI plugin setup is a next, next, finish installation, so this doesn’t require additional help.

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Nov 07

WDS: 2012R2 capture boot image (0xc000000f)

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This blog is about the usage of a Windows Server 2012R2 boot.wim file to create a 2012R2 capture boot image.

When you use Windows Deployment Services and use the boot.wim from the installation DVD, you’ll get the stop error 0xc000000f
Indicating that \Windows\System32\boot\winload.exe could not be loaded.

Microsoft doesn’t have a fix or solution released for it now, but if you follow this workaround you’ll get a perfectly working 2012R2 capture image.

– logon to your WDS server.
– start a command box
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Oct 26

E2EVC 2014 Barcelona – final day

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The last couple days i shared what happened at the E2E virtualization conference in Barcelona.

This blog is about final day of the E2EVC.

We started the morning with a session with our E2EVC grandfather Carl Webster (@carlwebster) and Iain Brighton (@iainbrighton) about the great scripts Carl wrote to easily document your environment.
How they are working on improving the scripts with more performance so the scripts will collect and create the reports much faster.
They also work on a script template which you can use to easily create your own documentation script with the same slick output as Webster’s scripts have. Also the output of the script will be modified as there is now only a way to export it to Microsoft Word or PDF, but the future version will let you export to XML or plain text if you need to.
Iain and some other guys from the community are teaching Carl in how Carl can improve his programming skills to create better and faster scripts.
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