Category Archives: Server IT

Sysprep and WSUS and Cloned VM’s

If you are cloning a VM that will be getting it’s updates from a local WSUS, you need to delete two keys from the registry. WSUS and Windows (online) Update generate there own client ID in the registry. If you update your VM … Continue reading

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VMware says disable screen saver in all VM’s

According to VMware, screen savers are not necessary for virtual machines and if they are running, they waste valuable CPU cycles.

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Why you need to use SysPrep tool with VM’s

If you plan to have VM’s that are joined to a domain or  if you have a WSUS server and want your VM’s to have access to the WSUS updates, you need to use Sysprep.  According to the VMware forums, … Continue reading

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Disable Shut Down Event Tracker

I have a server that hosts several VM’s. This server has more VM’s than the available host memory (16GB) can support so I am always shutting down a VM so I can bring another VM on line.  I became annoyed … Continue reading

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i1912 SEL FULL – Delete all System Event Logs with Powershell

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server that is a dedicated host for my VM’s. I test a lot of applications, experiment with SharePoint farms, and occasionally blow things up.  This activity generates a boat load of errors which get written to … Continue reading

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ERROR: Windows Platform FIPS

When I was installing SharePoint on some heavily STIG’d servers for a customer, I got the following error… Failed to create the configuration database. An exception of type System.InvalidOperationException was thrown. Additional exception information: This implementation is not part of … Continue reading

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