How to fake a VMs guest OS CPUID

For the most software products the license verification is done with license keys. During my time in the IT I have also seen some products, where the license is tied to the underlying hardware of your server. Mostly this is realized with license files, which include the ID of your CPU. The application checks if […]

How to setup MS SQL 2008 R2 for VMware vCenter – Part 2

The second post of this series shows you how to configure Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for the use with VMware vCenter Server. How to setup MS SQL 2008 R2 for VMware vCenter – Part 1 How to setup MS SQL 2008 R2 for VMware vCenter – Part 2 << 1.) After you installed the […]

How to setup MS SQL 2008 R2 for VMware vCenter – Part 1

In this post I provide a step by step installation guide for MS SQL Server 2008 R2, which provides a database for VMware vCenter. This guide also applies for other VMware products like Site Recovery Manager (SRM), VMware Update Manager (VUM) etc., which requires a database. During the next days a second post will follow […]

Running Windows 8 (Customer Preview) on vSphere 5

After this week Microsoft released the customer preview version of it´s new Windows 8, I tried to install it on VMware vSphere 5. There are some smaller steps you need to beaware of. Note: First I tried the german version of Windows 8 (x64) and I wasn´t able to install it. Got a message (from […]

Windows 2000 Server on vSphere 5 (Update)

A while ago we upgraded our server from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.0. Before upgrading our infrastucture we did a lot of testing in a lab environment of course. Still we run into a problem when upgrading the productiv envrionment: I know we are having the year 2012! But still my company is running a […]