How to Check Windows Server 2012 Activation Status

As the system administrator, it may be necessary for you to check the licensing status of a server after it has been configured. The following steps will describe the steps to check windows server 2012 activation status. Method 1 : 1. From the Start menu : 2. Select “Arrow down” button : 3. Click “Command Prompt” … Read more

How to Disabled Password Complexity Requirements on Windows Server 2012

By default Microsoft Windows Server 2012 enforces users to use strong passwords. However there is the simple steps to disabled password complexity requirements on Windows Server 2012. 1. Open the Start screen and click the Administrative Tools icon. 2. In Administrative Tools folder, double click the Local Security Policy icon. 3.  Expand Account Policies and … Read more

How to Upgrade Virtual Hardware of the VMware Virtual Machine

This article describes the steps to upgrade the hardware version of virtual machines to the latest version of ESXi. For virtual machines that are running on ESXi 5.x, VMware recommends that you upgrade the virtual hardware to the latest available version. ESXi/ESX version Virtual hardware version ESXi 5.5 10 ESXi 5.1 9 ESXi 5.0 8 … Read more

How to Fix Connection issue from WinXP 32 bit vSphere Client to vSphere 5.1/5.5/6.0

For those who are running Windows XP 32 bit and facing the issue while connecting the vSphere Client to connect to vCenter Server 5.5, ESXi 5.5 and ESXi 6.0 host directly, there is a solution provided by VMware. According to VMware KB, this is due to a Handshake failure. vSphere 5.1 and 5.5 uses the … Read more

How to Manually Extend the Evaluation Period for Windows Server 2008

Microsoft allow you to have an unlimited number of testing during the evaluation period of the Windows Server 2008. You can use that evaluation version for 10 days or 60 days without any activation. When the initial 10-day or 60-day evaluation period nears its end, you can RESET the licensing status of the Windows Server … Read more

How to Power off Unresponsive Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi 4.1

In the situation you are experiencing a virtual machine is unresponsive and cannot be stopped or cannot be powered off gracefully using the using the vSphere Client on VMware ESXi 4.1, you should proceed to use command line option to kill it. Please note that forcibly powering off a virtual machine might result in guest … Read more

How to Install VMware Tools in a Windows 2008 Server

VMware tools are not necessary to be installed in any guest operating system (OS). But it is always recommended to install VMware tools as it will benefits the guest OS such as enhanced mouse driver and improved video performance. This post provides the steps to install VMware Tools in a Windows 2008 Server. 1. From … Read more

VMWare vCenter Converter Standalone – key can’t be retrieved. (return code 2) issue

Question : I’m having an issue to perform P2V one of my linux CentOS 6.5 machine using the VMware standalone converter version 5.5. I get below error : FAILED: A general system error occurred: Network error. Host 192.x.x.x key can’t be retrieved. (return code 2) Answer : 1. Edit the files hosts.allow on /etc fixed … Read more

How to Power on a virtual machine from the command line on VMware ESXi 4.1

Assumed that the esxi host cannot be managed from vCenter Server or from vSphere Client due to some reasons such as host not responding but you still can established putty session to that host. You still can power on the virtual machine using vim-cmd command. This steps has been tested on esxi 4.1 and require … Read more

How to Install and Configure XAMPP 1.8.1 on Windows

If you plan to host your development PHP applications on local windows workstation or windows server, i would recommend you to use XAMPP as your web server. XAMPP is one of the popular and cross-platform package of a Apache HTTP server, MySQL database, PHP interpreter, and Perl interpreter. It’s consist of Apache web server, MySQL, PHP, … Read more

How to Use the Tracert Command in Windows

Tracert or Trace Route is a network diagnostic tool for displaying the path of packet and IP address information takes from your computer to specified destination. Tracert is DOS command that equivalent with traceroute command if in linux operating system. It will list all the routers it passes through until it reached the one you … Read more

How to Install 389 LDAP Windows Console Client on Windows

389 Directory Server is an enterprise-class open source Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. In order to manage this 389 directory server from windows, you need to install 389 Windows Console Client. This post will describes the steps to install 389 Windows Console Client on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008. Please … Read more