Use Packer to install Windows 11 and enable vTPM and VBS

I use Packer for building images for VMware VDI environments. With the latest version (when writing this blog Packer version 1.7.7 is the latest version) it is not possible to configure a TPM in the Hashicorp Configuration Languag (HCL) config file. TPM 2.0 is required to install Windows 11. A vTPM emulates a physical … [Read more...]

Install Windows 11 on VMware vSphere with a virtual TPM

Yesterday I wrote a blog called “Install Windows 11 as VM on VMware vSphere / Workstation without TPM 2.0 chipset“. In this blog article, I explained how to install Windows 11 without having a TPM 2.0 chipset by using a registry hack. Paul Braren from tinkertry.com created a cool video (link) about … [Read more...]

Install Windows 11 as VM in VMware vSphere / Workstation without TPM 2.0

Yesterday Windows 11 is officially released. Windows 11. Windows 11 has the following requirements: Processor: 1 GHZ or faster RAM: 4 GB Storage: 64 GB System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable TPM: 2.0 Windows 11 requirements, link My VMware ESXi servers at home don’t have a TPM 2.0 chip. During the … [Read more...]

Create a central VMware Tools repository

VMware Tools releases have been decoupled from VMware vSphere release since version 10.0. You can now standardize to the latest VMware Tools by configuring a centralized repository. This can be useful when you want to point to a new VMware Tools version when for example a security vulnerability in identified VMware … [Read more...]

Run Home Assistant supervised as Virtual Machine (VM) on VMware ESXi

I’m running Home Assistant Supervised on Ubuntu for a long time, but that is not supported anymore. Home Assistant Supervised provides the full Home Assistant experience on a regular operating system. The Supervisor is not just an application but it is a full appliance that manages the whole system. Home … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Download the latest Windows 10 ISO file

Today Windows 10 21H1 is released (May 2021 Update). I use the latest Windows 10 versions in my lab environment for creating and testing golden images for VDI environments. To download the latest Windows 10 ISO file I use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This is a Windows-based tool. When starting the Windows 10 … [Read more...]

Resources to prepare for the AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure exam

I’m preparing for the AZ-140 Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure (still in beta till April 29, 2021) exam. The following resources I’m using for studying for the exam: Exam AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure – Skills Measured Exam … [Read more...]

Enable Adobe Flash support for the VMware Horizon Administrator console

Adobe Flash is no longer supported after December 31, 2020, and currently disabled by default. During my consulting work, I still see organizations that use Adobe Flash-based applications such as the VMware Horizon Administrator. VMware Horizon 7.10 has an HTML5 based Horizon Console that nearly feature-complete and … [Read more...]

Patch a vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) environment

Last week I tried to update a vCenter Server High Availability (VCHA) 7 cluster environment. I read the documentation and it procedure listed is still the same as in version 6.x of VCHA. First patch the witness node, then the passive node, failover the active node, and patch the passive node using the software-packages … [Read more...]

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) learning resources

As an End User Computing (EUC) consultant I’m looking for a couple of weeks into Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). My first step was to take the on-line course “Zero to Hero with Windows Virtual Desktop WVD” from Travis Roberts. I can highly recommend this course to everyone who is starting … [Read more...]