Who is Netwrix?

During Tech Field Day 11 we had presentations from a lot of awesome companies. Some of them I knew, but others were new to me, and that while some of these already exist for multiple years. The first of these “older”companies was Netwrix. When writing a couple of VMware designs in which compliancy was a […] … [Read more...]

VMware: Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]

Today I deployed my new created Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 base image with Windows 8.1 u1 template and Customization file, during the customization process I received this error message: Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be … [Read more...]

VMware: My favorite Windows 2012R2 template configuration

  Virtual Hardware (VMX) Template configuration Hardware Value Memory 2 GB CPU’s Number of virtual sockets: 1 Number of cores per socket: 2 Video card Number of video displays: 1 Total video memory: 5 MB (1280×1024) VMCI device None SCSI Controller 0 Hard disk 1 LSI Logic SAS, bus sharing: none 40 GB, Thick … [Read more...]

Hyper-V: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 released

Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™ or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows … [Read more...]

Microsoft Exchange Server Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

Microsoft Exchange Server is a commonly found email server and is considered a business-critical application by many organizations. Virtualized instances of Exchange Server can be successfully deployed using VMware vSphere 5.5 and it has been shown that Exchange Server performs well in a virtualized … [Read more...]

7 Things You Should Know about Windows 2012R2 Licensing on VMware

Microsoft has adjusted her licensing policy once again regarding the availability of Windows Server 2012R2 in combination with virtualization and cloud environments. I get a lot of questions regarding how they should license Windows Server products with virtualization technologies and specifically with VMware vSphere … [Read more...]

How to configure RDS 2012 licensing in a Citrix XenDesktop 7 scenario

When using XenDesktop 7.0 with a hosted shared desktop or app publishing scenario you will have to install a vda-agent onto the Windows Server to be able to publish apps or shared desktops. During the install there is no check for existence of a RDS licensing server. In theory you can use the 120 day [...] … [Read more...]

Windows 8.1 KMS Client keys

Although the keys can be found on a few websites. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to write a tiny blog post to document it for myself. I found myself googling for this today without success, so there must be more people facing this Below you can find the install and client KMS keys  just in […] This post Windows 8.1 … [Read more...]

How does VMware vSphere 5.5 compare to the competition?

Yesterday VMware release vSphere 5.5 which includes many new features and enhancements, again raising the bar for the competition. But how does VMware vSphere 5.5 relate to Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer 6.2 or RedHat RHEV 3.2? Check out our new Enterprise Hypervisor comparison in which I added the new … [Read more...]

VMware continues to lead

The virtualization landscape is evolving. Nowadays two-thirds of x86 server workloads are virtualized, the market is mature and competitive and enterprises are evaluating the cost-benefits of switching technologies more than ever. For years and years VMware has been the clear market leader but Microsoft and Citrix have … [Read more...]