Manually run PSCONFIG after installing SharePoint 2010 patches

Patching SharePoint is a two-step process. The updated binaries are first installed and then psconfig must be run to update the SharePoint databases. SBS 2008 uses Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and updates automatically run PSconfig when installed via Automatic Updates or Windows Server Update Services. SharePoint Foundation 2010 changes the method in which patches are installed. PSconfig no longer runs automatically after an update is installed. The SharePoint binary files are updated with the patch but the databases are not automatically upgraded. SharePoint runs in a compatibility mode that still allows the sites to function with the older version databases. Continue reading “Manually run PSCONFIG after installing SharePoint 2010 patches”

MacUpdate 2012 Spring Bundle

Featuring another incredible collection of 11 popular Mac apps for just $49.99.
The full app lineup includes:

1. VMware Fusion 4 ($49.99) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/23593/vmware-fusion

2. Drive Genius 3 ($99.00) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/17099/drive-genius

3. PDFpen 5 ($59.95) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/13829/pdfpen

4. ForkLift 2.5 ($29.95) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/24467/forklift

5. Typinator 5 ($33.00) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/18028/typinator

6. DesktopShelves 2 ($14.99) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/38013/desktopshelves

7. Snapheal ($14.99) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/41078/snapheal

8. Boom [Home Pack] ($10.99) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/36700/boom

9. Phone to Mac ($24.95) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30886/phone-to-mac

10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition ($29.99) – http://macupdate.com/app/mac/41944

11. Worms Special Edition ($9.99) – http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39283

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vBenchmark

Summary:
Have you ever wondered how to quantify the benefits of virtualization to your management? If so, please consider using vBenchmark.

 

 

 

 

 

vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:

– Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
– Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
– Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?

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How to install Windows 8 on VMware Fusion

 

Now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available to the public, people want to test, use and play around with Microsofts new and shiny OS (Metro-Style). I have made a simple step-by-step guide on how to install it on a Mac running VMware Fusion. It’s quite easy, so let’s get on with it:

Prerequisite (with download links)
Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview (NEW!)

 

 

 

 

VMware Fusion 4

 

 

 

 

 

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How to make a bootable VMware vSphere 5 USB installation media

 

Now that VMware has released their new vSphere 5 into the public, questions always come up on how to make a bootable vSphere 5 USB installation media. As of now there isn’t any official way of doing this if you are using a Microsoft, Apple or Linux GUI  based OS. So I have made a small step-by-step guide on how to achieve this. So here we go…

 

1. Download UNetbootin and run the software (WindowsMac OS XLinux).

2. Download the VMware vSphere 5 ISO file -> VMware Download Center.

3. Start the UNetbootin application and choose Diskimage (ISO) and browse to the downloaded ISO file.

4. Choose Type: USB Drive and choose the correct USB drive letter that you want the bootable installer to be installed to.

5. You are now done! Just make sure you edit the boot sequence in your BIOS (UEFI mode on some systems).

You can also visit the vSphere 5 documentation online.

Please post some comments if you feel like leaving some feedback!

 

 

 

VMware vSphere 5 released today!

VMware Announces General Availability of VMware vSphere® 5

VMware vSphere 5 supports virtual machines (VMs) that are up to four times more powerful than previous versions – VMs can now be configured with up to 1 terabyte of memory and 32 virtual CPUs. When combined with VMware vSphere 5’s enhanced High Availability, these gains in VM scalability and performance enable customers to virtualize any business-critical applications with confidence in the application’s continued performance and availability.

VMware vSphere 5 also introduces three key new flagship features – Auto-Deploy, Profile-Driven Storage and Storage DRS – that extend the platform’s unique datacenter resource management capabilities, delivering intelligent policy management to support an automated “set it and forget it” approach to managing datacenter resources, including server deployment and storage management. Customers can define policies and establish the operating parameters, and VMware vSphere 5 does the rest.

VMware News Releases
VMware vSphere 5 Documentation
VMware vSphere 5 Download

USB support for VMware ESX / ESXi 4.1 – finally!!!

VMware ESX 4.1 (finally) supports USB device passthrough from an ESX or ESXi host to a virtual machine.

Requirements
USB device passthrough requires:

  • Virtual hardware version 7 or higher
  • A USB Arbitrator
  • A USB controller
  • A USB device or device hub

Limitations
The USB Controller has these limitations:

  • USB controller hardware and modules that support USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices must be present on the host.
  • You can add only one virtual USB controller to each virtual machine.
  • The USB arbitrator can monitor a maximum of 15 USB controllers. If your system includes an additional number of controllers and you connect USB devices to these controllers, the devices are not available to the virtual machine.
  • You must add the USB controller to the virtual machine before you can add a USB device.
  • You must remove all USB devices before you remove the controller.
USB devices have these limitations:
  • You can add multiple USB devices to a virtual machine that resides on an ESX/ESXi host to which the devices are physically attached.
  • A USB device is available to only one virtual machine at a time.
  • You can add up to 20 USB devices to a virtual machine.
  • Unsupported USB devices may not interact as expected with other ESX/ESXi features. For a list of supported USB devices, see Supported USB device models for passthrough from an ESX or ESXi host to a virtual machine (1021345).
  • Before you hot add memory, CPU, or PCI devices, you must remove any USB devices. Hot adding these resources disconnects USB devices, which may result in data loss.
  • When you suspend and resume a virtual machine, USB devices behave as if they have been disconnected, then reconnected.

Adding a USB controller and a USB device
To add a USB controller:

  1. Right-click on the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Choose USB Controller and click Next.
  4. Click OK.
To add a USB device:
  1. Right-click on the virtual machine and click Edit Settings.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Choose USB Device and click Next.Note: To support vMotion, select Support vMotion while device is connected.
  4. Click OK.

Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine

Only those network adapters that are appropriate for the virtual machine you are creating, are available configuration options in the Choose Networks window.

  • Vlance — An emulated version of the AMD 79C970 PCnet32 LANCE NIC, an older 10 Mbps NIC with drivers available in most 32bit guest operating systems except Windows Vista and later. A virtual machine configured with this network adapter can use its network immediately.
  • VMXNET — The VMXNET virtual network adapter has no physical counterpart. VMXNET is optimized for performance in a virtual machine. Because operating system vendors do not provide built-in drivers for this card, you must install VMware Tools to have a driver for the VMXNET network adapter available.
  • Flexible — The Flexible network adapter identifies itself as a Vlance adapter when a virtual machine boots, but initializes itself and functions as either a Vlance or a VMXNET adapter, depending on which driver initializes it. With VMware Tools installed, the VMXNET driver changes the Vlance adapter to the higher performance VMXNET adapter.
  • E1000 — An emulated version of the Intel 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet NIC. A driver for this NIC is not included with all guest operating systems. Typically Linux versions 2.4.19 and later, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and later, and Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) and later include the E1000 driver.
  • VMXNET 2 (Enhanced) — The VMXNET 2 adapter is based on the VMXNET adapter but provides some high-performance features commonly used on modern networks, such as jumbo frames and hardware offloads. This virtual network adapter is available only for some guest operating systems on ESX/ESXi 3.5 and later.

    VMXNET 2 is supported only for a limited set of guest operating systems:

    • 32 and 64bit versions of Microsoft Windows 2003 (Enterprise and Datacenter Editions).
       
      Note: You can use enhanced VMXNET adapters with other versions of the Microsoft Windows 2003 operating system, but a workaround is required to enable the option in VMware Infrastructure (VI) Client or vSphere Client. See Enabling enhanced vmxnet adapters for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (1007195) if Enhanced VMXNET is not offered as an option.
       
    • 32bit version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
    • 32 and 64bit versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
    • 64bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
    • 64bit versions of Ubuntu Linux
  • VMXNET 3 — The VMXNET 3 adapter is the next generation of a paravirtualized NIC designed for performance, and is not related to VMXNET or VMXNET 2. It offers all the features available in VMXNET 2, and adds several new features like multiqueue support (also known as Receive Side Scaling in Windows), IPv6 offloads, and MSI/MSI-X interrupt delivery.

    VMXNET 3 is supported only for virtual machines version 7 and later, with a limited set of guest operating systems:

    • 32 and 64bit versions of Microsoft Windows XP, 2003, and 2008
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 and later
    • 32 and 64bit versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and later
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Asianux 3 and later
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Debian 4/Ubuntu 7.04 and later
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Sun Solaris 10 U4 and later
    • 32 and 64bit versions of Ubuntu
You can read the official knowledge base at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1001805