View Agent is in an unreachable state after deploying a Win XP pool


After the upgrade to VMware View 4.5, I wanted to test a Desktop pool with the new View Agent and Windows XP installed as Guest OS. But when the composer finished his job, it finished with a provisioning error:

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So after a quick search I found out that this issue is documented on page 286 from view45_admin_guide.pdf:

Windows XP linked-clone desktops can fail to join the domain if your Active Directory runs on Windows Server 2008.

Problem
When linked-clone desktops are provisioned, the linked clones fail to join the domain. View Administrator displays View Composer provisioning error messages. For example:
5/17/10 3:11:50 PM PDT: View Composer agent initialization state error (18): Failed to join the
domain (waited 565 seconds)

Cause
This issue can occur if your Active Directory runs on Windows Server 2008. The Windows Server 2008 readonly domain controller (RODC) is not backward-compatible with Windows XP virtual machines.

Solution
1 Check the View Composer log for the following error message:
0x4f1: The system detected a possible attempt to compromise security. Please ensure that you
can contact the server that authenticated you. By default, the View Composer log file is generated in the Windows Temp directory: C:\Windows\Temp \vmware-viewcomposer-ga-new.log
2 On the parent virtual machine, apply the Windows Server 2008 RODC compatibility update for Windows XP. See Microsoft Support Article 944043 at the following location:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944043/en-us.
3 Take a snapshot of the updated parent virtual machine.
4 Recompose the linked-clone desktops from the updated parent virtual machine and snapshot.

You can also find the solution on kb.vmware.com:

This issue occurs when Windows XP desktops fail to join the Windows 2008 Active Directory domain.

To resolve this issue:

  1. Ensure that the Windows XP Master is updated with the latest Microsoft patches.
  2. Ensure that the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller (RODC) compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP clients is installed in the master virtual machine.
    For more information and to download the patch, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 944043.
    Note: The preceding link was correct as of January 28, 2011. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.
    After applying the patch, create a new snapshot for use with linked clone pools or convert the virtual machine to a template for full clone or deployment using Sysprep.

After applying the latest Windows XP updates and the patch mentioned above. I was able to deploy the XP desktop pool again. So if you are deploying View desktop with Windows XP in a Windows 2008 domain. Install the patch mentioned in KB944043.

Note. I saw this issue only on desktops with the latest View 4.5 agent installed. The desktop pool with the View 4.0 agent did work as expected.

Sources:

Source Link
VMware http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1027775
VMware http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1030462
VMware http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1027087
Microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944043/en-us
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Windows Update error code 80244019


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On a fresh installed Windows Server 2008 X64 VM, a received the following error when I want to search for new Windows Updates:

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The solution in my case was to delete the following registry key: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

 

Source: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/itprovistasetup/thread/e788027e-9292-47c0-891e-90309cf13367

Extend a Windows 2008 boot partition


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If you want to extend a boot partition on Windows 2003 you need to use 3rd party applications to achieve your goal. I have blogged about these tools. You can find the posts here:

In Windows Server 2008, this process is a lot easier and will costs you maybe 5 minutes of your time.

Open the Virtual Machine properties, select your VMDK and change the value:

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Wait till the task is ready:

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Open the Server Manager, go to Storage and Rescan the disks

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Right click on the volume and click on Extend Volume.

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Follow the wizard:

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After a couple of seconds and a refresh in the Windows Explorer, the partition will have it’s new size.

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More info can be found here: http://bit.ly/sOnFS

VMware ESX/ESXi: no sound through RDP


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Martin over at http://www.emware.nl/ has posted an article about getting sound through a RDP connection:

Working on vmware is great, but it gets even better when you have some sounds.
A straight out the box install gives you a error on the sound card.

  • The audio Service is not running
  • No audio Devices are installed

It took me some to figure out this problem, but at the end … it was really simple.

Let’s make it work !

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.emware.nl/articles/no-sound-in-esx-esxi-through-rdp.html

RTM: Microsoft SQL Server 2008


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Keith Combs schrijft het volgende op zijn blog:

Transparent Data Encryption – Enable encryption of an entire database, data files, or log files, without the need for application changes. Benefits of this include: Search encrypted data using both range and fuzzy searches, search secure data from unauthorized users, and data encryption without any required changes in existing applications.

Auditing – Create and manage auditing via DDL, while simplifying compliance by providing more comprehensive data auditing. This enables organizations to answer common questions, such as, “What data was retrieved?”

Enhanced Database Mirroring – SQL Server 2008 builds on SQL Server 2005 by providing a more reliable platform that has enhanced database mirroring, including automatic page repair, improved performance, and enhanced supportability.

Automatic Recovery of Data Pages – SQL Server 2008 enables the principal and mirror machines to transparently recover from 823/824 types of data page errors by requesting a fresh copy of the suspect page from the mirroring partner transparently to end users and applications.

Hot Add CPU – Dynamically scale a database on demand by allowing CPU resources to be added to SQL Server 2008 on supported hardware platforms without forcing any downtime on applications. Note that SQL Server already supports the ability to add memory resources online.

Meer informatie vind je hier: SQL Server 2008

 

Bron: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2008/08/06/microsoft-sql-server-2008-rtm-s.aspx