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LabTech Reboot Messages

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Bruce Morgan [fa icon="calendar'] June 10, 2013 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, How To Guide, Microsoft Windows

If you are one of our Managed Services customers, one of the services provided to you is scheduled patching of your computers . Microsoft releases patches on a regular basis as do some other application vendors and our remote management software (LabTech) will apply these patches to your machines as needed and as approved by our staff.

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VMware MSCS NPIV Support Clarified

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Doug Oakes [fa icon="calendar'] February 10, 2011 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Windows, VMware vSphere

NPIV or N-Port Virtualization is a method of utilizing a single Fibre Channel port to serve multiple physical or virtual servers. NPIV allows a single SAN device to service multiple WWNs without additional switching infrastructure. NPIV is the technique used by blade system hardware to reduce the complexity of SAN connected blades. NPIV allows SAN connectivity without requiring Fibre Channel switches to be installed within the blade chassis. VMware also uses NPIV within the Raw Device Mapping (RDM) infrastructure.

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VMware vSphere Client - Can't Connect When Windows Firewall is Disabled on Windows 7

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] June 22, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Windows, VMware vSphere

This probably affects other programs as well however for me it was trying to use the VMware vSphere Client to connect to a VMware vCenter server. For the life of me, I couldn't get it to connect. The vCenter services were all started, networking looked good, I could ping the vCenter server, everything that I tried didn't work.

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How To Avoid the Windows MBR Disk 2TB Limit by Using GPT Type Disks

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] March 11, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Windows

If you want to use a disk larger than 2TB within Windows, it might look like you can't use all of the space. This is due to the type of initialization performed on the disk. This lesson will show you how to initialize the disk with the "GPT" type of disk (rather than the default MBR type) so you can use disks larger than 2TB.

The 2TB Size Disk Limit Problem

Our screenshot shows you that when adding a very large disk to Windows, it looks like you can only use 2TB of that disk.

The GPT Solution

In order to use the full size, right click on the disk (1) and choose "Convert to GPT Disk" (2).

Now you have all of the space available to format (in our example, 10TB).

Creating the Partition

Now you just create the partition just like any other disk by right clicking on the unallocated space and choose "New Partition".

Notice the note when creating the new partition (circled in red on the screenshot).

Ready to Use

Once you go through the rest of the New Partition wizard and choose to format it, the disk will be available as shown.

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Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] March 6, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft KB article for RDP 7.0 for Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1 and Vista SP2.

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Deploying printers with SBS 2008

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] March 4, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft, Microsoft Windows

There is a slight problem when trying to deploy printers using group policies in Small Business Server 2008. When following the steps for server 2008 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722179(WS.10).aspx ) you will find that the pushprinterconnections.exe file located on server 2008 is 64-bit. This can be a big problem because the executable is incompatible with any 32-bit machines.

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Keeping your old domain profile

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] February 17, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft, Microsoft Windows

Have you ever run into a situation where you needed to join a new domain but keep the old profile? One of our senior engineers (Greg Prawl) provided this information to me the other day when I was doing a domain migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. This process allows you to keep the old domain profile when you join a new domain.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Maximum Memory Limits

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] February 8, 2010 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Windows

Simon over at www.TechHead.co.uk put together this useful chart describing the max memory (RAM) limits for Windows 2008 (x86 and x64) and Windows 2008 R2 x64 and thought it was very useful so I'm posting here for reference.

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Microsoft Desktop Licensing in a Virtual Environment (VDI)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] August 7, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows

We've already posted some useful info on licensing servers for a virtual environment, but we also get the question a lot of how virtualization changes licensing for hosted desktop (aka VDI) environments. Well, here are some very useful links.

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Microsoft Virtualization Calculators and VMware Calculators

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] July 13, 2009 [fa icon="tags'] VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows

Here are some very useful calculator links that we show many of our customers on the benefits of virtualization.

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