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VMware Workstation 12.5 now available

Posted by essjae on September 14, 2016

What’s New

  • Support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Support for Windows Server 2016

Also included are bug fixes, security updates, and performance improvements.

Full Release Notes here: http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation.html

Download: http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation.html

 

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Adding NAT to Hyper-V in Windows 10 and higher

Posted by essjae on March 10, 2016

I found about this new way to create a NAT virtual switch in Hyper-V, it’s a lot less work than my previously documented method here: https://smudj.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/windows-10-hyper-v-setting-up-networking-shared-and-bridged-options/

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh848455.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

New-VMSwitch

Creates a new virtual switch on one or more virtual machine hosts.

Syntax

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Parameter Set: NetAdapterName
New-VMSwitch [-Name] <String> -NetAdapterName <String[]> [-AllowManagementOS <Boolean> ] [-CimSession <Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSession[]> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <System.Management.Automation.PSCredential[]> ] [-EnableEmbeddedTeaming <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-EnableIov <Boolean]> ] [-EnablePacketDirect <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-MinimumBandwidthMode <VMSwitchBandwidthMode> {Default | Weight | Absolute | None} ] [-NATSubnetAddress <System.String> ] [-Notes <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: NetAdapterInterfaceDescription
New-VMSwitch [-Name] <String> -NetAdapterInterfaceDescription <String[]> [-AllowManagementOS <Boolean> ] [-CimSession <Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSession[]> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <System.Management.Automation.PSCredential[]> ] [-EnableEmbeddedTeaming <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-EnableIov <Boolean]> ] [-EnablePacketDirect <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-MinimumBandwidthMode <VMSwitchBandwidthMode> {Default | Weight | Absolute | None} ] [-NATSubnetAddress <System.String> ] [-Notes <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: SwitchType
New-VMSwitch [-Name] <String> -SwitchType <VMSwitchType> {Private | Internal | External} [-CimSession <Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSession[]> ] [-ComputerName <String[]> ] [-Credential <System.Management.Automation.PSCredential[]> ] [-EnableEmbeddedTeaming <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-EnableIov <Boolean]> ] [-EnablePacketDirect <Nullable [System.Boolean]> ] [-MinimumBandwidthMode <VMSwitchBandwidthMode> {Default | Weight | Absolute | None} ] [-NATSubnetAddress <System.String> ] [-Notes <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Example

New-VMSwitch -SwitchName "Virtual Switch" -SwitchType NAT -NATSubnetAddress "172.16.0.0/12"

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Running Hyper-V Manager as a different user in Windows 10 (Runas)

Posted by essjae on February 10, 2016

I hit a small issue while working on building up a test SCCM/SCVMM lab in Hyper-V.

My primary system (call it One) has Windows 10 and is domain joined, but I’ve been doing the “Microsoft” thing and logging in with my “Microsoft” account instead of my local domain account.

I’ve got two Hyper-V hosts, one on Windows Server 2012 R2 and another running on Windows 10* (call it Two).  I’ve been able to launch my Hyper-V Manager on One and connect and manage the Hyper-V VMs on Server 2012.

However, I hit a roadblock trying to connect to Two.  The first thing I tried after failing and getting some error messages was to configure winrm.

On Two:

I opened an administrator PowerShell window and ran

winrm quickconfig

and followed the wizard and was able to start the winrm service and open the firewall.

On One:

Again in a administrator PowerShell window, I ran:

Enable-WSManCredSSP -role client -delegatecomputer two.mydomain.com

Failure!  I got a big text message in red that said to run winrm quickconfig.

This is odd, since I did none of this to connect to the Server 2012 Hyper-V instance.

I then shift+right-clicked on Hyper-V Manager and ran it with my domain credentials and it ran! Ah ha!  No problem, just create a runas shortcut for Hyper-V Manager.

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:mydomain\myusername /savecreds "%windir%\System32\mmc.exe "%windir%\System32\virtmgmt.msc""

Again, no joy.  Launching my new short-cut from a command prompt showed the error:

740: The requested operation requires elevation.

The command needs ADUC elevation, with some Googling** I finally found a solution, first launch a cmd prompt and then the command.  This allows you to receive the ADUC prompt and accept it.

C:\WINDOWS\system32\runas.exe /savecred /user:mydomain\myusername "cmd /c Start /B %windir%\System32\mmc.exe "%windir%\System32\virtmgmt.msc""

The path to the Hyper-V Manager icon is here:

%ProgramFiles%\Hyper-V\SnapInAbout.dll
...
*I don’t recall my logic in installing Windows 10 here instead of Server 2012…it may have just been laziness, an upgrade to Win10 from the previous Windows 8.1 OS that was installed.

 

**http://serverfault.com/questions/374342/run-active-directory-admin-center-as-another-user

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VirtualBox 4.3.26 Released

Posted by essjae on March 17, 2015

Download: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • GUI: in the snapshots pane, protect the age of snapshots against wrong host time (bug #13955)
  • NAT Network: fixed a bug which prevented to propagate any DNS name server / domain / search string information to the NAT network (4.3.24 regression; bugs #13915, #13918)
  • NAT Network: don’t delay the shutdown of VBoxSVC on Windows hosts
  • Mouse support: the mouse could not be moved under rare conditions if no Guest Additions are installed (4.3.24 regression; bug #13935)
  • Storage: if the guest ejects a virtual CD/DVD medium, make the change permanent (bugs #9858, #12885)
  • VGA: made saving secondary screen sizes possible in X11 guests
  • SDK: fixed the VirtualBox.tlb file (4.3.20 regression; bug #13943)
  • rdesktop-vrdp: make it work with USB devices again (4.3.14 regression; bug #13901)
  • USB: fixed a possible BSOD on Windows hosts under rare conditions
  • iPXE: enable the HTTP download protocol on non-Linux hosts (bug #13628)
  • Mac OS X hosts: don’t panic on hosts with activated SMAP (Broadwell and later; bug #13951)
  • Linux hosts: don’t crash Linux 4.0 hosts (bug #13835)

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VMware vSphere 6.0 Released

Posted by essjae on March 12, 2015

vSphere 6.0 now available.  A big update for VMware and ESXi users.

What’s New

A little more usability from the free product with the free management client.

Hardware version 11

New OS support including Ubuntu 14.04, OS X 10.10, Oracle Linux 7

Make sure to check your backup provider before upgrading!  Not all vendors are ready yet.

 

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VMware Workstation 11.1.0 Released

Posted by essjae on February 18, 2015

First update for Workstation 11

Download: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/11_0

Release notes: https://www.vmware.com/support/ws/doc/workstation-111-release-notes.html

What’s New

This release of VMware Workstation adds support for VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand and includes bug fixes.

About Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is a secure, pay-as-you-go, cloud computing service offered by VMware that gives IT organizations a VMware compatible platform to create virtual machines, dynamically scale virtual machines and resources up or down, and pay for resources allocated.

  • Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand provides on-demand resources with granular metering and usage-based billing.
  • Resources are pool-based, allowing deployment of virtual machines with customized configurations.
  • Costs are billed monthly only for the aggregate amount of resources consumed across all of your virtual machines.
  • On-demand resources complement the subscription services for vCloud Air.

Resolved Issues

The following issues were resolved in VMware Workstation 11.1.

  • A Linux guest OS booted on EFI firmware sometimes failed to respond to the keyboard and mouse if any mouse motion occurred during a short window of time during OS boot. This issue has been resolved.
  • Outlook 2010 would occasionally crash when running in Unity mode. This issue has been resolved.
  • You could not compact or defragment a persistent disk. This issue has been resolved.
  • The UI sometimes crashed when a user copied and pasted a file between two Windows guests. This issue has been resolved.
  • Rendering corruption in UI elements in Fedora 20 guests with 3D enabled has been resolved.
  • When creating a new virtual machine with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12, the Easy Install path was not available. This issue has been resolved.

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Take back your Outlook 2013 real estate

Posted by essjae on October 6, 2014

Going from Outlook 20xx to 2013, you really lose a lot of emails in the message view with the large font format and view settings.

You can get very close to 2010 following these settings: http://www.msoutlook.info/question/755

Here’s the gist, but hit the link for screen shots and details:

Decrease the name of the sender back to a similar size as in Outlook 2010

Go to “Conditional Formatting”

To reduce the display size of the sender name, add the following very simple Conditional Formatting rule by pressing the “Add” button:

Name: Smaller
Font: Smaller
Condition: No need to set any

Remove the first line of the message:

To remove the first line of the message from the Message List, switch to the View tab, click on the Message Preview menu button and select: Off

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VMware Fusion 7 released 9-4-2014

Posted by essjae on September 5, 2014

http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/features.html?src=WWW_Fusion_US_HPBanner_Tier1_3_Features_Promo

  • Yosemite and Win 8.1 Support
  • Virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams
  • Virtual hardware v. 11

This should also indicate a Workstation 11 and Player 7 release in the near future.

Comparison: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/compare.html

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VirtualBox Maintenance release 4.3.8

Posted by essjae on February 25, 2014

VirtualBox Maintenance release 4.3.8

VirtualBox 4.3.8 (released 2014-02-25)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers (e.g. bugs #12224#12544)
  • VMM: fixed a VERR_INVALID_RPL Guru Meditation when booting certain guests (bug #11350)
  • VMM: experimental support for SSE 4.1 / SSE 4.2 passthrough, see the manual for more information how to enable it (bug #8651)
  • VMM: fix for recent Linux kernels with software virtualization
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows hosts, see the manual for more information
  • GUI: warn the user if the Oracle Extension Pack is not installed and the user tries to activate the remote display feature (bug #9104)
  • GUI: make sure that a minimized guest (using mini toolbar in fullscreen/seamless mode) keeps the minimized state (bug #12199)
  • GUI: popup banner’s “do not show this message again” check-box replaced with corresponding button
  • GUI: network adapter cables can now be connected/disconnected directly through the running virtual machine Devices / Network menu a Network status-bar indicator
  • GUI: the new VM wizard now proposes 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts by default; better distinction between 32-bit OS types 64-bit OS types (bug #12533)
  • GUI: better error message if appliance import fails (bug #12657)
  • GUI: allow to set host-combination to ‘None’ using the Global settings / Input page (bug #12730)
  • GUI: don’t switch the guest to a black screen during online snapshot merge (4.3 regression)
  • VBoxManage: when exporting an appliance, support the suppression of MAC addresses, which means they will be always recreated on import, avoiding duplicate MAC addresses for VMs which are imported several times
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during suspend under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during online snapshot merge under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a bug which resulted in Windows XP guest hangs if a SATA CDROM is attached (bug #12417)
  • AHCI: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions
  • AHCI: ejecting a CD/DVD medium failed under certain conditions
  • AHCI: disk hotplugging fixes
  • NAT: transparent handling of host sleep/resume and network configuration changes if the dnsproxy is enabled or if the hostresolver is used (bug #12441)
  • NAT: fixed crash and misbehaviour under some circumstances with ICMP packets having TTL=1
  • NAT Network: fixed IPv6 reassembly
  • NAT Network: ping proxy implemented
  • OVF: fixed reading of the OVF 0.9 section element (4.3 regression; bug #12345)
  • OVF: several fixes
  • 3D support: several fixes, multiscreen fixes (e.g. bug #9124)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured videos (bug #12666)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured screenshot (bug #11758)
  • VGA: proper handling of legacy graphics modes if the Guest Additions are active (bug #6649)
  • USB: fixed crash during isochronous transfer under rare circumstances
  • BIOS: better disk geometry handling of SCSI drives
  • API: fix crashes in Java API clients using the XPCOM binding, happened with output parameters only (bug #11232)
  • VBoxSVC: documented the handling of host power management events (see the manual for more information) and added an extradata item for configuring the handling of the battery-low event (bug #9925)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a bug which could trigger a crash if a VM snapshot was restored the second time and the VM has associated bandwidth groups (bug #12569)
  • VBoxSVC: properly detect ifconfig if located in /bin (bug #12713)
  • Shared Folders: fixed a failure to restore transient shared folders when starting a VM from a saved state (bug #12578)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed issue when the application icon was frozen in the dock if the bridging interface was not connected to a network (bug #12241)
  • Linux hosts: also consider the physical package ID when determining the number of physical CPU cores
  • Linux hosts / guests: don’t warn in kernel log if memory allocation fails (bug #11171)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed the autostart SMF script (bug #11720)
  • Windows hosts: fixes for non-ANSI code page user names and similar environment contents (bug #12596)
  • Windows hosts / guests: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables (relevant for Guest Control)
  • Windows Additions: fixed handle leaks in VBoxTray (bug #12563)
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash while detecting active guest users
  • Windows Additions: fixed restoring backed up D3D files on XPDM -> WDDM upgrade
  • Guest Control: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables
  • Linux Additions: support Enterprise Linux 6.5 kernels (bug #12505)
  • Linux Additions: fixed CPU hot-remove on newer Linux kernels
  • Linux / Solaris Additions: don’t automount a shared folder which is already mounted
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.15 (bug #12623)

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Virtual Box 4.2.0 Released, support for Windows 8

Posted by essjae on September 13, 2012

VirtualBox 4.2.0 (released 2012-09-13)
This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Improved Windows 8 support, in particular many 3D-related fixes
  • GUI: VM groups (bug #288)
  • GUI: expert mode for wizards
  • GUI: allow to alter some settings during runtime
  • Support for up to 36 network cards, in combination with an ICH9 chipset configuration (bug #8805)
  • Resource control: added support for limiting network IO bandwidth; see the manual for more information (bug #3653)
  • Added possibility to start VMs during system boot on Linux, OS X and Solaris; see the manual for more information (bug #950)
  • Added experimental support for Drag’n’drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned. (bug #81)
  • Added support for parallel port passthrough on Windows hosts
  • Enhanced API for controlling the guest; please see the SDK reference and API documentation for more information

Full change long: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

Download: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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