Archive for April, 2010

Windows 7 clean installation using upgrade disc 0xC004F061

April 15th, 2010 2 comments

When I received my Windows 7 upgrade media for a new HP laptop I wanted to perform a clean install of the OS. During the installation process, I was able to perform a clean install using the Custom (advanced) option when prompted for the 'type of installation' to proceed with.


Windows Server time synchronization

April 15th, 2010 No comments

Something I have frequently seen implemented incorrectly on Windows Server domains is time synchronization. Many admins think that by creating a GPO with a modified policy setting for 'Configure Windows NTP Client' (and using it to address an NTP source) all Servers and Clients will synchronize their time with that source. This isn't entirely true and there is actually a time hierarchy that should be considered when implementing time synchronization for each domain.


KiXtart script to shrink VMDK for smaller VCB backups

April 13th, 2010 1 comment

When I first started using VMware ESX I was testing VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) to dump my virtual machines to a staging area before being copied offsite. I noticed that one of the VMs had a VMDK attached that as far as the OS (Windows Server 2003) was concerned with had all of the data deleted on that volume. After initiating a VCB dump (backup) on the VM I noticed that the VMDK that was dumped to my staging area strangely appeared to contain data. The VMDK size was considerably larger than it should have been for a disk that Windows reported as containing zero data.


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How to move your iTunes Library

April 13th, 2010 No comments

I'm personally not a big fan of iTunes but I recently noticed an issue where a couple of users had installed it and it had defaulted to saving their music library to their Home Directory. This usually wouldn't be an issue for most people but I redirect Home Directories to a share on a file server. In order to mitigate against what could have potentially been a requirement for additional disk storage I decided that advising users to change the location of their iTunes library from the default (which unknown to the users was a file server) to a local location on their computer was the best option. Here is a generalized version of the instructions I gave to network users.


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