Archives for January 2014


Why I got into IT and why I blog

Thanks Aaron Searle & SolarWinds for highlighting me and my blog on their website.

A small piece on why I got into IT and why I blog.

Thwack Interview


EUC Tip 92: SuperFetch Windows 8 vs 7

SuperFetch in Windows 8 is enabled by default. It is VDI-aware and should not be disabled. SuperFetch can further reduce memory consumption through memory page sharing, which is beneficial for VDI. Non-Persistent virtual desktops running Windows 7, SuperFetch should be disabled, but for personal virtual desktops running Windows 7, it should be left on.


Veeam & Nutanix: Ditch disaster, gain protection for VMware & Hyper-V platforms in 2014


When: Thursday, 30 January 2 p.m. ET

Veeam and Nutanix have an upcoming webinar together! Data centers made easy.

Nutanix and Veeam® are both leaders in providing virtualization solutions for the next-gen data center. Nutanix is a converged infrastructure that consolidates compute and storage resources into a single, integrated appliance. Veeam provides fast, flexible, and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. Together we enable performance and granular backup for the most critical workloads. Get the features you’ve been asking for — ease of use and deployment, while reducing wastage and achieving desired RTO/RPO objectives.

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Nutanix PrismAPI for Devs

A new site was launched last week by a Nutanix Employee, Jason Langone. Jason is a VCDX and currently is a Sales Director for US Federal. The site, PrismDevKit is for developers and shows how to interact with the Rest-API provided by Nutainx. Thought I would share what his up to, it’s fantastic to see the passion and to learn to build an IOS app at the same time.

A great resource even if you don’t know a thing about Rest-API’s. Take a look.


Nutanix Short: Dedupe – What’s My Savings Over RAM & Flash

Today Nutanix provides inline dedupe over RAM and Flash to get most out of your performance tier. To see how much space your saving go to the Analysis section in the Prism UI.

Nutanix PRISM

Go to the Analysis section

Add an Entity Chart for the cluster

Add both Memory and SSD space saved from Dedupe.

Add both Memory and SSD space saved from Dedupe.

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Nutanix Short: Active Directory Authentication

You have the ability to use local accounts built into the Nutanix UI or use or use Active Directory.You can also you use Common Access Card (CAC) but that is out of the scope of this post.

 Adding Active Directory to access the PRISM UI

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EUC TIP 91: Best Practices with Snapshots with RDS

All reference VMs must be generalized before they can be used to provision or recreate a virtualized desktop

As best practice, start with a snapshot of an ungeneralized Windows 7 or Windows 8 virtual machine

Generalize, shutdown, and create new snapshot
In the virtual machine, run the following command from Windows\System32\Sysprep directory
Sysprep /oobe /generalize /mode: vm

The switch Mode:vm only detects the enumerated and synthetic devices that are possible and skips on the physical layer checks. Only works with Windows 8 and 2012

The ‘now’ snapshot reflecting the generalized state will be used to (re)create the virtual desktops

When updating a VM, revert to ungeneralized snapshot, delete generalized snapshot, update VM, generalize, shutdown. and snapshot

I think this process can eliminate the need for a KMS server with RDS but not 100% sure, let me know if you have the answer.


EUC Tip 90: New Paint on a Old Truck, RDP 8.0 for Win 7

RDP 8.0 is disabled by default, change Group Policy settings on the Windows 7 system you’ll be connecting to:

“Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Remote Session Environment\Enable Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0” should be set to “Enabled”

“Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections\Select RDP Transport Protocols” should be set to “Use both UDP and TCP”
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