Friday, March 30, 2007

CERTIFICATION: VMware Certified Professional on VI3 (VCP)

Today I passed the VCP-310 exam and got the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification.

I readed the entire documentation (around 1800 pages) twice and a lot of experience (deployment for several companies in Spain including Dell Professional Services, Parmalat, etc) make this test easy.

Exam Statistics:

10 Citrix Exams
04 Citrix Certifications
23 Microsoft Exams
13 Microsoft Certifications
02 VMware Certifications
12 VMware Exams

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

MS: Windows Update Error 80245003 in Windows Vista

To fix this problem:

1) Stop the "Windows update" service
2) Rename the directory "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution" to "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.old".
3) Start the "Windows update" service
4) Try "Windows update" again.

Script: Create Directory With Current Date

@echo off
set y=%date:~-4%
set m=%date:~3,2%
set d=%date:~0,2%
set a=%y%%m%%d%
mkdir C:\\%a%

Friday, March 23, 2007


One year ago, I started this blog to keep my technical notes in one site.

Happy anniversary blog!

Monday, March 19, 2007

MS: Exchange 2007 and Active Directory

There are also several other significant changes involved with Exchange 2007 that will affect Active Directory more than ever before. Here are some currently known issues:

  • The Schema Master and GCs need to be at Windows Server 2003 SP1. Of course, most DCs and GCs are probably at SP1 now anyway.
  • All domains must be at domain functional level, Windows 2000 Server native level or higher.
  • A GC must be in each site where there are Exchange servers holding the Hub Transport, Client Access Server and Mailbox roles. These roles could be held by one or more servers. A new utility is used to upgrade the schema: Setup /PrepareAD. This replaces the DomainPrep and ForestPrep utilizations previously used.
  • Mailboxes will be configured from the Exchange Management Console or the new Exchange Management Shell, but not from the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) snap-in. In fact, the mailbox attributes are not even visible in the ADUC snap-in. However, Exchange admins can create new AD users in the context of creating mailboxes from the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell. This will probably cause some redesigning of administration delegation.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

MS: Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 2 Released!

Top 10 Reasons to Install Windows Server 2003 SP2

1) Security Updates/Hotfixes
Windows Server 2003 SP2 will get all of your Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 Editions up to date with the latest Security Bulletin updates and Hotfixes, ensuring the highest level of security, reliability, stability, manageability, supportability and compatibility.
2) Deploy your operating systems more effectively
Building upon our previous deployment solutions, Windows Deployment Services (WDS) offers customers a complete ‘out of the box’ provisioning solution. WDS provides organizations with manageable image store, remote booting, PXE boot support, and more; all in a greatly improved management interface. WDS also uses the new file-based Windows Imaging Format (WIM) which facilitates deployments on Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”.
3) Improved networking performance
Windows Server SP2 offers solutions to network traffic challenges in an era of the multi-Gigabit Ethernet. Increases to CPU resources required to handle high network traffic can potentially inhibit scaling and effectively reduce the performance gains that are possible with increased link speeds. Windows Server 2003 SP2 Scalable Networking Pack (SNP), introduces technologies that helps organizations cost-effectively scale network-based applications to meet growing demands. The Scalable Networking pack Increases network and application performance by freeing up CPU cycles and more efficiently using processor resources. More information on the Scalable Networking Pack can be found at
4) Improved manageability for IPsec
Server and Domain Isolation are key security benefits offered on Microsoft Networks. By using Active Directory, domain memberships and group policies, Server and Domain Isolation allows companies to logically segment their networks. This means that you can restrict non-domain computers which aren’t managed at a corporate level (lab computers, guests or other unsecure systems) from communicating with non- domain members. Service Pack 2 improves Server and Domain Isolation by reducing the IPsec filter set that needs to be managed from potentially hundreds of filters to as few as 2 filters. More information on Server and Domain Isolation can be found at
5) Utility improvements
Making common tasks easier, SP2 introduces customer-driven improvements to the Domain Controller Diagnostics tool (DCDIAG) and MS Configuration (MSCONFIG) tool. SP2 also has an updated Access Control List (ICACLS) program to allow for greater flexibility when backing up Access Control Lists.
6) Management tools made easier
SP2 includes the Microsoft Management Console 3.0 (MMC 3.0). MMC provides a framework that unifies and simplifies day-to-day system management tasks on Windows by providing common navigation, menus, toolbars, and workflow across diverse tools. MMC tools (called snap-ins) can be used to administer networks, computers, services, applications and other system components. MMC does not perform administrative functions, but hosts a variety of Windows and non-Microsoft snap-ins that do.
7) Single install experience
It patches both the R2 and non-R2 versions of Windows Server 2003. This reduces the amount of patch management for an organization.
8) Support for additional languages
Service Pack 2 will be released in 9 additional localized languages for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions including: German, French, Korean, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Spanish, Italian, Russian and, Portuguese (Brazilian).
9) Performance improvements
Service Pack 2 offers performance improvements for Windows Server 2003 running as a Virtual Server guest under high Advanced Processor Interrupt Controller (APIC) rates. It also improves SQL Server performance under intensive workloads. Both of these improvements lead to more efficient data processing.
10) Manage new wireless settings without the hassle
SP2 provides the ability to manage the WPA2 protocol for wireless networks. This supports and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks in your home or on the road.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

MS: How to disable Windows File Protection

You need to edit the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

and change the key SFCDisable to 0

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

MS: Installing Exchange 2007 Management Tools On a 32 Bit OS

The Exchange setup require a Windows 64 Bit Edition to initiated. Using Windows 32 Bit Edition isn't supported installation on the Management Tools from the Exchange 2007 Installation disk.
Download the 32 Bit evaluation edition of Exchange 2007 and install from this media

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MS: Error message when you try to set an IP address on a network adapter

When you trying to set the IP address on a network adapter, you may receive the following error message:

The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter. Name of adapter is hidden from the network and Dial-up Connections folder because it is not physically in the computer or is a legacy adapter that is not working. If the same address is assigned to both adapters and they become active, only one of them will use this address. This may result in incorrect system configuration. Do you want to enter a different IP address for this adapter in the list of IP addresses in the advanced dialog box?


1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
2. Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
3. Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
4. Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
5. Expand the Network Adapters tree.
6. Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

CERTIFICATION: Microsoft Test 70-285 passed!

Today I passed the Microsoft Test 70-285: Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization and I got the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE: Messaging) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE: Messaging) in Microsoft Windows 2000 certifications.
It was a easy exam for me (I have +10 years working with Exchange) and +3 years with Exchange 2003. The Exchange 2003 Training Kit and Exchange 2003 Resource Kit is a required reading. You will find a very useful list of Exchange 2003 papers and documents in

Exam Statistics:

10 Citrix Exams
04 Citrix Certifications
24 Microsoft Exams
15 Microsoft Certifications
01 VMware Certifications

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