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by lunarg on February 6th 2017, at 16:30
A list with direct links to VMware vSphere clients. Saves you a lot of time when you need to (re)install many different versions.

Starting with 6.5, the vSphere client is no longer available.

VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 2a: VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-4437566.exe

VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 2: VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3562874.exe

VMware vSphere Client 6.0 Update 1: VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-3016447.exe

VMware vSphere Client 6.0: VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-2502222.exe

VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 3d: VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-3705931.exe

VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 3: VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-3024345.exe

VMware vSphere Client 5.5 Update 2: VMware-viclient-all-5.5.0-1  ...
by lunarg on January 10th 2017, at 14:42
If your ESX host has lost connection to the vCenter server, but you can still directly access the host's management, and can find nothing else wrong with the vCenter server or its network connection to the host, you may want to the free space on your ESX host.

Logs and other temporary files may have filled up one or more ramdisk partitions (e.g. when you don't have a persistent scratch partition, it gets mounted on /tmp). This can cause any of the following issues:

Connection loss between the ESX host and vCenter server;

Errors when attempting to reconnect or add an ESX host to a vCenter server;

Errors while attempting to activate or configure HA;

Other unexplainable errors...

You can   ...
by lunarg on August 1st 2016, at 16:36
QNSM stands for Quick Network Share Mounter and is a sort of bookmark and session management tool for network mapped drives. It was specifically designed for the ICT Administrator who visits a lof of different clients and thus, visiting a lot of different network setups. This tool works regardless of remembered passwords and to which domain you belong, and there are many advantages to this "crude" tool.

NOTICE: before reporting bugs, make sure you have the latest version installed.


Advantages and disadvantages

System requirements


Version history

There are two flavours of this tool available:

The installable edition, which is the recommended version for most  ...
by lunarg on April 20th 2016, at 15:47
A few steps to enable management of your Office 365 subscription using Powershell. One uses Powershell because not all configuration is available through the Office 365 Portal, and it's also useful for automation.

UPDATE (2016-04-20): updated links and information.

Download and install the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant.This is required in order to be able to sign in to Office 365.

Download and install Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version).Note: 32-bit users, see below.

Optionally, you can also download and install modules to manage Sharepoint Online and Skype for Business Online.

32-bit Azure AD Module
From October 20, 2014, the Azure Ac  ...
by lunarg on January 29th 2016, at 16:55
Set Auto Logon NT is a quick-n-dirty tool to set up automatic logon using the "NT Winlogon" method. It works similar to AutoLogon from Sysinternals but, at the moment, does not encrypt the password.

As the program will most likely be used by sysadmins, it is published as a ZIP file (no installer), and is therefore entirely portable, and without dependencies. It has been tested on all versions of Windows, starting from Windows 2000. Windows 95/98/Me is not supported.

The real purpose of this tool was more of a personal nature and was to try out three new things in "the old Borland C++ Builder". (Yes, I know I should really switch to a newer version or use VC.)

Access 64  ...
by lunarg on September 11th 2015, at 11:31

Here are the download links for the old Java SE 6, 7 and 8 installers. You can download both the JRE and JDK from these pages.

(*) For Java SE 6 and 7, you'll need to create a free Oracle account to download.

by lunarg on August 24th 2015, at 16:20
Occasionally (usually once a year), you may have to renew your SSL certificate of your Active Directory Federation Services server, used for your Office 365 Single Sign-On setup. In past versions, this was done quite easily through IIS. However, since 2012 R2 (a.k.a. ADFS 3.0), ADFS no longer uses IIS and it gets a little bit more complicated.

Outlined in this short article are the steps you need to do in order to renew or replace your SSL certificate on a Windows 2012 R2 server, running ADFS 3.0.

First, renew or request a new SSL certificate through your Certificate Authority (such as GoDaddy, Enom, etc.). How to do this depends greatly on the CA. As ADFS on 2012 R2 no longer uses IIS, yo  ...
by lunarg on August 17th 2015, at 13:25
EDIT: highlight required trailing dots + added CNAME for msoid.

If you're using a hosting provider which uses DirectAdmin for its DNS management, it may be a hassle to correctly configure DNS records for Office 365, mainly because of syntax issues. After some trial-and-error and googling, I finally managed to correctly devise the proper syntax to configure Exchange Online and Lync Online.

The set up of the entries below is a left and right field in the DNS management, safe for MX-records, which are set up elsewhere. For most services, don't forget to add the trailing . at the end of each record pointing to a Microsoft Server. Otherwise, resolving will incorrectly add your own do  ...
by lunarg on July 7th 2015, at 16:42

Clear Cache for Google Chrome is a browser extension for Google Chrome which adds a clear cache button on the address bar. This configurable button allows to quickly and without prompting clear browser data, such as cache, cookies, history, and more.

Add to Google Chrome

by lunarg on July 7th 2015, at 14:23

HTML5 Character Entity Reference Chart:

by lunarg on July 6th 2015, at 09:24
Currently, it's not possible to set up HTML-based auto-reply messages on shared or resource mailboxes, as you cannot directly log on to OWA to set the message. Through Powershell, you can do this quite easily.

First, create two HTML-files containing your internal and external message. You do not have to specify the <html> and <body> tags. Save these to a convenient location. Be sure to save them as regular text files, with extension .txt.

Next, log on to Exchange Online management shell.

cd to the location of the two message files, and load them to variables:

$internalmessage = Get-Content -Path internalmessage.txt

$externalmessage = Get-Content -Path externalmessage.txt  ...
by lunarg on July 3rd 2015, at 15:46
Active Directory uses Kerberos for authentication, which relies strongly on having the date and time of day running synchronously across the entire network and all devices in it. By default, each server and client joined in the AD, including domain controllers, will follow the domain hierarchy to sync its time. Domain controllers are set to automatically determine whether they can be used as a (reliable) time source. If a DC has considered itself as a time source, it will accept requests from clients and provide them with the its own current time.

Domain controllers at the top of the forest (top-level DCs) don't have another server above them to sync against, so they can either opt to sync   ...
by lunarg on June 29th 2015, at 17:14
Users that have access to a number of shared mailboxes in their Outlook may notice the contents of those shared mailboxes are no longer synchronized properly. Their own personal mailbox does not seem to have this problem. On the server running the Exchange Information Store (MSExchangeIS), a variation of the following event is logged when this occurs:

Event ID 9646
Mapi session "ba765653-5439-437a-993f-806575b85fbb: /o=My Company/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=user" exceeded the maximum of 500 objects of type "objtFolder".

The reason for this error is that the Outlook client has hit the maximum number of MAPI connections allowed for the specified object   ...
by lunarg on June 29th 2015, at 13:00
Microsoft's recommendations for customizing the default start screen for new users are known to be somewhat over-complicated and perhaps difficult to implement. They involve editing the reference image, using unattend.xml, or some other elaborate procedure. There's also the posibility of using a group policy to provide users with a customized start screen, but while this is relatively easy to implement, it does not allow the user to change the layout afterwards.

Fortunately, there's a far easier method, involving two Powershell cmdlets that provide us with a very easy way to provide new users with a default customized start screen, but still allow the users to make changes to it. This metho  ...
by lunarg on June 25th 2015, at 16:46
When attempting to send an e-mail, you get a non-delivery report containing the following error code:


Usually, this error is caused if you are sending mail on behalf of someone else, and don't have permission to do so. Note that send on behalf and send as are two different, exclusive permissions. Having one permission does not automatically allow the other.

In rare cases, this error can also occur when a user's mailbox has been migrated to Exchange 2013, and the shared mailbox is still on the old Exchange server. This causes problems with permissions, and can quickly be resolved by setting the required permissions on the shared mailbox (send as/on behalf), t  ...
by lunarg on June 25th 2015, at 09:07

During start up or log on, once in a while, you'll see a message just saying Please wait. To turn this message into a more useful message, you can enable verbose messages through a policy setting (local or GP):

Either through gpedit.msc, or, if you're in a domain, through a GPO, navigate to Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystem. Look for the setting Display highly detailed status messages and set it to Enabled. Reboot to apply the change.

by lunarg on June 24th 2015, at 13:07
With dcpromo.exe now being deprecrated on 2012 and 2012 R2, it is no longer obvious which method to use to demote a domain controller. Although you could resort to Powershell to get it done, there's also a way to demote using Server Manager, albeit not a very clear one.

The trick is to attempt to remove the Active Directory Domain Services role from the server, using Server Manager. When you do remove this, you will be prompted to demote the domain controller before the role can be removed, along with a link to actually perform this task.

Start Server Manager. In the upper right corner, click Manage, then click Remove Roles and Features.

Continue in the wizard that appears, making sure th  ...
by lunarg on June 19th 2015, at 09:40
This article contains a list of download links for the offline/standalone installers for .NET Framework. Each major version is listed, along with the OSes supported by that version.

To install, open the main download for the desired version, select your language, download the main file and run the installer.

For releases that have separate language packs: first download and install the main file. After the installation, click the download link for the language pack, select the preferred language, then download and install that file. You can install more than one language pack on a MUI system.

Version Download links OS requirements .NET Framework 4.6 RC   ...
by lunarg on June 17th 2015, at 14:33
Angry IP Scanner is a very fast, lightweight IP scanner. It has been around for a long time already, and used by many IT professionals to help accomplish tasks. Although version 3 of the program is available for some time now, I still like to use the old version (version 2), simply because it works on every system without the need for Java (version 3 requires Java, unfortunately).

Version 3 comes with an installer available as a download. Version 2 does not, and although it has the built-in ability to create shortcuts if the user chooses to, I rather prefer a proper installer, with proper uninstallation support, in short: the Windows-way. As no such installer exists, I decided to create my   ...
by lunarg on June 16th 2015, at 09:22

The attached VBScript allows you to set an Out-of-Office reply for another user on an Exchange 2003. You'll need the required permissions on the Exchange server to set a user's out-of-office (either Mail Recipients or User Options Management roles).

I found the script in the comments section of this Technet blog article. Special thanks go to the author (Bill Prentice) for sharing.

This script is only for Exchange 2003. Starting from 2007, the Powershell cmdlet Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration is available.

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