Category Archives: Windows

Virtual Center Server or vCenter Server low on disk space?

Over the last month or so, I’ve noticed that my VMware Virtual Center Server has been losing disk space like mad.  When I finally got around to just being frustrated by low performance and wondering just when the server would actually run out of space and choke, I decided to investigate.  I downloaded an awesome tool called WinDirStat which will let you actually see in pretty short order, just how your hard drive is being used and by what.

Turns out the culprit was Virtual Center itself, not a bloated SQL database, or Windows Update files, but the Virtual Center Update Manager to be specific.  Update Manager allows you to patch Guest and ESX host systems which is great, but it keeps a copy of all the updates it downloads, applied or not, on the local disk’s storage.

If you’re looking for this motherlode of files, on my system it was located at: C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataVMwareVMware Update ManagerData.

Hope this helps someone.  Good luck.

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Building an Active Directory Domain Controller for Development using VMware Workstation – Pt. 2

In my last post, we created a VM (Virtual Machine) using VMware Workstation 6.5.2 running Windows Server 2003 R2.  If you’re getting started here with a VM of your own, or physical hardware, the current status of the VM for this tutorial is a standard Windows Server 2003 R2 installation, with all recommended updates / patches applied.

If this server is running in VMware Workstation, feel free to snapshot the VM at this point so that you have a clean build of Windows Server 2003, that can then be sysprep’ed and used to deploy multiple other servers.

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Building an Active Directory Domain Controller for Development using VMware Workstation – Pt. 1

So I guess earlier this year someone was going through my post for setting up a development environment and called it useless because the post didn’t discuss setting up an Windows Server AD (Active Directory) Domain Controller.  They called the post useless, but I figured there are a ton of posts out there for setting up DC’s (Domain Controllers).  Oh well, since they complained and I haven’t posted anything in a while, I decided to write a tutorial on setting up AD for development purposes.  I suppose that you can also use this post to set up a production system, but I’m not going into AD Policies and such in this post.

For this tutorial, I’m going to be using VMware Workstation 6.5.2 build 156735, and by the end of the tutorial, you should have a step-by-step roadmap to setting up a DC for development.  I’ll be installing Windows Server 2003 R2, not 2008, but the steps for a Windows Server 2008 DC are very similar and if someone requests it, I’ll post pics of the Windows Server 2008 steps.

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