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I have had to activate Altiris Licenses a lot in the past and this is a task that could be done in a few minutes however in the case of using the HP branded version (HP Insight Server control, previously named HP Rapid Deployment Pack) it’s not.

This is because HP delivers a seperate license for each server which you have to load manually. An annoying thing if you have a lot of them.

I was already looking if I could automate this with some kind of script since I know from the past that the Product Licensing Utility embeds the license into the Express.exe file.

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  • Filed under: Altiris

    As I wrote earlier today I am provisioning Virtual Machines with PowerCLI. I don’t know if this is intentional behaviour but after Deploying (Cloning) a Virtual Machine from a template the Network Adapter is not automatically connected at power on.

    This made the Join Domain operation which is party of the Customization Specification to fail. I noticed this in the log file which can be found in %WINDIR%\Temp\vmware-imc\guestcust.log:

    Joining domain mydomain using account mydomain\myaccount and password ‘*****’
    The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

    So I wrote a small fix script in PowerCLI:

    And of course I changed the Provisioning script to do this as well 😀

  • Filed under: VMWare

    I am currently provisioning a lot of Virtual Machines in VMWare vSphere 4.1. Because I had already sized the Virtual Machines I am doing this from PowerCLI based on my Excel Sheet.

    I will probably blog later about the details of how I am doing this in PowerCLI (would you be interested in that?) but after successfully deploying some Windows 2008 VM’s I got this error in PowerShell:

    New-VM : 3-11-2010 10:00:50 New-VM The operation for the entity VirtualMachine-vm-150 failed with the following message: “Cannot complete customization.”

    At C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\NewVm.ps1:64 char:14

    + $VM = New-VM <<<< -Name $Name -VMHost $VMHost -Template $Template -OSCustomizationSpec $Spec -DiskStorageFormat $DiskFormat -Datastore $LargestDataStore

    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [New-VM], CustomizationFault

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Client20_TaskServiceImpl_CheckServerSideTaskUpdates_OperationFailed,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.NewVM

    In the vCenter console the following error was logged:

    Cannot deploy template: Cannot complete customization.

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  • Filed under: VMWare

    Today I connected with my laptop to VMWare Virtual Center using vSphere client. Because I had an older version of the client I needed to update and the installer failed with this message:

    The Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Second Edition installer returned the error code '4113'

    I remembered this error from the last install of this client (about a year ago), it happens because Microsoft Visual J# was already installed (in my case it was previously installed by Embarcadero’s Rad Studio).

    Last year I “fixed” it by modifying the msi file but I remembered that Assarbad posted an easier solution on his Blog a while ago.

    His solution was to set a public property in the MSI (USING_VIM_INSTALLER) but it means we need to unpack the installer exe first to obtain the MSI file.
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  • Filed under: Delphi, VMWare

    I was trying to install HP Insight Control server deployment (previously called HP Rapid Deployment Pack) on Sql Server 2008 Express. I will just call it Deployment Server or DS from here.

    I first installed SQL 2008 Express with Advanced Services and configured it to listen op Port 1433 as required by DS.

    The installation of the first part (Deployment Server version 6.9.4) indicated a successfull install but the prereqisuites check of the Hotfix version 2.0 installer failed on the last step:

    No Attached Consoles HP Deployment Server

    This was strange because I didn’t yet startup the console, so I decided to start it and close it as this would perhaps allow me to continue.

    The next screen was a clear indication something went wrong:

    Altiris Deploymeny Server Unable to Connect

    I presumed that the ODBC connection was missing so I went to Adminstrative Tools | Data Sources (ODBC). But the ODBC connection was present. I then fired up SQL Server Management Studio which showed me the eXpress database was missing.
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    When you request Shadow (Remote Control) of a Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) or Citrix session the user gets a Dialog where he can Accept or Deny the Shadow Request.

    It looks something like this:


    It’s possible to change the default settings and remove the need for this permission but I think this is a bad idea since it violates the user’s privacy.

    But sometimes it would be convenient to automatically accept, for instance for when a user is away or when you want to shadow a session that is “yours” but runs under another account.

    I wrote a tool to do just that 😀
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    Some time ago (2008 actually) I wrote a tool that can assign driveletters given a volumename. I use it myself after SysPrep operations to assign the desired drive letters. For instance after cloning a Virtual Machine from a template.

    I noticed that I updated this tool sometime after the original post but never uploaded it here. The most important changes are:

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    I was trying to create a (very) large Datastore on VMWare vSphere 4.1 but although VMWare correctly identifies the LUN on my SAN it refuses to create the Datastore and gives me this error:

    Call HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions for object ha-datastoresystem on ESX failed.
    The complete error text is

    Call “HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions” for object “ha-datastoresystem” on ESX “<IP of ESX>” failed.

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  • Filed under: VMWare

    Again a note that is mainly for myself since I tend to forget these kind of things and always spend much time to look it up…

    Default settings for the HP 8/20q FC SAN Switch are:

    username: admin
    password: password
    default ip:


    As you may have read I am currently implementing VMWare vSphere 4 on several HP Proliant DL380 G7 machines.

    I ran across an interesting knowledge base article from VMWare that describes a possible issue that is summarized as “Power on and storage operations are slow with the HP Smart Array P410i controller“.

    Essentially this just means a performance issue and the resolution is to install an extra (256 MB) cache module on the RAID controller.

    The Cache Module has HP article # 462968-B21 (not to be confused with 462969-B21 which is the Battery Kit).

    Google search on 462968-B21.

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