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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:23:05 +0000
Do you still use separate volumes for data and OS?

It's 2018 and virtualization I believe is a standard practice. My question is.. do you still separate out data from the OS in these virtual machines?

Your opinions will influence my future practices. 

Currently I still always add a data disk to the VM. Linux and Windows. Reasons being is recovery times, organization, expansion, and possibly IO depending on how intensive the application is. 

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:22:13 +0000
Changing Microsoft RDS remoteapp with different solution?

Dear colleagues,

Currently we are researching/testing Microsoft Remote Desktop Services with Remoteapp deployment in order to virtualize our ERP system. We have around 250-260 users.

I`m seeking opinions about the two other major virtualization platforms - VMWare and Citrix XEN - how it handles the software virtualization, does it have something similar to Remoteapp or it is only a full VDI solution?

What will be needed as licenses - platform, servers, licenses?

Already have the bare metal servers :-) 

All comments will be highly appreciated. 

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:57:35 +0000
S2D in Server 2016 Datacenter Build 1607 (14393.447)

We are busy with testing Hyper converged on Server 2016 Datacenter.
The most important question that we have is:

Is a Hyper converged solution based on Windows Server 2016 (Build 1607 14393.447) production ready to implement?

There is an article that says in the new build S2D is not usable anymore.
Does anyone know if this is true.

I hope someone can give me answers on this one.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:22:54 +0000
New Servers - Needing Virtualization Advice

I didn't find a topic that would solve my setup or questions so here I am...

My organization is going to acquire new servers, right now we are looking at 4 different boxes for 2 locations (8 in total) that will be connected via a VPN tunnel and use a primary/secondary (or failover) setup to ensure uptime and synchronized data.

The end setup would include a new pfSense box (dedicated, not to be virtualized), AD/DS, Intranet (Apache, PHP, SQL DB) and File Server. The Intranet would be FreeBSD, others being Windows Server 2012 R2, unsure of what virtualization software to be used (as I'm sure I'll get suggestions or limitations in responses).

The question I have is should I be purchasing 4 different boxes or does anyone have any idea's on how to better make usage of funds via virtualizing?

I will be building the server's to be used, so if it...

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:14:49 +0000
Big Pictures Questions about HCI and the cloud - need input.

Greetings Spiceworkians,

So, I have a rather open ended set of questions that when answered will help to shape the future of IT at my Non-profit IT department. First, let me make you aware of a couple things..

1) We are fairly well to do in the finances arena, but not so much so that we can just buy servers, choose a million vendors for services, and or buy our way into the future with contract left to implement.

2) We are currently renovating our entire building and working out of temporary space at the moments, for the next 8-10 months. This means all new cat6 wiring throughout the building, new HPE enterprise grade modular switches (all PoE) to support the network, and finally after we move back we ill be introducing new server hardware / storage for vmware clustrer (or hyper-v to start?).

3) I, as the main admin, have touched a lot of...

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:35:27 +0000
We're planning to install ESXI 5.5 U3h, is it required to update vcenter to U3h?


We have a vSphere environment still running on ESXI 5.5 Update 2 - Build 2068190. Vcenter is also vCenter Update 2.

We are planning to install ESXI 5.5 Update 3h on all the hosts. Is it mandatory to  also update vCenter to Update 3h before we patch the ESXI Hosts?

Based from the Interoperability matrix, it seems that ESXI 5.5 U3h being managed by vCenter 5.5 U2 is still supported.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:58:00 +0000
Virtual Box Not Available For Download

Does anyone know when virtual Box for Windows 64 bit OS will be available for download again? Also does anyone know of any other Virtual platforms other than virtual box that are free & as reliable?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:21:47 +0000
RemoteFX 2016 licensing requirements


I am new to this RemoteFX stuff and I managed to install the RemoteFX in test bed on Windows 2016 Server with Hyper-V.

The usage for RemoteFX is application publishing and VDI (Windows 7). I managed to install & Configure both and works fine in the test bed. During installation I installed the 120 days trial of RDS licensing.

Now, I am looking to work on building a production environment. The most confusing part is the license requirements for installing the entire RemoteFX suite, that will be used for App and VDI.

Can someone clarify on the below licensing requirements?

  1. Windows 2016 server (I have the license and aware that it is core based. Please clarify)
  2. What are the RDS licenseing requirements?
  3. Is there any VDA licenses involved since I am publishing VDI desktops?
  4. Is there any other licenses apart from the above?

I will be using...

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:35 +0000
VM having problem

Hi Gents,

Having a problem with my VM. Here's my environment.

I got 2 host w/ plenty of cpu and cores. I have 2x  2.1ghz 10cores, 128gb of ram each host. A shared storage w/ 15k sas drives raid10, we utilize 10gb base-t for network.

I have 8 VMs:

DC (2k16)
2 app server (2k08r2)
1 app server (2k12r2)
1 app server (win8)
1 db server (2k12r2 w/ sql2k12)
1 db server (2k08r2 w/ sql2k08r2)

Vsphere 6.5u1

So the problem is 2 of my VMs keeps hanging or disconnecting (cant ping (RTO), cant rdp) this is the two VMs that uses 2k12r2 as operating system. All VMs works properly.

What seems to be the problem? Because it is affecting our operation already.

Btw. To fix the hanging of the VMs. I have to poweroff the VMs and power it ON.

Vmware 6.5 to 6.5 U1 upgrade

Thank you all in advance.

I have 10 Vmware ESXi, hosts and I am only seeing this issue on one of them

In the process of doing an in place upgrade from Vmware ESXi 6.5 to Vmware 6.5 U1.
on all hosts, which is all dell hardware, I have used the Virtual DVD option in the DRAC to load the iso.
The installed launches ever time without any issues.
On one host the installer does not find the existing install to upgrade, it just find volumes with VMFS partitions that will be over written. If I select the parition or disk where Vmare is installed, it treats it like a new install.
On all the other hosts, it recognized it as an install and ran the upgrade from 6.5 to 6.5 U1.
any ideas?
On all host of the 9 that went without issues, 8 are running Vmware from Dual SD cards. The host in questions has dual SD cards as well.

Any ideas why on this one host,...

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