How to – Install VMware Workstation 14.0

VMware workstation is Type 1 hypervisor. It is the industry standard for running multiple operating systems on a single Linux or Windows PC.  We generally use for our test or home labs.

Steps: –

Download the ISO image of VMware workstation 14.0 from Vmware website.

Click on ISO image setup file.

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Click on next

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Click on Accept the license Agreement and click next

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Click on  enhanced keyboard driver and click next

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Check on for product updates startup and click next

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Click on next

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Click on install Vmware Workstation Pro Setup

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Click on finish

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Click  yes to Restart.

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Insert the license key and click on continue.

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Click on Finish

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How to – Install OpenFiler Storage

Here is Step by Step procedure to install OpenFiler. We were exploring the same in our Home lab.

Steps: –

  • Click on New Virtual Machine and Select typical and Click Next.

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  • Click on Installer Disc image file and click Next.

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  • Select the Operating system and click Next

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  • Click on browse and select the path drive and click Next.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Click on customize hardware.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Select US Keyboard and click Next.

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  • Select No and click Next.

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  • Click Next.

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  • Choose  No  and click Next.

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  • Insert the host domain name and click next

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  • Enable the IPv4 support and configure IP address and click next

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  • Set manually host domain name and configure gateway primary DNS and click next

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  • Select the time Zone Asia/Calcutta and click Next.

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  • Insert  the root password and click Next.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Formatting setup.

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  • Press reboot system.

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  • Welcome to OpenFiler  Screen

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For more detailed information on Installation of OpenFiler, please refer to below articles.

Installation of OpenFiler:

Step by Step Installation Guide for Using Openfiler as Shared Storage in ESXi and vSphere Environment

Configuration of OpenFiler:

Step by Step Configuration Guide for Using Openfiler as Shared Storage in ESXi and vSphere Environment

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How to Install Domain Controller in Windows Server

In this blog, we are going to write step by step procedure on how to install a Domain Controller for new environment. This is what we explored when we were setting up our home lab for Virtualized Environment.

  • Go to Run and Type the command DCPROMO

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Select button on Create new domain in new forest.

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  • Type the Fully Qualified Domain name(FQDN). It will be your domain name.

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  • Select the Forest Function Level as per your environment need. Here we choosed windows server 2008R2.

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  • Click on DNS Server and click next

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  • Click on Yes button and click next

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  • Select the folder path for NTDS and SYSVOL which will install Active Directory Domain Controller Database, log files and SYSVOL.

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  • Set the Restore Mode Administrator password.

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  • Click on Next.

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  • Installation of Active Directory wizard screen will Appear.

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  • Click on Finish.

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  • Click on  Button Restart now. It will restart your server.

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Domain and Domain Controller is ready now.

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vCenter 6.7 Installation | Error -VMware Virtualcenter failed firstboot. Failed to generate VirtualCenter symmetric encryption key.

We were setting up our home lab for vSphere 6.7 environment and we are using Windows based Virtual Center.

Error:

VMware Virtualcenter failed firstboot. Failed to generate VirtualCenter symmetric encryption key.

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Environment:

  • Operating System: Window Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition, Service Pack 1
  • Database for Virtual Center – Using embedded Database(vPostgres) for VCDB
  • vCenter Version – vCenter 6.7.0c
  • vCenter Type – Windows based Virtual Center

Troubleshooting:

We were using old ISO image for Windows 2008 R2 and did not update Windows patches.

It fails to generate symmetric encryption key because of missing security patches which was released last year for critical vulnerabilities such as WannaCry.

Solution:

  • Install Microsoft Security Updates MS17-010 and MS17-012 on Windows Server, and Reboot the server.
  • Reinstall the vCenter Server. It should work.

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vCenter 6.7 Installation | Error: Universal C Runtime is not installed on the system.

While deploying windows based Virtual Center 6.7, I faced below error.

Error:

Universal C Runtime is not installed on the system. You can download it from Microsoft website and install.

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Solution:

  • Download latest pack of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015.
  • Install the package and retry vCenter Installation.
  • It will fix the issue.

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