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I am looking for away to Group Policy, if possible, to have the Windows 10 lock screen to activate after a set amount of idle time.  
I have tried  this inactive logon GP setting without any success. Group Policy Interactive logon setting.
I don't want to run a  screensaver for users in the virtual environment and don't want the machine to have to go to sleep before going to the lock screen.   Currently our users machines stay unlocked indefinitely while they are away from their computer unless they manually lock their computer before walking away.   Any suggestions?
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Set up:
Windows Server 2008r2
File Shares: iSCSI LUNs hosted on QNAP storage array.

I migrated the file and print virtual machine server via VMWare standalone converter from ESXi 4.1 to 6.5. Migration of VM was successful. migrated source server powered off.

However, once I got the server online, re-add IPs to the server NICs  (1 for server access and 1 for iSCSI LUN), the folder's share permissions disappeared. The LUNs were automatically mounted after I added the IP address on the iSCSI NIC, Folders were there but they were no longer "shared". I attempted to re-enable the share folders, but when I attempted it, it would add the number 2 at the end of the share name. It was as though, the share still existed but not visible.

Additional information:
In Hardware Migration settings in the converter: I selected VMXNET3 as the NICs. Once I brought the server online, I was configuring the IPs on then new NICs, it prompted me the IPs were being used on other NICs on the server, but no other NICs were on the server other than the 2 new one. I reverted it back to E1000. However the same error appeared. I proceeded with configuring the IPs on the NICs.

I did reboot a few times and that did not solve the issue. Since this was unacceptable for, me I powered down the migrated machine. Powered on the original file and print server and all the shares were back online without issue.

Need assistance.
Hi All,

My Exchange Server 2013 DAG spreads across 5x mailbox servers VM in three different Data Center locations.
So each mailbox servers hold mixed of 2 Active 3 Passive or 3 Active 2 Passive mailbox DB.

After the nightly successful backup, I can see that the some of the current Mailbox databases are mounted on the server that is activation preference 2.
So the database is kept on mounting from one server to another one (changed daily after the successful backup).

Is this the normal behavior of DAG ?
Would there be any impact if I let it automatically failover to one server nightly or keep running on the passive node forever ?

Note here are the settings applied for all the Mailbox Database:

AutoDagExcludeFromMonitoring                        : False
AutoDatabaseMountDial                               : GoodAvailability
DataMoveReplicationConstraint                       : SecondCopy
ReplicationType                                     : Remote

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And this is the Cluster Properties from one of the DAG member which should be replicated for all nodes:

cluster /prop SameSubnetThreshold=20:DWORD
cluster /prop SameSubnetDelay=2000:DWORD
cluster /prop CrossSubnetThreshold=20:DWORD 
cluster /prop CrossSubnetDelay=4000:DWORD
cluster /prop RouteHistoryLength=40:DWORD

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Hello - we have a 1TB large VM sitting on a particular LUN that needs to be rebuilt.  The LUN is using too many disks and the only way to free up some of those disks is to rebuild the LUN - which means we have to move the VM files off of it first.  Due to not having any other free LUNs/disks available big enough to hold the 1TB VM, we need to download it to a portable 4TB Passport USB drive.  What are the recommendations out there as to how to do this?  I know that I should be able to Browse the LUN and just download the files onto the Passport - but is that the best way to do it?  Should I do a LUN copy or something else, for any reason?

Thanks for your help.
Ok - This is how my week is going, need to see if it is OK to uninstall Exchange 2013 from Server.

Created New VM and installed Exchange 2013
Got to the point but did not do it, where I recert the New Exchange and the old Exchange.
I did do a Domain Prep/ ADPrep so the Active Directory Accounts are there for the EX2013
I tried making a backup and it failed. Found out that the Dell Server has bad blocks on the Virtual Volume. Tried swapping Disks, still reports Bad Blocks on the virtual Volume from Dell and still cannot backup.
I then tried to Migrate from 1 ESXi Server to another, failed. (The VM is on local datastore)
Tried to perform VSphere Replication to the other ESXi Server- Sync is currently stuck at 19% for hours.

I am preparing to destroy the Volume created by the Dell RAID set, but before I do that, the 1000 Point Question:
Since Exchange 2013 currently does not have any mailbox's and Exchange07 isnt really talking to the 2013 Server yet, is it safe to uninstall Exchange 2013 at this point and remove from Domain?
If so, then I am going to Destroy the Volume after that, and install a new VM Exchange 2013 Server and use that one.
I am pretty sure that the only thing affected was Active Directory, which has the new Exchange Accounts.
Good afternoon,

Running a test recovery plan in Site Recovery Manager, one of my virtual servers throws the following error:

Site Recovery Manager Error - An error occurred while communicating with the remote host

The next Saturday to migrate my servers from my alternate site to the main site again, this error would affect my live replication somewhat.

Stay tuned to your comments.

After an ESX host iSCSI became disconnect to our SAN's because of a Cisco switch issue, several VM's fail to power on. The error message is as follows.

Failed to lock the file
Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/5661e6ad-b2a8b7a5-a661-842b2b16cfbc/beta-2016/beta-2016_2.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
Failed to power on scsi0:1.
Failed to add disk scsi0:1.

The referenced disk is a second disk on the VM. If i remote it, the VM powers on fine. If i try to add it back after booting up, same error.

I have also created a new VM from scratch with same specs and then added the OS disk and the above disk partition and get the same errors.
I am trying to call a powercli script to Expand the harddisk in a VM with invoke-command , the same script is working fine in powershell host mannually, but when calling from vRO, its showing that workflow is successful with green tick but nothing reflected in VM(Windows 2012 R2). Can anyone tell if there is alternate to do the same.
I had created a VM, then a checkpoint, but somehow it was deleted.  It was only a little test VM I had set up, no big deal to lose, so I deleted the VM from Hyper-V Manager.

Now, whenever I try to create a VM--*any* VM--it fails with a popup error:

It doesn't matter what the VM name is, it always claims that the checkpoint %vmname%.vhdx is missing.


I try to create a VM in directory d:\vm\vms\ called VM-01.  I tell it to place the disk in d:\vm\vms\VM-01\vhd\.  I hit Finish.  It acts like it is creating everything, then I get the popup above.  The directories are created (e.g. d:\vm\vms\VM-01\Virtual MachinesError log reports:

'VM-01' is missing a checkpoint. The disk paths missing used to be located at: D:\vm\vms\VM-01\vhd\VM-01.vhdx. The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002) (Virtual Machine ID 24161C9C-6C8F-4015-A258-DC2B8D42C907.)

This will happen regardless of what I name the VM.  

Security on the directory:

%MyDomainUserAcct%:  FULL CONTROL
%LocalMachine%\Administrators:  FULL CONTROL

I've removed/reinstalled Hyper-V, done a system restore to before the problem started etc.  Services are running and I am an admin on the machine.  I still choose to run Hyper-V Manager as admin and get the same results.

To make matters more confusing:  If I choose the Quick Create option it works just fine.  If I create a custom machine and place it in the same directory …
There is so many discussion about vCPU, logical CPU socket etc. I am not clear about the ratio 1:1, 2:1 etc.
We have a server with 2 sockets.  A developer asked me to configure a VM with 1:1 ratio not more than 2:1 for 4 CPU.
How do i assign the vCPU ? Do I put 2 core and select both sockets?
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I have two 2012 r2 VM DCs running on a standalone Hyper-V 2016 host.  I set up remote management VIA PowerShell and Hyper-V Management console. I guess over WINRM with CredSSP.  Well everything was working fine (6-8 months or so now).  I all stopped a few weeks ago. I tried to pin it down to a security update but could not.  When I try to start a new PSSession or authenticate on the HVMMC I get an HTTP error code 403.  Everything I have found so far seems to be related to exchange and IIS,  neither of which are on these VM and the host is just Hyper-V it can't run anything else.  Also at the same time I could no longer check point my VM's which is required to work for my Unitrends recovery appliance.  It's like the entire management subsystem is broken.   I am still able to RDP into the host and manage the VMs with PowerShell but that's it...  I looked through application and error logs.  But I didn't see anything that appeared relevant to me...
Good Morning,

Last Saturday, we proceeded to run our Site Recovery Manager vmware to replicate live all our servers from the Main Site to the Alternate Site, the migration was a success.

Right now reviewing the Site Recovery Manager of my site Alterno that at the moment is my productive environment, I could validate that at Array Based Replication level the following error:

Cannot find matching consistency group at remote site for 'RCG-PRO-BACK-CB'.
Cannot find matching consistency group at remote site for 'RCG-PRO-BACK-CB.r48367'.

However I run a Test Recovery Plan and in the report, no errors or warnings appear, my question is that if when I re-execute the migration to my productive site again, this error in the Array Based Replication, would it affect my replication at all?

Or should we validate our storage box.?

Similarly, append printer with the error.

Dear Guys, after installed Vmware 6.5, I tried to connect to the HOST via vSphere client but I got this: server

Can you please explain? And how to fix it?
Hi all,

We have a one-off backup of an Exchange 2010 server from around 40 days ago.

I have it running in a Veeam SureBackup vlab environment and need to retrieve some Message Tracking logs from it.  The server is configured to keep 30 days of logs.

I am finding that when I try and look at the message tracking logs they are empty.

I have a feeling that it may have something to do with either log truncation or the time on the VM purging the logs (the time/date on the VM updates to the current live time, even though it is a VM from 40 days ago).

Interestingly, if I use Veeam explorer to browse the vbk, the folder which contains the "Message Tracking Logs" doesn't exist, suggesting that it is probably nothing to do with the time.

Any ideas what is happening here?  And how can I access the logs?
I need to present all datastores in a cluster to a VM to support SAN-Transport. For the VM can I create a WWN using Fibre Channel NPIV to may SAN admin can zone the lun's accordingly?
Dear all;
I have a problem. I had a server running win 2k8 R2 standard 64bit (6.1 build 7600), installed Hyper-V service
I restored a VM from Acronic backup successfully, but when i run the VM, i can not use the mouse
It said that "Mouse not captured in remote desktop session
searched many times on google. although i installed Integrations service but mouse can not be captured
i send 2 pic about this case; please help me to use mouse in VM
thks all2 pic...1 is notice on VM, 1 is setting on Integration service
We have 1x Exchange 2010 with a Multi role (Hub, CAS and MB) on site and we have round 90 mailboxes connected to it.

We would now  like to create an Exchange replication to another site.  We have created a new VM with Windows Server 2008 R2.

What is the best way forward? Shall we install Exchange 2010 Multi role on this server? How do you setup DAG on it?
Citrix 6.5, web interface server 5.4

2x Citrix Web servers - both configured identically.  We have noticed that if you log into WI server 2 and launch the ICA session then it works without issue.  On WI server 1 it does nothing.

Both work in Chrome (prompts for ICA download so not automatically) and apps launch ok on both, just not desktops.

Externally these servers are accessed via the Netscaler and look to work without issue but the fact WI server 1 doesn't work locally is bugging me.  It generates an event ID 21002 every time a launch is tried - we have reset and followed every KB and tip going but to no avail.....
we tried doing VM datacenter migration from one source to another of one of 140 GB machine using Veeam 8 and it gave errors below.

13/08/2017 10:46:13 AM :: Copying VM files Error: Client error: Failed to open VDDK disk [[DCHD] PMServer/PMServer.vmdk] ( is read-only mode - [false] )
Failed to open VMDK.
Logon attempt with parameters [VC/ESX: [];Port: 902;Login: [****];VMX Spec: [moref=25];Snapshot mor: [25-snapshot-1];Transports: [nbd];Read Only: [false]] failed because of the following errors:
Failed to replicate content of the disk [vddk://<vddkConnSpec><viConn name="" authdPort="902" vicPort="443" /><vmxPath vmRef="24" datacenterRef="h

13/08/2017 11:30:48 AM :: Failed to process VM 'PMServer' at 2017-08-13T113048 Error: Client error: Failed to open VDDK disk [[DCHD] PMServer/PMServer.vmdk] ( is read-only mode - [false] )
Failed to open VMDK.
Logon attempt with parameters [VC/ESX: [];Port: 902;Login: [****];VMX Spec: [moref=25];Snapshot mor: [25-snapshot-1];Transports: [nbd];Read Only: [false]] failed because of the following errors:
Failed to replicate content of the disk [vddk://<vddkConnSpec><viConn name="" authdPort="902" vicPort="443" />
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Dear all,
How can I develop operating system like window,linux in userspace.

I think it is possible if I can load the elf file or .exe file in memory from userspace.
Just using any C/C++ compiler. No reboot,no floppy,no image nothing,no VM etc. What's your thought.
How do I move a space between Disk- D to Disk C in a virtual machine? on windos server 2008 VMwer
Running SPX 6.5.2 and Oracle Virtual box 5.0.10 and when attempting a virtualboot am getting

There was a problem impersonating the network share user.

The image is out on a NAS ,but will not boot,so anybody get any ideas?
Tried 2 different computers ,a Poweredge Xeon and an Insprion  I7 ,both with virtualization turned on.
Experts!  I have two IBM X3650 M3 direct connected via iSCSI to a N3400 NAS running OnTAP  7.3.1.  VM Host server VH001 can connect to the N3400 Volume SAN001a.  Host server VH002 can connect to the N3400 Volume SAN001b.  But I’m not able to get host server VH00a to connect to N3400 volume SAN00b or Server VH002 connect to N3400 volume SAN00a.  I had VMWare support check out my ESXi settings and after a few hrs they concluded that the N3400 was not presenting itself correctly.  Any suggestions?  

I've attached snapshots of each controllers configurations.

hello Experts

I have two queries regarding limits and shares
1) If a vm configured with 8 gb RAM. limit is 4 GB what is size shows to O.S
2) Is it necessary to configure resource pool to set vm reservation and limit ?
I've got several VMs on a Hypervisor that are being backed up with Backup Exec. My understanding is that on the VM recovery checkpoints are created, the VHDX is copied to tape and then the checkpoint is deleted. My issue seems to be that, with two of my VMs, those recovery checkpoints are not deleting. If I right-click the checkpoints none of them give me the option to delete them so it needs to be done manually. If I neglect to do this I eventually reach the 50 checkpoint limit and the whole VM will fail to backup.

Windows Server 2012 R2
Symantec Backup Exec 15 (v14.2)






Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Virtualization is usually the creation of a system that executes separate from the underlying hardware resources, or the creation of an entire desktop for systems located elsewhere, similar to thin clients.