Archive for July, 2008

VMware makes ESXi free

29 Jul

Now you can get VMware ESXi for free.

Windows Installer Version Matrix

28 Jul

Stefan Krueger posted nice Windows Installer Version Matrix.

VMware: Add permissions are missing in ESX 3.5

15 Jul

So yesterday I wanted to add permissions to a resource pool on ESX 3.5 but I could not do that because the option was not there.

That looked strange because I was able to do that on other ESX server that was running version 3.0.2
Apparently for some reason VMware removed that option starting version 3.5. so the only way to add permissions is to used Virtual Centre which of course you have to buy. Can I ask why VMware did that ?

SCCM: System reboots after loading WinPE

10 Jul

So you are trying to OSDnew machine using SCCM. The machine boots from PXE and starts loading WinPE. You see WinPE SCCM background image with a window ‘Windows is starting up‘ after that you briefly see message ‘Preparing network connection‘. The message disappears and you only see the background, and then system reboots.

In the task sequence log file smsts.log you find the error messages:
Failed to download pxe variable file. Code(0x00000001)
PxeGetPxeData failed with 0x80004005

This means that WinPE Boot image does not have required network card(NIC) driver in order to access SCCM servers.

To solve the problem, you have to download NIC drivers and add them to Boot image. I have created a separate post how to do that.

SCCM: How to Import Drivers, create driver packages and add them to WinPE boot images

10 Jul

First do the following:
a. Download and extract the drivers to a network share
b. Create a network share that will be used for drivers storage.(I’ve created this on one of the SCCM servers)

Once you have the thing above you can Open Configuration Manager Console
1. Go to Computer Management>Operating Systems Deployment>Drivers
2. Now you can right click on Drivers and choose import but I would recommend first to create some kind of folder structure(like model\device) as this will make things easier in the future. Once you have folders created right click on it and select Import.

SCCM: Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x80070020)

08 Jul

During image capture process you receive the following error:
Image Capture Wizard has failed with error code (0x80070020). For more information, please contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.

This error might appear at any time during the image capture procedure.

In the smsts.log the following messaged error are logged:
Failed to run the action: Capture the Reference Machine.
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. (Error: 80070020; Source: Windows)

The execution of the group (Capture the Reference Machine) has failed and the execution has been aborted. An action failed.
Operation aborted (Error: 80004004; Source: Windows)

Failed to run the last action: Capture the Reference Machine. Execution of task sequence failed.
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. (Error: 80070020; Source: Windows)

As you can see from the error messages the problem is caused by inaccessible file. In my case capture wizard could not access the files located in HP restore partition. Because restore partinion was not needed l I’ve deleted it and image capture ran OK.

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