Event ID 13508 source NtFrs on newly added DC Windows 2012 R2

I have been moving my environment to Windows 2012 R2 from Windows 2003 network recently. One of server roles I was moving was domain controllers. I had two of them, both running Windows 2003 SP2. After a fresh installation of Windows 2012 and adding 2 new VMs to domain I installed Adtive Directory Domain Services and promoted […]

SCVMM 2012 R2 step by step installation and deployment guide

This is (not so) quick step-by-step guide how to install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. I assumed that you have an account on MS Technet to download evaluation software, you know how to install Windows Server 2012 or Hyper-V and you have lab environment to run few Virtual Machines.

Nested ESXi 5.5

This time you will learn how to set up virtual ESXi 5.5 (vESXi) inside physical ESXi 5.5 (pESXi). First 4 points are repeated from post about nested hyper-v, so if you have already done it, you can skip to point 5:

Nested Hyper-V Shared-Nothing Migration

Previously I set up nested Hyper-V environment on ESXi 5.5. Now I will show you how to setup Hyper-V itself to prevent it from causing purple screen of death on ESXi when live migrating vms. I assume you have Hyper-V joined to your domain and followed my previous post about installing nested hyper-v.

Nested Hyper-V 2012 R2 on ESXi 5.5

Today I`m gonna show in quick step-by-step guide how to prepare ESXi and properly install Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 as a VM inside ESXi 5.5 host. I assume that you have basic knowledge of how to install ESXi, use vSphere client, SSH and a bit of Linux commands. I actually have two ASRock Z87M Pro4 […]

How to install Intel 1GB LAN i217-v on Windows 2012 R2

This is quick step-by-step tutorial how to install Intel i217-v NIC found on Asrock Z87M Pro4 motherboard on Windows Server 2012 R2. Nic is passed through to OS by ESXi, so I believe it will work on physical instance of Win 2012 as well:

ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 White Box

Since I spent many hours on finding proper motherboard with rest of needed components to get my lab working with VMWare ESXi I decided to write this post to make people find easy way to build ESXi 5.5 lab.