VMware Guest Customization Specification, Configure Domain Joining

I recently worked to correct an outstanding support issue of VMware Guest Customization Specification not joining guests to Active Directory Domains. I thought I’d share my setup so it might help others facing similar issues.

Log into the vSphere console, navigate to the Home page section

From the Home page click the Customization Specification Manager

Once in the Customization Specification Manager Click on “+” symbol to create VMware Guest Customization Specification.

Select the operating system either Windows or Linux from the drop-down on target VM operating system and Specify the name for the Customization Specification. Enter the description of the customization specification. Click on Next.

Provide your registration information and click Next.

I use the computer name of guest OS as same as the virtual machine name. It simplifies the identification of the virtual machine in the vCenter inventory. Select “Use the virtual machine name” to use the computer name as same as virtual machine name and click Next.

Enter the windows licensing information for this copy of the guest operating system; if you are using a KMS server for activation you don’t have to type a key here.

Specify the administrator password and auto-login option for the administrator account of Windows operating system. Click Next.

Select your time zone and continue.

If you need to run some commands on the first log on, put them here and when your done click Next.

On the Configure Network, you can specify the network settings for the guest operating system. Either you can use DHCP or specify the custom network settings.

To specify the custom network settings, Click on Edit “Pencil Icon”… In this section is where I specify the DNS suffix to add to the Windows operating system. Click on OK.

This allows me to communicate to a specific Active Directory Domain Service (ADDS), and include the domain suffix. Once Network settings are specified in customization specification. Click on Next.

Under Set Workgroup or Domain, choose “Windows Server Domain”, specify FQDN and specify the user account and credentials information that has permission to add a computer to the domain.
The user account is in the format of user@domain.tld
Click on Next.

Select the checkbox “Generate New Security ID (SID)” to generate a new security identity for the windows virtual machine. This option is important to generate the new SID from the source machine. Click Next.

Finally, review all the settings specified in VMware customization specification and click on Finish

Now you can Deploy Templates Using VMware Guest Customization Specification, and join the guest to your Active Directory Domain without issue.

How to delay the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

As we edge ever nearer to the release of the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, we must pause and think about what could possibly break in the process.  That said, it’s a good practice to allow yourself time to test these things before deploying out to your company.

Here are steps you can take locally – or via Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) – Group Policy to defer the updates until a later time.

Requirement:  A version of Windows supporting the ability to defer feature updates

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Enterprise 
  • Windows 10 Education

 

Steps:

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor (Local Windows) or Group Policy Management (for ADDS)
  2. Navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Defer Windows Updates
  3. Double-click on “Select when Feature Updates are received” to open the policy setting. First thing you need to do is set the policy to enabled. This activates the options that are provided.
  4. Click on Enable
  5. Select the branch readiness level for the feature updates you want to receive – Current Branch
  6. Choose the number of days to defer receiving the updates.  – 90 days works for me

Ref: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/waas-configure-wufb

 

Download a copy of your Facebook data

Recently we have all have been reading about Facebook’s breach of trust. Even Mark Zuckerberg, admitted that Facebook has made mistakes.

The issue: Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political data-analytics firm hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, got its hands on data for 50 million Facebook users — without the users’ knowledge or consent. At this point, it’s unclear whether the uproar over Cambridge Analytica will lead to new legislation or government regulations but in my circles, I have noticed a significant exodus of companies and users.

Before you make the jump to delete your account.  Download a copy of your Facebook data.

The following steps should help:

  • Go to Facebook.com > Settings > General Account Settings
  • Click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  • Click “Download Archive.”
  • It takes a short period of time for Facebook to generate an archive of your data.
    You will be alerted when the archive is ready.
  • Once notified of its completion, click “Download Archive”, and a zip file will download to your computer.
  • Browse through that archive by opening each file inside the folder.

In the archive, you’ll find your entire history on facebook including messages. In doing so, it’s clear how much Facebook knows about you.

 

Examples of what you will find

  • The index also contains information about every Event invite you got, every Poke and Message you’ve sent or received (even if you are not Facebook friends with the person, or if they are no longer on Facebook), any Facebook applications you installed (even if you don’t use them anymore), and any Facebook “Places” (locations) you may have created.
  • Profile section, you will find some basic information about your profile including any profile names you have had in the past, all your contact info, any pages and interests you liked, groups you joined, and any Facebook pages you are a page administrator for.
  • The Contact Info section contains all the contacts on your mobile phone.
  • The Timeline section contains all your status updates and posts from friends on your timeline. The Photos and Videos sections contain photos and videos you posted; the former also contains code about your Facial Recognition info.
  • The Friends section contains a list of all your Facebook friends along with the date you become friends. It also contains a list of friends you unfriended and when, friend requests you declined, a list of friend requests you sent that are pending being accepted, a list of people who “Follow” you by clicking the follow button on your profile, and anyone you are following.
  • There’s also a Security section tracking IP addresses, devices and browsers you logged in from with dates and timestamps.
  • The Ads section contains a list of Ad Topics you are being targeted for based on interests gleaned from Facebook pages you liked. There’s also a list of the recent ads you clicked on and any advertisers that have your contact information. You can find (and remove) additional ads and ad topics you are being targeted for by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/.

 

vExpert 2018 Announcement – I’m in for my second year

 

Earlier this month the team managing the VMware program announced the vExpert class of 2018. I’m proud and excited to share with all that I have become a vExpert once more, making this my second year. I thank those of whom nominated me and continued to view my contributions and myself as a valued member of the community.

 

What is a vExpert

VMware vExpert is an honorary title VMware grants to outstanding advocates and contributors in the community.

What is the vExpert Program

The VMware vExpert program is a collection of VMware advocates and provides them with invaluable resources to continue doing work supporting the growing community.  VMware recognizes vExperts with a certificate. The certificate and title give vExperts special privileges such as access to such private betas, free licenses, and exclusive events. Most importantly it brings experts closer together for collaboration and discussion.

The program is designed to put resources towards advocacy efforts. Promotion of articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year.

Head to the official vExpert Directory for a full list of this years vExperts.

My Directory Link:

And that’s my high-level breakdown.

 

 

 

Share The Orange – Alzheimer’s Research

Like many of you around the world, I have seen the life of a loved one devastated by dementia. This person was my grandmother. As a kid, I too thought this was a part of someone getting believing that dementia is a part of aging and there is nothing that can be done.

That’s why I am asking you to help Alzheimer’s Research UK change this.

All you need to do is share the orange.

You see, it all starts and ends with the brain.

Everything we are, everything we were, everything we ever will be is held inside these precious cells. Your childhood, your friendships, your first love, your truest love, your most special day, your family, your hopes and dreams for them and when they have families of their own. All of your experiences, moment and precious memory’s you share together.

So if the brain is at risk, everything we are is at risk.

Dementia is caused by disease, most commonly altimeters. It physically destroys cells, breaking connections that shape our abilities, our relationships, ourselves.

In fact, the destruction of Alzheimer’s can leave a brain weighing 140 grams less than a healthy one. That is about the weight on an orange.

But this shows us that altimeters is a physical disease we can fight. Research has already made great breakthrough’s in other diseases like cancers and aids and with your support Alzheimer’s Research UK will breakthrough ageists dementia.

So please share this film, share the orange.

 

Find out more – https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/orange/

YouTube Links – Please watch and share

Thanks