Month: October 2014

Taskbar missing

In the event that the taskbar appears to have disappeared, the following should resolve the issue;

  • Run cmd.exe, its located at C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  • Type Start wmic (i sadly can’t seem to find wmic location, thats why i do it like this, but its the only command prompt capable of fixing this problem)
  • In Wmic, type this exact sentence: Process where name=”explorer.exe” call terminate
  • When it asks if you want to execute it, type Y and hit enter.
  • Normally, explorer.exe should automatically be re-started and the bar will appear again, should this not happen type this sentence: process call create “explorer.exe”
  • When it asks if you want to execute, type Y and hit enter.

Universal/Ultimate Boot CD

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/customize.html

First, extract all the files on the UBCD to a directory on your harddisk such as c:\ubcd-exracted (pathname may contain spaces). If you wish, you can directly extract the files from the ISO image using a tool such as 7-Zip or Daemon Tools.
You should have a directory structure that looks like:

c:\ubcd-extracted\ boot\ pmagic\ ubcd\ custom\ custom.cfg custom.lst autorun.inf license.txt

To add your own ISO images to UBCD, copy them to c:\ubcd-extracted\ubcd\custom. You can optionally compress each image using gzip (via a tool such as 7-Zip) to make them smaller. Then editc:\ubcd-extracted\ubcd\custom\custom.cfg and add each ISO image to the menu.

For Example:

LABEL – MENU LABEL Windows 98 TEXT HELP Windows 98 boot disk ENDTEXT LINUX /boot/syslinux/memdisk INITRD /ubcd/custom/win98.iso.gz APPEND iso raw

Making UBCD memory stick

To create a bootable UBCD memory stick, at the command prompt, type:

cd \ubcd-extracted\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb ubcd2usb c:\ubcd-extracted x: /f

where X: is that drive letter of USB memory stick, which is assumed to be already formatted. If it is not already formatted, or you wish to force it to be formatted, you can add the /f switch at the end:

If this fails, run cmd as the administrator

VMWARE Boot Failure

In the event that vSphere fails to boot, there are two possible issues. The first is that the physical Server has not been set to boot from the particular physical device, in my case a USB stick, if the Server is set correctly then boot from the CD and run the press shift+o before adding formatwithmbr after the preset phrase “runweasel”.

Installing vSphere 5.5

Insert the install media, in my case a CD and boot the machine. Ensure that the machine is set to boot from your media and allow it to run its course. A blue screen will appear and ask if you wish to boot from installer or local disk , as this is a fresh install, select installer .

The installer will load and may take some time as the yellow bar crosses the screen. Then a grey box will appear on the screen, press Enter to continue, read the EULA and press F11 to continue. Choose the device to install to and press Enter , if there is already an installation then you can upgrade but in this instance I select install and press Enter . Prior to partitioning and installing, press installer to confirm and continue

Installing Server 2012

Insert the installation media and boot the device, ensuring the device is set to boot from the appropriate drive.

Select the appropriate install language and then the time/currency format, the keyboard should then auto set but can be changed if needed. Click Next .

Click Install Now.

Select which version of Server 2012 you wish to install, eg Standard or Datacenter and then either Core or GUI and Click Next .

Read the License Terms and tick the acceptance box (bottom left) and Click Next .

Choose whether to do an upgrade or custom, in this case we select custom as it is a fresh install.

Select the drive you wish to use for the installation, we are going to use the full drive of one partition and Click Next .

Windows will begin its’ setup process and may take a while depending on your system. After a while all of the tasks will be ticked and the system will restart, alternatively if you are in a hurryClick Restart Now .

On reboot you may be asked to change the password for the Administrator. Enter your password once in each box to confirm no errors and Finish, then Windows will finalise the installation. You will then be faced with the server 2012 screen and will need to press ctrl+alt+delete to enter your password. Server 2012 is now installed in its base configuration.

Configuring WDS

Once the Server 2012 has been built and had its name and IP address set, I am also making the assumption that your network has a DHCP and DNS Server, you can begin the process of installing WDS. In the Server Manager console, select Manage and Add Roles and Features .

Click Next

Select the Installation Type, in my case Role-based and click Next .

Select the Server or Hard Disk you want to install the role to and click Next .

Select Windows Deployment Services and then Add Features of the dialog box that appears, then click Next

Select the .NET Framework 3.5 features and click Next

Click Next to acknowledge the things to note and Next again confirming the roles of deployment and transport.

On the confirmation page click the Specify an alternative source path and enter the path to the server 2012 disk probably D:\sources\sxs\ and click OK then click Install .

When the installer completes click Close