Installing VMWare VCenter 5.5 Update 2 on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014

In today’s post I will show you how to install VMWare VCenter 5.5 Update on Windows Server 2012 R2 using MS SQL Server 2014 as the backend Database. Please read the Pre-requsites section first before beginning! The installation is split into 3 sections. The 1st section is getting the SQL Server Prepared, the 2nd Section is getting the VCenter Server Prepared, and the 3rd Section being the VCenter Installation itself. Please note that this installation may not be Best Practice as this is just a guide to quickly get VCenter Running.
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Creating Windows Server 2012 R2 Template VM in VMWare Workstation 11

Creating new Windows VMs can be time consuming due to having to create the VM, install the Operating System, and then having to install Gigs of patches which can be time consuming. In this post today I will show you how to create a Windows Server 2012 R2 Template VM which can be cloned to create new VMs in order to speed up the process of deploying a new VM in VMWare Workstation 11.
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Using Sidder to find out who the User Profile Disk Belongs To

If you are managing a Remote Desktop Services Farm that uses User Profile Disk, you will see that the User Profile Disks naming format can be confusing and it does not exactly tell you who the User Profile Disk belong to. You can use the following tool to help you with this.
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Securing your IIS SSL Protocols and Ciphers with IIS Crypto

When you first setup IIS and secure your site with SSL, by default IIS is not configured to use the most secured SSL Protocols and Ciphers. Microsoft does have some guidelines on how to turn on or off the SSL Protocols and Ciphers (Link Here) but having to go into the Registry to make the modifications can be tedious. The following is the tool you can use to make your life easier.
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Running SharePoint Server 2010 SP2 PowerShell Scripts in a Windows Server 2012 R2 OS

I was setting up a SharePoint Foundation Server 2010 SP2 site for a client which the OS it was running on was Windows Server 2012 R2. Now the installation, setting up the sites, and etc went fine. Until I started setting up Powershell scripts with a combination of BAT files and Task Scheduler tasks to run them (I’m a bit old school :P). At first the Task Scheduler task would run them but they would complete too quickly and there were no results from the Powershell scripts. I decided to open up a Powershell console and run the Powershell script themselves. When I tried running the PowerShell script, I got this nice error.

SharePoint PowerShell Error
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Fixing Java Issues with Dell DRAC 5, 6, and 7 Cards

One of the things I hate is when there is a Java update, I always wonder “Will this break my access to the Dell DRAC Card Console/Virtual Media?”. Especially with the Dell DRAC 5 cards which are old now, running the latest Java versions can cause a lot of grief. I will show you what you can do in order to mitigate some of the Dell DRAC Card issues with the newer Java Versions.
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Fixing Distributed Cache Service issues in SharePoint Server 2013

New to SharePoint Server 2013 is the Distributed Cache Service which helps in caching items in SharePoint so that your SharePoint site loads items more quickly. I had issues with a SharePoint Server 2013 test VM where the User Profile Services was not working correctly. From checking the ULS logs it turned out that the User Profile Services could not access the Distributed Cache and in the SharePoint Health Report, the Distributed Cache was not initializing properly. The following is what you can do to fix the Distributed Cache Service.
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How to Install VMWare Tools on CentOS 6.5 VM

If you are managing VMs with VMWare Workstation or VMWare ESXi, you will be familiar with VMWare Tools which is recommended to be installed after setting up a new VM due to the Drivers they provide which can help speed up the VM and you can easily Restart or Shutdown VMs from the VMWare Workstation or VSphere Client console. For Windows this is easy to do with a couple button clicks but what if you have to install VMWare Tools on a Linux VM that only has Shell Access with no GUI? I will show you the following steps using CentOS 6.5 Installation.
VMWare Tools PopUp
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Activating Mac MS Office 2011 with Office 365 Subscription

I recently purchased a Office 365 Subscription to use at home and it is considered a cost effective way to have the latest Office products and be able to install on multiple PCs, Macs, or Mobile Devices for a low monthly/yearly subscription. Now with a Windows Machine it was easy to install and activate the Office Application. But when I installed MS Office 2011 on my Mac and tried to activate with my Office 365 Subscription, the process would fail saying that Username/Password was invalid. The following is a way to fix this issue if you are sure that you have no issues with your Microsoft Account Credentials.
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Ford Fiesta 2012 Symptoms of the Battery going out

Recently, the battery in my Ford Fiesta lost its charge and I was unable to start my car. I had to get a jump start and get a new Battery for my car. I had already planned to get the battery replaced in my Car but did not expect it to happen this soon. The following are the symptoms you can watch out for in your 2012 Ford Fiesta.
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