How to convert OVA to VHDX for Hyper-V

If you have found yourself in a scenario where you would like to use Hyper-V as a test environment for your virtual machines, but you are using VMware ESXi Server,Citrix XenServer or VirtualBox then this tutorial is for you.

Required software

  • Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 available here.
  • WinRar (or any tool you prefer to extract .tar files)
  • Your OVA export unzipped into a folder.

Preparations

  • Download and install Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0.

An OVA file is simply a tar archive file containing the OVF directory. First you rename the .ova file to a .tar extension. Now you can use WinRAR and extract the .vmdk files within to get the virtual machines disks. VMDK is an open format used by VMware and other vendors.

Convert The Image

Next we will need to convert our VMware Image in order for Hyper-V to run it. This can be done using Powershell:

Copy you .VHDX to the folder containing you Hyper-V virtual machine.  When creating your new virtual machine, you must ensure you select “Generation 1” when choosing the generation of the virtual machine :


Installing Plesk on CentOS Linux

In this post I’m going to describe the simple steps to install the latest release of the Plesk software on CentOS.

First make sure you are root:

Make sure you start with a clean starting point, remove existing instances of Apache, MySql, Cyrus and PHP:

Make sure your CentOS distribution is fully patched:

Let’s disable the Security Enhanced Linux feature:

Go to the installation folder:

Download and execute the installer script:

Finally configure the Plesk configuration using an internet browser : https://ip address of server:8443


Back Online Again!

Some of you problably noticed… vWorld.nl was down for 2 days.. 🙁

The reason is that the datacenter with my servers had a power failure.. After some time the servers were online again.. but not my private IP range. 🙁

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After some troublestooting (and even buying a extra IP block) still no connection. Thank god for proper back-up’s! Now back online with another provider. The steps I took shall be part of a next post in the next couple of days..


Fixed : Dell XPS 13 (2 in 1) won’t shutdown..

After installing the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update I noticed that my Dell XPS 13 2 in 1 immediatly restarted after a shutdown. After some troubleshooting I noticed many other people with the same problem (also with other Dell models). The steps I found on the internet (BIOS upgrade, removing USB devices etc) didn’t work for me. But I found the solution :

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Go to Energiebeheer (Power management, sorry for the Dutch language :-))

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Go to “gedrag van de aan/uit knoppen bepalen” (behaviour of on/off button).

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Select the first option (with the UAC logo next to in) en disable Fast boot. (Snel opstarten)

Voila! Problem solved.


How to quickly ping an IP address within Google Chrome

I frequently use my Chromebook for browsing the internet and doing some work. Sometimes I want to ping a specific IP address. This is how you can easily ping a IP address. Hit control -alt-t and a special console will open.

As you can see, you can use the ping command as you use it on any Windows or Apple device. Close the windows or use exit to continue your other work. 🙂


How to export & import images between KACE2000 <> Remote Site Appliance

This article describes the necessary steps to move System Images from the Remote Site Appliance to the KACE 2000 server. When the System Image is stored on the K2000 server it’s possible to create a bootable USB flash drive containing the image.

The image I wish to export is a captures K-image file currently stored on the RSA.

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As you can see it’s not possible to create the Flash drive:

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There is no option to create a flash drive, like this example below:

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Alright, let’s start exporting the image. First step browse to the IP address of the RSA. Use the SAMBA account to browse the shares :

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In this example the RSA uses the IP address 10.70.28.2. Notice the restore folder. The restore is empty before the export:

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No files and folders currently present in the restore folder, check 🙂

Now go to settings/Package Management/Export SDA Packages :

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Select the specific image you wish to export and choose “Export Selected”:

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Notice that KACE starts exporting the file:

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After some time the export job is completed. Notice the green version mark (you currently have the latest version exported)

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Notice the exported image in the restore folder :

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Copy both files to the restore folder of the KACE 2000 folder. Now choose Import SDA Packages on the K2000 server (web interface):

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Now select the specific image and choose “Import Selected”

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After the import job succesfully ends you now have the specific image on your K2000 server. Notice the create flash drive option:

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How to download all Microsoft Ignite 2017 sessions

Been to Ignite 2017 at Orlando? Or not? 🙂 Maybe you want to download some or all the presentations to view them again. I’ve created a Powershell script to download them, but found out that Michel de Rooij uploaded a script to TechNet Gallery which is easier to use. Check it out here.

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How to enable GPEdit.msc in Windows 10 Home Edition

By default gpedit.msc is not enabled on Windows 10 Home (inclusing 7/8.1 editions). The good news it’s possible to enable this feature.

Copy the above code to a batch script / powershell and execute it with administrative rights.

After executing I advice you to reboot. After rebooting you notice that gpedit.msc is now working :


Invalid Exchange Server version using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 #updated #withSolution

Update: After contacting Veeam support they attended me that there is a private fix voor version 912.

  • stop all jobs
  • stop “Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Service”
  • replace Veeam.Ews with the DLL from the archive https://storage.veeam.com/Fix_113114_fbcf2c440c.zip in C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup365 (don’t forget to back up the original DLL)
  • Start “Veeam Backup for Microsoft office 365 Service”
  • retry the job

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As you can see the problem is solved and I’m able to backup Office 365 again!


People (including me :-))  are reporting problems using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. It seems that Microsoft made some kind of change on their back-end. At this time Veeam reports that they are looking into the problem..

I’m running Version 1.0.0.912…. a newer version isn’t available on the general download site. So upgrading the Veeam software isn’t the solution for now.

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Don’t seem to be (Windows) update related. Before and after updating my test server I receive the same error. 🙁

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When there is a solution I shall mention this in this blogpost.