Category Archives: VMWare

HP Quick Launch Buttons won’t work

Last month, i had problems with a new HP laptop. I wanted to deploy the default Windows image to it, but i just couldn’t get the HP Quick Launch Buttons to work.
I found out that the problem was created by myself! (what else is new).
Luckily i found a solution…

The problem was that i could not get the quick launch buttons driver software to install. Then i remembered that i build the image WITHOUT usb devices in VMware workstation. During this installation three essential files were not copied to my system.

– hidclass.sys
– hidparse.sys
– hidusb.sys

Copy them from the Windows installation cd to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers and you’ll be able to install the Quick Launch Buttons software !

Disable Computer Domain Account Password Synchronistation

VMware allows you to roll back a guest OS to previous snapshots. Rolling back to snapshots can result in the guest OS not being able to authenticate to the Active Directory domain. This is because, by default, every 30 days, the computer will negotiate a new password with its Active Directory computer account object.

Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB175468 lists someworkarounds to this situation. Method 1, the registry change option, is known to work. Method 3, using Local Group Policy, is being investigated.

Method 1 entails setting the following registry key;

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetLogon\Parameters
  DisablePasswordChange REG_DWORD 1

Sysprep – Error deploying from a Template

For guest OS cutomization to work when deploying from a template, the vCenter server needs to have the sysprep files for that operating system to be able to customize its settings.

If you do not you will get the following error when deploying from a template:

Warning: Windows customization resources were not found on the server

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Use the download links to Microsoft to get the sysprep files and extract the contents to the correct folder within

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\

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Sysprep 1.1. Download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\1.1

Copy contents of the “tools” folder to the “1.1”.

Windows 2000 Sysprep Download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\2k

Copy contents of i386\deploy.cab to “2k”.

Windows 2003 SP2 download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\svr2003

Copy contents of system32\deploy.cab to “svr2003”.

Windows 2003 SP2 x64 Download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\svr2003-64

Copy contents of SP2QFE\deploy.cab to “svr2003-64”.

Windows XP SP2 Download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\xp

Copy contents of CAB file to “xp”.

Windows XP SP2 x64 Download

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\sysprep\xp-64

Copy contents of SP2QFE\deploy.cab to “xp-64”.

VMware: Installing Windows XP on ESX using LSI Logic driver

I get a lot of questions concerning the deployment of Windows XP on ESX. By default, ESX will use the LSI Logic driver when deploying a new Windows XP virtual machine. The LSI Logic driver is not found on the CD-ROM media, so Windows XP will not continue with the installation if this driver is not found.

The steps: Create a new Windows XP Virtual Machine Upload a Windows XP .iso file to your datastore/ISOstore (preferably a VLK version) and link it via the CD-ROM options in your Virtual Machine. Make sure it is connected / at power on Go to LS Support and Downloads and search for a driver for the LSI20320-R controller. Extract all files in the symmpi_wXP_1201800.ZIP Use a program such as WinImage to create an LSILogic.flp file and include the extracted files in the .flp image. Upload the newly created LSILogic.flp to your datastore/ISO store Link the .flp file via the Floppy options => use existing floppy image in datastore in your Virtual Machine. Do NOT connect it yet. Power On your Windows XP machine. The installation of Windows XP should begin. During setup, press F6 to select additional SCSI drivers Now is the time to connect your floppy and use S during Windows Setup when prompted to connect to the floppy drive.

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The LSILogic drive should appear. Press ENTER to continue Setup will continue as normal Install VMware tools Done! NOTE: when using the BusLogic driver instead, you can download & use a preconfigured .flp file from the VMware site: http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp. Follow the same procedure as described above. The driver should be name VMware SCSI Controller in Windows X

Virtual Sound Adaptor for machine without Sound Card

I wanted to have a audio device in my virtual machine wich was located on a VMWare ESX server without fysical audio hardware. I found out that this was possible! All i needed to do was adding manually a driver to my Windows Server 2003. I’ve addded the driver in this post, so you can stop searching. RigExpert Virtual Sound Card driver Now i was able to get my OTSav streaming music station 24/7 on the internet, without having a power-consuming server @ home!