Archive for VMWare Workstation

Tip: How to speed up a slow Virtual Server

If you have virtual servers (VMWare, Hyper-V, Virtual Box, etc.) running Windows operating system that does not have Internet connectivity; you will see the operating system services run slow. An example is opening up PowerShell command prompt. This could take up to 30 seconds at times. Open Internet Explorer. Then open an internal website. This could take some time.

Want to know why?

[box type=”info”]Here is the answer:

It’s a known issue with Windows. It’s trying to check certificates to see if they have been revoked. However, it slows down the operations within the operating system until the check times out. [/box]

To avoid this issue, you can fix the issue a couple of ways. Manual or script it with PowerShell.
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Internet Explorer:

Go to Tools => Internet Options =>Advanced tab =>  Under Security: uncheck  “Check for Server Certificate Revocation(requires restart)[/box]

PowerShell Script:

[box]Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\internet settings\ -Name “CertificateRevocation” -Value =”0″[/box]

[box type=”bio”]A special thank you to John Chism and his team for coming up with this solution.[/box]

Extending your Windows 2008 Activiation in a virtual environment

I live and die with my virtual servers on my local computers to test proof-of-concepts; PowerShell scripts, backup/recovery scenarios, and many other important aspects to my job as a Web and SharePoint Administrator.

But one aggrevating thing is the Windows 2008 Activation feature that creeps up if you do not manage it.

I found a great TechNet article on how to extended the grace period in Virtual Environments.  This will work with VMWare Workstation, VirtualBox, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V.  In theory, it should work in other virtual enviornments.

Here is a link to the entire article.