I’m working on converting a physical 2008 R2 server to a virtual machine for ESX 4.1.  I installed vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 on this machine and ran through the wizard.  When I got to the disk configuration, nothing was listed.

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Some research pointed me to this VMware KB article indicating to check the logs which are located in C:ProgramDataVMwareVMware vCenter Converter Standalonelogs.

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Upon reviewing the logs, I see the following error:

[#1] [2015-01-27 11:31:16.775 04316 warning 'App'] Failed to get info for \.PhysicalDrive0: error Read \.PhysicalDrive0 disk layout: Incorrect function (1)

Researching this error, I arrive at another VMware KB article which indicates GPT partition support was not available in vCenter Converter editions lower than 5.1 (I had installed 4.3).

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I just installed Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview and have been going through and setting up some of my software for testing.  I noticed that Windows isn’t generating previews for my Canon DSLR RAW files (.CR2).  After a quick search, Microsoft Camera Codec pack is needed to generate previews for RAW file types.  I downloaded the Codec pack but it errored on the initial install stating my current operating system was not supported.

To work around this, I downloaded Windows Installer 4.5 redistributable which contains Orca.  Orca allows modification of Microsoft Installation files (.MSI).

I modified the following value indicating a check for OS level needing to be less than 9200 and changed it to an arbitrary 9900.

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After saving the changes, I closed Orca and ran the Codec Installer again. This time it ran through installation successfully and a reboot was required. Now I can view thumbnail previews of my .CR2 files.

Hope this helps anyone testing Windows 10 Technical Preview and needing to preview RAW images.

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade, within the first year of release, for users who are running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1.

Free Upgrade Offer

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The Fine Print

*It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.

Frequently Asked Questions

After I upgrade for free in the first year, do I have to pay after the first year?

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Just got our new IBM Storwize V3700 unit in today. Isn’t she sexy?!

Photos

V3700 Startup

This is a video I took using my Samsung S5 of the startup of the V3700.  Loud.  Kickass.  What more could I ask for?  Maybe the SSD drives that will be arriving Monday…  If you listen closely, you can hear the IBM wind when it kicks into warp speed mode.

System Initialization

I’ve never experienced system initialization like with this V3700.  A USB drive is provided which contains a pre-configuration application.  I ran through the installer and configured the IPv4 address for the server and then inserted the USB drive into a USB port on the left canistor.

Here are some screenshots of the system initialization software in case you’re curious.

Post Initialization – Web Access Setup

The web interface is interesting to say the least.  It seems fast and responsive using Google Chrome latest release.  These are screenshots of the setup wizard after initialization.

Web Management Interface

The interface is pretty awesome.  Lots to explore within it.  Here are some screenshots of some of the top-level items on the interface.

Clear Powershell’s last 10 commands:

clear-history -count 10 -newest

After executing that, use get-history to see what’s left…

Clear the console buffer by scripting F7+2:

[system.reflection.assembly]::loadwithpartialname("System.Windows.Forms")
[System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys]::Sendwait('%{F7 2}')

Try using the Up key to cycle through history — won’t happen.

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