September 17 2012

VMWare ESX support for Windows Server 2012

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I found it quite hard to find this information so I figured I would share it. I was looking for an official line from VMWare on the versions of ESX that would Windows Server 2012 as a guest operating system.

Directly quoted from :

The release of vSphere 5.1 introduces support for Windows Server 2012 on ESXi 5.1, with the following support considerations:

  • Installation instruction can be found here
  • Snapshots, checkpoints and VMotion actions for virtual machines with Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 are incompatible between hosts running ESXi 5.0 Update 1 or ESXi 5.0 P03 with host running later versions of ESXi ( ESXi 5.0 Update 2, ESXi 5.1, etc.). Please refer to KB-2033723 for more information.
  • The Guest OS Customization feature in vCenter does not support Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 in vSphere 5.1.
  • vSphere client will use EFI BIOS for VMs configured for Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 with hardware version 9, however, EFI BIOS is not compatible with the Fault Tolerance feature. Therefore to use Fault Tolerance feature, it is recommended to use Legacy BIOS instead of EFI BIOS.

For more information about software support, please check the VMware Compatibility Guide

Also from  I have extracted this one liner:

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 will not be supported on ESXi/ESX 4.0 or 4.1.

And finally, from (page 103) I read that supported releases are ESXi 5.1 or ESXi 5.0 U1.

More information:

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May 17 2012

SCCM report – Packages that have been updated since original content was distributed


I needed to quickly identify all of the packages in a SCCM environment that had been updated since their original source (version 1) was distributed, along with the date this occured. The following simple SQL query formed a nice reports. This displays all packages Source Date and Version, ordered by Source Date where sourceversion is greater than 1 (updated since original content was distributed):


select PackageID,Name,PkgSourcePath,SourceDate,SourceVersion from v_Package where SourceVersion > 1 order by SourceDate DESC


January 5 2012

SCCM Task Sequence Monitor

This is a great tool for automatically backing up SCCM task sequences. It basically monitors task sequences and will back them up whenever anyone attempts to change one. It’s very good for version / change control when there are potentially multiple people working on task sequences.

I have implemented this before but can never find the URL for it when I want it, so here it is for all to see:


February 16 2011

Find versions of Lync clients

If you are running Lync Server 2010 and have previously used OCS, you may realize how hard it is to find the versions of Lync that your clients are running. It was very easy to do with OCS.

Stephen Olsen has written a fantastic tool that will show you the version each client is running along with a bunch of other useful information.

Find Lync Versions tool
Find Lync Versions tool

To find out more about this tool, visit his website Also download a copy of the tool from me –