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Setting clients to Reboot at 12:15 A.M


Some of our client devices have a need to do a daily reboot, and I didn’t feel like manly setting up a scheduled task on each device. I needed something I could run via login script or USB stick, that only takes a couple of seconds of time per device.

Therefore, with some help from the Internet I developed the following.


schtasks.exe /create /RU SYSTEM /SC DAILY /TN Reboot /st 00:15:00 /TR "shutdown -r -f -t 60"

Copy the above line and paste it into notepad, or your text editor of choice, and save it as a .bat file.

This will set the device you run this on, to make a new scheduled task, which is daily reboot at 12:15 , which is run as system, with a 60 sec count down.  Admin rights are required to create this task.

Run it once per PC you want to reboot .



I hope someone can find this useful.

NetApp and Virtualization One Stop Shop!

Christopher Kusek, Technology Evangelist posted a collection of Netapp related information.

I am going to quote it here. Please refer to the source post for updates and changes.

NetApp and Virtualization One Stop Shop!

You ever ask the question “Wow, I wish there were a consolidated place to find everything* there is to find about NetApp and Virtualization?

I ask that question all the time. The following is a release of my internal notes I’d forward to people when they say “NetApp + Citrix?” “NetApp + VMware” or “NetApp + Hyper-V”

This way, both you AND I have a single place to go look and I don’t have to reinvent my wheel!

Everything you wanted to know about NetApp and Virtualization but were afraid to ask.

NetApp Virtualization Team Blog – Great resource of information and the definitive source on updates of new documents, TR’s, etc – It is where I’ll update new links like those above from.

VMware and NetApp

Microsoft and NetApp

Citrix and NetApp

Oracle and NetApp

And some definite –must- reads!

NetApp 50% Virtualization Guarantee* (Effective until December 31, 2009)

Top Must Read Knowledge Base Articles (Virt-KB!)

NetApp Virtualization and Twitter!

Yes! I was able to track down the folks at NetApp who are on Twitter, so follow them here!

NetApp Virtualization and YouTube!

  • NetAppTV (Customer Success Stories and other cool videos)
  • NetAppTube (Demos from VMWorld and more!)
  • NTriantos (SMVI, VDI, OSSV and more!)

Since we have been looking at NetApp, these caught my eye. I hope someone else will find them useful. Make sure to check out if you haven’t before.

Thanks to and NetApp

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Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta has been officially launched!

The have a post announcing the Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta

Veeam FastSCP 3.0 for ESX/ESXi Public Beta has been officially launched!
For download link, FAQ and known issues (constantly updated) please refer to this thread (stickied).
Please direct your feedback on this beta to the following thread, or send it to [email protected] if you prefer email.
Happy testing!
This thread will now be closed.

I hope to try this out.

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iSCSI – Hardware or Software – How many TOEs do you have?


Carrlo and I were discussing this on Twitter, and I saw that they posted a related blog, and there are some good comments.

Check it out, he titled it iSCSI – Hardware or Software – How many TOEs do you have?



More and more of my new implementations of VMware Infrastructure are being connected to iSCSI SANs (EMC, LeftHand, and Equallogic) and the question has come up about whether or not to spend extra dollars on TOE (TCPIP Offload Engine) Network cards.  The TOE cards take the burden of processing iSCSI packets away from the host’s CPU and place it on the Network Interface Card itself.  In theory this should speed performance of the host machine.  For ESX implementations, VMware has provided a very solid software iSCSI initiator that I have been using with great regularity.  I’ve become curious if others are using TOE cards in their environments or just using the straight SW solution.


Most of the compatible cards seem to be in the $1000 dollar range while most 1GB Network cards seem to be in the $200 range.  Due to the high costs of these TOE Cards, I am curious to know if anyone is receiving the expected performance increases to justify the higher costs and if it is at all worth the price and effort of putting the TOE cards in.

If you have any experiences with TOE cards in ESX environments, please let me know your thoughts in the comments.  Thanks!


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active directory user account import tool or method

I’m lazy and need to import all my users phone, fax, department, title and company into active directory. I’m looking for a free or near free tool to update user account information in active directory. This way I can have the users or our secretary do the input. A quick Google search yielded some possibilities but I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this.Also is there a way to give all users in a certain domain and group similar information like company or department? This way if I decide to type this in manually I would only have to input 3 fields of data not 5.

Cheap Network Storage Solution?


I was reading ‘s article on Iomega and how EMC has thrown them a life line

I saw them talk about Iomega’s ix2, and how it was HCL certified. ([]=-1&datePosted=-1 )


I thought this was interesting, as it indicates that you could get a very low cost VMware supported NAS device for under $500.

Partner Name Model Array Type Supported Releases

EMC      Iomega ix2      NAS            ESX 3.5 U3, ESX 3.5 U2, ESX 3.5 U1, ESX 3.5


From VMware’s HCL.

Here is EMC’s Press Release on the device.



I Would love to hear if anyone has tried this device on ESX or ESXi, and what type of results they have gotten.


Minneapolis Area VMware User Group metting

Just a reminder, the Minneapolis VMware User Group meeting is on Friday, December 19th.

   Doubletree Hotel
   1500 Park Place Blvd.
   Minneapolis, MN, 55416
Agenda 01:00pm – General Business 01:15pm – EMC Presentation: Rob Schwartz & Ken Pizzo
“Optimizing Your VMware Backup Environments” 02:00pm – Break 02:10pm – Fair Isaac Case Study: Tom Grahek & Derek Clark
“Securing Offshore Support Using VMware” 02:55pm – Break 03:05pm – Schwans Case Study: Cory Miller
“Leverage VMware for Disaster Recovery and VDI” 03:50pm – Door Prizes / Q & A / Closing