My ramblings about all things technical

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How to disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration on a Windows 2008 Server

Yesterday while trying to work out why VMware update manager hated me and wouldn’t scan any of my hosts, one of the many fixes I was trying was making sure that my VMware Update Manager server could reach the patch stores to download updates and do patch checks and so decided to make sure of this I wanted to remove the painfully irritating Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration. Now before I get loads of comments saying this is dangerous etc etc and that it’s a security risk,I know it is but for testing purposes I wanted to do it so I did. Now the point of this blog is that to disable it isn’t as easy as it used to be in 2003 as you used to just:

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Add/Remove Programs, 
  • Add/Remove Windows Components on the left hand side


  • Untick it from the drop down list


But for Windows Server 2008 I couldn’t find it anywhere in the features drop down lists which has replaced the Windows Components in Server 2008. Fortunately while on another Server 2008 server I noticed the place to disable it. In the Server Manager root page under the Security Information section is Configure IE ESC


All you need to do is click on this link and disable it for either Administrators and/or for Users. I only needed for Administrators so this is what I selected for the testing.


Gregg Robertson



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All things virtual VII


There’s been a very good amount of news this week and I’ve really been able to grow my knowledge on things I wasn’t that strong on and better my knowledge on things I think my knowledge is fairly good on.

Firstly a big thanks to Nick Weaver for adding me to his blogroll. Nick is a fellow professional I look up to and to be added to his blogroll means so much to me. Thanks Nick hopefully my blogs make your decision the right one!!

This past week has been dominated by the news and release of veeam’s latest product Surebackup. The features and possibilities of the software have been covered so well by such top people I won’t even try detail it. First person I saw to get a blog posting out for it was Arnim Van Lieshout (@avlieshout) followed shortly by Lode Vermeiren (@lode) with his Veeam unveils SureBackup and there are so many other blogs out there but these two with the official page covered everything I needed to know about the product. I’m planning on testing the Veeam software soon to see if it fits our requirements here.

Eric Sloof let out that VMware are indeed going to be rolling out new certifications to bridge the gap between the VCP and the VCDX. After hearing that there are over 53,000 VCPs, of which over 15,000 are VCP4s (and this was said in early February so I’m sure there are a large amount more now) I’m strongly feeling the need to start trying to build myself up in preparation for the VCDX.

Talking of the VCDX, Eric and Duncan Epping both blogged this month about the release of the new VMware vSphere Design Workshop. Eric explained the course layouts and the dates he will be running the course himself. Whereas Duncan has gone into detail all about the course and what it entails. I’m hoping to get on the course really soon as unfortunately the current dates aren’t possible due to work constraints and planned work.

On twitter recently I noticed Kendrick Coleman planning to run Nested VM’s and hadn’t tried the process myself so I did some researching of it’s possibilities and the changes you need to make and found a great document on the VMware Communities about the changes that need to be done.While on Kendrick’s site I noticed he found the solution to the jumpy mouse problem in Windows 2008 R2. I tried the solution myself and it works perfectly!!! Just a warning though that even though it’s possible to do this for  non R2 2008 servers, once you apply the newer driver and reboot the machine your video won’t come back .Thankfully I did a snapshot in case this happened.

One of the consultants here asked me about mismatches between a clients vcentre memory utilisation and the virtual machines task manager values. So I knew a few ideas like checking that the latest vmtools are installed so that performance reading could be conveyed to the virtual centre server correctly but also I had come across a document a while back while having the same problem in my home lab by David Ball detailing a way of fixing the problem.

There has been some major virtualisation news coming out of Microsoft over the past few weeks. Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit) covered it so well that I would highly recommend reading his blog posting covering it. The part of “Rescue for VMware VDI” promotion really brought a smile to my face.

Mike Laverick of the chinwags fame has recently released a new book he has been working on called Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 4.0. Mike has set an amazing example and has given the book out for free in return of people making a donation to Unicef for the download of the book. So make sure you make your donations and get downloading/printing. I’ve already got my hard copy on the way. Also if you haven’t been listening to Mikes chinwags then i would firmly recommend them as they are great for a bit of news and banter from some of the top names in virtualisation. Virtumania is another weekly/fortnightly podcast that is growing exponentially in the industry for having the hottest topics and discussions. It’s hosted by Richard Brambley (@rbrambley) and is well worth the listen.


Gregg Robertson




MCSE upgrade to MCITP Server Administrator

This morning on twitter i saw Scott Lowe(@scott_lowe) and Jason Boche(@jasonboche) talking about the upgrading of their MCSE credentials to MCITP and though i would repost the blog postings I wrote on my Corporate blog and thought i would repost them here for people who are interested.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist(MCTS) 2008 (posted 05 August 2008)

As I’ve said in previous blog postings before, I have a bit of a problem, I love doing Microsoft exams. So feeding my addiction I was very happy to hear of the new windows 2008 exams that were coming out which I spoke of fairly extensively in a previous posting. My aim is still to get my mcitp credentials and along this path I needed to upgrade my MCSE 2003 to Server 2008 and this entailed me needing to write the exam 70-649 : Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist. So last Friday after many nights of studying, weekends spent inside going over material and the massive book the Conchango training department kindly got for me to use called The Real MCTS/MCITP Exam 70-649 Prep Kit: Independent and Complete Self-Paced Solutions which I would highly highly recommend ,I wrote the exam.

I did the upgrade exams from MCSE 2000 to MCSE 2003 so was very weary of this exam as like many other people I know and have spoken to who have done or attempted the 2000 to 2003 exams the two exams were a nightmare and a true challenge of your knowledge. But I have to admit that this exam thankfully wasn’t as insane as those previous upgrade exams and was fairly straight forward in the answering. Now obviously I am not going to divulge any information of the exam as I don’t need Microsoft bringing a lawsuit on me for breaking the rules of the exams, but as I said earlier the book I used was spot on in covering absolutely every bit of information I needed to prepare me for the exam and my test score of 962 is definitely as testament to that(especially because I know the question I got wrong that denied me my full number of points).

So now I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in three different fields after passing my exam which definitely makes my Transcript look pretty mean if I do say so myself with the new four credentials being:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory: Configuration

Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure: Configuration

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: Configuration

Now I jusAt need to do my 70-646 for my MCITP:server administrator credential

MCITP Server Administrator (posted 02 April 2009)

On the 19th of march i finally got myself into gear and wrote my second mcse upgrade exam to server 2008 exam 070-646. With the passing of this exam i also acquired the new certification MCITP Server Administrator.

As stated in previous blog postings i  did the upgrade exams for the upgrading of my MCSE 2000 to 2003 and the exams were very challenging, so much so i actually failed one at my first attempt. Sadly both of the upgrade exams for server 2008 were much much easier in comparison. I can possibly attribute some of that to my using of the technology far more than i did for 2003 when i wrote the upgrade exam but they were definitely made a lot easier and most of the answers i felt could have been guessed by someone just based on the answer being the new technology in 2008.

So now i am now an MCITP: Server Administrator


I’m still a bit puzzled why they took away the well known MCSE certification but they claim these new certifications prove your skills more effectively on specific technologies. I still feel the MCSE covered a much broader base which proved your skills much better whereas this new way waters down the exams and doesn’t prove a candidates skills as well. Mark Wilson explains this in a lot more and better detail in one of his blog postings.

I waited to post this blog till my confirmation finally came through and showed in my transcript which happened last night as now i have the MCITP exam at the top of my transcript(which has extended quite nicely with the mcts credentials i obtained from my 70-649 exam)

If anyone is planning to write this exam wants a good book to study for the exam i would firmly recommend the MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-646): Windows Server Administration It covered all the topics very well and is a third off so well worth the buy.

Good luck to anyone writing this exam and hope the above rambling helps you in some way. Now i need to decide if i do my Hyper-V exam or do the exam for me to acquire the MCITP: Enterprise administrator credential.(Funnily enough i did neither and still haven’t. I started my VMware path but I plan to write and blog about my upgrading to MCITP Enterprise Administrator later this year)

Gregg Robertson