Query based collection to collect Hyper-V / Vmware Hosts

Query based collection to collect Hyper-V  & Vmware Hosts and Guest Systems.

Host and Guest OS Collection
Host and Guest OS Collections


#1 Query based collection to collect all hyper-v  & Vmware hosts using WQL.

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_SERVICE on SMS_G_System_SERVICE.ResourceId = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_SERVICE.DisplayName in (“Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management”,VMware Authorization Service”)

#2 Query based collection to collect all hyper-v  & Vmware guests using WQL.

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM on SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.Manufacturer in (“VMware, Inc.”,”Microsoft Corporation”)




Could not Complete the Operation when forwarding email

Could not complete the operation. One or more parameter values are not valid.


Error resolution for the above problem.

1. When forwarding the message in To, Cc or Bcc address list automatically appears when you type the single letter, simply hover the mouse over it and press DEL key. This will remove it from the cache.

2. To clear out all of your cache in a single shot.

Open Outlook 2010, select the Options from File menu then click on Mail and scroll to search for Empty Auto-Complete List  button and click.

Invalid para

The Format did not complete successfully.


Format error

“This problem may occur if AutoMount is not turned on on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition. When AutoMount is turned on, and a new hard disk is detected, AutoMount automatically tries to assign a drive letter and mount the disk”


Open command prompt type mountvol /e  to turn on the Automount option for new disks.

mountvol help
mountvol help

Run the New Partition wizard. Format a new volume that does not have a drive letter.

To turn off the Automount option type mountvol /n .


Do not leave the Automout option turned on on systems that have complex storage configurations, such as Storage Area Networks (SANs). On systems where drives are exposed to more than one system, the drives could be exposed to unexpected systems. This exposure could cause these systems to lose data access or could cause data corruption.

Source: Microsoft Kb.

50 Useful tools and utilities

Free Monitoring Tools.

  1. Sysinternals Suite
  2. Windows Debugger (WinDbg.exe)
  3. Mobile PC Monitor – Monitoring tool with smartphone app
  4. ControlUp – Real-time monitoring and remote administration
  5. EventSentry Light – Real-time event log monitoring
  6. Network Monitor – A free network protocol analyzer
  7. SpeedFan – CPU and hard disk temperature monitoring
  8. Server Configuration Change Reporter – Automated server auditing
  9. ExInsight – Monitoring and statistics for Microsoft Exchange
  10. Process Monitor – View file system, registry, and network activity
  11. AD Tidy – Identify last logged on user and computer accounts
  12. EndPointScan – Scan your network for devices
  13. HealthMonitor – Monitor 60 different system states
  14. Veeam ONE Free Edition – Real-time Hyper-V and VMware monitoring
  15. The Dude – Map networks and monitor services
  16. Live Maps for Microsoft Operations Manager
  17. PacketTrap pt360 ToolSuite – network management
  18. NTop-XTRA – Shows network usage
  19. EMCO Ping Monitor Free
  20. Servers Alive – A Monitoring tool
  21. Winrpe – Nrpe for Windows
  22. Verax NMS – Network and application monitoring
  23. Top Users Expert – Analyze bandwidth consumption with Network Monitor
  24. Spiceworks – Network Monitoring and Help Desk software
  25. TCPView – displays active TCP and UDP connections
  26. Simple Search – An extension for Microsoft Network Monitor
  27. Blackbird auditor express – Real-time Active Directory change monitoring
  28. NetWrix Disk Space Monitor
  29. SolarWinds VM Monitor – Get X-Ray insight into your ESX Servers
  30. Bad Application – Test application crashes
  31. GFI WebMonitor – Web filtering for ISA Server
  32. NetWrix Services Monitor – Restart failing Windows services
  33. Nagwin – Nagios for Windows
  34. Spotlight on Windows – Monitor Windows servers
  35. NetWorx – Network traffic monitor and network usage reporting
  36. SolarWinds Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor
  37. FREEping – Quick and dirty monitoring
  38. TCP Analyzer – Statistical Analysis of TCP connections in Network Monitor
  39. SolarWinds Exchange Monitor
  40. Total Network Monitor – A sophisticated network monitoring software
  41. Real Temp – Another CPU temperature measuring program
  42. SolarWinds WMI Monitor – Windows server monitoring tool
  43. DreamSys Server Monitor – Easy server monitoring
  44. fs guard – Monitor services and directories
  45. EVT LogParser – A Windows event log parser
  46. Karen’s ‘Net Monitor – Website, mail, and ping monitoring
  47. SuperbarMonitor – Monitor CPU, disk, and memory usage in the Windows 7 taskbar
  48. NetWrix Event Log Manager Freeware Edition
  49. Free Windows Error Reporting (WER) viewing tool – AppCrashView
  50. FrameFlow – Web-based Windows monitoring

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How to setup RRAS / VPN on server 2008 R2

How to setup RRAS / VPN on server 2008 R2

Requirements to deploy VPN in an organisation:

  • VPN Server (Windows 2008 R2)
  • Public IP with Internet and  Network infrastructure ( AD, DNS and DHCP )
  • VPN Clients (Windows 7, Windows XP)

Adding RRAS Role on Windows 2008 R2:

  • Open Server Manager, Select role and then click on Add Roles

  • Select Network Policy and Access Services then Click Next.

  • Introduction to Network Policy and Access Services

  • Select Routing and Remote Access Services and then Click on Next.

  • To Install the RRAS role service, click Install.

After installation finish. We need to configure the Routing and Remote Access Services.

Configuring the Routing and Remote Access Services

Expand the Roles to select Routing and Remote Access in Server Manager Console, right click and Select Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access.

  • Follow the routing and remote access server Setup Wizard.

  • Select the option Remote access( dial-up or VPN)

  • Select VPN

  • Select the network Interface which is connected to Internet.

  • Select the option From a specified range of addresses

  • Specify the starting and end IP address range.

  • Select  No, use Routing and Remote Access to authenticate connection requests option if you have active directory infrastructure.

  • Click Finish to complete the RRAS setup Wizard.