About Me

Ram Lan

I T Technocrat
I am an I T Professional working with Microsoft and VMWare products for over 10 years.  Specialized in Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, Skype for Business and vSphere 7.x product. I also write articles covering Microsoft Products as and when they are released to general public. You can find these articles under KB's section.

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How to install Visual Basic 6.0 on Windows 10 21H2

In this post, I am going to install VB6.0 on Windows 10. Enjoy! Ram

How to install KB15152495 for CB2107 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I am going to install above KB to fix few issues with CB2107. Enjoy! Ram

How to install mac Office 2021

In this post, I am going to install mac Office 2021 and all the updates. Enjoy! Ram

How to install macOS Ventura on a unsupported mac hardware

In this post, I am going to install macOS Ventura on MacBook Pro 13. Enjoy! Ram

How to find which folder the email message is currently residing

In this post, I am going to show you how to find where the email message is currently stored within outlook. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade VMWare Datacenter/Cluster version 7.0.3 to version 8

In this post, I am going to upgrade home lab vSphere 7.0.3 to 8.0. The new version was released on 12th Oct. I will write another blog exploring new features within vSphere 8.0. Enjoy! Ram

How to revert ESXi server to previous version

In this post, I am going to revert ESXi server from version 8.0 to 7.0. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade ESXi server 7.03 to 8.0

VMWare released ESXi 8.0 to general public today. I was able to upgrade few servers in the lab. The upgrade was successful. I will write another post on how to upgrade vCenter appliance 7.03 to the latest version 8.0 later. Enjoy! Ram

Drive Mapping for Azure AD / Intune Devices

In this post, I am going to show you multiple ways of how you can map network drives for Azure AD / Intune Devices. Enjoy! Ram

AZ-104 Certification Renewal Question & Answers

In this post, I am going to share the questions, I got while taking the test to renew Azure Administrator Associate exam. It took 3 attempts to clear the test. You can take renewal test at home any number of times. So no need to worry if you fail few times. It is open book […]

How to find user membership using PowerShell

In this post, I am going to use PowerShell command to find user membership in AD. Enjoy! Ram

How to install KB15599094 to fix Current Branch 2207 issue with NTLM client installation update

In this post, I am going to install above KB to fix issue for Current Branch 2207 (Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager). Enjoy! Ram

Exchange 2019 Vulnerabilities – CVE2022-41040 & 41082

In this post, I am going to run a script that was shared by Microsoft to fix Exchange issue. Enjoy! Ram

How to create update rings for Windows 10 and later within Intune MDM

In this post, I am going to create above rings for Windows 10 and later devices that will deploy 22H2 to devices running Windows 11. You can also use the same update rings to upgrade Windows 10 devices to Windows 11. I did not configure this part but have highlighted in YELLOW marker.. Enjoy! Ram

Cloud Configuration – Intune – For Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices (On Premise, Azure, Hybrid Azure)

In this post, I am going to create basic cloud configuration for Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices that will act as Cloud PC for future use. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2022 version

In this post, I am going to install above version of Adobe. Enjoy! Ram

How to deploy feature update 22H2 for Windows 11 Devices through Intune

In this post, I am going to create, configure and deploy 22H2 for Win 11 devices that are Intune enrolled (Azure AD & Hybrid Azure AD). Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB15498768 to fix NTLM issue with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager 2207 (CB2207)

In this post, I am going to install above kb to fix NTLM issue with CB2207. Enjoy! Ram

How to install ESXi Server 8 (vSphere 8) as nested VM

In this post, I am going to install vSphere 8 (ESXi 8) as nested VM on HP DL380 Server which is running ESXi 7.0.3. I wanted to see how the new user interface looks for vSphere 8 and what are the new features within ESXi8. Next blog will cover vCenter 8 and the new features […]

Bulk Device Enrollment to Intune MDM

In this post, I am going to create provisioning package to bulk enroll devices to Intune. Enjoy! Ram

How to deploy Windows 365 Cloud PC in Azure

In this post, I wanted to test Windows 365 Cloud PC. Completed the deployment and tested. It works perfectly. It will be useful for those companies/government organization who hire Contractors for short duration using BYOD. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade vCenter Virtual Appliance

In this post, I am going to upgrade vCenter Virtual Appliance to the latest version released this month. Will be doing the upgrade through Virtual Appliance Management interface. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade ESXi server

In this post, I am going to show you how to upgrade ESXi server using USB stick. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB14959905 – Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (CB2207) Early Ring

In this post, I am going to install above KB for CB2207 – early ring updaters of CB2203 Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager 2203 to 2207

In this post, I am going to upgrade CB2203 to CB2207. Enjoy! Ram

Exchange mail flow issue due to hard disk space

Within home lab exchange stopped mail flow (in and out) due to disk space issue. Had to do some clean up and used a script as well to free up space. Now the mail flow is back to normal and everything is working fine. I was not aware that exchange mail flow will stop when […]

How to change expired root password for vCenter appliance

In this post, I am going to show you how to reset expired vCenter appliance root password. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Veritas System Recovery v22

In this post, I am going to upgrade Veritas System Recovery v21 to v22. The new version was released on 29th Jul 2022. I am running Veritas on Windows Server 2019. More details about the product – https://www.veritas.com/content/support/en_US/doc/38007533-152115294-0/v35819213-152115294 Enjoy! Ram

How to use WimWitch v3.4.2

In this post, I am going to show you how to use WimWitch and create your own ISO/WIM file with various customizations and settings. You can download WimWitch from here – https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/WIMWitch/3.4.2 Enjoy! Ram

How to download store apps offline and do a manual install

In this post, I am going to show you how to download store apps offline for manual install on Windows 10. Enjoy! Ram

How to add Surface Pro Laptop 4 drivers to WINPE

In this post, I am going to add few surface pro laptop 4 drivers to WINPE so, I can use the keyboard, touch screen and touch pad during PXE boot. Enjoy! Ram

How to use ODT for O365 deployment

In this post, I am going to show you how to create, configure and use ODT for Office 365 deployment using MDT. Enjoy! Ram

How to install fully activated Office 2021 LTSC

In this post, I am going to show you how to install fully activated office 2021 LTSC. Enjoy! Ram

How to add CU updates to ISO WIM file and slipstream

In this post, I am going to remove unwanted edition from the ISO and inject latest CU to the WIM file and save it as an ISO for later use. Enjoy! Ram

How to connect to MDT workbench remotely

In this post, I am going to show you how you can connect to MDT workbench remotely from a workstation. Enjoy! Ram

How to create Surface Deployment Accelerator for Surface Laptop

In this post, I am going to use the tool provided by Microsoft for Surface Laptop deployment. Enjoy! Ram

How to install KB14244456 – Current Branch 2203 (Configuration Manager).

In this post, I am going to install above kb for CB2203. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade Replication and Site Recovery Manager Appliance

In this post, I am going to upgrade both the appliance to the latest version released last month. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vSphere Assessment Tool

In this post, I am going to install/run above tool and see how it works. This is a FREE tool from VMware. Enjoy! Ram

How to create SQL Server 2019 VM Template

In this post, I am going to create SQL Server 2019 VM Template within vSphere/vCenter 7.0.3. Enjoy! Ram

How to install System Center Operations Manager (SCOM 2022)

In this post, I am going to install SCOM 2022 on Windows Server 2022. Will have another blog on post configuration later. Enjoy! Ram

How to install and configure Skyline Health Diagnostics tool

In this post, I am going to install and configure FREE tool from VMWare to monitor and remediate issue with ESXi host and vCenter. Enjoy! Ram

Content Library Setup/Configuration on vCenter 7.0.3

In this post, I am going to share how to setup/configure Content Library in vCenter. Enjoy! Ram

Installing SQL 2022

In this post, I am going to install SQL 2022 and check out new features. Enjoy! Ram

How to install CommVault B&R

In this post, I am going to install trial version of CommVault 11.0 version for testing and learning their Backup and Recovery solution for SMB and Fortune 500. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB14480034 – Current Branch 2203

In this post, I am going to install above KB to fix PKI issue within Current Branch 2203. Enjoy! Ram

Installing and Configuring Data Protection Manager 2022

In this post, I am going to cover the steps involved in Installing and Configuring DPM 2022 on Windows Server 2022 running SQL2019. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Virtual Machine Manager 2022

In this post, I am going to install Virtual Machine Manager 2022 on Windows Server 2022. I will be performing basic configuration only. In the next post will cover more of VMM2022 and the new features released. Enjoy! Ram

How to use WinSCP for copying files to vCenter/ESXi Host

In this post, I am going to use WinSCP to transfer files to vCenter and then run diagnostic tool to check the status of vCenter. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade DPM 2019 to DPM 2022

In this blog, I am going to provide necessary information on how to upgrade (in place) Data Protection Manager 2019 to Data Protection Manager 2022 on Windows Server 2019 running SQL 2017. Enjoy! Ram

How to Install, Configure & Deploy VMWare Horizon View 8.4.2111

In this post, I am going to cover everything you need to know and how to install, configure and deploy Horizon View. It took many hours for me to compile and document every step involved in the process. I was able to do this within home lab on 2 ESXi servers with 512GB Memory and […]

Installing WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)

In this post, I will show you the steps on how to install WSL on Windows 10 workstation. In the past we used to have multi boot system (Windows and Linux) on the same system but the problem is if you want to use Linux you have to reboot and pick Linux OS. Now things […]

Site Recovery Manager & Replication Appliance Configuration – Part 2

In this post, I am going to cover rest of the configuration for SRM and REP and perform test failover of VM. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Site Recovery Manager and Replication Appliance – Part 1

In this post, I am going to create 2 sites (Production and Recovery) and then install ESXi Server, vCenter, SRM and REP at both the site to test failover VM testing. This part 1 cover the basic setup. In the next blog part 2, I will complete rest of the configuration for SRM & REP. […]

Installing vNEXT Windows Server 2025 Preview Build

In this post, I am going to install above Windows Server for testing. Enjoy! Ram

Creating Profiles and Policies within vCenter 7.0.3

In this post, I am going to create and use the profiles and policies for future deployment of VM and ESXi servers. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB13953025

In this post, I am going to install above KB for Current Branch 2203. Enjoy! Ram

How to install 2nd vCenter within same DataCenter

In this post, I am going to install 2nd vCenter in the same Datacenter. I need 2nd vCenter for testing SRM and Replication Appliance. You can check this link for installing 1st vCenter – Installing vCenter 7.0.3 April 2022 Release | INFOTECHRAM INC. Enjoy! Ram

How to install VMWare Site Recovery Appliance

In this post, I am going to install Site Recovery Appliance and complete the configuration. This appliance will be installed through vCenter. Enjoy! Ram

How to install VMWare Replication Appliance

In this post, I am going to install Replication Appliance and complete the configuration. This appliance will be installed through vCenter. Enjoy! Ram

How to enable LEDBAT – Current Branch 2203

In this post, I am going to enable LEDBAT for Current Branch 2203. This feature would help with patch management and control download of updates from SUP or WSUS. Enjoy! Ram

7-zip Vulnerability fix

In this post, I am going to share steps in creating Configuration Item (CI) & Configuration Baselines (CB) to fix 7-zip hacker vulnerability. Enjoy! Ram

Seven ways to open Software Center

In this post, I am going to share how you can open software center using different ways. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 from CU11 to CU12

In this post, I am going to upgrade Exchange Serer 2019 running Cumulative Update 11 to Cumulative Update 12. Enjoy! Ram

How to install PostgreSQL14 on Windows Server 2019

In this post, I am going to install, create database and configure event configuration for VMWare Horizon Connection Server. I am using PostgreSQL14 because it is FREE and don’t need SQL Server to complete VMWare Horizon Event Configuration for Connection Server. Follow the document and complete your connection server configuration using PostgreSQL14. Enjoy! Ram

How to find what version of .Net Framework is installed?

In this post, I am going to use a script to find out what version of .Net Framework is installed on Workstation and Servers within the lab. You have to run this script using CMPivot through SCCM Console. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Windows 11 on ESXi 7.0.3

In this post, I am going to install Windows 11 as Virtual Machine on vSphere ESXi 7.0.3 within vCenter 7.0.3. VMWare released version 7.0.3 this month. So, I upgraded all ESXi servers to the latest version including vCenter Server. I am creating a VM as Windows 11 and installing the OS for testing purpose. To […]

How to install new SSL Certificate for Horizon Connection Server

In this post, I am going to install new SSL Certificate for Connection Server. As you might be aware when you install Connection Server it does install default SSL Certificate. I did not want to use default certificate. So had to request a new SSL Certificate from Internal Certificate Authority. I have described all the […]

vCenter Daily Backup – Windows Server 2019

In this post, I am going to share the steps on how to setup daily backup schedule for vCenter database backup to network share. Enjoy! Ram

Exploring new features in Current Branch 2203

Just finished exploring all the new features in CB2203 (MEMCM). Enjoy! Ram

Cannot connect to the site after CB2203 upgrade

Wrote a short document to fix above issue after the upgrade. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade CB2111 to CB2203

In this post, I am going to upgrade Current Branch 2111 to Current Branch 2203 which was released today. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vCenter 7.0.3 April 2022 Release

In this post, I am going to install the latest release of vCenter 7.0.3. Enjoy! Ram

Renew Secret Key error within CB2111

I started to see above error within Current Branch 2111 (MEMCM). Had to fix the issue before the keys expire which is end of this month. Wrote a short document on how to fix the issue. Enjoy! Ram

Exchange Server Health Status

If you are exchange admin and want to know the health status of your exchange server – run this script provided by Microsoft. A very helpful script with lot of info. Enjoy! Ram

Find Default Browser – CMPivot

In this post, I am going to use CMPivot to find default browser within the lab. Enjoy! Ram

How to update Veeam B&R to the latest version

In this post, I am going to install the latest update for Veeam B&R. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB12896009 for Current Branch 2111

In this post, I am going to install above KB for Current Branch 2111. Enjoy! Ram

User Login – Temporary Profile

I was facing above issue when user login to any laptop. It was always temporary profile. Searched Google for a fix – finally found the culprit it was roaming profile issue. Wrote a short doc for future reference. Enjoy! Ram

How to backup domain controller?

In this post, I am going to backup DC (Domain Controller) using Windows Server Backup. This backup will be a full backup which means if the hard drive were to fail the restore can be done in FULL including OS and applications. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Canon MB2120 Printer and Scanner

In this post, I am going to install above printer at the project where, I am working currently. I wrote this document after numerous attempt to install failed due to local admin rights. I hate cannon to create the software and force the install to work as Local Administrator user. Did not work even though, […]

Chrome Password Export Import Steps

In this post, I am going to share the steps to export and import chrome browser password. Enjoy! Ram

How to install TurboTax 2021 and Patch

In this post, I am going to install and patch TurboTax 2021. The software is used to file tax return for 2021. If you want to do your return at home and not visit an accountant or tax consultant to file the return you can use this software. With this install you can file 20 […]

Upgrade macOS Monterey to v12.1

In this post, I am going to upgrade macOS to the latest version released last month. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB12959506 on Current Branch 2111

In this post, I am going to install above KB. Enjoy! Ram

Device Collection – Lenovo Hardware

In this post, I am going to run PS script to create device collection for Lenovo hardware. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB12709700 on CB2111

In this post, I am going to install above KB for Current Branch 2111. Microsoft released this update last week. Enjoy! Ram

Mail Struck in Transport Q

If you see mail struck in transport Q – then check this blog post. This issue was reported by MS this morning and they are working on releasing an update to fix the issue. I did not wait for the update and completed the task by running PS script. Enjoy! Ram

How to install TurboTax 2021 – Canadian Version

In this post, I am going to download and install above version (Canadian). I will provide patch later for activation. Enjoy! Ram

Veeam B&R Update 11.0.1.1261 P20211211

In this post, I am going to update Veeam Backup & Replication Version 11 to the latest update released this month. Enjoy! Ram

Short cut keys for Control Panel Software Center CCM Logs

In this post, I am going to run a script that will create short cut keys for the above. Enjoy! Ram

Log4j Configuration Item and Configuration Baseline Deployment

In this post, I am going to download, create and deploy CI and CB for All Systems to check for Log4j vulnerability within the network. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Red Hat Enterprise Server 8.5 on VMWare Workstation 16

In this post, I am going to install RHES 8.5 on VMWare Workstation 16. Enjoy! Ram

How to install VMWare Workstation 16

In this post, I am going to install VMWare Workstation 16 on Surface Pro 4. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Red Hat Virtualization Host on HP Server

In this post, I am going to perform Red Hat Virtualization Host install on HP Server. Enjoy! Ram

New features in Current Branch 2111

In this post, I am going to explore new features released with CB2111. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade current branch 2107 to 2111

In this post, I am going to upgrade CB2107 to CB2111. Enjoy! Ram

Local KMS Server setup for Home Lab

In this post, I will setup local kms within the lab. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Mac OS Monterey on Unsupported Apple Hardware

In this post, I am going to install Monterey on unsupported apple hardware (MacBook Pro 11). Enjoy! Ram

Upgrade vCenter to v7.0.3

In this post, I am going to upgrade vCenter to the latest version released last month. Enjoy! Ram