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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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

How to upgrade Veritas Backup Exec to V21.2.1200

In this post, I am going to upgrade Veritas Backup Exec. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Windows Admin Center v2110

In this post, I am going to install Windows Admin Center on a Windows Server 2022 so, I can manage remote servers from one centralized location. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB11121541 on Current Branch 2107

In this post, I will be installing above KB on CB2107. Enjoy! Ram

How to create a bootable USB stick for new MacOS Monterey

In this post, I am going to create a bootable disk for new MacOS released on 25th Oct 2021. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Technical Preview (TP2110) – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will install TP2110 on Windows Server 2022. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Veritas NetBackup v9.1 on Windows Server 2022

In this post, I will perform Veritas NetBackup install. Enjoy! Ram

Upgrade Veeam B&R to version 11.0.1.1261

In this post, I am going to upgrade Veeam B&R (Backup and Replication) to latest version. Enjoy! Ram

Windows 11 Right Click Show More Options – Bad Feature

Since the release of Windows 11, I did not like show more option when you right click file/folder. Found registry setting that brought back the old fashioned way. Enjoy! Ram

Windows 11 GPOs – Oct 2021

In this post, I am going to explore new GPOs that was released with Windows 11. Enjoy! Ram

Bypass Windows 11 hardware requirement

In this post, I am going to share registry key that can be created to bypass Windows 11 hardware requirement and install Windows 11 on a machine that does not support Windows 11. Enjoy! Ram

Cannot open log files using CMTrace on Primary Site Server – CB2107

Hello All, Today, I was having problem open log files using cmtrace on primary site server. The issue was RDP session was not creating Temp folder properly at logon. Here is the simple fix. Enjoy! Ram

Check if the system is ready for Win 11

Microsoft released Windows 11 as of yesterday (5th Oct). It is available for General Public to download and try. I was scanning through various Twitter feeds and found a Hardware Readiness script posted by Microsoft to test if the current system is ready for Win 11. I found it very useful – so sharing my […]

How to install Office 2021

In this post, I am going to uninstall Office 2019 and install Office 2021. The install process is C2R… Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 to CU11

In this post, I am going to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 CU10 to CU11. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade Configuration Manager CB2107 to Windows Server 2022

In this post, I am going to cover the process involved in performing in place upgrade of Windows Server 2019 to Windows Server 2022. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB10503003 on current branch 2107

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

Installing Windows 11 Pre Release v22449

In this post I am going to install above version within the lab. Enjoy! Ram

Downloading Power BI Reports from Community Hub

In this post, I am going to download 2 power bi reports posted on Community Hub CB2107. Enjoy! Ram

Upgrade CB2103 to CB2107

In this post, I am going to upgrade current branch 2103 to current branch 2107. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB10372804 ON CB2103

In this post,I am going to install above KB to fix MBAM bitlocker issue. Enjoy! Ram

CVE 2021 – 36934 CB & CI Fix for MEMCM

I was able to get hold of CB & CI for above. This short doc will show you how to deploy to Win 10 collection. Enjoy! Ram

Join Windows 11 Insider Program

In this post, I will show you the steps to join Windows Insider Program. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Elevation Vulnerability

Microsoft released a new Windows elevation vulnerability where hackers can gain control and makes changes to the system. This affects Windows 10 version only. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Version SQL Query

In this post, I am going to share SQL query for Windows Version. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Lansweeper

In this post, I am going to install Lansweeper v8.4 within the lab for testing and exploring the product. Enjoy! Ram