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 6.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 upgrade CB2006 to CB2010 – Configuration Manager

Microsoft released CB2010 yesterday. I had the opportunity to upgrade CB2006 to CB2010 within the lab. It was a smooth install. I will have another blog post covering new features within this release. Enjoy! Ram

Teams Compliance Baseline Check

In this post, we will configure configuration item, baseline and deploy the rule to workstation collection and check teams compliance status within the network. Enjoy! Ram

Improve PXE boot time – CB2006

In this post we will run PS script to tweak PXE boot time. Enjoy! Ram

Installing TP2011 – Configuration Manager

In this post, we will update TP2010 to TP2011 within the console and explore new features. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4575790 for CB2006 – Config Manager

In this post we will install above KB to fix few things relating to CMG/CO-Management and others. Enjoy! Ram

PFSense basic setup – Home Lab – Part 1

In this post, I will cover PFSense – Free firewall/router setup for home lab use. This will be 2 or 3 part series. In this part it is basic installation only. Enjoy! Ram

OSDBuilder Installation

In this post, we will install OSDBuilder and service windows 10 image with latest updates. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Kodi Leia

In this post, I will show you the steps to install Kodi and Titanium repo. Enjoy! Ram

How to configure and deploy DLP for Microsoft 365

In this post we will create, configure and deploy DLP (Data Loss Prevention) policy for Microsoft 365. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4575786 for CB2006 – Config Manager

In this post we will install above KB. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Load Balancer on Server 2019

In this post we will install Load Balancer features on Server 2019 and configure IIS site. Enjoy! Ram

Management Insights – Task Sequence Optimization

In this post we will go through Management Insights within Current Branch 2006 and how we can check and optimize task sequence within Operating System Deployment. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4578605 – Configuration Manager 2006

In this post we will install above kb for CB2006. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2010.2 – Configuration Manager

In this post we will install and explore new features within TP 2010.2 Enjoy! Ram

In Place Upgrade Task Sequence for Win 10 v1809 to Win 10 v20H2

In this post, I will show you the steps to create in place upgrade task sequence. I will be upgrading Win 10 v1809 to Win 10 v20H2. User can perform the upgrade from Software Center. It will take about 20-30 minutes and all the application/data will remain AS IS. Enjoy! Ram

Create Servicing Plan and Install Windows 10 20H2 as an update from Software Center

In this post, we will deploy Win 10 20H2 using servicing plan. The update can be deployed to any workstation running version less than v1909. The upgrade is done through Software center and user can perform the install at their FREE time. Enjoy! Ram

Deploying Windows 10 v20H2 through Configuration Manager

In this post, I will show you the steps to deploy Win 10 v20H2 released this month. Enjoy! Ram

Schema Error – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will share quick fix to resolve schema error for installing configuration manager. Enjoy! Ram

Azure Administrator AZ 103 Q&A – Part 2

In this post, I will cover about 108 Q&A that will prepare you for AZ104 exam. As you know AZ 103 is retired and AZ 104 is the new exam. I have covered both the exam with total 225 Q&A that will help you clear AZ 104 exam. Good luck! Enjoy! Ram

Azure Administrator AZ 104 Q&A – Part 1

This post cover Q&A without explanation for exam AZ 104. I left out the explanation for your research and understanding. I will upload Part 2 by end of this week. Enjoy! Ram

Installing PowerShell Module V2 for Exchange Online/Office 365

In this post we will install above module for Exchange Online / Office 365. Enjoy! Ram

How to export task sequence?

In this post, I will show you how to export task sequence, delete task sequence and restore task sequence within Current Branch 2006. Enjoy! Ram

How to delete replicas from vCenter?

In this post, I will show you how to clean up and remove orphaned replicas. Enjoy! Ram

How to install Kiwi Syslog Server?

In this post, we will discuss about installing Kiwi Syslog server to monitor Windows Server logs at a central location. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4580678 on Current Branch 2006 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will show you the install steps for above KB. Enjoy! Ram

Configure Co-Management within Configuration Manager 2006

In this post we will install and configure Co-Management with CB2006. With Co-Management you can manage devices on premise or through intune. In order to accomplish the task in the cloud we will need intune license. As of now, I don’t have any. May be in the future will get one and have another blog […]

Windows Virtual Desktop – WVD – New and Improved RDP Settings

We will go through new and improved RDP settings for Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure. Enjoy! Ram

How to deploy Cloud Management Gateway (CMG)?

In this post, I will show you the steps involved in deploying CMG within Current Branch 2006 (Configuration Manager). Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2010 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will show you the steps to install TP2010 and explore new features. Enjoy! Ram

Not able to install SCCM client on Azure VM

I was having problem installing sccm client on Azure VM. Had to troubleshoot and fix the issue. In this post you will learn how to fix client install issue for Azure VM. Enjoy! Ram

How to configure S2S in Azure with Basic SKU

In this post, I will show you how to setup Site to Site in Azure with Basic SKU. The monthly cost for S2S with Basic SKU is around CAD.38. Not bad for home lab learning and testing. Enjoy! Ram

How to add vCenter to Veeam B&R

In this post, I will show you how to add vCenter 7 to Veeam B&R 10. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Virtual Desktop WVD in Azure-Part 5

In this post, I will show you how to change Default Desktop Icon name in Azure within Windows Virtual Desktop blade. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Virtual Desktop WVD in Azure-Part 4

In this post, I will cover how to create Host Pool, Application Group, Workspaces & User Assignment. After that we will test virtual desktop using Remote Client and Web Browser. With this part, I have completed all we can do with Windows Virtual Desktop in cloud. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Virtual Desktop WVD in Azure-Part 3

In this post, I will show you how to install domain controller in Azure. This type of setup would be beneficial, if your on premises domain controller goes down, the users will be able to login and continue as usual because our Azure domain controller will take care of authentication. I have a domain controller […]

Windows Virtual Desktop WVD in Azure-Part 2

In this post, I will show you the steps involved in setting up Site to Site connection in Azure. This is required, if you want to hybrid cloud (On Premise and Azure). Without S2S we cannot communicate from On Premises to Azure Servers. I tried Point to Site connection using VPN it did not work. […]

How to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 from CU6 to CU7

In this post, I will show you the steps to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 to CU7. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Virtual Desktop WVD in Azure-Part 1

In this post, I will show you the steps involved in creating Windows Virtual Desktop environment in Azure. To perform this exercise you need Azure Subscription and couple of hours to complete the configuration. It will be multi stage. In part 1, I cover the basic task of setting up the environment in Azure. In […]

Installing Technical Preview 2009 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will show you the steps to install TP2009 and explore new features in this release. Enjoy! Ram

Azure Dangling DNS

In this post, I will show you how to test, if your Azure account has Dangling DNS. More about Dangling DNS – Check this link – https://github.com/Azure/Azure-Network-Security/tree/master/Cross%20Product/Find%20Dangling%20DNS%20Records Enjoy! Ram

VMWare Horizon View 8 – Part 5

In this post, I will cover Instant Clone Pool for deploying Win 10 desktops through VMWare Horizon View 8. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vRealize Operations Manager v8.1.1

In this post, I will show you the steps to install vRealize Ops Manager using OVA file and then complete required configuration. Enjoy! Ram

VMWare Horizon View 8 – Part 4

In this post, I will cover RDS, Master Image for Instant Clone and others. Enjoy! Ram

VMWare Horizon View 8 – Part 3

In this post, I will cover installing various agent, client and RDS for Horizon View 8 configuration later. Enjoy! Ram

Installing RVtools

In this post, I will show you the steps to install RVTools and use it within VMWare infrastructure. Enjoy! Ram

How to install and run vCenter Server Appliance 7 with less memory?

In this post, I will show you how to run VCSA 7.0 with 6GB memory. This is useful for lab environment and not production. Enjoy! Ram

VMWare Horizon View 8 – Part 2

In this post, I will cover Composer Install and adding vCenter to Connection Server Console. Enjoy! Ram

How to deploy .msu as a package using Configuration Manager?

In this post, I will show you the steps for deploying .msu within CB2006. Microsoft released this msu for Windows Server 2019 on 21st Aug. I wanted all my servers to have this update installed asap. So created a package and deployed to Server 2019 collection. Enjoy! Ram

Installing latest update on vCenter Appliance 7

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing latest update released by VMWare for vCenter Appliance. The update was released on 25th Aug 2020. Enjoy! Ram

Migrate mailbox from Office 365 to On-Premises Exchange Server 2019

In this post, I will show you the steps for migrating Office 365 mailbox to on-premises exchange server. I am performing this to avoid $16 monthly subscription charge towards Office 365. Enjoy! Ram

VMWare Horizon View 8 – Part 1

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing VMWare Horizon View 8 Connection Server. In Part 2 and 3, I will target Composer & Desktop Cloning. Enjoy! Ram

SQL Database Maintenance for Configuration Manager

In this post, I am going to use SQL Maintenance script that will run daily to keep Configuration Manager database in good working order. It is always good to keep the database tuned up well for good performance and avoid corruption during its usage. Enjoy! Ram

Host profile creation in vSphere 7

In this post we will look at creating host profile in vSphere 7. Enjoy! Ram

How to use Auto Deploy feature in vSphere 7

In this post, we will explore Auto Deploy feature in vSphere 7. Auto Deploy is used for ESXi host image deployment that is fully automated and the install is done using TFTP Server, ESXi Offline Bundle and Host Profile. With this feature configured and tested, you don’t need to use CD/DVD or USB stick to […]

How to upgrade Current Branch 2002 to 2006

In this post, I will show you the steps to upgrade Current Branch 2002 to Current Branch 2006. The upgrade will be done in console using the script to download the update. Please note it is for fast ring download. Microsoft will release the update for slow ring later. I am going to upgrade lab […]

Nested ESXi6.0 install on Hyper-V Windows Server 2019

In this post, I will show you the steps involved in nesting ESXi6.0 within Hyper-V Windows Server 2019. Please note ESXi6.5 and ESXi7.0 nesting within Hyper-V will not work because VMWare has removed such feature support. So you will have to test with ESXi6.0 only. Also another note to consider – vCenter Server Appliance 7.0 […]

Creating Nested ESXi

In this post, I will show you how to create and deploy nested ESXi 7.0 on ESXi 7.0 Physical Host. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2008 – Config Manager

In this post, I will show you the steps to install TP2008 and explore new features. Enjoy! Ram

Error – VM is monitoring network access

I was getting above error on Mac machine when using VMWare fusion with VM’s. This is the fix. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vSphere Replication V8.3 on ESX Host

In this post, I will walk you through basic install and configuration of vReplication v8.3. Enjoy! Ram

How to use AD authentication for vCenter Server Appliance 7.0

In this post, I will show you how to add AD authentication for vCenter Server Appliance. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vRealize Log Insight on ESXi Host using OVF

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing vRealize Log Insight version 8.1.1.0 using OVF file as virtual machine. I have completed all the setup but it is done without eval or valid license. Enjoy! Ram

vCenter Server 7 Appliance Upgrade

In this post, I will show you how to upgrade vCenter Server 7 Appliance. Enjoy! Ram

Free/Busy test after Exchange Hybrid Configuration

In this post, we will test Free/Busy after Exchange 2019 Hybrid setup and few on-premises mailboxes migrated to Office 365. Enjoy! Ram

Veeam B&R 10.0.1.4854 Update

In this post, I will show you the steps to update Veeam Backup & Replication to latest version released last month. The update version is 10.0.1.4854. I am running Veeam B&R on Windows Server 2019. I am using Veeam to backup DC, Configuration Manager, Exchange Server and Configuration Manager Database. Enjoy! Ram

Migrating on-premises mailbox to Microsoft 365

In this post, I will show you how to migrate on-premises mailbox to Office 365. This should be done after hybrid configuration on Exchange Server 2019. Enjoy! Ram

Exchange 2019 Hybrid Configuration to Exchange Online Office 365

In this post, I will show you the steps to complete HCW within Exchange 2019 On Premise. After that you can migrate On Premise mailbox to Office 365. Please note you will need Office 365 License to use it. Enjoy! Ram

vSAN Deployment on vCenter Server 7 Appliance

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing and configuring vSAN on vCenter Server 7 Appliance. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vSphere 7 on MacBook Pro

In this post, I will show you how to install vSphere 7 on Mac Machine. Enjoy! Ram

Configure Distributed Switch vSphere 7

In this post we will configure distributed switch on vCenter Server 7 Appliance. Enjoy! Ram

vCenter Server 7 Appliance – Post Configuration Task

In this post, I will go through various configuration that we have to complete after installing vCenter Server 7 Appliance. I will write more blogs on vSphere 7 as and when, I explore more. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vCenter Server 7 Appliance

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing vCenter Server 7 Appliance. Enjoy! Ram

vSphere 7 post configuration

In this post, I will show you post configuration after installing vSphere 7. I will add more later as we explore the product in great detail. Enjoy! Ram

Installing vSphere 7

In this post, I will show you the basic steps for installing VMWare vSphere 7 on VMWare Workstation 15. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4560496 Hotfix Rollup – CB2002

In this post, I will show you the steps to install above KB for Current Branch 2002 (Configuration Manager). Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2007 (Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager)

In this post, we will install and explore new features within TP2007. Enjoy! Ram

How to use community hub within CB2002

In this post, I will show you how to use community hub released with Current Branch 2002. Pretty easy to download the scripts shared by MVP and deploy to collection. I love this feature. For this test run, I will deploy Edge update. Enjoy! Ram

How to install ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services)

In this post, I will show you how to install ADFS on Windows Server 2019 and complete the configuration. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Fonts – Fully automated through Config Mgr

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing additional fonts as and when requested by users. Enjoy! Ram

Installing macOS Big Sur on VMWare workstation

In this post, I will show you the steps to install above. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2006

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing above TP and explore new features with this release. Enjoy! Ram

Install macOS BIG SUR on Parallel Desktop

In this post, I will show you how to install macOS BIG SUR within Parallel Desktop as virtual machine. Enjoy! Ram

PBIT Reports within CB2002

In this post, I will show you how to open, update and save PBIT reports to Configuration Manager BI Report Server. Enjoy! Ram

Let’s Encrypt SSL Cert Renewal – Exchange Server 2019

In this post, I will show you how the task scheduler renewed SSL certificate for Exchange Server 2019. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Exchange Server 2019 CU6

In this post, I will show you how to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 CU5 to CU6. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4567007

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing above KB. Enjoy! Ram

Installing SharePoint 2019 – Part 1

In this post, I will show you the basic steps for installing SP2019. Enjoy! Ram

Convert PS script to EXE

In this post, I will show you the steps for converting powershell script to exe for sccm deployment. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Windows Server 2004 Core Version

In this post, I will show you the steps for deploying a task sequence and install Windows Server 2004 core version. Enjoy! Ram

Remove Ivanti Endpoint Manager 2017 – Part 6

In this post, I will show you how to uninstall Ivanit EPM 2017. Enjoy! Ram

Maintenance Window

In this post, I will run PowerShell script to setup maintenance windows for servers. Enjoy! Ram

In place upgrade Windows 10 v1909 to v2004 using servicing plan.

In this post, I will show you the steps to upgrade Windows 10 v1909 to v2004 using Servicing Plan. Enjoy! Ram

Installing TP2005 – Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

In this post, I will show you the install steps and explore new features in TP2005. Enjoy! Ram

Veeam B&R 10 Cumulative Patch 2

In this post, I will show you how to install Cumulative Patch 2 for Veeam B&R v10. Enjoy! Ram

WIMWitch Upgrade v2.1.0

In this post, I will show you the upgrade process for above. Enjoy! Ram

Windows Package Manager

In this post, I will show you the install process and how to deploy applications. Enjoy!

Ivanti Endpoint Manager 2017(LanDesk)-Part 5

In this post, I will show you how to capture WIM file for deployment using Ivanti. Enjoy! Ram

Upgrade Parallel Mac Management for SCCM to v8.1.3

In this post, I will show you the steps involved to upgrade PMM 8.1.2 to 8.1.3. I am running PMM on Current Branch 2002 and PAR Servers. Enjoy!

Installing KB4553501 for CB2002 – Config Mgr

In this post, I will show you the steps for installing above KB. Enjoy! Ram

Ivanti SCCM Patching – Part 4

In this post, I will show you how to install, configure, download, publish and deploy 3rd application updates. Enjoy! Ram

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