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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Book COVID Vaccine appointment – Toronto – Canada

In this post, I am going to book covid vaccine appointment for me in Toronto – Canada. Thanks Ram

New features in CB2103 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will cover all the new features released in CB2103. Enjoy! Ram

Edit Excel Sheet in the Cloud

In this post, I am going to show you how to upload a file to OneDrive and share it so people can edit excel sheet at the same time in the CLOUD. Enjoy! Ram

Upgrade CB2010 to CB2103 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I am going to upgrade Current Branch 2010 to Current Branch 2103 which was released 5th April 2021. I will explore new features in this release later with another post. Enjoy! Ram

Veeam B&R Update 1 for version 11.0

In this post, I am going to install Update 1 for Veeam B&R v11.0 Enjoy! Ram

Configure email notification for alerts and reports

In this post, I will create email notification for alerts and reports so that when we have an alert within sccm console we get informed by email to take necessary action. Enjoy! Ram

Device collection audit

In this post, I will show you how to create device collection audit to monitor for deletion, addition and modification of device collection. Enjoy! Ram

Exchange Server 2019 CI and CB test for SSRF

In this post, I will download, install and complete configuration baseline and test whether Exchange 2019 is compliant or non compliant. Enjoy! Ram

How to update Exchange Server 2019 from CU8 to CU9

In this post, I will walk you through the process of installing CU9 for Exchange Server 2019. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Acronis SCS v12.5 – Windows version

In this post, I am going to test Acronis Cyber Backup. The setup will be basic one covering everything you need to know about Acronis backup. Enjoy! Ram

How to update vCenter manually using CLI

In this post, I am going to update vCenter manually using Putty/CLI to latest version 7.02. VMWare released this update early this month. Enjoy! Ram

How to patch standalone esxi host

In this post, I will patch standalone esxi host. Enjoy! Ram

Cisco UCS C220 Configuration

In this post, I am going to show you how to login to Cisco UCS IMC. Enjoy! Ram

Demote Domain Controller in Azure

In this post, I will demote DC in Azure. Enjoy! Ram

Change Deleted Settings in Exchange Server 2019

In this post, I am going to change the duration for deleted items within mail server. Enjoy! Ram

Installing PowerShell 7.1.3

In this post, I will install PS v7.1.3. Enjoy! Ram

Protecting your mail server from March hackers

In this post, I will show you how to protect your mail server from March 2021 hackers who breached and penetrated many hybrid and on premise mail server around the world. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4600089 for Current Branch 2010 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will install above KB released by Microsoft for CB2010. Enjoy! Ram

How to install and configure Veritas System Recovery

In this post, I will install and configure Veritas System Recovery – Version 21. Enjoy! Ram

How to update / upgrade Veritas Backup Exec to latest version 21.2

In this post, I will upgrade Veritas Backup Exec to the latest verison. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2103 – Configuration Manager

In this post we will upgrade TP2102 to TP2103 released yesterday. We will also explore new features with this release. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Veeam B&R v11.0

In this post we will upgrade Veeam B&R to the new version 11.0. Enjoy! Ram

Update esxi host manually

In this post, I will show you how to perform esxi host update manually through CLI. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2102 – Configuration Manager

In this post we will install TP2102 released by Microsoft yesterday and explore new features within this release. Enjoy! Ram

Installing TurboTax 2020 – Canadian Version

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

How to enable remote errors for Reporting Services

In this post we will enable remote error for SSRS/PBRS. Enjoy! Ram

Multi Session Support for WVD

In this post we will complete the configuration for multi session for WVD in CB2010. Enjoy! Ram

How to upgrade WIMWITCH to version 2.4.4

In this post, I will show you how to upgrade WIMWITCH to the latest version 2.4.4. If you need more info about WIMWITCH, please search couple of blog posts, I wrote last year. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2101 – Configuration Manager

In this post, I will upgrade TP2012 to TP2101 released on 29th Jan 2021. Will explore all the new features in this TP version. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4594177 for Current Branch 2010

In this post we will install above KB to fix issues to CB2010. Enjoy! Ram

Menu bar for Microsoft Edge Browser

As you might have come across there is no Menu bar in Edge Browser. With this extension you can get back the Menu bar. Enjoy! Ram

VMWare tool Installation through CB2010

In this post we will install VMWare tools. Enjoy! Ram

How to convert VHDX to VMDK for use with vSphere 7

In this post, we will convert vhdx to vmdk and use it with vSphere 7. Enjoy! Ram

Removing Operations Manager 2019

In this post, I will show you the steps to remove Microsoft Operations Manager 2019. Enjoy! Ram

Removing Cloud Management Gateway – Current Branch 2010

In this post, I will remove CMG and its stuff from CB2010. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Edge WebView 2 Browser

In this short post, I will show you the install steps for new Edge WebView 2 Browser. Enjoy! Ram

Multiple errors after upgrading Current Branch 2010

In this post, I am sharing various solutions used to fix multiple errors for Current Branch 2010. I upgraded CB2006 this month. After the upgrade Management Point turned unhealthy, Software Update Point failed, Multicast Service Point failed and all my clients were inactive. I had to perform a series of troubleshooting to fix. Hope it […]

How to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 to Cumulative Update 8.

In this post, I will show you the steps to upgrade Exchange Server 2019 from CU7 to CU8. Enjoy! Ram

Installing KB4594176 for Current Branch 2010

In this post, we will install above KB for CB2010. Enjoy! Ram

Installing Technical Preview 2012 – Config Manager

In this post, I will show you the install steps for TP2012 and review new features in great details. Enjoy! Ram

CB2010 – RDL Reports to detect Application Dependency

In this post, we will run rdl reports and generate application dependency. Enjoy! Ram

Veeam B&R 10.0.1.4854 Update 4050

In this post we will update above version with patch 4050 released on 2nd Dec 2020. Enjoy! Ram

Features released in CB2010 – Configuration Manager

In this post we will explore the features offered in Current Branch 2010 released last week. Enjoy! Ram

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

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