Today I deployed a Windows 2003 VM in a test infrastructure. I did not want to spend too much time installing and configuring the OS hence thought of using Windows 2003 instead of something like a Windows 10 or Windows 2016. ‘
Why I still use and love to deploy Windows 2003 in my test environments? The reason is very simple:
- Windows 2003 works very well in a nested environment
- Windows 2003 virtual machine has a small footprint does not require a lot of RAM nor does it require a lot of disk space.
- Finally the important part; Windows 2003 was supported by VMware for guest customization under vCenter
Now here is twist in the story, I was trying the guest customization of Windows 2003 in vCenter 6.7 and guess what it failed. I did a bit of investigation why this was happening. I never expected VMware would stop supporting Windows 2003 guest customization under vCenter 6.7, but that’s exactly what the story is. VMware no longer supports Windows 2003 guest customization starting from vCenter 6.7
Here is the support document from VMware, that states Windows 2003 is no longer supported under vCenter 6.7:
Here is a Perl script that creates a PDF from list of JPG images. This script uses the PDF::FromImage CPAN module.
# Perl Script to create a PDF file from a sorted list of JPG images
# This script uses the PDF::FromImage module.
# To install PDF::FromImage module on Windows with Strawberry Perl
# execute the following commands in a Command Shell
# The following command assumes Strawberry Perl in PATH
# c:\&gt; perl -MCPAN -e shell
# c:\&gt; install PDF::FromImage;
# This script assumes there is a list of 300 JPG images with names
# in the CURRENT_DIRECTORY in acsending order.
# E.g. fileprefix_1.jpg, fileprefix_2.jpg, fileprefix_3.jpg ...
# Steps to use the script:
# 1. Save this script as make_pdf.pl in the directory where you have
# the JPG images
# 2. Install the Perl Module
# 3. Edit the script modify as per requirement
# 4. run the script from commandline.
my ($prefix, $pdfname, @files)
# Enter a prefix for your image files
$prefix = 'file_prefix';
# Enter the PDF name without the ".pdf" extension
$pdfname = 'my_pdf_name';
for (my $i=1; $i load_images(@files);
$p->write_file($pdfname . '.pdf');
Perl Script to create a PDF file from a sorted list of JPG images. This script uses the PDF::FromImage module.
To install PDF::FromImage module on Windows with Strawberry Perl
execute the following commands in a Command Shell. The following command assumes Strawberry Perl in PATH
c:\> perl -MCPAN -e shell
c:\> install PDF::FromImage;
This script assumes there is a list of 300 JPG images with names in the CURRENT_DIRECTORY in ascending order.
E.g. fileprefix_1.jpg, fileprefix_2.jpg, fileprefix_3.jpg …
Steps to use the script:
- Save this script as make_pdf.pl in the directory where you have
the JPG images.
- Install the Perl Module.
- Edit the script modify as per requirement.
- Run the script from the command line.
In case, you are looking for a quick string search within files on a Windows machine, you can use the “findstr” tool:
findstr /i /s "my_string_abc" <folder path>
In the abve example, we use the following modifiers:
/i indicates do a case insensitive search
/s search in sub directories
using * instead of <folder path> would search for all files from the current folder and below.
You can also find additional information about findstr at http://ss64.com/nt/findstr.html
When you enable RDP for Windows 7 (default is enabled) , you will also need to add a firewall rule to accept RDP connections. By default this is not enabled. You can easily do it via the Windows firewall MMC by running the following command
or Add a rule for the same via the command prompt. Add a rule for accepting incoming RDP connections on TCP 3389.
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="RDP Allow TCP" dir=in protocol=tcp localport=3389 action=allow
I am running Windows 7 on my machine. Coming from XP, I was used to seeing and using the “Network Connections” view. The new “Network and Internet” view for configuring network settings is too confusing. I found it difficult to find my way around. To be frank it was irritating to use and I wanted my “Network Connections” view back.
Here’s a quick workaround:
On the command prompt run the command
and voila the friendly “Network Connections” view is back. 🙂
I was looking at options for enabling/disabling the Windows default firewall command line. Here’s how you can do it:
On Windows XP:
to disable the firewal
netsh firewall set opmode disable
to enable the firewall
netsh firewall set opmode enable
to allow ICMP ping to the box
netsh firewall set icmpsetting type = 8 mode = enable
to reset the firewall back to default settings:
netsh firewall reset
On Windows 7 ( & Windows 2008) commands have changed. You will need to run following commands as the machine (domain) administrator.
to disable firewall
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
to enable firewall
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on
to reset firewall
netsh advfirewall reset
to allow ICMP ping to the box, add a new rule
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="ICMPv4 Allow" dir=in protocol="icmpv4:8,any" action=allow
delete the ICMP ping rule that you just added
netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name="ICMPv4 Allow"
For details check out the following KB article#947709