Wednesday, December 31, 2008

IE security setting was grayed out

I was not able to edit my IE setting for “trusted” site. IE was harden to the core for any type of editing

Google helped me ☺

  1. Close all IE windows.

  2. Start > Run > (type in) “regedit” > [OK]

  3. Navigate to/See if you have the following key... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings

If it's not found, STOP

  1. If it's found, select (highlight) the key then look in the right pane: Is there a DWORD value of "Security_Zones_Map_Edit" or "Security_HKLM_only" (without the quotes)?

If not, STOP

  1. If so, right-click on the key (in left pane) > Select "Export" & save the file to your desktop (to back up the key for safety's sake).

  2. Now, right-click on the same key again > Select "Delete" > Close “regedit” then reboot your machine.

But my problem did not stopped here I have added wrong URL under “trusted ” sites and I was getting error message "The site you specified already exists in another zone. Please remove the site from that zone before adding it to the current zone."

Now what to do ? Almost all the sites which get added into “trusted” sites are listed under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

Deleted the key and then I was able to update the “trusted” sites entry

Thank You Google

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

First Cut for ESXi3 5 update3 released

Downloaded latest ESXi version: 3.5 Update 3 | 2008/11/06 | Build: 123629. Not to mention that again VMware has done wonderful job in releasing their updates. This kind of work gives me enough reason to believe that removal of Diane Greene cannot downgrade VMware reputation.

I downloaded HP version as I was using HP DL 380 as my host.

When I mounted ISO using ILO and rebooted my server it did not gave me option to install GUI as earlier updates use to do ,instead of that it says “LOADING ISO” and once ISO is loaded it will give default option like this

1. ELA where you have to accept the license

2. It will search for previous install of ESX

3. It will give warning message like your disk will be formatted and stuff like that

But it will not do anything other than that. I was surprised how do I then configure my system. So here is the answer:

1. Remove the ILO mount and then reboot the system.

2. When the system comes back it will allow you to configure the system. Press F2 then it will provide you the option to specify

When you press F12 to reboot it gives you option if you want to shutdown or restart. I love this feature

When you leave the screen just like that for a while then it will turn black

While rebooting it will present a nice looking GUI



Monday, December 1, 2008

Getting rid of .vmem file with VMWare workstation 5

Well I am back from vacation, yeah it was for one month long. No I also worked for past two years without any vacation, what so fuss about it.
There were two virtual machine which are running on VMWare workstation 5.0 and were keep shutting down because of space crunch on physical win2003 box. There were not much which I can do to have more space. Finally I looked at the directory under virtual machine and found that there were 700MB big *.vmem file got created. After researching I found that this file can be deleted but in order to get safely rid of it we need to add some line in .vmx file and the line which has to be added would be

mainMem.useNameFile= False