vCAC: Error requesting machine. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8004D025)

While setting up vCAC 6.0 in my home lab, I encountered the following error when trying to deploy a machine from a blueprint. Error requesting machine. Inner Exception: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. Base Exception: The partner transaction manager has disabled its support for remote/network transactions. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8004D025) I found a VMware KB article for an earlier version along similar lines which requires configuring some MSDTC settings on the SQL server holding the vCAC database.

Reporting On Installed Windows Programs Via The Registry

Quite a common request for working with Windows machines is to report the software installed on them. If you don’t have a centralised system for reporting on client software (many places don’t) then you may turn to some form of scripted method to obtain this information. Most people tend to head to Add / Remove Programs when thinking about what software is installed in Windows. However, not all applications will always populate information in there, depending on how they have been installed.

Windows Management Framework (PowerShell) 4.0 is now available - ensure you already have .NET 4.5

Update 30/10/2013: There’s an updated post on the PowerShell Team Blog which now describes this situation with .NET 4.5 as a pre-requisite in more detail. -———————————————————————————————- PowerShell 4.0 which shipped as part of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 is now available for down-level Windows versions via the downloadable Windows Management Framework 4.0. WMF 4.0 contains updated versions of the following features: Windows PowerShell Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension) Windows Remote Management (WinRM) Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI)

Windows Server 2012 on vSphere 5.0 - The Case of the Missing D: Drive

I sincerely hope this saves somebody else some time because I had a fair amount of head scratching with this today. Installed a Windows Server 2012 VM on vSphere 5.0 U2, pretty standard install with a C:\ drive for OS, Software etc and D:\ for data. This particular server needed to run SQL Server 2012, however the install kept repeatedly failing with the error “Could not find the Database Engine startup handle”.