Win 9 beta preview expectations & release date

'Windows 9 Threshold' operating system to be release soon with lot of expectations. Microsoft yet to confirm the release date of this newer OS version. However, 30th September 2014 can expect some news about this Windows 9 series.

30th Sept 2014 - A Big Day for Microsoft on Windows 9 Preview

There is a expectation that, Microsoft would reveal some news about its new operating system Windows 9 features and first look. Few screen shots expected how the it looks like etc.

Any Win9 vs Win8 previous versions OS Architecture differences?

Yes could be a chance and as per the news that, security wise kernel will be robust as like the Unix operating systems and few more features to be added.

Windows9 Beta and Preview release dates if any? (download links)

Expectation is 30th Sept'14 would see some news about these releases.

Windows 8.1 'August Update' 2 - What major new features to be included?

As expected Windows 8.1 Update been released as 'August Update' and however as per the reviews says it doesn't include much of its new features in it.

The following some of them could be the improvements in this new update Windows 8.1 :

Precision touchpad improvements and 3 new end-user settings been added like  Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected, allow right-clicks on the touchpad, double-tap and drag are the new.

Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.

Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.

How to get the new update on existing Windows 8.1?

The new Windows 8.1 update would be available and get delivered automatcially by 'Windows Update' and optional through WSUS. And for the Enterprise can get the update anytime.

The date expected this new update would be after 12th August 2014.

How to Upgrade or Uninstall DoubleTake Version 5.2 or later without being prompted for a Reboot?

Customer needs to perform upgrade or uninstall of Doubletake Availability, Move, or RecoverNow version 5.2 or later without being prompted for a reboot.


Version 5.2 or later of Doubletake uses mini-filter drivers and so does not require a reboot when upgrading or uninstalling.  In order to ensure that a reboot is not prompted during the upgrade or uninstall process, however, you must stop all Doubletake services and kill any Doubletake processes running under any user on the server.

If any consoles are open or if the Doubletake.exe process is still running, a reboot may be required or a false positive message stating a reboot is required may appear. 

Once all Doubletake services and executables are stopped, there will be no reboot required for Doubletake.


Doubletake does require certain C++ components and .NET 3.5.1 components for version 5.2 and later.  If these are not present then an upgrade my require them to be installed and those 3rd party installations may require a reboot outside the Doubletake upgrade process. 

This is rare as all C++ and .NET 3.5.1 compoenents should already exist on the server already running version 5.2 or later of Doubletake.

[Solved] Browsing datastores from VirtualCenter fails: Failed to log into NFC server

Why this error occurs and the symptoms:

Downloading a file to local machine with the vCenter clients datastore browser fails with the error: Failed to log into NFC server

Connecting vCenter client directly to ESX hosts works without error.

ESX host /etc/vmware/config files contain the lines:

authd.soapServer = "TRUE"
prefvmx.consolidateDeleteNFSLocks = "TRUE"authd.proxy.vpxa-nfc = "vmware-vpxa:vpxa-nfc"
authd.proxy.vpxa-nfcssl = "vmware-vpxa:vpxa-nfcssl"

Solution for this issue or error:

This issue occurs when a carriage return is missing from /etc/vmware/config. To resolve this issue, go to edit /etc/vmware/config:

1. Make a backup of this file from the path - /etc/vmware/config, by executing the below command:

cp /etc/vmware/config /var/tmp/

2. Edit /etc/vmware/config so that there is a carriage return after the line:

prefvmx.consolidateDeleteNFSLocks = "TRUE"

so that it reads the below:

authd.soapServer = "TRUE"
prefvmx.consolidateDeleteNFSLocks = "TRUE"
authd.proxy.vpxa-nfc = "vmware-vpxa:vpxa-nfc"
authd.proxy.vpxa-nfcssl = "vmware-vpxa:vpxa-nfcssl"

3. Restart the 'hostd management agent' and for more information, see Restarting the Management agents on an ESX or ESXi Server (1003490).

More info about this issue:

In addition make sure that you do not have any name resolution issues in your environment.  This can also cause the above issues.  For help troubleshooting name resolution issues in your environment see Testing network connectivity with the ping command (1003486).

Time to learn Cloud Computing - 2014 Cloud Jobs

Now a days every one and every where talks about Cloud Computing which the current technologies and big companies all looking at the Cloud solution. However, is it really required to leave the current jobs and move to cloud environment, how far this is correct?

Cloud Computing is a concept or a layer based technology which works on the virtualization base. Now IBM acquired Soft Layer for the cloud also taken the Platinum Membership in OpenStack group. OpenStack is a open source which IBM team can directly make the changes to the source code and create a new platform for the Cloud. To make the changes to OpenStack, it is required learn Python programming language.

As per the survey, there are about 14 million jobs will get created on Cloud Computing all over the world. However, in this 80% would be for the developers and the rest 20% for the Infrastructure Support jobs.

Already different courses are available to learn Cloud in India. In India Benguluru, Hyderabad Chennai based local training institutes are offering the new courses. There is a training institute named 'TheCloudEnabled' offering Cloud Certification courses as well in the above said cities.

Guys, lets move on and learn new 'Cloud' based courses and be cloudenabled. WAG Blog will share more details about Cloud courses in the upcoming posts, keep visiting the blog.

Please leave your comments if you have any, WAG Blog Admin will answer your queries.

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IBM x3650 M4 Series Server Model - Activation Keys Backup to be taken for IMM Moduel II, why?

If you are planning to replace the system board (Mother Board) for M4 series of IBM xSeries 3650 model server, you should and must take the activation keys backup, otherwise you will miss the IMM key.

IMM key something like iLO Activation key on HP servers. If that  iLO key didn't acivated, then you won't get the 'Remote Access' option. In the same way, IBM series requires a key to be activated to access the IMM console.

IMM Activation to be backuped and restore once the new board get replaced. Here is the screenshot there you see more options what we discussed so far -

How to check 'Native MPIO' on Windows 2008 Server - Enable or Disable?

This tip might help you guys to check the 'Native MPIO' setting on Windows 2008 Server from command line -

To check the Native MPIO (Microsoft Multipath I/O) on Windows 2008 Server -

If the Native MPIO is enabled, will show like below (DSM - Device Specific Model)

If the Native MPIO is NOT enabled and installed some other vendor specific will show like below - (this server has Veritas Storage Foundation, hence showing like this)


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