Make your Windows PowerShell Prompt Look Like your bash Prompt

Being a Linux admin at heart I want my Windows Powershell prompt to look like my bash prompt (yep, I'm a nerd, or OCD, or may a little of both).

What you'll need to do is place some code in your Powershell profile file. By default Powershell doesn't allow scripts to run unless they're signed. This is good security practice. There are many articles out there on how to sign your Powershell scripts and maybe one day I'll write one and put it up here on the I.T. Nerve Center, but for now I'll just give you the code to change your prompt.

Problem Deploying a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM Guest using a KMS Server with VMware vCenter

We've been having problems deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines from templates using the VMware vCenter and it's built in guest customization.

It appears that there may be an issue either with Microsoft's built-in sysprep utility in 2008 R2, or with VMware's vCenter guest customization wizard when using a Key Management Server, or KMS. A KMS is part of Microsoft's Volume Activation 2.0 as described here - and in this TechNet article -

Aero in Windows 7 on a Dell D610 with an ATI Mobility Radeon X300

I use an old Dell Latitude D610 for Windows 7 testing. I still want the Aero interface and the Dell Support web site doesn't have any Windows 7 drivers, let alone Windows Vista drivers.

After some Google'ing and trial and error I have been able to get the Aero interface running in Windows 7 on my D610.

The Dell package that will install the proper driver is R153383.EXE. The package installs the ATI MOBILITY RADEON X300 driver (as displayed in the Device Manager). It shows version 8.360.0.0 and is dated 3/14/2007

[UPDATE] PXE booting qemu-kvm VMs with Windows DHCP and WDS

OK, so I now have a combination of things that will successfully PXE boot a Linux qemu-kvm virtual machine with Windows DHCP services and Windows Deployment Services (WDS). I'm using the gPXE CD ISO image to PXE boot the VMs. Now the WDS PXE process works as expected.

We have our WDS/RIS server setup similar to the following wiki article on the syslinux wiki:

Here's what I did on my workstation (I'm using Fedora 11):

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