windows server 2008 r2

Deploying a Window Server 2008 R2 VMware Template and Joining It To A Domain

Have you been pulling your hair out trying to get a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine deployed from a vCenter template to join a Windows Active Directory domain? Fear not, the solution is at hand and is realtively simple.

After reading the following thread on the VMware Communities site:

I found out that one needs to use the FQDN of the AD domain and NOT the NetBIOS name of the domain, and also the user principal name for a user with proper permissions to join computers to the domain.

Some DNS Queries Are Unsuccessful Using a Windows Server 2008 R2 DNS Server

We were having some weird DNS issues recently with our DNS servers at work. We recently upgrade one of our internal domain controllers with Active Directory-integrated DNS services to Windows Server 2008 R2. After the upgrade we found that DNS queries for some hosts did not resolve while others worked just fine. Another domain controller running non-R2 Windows Server 2008 would resolve the queries just fine.

One of our network engineers stumbled across a Microsoft KB article describing our exact problem:

Samba 3.4 on CentOS 5 - RPMs available - Resolve winbind issues with Windows Server 2008 R2

A friend of mine uses Samba and winbind on his CentOS Linux boxes for user and group information and Kerberos for authentication. He upgraded his domain controllers recently to Windows Server 2008 R2 and suddenly his winbind authentication broke.

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 -

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