Custom MMC’s on Terminal Server

I am a huge believer in managing Active Directory from both a centralized and decentralized mode. I work in an environment where we have a 9 to 1 ratio of Macintosh versus PC based systems. We needed to give specific people, specific access to parts of Active Directory so they could essentially fill the role of helpdesk (since this position no longer exists in our department). Without being able to give them an ADUC client (Mac), we needed to come up with another solution. Creating a terminal server with customized MMC’s which launch at login and according to their group is what we were after. The following is the quick and easy setup of such. [Read more…]

Add VMWare Network Drivers to Server 2008 Core

So, in a recent install of server core (2008) on our vmware cluster, I noticed that network driver support for the default enhanced vmxnet card is, of course, not included. Adding the driversĀ is very straight forward though and this is the process I followed. First, you will need the drivers contained within the default windows.iso file included in the vmware esx installation. You can find the windows.iso file in the /vmimages/tools-isoimages/ folder on the root of the esx server. [Read more…]