vSphere Upgrade Breaks Active Directory

I recently completed a VMware VI 3.5 to vSphere upgrade in a small environment (5 hosts, 80 VM's).  Being a small environment, the upgrade was planned for one big overnight blitz.  Unfortunately, the size of the environment did not afford a test environment to uncover potential issues before the upgrade.  The upgrade to vSphere itself went swimmingly (the vCenter server had been upgraded a couple weeks earlier).  However, some things in the environment started to go wonky once the upgrade was complete.  Specifically, name resolution (DNS), DHCP, WINS, Group Policy, and really anything … [Read more...]

Joining a Mac to a Windows Active Directory

We picked up a few new 17" MacBook Pro's at work. We're a Microsoft shop, so Mac's aren't part of the basic knowledge for our IT staff, myself included. I don't want to be the Windows guy who says "I don't do Macs" - part of being a technologist is serving the user base where they are at with the technologies they require to do their job (but please, included me in determining your requirements and technological solutions - a Mac might be really cool, but might not fit with the organizations needs or your IT group's ability to support your solution). Really, that's what Web 2.0 is all about - … [Read more...]