This PC can’t run Windows 11 on ESXi 7

When trying to install the latest version of Windows 11 on my lab ESXi 7.0 host, I encountered the following message:

This PC can’t run Windows 11

I verified that I had met the minimum system/hardware requirements:
Windows 11 System Requirements
Proc: 1 Ghz
Storage: 64GB
System firmware: UEFI, Secure boot capable
TPM: version 2.0
Graphics card: directx compatible

What I soon realized was that my ESXi host did not have TPM 2.0…

Time to work around the issue…

When you get the error picture above simply press Shift + F10 and this will bring up a dos prompt. Type regedit and hit enter.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup and create a new Key called: LabConfig

Create inside the LabConfig Key a ByPassTPMCheck DWORD (32-bit) with the value of 1

Click OK after editing the value data and then close out of all of the screens. Once you click on the red x in the corner of the setup screen, the setup will start again and ignore the TPM requirements.

Let me know if this helped you or didn’t work for you in the comments below.

vCenter failed to configure network

Well I thought this was fixed in the latest version (7.0U1c) according to the release notes but apparently it wasn’t. If you are like me you are simply trying to deploy the vCenter appliance with standard IPv4 network settings and the setting will not take.

I’ve had various error messages like: ‘IP configuration not allowed‘ and ‘IP configuration failed‘ as well as: “This vCenter Server cannot be used or repaired because a failure was encountered. You need to deploy a new vCenter Server. Failure details”

This should be a relatively easy deployment but this bug definitely throws a wrench into the mix.

Luckily I’ve put some time into troubleshooting this so you don’t have to.

The best way I’ve found to work around this, is to simply just redeploy the appliance and to not fill out any of the networking configuration settings. (Make sure to set a password)

This will allow the appliance to inherit a DHCP address and allow you to complete the setup once deployed. You can also try to manually adjust the DHCP setting on the appliance.

You will first need to get to the shell. In the browser console of the vCenter VCSA press Alt + F1

Then login with root credentials and type: shell

then run /opt/vmware/share/vami/vami_config_net

this will allow you to temporarily set DHCP for your appliance to gain access to the setup.

You can reboot the appliance and you should now have an IPv4 address to continue the setup with. Let me know if this helps you or if you found an easier way to fix in the comments below.

Rebirth Event – Common Weapons

I’m sure many of you have scratched your heads on this one… for some reason “Common” weapons aren’t really a common thing on rebirth island. As you can see in my screenshot I’ve completed all of the other challenges but have beat my head against the wall trying to solve the Heroic Sacrifice challenge of “Get 30 kills with a Common weapon on Rebirth Island.”

Luckily I’ve found the way…

Naturally common weapons can be spawned from small areas or from some Rebirth crates, but as we all know they are few and way too far between.

So in order to guarantee a common weapon on Rebirth Island, you need to build a loadout. That’s right! A loadout with some very specific weapons will count towards the challenge.

Here they are: The FFAR, Milano, RPD, and the Diamatti are the only weapons that can be use as a Common weapon and count towards the challenge.

However there is a catch… you cannot add any attachments. But as I see it, not a bad sacrifice for all of the frustrated attempts we have already made.

My common loadout for rebirth challenge

I Equipped a Milano and a FFAR for my Custom Loadout (no attachments), and was off to the races. Let me know what you used for your loadout.

Shortcut to change Alienware Monitor Input

Whether I’m gaming or sending out business emails, my alienware monitor has always been right in front of me. It has great performance for gaming and amazing color range for editing videos or photos. Long story short, there are many things I love about the monitor… but switching inputs is definitely one of the things that can be improved. Let’s explore two ways to make changing the inputs quicker and easier.

Solution 1:

Depending on your model (mine is the aw2518h) you may have the option to set “Shorcut Keys” under the Personalize option using you monitor buttons.

Alienware 25 Monitor

This will be the easiest way to quickly switch from either input directly from the monitor.

Solution 2:

This solution requires some additional software to be installed but will make for an easy switch using a simple command.

Let’s first start with downloading the Dell Display Manager Application:

Make sure your display is supported, there is a list of compatible systems at the bottom of that link.

Please change appliance (OS) root password before attempting an update

I’ve been working today to get my home lab updated and came across a vcenter update message while running the Pre-Update.

It appears that I need to change the root password for the OS as it expired.

A quick google search and I found a VMware KB article on how to update the password.

  1. Connect to the vCenter Server Appliance with an SSH session and the root user credentials.
  2. Use the following commands to get to the command prompt:
shell shell.set --enable true

3.Change the root password using passwd command.
4.Verify the root account password has been changed using:chage -l root       
5.Re-attempt the upgrade again.

Thats it! Run the pre-check again and update!

***referenced KB article: ***

Astro A50 Sound cutting out (Troubleshooting)

As a long time user of Astro Gaming headsets, (starting with A40’s and now for my PC I use the wireless A50’s) I can honestly say they have taken my audio standards to the top. Great sounds and the microphone surprising takes it to the next level as well.

Up until recently everything has operated flawlessly, but lately I began noticing the sound cutting out almost every minute or so. Which is most annoying while listening to music but even worse when you are playing Call of Duty Warzone and you are the last 3 trying to hear your opponent with no sound.

At that point I realized it was time to investigate.

Here is the video of what was happening on the base:

My first stop was looking at my PC. Was I running any audio related apps or drivers that would be causing a disturbance… Nope

Maybe the system resources are high… Nope

Let me see if I can upgrade the firmware, Yep! Looks like there is software available! So I downloaded directly from … not too bad only 20M download.

After a quick install it does indeed appear that there is a couple updates available.

It appears that for the headset we have version: 33535.42 available and the base station also has version 34353.42. I’m not sure how their versioning works, but apparently I’m like 10,000 versions off. Lets’s upgrade!

A quick click of yes and I was off to updating…

Obviously after I take the headsets off of my head.

Wow that was quick, maybe a minute at most. I know some other hardware that doesn’t like a speedy firmware update.

So that may have done it! I’m listening to some music and waiting for the cut out… nothing so far. While I waited I poked around in the Astro Command Center and saw probably the coolest feature ever…

Good audio and automatic TPS reports… Astro Gaming constantly taking it to the next level!

AWS Outposts vs Google Anthos vs Azure Stack

While there is no one strategy to rule them all, hybrid cloud seems to be the enterprise strategy of choice. This strategy involves operating different workloads across different infrastructure environments including private cloud, public cloud, and at the edge.

While public cloud has been in the spot light in recent years we have seen a renewed focus on private cloud with the ability to burst or move data and workloads anywhere. In comes Azure Stack, Google Anthos, and AWS Outposts.

Rob Steele Wallpaper

Been working hard on my branding and figured I should put up some wallpapers. So I had some fun with photoshop this morning and made a couple. I tried to get logo front and center with some style. Will use these for instructional videos in the background on my desktop. Enjoy !

Rob Steele Wallpaper 1920 x 1080
Rob Steele Wallpaper 1920 x 1080