Creating a VMware Template for Windows Server 2008R2 using the Windows AIK

I’ve been experimenting with creating a good Windows Server 2008 R2 template for VMware vSphere 4 and wondered just how many times Microsoft would allow an activation on the same MSDN license key (Multiple Activation) for the OS.  I often deploy multiple servers at a time and am always fearful of activating since I don’t want the key to be shut off.  Typically I only run these servers for short periods of time so not activating is no big deal, however in longer running projects I often have no choice but to either activate or destroy and redeploy.  With information that I’ve come across on

Using mount points with SQL Server

 The key points for mount points in combination with SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2 are:

Installing Mercurial 2.5.2 on IIS 7.5 and Python 2.7 64-bit

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

Based on original articles located here:

and VMware communities article located here:

Can't get your Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine deployed from a vCenter template to join a Windows Active Directory domain. Try the following tips.

How to disable IPv6 in Windows Server 2008 in a VMware Template/SYSprep deployment

Unselect IPv6 from the properties of your NIC.
Under the regkey HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters, add a 32 bit DWORD with the name DisabledComponents and value 0xFFFFFFFF.
Reboot the machine.

Installing vCenter Server 5.1 best practices

MCUpdater for Minecraft Client and Server

Original Article:

  These instructions are for MCUpdater 2.0. Quite a few things have changed
  since then, and updates are forthcoming. For more help, see us on IRC.

Please note. MCUpdater tries to muck with the Minecraft jar as little as possible. Old (pre 1.36) versions of MCU would constantly overwrite everything in the .minecraft folder, but newer versions store their data in a parallel .MCUpdater directory and launch your selected instance from there.

Minecraft Forge Modding

Minecraft Server Plugins

NOTE: you need WorldEdit for CraftBook
WorldEdit Schematics can be found here:


VNC Server setup


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