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Posts tagged ‘Windows Server 2008R2’


Thanks, Microsoft!

I want to thank Microsoft for two things.

1. Giving me a compelling reason to write a blog post after nearly 3-years
2. Providing a convenience update that wreaks havoc for VMware customers

If you run “best practices” when building your VMware virtual machines in Type-1 or Type-2 hypervisor solutions, then you are all too familiar with the VMXNET3 network adapter and Paravirtual SCSI controller components.

It seems that Microsoft, in their loving ways, have provided a “Microsoft Convenience Update” that can wreak havoc in your virtualized home, proof-of-concept (POC) and work labs, as well as, and dare I say most importantly, your virtualized production environments – clusters, data centers and sites that run Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and use the VMXNET3 network adapter.


RUSH POST: Microsoft Convenience Update and VMware VMXNet3 Incompatibilities


Now, it would be a great time to evaluate and have discussions around your methodology around change control! Do you have a separate disaster recovery and test/dev virtual environment for vetting out and protecting your time and investment from “convenience updates” from industry leaders? Do you have good backups? Do you have a trusted advisor that you can leverage when and/or if something happens?


I can think of a million and one questions that should be asked, if you are impacted by the application of this “Microsoft Convenience Update” and more importantly if you apply the update after being informed.


Good luck and fly under the radar by holding off on applying this “Convenience Update”.