Running VMware vSphere on Windows7

By default it will not work and the error message is not so intuitive, Error parsing xml file…
Running in compability mode will make no difference. Until VMware releases a new version the engineers over at Techhead wrote a document on how to get things working, 4 easy steps.

http://www.techhead.co.uk/running-vmware-vsphere-client-on-windows-7

Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft

Latest and greatest from the experts at Microsoft/Sysinternals.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format)

The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).

TempDB Database Configuration

Ideally, have one TempDB data file per physical core.
For a server with eight cores, that would be one .mdf file and seven .ndf files.
The TempDB files should not be on the System (C) drive.
The script below will move TempDB from current location to a folder on drive (T) with a 1GB file.

use master
go
alter database tempdb modify file (name=’tempdev’, filename=’T:\MSSQL\DATA\tempdb.MDF’, size = 1gb)
go
alter database tempdb modify file (name=’templog’, filename=’T:\MSSQL\LOGS\templog.LDF’, size = 1gb)
go

Restart SQL Server for changes to take effect.
Source: SQLServerPedia.com

Windows 7 Desktop Deployment – Imaging

Windows 7 has completely revamped AIK in the latest release. One of the most notable improvements involves the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM).
DSIM is a command-line utility and is backwards compatible with all previous image versions.
Some of the more common tasks that can be performed through DISM include adding, removing and enumerating packages and drivers. The bad news is that there is no GUI to manage the services.
DISM can be acquired directly from Microsoft, a free download.
http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/details.aspx?familyid=60A07E71-0ACB-453A-8035-D30EAD27EF72&displaylang=en

Source: Techtarget.com Enterprise Desktop Tips.