Tuesday, May 26, 2015

VMware ESXi E1000 vs VMXNET3 Network Adapters

I found this really helpful article from Rickard Nobel who has done a set of testing showing the performance improves when using VMXNET3 network adapters over the emulated E1000 cards.

http://rickardnobel.se/vmxnet3-vs-e1000e-and-e1000-part-1/

http://rickardnobel.se/vmxnet3-vs-e1000e-and-e1000-part-2/

Check it out and leave a comment.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Windows Update Servers List

Here is a list of the server addresses required for accessing Microsoft Update servers.
This may required for firewall or proxy policies.
  • http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com 
  • http://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com 
  • https://*.windowsupdate.microsoft.com 
  • http://*.update.microsoft.com 
  • https://*.update.microsoft.com 
  • http://*.windowsupdate.com 
  • http://download.windowsupdate.com
  • http://download.microsoft.com 
  • http://*.download.windowsupdate.com 
  • http://wustat.windows.com 
  • http://ntservicepack.microsoft.com

See this article for further information

Windows Activation Servers

In some case you might need a list of the servers required for Microsoft Windows activation to apply to a firewall or proxy policy.

This is the list as defined by Microsoft:
  • http://go.microsoft.com/
  • https://sls.microsoft.com/
  • https://sls.microsoft.com:443
  • http://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftRootAuthority.crl
  • http://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureCommunications.crl
  • http://www.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureCommunications.crl
  • http://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureServer.crl
  • http://www.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureServer.crl
  • https://activation.sls.microsoft.com

See this article for further information: