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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.

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.comhttp://download.microsoft.com http://*.download.windowsupdate.com http://wustat.windows.com http://ntservicepack.microsoft.com
See this article for further information https://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/cc708605%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

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:443http://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftRootAuthority.crlhttp://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureCommunications.crlhttp://www.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureCommunications.crlhttp://crl.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureServer.crlhttp://www.microsoft.com/pki/crl/products/MicrosoftProductSecureServer.crlhttps://activation.sls.microsoft.com
See this article for further information: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/921471