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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.com http://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: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: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/921471