Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

I’ve recently decided to take a short break from VMware certifications and start expanding my Microsoft Server knowledge. I’m starting my journey to obtain my MSCE in Server 2012. I feel that paired with my VCP 5 it will be a good combination. The first exam I’m taking is the “Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012” 70-410 exam, located here.

I’ve had trouble finding “good” study material from Microsoft and couldn’t really find a downloadable exam blueprint, maybe I got spoiled with VMware certification process. Regardless, I’ve been working on an outline that I’ve found helpful.

Feel free to download and use this guide. Let me know of any improvements that you might like to see.

Adding RAM to VCSA with Hardware Version 10

I’ve been having some performance issues with my VCSA on vSphere 5.5. Since I’m running Essential Plus, I do not have the “Hot Add” capability. Therefore, in order to add memory to my VCSA I have to shut it off.

I fired up my vSphere Thick Client right clicked on my VCSA and went to “Edit Properties”. I got this error, as expected.


Which basically means that even if I turn off my vCenter server, I cannot add RAM. It HAS to be done though the Web Client since I’m running vmx-10.

The other option I have is to use PowerCLI. Once logged directly into the host, I ran “Get-VM VCSA” and got the below results.


MemoryGB = 8 was what I was expecting. Since I’ve been having problems, I’m going to go up to 10GB.

First I had to power off my VM, since I was already in PowerCLI I just did it all though command line. The command for this is “Shutdown-VMGuest VCSA”

I then verified it was powered off by running “Get-VM VCSA” again.

I then ran “Set-VM VCSA -MemoryMB 10240”. The key to this is to notice that the memory is in MB and not GB (like in the above screen shot). I then verified the MemoryGB by running “Get-VM VCSA” again.


I then powered on my VCSA by using “Start-VM VCSA” command. Once everything was back up, I double checked to verify amount of memory.

This wasn’t very difficult to do, and can be done pretty easily if you have a small understanding of PowerCLI. However, I found it pretty useful to have in one spot.