Install SQL Server 2008 native client using MS SQL 2008 Management Studio Express download

There’s an issue with using the SQL 2012 client with vCenter 5.0U2. So as a workaround I installed the SQL 2008 native client on a Server 2012 installed vCenter to connect to a SQL 2012 database on a Server 2012 server.

  1. Download Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Management Studio Express.
  2. Run the installation program and ignore any warnings. Once inside the installations center screen select “Options” and take note of the Installation Media Root Directory.SQL_Install_Dir
  3. Navigate to this directory and then drill down to \x64\setup\x64 and copy the sqlncli.msi to a temporary location on your system.
  4. Run sqlncli.msi.

Clean install of Windows 7 using upgrade media

This is new to probably no one but since I recently had to re-install Windows 7 to a laptop I figured I’d like to do it clean vice installing Vista then upgrading to Windows 7.

  1. Install Windows 7 using the upgrade CD. Boot from the CD. Do not enter the product key during this phase!
  2. Install all 10 million updates.
  3. Open the registry editor and navigate to:HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE
  4. Change MediaBootInstall to “0“.
  5. Close regedit.
  6. Open up an admin command prompt (cmd) and type:slmgr /rearm
  7. Close the cmd prompt windows and then use the Activate Windows utility to continue.