Now since I reinstalled Vista 32bit version and its up and running, lets go through what works what don’t.
- Daemon Tools (check)
- Microsoft Office (check)
- Trillian (check)
- VMWare Server (CHECK!)
- Diskeeper 10 (Nope, apparently I have to go download an update for Vista, postponed)
Ok now the fun part starts. How to get everything working the way I want to.
I need to start my Fedora virtual machine so I can get some development/testing done. And a wall I hit. It says that I don’t have permissions to open the file. I am logged in as a user which belongs to Administrators group. So why do I not have permission? Well let me copy it to desktop and see if that works. Voila! it does! Ok.. I will let this one go since I have already wasted my whole weekend getting Vista going.
OK.. so lets change my hosts file so I can point some domain names to my virtual machine. As always, I open it, make the change, and hit save. BOING! Permission denied! ok.. so apparently I lack lots of permissions to do things. Of course its good for me! uh.. NOT! It might be good for some normal user but its not good for power users like myself. So to my dear friend google I go. ahha! I can edit it by running notepad as Administrator and opening the file from within. Ok.. no problem. Done.
oh.. I need to map my Samba drive so I can access my files directly on my virtual machine. so I type my usually net use command and no go. Looked in the logs and found:
Feb 04 10:34:13 localhost smbd: [2007/02/04 10:34:13, 0] smbd/password.c:authorise_login(795)
Feb 04 10:34:13 localhost smbd: authorise_login: rejected invalid user nobody
sigh.. ok now what?! I look up that error on google and got bunch of run arounds. It has to be something to do with how Vista accesses network drive. So I typed gpedit.msc and started looking at security options. I tried one of the options and it seem to work. But it just seemed like it wouldn’t be wise to downgrade security. So I specifically started looking at google results for that particular item related to samba. Sure enough that was the solution few of the results I found said I should use.
Start --> run --> gpedit.msc --> Computer Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies --> Security Options --> "Network security: LAN Manager authentication level" --> choose "Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated" from drop down
Great! 3 days later I have everything working as they should.. or atleast as much as they could. I was once again happy and glad that I don’t have to go thru this for few years until they release another great, overrated, overpriced – operating system.
oh.. before I stop this, don’t delete your user account if you want to use administrator account. By default, administrator account is disabled (for security reasons ofcourse). I am sure using an administrator account as your primary account is full of security risks so be smart about making decision either way
Second in series: http://crazytoon.com/2007/02/04/windows-vista-installation-update-1/
First in series: http://crazytoon.com/2007/02/04/windows-vista-installation/