Windows Server: Install basic language IME

To install Windows Servers, we usually prepare our images with nLite, add all our required storage drivers, updates and scripts. Using nLite, we can also use our Volume License Key and automate most parts of our installations.

This way, we can provision new virtual machines within minutes from scratch and provide a minimalistic basic Windows Server installation. Unfortunately, I somehow managed only to include the “US International” keyboard layout and had to manually add the standard “Swiss German” keyboard layout (and all other basic keyboard layouts).

Normally, one would change these settings in the “Regional and Language Options” dialogue. Well, that list looked something like this:

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Samba: Windows Explorer Refresh

Using Red Hat with Samba (Version 3.0.10-1.4E.11), I had the problem that Windows Explorer would not refresh properly when browsing the folders served by Samba. When creating a new folder, nothing showed up and it was necessary to manually refresh the Explorer window to see the “New Folder”. The same symptoms appeared with newly created files.

To fix this, add the following line to the [global] section of your smb.conf (usually located under /etc/samba/smb.conf):

refresh = 1

Sadly, I could not find this parameter in the official Samba manpages. Should anyone have more information or any documentation on this, feel free to let me know.

NMAP through VPN

When I tried to run a scan with NMAP over my VPN connection, I received the following error:

PS C:\> nmap -sP
Starting Nmap 5.21 ( ) at 2010-11-18 09:35 W. Europe Standard Time
nexthost: Failed to determine dst MAC address for target

Alright… A quick search with Google revealed the following topic:

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My name is Simon Krenger, I am a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at Red Hat. I advise our customers in using Kubernetes, Containers, Linux and Open Source.


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