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Install Visio 2010 Standard instead of Premium

Unfortunately, volume license editions of Visio 2010 install Premium by default – this can then be downgraded to Visio standard by changing the Product key to Standard edition.

However – come annual Microsoft True up you don’t want any surprises or manual intervention! This is how you can change Visio to be installed by Standard or another SKU automatically without prompting.

  1. Download the latest Visio 2010 ISO from Microsoft Volume Licensing
  2. Extract the ISO using a tool such as 7-Zip
  3. Navigate to the folder containing VisioWW.msi – should be in the x86 or x64 folder depending on architecture.
  4. Right click and select New, Text Document
  5. Rename the newly created text document to: config.xml (you may have to show Extensions to rename the file extension from txt to xml).
  6. Open config.xml
  7. Type in the following and save – Once saved – install Visio normally and it should install with the correct SKU ie Visio 2010 Standard.

Note: Replace the PIDKey value with any of the Product Keys listed below to change the default install SKU:

  • Visio Standard 2010
  • 767HD-QGMWX-8QTDB-9G3R2-KHFGJ
  • Visio Professional 2010
  • 7MCW8-VRQVK-G677T-PDJCM-Q8TCP
  • Visio Premium 2010
  • D9DWC-HPYVV-JGF4P-BTWQB-WX8BJ

Hyper-V 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC (NUC5i7RYH)

One of the problems with Hyper-V 2012 R2 on an Intel NUC – NUC5i7RYH was because of the ‘Client’ network card chipset. Windows Server 2012 would not install the Ethernet Adapter for the Server operating system.

Once I made the manual adjustments to the Network drivers to get this going, I then slipstreamed the drivers and Server 2012 R2 updates (as of Feb 2016) into a Hyper-V 2012 R2 ISO which can then be made bootable for future Hyper-V installations.

Changing the Intel Network Drivers Manually

7-Zip or WinRAR will be needed to extract the EXE to a folder location. In these examples, I am using 7-Zip.

  • Once extracted navigate to: \PROWinx64\PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS64Find ‘e1d64x64.INF’ and right click and select Open to open with Notepad
  • Find the Heading ‘[Intel.NTamd64.6.3.1]’ and copy the devices in this section

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ESXi on an Intel NUC NUC5i7RYH

I have just configured ESXi on my new Intel NUC – NUC5i7RYH (Intel NUC i7-5557U 3.1GHz 16GB 256GB SSD).

VMWare ESXi

Due to incompatibility with ESXi-Customizer on Windows 10  – I used the now recommended: ESXi-Customizer-PS Power CLI script.

Following the instructions at the ESXi-Customizer website: http://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer-ps.html with installing the VMWare Power CLI PowerShell dependencies onto my workstation (you need a register My VMWare account to download this directly from VMware).

I was able to use the following command from the directory where the PowerShell script was saved:

This will make the script connect to the V-Front Online Depot and add the sata-xahci and net55-r8168 packages from there to the latest ESXi 6.0 Imageprofile.

Entirely with no user interaction it was able to download the latest v6 ESXi release and slipstream the sata-xahci drivers leaving a clean ISO I was then able to use Rufus with the default settings to deploy the ISO to my USB Flash drive which was then used to install on the Intel NUC successfully.