Windows XP TLS 1.2 and other things to make it usable in 2020.

You have an ancient Windows XP you need to access and keep online.

  1. Run Windows Update

2. A working browser is crucial. Firefox ESR 52.9.0 32 bit works great and is available here:

3. Install TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 and update IE8 using the POS files. This website is all you need to accomplish this task:

4. After you do all of the above update, upgrade RDP. RDP has had a lot of security holes over the years and you will want to update it urgently:

VMX grayed out and VM can’t be added to inventory.

You are browsing a VMware ESXi datastore and attempting to “Add to inventory”, but the VMX is grayed out.

There is a problem in your VMX file. The VMX files are automatically scanned on a directory listing and if there are problems in the file you won’t be given the option to add it to inventory.

This usually occurs when you copy and paste a code snippet from someone using a Mac (ugh).

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