While this isn’t exactly ground breaking stuff I thought it might serve as a nice refresher to those that dabble in the Cisco CLI. [Read more…] about Three Cisco IOS commands you can’t do without.
SharePoint Explorer View allows you to view your SharePoint Document Library in a Windows Explorer View. This view is nice for uploading dozens of files at once, very quickly and very easily.
However, the performance of your Explorer View may be severely impacted by a single check box. If you have ever tried to use Explorer View and browsing between the folders is incredibly slow then here is how you fix it. The difference is night and day.
I ran into an situation recently where a client needed a USB drive connected directly to an VMware ESXi 4.1 host. As many of you know, getting USB pass-through working is a challenge in of itself. There are lots of requirements to be met at both the host level and the guest VM level. The strange part was that I seemingly met all those requirements.
I had already added my USB bus controllers through Configuration –> Advanced Settings on the ESXi host. I had rebooted. Seemingly everything looked great and appeared as if it were passing-through. I confirmed my VM was running Hardware Version 7 and I added the USB Controller without incident. However, the USB devices was greyed out and when I selected it I received the following message.
There are no USB devices connected to the host.
Initially I had enabled all USB buses for pass-through. What I ultimately found [Read more…] about USB pass-through on ESX 4.1 – have you considered this?
I ran into this issue recently where a user had purchased a Windows 8 Standard device and they needed it to be joined to the domain. As many of you may already know Windows 8 Pro, or, Windows 8 Enterprise is required to join to a domain so we needed to upgrade the edition.
To change your edition in Windows 8 it is quite simple as shown in the screenshot above.
- Open the Control Panel.
- Go to System.
- Click “Get More Features With a New Edition of Windows”.
A while back I posted about Service Pack 2 for Backup Exec 2012 and Service Pack 3 for Backup Exec 2010 being in beta. Well testing is over and the day has come. Both service packs has been released. And this is what they include. [Read more…] about Backup Exec 2010/2012 Service Packs released.
I ran into an issue recently while trying to secure wipe a Dell OptiPlex 755 with my favorite data destruction software, Active@ KillDisk. I was using their bootable DOS CD. The first two PCs I was wiping were Dell OptiPlex 745’s and these wiped without a hitch. Then, when I tried to wipe my Dell OptiPlex 755 I kept getting this error during the initial boot.
I tried burning new CDs and DVDs. Even tried the bootable USB stick. Nothing worked. Same error every time. I tried it on another OptiPlex 755 and bang; same issue. I then decided to browse around the BIOS and a thought came to me [Read more…] about getFATblock failed: 0x000000d2 when trying to use Active@ KillDisk
I ran into these errors recently after configuring High Availability on a brand new VMware ESXi 5.1 cluster. I had used SanDisk cards for my ESXi operating system and planned to use a LeftHand Virtual SAN Appliance with only one LUN so I was only going to ever have one shared datastore. I knew I would have to squelch this error right away. [Read more…] about The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 1, which is less than required: 2
I ran into this error recently at one of my clients with their new Backup Exec 2012 implementation. The jobs would sometimes work, but mostly they would fail with the error above. They would also fail at seemingly random byte counts. The implementation was backing up two servers. One of the servers was also the media server and this local backup always succeeded as expected and without incident. The other server, the one that was often failing, was the one with the remote agent.
This made me quickly look towards the network. As a test I kicked off the problematic backup and monitored the network bandwidth usage in Task Manager on both servers. I also had a continuous ping going between the two servers. The first thing that became apparent was that the network bandwidth (100Mb switch) was completely saturated during the backup. Both servers continually reported a steady hold at 100% network utilization.