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Find the elusive Start button on Hyper-V 2012 VM consoles

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a tough time getting the start button to show on Hyper-V connected consoles for Windows Server 2012 VMs.

This video shows that just hovering over the red X in the upper corner of the VM console seems to do the trick.

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2013, July 11th at 3:51 pm

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How to turn off Google Search history on Google Apps

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There seems to be a bit of concern that Google is recording search history. Now that Google is changing their privacy terms, this is becoming a new topic despite the fact that they’ve offered search history for some time.

It’s been my experience setting up Google Apps for Business that this service is turned off by default, but I suppose that could vary. My personal preference is to leave it on, as I find it useful for later research.

Anyway, it’s quite simple to turn this off for your Google Apps domain. Go into your domain management menu. Lately, this can be the biggest challenge as they’ve moved this around. It’s in the SECOND gear icon.

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Then go to Organization & users, and finally the Services tab.

Scroll down, and you’ll see the Web History where you can turn it off, or on.

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BTW, if you want to see what your Google Search history has been, visit https://www.google.com/history/

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2012, February 28th at 4:38 pm

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Microsoft links to Adobe Reader fix

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How often have we seen one of these: The “Send Error Report” option after a program crash?

This one after a clear case of a bug in a newly installed XP instance with a newly installed Adobe Reader X. After attempting to print, instead of the Print dialog popping up we got the standard Microsoft Windows popup:

Adobe Reader has encountered a problem and needs to close. … Please tell Microsoft about this problem.

 

But instead of getting nothing, we got the prized “Click here” to find out more and, voila, we were provided with an ACTUAL SOLUTION! The MS page linked to an Adobe page with a patch for Reader X -  AdobeReaderPatch10.1.2_cpsid_92870.exe

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See the patch here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/928/cpsid_92870.html

After a restart, all was well. Thanks Microsoft!

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2012, February 10th at 5:27 am

Can’t access Dell DRAC after update?

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I have to admit that I’ve stumbled into this problem at least twice before – and forgot what caused issue. The problem is that you attempt to access the web interface on the Dell DRAC (Dell Remote Access Card) and you cannot. It appears the DRAC disconnects.

Easy enough to solve: Simply clear your browser cache or use a different browser temporarily.  By pointer the web browser to same IP – the browser tries to pull the content from cache, but it doesn’t jive with the actual content from the updated firmware. 

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2012, January 25th at 2:13 pm

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Seven rolling logs – vSphere log files

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Each time a VM is powered on, a new log file is created in the main directory of the VM. These files all have a ".log" extension and the active log file is named vmware.log (though this can be defined in the VMX configuration file.)

VMware records the key events affecting each VM in the log files.

At VM start, the  oldest log file is deleted, the vmware.log file is renamed by appending a "-##" sequence and a new vmware.log file is created. For example, here are some of the files in a VM before starting. Note the vmware.log file has a size of 487,490 bytes and is date stamped Jun 18.

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The VM is started and you can see that the old vmware.log file is now called vmware-19.log. Also, vmware-13.log is gone.

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If we restarte the VM, the same thing happens: vmware-14.log is gone and a new one is begun.

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You can find more about VMware files that make up a VM at this link.

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2011, July 7th at 4:40 am

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We still need floppies? Seriously, Microsoft?!

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The end of a long marathon, migrating to SBS 2008

Running SBS 2008 migration on a virtual server takes us on a detour down memory lane

Working on a migration of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 to SBS 2008, I had jumped thru the previous 283 migration hoops (I exaggerate, but just a little) and was ready to boot the 2008 installer DVD with my handy SBSAnswerFile which Microsoft wants me to put on “…the root of a USB drive, floppy disk or a partition on the destination server.” Hmmm….

– USB drive is a no-go on the ESX server.
– Let’s put it on a 2nd virtual hard disk. No, the migration installer didn’t “see” it.
– OK, let’s put it on a virtual CD drive. No. It didn’t see it again.
– Finally, I went to the extra hassle of putting it on a virtual floppy. Success!

The blow by blow follows:

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2010, March 4th at 7:00 pm

Changing DRAC timeout

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If your DRAC looks like this, you really need to put it back in the server.
Am I alone in finding the DRAC timeout default to be way too short? It seems whenever I connect to a host using Dell’s Remote Access Controller (DRAC*) that it’s re-asking me for credentials way too often.

Not only that, but finding out where to change this default timeout proved illusive until recently when I stumbled upon it. It’s easy to change once you know where to look.

After logging into the DRAC, click on “Remote Access” in the left panel, then the “Configuration” tab, and on the “Services” header. The “Web Server” settings allow you to change the default of 300 seconds (5 minutes) up to 1,920 seconds (32 minutes).

The 3D click sequence, left panel, top tab, tap header

Your mileage may vary, every DRAC version comes with a complete GUI re-design.

* DRAC is the lights-out managment feature for a Dell PowerEdge Server. It is a “must have” option, allowing you to remotely access the server, access the monitor, notify you of errors, and even turn the server off and on.  It’s like having a computer in a computer.

Keywords: Dell, PowerEdge, Servers, DRAC, RAC, 2950, 2950III, 2900, timeout, lights-out, Scott Ledyard

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2010, March 1st at 4:38 pm

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