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Archive for October, 2010

The case of the VMware vSphere Client

Today I connected with my laptop to VMWare Virtual Center using vSphere client. Because I had an older version of the client I needed to update and the installer failed with this message:

The Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Second Edition installer returned the error code '4113'

I remembered this error from the last install of this client (about a year ago), it happens because Microsoft Visual J# was already installed (in my case it was previously installed by Embarcadero’s Rad Studio).

Last year I “fixed” it by modifying the msi file but I remembered that Assarbad posted an easier solution on his Blog a while ago.

His solution was to set a public property in the MSI (USING_VIM_INSTALLER) but it means we need to unpack the installer exe first to obtain the MSI file.
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  • Filed under: Delphi, VMWare
  • I was trying to install HP Insight Control server deployment (previously called HP Rapid Deployment Pack) on Sql Server 2008 Express. I will just call it Deployment Server or DS from here.

    I first installed SQL 2008 Express with Advanced Services and configured it to listen op Port 1433 as required by DS.

    The installation of the first part (Deployment Server version 6.9.4) indicated a successfull install but the prereqisuites check of the Hotfix version 2.0 installer failed on the last step:

    No Attached Consoles HP Deployment Server

    This was strange because I didn’t yet startup the console, so I decided to start it and close it as this would perhaps allow me to continue.

    The next screen was a clear indication something went wrong:

    Altiris Deploymeny Server Unable to Connect

    I presumed that the ODBC connection was missing so I went to Adminstrative Tools | Data Sources (ODBC). But the ODBC connection was present. I then fired up SQL Server Management Studio which showed me the eXpress database was missing.
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    Automatically Accept Shadow Request

    When you request Shadow (Remote Control) of a Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) or Citrix session the user gets a Dialog where he can Accept or Deny the Shadow Request.

    It looks something like this:

    ShadowRequest

    It’s possible to change the default settings and remove the need for this permission but I think this is a bad idea since it violates the user’s privacy.

    But sometimes it would be convenient to automatically accept, for instance for when a user is away or when you want to shadow a session that is “yours” but runs under another account.

    I wrote a tool to do just that 😀
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    Change Driveletter Commandline Tool

    Some time ago (2008 actually) I wrote a tool that can assign driveletters given a volumename. I use it myself after SysPrep operations to assign the desired drive letters. For instance after cloning a Virtual Machine from a template.

    I noticed that I updated this tool sometime after the original post but never uploaded it here. The most important changes are:

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    I was trying to create a (very) large Datastore on VMWare vSphere 4.1 but although VMWare correctly identifies the LUN on my SAN it refuses to create the Datastore and gives me this error:

    Call HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions for object ha-datastoresystem on ESX failed.
    The complete error text is

    Call “HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions” for object “ha-datastoresystem” on ESX “<IP of ESX>” failed.

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  • Filed under: VMWare
  • Again a note that is mainly for myself since I tend to forget these kind of things and always spend much time to look it up…

    Default settings for the HP 8/20q FC SAN Switch are:

    username: admin
    password: password
    default ip: 10.0.0.1

    As you may have read I am currently implementing VMWare vSphere 4 on several HP Proliant DL380 G7 machines.

    I ran across an interesting knowledge base article from VMWare that describes a possible issue that is summarized as “Power on and storage operations are slow with the HP Smart Array P410i controller“.

    Essentially this just means a performance issue and the resolution is to install an extra (256 MB) cache module on the RAID controller.

    The Cache Module has HP article # 462968-B21 (not to be confused with 462969-B21 which is the Battery Kit).

    Google search on 462968-B21.

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  • Filed under: VMWare
  • HP Simple SAN Connection Manager (SSCM)

    If you are looking for the HP Simple SAN Connection Manager Software (aka HP SSCM) then you’ve come to the right place. HP seems to be really good at hiding their software on the web but I found it.

    Go to http://www.software.hp.com/kiosk and user the following credentials to access:

    username: SSCM_3X_KIOSK
    password: s3*S#M1$

    Then you can download by clicking Receive for Free.

    EDIT: I also found a direct link on HP’s FTP Server

    Just a reminder to Self for future reference, the default credentials for HP Storageworks P2000 (G3) are:

     

    username: manage
    password: !manage

    Where to download HP Rapid Deployment Pack

    I have started the implementation of a VMWare vShphere environment in which we are going to use an Altiris server for Deployment. Since we are using HP Hardware I needed the HP Branded version of Altiris (it’s called HP Rapid Deployment Pack aka HP RDP).

    I had some troubles finding the download spot for it, that’s why I am sharing it here. Hopefully it will save others from a long search!

    Last time I needed HP RDP I just went to the HP website, clicked Support & Drivers then selected Download drivers and software and in the Editbox entered “HP Rapid Deployment Pack” which leads to this page:

    HPRDP1

    So where do we download it then?

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  • Filed under: Altiris
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