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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New panoramic picture of Lisbon

Taken from south side of Lisbon, ie, Almada.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I really love HP

And why is that? In a recent project I needed to install VMware ESX 3.5 U4 in a IBM x3650 M2 with EMULEX HBA’s (both HCL compliant).

Everything went OK with the installation part, but when I rebooted the server it hang on:

Initializing scheduler…


After a bit of googling (sorry Microsoft, I still can’t bing it) I couldn’t find any possible resolution. Neither firmware updates (what a hell is uEFI?) or any other trick helped me.

The answer came in the form of an EMC engineer. He was initiating the fabrics and the CLARiiON, and that was enough to bypass the “hang zone”… The link between the server’s HBA and the fabric’s did it! (the fabrics were off during the time I was installing the server)

I’ve always been told that, when installing an ESX, hard zoning was the way to go. I never though that IBM and EMULEX made sure that we didn’t forgot to reconnect the fc’s…

I follow Aidan Finn’s blog and it’s not the first time that he writes about the support problems that he has with IBM and Cisco… Regarding hardware, web site (almost 3 hours to find a BIOS/uEFI firmware upgrade????) and tools, give me HP anytime.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Terminal Services RemoteApp via Web Access without Vista or XP SP3

Because my home computer runs Windows 2003 I really needed a way to test TS RemoteApp using Web Access.

Luckily I found this post in Daniel Petri's Forum from gu_steven and tried just replacing Windows 2003 binaries with Windows 2008 files. Worked pretty well on my machine.

I uploaded a small batch file for the copy/paste operations, but you still have to get the files somewhere else.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A little help...

After almost 4 months without posting anything I decided to present all the readers of my blog (bless you both ;)) with a DHCP "scope creator accelerator".

A few years ago I had to create a lot, and I mean a lot, of scopes in two DHCP servers and it's was necessary to fulfill Microsoft Best practices regarding DHCP, but using a 70/30 rule.

The download I provide it's an Microsoft Office Access database and very simple to use. If you can't use it perhaps it's better to learn something regarding DHCP.

In the first menu you define the basic DHCP options. I think it's self explanatory.

On the second menu the DHCP scopes are defined. I never tested anything rather then a C class, so try it at your own risk...

The DHCP Script menu let's you load the DHCP options, allowing some modification (Uau!!!) and create the "scripts". You only have to copy/paste the netsh commands to a DHCP server of your network, and voilá, DHCP scopes in a minute.

I'm aware that this isn't the Holly Grail of Microsoft Windows Networking Services, but I think it will help you. Download it bellow.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Passed 70-649!!!

Just passed Microsoft's 70-649 exam - Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008!!!


Now, I've just have to pass VMware's VCP exam to close this year exams... Wish me luck!!!