The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

July, 2010


July 31, 2010  3:47 PM

HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 v2.00 (22 Jun 2010)

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

ILO2 has been update a little while back, if you are still running an older version of ILO2 I would recommend upgrading as it fixes some ASR shutdown issues amongst other enhancements. Added the following new features:

  • New HP Intelligent Power Distribution Unit 
  • Fully...

July 30, 2010  1:40 PM

SysAdmin Day!

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Hey everyone, if you an IT Administrator of any kind, its SysAdmin Day! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/udhd9fmOdCs" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] So grab yourself a coffee, sit back, and administrator something technical! :)


July 29, 2010  5:01 PM

Veeam and Consolidate Helper- 0

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A lot of people run into issues with Veeam and the cause can sometimes be the Consolidate Helper. Here is an explanation from Veeam.

"it is automatically created by ESX host during snapshot management process. Whether the job fails due to an error, or manually stopped, Veeam Backup...


July 29, 2010  5:08 AM

Veeam Restore Issue and Resolution

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When you go to restore a VM using Veeam Backup 4.x.x you may get the following error. Failed to validate command "OpenPortIn for firewall port xxxx" The resolution is simple and as follows. Under the ESX Host properties you are trying to restore to, enable "Elevate to...


July 29, 2010  4:45 AM

New Blackberry 9800

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

I've been noticing a lot of stories popping up about Blackberry's device that should help businesses keep away from iPhones. Here is an insert with some information and specs on the new phone.

RIM is expected to announce details of the iPhone-esque BlackBerry 9800 next week. Don't...


July 20, 2010  4:03 AM

P2V Conversion Fails, OS will not boot

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Sometimes you get a server that fails to convert, i.e. it just won't boot. If you use a Recovery CD (Windows Server 2003/2008 Install Disk) you can see that the files are all there, but it just refuses to boot no matter what you do. Well here is what I ran into... ESX Host was ESX 4.1(same results...


July 14, 2010  4:02 AM

VMware vSphere 4.1 is Officially Released!

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Its finally here, VMware vSphere 4.1, which includes VMware ESXi 4.1 Installable, VMware ESXi 4.1 Embedded, and VMware vCenter Server 4.1. I intend to start testing this new release tomorrow am, I am usually a big fan of ESX4 Installable, but based on how things are going in VMware I will have...


July 13, 2010  3:39 AM

vSphere 4.1

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VMware is to announce the official release of vSphere 4.1 tomorrow. One great option for SMB Clients is vSphere Essentials Plus.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus—This kit includes all the features of vSphere Essentials, plus High Availability and Data Recovery to automatically recover...


July 13, 2010  3:31 AM

Google App Inventor

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Now this is interesting, a front end to help an end user create their own Google apps!

People can build any app they want with App Inventor, according to Google. The App Inventor team has created blocks for just about everything you can do with an Android phone, the company...


July 13, 2010  3:21 AM

Google Investing Money for Social Gaming

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Google is buying more companies... the latest a gaming company...

Google has reportedly invested a significant sum of money -- between US$100 million and $200 million -- in social games company Zynga in order to build out a Google Games offering for the search engine giant. The...


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