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

August, 2010

August 30, 2010  4:21 AM

Sysinternals : TCPView Update

Posted by: Nathan Simon
awesome apps,, microsoft, sysinternals, tcpview, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP

TCPView has been updated a few weeks ago, if you haven't checked out what's new, I suggest you do! TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections. On Windows...

August 30, 2010  4:11 AM

VMware Snapshot Issue : Unable to Access File… Locked

Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX 4, Remove all snapshots, snapshot, Unable to Access file since it is locked, Veeam Backup, Veeam backup failure, Veeam replication failure, vmware, VMware Snapshot Issue, vsphere

I had a server that stopped a backing up via Veeam, VMware said it had a snapshot(Remove all snapshots <Servername> Unable to Access file <unspecified filename> since it is locked.), but I didnt see any in Snapshot manager. What I had to do to reveal the snapshot was to create a new...

August 27, 2010  4:07 AM

VMworld 2010

Posted by: Nathan Simon
California, cloud, computing, ESX, ESXi, hypervisor, labs, VDI, virtual desktop infrastructure, VMware View 4, VMworld 2010, vsphere

Hey everyone, this is hot off the presses, I am going to VMworld 2010! I am leaving Sunday am for sunny California. The convention takes place from Monday to Thursday, where I will be involved in many labs and group discussions. I am mainly concentrating on VMware View 4 and Troubleshooting ESX...

August 25, 2010  1:33 PM

Veeam Error – “The type initializer for ‘DBManager.MainDs’ threw exception”

Posted by: Nathan Simon
DBManager.MainDs, ESX, initializer threw exception, Veeam Backup and Fast SCP, Veeam cannot start, vm backup, vmware

This happened to me on a Windows Server 2008 x64 machine, after booting it up from a hard failure. The version was 4.1. I tried upgrading to version 4.1.2 but that didn't help. What you need to do is delete the user.config file in the directory that the error message specified. For me it was...

August 25, 2010  1:54 AM


Posted by: Nathan Simon
HDBaseT, hdmi, multi hops, POE, power over ethernet

Is HDMI on the way out? I was reading the latest issue of PC World and read up on HDBaseT. Basically what it is, is uncompressed high-definition video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, PoE(Power over Ethernet), and other features, all in one cable. I though the new HDMI cables were going to support...

August 25, 2010  1:40 AM

Seagate’s Huge 3TB Drive

Posted by: Nathan Simon
Anandtech, external drive, Firewire 800, GoFlex, seagate, usb 2.0, usb 3.0

Want all the space you can get? Don't care about the speed that much? Well Seagate has released the 3TB GoFlex USB Drive, with 5 platters at 600GB per platter, and 32MB of cache, half of the 2TB model, then go for this drive. Some sources say that after hours of use it tend to heat up quite a bit,...

August 20, 2010  3:19 PM

Intel to acquire McAfee for 7.68 billion.

Posted by: Nathan Simon
byte level malware, Intel, intel aquisition, mcafee, virus dat, vPro

Something quite interesting... looks like Intel will use McAfee to scan at the bit level with vPro.

In a statement, Intel said the acquisition reflects that security is now a fundamental component of online computing. Intel wants to bring computing security down to the chipset level,...

August 14, 2010  4:29 PM

Hints to Troubleshooting iSCSI and ESX issues

Posted by: Nathan Simon
All-in-One, command line interface, datastores, ESX, ESX 3.5, hosts, HP, hp aio configure iscsi target, iSCSI, service console, Storage Server, VLAN, vmcli, vmkping, vsphere, Windows

Hey everyone, recently I Ran into an issue where an iSCSI datastore became disconnected from one of my ESX Hosts. All other hosts could see them fine. The datastores reside on an HP All-in-One Storage Server. Once of the most important things to do is first check physical connections to the iSCSI...

August 14, 2010  4:14 PM

Windows 7 and DirectX 11

Posted by: Nathan Simon
AMD, directx 11, DirectX10, Dirt 2, gaming, GTX 470, GTX 480, Nvidia, pc, personal computer, Tessellation, Windows 7

We all do it, PC gaming, well finally there is a graphics format that will improve on performance while starting to make games look more real.

AMD has been aggressively shipping DirectX 11 GPUs in almost every price category, while cards based on Nvidia’s new GTX 470 and GTX 480 DX11...

August 13, 2010  12:06 PM

Patriot Xporter XT Rage 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Posted by: Nathan Simon
64GB,, Patriot Xporter XT Rage 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, USB, usb 2.0, Xporter Rage

I just started looking for a new USB drive, and stumbled upon this and think you all should check it out!

"The Xporter Rage USB Flash Drives are exceptionally fast and provide an outstanding value to users," states Meng Jay Choo, Product Manager at Patriot. "Designed around the...

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