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

September 7, 2010  9:33 PM

Systinternals Update

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Here are some updates as of August 30th 2010…

ProcDump v2.0

This major update to ProcDump, a tool that captures process dumps based on process CPU usage, memory consumption, and other behaviors, can now be configured to generate dumps based on the values of system performance counters.

Process Monitor v2.92

This update adds a toolbar button that makes the process tree dialog more accessible. In order to make it easy to zoom in on a particular time range in a trace, it also introduces two quick-filter context menu items that enable you to filter out events before or after a selected event.

Mark’s Blog: The Compound Case of the Outlook Hangs

Mark’s latest blog post comes directly from Microsoft support services and highlights the use of a relatively new Sysinternals tool to troubleshoot two issues causing long Outlook hangs.

September 7, 2010  9:23 PM

Acer and its iPad Crushing Plans

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Acer is planning on releasing many new tablets over the next year. Acer will be able to make a tablet in a variety of operating systems like Windows, Chrome, and Android. These Tablets will also have much more expandability, like usb,SD card slots, and HDMI out, the list goes on. We all know that a quick PC tablet will take the market by storm, we all love Windows 7, and if we can get it in the size of a iPad with more options, then I am sold! Check out the article at Channel Insider.


September 7, 2010  9:15 PM

Mark Hurd hired into Oracle, HP Sues

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Well Mark is again in trouble, after resigning from HP he has now been hired onto Oracle’s roster. HP says its impossible for Mark to do his job there without disclosing trade secrets that Mark was paid to keep.

“Despite being paid millions of dollars in cash, stock, and stock options in exchange for Hurd’s agreements to protect HP’s trade secrets and confidential information during his employment and following his departure from his positions at HP as chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president, HP is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Hurd has put HP’s most valuable trade secrets and confidential information in peril,” the suit says.

Working at Oracle, Hurd “will be in a situation in which he cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing HP’s trade secrets and confidential information to others,” according to the suit.

HP is asking for an injunction against Hurd’s hire by Oracle, an order for Hurd to provide written notification to HP of his hire by Oracle.

In August, Hurd resigned suddenly after HP’s board of directors concluded that he had violated the company’s code of business conduct in connection with his relationship with a former marketing contractor who worked with HP.

What does HP expect Mark to do, just crawl in a whole and not work ever again? As long as he abides by the rules and DOESN’T release trade secrets all would be well.

See the whole story here.

September 1, 2010  12:49 AM

VMware View 4.5 Just Announced at VMworld 2010

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Day 1 at VMworld, you couldnt officialy talk about VMware View 4.5. Day 2 at VMworld, its officially been announced!

Create a seamless desktop experience with VMware View 4.5, the industry’s leading purpose-built solution for delivering desktops as a managed service. Transform application and desktop management into an efficient, automated process by providing a modern, flexible desktop enabling desktop administrators to increase control while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership by 50%. Provide end-users with a rich, consistent, high performance desktop experience and bring the power of the datacenter and VMware vSphere to your desktop environment.

Some major features to mention here is true support for Windows 7, PCoIP, and VMware View 4.5 is supposed to fully support USB passthrough, something that is highly sought after in the industry

Read about all the new features here.

As well take a look at the Thin Client HCL list.

August 30, 2010  4:21 AM

Sysinternals : TCPView Update

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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 Server 2008, Vista, and XP, TCPView also reports the name of the process that owns the endpoint. TCPView provides a more informative and conveniently presented subset of the Netstat program that ships with Windows. The TCPView download includes Tcpvcon, a command-line version with the same functionality.

Download the application here also read about it in greater detail. If you want to check out the whole suite, go here, downloads and details are all  there.


August 30, 2010  4:11 AM

VMware Snapshot Issue : Unable to Access File… Locked

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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 “test” snapshot and wouldnt you know it, the Consolidated Helper Snapshot showed up. I was then able to remove that snapshot then the “test” one. After both snapshots were removed I was able to run the Veeam Backup fine.

August 27, 2010  4:07 AM

VMworld 2010

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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 Issues. There are also a few awesome parties to attend as well.

VMworld will stage more than 18,000 lab seats and conduct up to 480 simultaneous Lab sessions during the four-day event. To build out this environment, we have committed 75,000+ man-hours in Lab creation and development to produce 30 Lab topics – all powered by vSphere Hypervisor, formerly vSphere ESXi. The Labs will cover everything from virtualized desktop infrastructure, through the vSphere-powered data center and into the VMware-powered cloud. With easy access to more than 100 VMware Subject Matter Experts on hand to answer questions and explore options, you’ll get one-on-one attention when you need it, and still have the flexibility to move at your own pace. Forget pre-registration. With over 40 hours of available Lab time throughout the conference, you’re free to experience the latest in VMware offerings on your own schedule.

I will update you all as to how the even is going and if i learn any juicy information, of course if I am not able to share it, I definitely will not post about it!


August 25, 2010  1:33 PM

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

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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 this – C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\local\Veeam_Software\Veeam.Backup.Shell.exe_Url_5n5msbmzpxzk2bosrjjphdqtavmpm2jv\ it may be different for other users.

Restart Veeam 4.1.x and you should be back in business.


August 25, 2010  1:54 AM


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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 these features as well, minus the PoE part, although, HDMI’s length is limited to a few metres. HDBaseT will be about to travel up to and possible past 100 meters.

HDBaseT is definitely something to follow, as it matures on the market.

Check out the Wikipedia article, it has more information.

August 25, 2010  1:40 AM

Seagate’s Huge 3TB Drive

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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, so dependant on what you use it for, it should still be operating within manufacturer specifications.

Check out the full review over at Anandtech.

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