Enable SSH Access to VMware vSphere ESX
Mar22

Enable SSH Access to VMware vSphere ESX

  KB ID 0000299 Dtd 22/03/17 Problem Should you wish to get SSH (remote secure console) access to your ESX  hosts, you need to do the following; ESX Version 6.5 and Newer ESX version 5 and Newer ESX version 4.1.0 ESX version 4.0.0 and earlier ESX version 4.0.0 and earlier Solution Grant SSH Access to ESX 6.5 If you have a stand-alone ESX Server running version 6.5, it's a lot easier to to enable ESX access. Select 'Host' > Actions...

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ESX Cannot Mount MSA P2000 Datastores
Mar21

ESX Cannot Mount MSA P2000 Datastores

KB ID 0001292 Dtd 21/03/17 Problem For the first time in ages I've been doing a VMware upgrade this week, a client had an MSA P2000 G3 and two G8 DL380 servers running vSphere 5.5. I put in a new 6.5  VCSA, built some new G9 DL380 servers,  I noticed that the SAN was presenting five storage LUNs but the new ESX 6.5 servers could only see three of them? Strangely when I selected the SAS storage controllers they could see all 5 storage...

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Reset IBM / Lenovo IMM Username and Password
Mar17

Reset IBM / Lenovo IMM Username and Password

KB ID 0001291 Dtd 17/03/17 Problem After recycling an old M3 3650 IBM X Series server the other week, I was stuck trying to get into the IMM, because no one knew what the password was.   The default username of USERID and password of PASSW0RD (with a zero) didn't work either. Solution For me it was OK because I could reboot the server and get directly into the BIOS , (Press F1 at boot) System settings. Integrated Management Module....

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Audacity – Looping / Repeating Sections of Audio
Mar14

Audacity – Looping / Repeating Sections of Audio

KB ID 0001290 Dtd 14/03/17 Problem Those that know me, will know I’ve been struggling to learn the guitar over the last few months. Recently my teacher, (the extremely talented Mr John Robson,) gave me some tab to learn, and helpfully recorded a backing track.¬† Now it’s only 8 bars long, and not particularly fast, but I was still struggling to keep up. ūüôĀ Like all practical skills I learn by good old EDIP, (Explanation...

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Cisco IOS – Enabling LLDP
Mar08

Cisco IOS – Enabling LLDP

KB ID 0001289 Dtd 08/03/17 Problem If you're running Cisco IOS on all you devices then you can use CDP  to see what's directly connected, (unless you are on a Cisco firewall, but I did say IOS devices).  Petes-Switch#show cdp neighbors Capability Codes: R - Router, T - Trans Bridge, B - Source Route Bridge S - Switch, H - Host, I - IGMP, r - Repeater, P - Phone, D - Remote, C - CVTA, M - Two-port Mac Relay Device ID Local Intrfce...

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Can A Domain Trust Another Domain With The Same ‘Root Domain’ Name?
Mar07

Can A Domain Trust Another Domain With The Same ‘Root Domain’ Name?

KB ID 0001288 Dtd 07/03/17 Problem About a month ago I was with a client to do some investigation/consultancy, they were a large company with their head office in the UK and a number of other offices around the world. They had a number of domains and sub domains and wanted to consolidate them all into a new domain. Well that’s all OK, but the UK company has been purchased by a large American company, who were putting a lot of...

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