Domain Controller Wont Boot: Stop Code ‘0x00002e2’
Dec12

Domain Controller Wont Boot: Stop Code ‘0x00002e2’

KB ID 0001494 Problem I had this problem after a VMware host upgrade last night, this domain controller would not boot, I tried ‘Last Known Good Configuration’, I tried ‘Safe Mode’ it would not boot. More out of desperation than procedure, I tried to boot to ‘Directory Services Restore Mode’ and it booted up (hooray!) I tried all the client’s usual passwords, and could not log in, I messaged...

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Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)
Dec09

Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)

KB ID 0001493 Problem If you have an iLO/iDRAC/EMM, then logging into these will give you the servers serial number, but what if they are not setup/connected, or you don’t know username or password? Then you can use WMI to discover the serial number. Solution From PowerShell; Get-Ciminstance -classname win32_bios -computername {Server-Name} | format-list serialnumber   Or if you have RDP/Console access , then from an...

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Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)
Dec07

Upgrading vSphere ESXi Hosts (Including HP and Dell)

KB ID 0001343 Problem Before you think about upgrading your hosts, you should upgrade your vCenter, Upgrade vSphere vCenter Appliance Assuming that’s all done, your task now is to upgrade your hosts, if you have a vanilla VMware ESXi version installed. You COULD simply SSH into the host, and execute the following commands; esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient esxcli software profile install -p...

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Stacking (VSF) Aruba Switches
Dec03

Stacking (VSF) Aruba Switches

KB ID 0001492 I noticed some shiny Aruba switches on the bench today, they were for a job my colleague is working on. (Note: Each switch in a stack should be the same, so these will need two stacks!) I work on the occasional HP/Aruba core switch, but it’s been a while since I did any work on distribution switches like these. The first thing I learned, was there’s no dedicated stacking cable for them. They simply use a 10Gb...

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Why Do You Need Anti-Phishing Software?
Nov12

Why Do You Need Anti-Phishing Software?

KB ID 0001491 Written By: Joseph Gojo Cruz The basic steps you use in protecting your computer, such as an antivirus program, are important in avoiding phishing scams. Additional security measures include reviewing SSL certificates, building a firewall, and implementing an anti-phishing software. An anti-phishing software helps you test your employees on how they will react when there’s a phishing attack. In using an anti-phishing...

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