VMware Fusion: Guest VM ‘Lost’ Network Connectivity
Jul28

VMware Fusion: Guest VM ‘Lost’ Network Connectivity

KB ID 0001450 Problem I keep a Windows 10 VM on my laptop, and last week it lost network connectivity, (it’s set to get its IP from my mac and get network connectivity via NAT). The guest was getting a 169.254.x.x APIPA address so either NAT was down, or there was no network? Solution You need to ‘Restart’ the services on the Mac host machine. Execute the following two commands;...

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Mac OSX: ‘Cannot Send F11 Keystroke’
Jun05

Mac OSX: ‘Cannot Send F11 Keystroke’

KB ID 0001441 Problem I was building some HP blade servers today via iLO, and while trying to install ESX, I reached this stage; Pressing F11 on a mac just increases the volume, and with the other function keys (F1 to F10) you simply press ‘fn’ and the appropriate F key, and it works properly. But not on a mac, ‘Fn+F11’ just shows you your desktop. Even changing function keys in the keyboard settings has no...

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Safari Keeps Re-opening Compromised/Spammy Web Pages
May08

Safari Keeps Re-opening Compromised/Spammy Web Pages

KB ID 0001431 Problem To be honest it was my own fault, I was trying to get some software and was on a ‘dubious’ file sharing site, when ‘Boom’ loads of popup windows and scripts executing! Normally I’d just’ force quit’ Safari, and open it again then get on with my life, but Safari ‘Helpfully‘ remembered which URL I was on, and reopened it as soon as it launched, ¬†and the whole...

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Mac High Sierra – Telnet and FTP Missing?
Nov09

Mac High Sierra – Telnet and FTP Missing?

KB ID 0001364 Problem Why have Apple removed Telnet and FTP, yes they are old, yes they are insecure. For remote management you should be using SSH and for  file transfers you should be using SFTP or FTPS. However what if I want to telnet to a mail server on port 25 and test email flow? What if I need to connect to a Cisco switch that does not have a K9 operating system, and only supports Telnet? -bash: telnet: command not found...

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Mac OSX: Creating ‘Password Protected’ Zip Files
Oct30

Mac OSX: Creating ‘Password Protected’ Zip Files

KB ID 0001357 Problem Me to the office: Does anyone know how to create a password protected Zip file on a Mac? Reply: Use Windows Well actually this advice is ‘bobbins!’ Windows still can’t do this without installing an application, (I would recommend 7-Zip). But with a Mac of course you can ūüôā Solution First open an Terminal window, then ‘change directory’ to the folder that contains the uncompressed...

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Getting MORE! Free Airport / Hotel Free Wi-Fi
Jan27

Getting MORE! Free Airport / Hotel Free Wi-Fi

KB ID 0001278 Dtd 26/01/17 Problem I was at the Airport the other day, and was pleased to find they had free Wi-Fi. So I opened my Email and started doing some work. The problem was, it was only free for 45 minutes and, (as is usually the case) I was going to be in the airport for a couple of hours. Not only that, you are expected to sign up for airport related spam and marketing materials? So 45 minutes later, I was dumped off the...

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