vSphere Web Client Integration Plugin broken in Chrome 43

Google_Chrome_icon_(2011).svgI spent some time yesterday wondering why I was suddenly unable to open a console from the vSphere Web Client.  I would right click on a VM but options like “Open Console” were grayed out. Clicking the “Launch Console” link from the Summary tab only led an ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error.

Looks like Google Chrome 43 has broken the vSphere Web Client Integration Plugin again. Google is trying to do the right thing and make the internet a safer place by tightening up the security of their browser and getting rid of old technologies. We’ve already seen this with recent SSL issues in Chrome. Suddenly I find myself weighing the advantage of having an auto-updating browser vs making sure my stuff works.

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Top 10 things all new Simplivity admins must know


First off, PLEASE don’t take these as a negative view toward the product. That is not the intent here.  These are simply some things I have learned that I feel should be shared.   Simplivity has become the fastest growing infrastructure company to achieve a valuation of over $1 Billion, EVER.   And I really am blown away by their product.  There is still no better or cheaper way to give yourself a hyper-converged infrastructure. I will leave all that for a more thorough review later.  But based on my experience, these are things you need to know if you’re thinking making the plunge in to Simplivity.

–Update 12/1/15:
I replaced an item on the list regarding advertised usable memory.  Simplivity has fixed this.

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Patch Tuesday March 2015 – Problems with KB3002675

Microsoft-LogoMicrosoft patch KB3002675 (MS15-027) is intended to prevent an attacker from impersonating other users via a vulnerability in NETLOGON.  But in doing so, it breaks NTLM authentication for some people making this an especially risky install on a domain controller.  People have reported authentication issues with SMB shares,  EMC Isilon clusters, Outlook, SharePoint, McAfee EPO, monitoring tools such as PRTG.

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Microsoft releases bad patch – How to remove KB 3004394

DohMicrosoft recently pushed an update that breaks Windows Updates.  Brilliant!

Microsoft KB3004394 was supposed to be a simple update to the Windows Root Certificate Program.  All it was supposed to do was change the frequency that Windows looks for root certificate updates from once a week to once a day.

Some of the other errors you might see after installing this update:

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Happy SysAdmin Day!

Credit: xkcd

It seems like there’s a day for everything.  Apparently we have our own day to pat ourselves on the back.  Cool!   But is one day of the year all the appreciation we’re entitled to?  Most people don’t see the hard work we do.  “We are the cables behind the walls,” as a friend of mine used to say.  If no-one sees us, then we’re doing our job right. Our interactions with our users usually only occur when they are having a bad day.  It’s not their fault, but it’s rare to get a call from anyone stating, “Great job, everything is working!”   They don’t know of the sacrifices we have made to keep those lights blinking.  The time away from family, the late nights and the on-call.  Here’s to us!

Happy SysAdmin Day!



Microsoft announces end of mainstream support for Windows 7 and 2008

Windows_7_logoMicrosoft has announced that it will end mainstream support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 13, 2015.

What does this mean?

First, don’t panic. There’s no need to rush to deploy Windows 8.  This only means that Microsoft will no longer provide free products updates and improvements on date.  You will have to pay for those.  They will continue to provide security patches well past then.  We should continue to expect Windows 7 security patches every Patch Tuesday for an additional 5 years after that date. More detail here: Products Reaching End of Support in the Second Half of 2014 Note that also on that list is Exchange Server 2010 and an EOL announcement for SMS 2003.

How to flush the DNS cache on Mac OS X

Here’s how to flush (or reset) the DNS cache on Mac OS:

Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9

Open up a Terminal window and enter the following command to reset the DNS cache:

Mac OS X 10.6

Open up a Terminal window and enter the following command to reset the DNS cache:

I’m back!!!

This site has been down for far too long.  I’m back and everything here is going to be brand new.  I may dig through some old posts to see if they’re still relevant.  Perhaps some can be updated, but a lot has changed and I feel like a fresh start is good.

So who am I?   My name is Carl Stanley.  I am a Network/Systems Engineer for a small New England college and I LOVE my job.  In my 15 years of supporting IT, I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go before I can call myself an “expert.”  It’s a label that others may bestow on us “IT professionals.”  It’s true that we regularly have to turn to the internet to find solutions to our problems.  I have done this countless times to solve difficult problems for people who see what we do as magic.  When I have you guys to thank.  The purpose of this site is to give back.  I hope to help others in their search for answers as they have helped me.