Network card configuration missing after P2V using VMware Converter

by File in: virtualization

Last night I converted a physical Windows 2003 R2 server to a VMware virtual machine using VMware Converter Standalone version 4.0.1.  The entire process was extremely simple, only four steps.  After the P2V conversion completed, the physical machine powered off, and the newly created VM booted up.  Everything appeared to be normal, until I realized […]

Workaround for Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installation fails prerequisite checks

by File in: deployment

When trying to install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) on a PowerEdge R610 server running Windows Server 2003 R2,  I received the following error from the prerequisite checker:  “This is not a supported server. Server Administrator software can only be installed on supported servers.” I recevied this error when trying to install OMSA 5.4, 5.5, […]

Howto: Force ConsoleOne to connect to the master replica

by File in: Netware, Novell

When you start up ConsoleOne, the application usually selects a random read-write replica to connect to.  You cannot specify which replica to connect to, but you can tell ConsoleOne to connect to the Master replica by using the forcemaster option. In various Novell TIDs the syntax is shown as either -forcemaster or /forcemaster or .  […]

Find Windows system uptime from the command line

by File in: Windows

Here’s a quick and easy way of checking how long a Windows server or workstation has been up, via the command line.  It pipes the results of Net Statistics Workstation into find.  Run the following from a command prompt: net statistics workstation | find /i “statistics since” The results will look like Statistics since 8/12/2009 […]

Groupwise GWcheck Error: Mailbox/library maintenance can not be executed because a duplicate request is running

by File in: Groupwise

I received the following message when attempting to run the standalone GWcheck today: Mailbox/library maintenance can not be executed because a duplicate request is running To resolve my issue (Groupwise 7.0.3HP2), I renamed the ngwcheck.db file in the post office directory.  Worked like a charm.

Fix: The IP address you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter that is hidden from the Network Connections folder because it is not physically in the computer

by File in: Windows

I brought up a snapshot of a Windows Server 2003 R2 guest today and could not login to the domain.  After further review I found the server had lost its static TCP/IP settings – both NICs were set to DHCP (they had previously been statically set).  When I attempted to add the TCP/IP addresses back to […]

Howto: Reset a lost VMware guest password

by File in: howto, virtualization

So you’ve forgotten your VMware Linux or Windows guest password?  Here’s how to reset it.  These instructions focus on resetting the password through the Virtual Infrastructure Client, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it using VMware Workstation or VMware Server.   1. Grab a Kon-Boot .iso image.   2. In the Virtual Infrastructure client, configure […]

Converting Perfmon timestamps to a readable format in Excel

by File in: performance

I have been using Microsoft’s Performance Monitor (perfmon) to capture data that hopefully allow me to understand the I/O bottleneck my Windows 2003 R2 server is experiencing only occasionally. I’ve saved this data as a .csv file, and import it into Excel so I can analyze the raw data.  The problem is, the timestamp column […]

Setting the Qlogic HBA Execution Throttle in Windows Server 2003

by File in: Windows

According to the QLogic FC HBA in an EMC Environment document,   Execution throttle is a HBA parameter that controls the maximum number of I/O commands executing on any one HBA port. When a port’s execution throttle is reached, no new commands are executed until the current command finishes executing…Any more I/O commands will have […]

Right mouse click keyboard shortcut

by File in: Windows

Sometimes I support remote servers that have slow WAN links.  Using the mouse can be frustrating, so I try to do as much work using the keyboard as I can. I always forget the key combination that simulates a right mouse click, so I’m going to post it in hopes that it will help me […]