Showing posts from 2012

SQL - Installing Management Tools fails!

Another version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 has been detected on this system that must be updated to SP1. Please update all Visual Studio 2008 installations to SP1 level, by visiting Microsoft Update.I am trying to install SQL Server 2008 R2 Management tools to manage my Citrix DB. I have a clean, brand new VM, and have never installed Visual Studio 2008. Also, every Microsoft update is already installed. So what now? Microsoft says get the SP via Microsoft Update (which does not work). Also, downloading and trying to install the SP results in an error saying Visual Studio is not installed.

The solution is in a couple registry keys that look for SP1 installed. Correcting the below registry entries should fix your issue.

If you have a 64-bit computer:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DevDiv\VC\Servicing\9.0HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DevDiv\VC\Servicing\9.0\RED\1033 Make sure the SP and SPIndex values are 1 and that the SPName is SP1

Also correct the below registry keys:

VMware - VMX Location?

Where the hell is the VMX file for my VM? I'm running ESXi 5.1 and am needing to manually edit my VMX file. When I look at the Hard Drive location under "Edit Settings > Hardware > Hard Disk 1", I see vDisk for my Hard Disk 1 is on the ds_11 Data Store under the DENXA100 folder. But when I browse there, I see nothing but a vmdk file.

 So... Where are my config files you ask. You can find the location of your vmx file and config files by going to "Edit Settings > Options > General Options". On the right pane, you can see it shows the location of my vmx file, and also show the location of my working directory.

So now that I know where my vmx and working directory are, I can correct my issue. My config files are on ds_12, and my Hard Disk is on ds_11. I can remove my Hard Disk, move it to the ds_12 Data Store, and then re-attach it so that all my files are in the same location.

Bazinga !!! VMX Located !!!

VMware - Change SCSI Controller Type

How To Change the SCSI Controller Type on a VMware VM
I just built out a new VM and accidentally selected the wrong SCSI controller type. I used the default "LSI Logic SAS" instead of picking "LSI Logic Parallel". So now when I switch it, the OS flips out and I get nothing but a big honking BSOD. So what now? Do I build out a new VM with the correct SCSI Controller? NOPE!
Below are the needed steps to get the new Parallel Controller installed, and to be able to remove the old SAS Controller.
Power on the VM and get log into the OSWhile the VM is on, add another Hard Drive

 Select "Hard Disk"Click "Next >"

 Select "Create a new virtual disk"Click "Next >"

 Change "Disk Size" to 1GBSelect any "Disk Provisioning" and "Location" optionClick "Next >"

!!! IMPORTANT !!!Select SCSI (1:0)(Selecting 1:0 will force a new SCSI Controller to be created with your new vDisk)Click "Next >&…

NSVPX - Generate SSL CSR

NetScaler - Generate Certificate Signing Request It's that time of year again, and the question always comes up, "How do a generate the SSL CSR request for my NetScaler?". It's a quick and easy process. 
Open up the WI for your NSVPXSelect the "SSL" node from the left panel menuClick on "Create RSA Key"

Enter in the "Key Filename" file in which the generated RSA key is stored)Enter in the "Key Size"I am going to use 2048 

  Click on "Create"

 Click on "Close"

Select the "SSL" node from the left panel menuClick on "Create Certificate Request"

 Fill in the "Request File Name" with the name of your CSR in the "Key File Name" with the location of the RSA key we generated earlier/nsconfig/ssl/ in the "Distinguished Name Fields" with the appropriate information

"F" Keys don't work!

HP Blade Integrated Lights-Out Setting Hot Keys

I just shipped out a HP Blade Server to Fresno California yesterday, and I had my remote hands push the blade into the chassis this morning. I log into the iLO console to install ESXi, and it says "Press F12 to Continue". The "F" keys don't work! They do nothing at all. "Hmmm.... How do I set the hot keys inside an iLO session?" Great question!
First things first, open the Onboard Administrator via the IP of your blade chassisThe log in page should look something like this Once logged in, you'll see this interface
Drill down through the Left Panel to "iLO" on the server you want to configureEnclosure InformationDevice Bays%SERVERNAME%iLO
 In the right pane, click on "Web Administration" You will be presented with an interface like the one below Click on the "Remote Console" tab
Click on "Settings" option in the left panel Click on the "Hot Keys" tab in the ri…

Rebuild Citrix EdgeSight Server Connection

I ran into an issue with my secondary persistent disks not having enough space for both my PageFile and my vDisk Cache. The resolution was that I added a new VDI to each VM in vSphere in place of the old one via deploying a template so that all secondary vDisk's had the same UID. The problem was, during the process, the EdgeSight Server pulled down it's data folder to the secondary disk and then I deployed it to all 10 vm's. Now all 10 VM's have the same "SInstance" and "Hostname" inside the EdgeSight.ini file.

The quick solution to resolving this is: Shut down the EdgeSight Monitoring ServiceDelete the Data DirectoryStart the EdgeSight Monitoring Service If you wanted to do this via a batch script, you could do the following: @ECHO OFF @COLOR 0E :: :: Script :: Change Event Log Location :: By :::::: Keith Smith :: Email ::: :: www ::::: :: www ::::: :: :: Stop the Citrix Syst…

Citrix XenApp - Publishing Active Directory Users and Computers

Publishing Active Directory Users and Computers In the following scenario, I am using:

Windows Server 2008 R2Citrix XenApp 6.0
Your Help Desk needs quick easy access to Active Directory Users and Computers to reset passwords. Well that's easy, just publish ADUC out via Citrix WI. To accomplish publishing ADUC, we need to complete the following tasks:

Add the AD Tools Feature inside the OSPublish ADUC via Citrix Delivery Console
Adding the Active Directory Tools
Open the Server ManagerClick on Features in the left menuClick on Add Features

Scroll down and click the checkbox next to “AD DS and AD LDS Tools”Click Next

Click “Install”

Publishing Active Directory Users and Computers Open up your favorite flavor of Citrix Management ConsoleRight Click ApplicationsClick “Publish Application”

Enter in the “Display name” and “Application description”I am going to name mine “ADUC”Then click “Next”

Make sure you choose the following settingsApplicationAccessed from a serverInstalled applicationTh…