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Start and stop ESXi VMs from console

Sometimes you don’t have VMware vSphere Client handy, or you might need to restart a server remotely via SSH. In these cases it’s great to be able to turn virtual machines on and off via the command line. Read on for a brief overview.

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 0:48 by simon · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Which version of Ubuntu am I running

To find out which version Ubuntu is installed simply type the following in to a console:

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 1:22 by simon · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Linux

CentOS Fixing Error writing fstab Read-only file system

If you’ve accidentally broken your /etc/fstab file and rebooted and found yourself in the repair console.   You might run into some issues while trying to fix it.

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 22:06 by simon · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Linux

How to add a new user to vCenter Server Virtual Appliance

If you use vSphere 5 vCenter Server Virtual Appliance and you don’t have, or chose not to use Active Directory for user access then there is another way to add users to the appliance.

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 23:30 by simon · Permalink · 7 Comments
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Change Exchange mailbox type from shared to user mailbox

When migrating many mailboxes to an Exchange 2010 system, or after an existing object has been mail enabled you may find you have some mailboxes that are set as type ‘Shared’ even though they belong to a single user.  You can see this either through the Exchange Management Console (EMC) by applying a filter of Recipient […]

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 23:30 by simon · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Exchange 2010

Disable complex password requirement on Hyper-V server 2012

I recently experimented with Hyper-V 2012 and found there was no easy way to disable complex passwords, so after searching the net for a while I came across a nice solution that didn’t involve joining and leaving domains and interfering with group policy.  Here it is –

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 23:22 by simon · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Grant a MS SQL login Read Only access to ALL databases

 Here is a SQL code snippet I used today that loops through all the databases on a server and creates a SQL script that will give a user Read Only access to all databases (including system databases).  

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 20:16 by simon · Permalink · Leave a comment

Using DD-WRT on an Asus RT-N16 router to share a 3 MIFI Internet connection on LAN

Yes a snappy title!  I’ve spent so long getting this configuration to work that I have to save the info here for my own future reference.  I originally tried to use the latest firmwares and spent a couple of frustrating day’s trying to get it working.  I eventually gave up and tried the specifically mentioned […]

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 1:42 by simon · Permalink · 4 Comments
In: Hardware

How to clear down winsxs folder in Windows 7

If you have found that you have a folder called winsxs that is eating up gigs and gigs of your C drive, then this command line can free up several of those valuable gigs.    

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 0:40 by simon · Permalink · One Comment
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Simple script to backup all databases at once

Script to backup all non system databases To backup all your MS SQL databases quickly on a SQL instance use the following script in a new query window. You must change the “SET @path” string to a suitable location.

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 20:00 by simon · Permalink · Leave a comment
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