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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to Resize a Citrix Provisioning Services’ VHD vDisk!

imageTuesday, I had a private mode provisioned vDisk fill up completely and needed to resize it quickly.  A little googling around and not quite finding the right answer (I guess I couldn’t get the right search terms down), I headed off to Twitter.   A couple of tweets later and Jarian Gibson came through with an answer! :) [BTW: If you are at all interested in Citrix, be sure to follow him on twitter (@jariangibson)]

Jarian pointed me to a Citrix KB article : How to Resize a Provisioning Server 5 Virtual Disks.

The KB article details the steps needed to resize the VHD but I thought I’d post this to help highlight the legitimate cases for using Twitter at work and also add some screenshots to the remaining process of making the OS within the vDisk see the new space.

1) Download and Install the VHD Resizer : http://vmtoolkit.com/files/folders/converters/entry87.aspx

2) Add your SMALL VHD to the Source and enter in a new version on in the Destination Dialog.

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3) Resize the Disk.

4) Once the new VHD is created, you will need to add it to the Provisioning Console (creating a new .pvp and then adding in).  Once added in, you can MOUNT the vDisk.

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5) After mounting the vDisk, run diskpart on the PVS system.  Using list vol look for the vDisk (in my case, the letter K and label vSystem) and then select vol #.

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6) Run extend and then verify that the process was successful.

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7) Unmount the vDisk and then assign to your machines/users.

Thanks Jarian!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Can your NetScaler do this? Pimping out the Citrix NetScaler.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the Citrix Netscalers, do it.  They are some pretty neat devices.  The Tech Dev team at IPM has really, in my opinion, shown how cool and flexible these appliances can be with some of the customizations that they are baking into the Netscalers.  Check out the screenshot below.

IPM Customized NS appliance

The IPMer Chatter Scrollbar scrolls Twitter and Facebook status updates from all of the IPMers. 

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The Scrollbar is an excellent example of pulling external information into the portal page.  Although our scrollbar flashes through Twitter and Facebook data, any standard or aggregated RSS feed could be fed into this widget.

There is the Support Information tab which allows a user to give all the important Support information to a help desk support person over the phone if they experience any issues connecting to published applications or network resources.

 Support Info Tear  Weather Tear

and of course the  Weather hover!

Not to mention the Single Sign on pass-through for our INTERNAL Timesheet application, our VoIP Portal and Exchange OWA.

I hope this doesn’t come across sounding all marketing and SALESy but did want to post something that highlights some of the enhancements that can be put right into the Netscaler boxes themselves.  I think they are pretty cool and I wanted to see if anyone else was doing anything outside the box on their own Netscalers.

Don’t forget that you can try out a Virtual Edition of the Netscaler @ https://www.citrix.com/English/ss/downloads/details.asp?downloadId=1857216
Both ESX and Xenserver/Hyper-V editions are available for free download.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Location Based applications – Love em or Hate em?

imageSo I love these location based applications.  I work for a consulting company and all of us work together on things but rarely at the same location.  Occasionally, we are at different clients altogether only to realize that we were   from each other and could have grabbed lunch or whatever.  Most of us have started using Google Latitude to relay our locations to each other and some of us have even began using Foursquare to further drill down into the locations.  I find with these applications and technology that you either love em or hate em and there really isn’t much middle ground.  I am firmly in the LOVE EM camp! :) For me, they provide insight into where my colleagues/friends are without me having to hunt them down.  Whether it’s an iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone you have (and I guess Windows Mobile and Palm too), there is an app for you.

 

Google Maps has just released an update to their BlackBerry application.
http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/04/google-maps-40-for-blackberry-adds.html

Foursquare also released an update to their BlackBerry application.
http://blog.foursquare.com/post/538343179/heads-up-blackberry-peeps-version-1-8-2-is-now

How are you using these location based applications?  Let me know in the comments.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Extending the BARTPE Fix-VMSCSI some more! – Reader Submission

imageMore updates to extend the FIX-VMSCSI plug-in.  This new collection supports :
  
SmartArray P410i SCSI Windows XP/2000/2003 

Download the latest package of files here.

This addition came directly from a reader (Marco Baaijen from the Netherlands).  It replaces the current P400.  You can just replace the older P400 files with this one.  This should be useful for anyone using the HP G6 blades.

Thanks for sharing Marco!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NK2Edit - Edit your Outlook NickName file.

Here is a great little utility Aaron Silber sent me that is super focused and super useful.  I have had the same misspelled email address popping up with for a particular friend for the LONGEST time and have now FINALLY been able to delete it! :)  Here is Aaron’s email below.

Hello All,

I just came across this wonderful utility which everyone seems to always be looking for, NK2Edit. Yup, you guessed it, a single executable, no installation, completely freeware program which will allow complete control over your AutoComplete list in Outlook. I believe it even supports Outlook 2010.

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You can download it from here:  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Aaron

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Full Feeds are here!

Subscribe here!If you have subscribed to VMwareInfo.com via RSS, Email or even FaceBook before, you may have been annoyed by the summary feed.  The summary feed just gave you the first paragraph or so of the blog post and then required you to visit the site to read the rest.  After speaking with Matt Simmons and Devang Panchigar,  I was kindly reminded that this is poor form! :) Obviously if you want to subscribe, read and interact with my postings, you should be able to do wherever and whenever you want, offline or online.  So without further ado, I give you full feeds. Hopefully you’ll still return to the actual site and check out past posts and other topics but at least you can now read the entire posts from your favorite feed or inbox reader.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Quick Laugh - Stop Picking on the iPad! :)

It seems like everyone is picking on the iPad. But even history's greatest inventors dealt with cynicism...”

I just thought this was really funny and figured I’d share. :) Plus I really hate my AT&T service!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tech Field Day Bahston!

Tomorrow is my Tech Field Day in Boston so I’m gearing up for that.  Stephen Foskett was kind enough to invite me for a second time to this unique event.  I’m very excited to go.  It’s gonna be wicked awesome! San Jose was a blast and I’m expecting Boston to top it.  15 independent bloggers and some top notch vendors on the roster.  Check out the attendee list below with sponsors below.

The fol­low­ing del­eg­ates are con­firmed for Tech Field Day Boston, April 8 – 9 2010:

Jason Boche Boche​.net JasonBoche
Carlo Costanzo VMware Info CCostan
David Davis VMwareVideos DavidMDavis
Greg Ferro EtherealMind
Gestalt IT
EtherealMind
Edward Haletky The Virtualization Practice Texiwill
Robin Harris Storage Mojo
ZDNet Storage Bits
StorageMojo
Greg Knieriemen Storage Monkeys
iKnerd
Knieriemen
Simon Long The SLOG
Gestalt IT
SimonLong_​
Scott D. Lowe Tech Republic
SearchCIO
ScottDLowe
John Obeto Absolutely Windows JohnObeto
Devang Panchigar StorageNerve
Gestalt IT
StorageNerve
Bas Raayman Technical Diatribe BasRaayman
Simon Seagrave TechHead Kiwi_​Si
Matt Simmons Standalone Sysadmin StandaloneSA
Gabrie van Zanten Gabe’s Virtual World GabVirtualWorld

Presenting Sponsors

The fol­low­ing com­pan­ies will be spon­sor­ing and present­ing at Tech Field Day Boston 2010.

Cisco Systems
Data Robotics
EMC Corporation
Hewlett-​​Packard Company
VKernel

If you think that line up looks as wicked awesome as I do, You can use the following links below to keep up on all of the event’s activities!

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Update to the Iomega StorCenter ix4-200D : v2.1.30.8298





Today my NAS emailed me.  ;) It was pretty great.  A short little reminder that a new update to the firmware was now available.  I was lucky enough to receive this in the mail from Chad Sakac around Christmas time and it has been great to work with in my home environment.  I currently have 2 ESX servers connected to it via NFS and all the VMs perform like champs (for my home use).  No complaints from the wife or kids! :) (Thanks again for the NAS Chad!).
Back to the email.  A quick jump to the web based dashboard of the NAS and there is a nice and easy link to download the new firmware.
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A quick shutdown of the Virtual Machines running and I was off to the races on my update.  I’ve said it before but if you are looking for a great inexpensive addition to your Home Lab, check out the IX4.
Literally a couple of clicks later and my firmware was updated.  Check out the release notes below for information on the update.

General Description: This firmware update provides performance improvements for your StorCenter ix4-200d. Iomega recommends this update for all units.
What's New:
Version 2.1.30.8298
  • Improved folder permissions, including AFP
     
  • Fixed iSCSI segment length
     
  • Improved Video Surveillance integration
     
  • Fixed minor security issue with external USB devices
     
  • Improved Active Directory integration
     
  • Improved content indexing performance
     
  • Fixed an issue with RAID arrays
     
  • Improved performance when discovering multiple devices on network
     
  • Restricts thumbnails to files less than 15 megapixels
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    Friday, April 2, 2010

    Citrix GotoMeeting for the iPad released.

    imageEven though the iPad will not hit the streets until Saturday, iTunes is starting to show iPad applications.  One of interest is the GotoMeeting application.  Jump on that webinar from wherever! :)

    Although released on April Fools, Chris Hahn has verified that the download and application are in fact real.

    Check it out for yourself @ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gotomeeting/id363452804?mt=8

    Now I have to get my hands on an iPad! :)

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    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    Rumors, News and OMG posts!

    Citrix and VMware institute tweet only support: In similar cost cutting moves, both Citrix and VMware customers running free hypervisors (XenServer or ESXi) will begin to only receive support via twitter.  Although customers will now be challenged to explain their problems with 140 characters or less, they can expect faster response times from engineers trolling the social media networks than with traditional call centers.

    iPad to ship with client side Hypervisor: Notoriously secretive on product launches, Apple this week leaked news that the upcoming iPad will feature a client side Hypervisor built in.  Unlike the smaller iPhone which excelled at SingleTasking, Apple hopes to leverage the Citrix XenClient hypervisor to finally crack the code on Mobile device multitasking.

    Hewlett Packard, Dell and Toshiba all to debut Virtual Laptops:  Riding the wave and growing buzz surrounding Virtual Desktops and VDI, three major hardware vendors are set to release their own versions of Virtual Laptops (vLVM).  Compatible with all three of the current hypervisors, administrators will now have the option to create lightweight virtual laptops within their virtual infrastructures replacing the bulky virtual machines of the past further reducing their virtual footprint on their virtual desks.  While pricing has not been announced, Virtual Laptops promise infinite battery life and will come in unlimited colors (in the form of Visio stencils and Management Console icons). 

    Cisco to release 802.11v Virtual Wireless Access Points: Compatible with all new vLVMs, vWAPs will allow network administrators to leverage new virtual wireless cards within the vLVM to connect to standard vSwitches within ESX.  Wireless encryption is not necessary since all vLVM and vWAP traffic never actually leave the physical vSphere hardware making 802.11v extremely fast and efficient.  vWAPs will be included with the PLUS licensing of vSphere Enterprise adding to the incredible list of must have features that the PLUS license entitles enterprises to.

    VMware mulls over relocation plans: Although they sited earthquake concerns for moving the Palo Alto location, sources confirm that it was just too close to Redmond for their comfort level.  At the top of the prospective list is Gateway’s former Ohio Complex (Cow Town) located smack in the middle of the country.

    Microsoft buys the Internet: In spite of analyst reports that confirm Bing’s ever growing market share in the search engine wars, Microsoft has taken the extreme measure of purchasing the entire Internet for a lump sum cash payment.  With an endless cash reserve in their war chest and now sole ownership of the internet, Microsoft lawyers have instructed Google to Cease and Desist all indexing of it’s property.  While indexing Gmail accounts will still keep Google spiders busy for a while, analysts predict Bing will become the dominant search engine of choice by the end of the year.

    That’s about it! 

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        -Carlo

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