Friday, August 11th, 2017
Yes we do have a couple Solaris servers around and I had a case of a zombie preventing a user from accessing it. How do I kill those again?
A zombie is the slang identifier for what is called a defunct process. The child processes are gone but the image remains.
How to find them:
ps -ef | grep -i defunt
The preap command is needed to kill it. Find the one that is causing your problem and enter:
It should give you a message with status code 0 to show it worked. You can also verify by entering:
ps -ef | grep 11111
The only thing that should be seen is the grep command.
Friday, August 11th, 2017
This is a small entry mainly for my part. For the life of me, I keep forgetting this with SQL Express.
We are using it for small Citrix sites and get the big long error when I try to establish my Xendesktop Controller.
In this matter, pipe and TCP/IP have to be enabled!
- SQL Configuration Manager
- SQL Server Network Configuration.
- Change Named Pipes to Enabled
- Change TCP/IP to Enabled.
- Start SQL Server Management Studio
- Right-Click the Server entry
- Select restart
After that the SQL portion of the Xendesktop setup works.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
I had a situation where I didn’t have the iLO virtual drives for an HP server. Whomever installed it, didn’t apply the iLO license.
After I installed the proper license; I was rewarded with:
iLO “Remote Console is unavailable. It is already in use by
a different client”
Tried a few things but nothing worked. The iLO was simply locked.
You can force it to reset. On the top level (this is for iLO3), look for the diagnostics link under Information. Click the Diagnostics link
Look for the Reset button. Click it and you will be tossed for the session. Wait about thirty seconds and login again.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
I have a secured cluster where there is no Net access. The users had licenses for Office 2013 and wanted to use them inside the cluster.
Office likes to activate itself. It tried and gave an error. I restarted Word and it gave the options for Internet and telephone activation. I selected telephone and I selected my location and was rewarded with:
Telephone activation is no longer supported for your product
Oooooookay. No Net and no telephone…….
Luckily this is just a “feature.”
I went through the telephone process and activated the installation. The only problem now are templates which appear to be downloaded from the Net. But, I will take care of that if they complain.
Friday, January 6th, 2017
One of our services gave an odd error. External user would attempt to access it and they would get an error about a configuration file not downloading.
The part of the error message that interested me was:
Failed to download this file. Error code 0x800C0008
What was odd was the service worked inside the firewall.
I thought it was browser related and checked the Net.
I tried the suggested registry change:
- Start Registry Editor.
- For a per-user setting, locate the following registry key:
For a per-computer setting, locate the following registry key:
- On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following value:
- Exit Registry Editor.
This did not need a reboot and the change worked.
To add more “oddness” the service started working before the affected users made the change.
Hmmmmmm? Network people or Security people?
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Minor odd issue. For some reason my mouse was selecting all virtual machines in XenCenter.
Problem was simply a stuck shift key. Banged it a couple times and the problem went away.
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
I had a question about the bit level of Office 2016. Sometimes I try the different versions for testing and forgot what was last installed.
Outlook happened to be open so I clicked File and selected Office Account.
This brought up the Product information but it was not listed.
I clicked the Blue Question mark About Outlook Button.
There the level was listed and it turned out to be 32-bit.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
I had an issue where we needed a small domain to register it’s Windows 2012 virtual machines to the main KMS of the company.
The problem was the small domain had it’s own IP range and it’s own DNS. I attempted to activate the virtual machines and received a message reporting the KMS was not resolvable in DNS.
Since this was a tiny domain and the DNS would not be managed, I needed another way to activate the virtual machines.
Looking at the options of the slmgr script, I found what I needed.
slmgr.vbs /skms <ip address>:<port number>
This tells the system where to look for the KMS and what port to use.
After the “OK” message, I simply attempted activation via:
The virtual machines activated.
Friday, April 15th, 2016
We have a console network to handle access to all the DRAC and iLo ports. Every so often people forget to change the name assigned to the port.
I was reloading several systems for a new project and of course there was one that was not changed. It is running the xen hypervisor so there wasn’t a quick way to address this.
I accessed the host through the iLO port and was able to rename the system. However, there was a message (aren’t there always?):
There are pending changes that may not take effect until iLO is reset.
I looked around the iLO pages but there wasn’t a command to do this.
What about the iLO port itself?
SSH into the port
enter: CD /map1
Waited a little bit and the correct hostname worked on the console network.