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Going Vegan for 30 Days – Part 1

 

Hey friends,

Here I am, making my very own attempt choice to try do new things while learn something about myself and others via what we all love… Food! This is not some new short lived diet that I am attempting. Its a peek into a lifestyle that many others, and a few friends live.

Today it technical the 2nd day for me… Not bad as I have been preparing myself for over a year now. This is now my commitment for the next 30 days.

With that I will leave myself the following note.

Jermal: Things you can’t eat –

  • Butter or cream
  • Eggs
  • Cheese from cows or goats
  • Milk from cows or goats
  • Meat, poultry, lamb, or beef
  • Fish, shellfish, shrimp, or lobster
  • Gelatin
  • Honey (this one is going to be hard; I love honey in my tea)
  • Anything that poops

Jermal: Things you can and should eat –

  • All fruits
  • All vegetables
  • All herbs and spices
  • Beans
  • Soy-based protein like tofu and tempeh
  • Grains
  • Pasta (that’s not made from eggs)
  • Olive oil

Admittedly I will need help from some of you in the community, so please comment and help me with some tips / advice. I have already singed up for PETA’s vegan starter kit! Time to pull in the other resources I’ve booked marked over the year

More to come.

‘#22Kill’ Push-up Challenge, What It Means

A few weeks back, I had the chance to visit the Team #22KILL website and to participate in this now social media awareness challenge to bring about awareness not only to myself but to others that a shocking number of  soldiers and veterans die every day as a result of suicide.

Marked by the hashtag “#22Kill” , “#22KillPushUpChallenge,”  or “#22pushups”, people are responding with 22 push-ups for a cause.

As stated on the site the goal is to “Help us reach our goal to get 22 Million pushups – To honor those who serve and to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention through education and empowerment.”

So my journey began via my YouTube channel 

Starting From Day 1 to Day 22

Suicide Prevention, whether it be for vet’s or the everyday person is a serious cause that needs your support.

If You Need help? For Yourself or a Loved one.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1 (800) 273-8255

You will find supportive individuals willing to offer you the tools you need.

If you want to join the challenge – or challenge a friend – make sure that you include the hashtag “#22Kill” and that your post is made “public” so that 22Kill can keep their count accurate. You can also become a veteran advocate yourself by volunteering through the 22Kill organization website.

Thanks

VMware vCenter 6 Phantom Snapshots

I’ve been using vCenter 6 for a while now and noticed an odd issue pertaining to snapshots. It seems that all guest show a “revert to current snapshot” state even if a snapshot does not actually exist.

However viewing under the Snapshot Manger… shows no existing snapshots associated with the virtual machine guests.

I’ve noticed this this issue does not exist when using the vSphere Web Client.

These symptoms have been confirmed by VMware official in the following KB: https://kb.vmware.com/kb/2111363

For now there are no resolution steps…

Symptom Recap:

  • There are no snapshots on virtual machine(s).
  • Virtual machines show Revert to current snapshot (right-click on the virtual machine > Snapshot > Revert to current snapshot) enabled in vSphere Client when connected to the vCenter Server 6.0.
  • When viewing the Snapshot Manager (right-click on the virtual machine > Snapshot > Snapshot Manager) for the virtual machine in the vSphere Client, there are no snapshots present.
  • Directly logging into the ESXi host using the vSphere Client shows the Revert to current snapshot grayed out.
  • Creating and deleting a snapshot does not resolve this issue.
  • In the vSphere Web Client Revert to current snapshot appears grayed out.

Work around: 

  1. Ignore the vSphere Client results and use the vSphere Web Client
  2. Use PowerCli to display snapshots.

Example command I like to use:

 

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

The SharePoint Server 2016 preview is now available to download from the Microsoft website:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48712

Note: Windows Server 2012 R2 is required

Brief on Install Instructions

  1. Review SharePoint Server system requirements
  2. Download and install full-featured software for a 180-day trial
  3. When prompted, use the following product key: NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ

Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB, What’s That?

If you pondered on what is “LTSB”. Here is some “shared” info for you.

What is the Long Term Servicing Branch?

“Windows 10 uses a new approach to providing updates to users. Traditionally Microsoft would release a version of Windows and then provide updates such as security and bug fixes, but not add any major, new functionality. Every few years Microsoft would release a new version of Windows that contains updates and new features but this meant customers would always have to wait years for new functionality. With Windows 10, Microsoft is giving users greater choice in how they receive new features with the introduction of a long-term servicing branch (LTSB) and a current branch (CB) version.

The LTSB is similar to how versions are delivered today with a new one delivered every couple of years and in between each new version Microsoft will provide security updates, bug fixes and so on. Alternatively, customers can choose to use the CB method which provides security updates, bug fixes, and new features every few months.

When each LTSB is released it will converge with the currently existing CB, allowing customers to transition from CB to LTSB, in the event they decide they no longer want to receive updates so frequently. Customers using LTSB will be able to upgrade between LTSB builds and likely one additional time prior LTSB (current Windows 8.1 would count as a LTSB).”

source of info shared here

To sum this up in a short way:
The Long Term Servicing Branch versions of Windows 10 act like older versions of Windows in that you will still receive security patches and bug fixes through Windows Update but you will not receive enhancements and new feature upgrades.

Office 365: Initiate a full password sync using DirSync

Having a need to rapidly sync passwords to Office 365 using Directly Sync (DirSync) I come across the following method that seems to work with minimal effort.  By default the DirSync only kicks off ever 3-5 min’s.

To initiate a full password sync you can do the following:

  1. Open PowerShell, and then type:

     
  2.  Then Type:

     
  3. Press Enter
  4. Load Services.msc
  5. Restart the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service Service. (FIMSynchronizationService)

In your application event logs you should notices multiple events  of 656 (Password Sync Requests) and Even 657 (Password Sync Results) indicating that your full password sync has kicked off.

 

Tech Short: Use Windows Management Instrumentation Command to List Windows Updates

To list the updates that have been installed on a Windows 8.1 or Windows 2012 Server simply issue the following command in a command prompt window

That’s it

Minecraft Chat Logs – Post for Parents

Minecraft is a awesome game and allows for so much good for kids. But with the good sometimes comes the bad elements. In this case I am referring to “chat”. In some cases there are incidents where chat can be a filled with hostility, profanity, etc..

As one who runs a server; I have times were I am asked by parents to confirm if their child was cursing on the server or if someone else was doing this.I have no problem giving this info but there are limitation I have which are the private messages between players.

There is a solution to this and that is obtaining the logs on the players computer itself.

So here are some steps you can take to acquire the logs

Type %appdata% into your windows search bar then press ENTER​

Double click on your “.minecraft” folder​

Double click on your “logs” folder​

You will find inside a file named latest.log which is the most recent log along with files that are dated with the extension of .gz archive of chat logs. You can use a program such as 7-zip to extract these.

 

Once you have a log file open, simple search the log for the items you are looking for.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me for assistance and thank you for being involved with your child’s online activity

– Jermal (aka #jermsmit)

 

 

 

Minecraft Skins

Originally Posted: http://minecraft.jermsmit.com/minecraft-skins-pc/

A skin refers to the texture that is placed onto a player model or mob.

The skin is divided into areas that act as the surface area of the character (For example, there’s the front head area, left leg area, etc.). A skin will only allow solid color; transparency is not allowed on the skin file except on the second layer, which is transparent by default; playing offline, pixels can be left free resulting in “holes” in the skin. The second layer can be used to give the character glasses, hats, or other accessories (even a bigger head).

A player can only change their character’s skin if they have purchased Minecraft. This is done on the Profile page by uploading a valid .png image file, which will then replace the default skin.

Skins also have the option of having 3 or 4 pixel wide arms, which can be changed

on the profile page as well

ref: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Skin

But where do I get them?

This is a good question.  You can make your own; awesome idea for those who are creative and wan’t to have something of their own.

Or you can simple download them. There are many sites online, but one must beware as some sites are there just to scam you and infect your computer with malware and worse acquire your account info.

Here are known sites I trust and would give my recommendation on using:

  1. Minecraft Skins – The Skindex – http://www.minecraftskins.com/
  2. Planet Minecraft – http://www.planetminecraft.com/resources/skins/

Retrieve MX records using nslookup

One of my new kids on the block asked me a question tonight; “Jermal, how do I get the mx record of a domain?”

To retrieve mx record information we need to use a tool called nslookup which is available in Windows and Linux

The quick syntax use is

 

Example of its usage

And what it looks like in

Linux

Windows