Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 Release Candidate

Where you waiting for this? If so the wait is now over.

Reportedly addressing about 20 issues and requests from developers who use Visual Studio 2012. This update now allows continuous integration for Team Projects using Git and the ability for developers to select a specific branch in the repo. There is also a new source settings dialog in the build definition wizard that allows you to do this.

Update 3 will also preserve build strings on upgrades. “Another often heard request was for the Team Foundation Server 2012 upgrade wizard to pick up the build settings from the previous install while loading the configuration database. In Update 3 we now have this functionality!” Microsoft added.

Get your hands on it today, or tomorrow… Either way its out.

Download Link: VS2012 Update RC3

News Source: MSDN

Upgrading HP ProCurve firmware via USB flash drive

Today I got a replacement HP ProCurve 2910al-48G-PoE+ J9148A to replace one that had faulted in the data-center so I am taking a moment to take a little phrase from Horace “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero” because I may not have the chance to do this another day.

The ProCurve switch has a USB port that you can use to transfer files. And while there are other ways, today I will use this method. Only because I have assigned this switch an IP and would not want to conflict with the one in production. “Oh yeah, I copied the productions configuration to this switch already”.

I grabbed the latest version (at the time of writing this post), which happens to be W_15_08_0012. Before applying the firmware I wanted to make sure I knew the version I was currently running on.

This is done by the “show version” command:

SwitchGroup-2# show version
Image stamp: /sw/code/build/sbm(t4a)
Nov 5 2009 18:02:07
Boot Image: Primary

I then plugged in my FAT32 formatted USB stick which had the image file of W_15_08_0012.swi and typed dir <enter> to see the contents of the USB stick.

I then issued the following: copy usb flash W_15_08_0012.swi primary to copy the flash image to the switch.

When the copy has completed you will need to reload the switch. I done so by issuing the following command: boot system flash primary

The switch will reboot, and in the console you will see the updates. Once completed type: show version and you will be at the new version.


Skype 5.10 for Windows

Windows/Mac/Linux: Video chat app Skype released updates today for its Windows, Mac, and Linux versions, each with its own new improvements and bug fixes.

Download the new version now

Improvements made to Skype 5.10 for Windows:
Select and pin your favorite contacts
Facebook and Skype contacts combined into one Contacts list
Easier to understand premium subscription notices
Possibility to control Skype video rendering technology for backward compatibility for people who have trouble with video calls

Linux users:
improved chat synchronization
new presence and emoticon icons
the ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact’s profile
much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
chat history loading is now much faster

Upgrade Install of ESXi 5.0 Update 1

I wrote some steps on this in a previous post.  I am back again to take you for my ride in upgrading to update 1 for ESXi 5.

Direct download update link: https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-328-20120312-212851/update-from-esxi5.0-5.0_update01.zip

Once you have the upgrade zip, you will wan to SCP this over to the ESXi 5 server.
I use my datastore as it has the most space aviable.
Issue the following command:
esxcli software vib update –depot=/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/…  *path to zip file*
This may take a few minues to return some results.
When it does you will know and it may look something like this:
Reboot you server (just type reboot)
That’s it, you are done.

ESXi 5.0 Update 1

  • Resolved / New: No error message is logged when VMkernel stops a virtual machine on a datastore that is in PDL state
    When a SCSI device goes into permanent device loss (PDL) state, all the virtual machines that use datastores backed by that SCSI device are affected. Some third party HA solutions incorporate a VMX option where disk.terminateVMOnPDLDefault is set to True. With this option the VMkernel stops such affected virtual machines. Starting with this release, when VMkernel stops affected virtual machines, a warning message similar to the following is logged in vmkernel.log once for each virtual machine.
  • NewEnablement of session timeout to ESXi Tech Support Mode (TSM)
    After you log in to an ESXi host at the console and then log in to the Tech Support Mode (Mode) as root user and initiate a remote server console access session, a non-privileged user might obtain root access to the ESXi host, if the remote access session has not timed out or remains idle.Starting with this release, you can configure a session timeout to exit ESXi Tech Support Mode (TSM) as follows:

    1. Log in to Tech Support Mode (Mode) as root user.
    2. Edit /etc/profile file to add TMOUT=<timeout value in seconds>.
    3. Exit Tech Support Mode (Mode).