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Keep Calm and Install Wheezy

Debian 7.0 Wheezy released!

Want to give it a try?
Check out the live images!

Want to install it?
Choose your favorite installation media among Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and USB sticks.

Already on Debian and want to upgrade?
You are just an apt-get dist-upgrade away from Wheezy! Find how, reading the installation guide and the release notes.

How to upgrade ESXi 5.0 to ESXi 5.1

For some of you that may not know ESXi 5.1 has been released. If you are like me running it for free at home or in the office, you may have asked yourself. How can I update my existing ESXi 5.0 installation without needing to use a CD / USB. Well my friends, it’s good you stopped by.

First thing you need to down and go on and log into your VMware account and download the ESXi 5.1 Offline Bundle (a file named VMware-ESXi-5.1.0-799733-depot.zip). While your are there you should download all other ESXi 5.1 related downloads; You’ll only need them later anyhow.

Next you need up upload the bundle to a data-store that your host has access to. This can be done via the vSphere Client or any other SCP client such as WinSCP or Filezilla FTP Client. Once uploaded to a data store you can can SSH into your host and run the following commands to update your system:

or

When done you will find yourself back at the command interface and all you need to do is type ‘reboot‘ and wait about 5 min’s for the system to go down.

Please note that you should have already powered down any and all virtual guest systems before updating to minimize on the time it takes to reboot

Additional Notes: (if you are just patching 5.0 for the use with Win8/Server12

Consider this guidance, which is based on testing Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 up to build 8224:
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview / Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate does not boot on ESXi 5.0. To resolve this issue, you must install patch ESXi500-201112001 (Patch 02):
    1. Download and install ESXi500-201112001 (Patch 02). For more information, see VMware ESXi 5.0, Patch Release ESXi500-201112001 (2007680).
    2. Create a new virtual machine configured for either Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2.
    3. Enable 3D graphics or do not install VMware’s WDDM video driver.
    4. Install Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 from Media.
    5. Install VMware Tools.Note: VMware does not recommend installing VMware’s WDDM video driver. Use the default VESA driver.
  • If you experience a black screen after installing VMware’s WDDM video driver in a virtual machine with Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012, enable 3D graphics or reinstall the operating system and VMware Tools without VMware’s WDDM video driver.
  • VMware does not currently recommend using USB xHCI with Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012. To work around this issue, remove the USB xHCI controller or use the USB EHCI+UHCI controller.Note: Any changes to the virtual hardware must be preceded by a full shutdown on the command line (shutdown /s /t 0 /full). Otherwise, the Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 hibernate-shutdown may not fully detect hardware changes and you may experience a blue diagnostic screen or triple fault at boot.
  • The vmxnet3 virtual NIC does not work in a Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 virtual machine with ESXi 5.0. To work around this issue, use e1000e or e1000 NICs.

Windows 8 reached RTM status

Today, I learned that select ‘friendly’ people of the Microsoft world have got their hands on the RTM build of Windows 8. I hope to get my hands on this sometime today and have it installed by end of day to share with you all my thoughts of this long awaited OS from Microsoft; I may even demo it on Google+ Hangouts.

Starting on October 26th you will be able to get Windows 8 either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer

Here is some important info I’d like to also share regarding Windows 8* Note, not all programs are mentioned, but they are arriving soon.

August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Howto: Upgrade Ubuntu Version of Server

To upgrade from Ubuntu server system to the latest server:
1- install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

2- This is optional, you can update without doing this: Edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal;
3- Launch the upgrade tool with the command

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

and follow the on-screen instructions.

WordPress Version 3.0

Today, the newest version of popular open source blogging software WordPress was released. Version 3.0, also known as “Thelonious,” has undergone a significant number of improvements, such as the inclusion of new standard APIs that let theme developers easily implement new backgrounds, headers, menus, custom posts, and more.

All of the new APIs are shown off in the new default theme called “Twenty Ten.”

For users, support for URL shorteners has been included in WordPress 3.0, so you can tie your blog to your favorite link shortening service, and generate short links from within the WordPress dashboard.

In total, there are more than 1,200 bug fixes and feature enhancements in this version of WordPress. If you’re a user of the software, simply go to Tools>Update in your dashboard to download and install the new version either automatically or manually.

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