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Do not upgrade virtual hardware of ESXi 5.5 guest

I updated my ESXi 5.1 server to the latest ESXi 5.5 release. The process with smooth as it has always been in the past. After updating the tools for my guests I thought it was only practical to update the hardware level of my machines… I thought wrong.

The moment I upgraded the ability to edit a guest vm’s configuration using the vSphere client. When you make an attempt a message box opens with the following: “You cannot use  the vSphere Client to edit the settings of virtual machines of version 10 or higher…” And in forms you that you need to use the VMware vSphere Web Client

link” http://www.ivobeerens.nl/2013/10/01/watch-out-with-hardware-version-10-in-vmware-esxi-5-5/

I was able to correct this after the fact by creating a new configuration and attaching the the disk of the machine I recently applied the update to. Now I am back in business.

Exchange 2010 SP3 Upgrade Error

I just got finished with upgrading my Exchange 2010 Server to SP3 in preparation for next weeks online of Exchange 2013. During the service pack upgrade I encountered a few issues:

  1. After the prerequisite test the upgrade failed due to my antivirus software
  2. Upgrade failed due to the Exchange MMC being open by other users session
  3. Upgrade in a bad state after the two failures above

During the upgrade some of the roles had updated and my install was failing on the mailbox role. Exchange would not continue the upgrade process. To fix this I needed to delete an entry from the registry.

These are the steps I had taken:

  1. Opened regedit (Start > Run)
  2. Browsed the the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftExchangeServerv14
  3. Listed here are each role; Hub Transport, Client Access, Mailbox – I looked for the the following: action and watermark entries and deleted them. In my case they only existed under the Mailbox role.
  4. Rebooted Server
  5. Started the Exchange 2010 SP3 Upgrade

This completed with success. After the completion of the upgrade I gave my server a restart and once online and all services running tested via my Outlook Client, Outlook Web Access, and via Mobile Devices to ensure Exchange was running as expected.

I hope this saves you some time if you are attempting this or looking for a solution.

Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files now available

When the announcement of the preview was made the bits were not yet available for download; They are now. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-iso and grab yourself a copy.

Product Key: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F
Important: Windows 8.1 Preview isn’t currently supported on some tablets and PCs with newer 32-bit Atom processors. Get the details here

The Windows 8.1 Preview is here!

There has been some buzz about it and it seems as if its finally Windows 8.1 is here as an preview. Now you can take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.


For a more complete look at all the features in Windows 8.1, check out the Product Guide.

Before you install the Windows 8.1 Preview, it is also highly recommended you backup any files you have on your PC or tablet first. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ before installing, which includes information on how to go back to Windows 8 if you need to. There are certain cases in which you will not be able to go back to Windows 8 after installing the Windows 8.1 Preview so please read the FAQ before proceeding.

So head over to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com. The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements needed to install the Windows 8.1 Preview.

Here is the Download Preview Page: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview

ISO file Download (no yet available **** Its aviable now): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/iso-preview

 

Update available message after installing update

Recently I updated my Ubuntu Server 12.04.2 to Ubuntu 13.04 when I noticed that the message of the day (MOTD) displaying in my console was telling me that an update was available and to Run ‘do-release-upgrade’

It seems the cause of this was /usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/release-upgrade-motd which is called by /etc/update-motd.d/91-release-upgrade which checks for the existence of the release-upgrade-motd file.

Removing this with rm /var/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/release-upgrade-available and rebooted and logged in again and the MOTD was normal as expected.

Steps to take:

  1. cd /var/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/
  2. rm release-upgrade-available