Jun 19

When you’re using HP OneView to manage your HP hardware (virtual connect etc.) you can manually create a backup by using the web interface.
Because that would be a to intensive process to do that on daily or weekly base.

That’s why i created this HP OneView Appliance backup script that uses the Rest API to create a backup and then download it from the appliance.
The script also can archive older backups, to keep everything clean ;).

Please email me when you have any question or suggestion.

Save the script as Oneview-backup.ps1 and run it once (per host) to provide the password which will be saved encrypted.

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May 20

Set BIOS NUMLOCK state at “on” HP clients

Teun de BoerComments Off on Set BIOS NUMLOCK state at “on” HP clients

Issue:

The NumLock state was “off” when powering on a HP client. This setting should be set to ‘on’

for more than 700 HP clients.

Solution:

Download the latest version of HP BIOS Configuration Utility,

http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp70501-71000/sp70648.exe

Install the package on a computer. By default it’s installed in this folder:

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Mar 20

Where did QFARM go in Xenapp 7.5, 7.6?

Martin LigtvoetComments Off on Where did QFARM go in Xenapp 7.5, 7.6?

During the management of a xenapp 7 x environment I wanted a qfarm overview. I found out that this command no longer works. Why not?

This is because Xenapp 7.x uses the FMA protocol instead of the old IMA protocol.

How do I go to my qfarm overview?

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Mar 13

Book review: Learning Ansible

Hendricus KramerComments Off on Book review: Learning Ansible

Learning Ansible

If you’re not (yet) familiar with Ansible or you just started your Ansible journey, this book is a great startup.
Ansible is all about automation and provisioning of servers.
You create and define a desired state (from a configuration perspective) and Ansible will provision the server exactly like you want to.
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Feb 26

Automated USB wim deployment

Stef DriessenComments Off on Automated USB wim deployment

For a customer I was asked to create a easy way to deploy  images to thin clients and thin pc’s. The preference was to use a USB stick as network was not a option.

This brought a number of challenges that I will discuss in this blog.

Fase 1 -  Create the WinPE Usb stick
Fase 2 – Add the needed packages to the USB stick
Fase 3 – Get and prepare the WIM file
Fase 4 – Give WinPE Menu options to choose from
Fase 5 – Deploying the WIM
Fase 6 – Renaming the deployed computer
Fase 7 -  Recreate the BCD
Fase 8 – Re enable the write filter

Before we can start, we need a bootable USB stick with WinPE.
To create this we need a deployment server preferable with Windows server 2012.

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Feb 05

Lync 2013 Full client installation using a MSP

Hendricus KramerComments Off on Lync 2013 Full client installation using a MSP

This blog is about the installation of the Lync 2013 Full client (part of the Office 2013 installation).

– Introduction
– Using OCT
– OCT/MSP bugs and fixes (Lync only installation problem)

Introduction:

When you want to install the full version of Lync 2013 client instead of the Lync basic client version, you have to use the Office 2013 installation media.
This is because the Lync Full client is now part of the Office suite and therefore not available as separate installation anymore, as it used to be.

Because there are enough reasons to not upgrade the whole office suite to version 2013, you have to create an MSP file with OCT (Microsoft Office Customization Tool).
For the most IT professionals the OCT isn’t new, but for those who are new to OCT i will explain the basics of it.

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Feb 03

Adobe Issues: Checkout sharepoint message and problems with saving pdf files from outlook

Martin LigtvoetComments Off on Adobe Issues: Checkout sharepoint message and problems with saving pdf files from outlook

In our environment we had several security issues after an upgrade from Adobe reader from 10 to 11.

One of these was that users were given a check-out message when they open a PDF file from our SharePoint environment . The following screen appeared. Where if you don’t watch out and click to fast you will check out the file instead of opening it.

Adobe checkout1

 

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Jan 07

Introducing SFGuru Explorer 1.2!

Daniel NikolicComments Off on Introducing SFGuru Explorer 1.2!

Since the initial community release of SFGuru Explorer for Citrix ShareFile on 25-10-2014 we (Daniel Nikolic / Rink Spies) have been busy developing the application. Every time when we detect repeating, or labor intensive tasks within our ShareFile support team we try to improve the job by integrating an optimized task in SFGuru Explorer. Currently we have lots of ideas and beta versions which we need to do some further testing on, but before releasing these features we want to be 100% sure everything runs stable. While all the coding and testing needs to be done in our spare time it could take some time before we can release all new features.

Meanwhile we made some great improvements, which have been fully tested. Improvements of which we are proud :) We decided to add all the tested features to a interim release, which will be released as SFGuru Explorer version 1.2!

So lets’s start with the new features we added:

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Dec 27

Installing WES7 with VMware view on a T5740 2gb

Stef DriessenComments Off on Installing WES7 with VMware view on a T5740 2gb

Recently I was asked to build a wes7 (Windows Embedded Standard 7) image with VMware view client for a HP T5740 2GB model. This request did bring some interesting problems to the table like:

  • How to get WES7 on a 2GB flash drive
  • How to import the correct drivers to the image during install
  • How to install VMware view client
  • How to enable EWF (Enhanced Write Filter) on the T5740

But first things first lets install WES7 on a 2gb flash drive.

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Dec 18

Book review: Puppet Essentials

Hendricus KramerComments Off on Book review: Puppet Essentials

Puppet Essentials by Felix Frank

This book is a very good read for people with absolutely no Puppet experience.
You will learn all the basics of Puppet and at the end of the book you can even write your own (basic+) puppet modules.

Puppet Essentials starts with an introduction about the basic elements of Puppet.
This introduction will give you a very good impression about the power of Puppet and what it can do for your infrastructure.
Easy readable examples are making it easy to learn how to create your own modules.

All examples within the book can be downloaded, so even when you’re not familiar with programming you can jump start your Puppet experience 😉

you can buy the book over here

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