Jan 07

Introducing SFGuru Explorer 1.2!

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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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Sep 16

Demystifying the ShareFile StorageZone Controller Passphrase

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While setting up the first ShareFile StorageZone Controller you need to enter a Passphrase. The Passphrase will be used to protect your file encryption key (SCKeys.txt) which is located in the CIFS root folder. Without the Passphrase you won’t be able to add additional StorageZone Controllers, reinstall or recover the current StorageZone or create configuration backups. A running StorageZone controller will still work fine, but you can’t make any changes. I can’t stress out the importance of this passphrase!

Be sure to archive the ShareFile Passphrase and encryption key (SCKeys.txt) in a secure location 🙂 !

Of course you will archive the ShareFile Passphrase and encryption key (SCKeys.txt) in a secure location, but in case the ShareFile Passphrase gets lost Citrix won’t be able to help. According to the eDocs and ShareFile support the Storage Zone should be considered as lost.

Citrix support won’t be able to recover your Passphrase!

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Sep 19

CRM 2011 – Outlook plugin: Cannot connect to Microsoft Dynamics CRM server because we cannot authenticate your credentials

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Author: Daniel Nikolic

When installing the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 plugin for Outlook on a Windows 8 machine it’s possible that you receive error:

“Cannot connect to Microsoft Dynamics CRM server because we cannot authenticate your credentials. Check your connection or contact your administrator for more help.”

In the logfile ‘C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSCRM\Logs\Crm50ClientConfig.log’ we see the following error message:

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Jul 30

Migrating Virtual Machine in SCVMM 2012 SP1 CTP2 results in error 12700

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Author: Daniel Nikolic

After migrating a Virtual Machine via the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) SP1 CTP2 we receive the following error after trying to edit hardware or start the VM:

Error (12700)
VMM cannot complete the host operation on the %MACHINENAME% server because of the error: ‘%VIRTUALMACHINNAME%’ failed to start. (Virtual machine ID 720ACA4A-6BBB-4669-BF0E-7577620F76B9)

‘%VIRTUALMACHINNAME%’ Microsoft Emulated IDE Controller (Instance ID 83F8638B-8DCA-4152-9EDA-2CA8B33039B4): Failed to Power on with Error ‘One or more arguments are invalid’ (0x80070057). (Virtual machine ID 720ACA4A-6BBB-4669-BF0E-7577620F76B9)

‘%VIRTUALMACHINNAME%’: Failed to open attachment ”. Error: ‘One or more arguments are invalid’ (0x80070057). (Virtual machine ID 720ACA4A-6BBB-4669-BF0E-7577620F76B9)

‘%VIRTUALMACHINNAME%’: Failed to open attachment ”. Error: ‘One or more arguments are invalid’ (0x80070057). (Virtual machine ID 720ACA4A-6BBB-4669-BF0E-7577620F76B9)
Unknown error (0x8000)

Recommended Action
Resolve the host issue and then try the operation again.

After migrating the disk from VHD to VHDX the machine could be adjusted and started again. I’m not sure if this issue happens due to the fact the VM xml setting file is rewrited or another mysterious reason…

Daniel Nikolic

Jul 30

The curious case of the non responsive Windows 2012 Hyper-V server

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Author: Daniel Nikolic

Suddenly the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP 2 version could not connect to the Windows 2012 Hyper-V server, different error messages appeared which didn’t really make sense:

Error (2916)
VMM is unable to complete the request. The connection to the agent %MACHINENAME% was lost.
Unknown error (0x80338126)

Recommended Action
Ensure that the WS-Management service and the agent are installed and running and that a firewall is not blocking HTTPS traffic.

This problem can also be caused by WMI service crash. Ensure that KB 982293 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982293) is installed on the machine if it is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

If the error persists, reboot %MACHINENAME% and then try the operation again.

or

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Jul 30

Enable MSTSC (RDS Client) on Windows 2012 Server Core

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Author: Daniel Nikolic

If you want to use MSTSC (RDS / RDP Client) in the Server Core of Windows 2012 you must copy the following files (preferably of a Windows 2012 GUI install):

%SystemRoot%\System32\mstsc.exe
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Feb 14

Our partner Denamik has released Denamik LoadGen 2.3

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Our partner Denamik has released a new version of Denamik LoadGen. The execution of massive load and stress tests is now easier than before. You can now record your own user action scripts from within LoadGen, and setup LoadBots to handle the execution of these scripts. LoadGen allows you to manage LoadBots to create remote sessions and evaluate your IT environment under stress. A built-in reporting facility will give you instant results.

What is new in LoadGen 2.3:

  • Rewrite of installation and activation of LoadBots
  • Rewrite of internal functions of the DUAF language to speed up interaction with XenApp desktops
  • Introducing the possibilities to add your own libraries to DUAF scripts

Feel free to check out Denamik LoadGen 2.3, it’s free up to 15 virtual users.

Oct 13

IOS 5 update fails (part 2: the iPad): An error occured while backing up this iPad (-5000).

Daniel NikolicComments Off on IOS 5 update fails (part 2: the iPad): An error occured while backing up this iPad (-5000).

Okay, a new one in the IOS 5 update soap 😉 Now the iPad is causing trouble! The following error occurres:

An error occured while backing up this iPad (-5000).  Would you like to
continue to update this iPad?

Continuing will result in the loss of all contents on this iPad.

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Oct 12

IOS 5 update fails: The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3200).

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When trying to update to IOS 5 the following error message occurres: The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3200).

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Sep 16

VMware Workstation fails: CallJScript: Failed to obtain required required jscript ID; COM Error (Grey window)

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For a while I have an annoying error regarding my VMware Workstation installation. Everytime I wanted to upgrade I receive a grey setup window with the title VMware Workstation Setup. In the %Temp% there is a log file with the following error: 20110916174500:ERROR** CHtmlDialog::CallJScript: Failed to obtain required required jscript ID; COM Error: -2147352570

 

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