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Cannot Log into XenMobile 10.3 Appliance after initial deployment.

XMHere’s a horrendous bug I just came across in the field today while deploying a XenMobile 10.3 Proof of Concept with a customer.

Post the initial deployment of the OVF on vSphere, i ran the usual CLI wizard to IP the appliance and create the database. After restart the web ‘Administrator’ user account just would not accept the password i provided during the wizard.

On closer inspection of the database by comparing with my own lab (never POC without a LAB!) , the ‘administrator’ username was completely missing from the database under ‘dbo.security_principal’…dbo.security_principal

what the ‘crappity crap’ went wrong I don’t know. but I reproduced it 4 times in numerous tests.

 

I managed to find a workaround involving specifying a different username. I.E. delete your deployment and database and when the wizard prompts for the ‘administrator’ name with default value, specify something different.

In my case I specified ‘zdmadmin’ and this worked correctly allowing me to get the hell out in time for a Friday beverage.

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I hope this helps anyone else facing this issue!

 

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ThreadLocker 2.1 is available.

Threadlocker 128x128Shortly after it’s initial launch and great reception! I’m proud to announce the general availability of ThreadLocker 2.1.
This is a minor update but does include some new key features and functionality.

What’s new in 2.1:

ThreadLocker Priority:

There is now the ability to assign a custom priority to a process when it has been ThreadLocked, allowing you to not only control which cores a ThreadLocked process runs on but also the priority it runs at.

Included Processes Only:

This new option allows you to specify which processes you want to apply ThreadLocking to. Previously the Enterprise Edition could apply ThreadLocking to any running process on the system but now you can now control this on a per process basis.

Logging:

Certain ‘error’ events were being incorrectly logged to the Windows Event log, these have now been removed.

Availability

ThreadLocker 2.1 is available from today and can be found at:

http://www.thinscaletechnology.com/threadlocker.

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Presentation: Netscaler Insight, a Brief introduction

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During another Great E2EVC Conference, my friend Ronnie Hamilton and I presented a session on the greatness of Netscaler Insight and we planned to share the following presentation afterwards as there were a number of sizing recommendations and figures that didn’t lend themselves to a presentation!

In this presentation you’ll find the following topics:

  • What is Netscaler Insight.
  • Demo of insight data natively from Insight manager.
  • What’s it available in (licensing).
  • Deploying Insight in 5 minutes.
  • Integrating it into director.
  • How can it be deployed.
  • What’s new in version 11.
  • Netscaler Sizing Considerations.
  • Insight Manager Sizing considerations.

Download link.

A big thank you to Ronnie and E2EVC for the great trip. See you soon!

 

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New Module: Creating an RDP file password with PowerShell

Windows_PowerShell_iconHere’s something that is surprisingly tricky to automate in this day and age. Creating a password and storing it in an RDP file. I’m not here to debate the security “knock ons” of doing this, it’s not in my interest and if I’m asked to do something despite advice against it, I do it!

But as always I figured I’d share this feature in case anyone else needs it.

So RDP files encrypt a password in a very specific way and details online are cagey.This is something I set about doing myself and I’m happy to annouce I’ve included it in the following Free Powershell module for your use!

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