Citrix XenApp 6.5 Upgrade to 7 Uninstall Order

If you are looking to upgrade a 2008R2 XenApp 6.5 server to XenApp\XenDesktop 7.x, you will more than likely be uninstalling the 6.5 bits prior to installing the 7.x VDA. Currently, project Serenity is still in beta and appears to migrate mostly datastore objects and settings – you still need to manually migrate the user servers. Per this Citrix article (which is a bit outdated) the only noted procedure is to uninstall hotfixes first then … Read more…

StarTech HSB430SATBK – Fan Replacement

The StarTech HSB430SATBK is a great drive cage – it fits into 3 5.25″ external bays and gives you 3 3.5″ SATA hot-swap HDD bays. Unfortunately, fans going bad is not uncommon. Here’s a quick how to if you ever need to replace the fans on the StarTech 4 bay HDD cage. First remove all the screws from the back plate – don’t remove the screws from the fans – they are screwed into the … Read more…

Eye-Fi and FreeNAS: Delivery Failed – Failed to deliver picture

I recently moved all of my CIFS shares over to a FreeNAS box (more on that later) including the share that housed all of our photos. We use an Eye-Fi card in the DSLR to auto-upload all the images whenever the wireless network is in range – and it has worked flawlessly….until now. I have a Windows 7 VM that runs the Eye-Fi helper application since it won’t run as a service and requires a … Read more…

Comcast Xfinity Fastest In Home WiFi?!?

Comcast has been touting a new “feature” to try to keep up with Verizon FiOS – it is all over radio ads and TV commercials…they have ‘The fastest In-Home WiFi’! Way to go, Comcast – let’s make a bogus claim, not back it up and confuse customers while you’re at it! First let’s compare the most common Internet speeds from both providers: Comcast: 50Mbps down, 10Mbps up – $75 per month FiOS: 50Mbps down, 20Mbps … Read more…

Galaxy S2 Wireless Constantly Disconnects

I recently upgraded my wireless AP in an effort to stream live TV wirelessly (more on that later). The new AP is a dual-band N capable model from Cisco – it replaced a G model from NetGear. Ever since then I noticed that our phones would CONSTANTLY disconnect then reconnect to the wireless in our house. This only happened at home – it didn’t happen in the office. Looking at the configurations I noticed the … Read more…

Tree Down: Failure

There were some severe storms in Maryland and the surrounding areas on Friday, June 29th. At about 11:00 PM EST, we lost power and it was not restored until this morning (Monday 7/2/12) at around 2:00AM. The likely cause of this outage was a tree that went down on the power lines that supply our community: We were fortunate to have power restored – there are still thousands without it. We’ll probably be investing in … Read more…

Windows 7 Streaming: Media on an External Drive

In an effort to preserve some functionality of not having a dedicated Media Center PC (see this post for more), I have a Windows 7 VM with media streaming enabled. What does that mean? It means that any DLNA enabled device can see my media library and stream its contents. I recently needed to add more storage space to said VM, and in doing so moved all media to the new E:\ drive. Then the problems … Read more…

The Case of the Print Spooler That Stops Running

Recently, I had cleaned up a virus from a user’s laptop – it was a fairly straightforward cleanup, and I thought I was done. Not quite. The user had said that her husband had been trying to print and was getting a print spooler error…had the spooler randomly stopped? I sent the command to restart the spooler. This did not work as it seemed the spooler continually stopped running. I then sent the path for … Read more…

Aironet AP Missing config command?

Doing just a simple SSID and security change on an AP, I was using the web GUI. But then I was not able to successfully enable WPA, so I resorted to the CLI, only to find that I couldn’t even get into global config mode! —–ES-AP>en Password: —–ES-AP#config t ^ % Invalid input detected at ‘^’ marker. —–ES-AP#? Exec commands: <1-99> Session number to resume access-enable Create a temporary Access-List entry access-template Create a temporary … Read more…