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Clearing Disabled Discovery in OpsMgr 2007

Jonathan Almquist has posted (a while ago) an article on how to clear discovered objects after you have disabled the discovery rules in OpsMgr that I think deserves a notion. Read more about it at Jonathan Almquist on Operations Manager : Remove-DisabledMonitoringObject.

Let's split!

Now would you look at that. Since my old site, Tranquillity.se, got messy and unfocused I have now started a new one. That’s right, you’re looking at it. Instead of blogging about mostly anything like I did before I have decided to split it into Three sites. This one for the Technical stuff, some other site I haven’t set up yet, and a personal blogg for the… personal blogging… stuff. When time gives, I will import the old tech-related posts from Tranquillity.se into this site but for now. Nothing yet so far. Have a nice day!

NVidia problems in Ubuntu 8.10

[updated, scroll down if you want to skip some nonsense] So, I did an upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 8.10 (basically Ubuntu with rt-kernel and lots of nice media-related packages easily accessible and a skin that rocks) from the earlier 8.04. And the upgrade itself was really easy. I just opened the “Software Sources”, set the Release upgrade to Normal Releases (you find it under the Updates tab).After that you get the option to do a Distribution Upgrade, which I did (took some 45 minutes to finish). I did however run into some serious problems with the NVidia Drivers after the upgrade. Basically, the new drivers dont seem to install correctly under the new kernel. This conclusion took me a day of laborating with settings, installing packages, uninstalling packages, reinstalling packages and a whole lot of googling. What I have come down to right now is doing the following: sudo apt-get install module-assistantThis will install the module assistant and it will also make sure that you have all the correct linux headers to install the NVidia drivers. Going back to the “Software Sources” under i check the “Unsopported updates”.Then i execute sudo apt-get autoremovesudo apt-get install nvidia-177-kernel-sourcem-a auto-install nvidiaUPDATE! After fiddling around with this Laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad T61) I really just needed these three steps to fix the problem. All of them from X using the regular nv-drivers. In a terminal, run sudo apt-get install module assistant In a terminal, run sudo m-a auto-install nvidia Open the “Hardware Drivers” application and pick the driver you want (177 in my case) and click Activate. If it worked alright, you’ll get the green recycle icon and be asked to reboot to activate the settings.Hopefully, this might help someone. It did work for me and I am now able to work with wobbly windows and all that crap. (Besides some serious 3d stuff ;) ) Anyway. Since I did not save the urls, I cannot give credit to those who have pointed to stuff that did help me on the way, but I’ve actually not find information anywhere yet that solve the problem totally and, well… that’s why I did decide to post in here.

Quest Software acquires eXc and VizionCore

Yes, I am officially slow. But never mind. Quest Software is a rather nice software developer with some interesting products for a wide range of Microsoft systems – like Site Administrator and Recovery Manager for SharePoint – but also database and application servers like SAP and Oracle E-business. I have lately been working with some of their MOSS-related products that, neglecting the somewhat goofy and unspecific manuals, are stable and well worth taking a look at. Quite recently they have acquired two other companies also worth paying attention to as they, too, tend to deliver products that ease things up. eXc does it’s thing in the Microsoft SCOM/MOM arena while VizionCore dances with virtualization techniques. At least, that’s where I’ve come across them both. How will this affect me, then?Not very much it would seem. Here’s what VizionCore says about their part: “The completion of this acquisition signals another major step in Vizioncore’s evolution and growth in the virtualization market,” said David Bieneman, CEO of VizionCore. “While maintaining the autonomy that has made us successful, we will also be able to leverage technologies developed by and acquired by Quest, such as Invirtus and Provision Networks, to enhance and expand the feature sets of VizionCore products. This is very positive news for virtualization customers who will enjoy a richer and robust product set that will help them achieve greater levels of ROI from their investments in virtualization platforms.” In my head, this means that VizionCore will still be VizionCore but with, perhaps, tighter integration with Invirtus. Invirtus was, by the way, a “Strategic Partner” to VizionCore even before the acquisition. eXc then? Well. It is not clearly stated in the press-release as far as I can tell. We can only hope that they will make the decision to rebuild their not-even-web1.0 excuse for a website. And what the hell is up with that logo? Fortunately for us, their design skills – or lack thereof – does not reflect their programming skills. But still… no sane man or woman uses Comic Sans in a logo. Not even jokingly. Actually, using Comic Sans at all should be considered an act of felony. references: Quest Software Continues Its Value Add to Microsoft System Center Quest Software Completes Acquisition of VizionCore…

Intel Drivers causes old-school freezes on Windows Vista

I recently got a nice new Lenovo ThinkPad T61 laptop at work to replace the old T42 I had earlier. Totally nice with 2,2GHz dual-core, Windows Vista and stuff. Now, there seems to be a problem with some drivers since I get the back-to-the-90s kinda lockups. You know were pretty much everything remotely interactive freeze. No BSOD, no crasches, no reboot. Just a plain freeze and all you can do is to press and hold the powerbutton until the computer powers off. Apparently, these problems are caused by some bug or something in the Intel Turbo Memory Driver and the Intel Matrix Storage Manager in combination with some power-save feature in Windows Vista called “Windows Hybrid Hard Disk Power Savings Mode”. (Christ! Whatever happened to abrevations? I think i want those back. “ITMD and IMSM with WHDDPSM causes hickups”… no… wait.) Aaaanyway.The people over at the forums of Notebookreview.com has experienced this and posted a guide with the appropriate links. Check it out at http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=160154&page=2 Cheers!

w3Socket in VBScript

I’ve been doing quite a lot of VBScripting in a couple of projects lately. The current one requires med to connect to a couple of telnet servers and look for… stuff.Since we’re not in VB6 och .Net i cannot simply user Winsock as normally due to the lack of licensing features in VBS/WSH. Thankfully for me, Dimac has release a nifty little component for free that makes talking telnet in VBS very simple. I thought that, hey! I must share this!So here’s an example in Classic VBS: Dim oTelnetoTelnet = CreateObject(Socket.Tcp)With oTelnet.DoTelnetEmulation = True.TelnetEmulation = TTY.Host = 192.168.242.1:23.Open.WaitFor SLUSSEN login:.SendLine ANiftyUsename.WaitFor Password:.SendLine [email protected] ~ #.SendLine ifconfigMsgBox .Buffer.CloseEnd WithSet oTelnet = Nothing Not very hard at all. This one is connecting to my router (with fake user/pwd… DUH!) and there’s no support for setting the prompt type there, thus the “~ #”.The result of running this script with correct login info gives me a popup with the routers NIC-configuration.

Silly Hibernation doo-doo on WinXP

I recently added another 500MB of RAM to my computer… and there was much rejoice. However, after a few days it started to behave erraticly when pressing the Fn+F12 combo (on a ThinkPad that means “Hibernate”). It simply refused to hibernate with the very intuitive error message “Insufficent System Resources Exist to Complete the API”. Anyway. Microsoft has a fix for it, and you don’t have to call them to get it anymore either. Just follow the link below.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q909095