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Tutorials I have written up, or mashed up from other sources.

Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

This weekend I ran into a trivial issue I usually ignore since I will use putty for virtually everything on a Linux virtual machine. I fired up a VM I downloaded and the resolution was 800×600 by default, which compared to the 4k landscape I have available was a little less than ideal. It was a Debian based OS, so the fix was pretty simple. Fire up the terminal and type in “xrandr”, in my case the display was “Virtual1”,…

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Google Maps API Part 1

Google Maps API Part 1

This segment on my blog will be part of a large series on using the Google Maps API. Part one will cover rendering a basic map with a few places I have been to in 2018. First thing is first, a lot of information on the API can be found here. Where to start was the question, well I needed a list of all of the countries in the world along with their Latitude (LAT) and Longitude (LONG). I was…

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Install VCSA 6.7

Install VCSA 6.7

VMWare has an elaborate guide to installing vCenter Server Appliance 6.7, for a small lab setting I have condensed this into a few pages containing mostly pictures. Ensure you meet the minimum system requirements; 2 vCPUs, 10GB of memory, and 250GB of disk space. I have thin provisioned the disks in this tutorial and installed on a 120GB disk I picked up off of Amazon on sale. Step 1: Load the autoinstaller Step 2: Read over the EULA, check the…

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Changing Management IP on Cisco UCS

Changing Management IP on Cisco UCS

I normally stick to servers but in dealing with Cisco UCS Chassis I have found myself in a position to where I have to learn more and more on the network side as the line seems to be getting blurred with some of the devices attached. This is a good thing for me as I can make more gradual steps to learn more. I found myself in a position where I had to change the UCS virtual IP address, here…

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UCSPE Change Fabric Interconnect

UCSPE Change Fabric Interconnect

So you fire up the Cisco UCS Emulator and notice that you can’t add or remove the Fabric Interconnect. It’s a pretty quick fix to change it, but it requires that the UCS Emulator reboots when it’s done. The first step is to mouse over the cog icon and click on Change Fabric Interconnect. It will load a page that looks like the following, the emulator comes with a couple of choices you can choose from. Once you click submit…

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Customization Specification Manager

Customization Specification Manager

Believe it or not there are many features of VMWare I do not get to use every day, however one that I have been neglecting other than to pass a VCP exam I had and be familiar with it was the Customization Specification Manager… I have been missing out. This weekend I had some extra time and wanted to see how powerful this tool is and put it to good use against one my Windows Server 2012 R2 template I…

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Cisco UCS Platform Emulator Deployment

Cisco UCS Platform Emulator Deployment

The first part about setting up the lab in general is deploying the OVA template you have downloaded from the Cisco website. Also ensure that you have Java Runtime Environment 1.6 or higher installed. This guide makes the assumption you know enough about VMWare to deploy an OVA/F on your own. I downloaded the 3.0.2cPE1 from https://communities.cisco.com/docs/DOC-57526. This usually only takes a minute or two. Once deployed you will probably notice the Cisco UCS Platform Emulator runs on top of…

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Get GUID Remotely

Get GUID Remotely

Recently I had to pull the GUID of a server remotely at work, I didn’t quite know how to do this off the top of my head. I found a few websites that suggested the following commands: Get-WmiObject Win32_ComputerSystemProduct | Select-Object -ExpandProperty UUID Get-WmiObject Win32_ComputerSystemProduct -ComputerName HOSTNAME | Select-Object -ExpandProperty UUID Both work, but I wanted to make a small powershell script where it would prompt me for the hostname and get it. $hostname = Read-Host ‘What is the hostname’…

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Tutorial: Installing Debian

Tutorial: Installing Debian

Installing Debian is a pretty straight forward process, it can be confusing at first, but this tutorial should help make it easy. This tutorial will be used as a base for a few other upcoming tutorials. This tutorial assumes you have the requisite knowledge on how to configure a virtual machine and download the Network Installation ISO file from Debian. They can be found here. The above should be the first screen you see when you boot up Debian. You…

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US Embassy in Abu Dhabi

US Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Generally I have a decent experience at most of the places I go to, however recently I had a need for extra pages to be put into my passport within 24 hours and there wasn’t too much choice here in Kuwait as far as appointments, the next appointment was Sunday, so I deiced to look around. So curiosity struck, which consulate could do it fastest in the region? Here is my review: Abu Dhabi – Easy to get an appointment…

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