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Archive for July, 2012

Office 365: It is now possible to restore deleted users

Posted by bartvdw on 3030/0707/2012

Interesting to know: you can now restore deleted users in Office 365! Great blog post regarding this feature.

Office 365 – It is now possible to restore deleted users
http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=400#.UBZMCKPVVa8

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VMware: Detecting ESXi Remote Syslog Connection Error Using a vCenter Alarm

Posted by bartvdw on 3030/0707/2012

Came across a very nice article on virtuallyGhetto, I think it’s useful even with the current build and the bug fixed, it’s something you want to know if it’s not working…

VMware: Detecting ESXi Remote Syslog Connection Error Using a vCenter Alarm
http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2012/07/detecting-esxi-remote-syslog-connection.html

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WSUS: Backup/restore configuration

Posted by bartvdw on 3030/0707/2012

Recently I found great information about backing up your WSUS configuration, meaning the approvals and computer groups, not the content. Below the information including the source I found explaining the backup/restore method. The article referenced also explains some common issues regarding KB 2720211 for WSUS.

Download the API samples & tools, extract the WSUSmigrationexport.exe tool and copy it to C:\Program Files\Update Services\tools

If issues, download the recompiled version from CodePlex which includes a fix for a bug described in KB 945348.

Then create 2 batch files, first one backup.bat, second one restore.bat (change directory for backup location as required/desired):

mkdir c:\wsusbackup
wsusutil.exe export c:\wsusbackup\metadata.cab c:\wsusbackup\metadata.log
wsusmigrationexport3.exe c:\wsusbackup\configuration.xml

wsusutil.exe import c:\wsusbackup\metadata.cab c:\wsusbackup\metadata.log
wsusmigrationimport3.exe c:\wsusbackup\configuration.xml all none
wsusutil.exe reset

Update Services 3.0 API Samples and Tools (Microsoft)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/d/c/5dc98401-bb01-44e7-8533-3e79ae0e0f97/Update%20Services%203.0%20API%20Samples%20and%20Tools.EXE

Error message when you try to use the WsusMigrationImport tool to import data into a WSUS 3.0 server: "WsusMigration failed with the below exception"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945348

WSUSMigrationImport (CodePlex)
http://wsus.codeplex.com/releases/view/18460

WSUS KB2720211 : Common issues encountered and how to fix them
http://blogs.technet.com/b/sus/archive/2012/06/20/wsus-kb272011-common-issues-encountered-and-how-to-fix-them.aspx

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VMware: Updating the vCenter Server Appliance

Posted by bartvdw on 1717/0707/2012

One nice thing to know in the article is following: "The installation can take approximately 90-120 minutes." so be patient if it takes some time!!

If it fails, take a look at the log file /opt/vmware/var/log/vami/updatecli.log
If you find following statement, refer to the second link for the solution: "ERROR: Not enough space on disk to migrate embedded database."

Updating the vCenter Server Appliance
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2031331

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1a (VCSA) Known Issues
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2017801

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VMware: Keeping a vSphere environment up to date

Posted by bartvdw on 1616/0707/2012

Great summary about all different components and scenario’s to keep your vSphere environment up to date. Note, as you can see in the article, that it is only applicable for vCenter, vCenter Update Manager, and ESX/ESXi.

Keeping a vSphere environment up to date
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004807

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VMware: vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a available (also Appliance)

Posted by bartvdw on 1616/0707/2012

For those that are not aware yet, VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a is available, also Appliance! It has been released 12-07-2012 already. For the Appliance this is the first release since 5.0!

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