Error Lookup With net helpmsg Command

Microsoft provide a convenient command line tool which allows you to lookup error codes and be provided with the text description relating to that code. It may be something you’ve not come across before so this quick post will hopefully be useful. If you are familiar with the net commands (e.g net user, net localgroup, … Read more Error Lookup With net helpmsg Command

HPE 3PAR Remote Copy Volumes Both Read Only

I recently ‘enjoyed’ working on an issue where a 3PAR remote copy group issue resulted in both virtual volumes entering a read-only state. I’ve seen a similar problem where both copies go into a read-write state which is probably more worrying when it happens. Let’s take a look at the problem, the data I had … Read more HPE 3PAR Remote Copy Volumes Both Read Only

Trend Micro OfficeScan IIS 503.2 Error Work Around

One of my Trend Micro OfficeScan servers recently started to experience problems resulting in IIS 503.2 error messages being displayed. This was rather poor timing as I was actually in the process of migrating OfficeScan clients to this new server running version 12 or XG as they are calling it. After some work with Trend … Read more Trend Micro OfficeScan IIS 503.2 Error Work Around

WordPress Desktop App Buttons Not Working Fix

Oh the fun I’ve had recently with the WordPress desktop application! I’ve grown quite fond of using it and after I moved my website from one host to another I noticed certain things didn’t seem to be working quite right. One of the bugs involved the application basically crashing when using the mouse right-click button. … Read more WordPress Desktop App Buttons Not Working Fix

Nexsan SATABeast Password Reset via Serial Interface

I set a colleague of mine the task of updating our Nexsan storage devices with randomly generated administrator passwords as part of our regular security review. For whatever reason one of the Nexsan SATABeast units decided on next logon that it didn’t like the new password we had set, nor would it accept the old … Read more Nexsan SATABeast Password Reset via Serial Interface

Kali Linux VMware ESXi Console Window Scaling Fit Guest Now

I recently had a need to deploy a virtual machine (VM) instance of Kali Linux on VMware ESXi. Once the install was complete I opened the virtual machine console and dragged it out to be larger then told the console to scale the Kali instance to fill it. Unfortunately it didn’t work and for a … Read more Kali Linux VMware ESXi Console Window Scaling Fit Guest Now

Set Cluster Log Size and Verbosity in Microsoft Server 2008 R2

Recently a critical cluster system had a bit of a hiccup wherein the SQL resource failed between nodes a few times and then gave up. Most of my clusters run on Microsoft Server 2012 R2 so I tend to use PowerShell for everything, in this case the cluster is an older one running Server 2008 … Read more Set Cluster Log Size and Verbosity in Microsoft Server 2008 R2

Troubleshooting Lessons Learnt

My colleagues and I have been tackling a rather interesting fault over the past few weeks and I’m going to write separately about the technical issues we faced and how we worked with our suppliers to identify the cause. In this post I want to mention a few ‘lessons learnt’ with regard to the soft … Read more Troubleshooting Lessons Learnt

HPE 3PAR Logical Disk Not Mapped to Virtual Volume

I came across this issue while reviewing the output of the checkhealth –detail command run from the 3PAR command line. This command provides a more detailed view (as per the switch) of any health issues including those experienced in the Logical Disk (LD) subsystem.  The specific error ‘LDs not mapped to a volume’ may happen … Read more HPE 3PAR Logical Disk Not Mapped to Virtual Volume

Kali Linux Apt Repositories Missing

I went to update a Kali Linux virtual machine recently and found it wasn’t pulling back anything when running the apt-get update command. This was a new deployment of Kali so I figured the sources.list file must be missing the necessary repositories. It’s important to note that my examples are executed while running as root, … Read more Kali Linux Apt Repositories Missing