Auditing Installed Applications Remotely

PowerShell script to help determine the GUID of the applications installed on PCs or servers. This way we may easily create uninstallers if needed through PDQDeploy. This script will get all x64 applications on station77 Invoke-command -cn station77 -scriptblock {Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall* | Select-Object DisplayName, UninstallString | FT } This script will get all x86 applications on station77 Invoke-command -cn station77… Read more →

Cannot Launch SQL Reporting Services “Application cannot be started” error

Source: I ran into this error trying to launch SQL Reporting Services application which is a click once application launched from a web browser. ERROR SUMMARY Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log. * Activation of http://###.###.###.###/ReportServer/ReportBuilder/ReportBuilder_3_0_0_0.application?ReportPath=/someDir1/someDir2/someReportName resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected: + Unable to install this… Read more →

Performance Stress Test

Here are some SQL Performance Test Tools and links which help run these test. HammerDB Diskspd SQLIO Read more →

Error: Login to iSCSI target on vmhba## @ ### failed. The iSCSI initiator could not establish a network connection to the target.

The error Error: “Login to iSCSI target on vmhba## @ ### failed. The iSCSI initiator could not establish a network connection to the target” is not an absolute error. Meaning, its not like ESX was unable to connect at all ever. It simply means that one attempt failed. For example, we have a ESX host, connected to a VNX 5300,… Read more →

vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center

Source: vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center   ESXi Log File Locations ESXi records host activity in log files, using a syslog facility. Component Location Purpose VMkernel /var/log/vmkernel.log Records activities related to virtual machines andESXi. VMkernel warnings /var/log/vmkwarning.log Records activities related to virtual machines. VMkernel summary /var/log/vmksummary.log Used to determine uptime and availability statistics for ESXi (comma separated). ESXi host agent log… Read more →

Working with ESX Log files

Source: Good article written by Simon Greaves. I grabbed things I really liked and pasted below: See his article for original content and some extra stuff. Working with ESX(i) log files is important when troubleshooting issues within the virtual environment. You can view and search log files in ESX(i) and in vCenter Server using a few different methods. Methods Using… Read more →