July, 2013

Wavecom : Error 512 when sending SMS

July 27, 2013 Jordansphere Cacti

Scenario Our Wavecom Fastrack 9000E GSM modem suddenly started giving an error and was refusing to send text messages. The device is attached to Centos 5.x VM which in turn uses a serial port on an ESXi 5.0 server. We use smsd to send  the text messages. # tail -f /var/log/smsd.log 2013-07-27 10:35:18,6, GSM1: Modem […]


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Terminal Services Stopped and Grayed out in Windows 2003

July 19, 2013 Jordansphere Windows

One of our Windows 2003 servers became inaccessible via RDP.  All other services were fine/ (eg FTP/HTTP) When we got a console into the machine I noticed that the Terminal Services service was stopped and I didn’t have the option of starting it due to the menu being greyed out. I suspect a windows update […]


VCSA : Cannot complete login due to an incorrect user name or password

July 11, 2013 Jordansphere Linux

Occasionally you may forget your vCenter login password. If you are using the VirtualCenter Server Appliance (5.0 in my case) and fail three times (by default) then you’ll get locked out   To check this is the case. SSH (via root) to your appliance Then examine /var/log/messages . I found this line: Jul 11 14:49:50 jord-vcenter […]


Add an IP alias to NIC on FreeBSD

July 5, 2013 Jordansphere FreeBSD

Here are the steps for adding and removing an alias to a NIC on a FreeBSD 8.x machine.   Find out the name of the NIC : # ifconfig   As you’ll see from the above screenshot the NIC is called em0 Now to add the alias: # ifconfig em0 netmask alias   […]


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