Syncing Active Directory Time with NTP Server

August 20, 2018 Jordansphere Windows

Problem The Domain Controllers (Windows 2016) were around ~20 seconds out of sync.  I wanted to sync it with   Solution 1) Find the PDC On a host on the domain run the following command: NETDOM QUERY FSMO   2) Log into the PDC server (normally primary DC) On a command line with elevated permissions: w32tm […]


Install Zabbix Agent on Windows

March 16, 2018 Jordansphere Windows

In this post I will be deployig Zabbix Agent (3.4.6) onto a Windows 2012 R2 system   1. Download the Zabbix agent on the target machine. The .zip file can be downloaded directly from the Zabbix website. 2.  Unzip the download to c:\Zabbix 3.  Copy C:\Zabbix\ to c:\Zabbix\zabbix_agentd.conf 4. Edit zabbix_agentd.conf Server=,{Zabbix_Monitoring_server} Hostname={your_server_name} 4. Install […]


Check Uptime on Windows Server

October 17, 2017 Jordansphere Windows

To find the uptime on a windows server Open a command prompt Start -> run -> Cmd Then type:   net statistics server   Find Statistics since line:   This tells you when the server was last rebooted.


SSL VPN-Plus Client Fails to Connect

July 19, 2017 Jordansphere NSX

After upgrading from vShield Edge 5.5.4 -> NSX Edge 6.2.4 -> then converting to Advanced Gateway in a vCloud Director (8.20) environment all of my SSL VPN connections failed to establish. The following appeared:   "Error: Connection to gateway failed. Please contact your administrator for SSL VPN-Plus gateway settings."   Looking at the version it appeared I […]


vCenter Service Failed to Restart After Windows Updates

February 6, 2017 Jordansphere VMware

My vCenter ( 5.5 u2) currently resides on a Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine. The OS required some Windows updates which were successfully installed and rebooted. Upon the server restart, the vCenter service failed to start. In the Event Viewer I could see the following error:   The description for Event ID 1000 from source VMware […]


IMAP Mail Not Received Unless Toggle Work Offline in Outlook 2013

June 25, 2015 Jordansphere Windows

Scenario: I recently started using Outlook 2013 to connect to my IMAP account. No mail was received unless I clicked Work Offline then Work Online. When I pressed Send/Receive All Folders nothing happened although it looks like it was just looping around synchronising.       I tried creating a new profile, reparing Outlook 2013 and […]


User, group or role ‘RSA_user’ already exists in the current database

February 19, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

Scenario: I backed up the vCenter SSO database and copied & restored it from an SQL2005 to an SQL2008 server. This worked fine but when I tried to add the user mapping I got the following:   Create failed for User 'RSA_user'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.smo) This occurred because the user I was trying to add already existed in […]


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What version of SQL Native Client do I have ?

February 18, 2015 Jordansphere MS SQL

In preparation for moving a 2005 SQL Database from the local vCenter server to dedicated SQL 2008 server I needed to ensure I had the SQL Native Client 10.0 driver installed. First of all I checked the current drivers on the vCenter server: I knew this wasnt the correct version as I had SQL native 10.0 driver installed on […]


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Obtaining Service Pack and Release of Windows version

February 12, 2015 Jordansphere VMware

In order to upgrade vCenter from 5.1 to 5.5 I wanted to check the version and release of Windows I was running. vCenter 5.5 requres Windows 2008 R2. To find this out open up a command prompt and type:   winver This should display;


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Password Protecting a Directory in IIS 7

February 6, 2015 Jordansphere IIS

To password protect a directory in IIS7 using basic authentication use the following steps. Note: In this example I will be password protecting  1) Create a user using Computer Management        2.  Open up Internet Information Services and click on the relevant website under Sites section.   3. Click the directory you want to password […]


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