vCenter failed to configure network

Well I thought this was fixed in the latest version (7.0U1c) according to the release notes but apparently it wasn’t. If you are like me you are simply trying to deploy the vCenter appliance with standard IPv4 network settings and the setting will not take.

I’ve had various error messages like: ‘IP configuration not allowed‘ and ‘IP configuration failed‘ as well as: “This vCenter Server cannot be used or repaired because a failure was encountered. You need to deploy a new vCenter Server. Failure details”

This should be a relatively easy deployment but this bug definitely throws a wrench into the mix.

Luckily I’ve put some time into troubleshooting this so you don’t have to.

The best way I’ve found to work around this, is to simply just redeploy the appliance and to not fill out any of the networking configuration settings. (Make sure to set a password)

This will allow the appliance to inherit a DHCP address and allow you to complete the setup once deployed. You can also try to manually adjust the DHCP setting on the appliance.

You will first need to get to the shell. In the browser console of the vCenter VCSA press Alt + F1

Then login with root credentials and type: shell

then run /opt/vmware/share/vami/vami_config_net

this will allow you to temporarily set DHCP for your appliance to gain access to the setup.

You can reboot the appliance and you should now have an IPv4 address to continue the setup with. Let me know if this helps you or if you found an easier way to fix in the comments below.

Shortcut to change Alienware Monitor Input

Whether I’m gaming or sending out business emails, my alienware monitor has always been right in front of me. It has great performance for gaming and amazing color range for editing videos or photos. Long story short, there are many things I love about the monitor… but switching inputs is definitely one of the things that can be improved. Let’s explore two ways to make changing the inputs quicker and easier.

Solution 1:

Depending on your model (mine is the aw2518h) you may have the option to set “Shorcut Keys” under the Personalize option using you monitor buttons.

Alienware 25 Monitor

This will be the easiest way to quickly switch from either input directly from the monitor.

Solution 2:

This solution requires some additional software to be installed but will make for an easy switch using a simple command.

Let’s first start with downloading the Dell Display Manager Application:
https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/drivers/driversdetails?driverid=cx7tc

Make sure your display is supported, there is a list of compatible systems at the bottom of that link.

Please change appliance (OS) root password before attempting an update

I’ve been working today to get my home lab updated and came across a vcenter update message while running the Pre-Update.

It appears that I need to change the root password for the OS as it expired.

A quick google search and I found a VMware KB article on how to update the password.

  1. Connect to the vCenter Server Appliance with an SSH session and the root user credentials.
  2. Use the following commands to get to the command prompt:
shell shell.set --enable true
shell

3.Change the root password using passwd command.
4.Verify the root account password has been changed using:chage -l root       
5.Re-attempt the upgrade again.

Thats it! Run the pre-check again and update!

***referenced KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/67414 ***

AWS Outposts vs Google Anthos vs Azure Stack

While there is no one strategy to rule them all, hybrid cloud seems to be the enterprise strategy of choice. This strategy involves operating different workloads across different infrastructure environments including private cloud, public cloud, and at the edge.

While public cloud has been in the spot light in recent years we have seen a renewed focus on private cloud with the ability to burst or move data and workloads anywhere. In comes Azure Stack, Google Anthos, and AWS Outposts.

Rob Steele Wallpaper

Been working hard on my branding and figured I should put up some wallpapers. So I had some fun with photoshop this morning and made a couple. I tried to get logo front and center with some style. Will use these for instructional videos in the background on my desktop. Enjoy !

Rob Steele Wallpaper 1920 x 1080
Rob Steele Wallpaper 1920 x 1080

Amazon Freetime Unlimited Review for 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a real hard look at the content and apps my kids have been consuming. We always keep an eye out for anything crazy, but I also like to get them interested in content I know is good for them and obviously safe from things they shouldn’t be seeing. I recently took a second look at getting them signed up for the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so they can consume on their iPads.

Much to my dismay, the service is only available on fire tablets, fire tv and android devices. It’s been becoming a bit of a hassle trying to get the kids a single platform that they can use for most activities. It seems like there is always some politics involved with what service is available on what. From a parents point of view, I wish everyone just got along.

However the good news is, I recently got my kids into Osmo and they have loved it. My secret parent goal is to trick them into liking programming. Math, Puzzles, and some creativeness keeps them engaged pretty well. Osmo isn’t the entire good news, since it runs on the iPad though. The good news is I’m secretly graduating them to start working on Raspberry Pis.

There are a couple cool coding for kids books for the Pi I’d like to get them involved with (like this one) and since they will each have their own Raspberry Pi I can also load android OS onto it so that they can consume Amazon FreeTime. This might be something I need to figure out how to dual boot though… or hopefully they can figure it out.

Sorry about my rant, but ultimately this post was to reach out to other parents to see how the service is and if its worth the hassle of setting up other devices. I will still go and set it up myself just so I can take a look and will give a solid review around Amazon FreeTime. I’ll give two sides to the review, the parent features and the things the kids like about it. Let me know below in the comments if you are using it and what you like or dislike about it.

Why you should update your iPhone right now!

If you are an iPhone owner and have been holding off on updating your phone for whatever reason, now is the time to update it. A new exploit called “Broadpwn” has been discovered leaving iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch vulnerable to this new exploit.

A hacker may easily compromise a local router or an IoT device to launch the exploit and without any interaction on your phone you can quickly become a victim of whatever code the hacker would like to execute. So before reading on, go ahead and update to the latest version of iOS (currently 10.3.3 as of this writing)

The good news is this attack must be executed within the wifi range of you device and is referred to as a proximity attack. The hacker would be unable to launch the exploit unless he is close to your devices. Essentially public places with large amounts of people or from a car driving around a neighborhood would be two easy examples of ideal places to launch this exploit.

The exploit was recently discovered by Nitay Artenstein during the Black Hat security event in Las Vegas. Artenstein has a scheduled talk about how he and his team found the exploits. The talk also goes into details about other remote exploits for android and ios devices.

Security threats are constantly evolving and it is a good practice to keep your connected devices up to date with the latest security patches.

How to fix cldflt service error 7000

Recently I’ve been playing Player Unknowns battleground but getting some random freezes with the game and my OS (windows 10) so during some troubleshooting I cam across a couple errors in the windows event viewer I’ve decided to troubleshoot and remediate in the event it has a direct effect on my gaming experience.

One of the first I came across was cldflt service error 7000. The cldflt service is related to OneDrive and more specifically carries the description: “Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver.” I had recently uninstalled OneDrive on this particular system so my assumption is that this service is still looking for it or was not removed during the uninstall.

Here is the full error from the event log:

Log Name: System
Source: Service Control Manager
Date: 7/4/2017 2:10:53 PM
Event ID: 7000
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: INTELNUC
Description:
The CldFlt service failed to start due to the following error:
The request is not supported.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event”>
<System>
<Provider Name=”Service Control Manager” Guid=”{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}” EventSourceName=”Service Control Manager” />
<EventID Qualifiers=”49152″>7000</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8080000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime=”2017-07-04T18:10:53.740852700Z” />
<EventRecordID>6929</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID=”728″ ThreadID=”1152″ />
<Channel>System</Channel>
<Computer>INTELNUC</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data Name=”param1″>CldFlt</Data>
<Data Name=”param2″>%%50</Data>
<Binary>43006C00640046006C0074000000</Binary>
</EventData>
</Event>

So the fix is pretty basic, simply open your registry editor (if you are not familiar with how to do that, backup your system before proceeding) Then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\CldFlt and change Start from the default value of 2 and change it to 4. Reboot your computer.

This worked fine for me and I no longer see any errors in the log. Now I can continue on troubleshooting the game 🙂 Comment below if this worked for you or if you have any other suggestions on how to fix this error.

HomePod Overview and WWDC17 Updates

Today Apple kicked off its annual 3 day developer conference with a couple nice announcements: an update to the iMac Pro, a peer to peer payment system similar to venmo, and HomePod a rival to Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Let’s first talk about the new iMac updates. It looks like Apple is all in on VR (virtual reality) and is building current and future hardware updates tailored to supporting VR graphics.

This fall Apple will be releasing a new version of it’s OS called: “High Sierra” some of the features include better facial recognition in the Photos app, some new filters as well and will be synchronized across devices.

Apple is also porting over it’s Apple File System to macOS, which isn’t a huge change but has some improvement to duplicating files and a higher quality video compression.

From a hardware standpoint Tim Cook was quoted saying: “That iMac Pro really is bad ass”

In iOS 11 you will now be able to make peer to peer payments through iMessage. Very similar to how you would with Venmo or Square Cash. There will also be support for multi room audio and a feature to help silence notifications while you are driving.

Now on to the HomePod…

Apple HomePod
Apple HomePod

This new device which will compete with Amazon and Google will come in two colors: white and black, and starts at $349 retail. While the HomePod looks like a microphone itself, it features 6 microphones in order to pick up on every command.

Twitter users have been comparing it to a ball of yarn…

 

My Take: While the HomePod is cool, Amazon and Google already have a leg up in the  race. Apple will need to catch up to gain market share and hopefully have great integration with Siri across all devices.