How to Find Driver version of HBA / Firmware / BIOS in Vmware

Posted by paris on Jan 25, 2017 in Fixes


I tried to use VMwares Article : https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1027206

However this command was giving me nothing : vmkload_mod -s HBADriver |grep Version

I had to use the command:

/usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -d

I can see the names of the NIC, here: vmhba3 and vmhba4

With the command: 

/usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -l -i vmhba4/qlogic

I can see this information:

  • Name: QMH2562
  • Firmware 8.01.02
  • Flash firmware level: 7.03.00
  • Bios: 3.24
  • Driver version:
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Google 2 Factor Authentication not working

Posted by paris on Dec 20, 2016 in Fixes

I recently tried to login to a service which uses the Google Mobile App for 2 Factor Authentication and it suddenly stopped working after no apperent change.

The account was still activated on my phone. I had rcently I travelled to a city with -1  hour time difference and the Time Zone had been set incorrectly back on my phone so I had to set it to manual. 

Since generating 2FA codes relies on an agreed time between your device and the third party server, having the wrong time (or timezone) on your device can cause incorrect codes to be generated, which might explain why you’re having difficulty logging in.

Fixing the Automatic Time on my phone fixed this! 

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IBM IMM Module can’t login Internet Explorer

Posted by paris on Dec 4, 2016 in Fixes

image41Been working on a IBM X3550 M4 Server. When trying to login to this server using Internet Explorer 11 the pages refresh and just takes me back to the login screen!

This still does not work if I add the IMM site to Trusted Sites or Compatibility mode

Next I try Google Chrome which Logs me in  however this does not use the JAVA integration so I can’t use the Remote Management Java interface to control the server

Next I install Firefox which Logs me in and lets me launch the Java Applet ( Once I have added this to Permitted sites in Java Control Panel Security ) however I am greeted with an Error

AvctIBMviewer.jar invalid character in hostname

Turns out it does not like me to refer to the Ilo via DNS name ( Maybe because it has an _ in the name )

Once I use the IP , I can launch the server Ilo 

Once the IMM Firmware is updated to 5.8 I can login to IMM with Internet Explorer 11

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Power-on Reset Occuring on Vmware Host

Posted by paris on Nov 30, 2016 in Fixes


Use this command on the host to check for Power-On Reset Errors

grep vob.scsi.scsi.scsipath.por /var/log/vobd.log


Note – ESXi uses UTC for its timezone so minus 5 hours to match EST

These should corrolate with Event log

Source multiple Errors/ Disk and LSI_SAS

“need to be taken offline to perform a Full Chkdsk”


Migrate machine to new host to still see it happens and update all firmware and Vmware version before Vmware Support tell you to! 

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Squarespace Fix errors on your AMP pages

Posted by paris on Nov 4, 2016 in Fixes

Recently I got errors

Height: The attribute logo.height has an invalid value.
Width: The attribute logo.width has an invalid value.

Per here : https://developers.google.com/structured-data/rich-snippets/articles

Logos should have a wide aspect ratio, not a square icon.
Logos should be no wider than 600px, and no taller than 60px.
Always retain the original aspect ratio of the logo when resizing. Ideally, logos are exactly 60px tall with width <= 600px. If maintaining a height of 60px would cause the width to exceed 600px, downscale the logo to exactly 600px wide and reduce the height accordingly below 60px to maintain the original aspect ratio.

I resized my site logo to under 60PX and all was well 🙂


If you are getting “A value for the image field is required” it means you need to upload a thumbnail to the blog post which can be found in the settings options of the Post

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Reset SQL Server SA password with account without sufficient privileges

Posted by paris on Sep 13, 2016 in Fixes

I’ve come across a great way of resetting a SQL server “sa” password if you don’t have it, don’t have an account with sufficient privileges to reset it via SSMS, and most importantly, don’t have to stop the SQL services so processing can continue.fkgqx81huis863c-medium1

All you will need is psexec  (in the sysinternals  toolkit) available here à https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/pxexec.aspx

Once the tools are extracted to a directory on the server:

Psexec.exe –s –i “{full path to the ssms.exe”}

This will start the SQL Management Studio as the NTSERVICE\SYSTEM account … enter the name of the SQL Server (or localhost) and then you’re in … reset the sa password in there

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Outlook 2013 Crashing on Startup with pstprx32.dll in Event Log

Posted by paris on Aug 31, 2016 in Fixes

MSInotclick2runWhen opening Outlook , the client would sync for about 4 seconds then crash with a “not responding error”

Faulting application name: OUTLOOK.EXE, version: 15.0.4420.1017, time stamp: 0x506734e2

Faulting module name: pstprx32.dll, version: 15.0.4420.1017, time stamp: 0x506732a1

Basics things I tried 

  1. Outlook Safe Mode
  2. Repairs OST’s

Online forums recommended I used these steps:

Steps to Revert for C2R:

Disable Updates:

1. Start Word.

2. Click File, and then click Account.

3. In the Product Information column, click Update Options, and then click Disable Updates.

Right click on the Start button and click Run and type CMD and click OK.

For an Office installation in a 32-bit version of Windows:

cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX86

For an Office installation in a 64-bit version of Windows:

cd %programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15\ClientX64

Run the following command to revert to May PU:

officec2rclient.exe /update user updatetoversion=15.0.4615.1002

However the version of office was MSI not Click2Run which meant no officec2rclient.exe!

Lots of people here said this was due to a Corrupt Calendar Entry : http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-outlook/outlook-2013-constant-crashing/1171be81-86cd-4a9e-a17b-e6f6e151b817 , and again this user did not use the Outlook Calendar

In the end deleting the account and rebuilding OST from scratch fixed this!

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Update Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager/Clients to 12.1.7004.6500 ( Update to SEP 12.1 RU6 MP5 )

Posted by paris on Jul 1, 2016 in Fixes

SEPM[1]If you have seen the recent news of a Google Engineer reverse engineering Symantec’s Antivirus Kernel Decompresser 


You will need to update all your Machines Symantec Endpoints to 12.1.7004.6500 ( Update to SEP 12.1 RU6 MP5 ) per Symantec recommendation here


More details of the patch


To do this on SEPM

*** Important Check for curent Autorestart settings***

  • Login to SEPM
  • Go to the Clients page
  • Select the group your server is in
  • Select the Policies tab at the top
  • Under Settings select General Settings
  • On the Restart Settings tab

First go here : https://symantec.flexnetoperations.com/control/symc/registeranonymouslicensetoken

And enter the license key for your Symantec Endpoint Product ( will start with M! ) can be be found by logging into your Symantec Account

After Download Symantec_Endpoint_Protection_12.1.6_MP5_SEPM_EN.exe

Run the installer on SEPM server ( may need a reboot before and backup of DB ) 

After installing you will have new packages available 

Run through this : http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/upgrade-clients-sep-121-auto-upgrade-feature

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Posted by paris on Jun 12, 2016 in Fixes

iLO-3-Image[1]On trying to get to it in Firefox I was presented with 


On trying to get to it through Chrome I was presented with

This site can’t provide a secure connection uses an unsupported protocol.

The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure.

We tried through CLI : 

load -source http://webserverip/iso/ilo2_229.bin /map1/firmware1

However this was giving us errors for some reason

We found a workaround in Internet Explorer is to disable TLS 1.2 (Tools >
Options > Advanced > UNTICK Use TLS1.2). 

After Restarting IE , it logged us into the ilo , however this was not the stop of the problems , upgrading to the latest firmware 1.57 gave us errors

We had to update to 1.28 first , then we could upgrade to the latest , below is a link to someone has all the links to the correct BIN files

HP ProLiant ILO firmware

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Enabling Dynamic VPN on SRX disable’s access to JWEB by redirect

Posted by paris on Jun 8, 2016 in Fixes


Per the above KB run 

set system services web-management management-url admin

To change the URL to jweb to https://x.x.x.x/admin

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