Monday, March 5, 2012

Tip: Changing DeviceManageR Port #

Here's a tip, along w/ some self-documentation:

At Calvary we use an AVTech RoomAlert 11ER to monitor and alert us to environmental conditions in our "server room".

Recently I setup their Device ManageR software to get better reporting and historical metrics in place for the RoomAlert unit. I decided to put it on the same VM hosting some other support pieces. Out of the box Device ManageR uses port 8080 for it's web front-end. MaintenanceAssist on that VM also uses 8080, so I needed to change Device ManageR; I also did not want to change or modify the running MaintenanceAssist software. Here's how:
  1. Login to the console of the VM that hosts Device ManageR
  2. Stop the "AVTECH Device ManageR" service
     
  3. In an Explorer window, open the Device ManageR install path, and navigate to the "conf" directory:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\AVTECH Device ManageR\conf
  4. Locate the "settings.xml" file, and open it in your favorite text editor (note that you may need to elevate your privileges if you're using Server 2008R2)
  5. Find the following line and change the # value to the desired port (in this example I used 8090):

  6. Save your file
  7. Make the appropriate changes to the firewall on the VM (allowing access on the port you selected)
  8. Start the AVTECH Device ManageR service back up:
     
  9. Open a web browser and check to make sure it's running properly
That's it, now Device ManageR will run on a "non-standard" port.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tip: Initiating a NexentaStor upgrade

Have you heard of NexentaStor? If not, check it out. We use the community edition for a SAN at home and it's wonderful.
So, let's say you're like me, and you notice that there are new features and bugfixes available, and you're ready to upgrade.

TIP:
When trying to apply the upgrade, use the following process:
  1. Backup data
  2. Open an SSH session to the nexentastor box
  3. Login as root (as opposed to the typical best practice of a non-privileged user)
  4. Type "nmc"
    puts you into the Nexenta Management Console
  5. Type "setup appliance upgrade" and follow the prompts
It took me about 15 minutes of dorking around to realize that I had to login as root to apply the upgrade (I was using a non-privileged account).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Remote OS X Canon PS Driver lookup



We use Canon Copiers @ work for our high-quality print jobs. Recently I wanted to lookup what driver version an OS X machine was using. Here's what I did to look up the driver version (only tested for PS/PostScript drivers):


  1. Open up terminal
  2. SSH into the remote machine
    ssh user@machine-name
  3. Authenticate (password etc)
  4. type:
    cat /Library/Printers/Canon/CUPSPS2/Utilities/Canon\ CUPS\ PS2\ Printmonitor.app/Contents/Info.plist|more
  5. Look for the section titled
  6. Look for the line that says:
    CFBundleShortVersionString
  7. Look at the next line:
    In my case it reads: 3.31
  8. This means that the PS driver version is 3.31
Tip: The reason I looked in /Library/Printers/Canon/CUPSPS2/Utilities/Canon CUPS PS2/ is that there is an App there for Copier monitoring (and Apps on OS X are bundles that typically include plist's and binaries)
  1. Navigate to the Canon directory under Printers
  2. /Library/Printers/Canon
  3. Navigate to the /CUPSPS2/Utilities directory
  4. Navigate inside of 'Canon CUPS PS2 Printmonitor.app'
    cd Canon\ CUPS\ PS2\ Printmonitor.app/
  5. Navigate to the 'Contents' folder
  6. Type 'cat Info.plist'

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workout Plan

Recently I've been doing P90x for a workout plan. Like many IT professionals, I need to lose a few pounds. The hardest part so far has been the food. I need to keep a better log of what I eat, so here it goes.

What I did & ate today (7/28/11):

  1. Water, Water, Water. I find myself needing to drink a lot of water
  2. Workout: Yoga X (I only made it 1/2 of the way through, as I overdid my workouts earlier this week, didn't eat properly, and am now horribly sore)
  3. Breakfast (after workout):
    3 egg whites, 2 whole eggs, mixed together with 3 oz. of Chicken breast from last night and 3oz. of grated Parmesan Cheese
    3 slices of low-sodium bacon (I splurged and went for real bacon)
    An 8oz cup of coffee w/ 1oz 2% milk and 3/4 teaspoon sugar
    10oz glass of OJ
  4. Snack:
    15 almonds (unsalted)
    4oz coffee w/ 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  5. Lunch:
    Aldi's Fit & Active Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar
    2 Turkey Franks
    4 slices of Oven Roasted Turkey
    A mini-whole wheat pita
    6 oz. of Lite cottage cheese
  6. Snack:
    15 almonds (unsalted)
  7. Dinner:
    8 oz of Chicken (w/ a touch of Garlic Salt, Olive Oil, and Lemon Pepper)
    1/3 cup of couscous
    4oz green beans
    10oz of 2% milk
  8. Before bed 'edge-off' snack:
    Almonds (salted!)
Maybe I'll get better about this and get the exact caloric #'s put in tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Microsoft Office 365 for Non-profits: Real Info!

Recently Microsoft launched their Office 365 product. As a 'cloud' product providing many of the same features of their 'hosted on your hardware' products (Exchange, SharePoint), it's definitely generating buzz.

Many of my fellow CITRT colleagues have become very interested in finding out more, including pricing. Recently I received some follow-up info from Brittany Fugate at Cenetric, a Microsoft Cloud Champions Partner for my region. The following were the highlights for me (these are my descriptions/summaries):

These prices are only available through 'Cloud Champions Partners' as Microsoft has chosen to not publish the pricing directly.
The 'additions' that were obvious to me between E levels are denoted with a +

  • Professional (P1): $4.25/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox & 25MB attachments
    Office Web Apps, including View & Edit
    SharePoint Online, including Sharing & 'public website'
    Lync Online w/ IM & Screen-sharing
    Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange w/ Antivirus & Anti-spam
  • Enterprise (E1): $4/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
  • Enterprise (E2): $6/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    +View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
  • Enterprise (E3): $9/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
    +Office Professional Plus
    +Advanced SharePoint Online capabilities
    +Advanced archive, unlimited email storage, & hosted voicemail w/ Exchange Online
  • Enterprise (E4): $10/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 25GB mailbox
    Sharepoint Online, including Sharing
    Antivirus and anti-spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
    License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange, SharePoint, & Lync Server
    View, edit, share with Office Web Apps
    Office Professional Plus
    Advanced SharePoint Online capabilities
    Advanced archive, unlimited email storage, & hosted voicemail w/ Exchange Online
    +Enterprise voice to replace or enhance a PBX w/ Lync Server on-premises
  • Kiosk Worker (K1): $3/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 500MB mailbox
    Web-based email, calendar, contacts via Outlook Web App, & POP email w/ Exchange Online
    Access to SharePoint Online sites
    View documents on the web w/ Office Web Apps
  • Kiosk Worker (K2): $4/user/month
    Exchange Online w/ 500MB mailbox
    Web-based email, calendar, contacts via Outlook Web App, & POP email w/ Exchange Online
    Access to SharePoint Online sites
    View & basic editing of documents on the web w/ Office Web Apps

The full set of info that I have is contained in this PDF

You also should know that this pricing is supposedly only available through the 'Cloud Champions Partner' program (and there's an approval process). I'm not really sure what that is yet, but Cenetric has been very helpful so far.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How I found a stellar deal on a great MacBook Pro

Last week I received a new MacBook Pro. For about 1 year at work we've been saying "we need to figure out how to support Mac's". Well, that time has come, and a couple weeks ago I used the following method to get a great deal at Calvary. I thought it would be worth putting down in written form:
  1. Make sure your church is part of the Willow Creek Association.
  2. Use the WCA Apple Store to get discounted pricing.
  3. Buy a refurbished Mac (after using the WCA link, it's on the lower left)







Resources and tips to use in making your decision:
  • Prayer!
  • www.macperformanceguide.com (great insight into what works, and how to buy wisely)
  • Don't buy any of the Hard Drive or Memory upgrades from Apple. Get them from OWC instead!
  • Buy AppleCare from B&H, not Apple (B&H is cheaper).
  • Common sense (think it through and get a second opinion; ignore the Apple ads)
In all, I was able to save ~15% on the price of a MacBook Pro, which is a stellar deal on an Apple product.

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

IT Usage and Mac

So I just received a Macbook Pro. It's exciting that I'll now be able to run all 3 major OS flavors in one place! We are using Mac's at work in some creative departments, and I wanted to give them good support, so it's time to learn how.

It has been a really long time since I used a Mac as a 'daily driver'. Anyone have a list of the things they use as an IT person to be productive on a Mac? So far, some of the things I'm looking at and working on getting setup:

  • Lastpass App or Chrome-style Application Shortcut
  • Evernote
  • Office
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Virtualization (Parallels & VMware)
  • Remote Access (Dameware-like?, VNC?, RDP?)
  • IRC Client (X-Chat Aqua, Colloquy?)
  • Google Talk
  • Putty/SSH Client (DarwinPorts, iTerm, JellyfiSSH, Fugu, )
  • vSphere Client (on Mac, or by Windows VM)
  • Cyberduck (seems to do a lot of different, flexible things)
  • Vipre Enterprise Console (through VM only it seems)
  • Toodledo
  • Nook
  • Dropbox
  • Twitter & Social Networking Client (Hootsuite, Tweetdeck)
  • SafariBooksOnline shortcut
  • Quiksilver?
  • DarWINE?
  • Visor (Terminal shade/layer)
  • Veeam FastSCP
  • WinSCP (Transmit?
  • CoSign
  • Blogging tool