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Linux based install hangs at the ISOLINUX boot screen

January 18th, 2013 5 comments

If you ever come across a bootable linux CD or USB that just hangs at the following screen:

ISOLINUX Freezes/Hangs at Bootup

I fixed it by disabling the serial port in BIOS under Integrated Peripherals. Hopefully this helps saves someone from the amount of time wasted from burning and re-burning a bunch of CDs/DVDs, reformatting a bunch of USB drives, and hairloss.

Let me know if that works for you or if you found another fix in the comments below.


Categories: Bootable, Bug Fix, How To, ISOLINUX, Linux, Randomness Tags:

Installing Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 Error: We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files.

January 17th, 2013 4 comments

If you ever come across the following error on the partition screen while going through the installer for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, or Hyper-V Server:

We couldn't create a new partition or locate and existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files

We couldn’t create a new partition or locate and existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files

The simple fix that worked for me was to disable S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS. If that does not work, you can also try deleting all partitions, click on New and create a single large partition, reboot, then try that same partition.

Hopefully either one of those work for you. Comment below and let me know if it resolves your issue or if you find any other fixes!

Expanding Disk Volume gives error “There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.”

September 18th, 2012 22 comments

If you are attempting to extend a disk volume and get the following error:

There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.

Here’s how you fix it!

All you have to do is right click on Disk Management and select Rescan Disks. After you do that, then you will be able to extend the volume!

VCS vSphere – Check new notifications stuck on Queued – VMware vCenter Update Manager Check Notification

February 7th, 2011 37 comments

So if you have a bunch of queued items in your VMware vSphere Client Recent Tasks that say “Check new notifications” initiated by “VMware vCenter Update Manager Check Notification“, there is an easy fix. Here’s what it looks like:

To fix, all you have to do is restart the VMware vCenter Update Manager Service on your VCS server. See below:

You can also do a “net stop vmware-ufad-vci” then a “net start vmware-ufad-vci” as well. Let me know if this works out for you! 🙂

Categories: ESX, How To, Randomness, Security, VIClient, VMware Tags:

Microsoft KB2501696 MHTML Vulnerability Test and Quick Fix Workaround – Group Policy Friendly

January 31st, 2011 5 comments

All Microsoft platforms since Windows XP SP3 are affected with this pretty nasty vulnerability. Referencing KB2501696 shows that this bug is caused by the way Windows handles MHTML documents. Internet Explorer is not the one at fault here, this is a Windows bug, however IE will be the attack vector for anyone wanting to take advantage of this flaw (and they will).

First off, to see if you are affected, follow this test link using Internet Explorer. If you get a popup box saying you are affected, then you should apply this fix right away. Also, make sure you are using Internet Explorer since most other browsers do not use the Windows MHTML libraries.

Microsoft gives a lame “FixIt” MSI that is not very GPO friendly. So I went out and wrote my own fix for it. It’s a batch script that you can run locally on a single computer or deploy as a “startup/shutdown script” in Group Policy without any edits needed. It is also compatible with x86 and x64 bit machines. Copy the following into your favorite text editor and give it a “.cmd” extension.

You can also click here to download it. Comment below and let me know how this works for you or if you have any other questions/comments/improvements!


Categories: How To, Malware, MHTML, Security, Vulnerability Tags:

VMware vSphere Clone Error Fix – “Number of virtual devices exceeds the maximum for a given controller.”

May 12th, 2010 3 comments

If you get the following error when you try and clone a VM in vSphere 4:

Then you must be checking the “Edit virtual hardware (Experimental)” box when you are cloning… DON’T DO THAT! Leave it unchecked and you won’t have any problems…

Let me know if that works for you 🙂

Categories: ESX, How To, VIClient, VMware Tags:

Use PHP to check used and free space on remote computers

November 19th, 2009 2 comments
PHP Drive Space Report

PHP Drive Space Report

Using Google Charts API, PHP, and wmic together allows you to create awesome reports of used and free hard drive space. This is a Windows only script. Check out the code below!

Categories: Google Charts, How To, PHP Tags:

What is Thumbs.db? And how do I get rid of the Thumbs.db file?!

September 14th, 2009 1 comment

Ahhhhh! This stupid thumbs.db file is showing up everywhere and I can’t get rid of it! What is it and why is it in almost every folder?


Thumbs.db is a “Windows Thumbnail Cache” file. This file stores thumbnails of all thumbnail-able items in that one folder for quicker viewing access. These include files with the following extensions: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF, AVI, PDF, PPT and HTML.

Will I lose my pictures or the ability to view thumbnails if I delete this file?
No you won’t lose any data or functionality if you delete the thumbs.db file… but it will keep coming back unless you do the following:

  1. Double click the “My Computer” icon on your Desktop or Start Menu to bring up an Explorer window.
  2. On the top menu, click “Options” and then “Folder Options”
    Explorer Window
  3. Click the “View” tab and check the “Do not cache thumbnails” options.
    Do not cache thumbnails

That’s it!

Categories: How To, Windows XP Tags:

PHP PC Live Screenshot Script

August 26th, 2009 No comments

Have you ever wanted to take live screenshots of a group of PCs to see what is going on? I’ve created a PHP script that teams up with a few remote control applications that does it for you!

Features include:

  • Instant screenshots of remote PCs
  • Refresh any PC’s image with 1 click
  • Shows currently logged on username
  • Searches Active Directory for user’s information and displays full name and other custom fields
  • Fully configurable and customizable
PHP SS Overview

PHP SS Overview

PHP SS Zoom View

PHP SS Zoom View

Here is a list of what you need to download:

After downloading all of the software, follow these steps:

  1. Install WampServer to the default folders and options
  2. Left click the new WampServer icon in your tray and select “Put Online”
    PHP SS 3
  3. Again, left click the new WampServer icon in your tray, choose PHP -> PHP Settings -> Uncheck “Display Errors”
    PHP SS 6
  4. Go to start, click Run…, type in “services.msc” and hit enter. Scroll all of the way down until you find “wampapache”. Double click on it to bring up the properties window.
    PHP SS 4
  5. Change the startup type to “Automatic”, then click the Log On tab. Select “This account” and enter in the credentials of a user with proper remote execution rights on the domain.
    PHP SS 5
  6. Hit OK to close the properties window, right click on the “wampapache” service and choose restart. Close the Services window
  7. Extract into the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Overwrite any existing files. Run PsExec.exe and click agree on the EULA.
  8. Install IrfanView, after installing, copy the i_view32.exe executable and paste it into the system32 folder.
  9. Open up an explorer window and browse to “C:\wamp\www” and delete the index.php file.
  10. Extract the contents of the “” file into the “C:\wamp\www” folder
  11. Use your favorite text editor and open up “index.php”. Lines 10-30 are made to be easily configurable to fit your network’s structure. Make sure you change the computer naming scheme to work with yours.
  12. Start up a web browser and point to http://localhost and try it out! Comment and let me know how it goes 🙂
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Free Windows XP Themes: Royale, Royale Noir, Zune

February 25th, 2009 3 comments

I was asked which Windows XP theme I was using in my past posts. After looking at the “Luna” theme ever since XP came out, it got boring. Here are three different themes that you can use without any hacks or 3rd pary applications because they are strait from Microsoft!

Windows XP Royale Blue and Royale Noir Theme Download

Extract the zip and place the contents of the file into “C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\”…

File Location

Double click “luna.msstyles” and the following properties box will come up:

Royale Blue XP Theme

The default theme and color scheme will be Royle. If you would like the darker theme, choose Royale Noir under color scheme:

Royale Noir Theme

If you are looking for the Zune theme which adds a hint of orange, download it here:

Windows XP Microsoft Zune Theme Download

This download contains an installable MSI file. Just extract the zip and double click the file to install the theme. It will look like this:

Zune Style

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