vSphere 5 – health.xml error 503

Well, it has been awhile since I’ve actually blogged anything. So, here we go!

For a the past few days I’ve combating an issue upon upgrading to VMWare vSphere 5.0 – more specifically the Web Client (Server) install. After various upgrade issues, a ton of problems showed up which led to a fresh install. Post install, everything actually was working fine… except one thing: VMWare vSphere Profile-driven Storage Service, under Administration -> vCenter Server Status would show error cannot reach http://localhost/sps/health.xml with everything else green.

Check the logs on the vCenter server, vws.log shows:

Server returned HTTP response code 503 for URL: http://localhost/sps/health.xml

Restarts of entire server, services, etc were not fixing this. Started looking at config files to make changes… then it dawned on me. 503, it’s busy – meaning that port is in use, which it is and WORKING for the other services. So, rather then restarting ALL the services all at once… I restart JUST the “vSphere Web Client” and the error went away.

This tells me, that the vSphere Web Client service was trying to load at an odd time/before the web server was up.



AntiVirus 2010 – MALWARE

So, I’ve been hearing more and more buzz about this malware floating around on the internet like a piece of shit that won’t flush called AntiVirus 2010. I often recommend, even for tech geeks, to run some sort of AV to avoid worm related items, etc though the last few years I think that message is more or less out there. Lately, my latest kick for AV is that of MSE or Microsoft Security Essentials. I am curious to see this evening, or soon, that if this will actually prevent this software from installing as it can be a bit fucking nasty when it comes to the removal of it.

A personal favorite, Malwarebytes, seems to be completely thwarted by this floater. It will remove parts of it, but not the entire thing. I did find this great mark-up of where AV2010 goes and what it touches here.  One big portion of this is the domain list that it uses to connect on(received from the above link):


My main point of curiosity on these items is whether a simple entry into the hosts file redirecting these domains to can be used to help thwart troubleshooting this in normal mode.  I will conduct a few tests as soon as I can in the next few days and see where I get with this.  I am betting that it will work just fine, as those domains try to load, it will simply redirect to local host and not load anything.

A simple test of attempting to just browse to these domains will show only the last 2 resolve to anything useful, typical of malware and 1 landing page.  Now this might be because of AdBlock Plus(FireFox plugin) but I did not see anything in its giant list pertaining to those domains above. So the block, if one, may be an element trying to be loaded on the page – we’ll see on later tests.

Bottom line thus far this site seems to be the best path to get this thing removed.


But wait! There’s more! So, from my initial poll of folks(Thanks Sean!(Give him money, damnit!!!)), it does look like there is a variant on this as well which is Home AntiVirus 2010. Fantastic! This now totals 9 domains used to redirect:


Plus the above 6:


Simple redirects on firewalls, ‘rogue’ DNS entries, host file redirects etc should do the trick in disallowing this from getting populated onto machines. This is under the very strong impression that those are the only domains used to get this data and these aren’t mirrored somewhere else.

I would say the easiest way to circumvent this on our parents PCs would be a hosts file entry:

Path: %WINDIR%System32driversetchosts



This redirect can be to google.com and does not have to be to the localhost. This entry can also be made in most firewalls as mentioned above. The biggest issue of it all is our major providers of AV and Malware protection are not actually taking care of the problem by denying the software from installing.  Thinking back they haven’t really been protecting machines of this. I am not sure if we can consider these products malware protection.

I will leave rants for anther post oh and more as it comes….

UPDATE 2: Looks like I’ll be getting a copy of this file to do some testing… finally!


IIS 7 Logging

This morning I found a nice little command line switch that tells the IIS 7 log buffer to write to the file on disk.  This is especially handy, since getting a log to write for SEO and log processing purposes can be a serious bitch if you don’t have a file written to!

Here is that command:

netsh http flush logbuffer

Other commands associated with the HTTP portion of netsh are all documented on MSDN Technet here, http://tr.im/NDmZ. Comes in pretty damn handy with IIS 7 and Windows Server 2008.

Good luck.

Congratulations Microsoft!

It’s been a bit, why not kick things off again with a rant!

Official Post.

I was wondering what had happened last night, as Bing is my default search on my Dell Inspiron 10v netbook.  In the middle of working on something, non-critical, the usual ‘hey, let me look that part up!’ occurred, to which I received a 500 error. For the non-tech reading this, 500 error is usually what shows up when the server can’t process the request you fired off to it. After a few twitch F5(refresh) taps, I was laughing pretty good and just used Google in the meantime.

The part that isn’t so amusing to me, is that they are missing about 15-30 minutes of outage time in the report given above, as a guess, they probably found out about this at 8:30PM Arizona time, but in all reality, errors started occurring much much sooner.


BBC Stated, “Not all aspects of the Bing service were knocked out by the configuration change. Many reported that Bing Maps was still available.”

Wow! That’s so great! Maps was working! …. ….. ….. …..

THE MAIN REASON YOUR SITE EXISTS WAS DOWN, but hey! Bing Maps was working!

@Bing: why?  You were doing so well. From the semi-clever ‘decision engine’ campaign to everyone was making fun of you, I really saw this as a new opportunity for you to reinvent your appeal to the public in software services. Now, now everything everyone was making fun of you about is actually true, again.

… …. ….. …. …. …..

Alright, alright. Truly, most of the above is complete sarcasm. I find it amusing how quickly people love to bash the shit out of Microsoft at any chance they can get. Nevermind it being the main source of  how most get to these places. Oh wait, people bash that too. Doesn’t get old after over 10 years of doing it? I swear, I think people have just gotten used to doing it and reading it. Notice how everyone mentions Google at some point or another in their posts, but how quickly everyone forgot that it too just went down earlier this year.

Back off, give them a fucking break considering it was an hour without your precious Bing and an hour without your precious Google, respectively. Oh wait, no one complained about Google. Tenure you say? Hmmm, pretty sure Microsoft/MSN/Live/Bing has been around a metric-fuckton longer then Google. But Google does do a lot of things very right. It is a pickle.


Direct Email To Cell

I don’t know how many times I have gone hunting for this information, but it has definitely been enough to make me want to rip my eyeballs out…


So, I will blog it!  That is what a blog is for, to share information!  So here you go!  This is a break down per provider(taken from http://tr.im/wiFw):

T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

Yes, it is invaluable.  Use it.  Enjoy it.  Now, if I only knew what Google’s Voice address was… hmmm…


Windows 7 RTM and Family Pack!




Kevin Rose had a big complaint about Windows on Diggnation awhile back, about how many selections there are with Windows and how Apple basically gives everyone everything, then you can opt to not install more.  I agree with this quite a bit, over the years, the Windows OS has become more and more complicated for seemingly no reason at all.  This doesn’t mean I am an Apple fanboy by any stretch, in fact, I despise them much like Sony in their similar practices.  Anyway, since it is Microsoft, they feel very little need to include an explanation for this and not sure I really blame them.

I am not really THAT excited about this, since it is already my main OS across the board(sorry Ubuntu!) with the RC but, still is nice since the rest of the world – primarily the non-platform video game industry, can now officially support this with games!  Though, I’ve not really seen a game not run on it well.

We’ll see how true that holds in the RTM.


Google Chrome OS?

Both posts are from a single source, but here they are to bring you up to speed if you don’t know what it all is.


5 hours later…


Really? Nope. Nope. Possibly. Nope.  And, Nope.  Just as David Coursey is allowed an opinion, here goes an attempt at mine.

1. Netbooks will be the world quicker then we will think.  As mobile data increases in demand, so will the devices that deliver it.  Though, it may not be in the tradition that we see today, but we will see either a more powerful cell phone or ‘netbook’ in the near future that will blow our minds in what we can do from our finger tips.  Mainly the idea hit the shelf provided by Intel(for the most part) based on existing tech.  Nvidia and other companies haven’t even had time to plan into this at all.  Once they inject their hardware into the mix, we will see some serious power from these devices.  Accountability won’t be measured from behind a desk but from whether you’re actually out there effecting your business and the data will be available at the finger-tips. All of it. I’m getting a bit evangelical here and conclude my rebuttal on your first item here.

2. Whether the OS is free or not doesn’t seem to be a valid point then, if both can offer for free, then how is it even a failing point on Google’s part?  Brand recognition is mainly their fuel and they weigh in MUCH heavier then Linux would by itself, IF they go that route.  Notice this isn’t gOS, this is ChromeOS.

3. Eh, true Google Docs would take some serious overhauling, but with integration into say OpenOffice.  This could create a bridge between hardcore documentation and lightweight playtime with them.  Hell, they could come up with something new?  Wouldn’t be the first time.

4. What? Just as the Palm Pre is built on the idea of real time feeds, I don’t see where Google Chrome would not be able to function in this lightweight environment from a netbook side.

5. Ok, now I know you are a pretend techie nerd guy.  WTF???  There is a means to an end to get anything working for cross platform support, whether is be creating a virtual environment within VMWare on Windows to host a MAC OS X box, or VMWare Fusion for Apple.  Linux does not fall short in the ability to create these same environments, Wine, VirtualBox, etc.  Hell, stop the war, include MS Office in it!

I think that the simple idea of “Googling” could be enough brand recognition and allow folks another solid option other then Ubuntu as a platform to conduct day to day business.  The average user doesn’t care what powers the device, it could be a fucking squirrel on a wheel inside the iPhone, they don’t care.  Ah, a fruitless conversation I think.  Too much is what if at this point and no one can draw a solid conclusion anyway.  I will not rule anyone out at this point because it is a cut throat market and new players coming in do have a chance to take out anyone else in this radical environment.  Which that being said, sadly this nimrod, could be right.


Windows 7 RC and Netflix

So, I love Netflix.  It’s been the long answer we all have been waiting for to get away from the evil Blockbuster empire. It does kill of local movie retal places, but oh well, sometimes times change and new is actually better.  Anyway, so, onto the point.  Windows 7 RC and Media Player 12.  One big thing I love to use Netflix with is their view it now or watch instantly section of their site.  Quick movie right then and there.  I discovered tonight that you cannot do so innately from within Windows 7.  I found a bunch of crap that told me to install firefox, run ietabs, etc etc etc.  No reason to at all.  Just simply tell netflix you want to use silverlight to view movies from the link below and all is well.


Once enabled, you should have no issues watching movies instantly!  I thought I might as well blog this, since I do really enjoy the new Windows 7.  Hope this helps you all do the same!


Windows 7 RC


I’d reference the O face guy from Office Space when it comes to this launch, but I am not quite that douchey.  So, Windows 7 RC released to the technet subscribers today.  Well, the ones who dish them money anyway.  Beats trying to phish through bad torrents for the REAL SLIM SHADY!  Woohoo!  So, it has taken me the greater then the part of the day to download both flavors of the OS.  Meaning, x64 and x86.  I guess this 10/100 connection to the internet just isn’t cutting it anymore!

Well, in 32 minutes, I will have x64. And will be installing it.  God help us all… Alright well, this is me, signing off of Win7 Beta and I will update you all from Windows 7 RC with first impressions, including installation and performance.  Ooooooo Left 4 Dead…. I smell zombies.

UPDATE(5/6/09): Alright, well it has taken me much longer then expected to get this blog updated with results on my upgrades to the new Windows 7 RC.  Literally, so far, the only problem I’ve run into is NOT being able to upgrade from the Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC.  It seems like most of the slight graphical glitches and other random ass shit that was broken in beta, now appears to be fixed in Windows 7.  I’m still seeing hand over fist improvements to frame rates in survival mode, though, there is an odd issue with Left 4 Dead, where Windows appears to be creating a separate thread to do audio, but keeps setting the volume REALLY low.  How the fuck am I suppose to hear zombies heads explode with it that low?  I have not looked further into fixing this, a slight annoyance in my humble opinion.  So, any on lookers that are thinking of upgrading their Dell Studio XPS 13 or Dell Latitude D820 to Windows 7 RC can rest assured, it will work wonderfully.  Sorry Linux, I was about ready to run you as my main OS again, looks like you’ve been taken over by my need for entertainment once again.