So I decided to build server 2016 about 3 months ago on a physical machine, seeing as though my other machines were Windows 10. I had a stack of hard drives and thought I’d use it for a storage server/NAS box. Then I decided to use it as a desktop machine. To cut a long story short, as much as 2016 works pretty well as a desktop, seeing as though it’s similar to W10, there were a few reasons that made me want to move back to W10.
But… I’d put in a few drives, set up storage spaces (it’s really easy) and as I was re-installing an OS (onto a different SSD as well), I cleared down everything on the drives and moved elsewhere, stupidly deleting some stuff that I thought I’d copied off in the midst, but doing so because I couldn’t find a straight answer whether the virtual drive I’d created within Storage Spaces, would carry to another OS. Most people said no. Most people were wrong.
Rebuilt with W10, lo and behold, my drives pop up, exactly the same, sans the files I’d deleted (Dammnit!).
So, moral of the story? Shifting from W10 to/from 2016 is probably going to keep your files, but I still probably wouldn’t risk it! 😉
So like many people, I have workstation on my laptop for test lab, with a fully functioning domain, multiple machines etc and as it’s a laptop, I shut the lid…Wander off… Get on the train, or in the car… Then it doesn’t get turned on for a few days, or is on/off/on/off etc. Workstation obviously doesn’t like this and recently I’ve been getting complaints of locked files on my VM’s, which, I don’t want to rebuild or faff with…
So voila! A solution. Simply delete (or backup, depending on your cowboy nature) the .lck files/folders of the affected VM, re-power on…and sorted! Emergency over!
Obviously I’ve been in a new role at Lakeside so I’ve been living/breathing/travelling/living that, as well as more citrix environments *cough cough* – but that doesn’t really matter if I’m honest, as systrack works equally well with both. Actually, it works brilliantly with everything you can throw it at. I’m still amazed at the pain points that systrack could have fixed for me over the past 5 years and aside from new customers I’m dealing with, I’m also seeing some familiar faces from the past that I know can make use of it!
This post is to show that IGEL, as a partner, has jointly developed a solution to monitor their IGEL OS with systrack – now, as anyone in EUC who has used thin clients or a thin OS will know, they’re a little black box unless you start digging into logs, which may not actually make much sense! Now you can use the analytics to show what’s going on, in conjunction with whatever VDI solution you’re always monitoring.
I know of projects using various zero/thin clients that still complain about latency, performance issues etc and they STILL have no monitoring or any insight whatsoever and the technical skills of the people on the ground are low, to to say the least!
IGEL and Lakeside
Sorry for the gap in posting…well…anything… New role has kept me very busy!
Most of us will have our own little tips and tricks on troubleshooting, but recently I had a customer who had a machine hanging, that looked suspiciously like VMware Tools was causing an issue, but they had no idea how to troubleshoot. I’d suggested various options, including simply getting the logs, checking ESXi services and so on and it wasn’t anything they’d had to do before, so I really needed something quick and fully features to suggest to them. There’s a great VMware KB which uses the process of:
Validate the scope – find out the scope of the problem and accurately define what the symptoms are (no point in just having someone screaming “It’s crashing, IT’S CRASHING!”
Identify the cause – so many possibilities! Storage, services crashing, resource contention, a task on the VM…
Action Plan – Take action to remediate the issue – once the cause has been established, focus on what is causing the issue and define a plan to resolve it.
So a good week all in – new role, very promising with some good people, ended the week on a good note… Then I get the notification I’m in the vExpert program! Putting alot aside, I’ve had the opportunity to do some really good work across various projects and been responsible for the architecture design, implementation and then directly involved with the end consumer. EUC is about that and I’ve learned that it’s a circular process of taking your best design for the infrastructure, building it and then seeing how the end user consumes what you can provide – you learn from them and go back to what you built and re-evaluate – keeps you honest and on your toes! There’s alot more to just producing an EUC solution these days – I’ve had to do the whole thing from top to bottom and the lines are blurring with what you need to provide that people see, and what you need to make sure is available that they don’t. Managing to do this that gives you the confidence to go forth and not declare yourself an expert, but be confident that you have a lot to offer colleagues and customers and getting a little bit of recognition can help with that.
So today was my first day at Lakeside Software in my new position as Technical Relationship Manager. Aside from being saddened that my laptop will no longer allow me to play games when staying away *sob*, stopping me from getting in trouble with the law/alcohol and so on, it was a good first day! It’s a different focus from what I’ve been doing, but as I’ve learned, I’m sure I’ll get dragged back in! 😉
Reminds me of the UAG issue where it doesn’t let you know that your password didn’t meet requirements! 😉