Month: January 2015

New Case – Ended up getting an Corsair Carbide Series Spec 02

I did end up buying a new case, I actually opted to buy an Corsair Carbide Series Spec 02. I might only have a mini-itx system, but I really wanted something that would be easy to work on, and besides I can always up cycle this case to my next PC build later this year.

Thinking of getting a new CPU, motherboard and ram. Not sure what yet, but will continue to monitor new things coming out and get something very quick.

Will post my thoughts on this case, after I start to move the machine over from the BitFenix Prodigy that it currently resides in.

PPP LCP EchoReq failures

It appears I got over 14 hour run out of my PPP connection with the new router, however it did end up dying, in a way that I believe is associated with my other router doing the same thing, as I did see this happen on old router too.

You can see a snip of the logs below, which I am running in PPP debug mode to catch the failures.

Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoReq id=0x29 magic=0xc7764cdf dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoRep id=0x29 magic=0xf199fdc0 dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf2 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoRep id=0xf2 magic=0xc7764cdf]
Jan 31 04:18:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf3 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:18:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf4 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf5 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf6 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: No response to 4 echo-requests
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: attempting to reread config file
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  PPP connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  Connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MTU to 1500.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MRU to 1500
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: PPP LCP DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x3 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: resuming normal operation
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: received RA from fe80::706e:1fff:feb3:306f
Jan 31 04:20:31 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x4 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connection terminated.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.

Exetel informed me yesterday that they had an outage on Thursday relating to some equipment relating to the above happening, and that Friday AM they performed maintenance to correct it. But guess what, looks like it is still happening, just not so frequently on this router. Maybe coincidence, but I couldn’t keep the old router on when it was flaking out so frequently.

Initial impression of TP-Link TD-W8960N wireless router

My TP-Link TD-W8960N arrived yesterday, and I cracked open the box. Configured it and installed it onto my ADSL service.

If you saw my last post, you will know I am having some ADSL sync issues, which suddenly came out of no where a week ago. Thought it might of been related to a recent tech visit and other problems, however it was also possible that the age old router I have might be responsible too.

So I got the TP-Link TD-W8960N to confirm if it too suffers the same issues. It’s now been plugged in for over 10 hours and stayed connected. My old router had dropped about 10+ times yesterday after lunch until the evening when swapped out.

Will continue to monitor this for another few days, but if this continues, I think it might be safe to say that my Billion 7800NL may be terminal, so I might crack it open and see if any caps have leaked that might explain the router being so unstable.

TP-Link TD-W8960N is not bad, I like the fact it has EWAN support, which means I will be able to use it as a spare/test unit for FTTH in the future. Assuming I find I need to replace it with something more powerful.

It’s menu layout and other options is nearly identical to the Billion 7800NL, which surprised me a little. I still can’t find where to change the routers hostname and domain suffix.

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 8.20.26 am

ADSL issues

I am having some ADSL connectivity issues, its got so bad I am loosing ADSL sync quite frequently. I only had a tech out not long ago, since that visit, it seems to have got better and suddenly worse. Loosing ADSL sync very often.

I’ve ordered another ADSL modem/router to test with, since my current router is very old, so I am not certain its the line or the modem/router. If the new device continues to have the same condition, the fault I have open with my ISP will need to be pushed back through to the field to ensure a tech attends.

Can’t wait to move, as the new house/land location is FTTH (Fibre To The Home). So will be nice to move away from copper lines that are impacted by every little thing.

Rebuilt Simpana Test Lab

I’ve been a little busy in recent days. Have been rebuilding a Simpana Test Lab I have running on a bunch of virtual machines. It’s still very much a work in progress, as it no where near back to the setup I original had, but getting very close.

I’ve opted to run it all on Virtual Box this time around, rather than VMware Workstation.

I’ve got a few more machines I need to build and software/applications to install, but I will be sure to post a few blog posts about some interesting things related to my tests as they come up.

Reconfigured my Dual 24 inch Display Setup

I was originally running a Dual 24 inch Display Setup at home, after only recently acquiring it several months ago.

However after about 2 months of running without it, I decided I should reconfigure it all back. Since I have the Dual matching monitors, a stand that can hold both monitors and my Intel i3 can drive up to 3 displays.

I’ve been a little inspired again to do a few things this year, so both my Intel NUC’s will be running Linux. The plan is to make a custom monitor stand out of some timber and eventually have that stand to be able to mount the Intel NUC’s on, underside of the shelve to keep them out of the way.

Will post pics when I complete that venture, in the meantime, you can look at the poor photo below showing the Dual 24 inch Displays in use.

13_01_2015-Dual_Monitors

I have a FitBit Flex

As of Jan 5th I started back on the healthy eating and trying to stick my daily calorie in take that would allow me to loose weight with health actives like walking and cycling (when I get the time and better weather).

On the Jan 4th I was 89.55kg and that is heaviest I have ever seen myself. Like all typical males we carry it like a spare tyre and/or donut as they call it.

I’ve been doing pretty good so far and seeing some modest improvements. It’s not easy, but helps when my wife also won’t go eating the foods I can’t have. So it helps a lot.

My wife bought me the FitBit Flex to give it a try and to see if it can promote additional motivation, which I think it will.

I walked from Central Station to the office near Circular Quay last week, just cause I had the time and thought the walk would be good to burn some calories. So now I have the FitBit Flex, I will be able to see how many steps those sorts of walks will generate.

I’ll be sure to post every so often how I am doing including a weight figure so you can see how I am tracking.

HTS Tvheadend 3.9.2332 screen capture

I reinstalled Ubuntu 14.04 Server on to my Intel NUC I have and hooked up my Realtek USB tuner.

I was surprised to see that HTS Tvheadend has changed a bit since I last had it installed. Was happy to see some really nice GUI enhancements. Great work done by the developers.

Screen capture below from my Finished Recordings tab.

tvheadend-finished-recordings

Google Drive Direct Download of large files

If your in a situation like I just described on the subject, you will be thanking me and the person I am about to link too.

I was in a situation today where I needed to download some large files from Google Drive, but needed it to be done from the Linux command line with wget. I could see how it worked, but didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out exactly. After a bit of searching I came across a blog post here by someone else. They already did the hard yards and wrote a perl script.

All I can say is a big thank you to the author on that blog who wrote the gdown.pl perl script. It worked great. Saved me a few hours in fact.

In addition I also worked out that if you take the id=value from the Google Drive File Share link, you can data mine a bit of information associated to the file in question.

Check out the page here, and use the Try it link. Insert in you File ID and it will tell you from which account its being shared etc.

 

Case Change – Corsair

As per my last post here. I’ve been trying to work out what new PC case I should buy. After some consideration and further research, I think I will end up buying a Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03.

I plan on buying a new CPU, Motherboard, Memory and Corsair Liquid Cooling in the next 12 – 18 months, so I thought it might be possible that the case above could be used for that when it comes time, hopefully but only time will tell.

New Mini-ITX Case?

I’ve had a Mini-ITX system now for over a year. I built it sometime ago, and I built it with a BitFenix Prodigy case, however this case hasn’t aged the best.

The case is a nice, don’t get me wrong, I just feel as though it was knocked during transport and it made it very difficult to open. As time has gone on, it’s still very difficult to remove the side panels.

It occurred to me recently, I should probably upgrade a few items in this Mini-ITX system so I can once again get back into some PC gaming. A bigger Corsair Power Supply is on the list of items, since the Corsair Power Supply I have won’t drive a PCI-E video card. But it will be kept and used in a future build, as eventually I will upgrade to newer CPU and motherboard, which will be recycled back to a build that includes the Power Supply I kept from upgrade.

However, I am seriously considering the purchase of a new case, and since optical drives are not used much these days, I think the BitFenix Phenom might be the choice.

I’ll post back my thoughts on the case, if and when I purchase.

Commvault – Demo of using FTP to upload items onto qnftp01 site

When it comes to uploading via FTP to the Commvault support site (qnftp01), it seems the most common problem people face is confusion when they see a directory listing that contains nothing.

I created this video clip several months ago, as it’s a quick reference for someone to watch and to understand why the directory is empty and how to manually change into the blind directory.

The video clip has helped a great deal so far, so I thought I should publish it here on my blog.

Remember to watch the HD version, so you can see what is on the screen.

Just remember the CCID is unique to every installation/deployment of Simpana, so use your one, not the one in the video.

Of course, FTP is not allowed outbound in most corporate sites, so in those situations, it is recommended to use the Commvault РMaintenance Advantage Portal (http://ma.commvault.com/) and the HTTP Log upload feature on the site.

Simpana 10 – Enabling Pre-Check Operations During Update Installation

I wasn’t aware of this until recently, so it was a good thing to find…..

In Simpana 10 a number of Pre-Check Operations performed during the push of Updates from the Commserve are disabled by default.

Those Pre-Check Operations are outlined below;

  • Client connectivity check – Verifies whether the client can communicate with the CommServe.
  • Disk space check – Verifies whether the client has sufficient disk space for the updates to be installed.
  • Package synchronization – Verifies whether the updates are already installed on the client.

Of course since one of them is Disk space check, imagine what happens during an SP push update to a Unix client whereby you don’t have enough disk space to perform the Update operation on client. The client may end up corrupting the existing Simpana software on the client due to the SP update failing due to lack of space if it gets enough of the way through the progress. I saw this first hand recently on a client.

The regkey to set that will enable the Pre-Check Operations to be performed in the future is below;

nNoConnectionLimitsForPushUpdate

I confirmed that Pre-Check Operations didn’t occur as I saw the following log lines during my Push of an SP against a client. The log named below is found on your Commserve.

DistributeSoftware.log

6196  3914  12/17 09:45:47 4825406 [UpdatePatches]() - Initiating update patches on client
6196  3914  12/17 09:45:47 4825406 [UpdatePatches]() - Skipping disk space check for client to reduce client connections

As always, if my post helps you in some way, please drop me some feedback by way of a comment. Love hearing from people.

Source: Simpana 10 – Books Online Documentation.

Continued success with Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

Readers (if I have any *hehe*) will remember that I have been using Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s. You can check out my previous posts about these from the link here.

Earlier last month I mounted them using the Vesa mounts onto the back of my LG 24″ displays. Picture below will show you what it looks when this has been performed, as the LG monitors have stands that don’t use the Vesa mounts.

20141208-Intel_NUC_rear_monitor_mount
Intel DN2820FYKH NUC mounted on Monitor Vesa Mount

As you can see from the above picture, this is a rather good way to position the NUC, and is now the way I have been using them since early December.

I’ve running Windows 8.1 Pro on one of my units now for a good period of time and must say I still like it. Sure it’s not the faster machine in the world, but for light duties it works very awesome. Just don’t go try and stream 1080P content from youtube with it.

Both my Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s have 8GB ram and an Intel 802.11ac (dual band) cards. One unit has traditional 500GB notebook drive, and the other has a 120GB SSD.

If you have any questions at all regarding these units, feel free to contact me. Happy to share my experience with them.

Below is a screen capture from Windows 8.1 Pro Task Manager showing my typical usage after a few days.

20150102-Celeron_NUC_Windows_8.1_Pro

Touching on Linux for a moment, the Ubuntu 14.04 when booted on the units detects all hardware, including the bluetooth/wifi card combination.

Noontec N5 Gigalink a year later

It’s just over a year since I got my first Noontec N5 Gigalink, as per the post talking about it previously here.

I did upgrade the firmware, but things from that point for me didn’t go well. As the new firmware changed the UI in some major way, for the better I would think, however the stability of the device for me was terrible. It didn’t work as well as the existing factory firmware, and I couldn’t find any copy of the old firmware to even put back on.

The unit has pretty much sat in cupboard the last 7 odd months and not been used since.

In my honest opinion, I think the unit is pretty crap post firmware upgrade. Maybe I expect to much from it. Either way, I don’t use it any more.

If anyone can tell me where/how to get the original firmware, as noted below, I’d love to put it back on it.

It shipped with firmware;

J1.02K3_L1.04T Ver: 1.1.8_USB2.0_(CN36)