Backup Exec: Start a Backup Job from the Commandline


Today I found some information about the tool called bemcmd.exe. With this little tool you can run and create backup jobs in Symantec Backup Exec.

If you run bemcmd.exe /? >c:\bemcmd.txt a help file will be created. You can also download the file here: bemcmd.pdf

You can run a created job with the following command:

C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\bemcmd.exe -o01 –j<backupjob>

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As you can see, the backup job is started in Backup Exec.

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Vista: Photo Gallery Yellow Tint Background Problem


I had the same issue with a Samsung SyncMaster 940bw monitor.

When displaying and viewing photos in Windows Photo Gallery of Vista, some monitors or LCD flat panel displays may have a strange problem in which the images will be shown with a orange or yellowish tinge in photos’ background, affecting the display natural color of pictures to become something like Sepia effect. The entire window on WPG appears to be colored in slightly yellowish tint, and is therefore appear darker, including the panels on either side of the photo display which which appear yellow on the desktop but are white in actual.The yellow tinted photos may also affect other default image viewer in Windows Vista

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The first workaround is by removing any existing ICC or WCS color profiles that are been associated with all display devices or monitors. Else, you can also try to change the default color profile for your system’s monitor to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, simply by clicking on Add, and then select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from the list of profiles installed on system. After adding, click Set as Default Profile button. Exit from all dialogs and reboot your computer, and the color problem on Windows Photo Gallery is fixed.

If your system doesn’t have sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile under the ICC Profiles, you can download the color profile from Adobe. Unpack the zip file, the right click on each of the .icc files in the RGB Profiles and CMYK Profiles folders (or simply just the one you need to use) and click “Install Profile” on context menu to install the color profile to system.

The first workaround was the solution for my system 😀

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Source: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/07/11/windows-vista-photo-gallery-yellow-tint-background-problem/

VMware: Reference cards


Rick Scherer posted a post about some reference cards for VMware admins. The vmreference card by Forbes Guthrie is a well know one but the other two reference cards mentioned by Rick are also nice to have.

First is the vmreference VI3 card by Forbes Guthrie over at www.vmreference.com

Second and third are VI3 Command References and Linux Command References from the VMware Deploy, Secure & Analyze class.

Source: http://vmwaretips.com/wp/2008/12/12/esx-reference-cards/

BackupExec: Disable Corrupt Data Encounterd error.


Het kan zijn dat je Backup via Symantec Backup Exec in een error eindigt met de volgende foutmelding:

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Deze melding kun je negeren. Hoe dit in zijn werk gaat lees je hier onder.

Voor Backup Exec 11/12

Als je deze melding wilt uitzetten voer je de volgende key in.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup]
"Fail Jobs On Corrupt Files"=dword:00000000

Als je deze melding wilt aanzetten voer je de volgende key in.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup]
"Fail Jobs On Corrupt Files"=dword:00000001

 

Voor Backup Exec 9/10

Als je deze melding wilt uitzetten voer je de volgende key in.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VERITAS\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup]
"Fail Jobs On Corrupt Files"=dword:00000000

 
Als je deze melding wilt aanzetten voer je de volgende key in.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VERITAS\Backup Exec\Engine\Backup]
"Fail Jobs On Corrupt Files"=dword:00000001

 

Bron: http://thebackroomtech.com/2008/12/04/howto-stop-backup-exec-from-failing-entire-backup-jobs-when-corrupt-files-are-encountered/

Live Writer: Twitter Notify Plugin


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Zojuist heb ik Windows Live Writer geupgrade naar versie 14.0.8050.1202.  Voor deze versie van Live Writer zijn er een aantal plugins gemaakt. Een daarvan is de Twitter Notify plugin. Deze Plugin kun je hier downloaden: http://gallery.live.com/. De Plugin doet het volgende:

Send a Tweet announcing your newly published blog post. A shortened link to your post is automatically generated through the TinyURL service. Customize your default message in the options menu.

Zodra je de plugin hebt geïnstalleerd, kun je de opties aanpassen in de Plug-ins menu:

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Zodra je de blogpost publiseert krijg je automatisch het onderstaande scherm.

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En voila het werkt:

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VMware: Comparison of Storage Protocol Performance


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VMware heeft een nieuwe whitepaper uitgegeven over Storage Protocol Performance Whitepaper

This study provides performance comparisons of various storage connection options available to VMware® ESX Server. We used the widely used IOmeter benchmark for the comparison.
The results show that all four network storage options can reach wire‐speed throughput when properly configured. The wire‐speed throughput is also maintained with multiple virtual machines driving concurrent I/Os, indicating that the limiting factor in performance scalability is not in ESX Server. The data also demonstrates that, although Fibre Channel has the best performance in throughput, latency, and CPU efficiency among the four options, iSCSI and NFS are also

De whitepaper kun je hier downloaden: storage_protocol_perf.pdf

Tool: PrimalForms


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Met PrimalForms kun je eenvoudig een Form maken die je kunt gebruiken met je PowerShell script. PrimalForms werkt met PowerShell v1 en de huidige V2 CTP. Tijdens de installatie worden er ook een aantal sample forms geïnstalleerd. Deze forms zijn gemaakt door Jeffery Hicks.

Hier nog even een quote van de downloadpagina:

PrimalForms is a free GUI builder tool for PowerShell users. It edits and stores Windows Forms in a native XML format and generates PowerShell code on demand. Sample forms included.

Je kunt de tool hier downloaden: http://www.primaltools.com/freetools

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Bron: http://blog.sapien.com/index.php/2008/11/03/free-primalforms-tool-for-powershell-released/