Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Console is a Windows console window enhancement.  Console features include:  multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, and different window styles.



AVStoDVD enables you to convert various AVI and MPEG formats to DVD compliant streams and burn them to disc, save them as DVD folder structure or store them in ISO format.  The program takes advantage of several Open Source applications that come included with the installer (AviSynth, ImgBurn, QuEnc/HCenc/ReJig/FFmpeg...) and are seamlessly integrated with AVStoDVD.


Monday, September 5, 2011


PowerSE is a script editor for PowerShell.  PowerSE includes an advanced script editor, interactive console, integrated help and powerful debugger.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Rollback an update to an ESXi host

A VMware ESXi host uses an dual-image architecture in which the boot disk includes two partitions on which the ESXi image is stored.  The partitions are referred to as boot banks.  One boot bank contains the active image and the second the previous image.  When an update is deployed, the active image is copied from the primary book bank to the alternate book bank and the new image is installed into the primary book bank.  To fall back to the alternate image, reboot the host and press “Shift+R” when the screen displays “Loading VMware Hypervisor.”


Press “Y” and then Enter to reboot to the previous image.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

Microsoft has released iSCSI Software Target version 3.3, which can turn a Windows Server 2008 R2 server into an iSCSI target.  This free component provides storage over a TCP/IP network to clients using an iSCSI initiator software, such as the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 2.08 (also free) for Windows computers.  There's also an iSCSI client inside the target package.

The iSCSI Software Target version 3.3 can be downloaded at:


Once downloaded and extracted, several folders will be present:


The 64-bit folder should include two .MSI files:


Once installed, a new shortcut will appear under the Administrative Tools folder:


Right-click iSCSI Targets and select Create iSCSI Target.


Enter a name and description for the target.


Enter the iSCSI Qualified Name (IQN) for the target.


Right-click Devices and select the Create Virtual Disk option.


Enter the path for the .VHD file.


Enter the size of the .VHD file in MB’s.


Enter a description of the .VHD file.


Add the iSCSI target created previously.


Right-click the new Device entry and select Disk Access –> Mount Read/Write.


At this point, clients should be able to connect to the iSCSI target.  In the example below, the free iSCSI Initiator was installed on a XP client.  The node name is on the General tab.


To have the client view the available target, this value was added to the server.