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when a vacation yields you finally fixing your blog

by on Oct.27, 2019, under General, Personal

Ok, so… anyone who has visited my site in the last year has probably tapped their fingers on the desk for more than a few moments waiting for content to load. Well, you weren’t the only one and I’m pretty sure that was one of the reasons why I didn’t update more content out here. It’s been just as much a pain for me, but I’ve lacked the time to actually dig into it and figure out what’s going on.

With my vacation ending today, I figured I’d do one more me thing before I return to work tomorrow… So with that, I’m pleased to say, the sites is working much cleaner now that I’ve slimmed down some of the plugins; removed outside sources from loading content to the blog; upgraded and tweaked php significantly and did some pretty neat stuff with the sql backend. In short, I believe became a victim of bloating my own blog and essentially shot myself in the foot because of it.

So… will I get to posting useful items anytime soon? I honestly don’t know. I’d like to think I will but given the last year and my work schedule working through a large merger, I really got burned out and didn’t want to do anything “personal” in the technology world. The sad part? I usually dump stuff here that I know I’ll forgot and I’ve forgotten quite a bit of the cool stuff I figured out over the last year because I didn’t dump it off here for reference later. It may work out, I’ll probably end up repeating some of this work as we prepare to do some similar activities in moving objects around our domain, in the cloud and into a dumpster, so we’ll see. 🙂

For now, one less thing to haunt me, lol.

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SCVMM Error 12711

by on May.19, 2017, under General

So while working on some virtual machines in the clusters we’ve been upgrading I’ve run across this error a couple of times and I figured it merited a post as one of the errors thrown in the mix wasn’t easily found in any solution online. 

Primary Error Description: 

Error (12711)
VMM cannot complete the WMI operation on the server (CLUSTERNAME) because of an error: [MSCluster_ResourceGroup.Name=”12df9151-eb2a-46e7-8a3e-58ae746b8783″] Not found
Unknown error (0x1002)

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Error (12711)
VMM cannot complete the WMI operation on the server (CLUSTERNAME) because of an error: [MSCluster_ResourceGroup.Name=”12df9151-eb2a-46e7-8a3e-58ae746b8783″] The cluster resource could not be found  
The cluster resource could not be found (0x138F)

0x138F can be resolved by running the following in the VMM powershell: 

Get-ClusterResource -c CLUSTER.FQDN |Where {$_.ResourceType.Name -eq ‘Virtual Machine Configuration’} | Update-ClusterVirtualMachineConfiguration

0x1002 may require a little more involved work. However, before we dig into that one, make sure it’s not just some WMI problem on the host holding the cluster resources. Go into Failover Cluster Manager, right-click the cluster, hit more-actions and move core cluster resources to any other host. If this clears it up, great. If not, continue forward. 

I’ve had some success with pulling the resource and re-registering it. To accomplish this, you’ll need to remove the cluster resource and bring it back in as an update won’t cut it.

From the Failover Cluster Manager, find the virtual machine in the Failover Cluster Manager. Right click the resource and remove the item. It won’t delete it, but will remove the resource from the cluster and return it to the host it’s running on as a regular VM.

Once removed, expand the cluster name, right-click ‘Roles’ and select ‘Configure Roles’. In the list presented, select ‘Virtual Machine’ and click ‘Next’. You should see the machine you just removed in the list. Select it and complete the process to bring the resource back into the cluster. From VMM you should now be able to right-click the machine and select ‘Repair’ and ‘Ignore’ to resolve the issue. 

This issue is provided as-is with no warranty and if you end up deleting your VM, you’re on you own. 🙂 

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DayZ SA – Moving configuration/profile files

by on Jan.25, 2014, under Gaming, General

Ok, so I ran into an issue with my settings in DayZ Stand Alone. It would seem that no matter how hard I tried, it just wouldn’t keep my settings. So this morning I spent some time figuring out just what was going on. While I don’t think this will apply to the majority of folks out there, it may be useful if you happen to want to move your files, for some odd reason. 🙂

DayZ SA stores it’s files in %USERNAME%DocumentsDayZ. If for some reason you can’t write there from the game you need to tell DayZ where to place these files. In my case, I have redirected folders so it forces the users on my network (read: family) to save files into a network share because I can’t stand keeping files locally. I’m a geek, leave me alone.

DayZ SA can be launched with many of the same command line options as Arma II so I figured I’d try a few out and here’s what I’ve come up with.

-profiles=D:SteamLibrarySteamAppsprofiles -nosplash -noPause

You can set these options via the Steam client by right-clicking DayZ in your Library and selecting ‘Properties’. From the general tab, select ‘Set Launch Options…’ and plugin what you’d like.

Obviously if you already have working profiles/config/etc you can just copy your data down there, otherwise if you’re having the same problem I was, you have no data to put there so let DayZ recreate it’s tree under there. Hope this helps someone. 🙂

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Reviving a blog site…

by on Jan.25, 2014, under General, Personal

So, the question came across the other day… ‘dude, why don’t you blog anymore? I still reference technical stuff from your blog from time to time and would love to see more’ … Good question! Why? Oh yeah, because I’m lazy.

Actually, in truth, I’m not lazy. I just have a lot going on. I used to blog a lot more when I was stressed out, it helped to just throw my thoughts out there somewhere of something important or even unimportant so that was one less thing in my head rolling around. Hence the name, Travis’s Brain Dump. Well, let’s just say that my head got less complicated with a job change and had a lot less stress and stuff going on in my head.

Should a new post be indicative of more stress coming? Not really. I figure I need to just do this from time to time. It’s quasi therapeutic to some degree I guess and hey, at least it can become my personal knowledge base that is shared with the world. Right?

So yes, new posts on the way, starting today.

– T

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