Author Archives: Randy

XenServer recovery – XAPI won’t start

If running XenServer on a RAID array with writeback (controller cache) enabled and no battery backup, don’t lose power. If you do, you will discover the state.db is corrupt and XAPI fails to start. Everything is down, Dom0 lost it’s network config, you’re screwed. Maybe. This tutorial assumes you’ve got a metadata backup, all your […]

Magento2 – Upgrade using Composer

This is the preferred, Composer method for upgrading Magento 2.X.X between minor versions. Replace X.X with the minor version numbers of the target version. The last line is optional, use it only if you’re in the middle of a migration and need to continue to be able to sync data with a 1.x site. If […]

Windows Vista through Windows 10 Boot Repair

After cloning a larger HDD to a smaller SSD, you will most likely face a blinking cursor or other boot issues.   The following steps should get you back on track from a rescue command prompt: bootrec.exe /fixmbr bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd If you are getting integrity check errors on winload.exe, you can try […]

GL-MT300A tricks – WIFI Client Bridge

In a search to replace several NetGear WNCE2001 devices which had over time, proven themselves to be so unreliable they would literally kill entire wireless AND wired networks by randomly hijacking DHCP. I tried many devices — some either couldn’t bridge at all, others ‘worked’ but had such terrible range or connection quality they were […]

Enable megasas2.sys Critical Mass Storage Driver

This reg key will enable the ability to boot from MegaRAID storage devices using the megasys2.sys driver. Useful to run before hand when upgrading or otherwise changing hardware to something with a LSI 9260, 9271 or similar card. This reg key REQUIRES that you already have the correct megasas2.sys driver installed one way or another. […]

OpenVPN Slow Downloads on Windows clients

Recently I upgraded my remote office connection to 100Mbps (cable) and spent almost a month dealing with slow downloads over an openVPN client connection. Uploads were fine (maxing out the pipe) but downloads were 12-20 Mbps at best and fluctuating like crazy. TCP client mode actually performed better than UDP so I knew something was […]

Debian PXE boot image from scratch

After facing issue after issue with Idera/R1soft’s PXE and CD-ROM boot media — specifically, ancient kernels which are unable to obtain network connectivity on modern hardware, I decided to roll my own PXE boot image including the R1soft agent and a few other tools with the latest Debian stable. It turned out to be easier […]

Grub with Xen Guests

In order for grub to ‘see’ virtual disks, you have to tell it about them with the ‘device’ command: # grub grub> device (hd0) /dev/xvda grub> root (hd0,0) grub> setup (hd0) grub> quit Keep in mind, installing grub on the MBR is not always necessary with Xen PV guests, but is highly useful for V2P […]