stories of war between boy and machine

Running MSIs with FOG

I was trying to work out today why some of my snapins weren’t working for FOG. One issue I came across was to do with an MSI file. Although it deploys, the following text from fog.log seems to indicate that the MSI isn’t a valid application.  04/11/2014 14:00 FOG::SnapinClient Snapin Found: 04/11/2014 14:00 FOG::SnapinClient     ID: 2458 […]

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Howto: Visual Studio, Libraries and Environment Variables

There are a few typical scenarios that I see come up in classes every year for programming students who are trying to use APIs and libraries that are not included by default in Microsoft’s Visual Studio installation; Trying to “install” OpenGL Trying to link external libraries to their project. Running programs that use external libraries. […]


Multiple-user student webserver

[The following post has been superceded by a more recent one, which tidies up the installation a bit and automates the LAMP installation.] For today’s (well, the last week or so) post, I’ll outline the steps needed to build a webserver that can be used by multiple users, authenticated from an active directory environment, to host […]

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FOG Update – Part 7

Further to the previous post, everything seems to have been a success. I wiped out list of hosts from the FOG database when I installed the server from scratch and so have been going around all of our PCs re-registering them all from the FOG host registration menu, using some sort of naming convention (<department><room>-<assettag>). […]


FOG Update – Part 6

Active Directory settings in FOG 1.0+ Back in FOG Update – Part 2, I said that you could just copy and paste settings from the old FOG to the new one. Except that, as of version 1.0, the username for the account that can add machines to Active Directory should NOT contain the domain. In […]


FOG Update – Part 5

With FOG registration tested and verified to be working, its time to move onto actually testing image uploading and downloading. If that doesn’t work, its game over. For Part 5, I will deal with how to upload an image to FOG and the process that I take to do this from scratch. Creating and uploading […]

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FOG Update – Part 4

Last week was spent trying to get our ESX cluster back up and working, so now its back onto FOG. Towards the end of the week, I did manage to spend some time on this again. I changed our switch configurations for the three rooms we manage the network of ourselves to point from pxelinux.0 […]

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ESX Clusterbomed – Part 2

Looks like the storage array is dead. After a bunch of messing around a couple of days ago, it really is apparent that we have lost the FFD2 enclosure. With it, we lose a few server, but we can also gain a load of storage disks. Until we manage come up with a new storage […]


ESX Clusterbombed – Part 1

BIG problem – our ESX cluster has fallen over. Kind of. Not entirely – but enough to be a complete pain. The symptom – our student webserver called ‘studentnet’ (which also hosts lots of student storage) stopped working. Actually, for a while I suspected something may happen, because we were observing very high memory usage […]

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