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Month: July 2016

vCloud Director Logging

vCloud Director Logging

I was recently asked how to go about configuring the Log Insight Agent with VMware vCloud Director and thought that I would take the time to document it here for anyone else who is interested. Logging in vCD is normally handled by log4j and configured by $VCLOUD_HOME/etc/log4j.properties.with the official KB located here. You should either use log4j OR the Log Insight Agent, but not both or you will have event duplication. Log4j ConfigurationFirst a quick overview of the log4j configuration.1….

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Early Boot Windows Debugging – Part 2 – Kernel Debugging over Serial

Early Boot Windows Debugging – Part 2 – Kernel Debugging over Serial

This post is a continuation of Part 1; I think I shall call it “Help, my ntbtlog.txt isn’t being written to disk and I’m flying blind” Ok, now I need more data because I’m not getting anywhere. Fortunately Windows still has the option to log kernel debugging over serial. A feature I wasn’t aware existed util today. That brings up the big question: how do I make that work on a VM and a physical device without a serial port?…

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Early Boot Windows Debugging – Part 1 – Basics

Early Boot Windows Debugging – Part 1 – Basics

I have a Windows Server 2012 VM that will not boot past the Windows splash screen but throws a BSOD with the error “SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (NETIO.SYS). It’s been a long while since working on troubleshooting Windows (I primarily use CentOS) but here’s what I’ve found. I don’t have the solution yet but I’m recording some tidbits that I found so I will have them later. First a bit of preamble: 1. Advanced Boot Options – When you select “Enable Boot Logging”…

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Log Insight Configuration API Audit and Standalone Remediation Tool – Updated!

Log Insight Configuration API Audit and Standalone Remediation Tool – Updated!

For those of you who are interested I have updated the API based audit and remediation tool with a couple new features. After all, what is the use of automation if it isn’t user friendly? 1. Better error handling of remediation errors: In the past you would just get a message to the effect of “Something went wrong” but now the tool will pass the HTTP status code and Error Details from the Log Insight Server’s response to your remediation request….

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