Drupal Simplenews, MIME Mail, Blank Pages, and HTTP 500 errors

Well I've been banging my head against the wall trying to get the Simplenews module for Drupal working properly after having to move hosting providers.

The issue was partly of my own desire to run PHP 5.2 on CentOS 5.x. After moving providers I wanted to get my new VPS ready to run Drupal 7 when it's released and it requires PHP 5.2.

[UPDATE] Dell DSET and ESX 3.5.0 - DSET will reboot your host

UPDATE - May 25, 2010 - It appears that our Dell DSET problem is hardware-related. We seem to have some hardware problems which are causing the DSET utility to reboot our ESX host. If you are having this issue, you should call Dell and let them know (you probably are already in contact with Dell if you're running DSET).

We'll let you know what we find out with regard to our hardware.


Samba 3.4 on CentOS 5 - RPMs available - Resolve winbind issues with Windows Server 2008 R2

A friend of mine uses Samba and winbind on his CentOS Linux boxes for user and group information and Kerberos for authentication. He upgraded his domain controllers recently to Windows Server 2008 R2 and suddenly his winbind authentication broke.

Make your Windows PowerShell Prompt Look Like your bash Prompt

Being a Linux admin at heart I want my Windows Powershell prompt to look like my bash prompt (yep, I'm a nerd, or OCD, or may a little of both).

What you'll need to do is place some code in your Powershell profile file. By default Powershell doesn't allow scripts to run unless they're signed. This is good security practice. There are many articles out there on how to sign your Powershell scripts and maybe one day I'll write one and put it up here on the I.T. Nerve Center, but for now I'll just give you the code to change your prompt.

Problem Deploying a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM Guest using a KMS Server with VMware vCenter

We've been having problems deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines from templates using the VMware vCenter and it's built in guest customization.

It appears that there may be an issue either with Microsoft's built-in sysprep utility in 2008 R2, or with VMware's vCenter guest customization wizard when using a Key Management Server, or KMS. A KMS is part of Microsoft's Volume Activation 2.0 as described here - http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation... and in this TechNet article - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb892849.aspx

Aero in Windows 7 on a Dell D610 with an ATI Mobility Radeon X300

I use an old Dell Latitude D610 for Windows 7 testing. I still want the Aero interface and the Dell Support web site doesn't have any Windows 7 drivers, let alone Windows Vista drivers.

After some Google'ing and trial and error I have been able to get the Aero interface running in Windows 7 on my D610.

The Dell package that will install the proper driver is R153383.EXE. The package installs the ATI MOBILITY RADEON X300 driver (as displayed in the Device Manager). It shows version 8.360.0.0 and is dated 3/14/2007

Windows 7 and Symantec Endpoint Protection - Possibly Deleting Media Center DLLs

I logged in to my Windows 7 workstation this morning and there was a Symantec Endpoint Protection notification about a "Security Risk Found." There were 4 total notifications and it appears that SEP deleted encdec.dll from the winsxs directory and from the system32 directory.

Here is the text of the notifications SEP provided:

Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Risk Found!
Security risk detected: Packed.Generic.271
File: C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-tvencdec_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_e04e6c93efba3643\EncDec.dll

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