Category Archives: How To


by Jason L Froebe on April 23, 2014, no comments

Many PDF readers for smart phones (Android/iphone) and tablets manage the pdf files┬ábased solely on the Title and Author fields in the PDF file. While for this is fine for your average book, it is not all that helpful with manuals that tend to have abbreviated or no data in the title/author fields. In the […]

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) – How to determine management class and retention using dsmc

by Jason L Froebe on March 24, 2014, no comments

If your company uses IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager, you may one day be asked to determine what the management class or retention is for the backups you’re performing. Unless you are using the Windows GUI front end, you may be at a loss to obtain this information. Never fear, as long as you have access […]

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How to patch your VMware ESXi 5x server for free using esxicli command line

by Jason L Froebe on February 23, 2014, no comments

First, download the current patch from VMware. In my case, it was ESXi550-201312001 that I downloaded from Download Patches page. You will need to have a valid VMware login but you don’t have to pay for a support contract Copy the downloaded zip file to your ESXi server. I put it in /vmfs/volumes/52f573f2-d2dddb9e-e83a-001b213a7c46/Patches/ but you […]

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Samsung Galaxy tablets and phones: Able to connect to wifi but no internet? One solution is here!

by Jason L Froebe on January 29, 2014, no comments

With Samsung Galaxy, and possibly other devices, phones and tablets, if your date and time are off by more than a few hours, you won’t be able access the internet even though you’re able to connect to the wifi. ┬áBefore you reset your device back to factory settings, check the time and date!

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HOWTO: List users that perform os authentication to log into the Oracle database instance (external users)

by Jason L Froebe on January 15, 2014, no comments

Oracle will require you to configure the Oracle RDBMS to use operating system authentication but if you inherit an Oracle instance, you will want to disable os authentication when possible. When the OS_AUTHENT_PREFIX is set, any os user that is created with “IDENTIFIED EXTERNALLY” will have the prefix. For example, in the below example, the […]

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