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June 19, 2018

NTP Server configuration in Ubuntu

Filed under: Linux Related — Tags: , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 4:44 PM

ntp show


We want to create a local NTP server so that our local devices like switches / routers / systems can syn time with it without requiring internet access. The NTP daemon allows a machine on your network (if you would like) to operate as an NTP time server. Doing so will allow other machines on your local network to synchronize with your LAN time server in a very quick and accurate manner, since network latency is minimized. In this way, the differences in clocks between machines on your network is kept as minimal as possible. Mac, and even Windows boxes are also able to synchronize with an NTP server.

Note: If your windows workstation is part of domain, you will not be able to see INTERNET TIME setup in DATE TIME because workstation will sync time with the Domain.

OS: Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS with internet access

First, Install the NTP daemon

sudo aptitude remove ntpdate
sudo aptitude install ntpd

Note: Once you have found one good syncing peer,  add it to the list, putting ‘iburst’ after the most promising one. For instance:

server iburst

This will cause ntpd to synchronize very quickly with this server after starting up.

Now restart NTPD daemon …

sudo /etc/init.d/ntp restart

It may take few seconds or up to 15-20 minutes for the initial time sync.

Next, monitor your system log to see if you synchronize with a time server:

tail -f /var/log/syslog

root@linux:~# ntpq -c lpeer
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
+alphyn.canonica 2 u 109 1024 377 195.030 -3.184 1.820 2 u 55 1024 377 285.680 55.800 15.483
*ntp5.mobinnet.n 2 u 1026 1024 377 208.593 -2.359 3.459
+ 2 u 1207 512 174 128.292 2.083 30.041
- 2 u 757 1024 17 110.355 7.986 75.054

You can test if NTP Server is working or not, just download NTPTOOL and Query.
As showed in the image below …


Configure Cisco Switch to sync with ubuntu time server

configure terminal
# Timezone for Asia/Karachi, you may adjust it according to your local TZ
clock timezone PST +5
service timestamps log datetime localtime
# change NTP Server IP Address
ntp server
show ntp associations

Before vs After (on cisco 3850 switch)


Switch#sh clock
*11:36:14.321 UTC Tue Jun 19 2018

configure terminal
clock timezone PST +5
service timestamps log datetime localtime
ntp server


Switch#sh clock
*16:37:16.103 PST Tue Jun 19 2018
Switch#show ntp associations

address ref clock st when poll reach delay offset disp
~ 3 11 64 1 1002.8 283436. 7937.9
* sys.peer, # selected, + candidate, - outlyer, x falseticker, ~ configured




IBM Lotus Related Short Notes

Filed under: IBM Related — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 10:11 AM

We are using IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.3 / FP6 (Yep its decade old version, but we are still using it). Following are some short notes for personnel reference.


tell router quit
tell smtp quit
# quit domino
# Move mail boxes files (I had 2 mailbox to hold more mails)
# Move & out of notesdata dir via OS file explorer
# Now start domino
# Open old mail boxes and copy (valid) held messages into new one .....

Reconfigure Lotus Notes Client (Old installation)

Use the steps below to recreate the core configuration files.

1. Move the following files out of the \data directory to a backup directory.


2. Copy the original notes.ini from the Notes program directory to the backup directory.

3. Delete all but the first three lines in the notes.ini in the Notes program directory and save it. The edited notes.ini should look like this:

Directory=C:\program files\notes\data

4. Launch the Notes client to run the setup program again. Notes recreates each of the files listed above and re-populates the notes.ini file.

Cannot find external name: NAMESORTVIEWPO

  1. Open your inbox
  2. Select Actions – Folder – Upgrade folder design
  3. Choose “Automatic” and complete the process.
  4. Close/reopen mail.

This should fix your problem.

Lotus Notes TEMP location for opened saved files

Goto Start / type


and press ENTER. it will show you few folders. Look for folder name starting with “notesxxxxx” this folder contains all the temporary files.

Lotus Notes Default Browser Setting


IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 / Release 8.5.3FP6
Revision 20131126.1400-FP6 (Release 8.5.3FP6)
Standard Configuration

  1. Goto Files
  2. Preferences
  3. Web Browser
  4. & select ‘Use the Browser I have set as the default for this operating system’

notes default browser.JPG

Fixing Lotus Notes so the inbox opens by default

Ever opened up your mailbox in Lotus Notes and for some reason it opens up by default one of your sub-folders instead of your inbox?

Someone at work had this issue and I felt like banging my head against the wall trying to find a resolution. Anyone who has to help maintain Lotus Notes knows my pain. Considering that Notes is used by so many companies, the amount of help resources online is surprisingly few.

After much searching, I found the answer though on a vaguely worded post on IBM’s Lotus Notes forums that was over 3-years old. It really sounded like a last gasp guess by someone, but with no reply saying if it actually worked.

Which it did!

All you need to do is delete, move, or rename your bookmarks.nsf file from your local Notes client Data folder. The next time Lotus Notes starts up, the bookmarks.nsf file will be recreated and Notes will once again default to your inbox when your mailbox is opened.

Warning: Keep in mind that any other settings made to the bookmarks.nsf file will be lost. For example, any changes to the vertical toolbar on the left side will be gone. That is why the best policy is to backup bookmarks.nsf first. You have been warned.

IBM Same-time Does not Open ! (v7.5)

Fist try to upgrade with latest release, it will solve many issues !

Case # 1

Sametime Connect displays the splash screen but does not start.

Before performing an unnecessary re-installation of the Sametime client, try to resolve the issue by following these steps:

1. Close the Sametime application.

2. Locate the file C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\IBM\RCP\Sametime\.metadata\plugins\\shelfmemento.xml.

3. Delete the file C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\IBM\RCP\Sametime\.metadata\plugins\\shelfmemento.xml.

4. Restart the Sametime application.

5. If that does not help, delete or rename C:\Documents and Settings\Administrators\IBM\RCP\Sametime or
C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\IBM\RCP\Sametime

If nothing works, remove same time, delete its leftover folders, restart, and re install the sametime client.


Lotus SameTime doesn’t start when launched

Short Description: Attempting to launch Lotus Sametime results in the application being highlighted in the taskbar but not getting to the splash screen or subsequently launching.

Problem:  In my case, TaskManager will show multiple copies of “rcplauncher.exe” are running but Sametime.exe is not. It appears to be a copy of the file %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock is…well…locked and preventing the application from launching.

To fix step by step:

Kill all instances of rcplauncher.exe

Remove the hidden attribute from %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock
delete or rename .rcp.lock (I’m not sure there are a lot of situations in which you would need to back up this file, but if you’re concerned, back it up).

Or run this from command line/as a cmd file:

Taskkill /F /IM rcplauncher.exe (for earlier versions of windows kill.exe may be necessary instead of taskkill)

attrib -a -h %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock

del /q %APPDATA%\Lotus\Sametime\.rcp.lock

if the file isn’t found and shows in explorer, check that the APPDATA environment variable is set correctly

“set |findstr APPDATA” should return

<users>\<your username>\AppData\Roaming

Lotus Traveler

After the inreasing usage of Android back in year 2013, I installed Lotus traveler (in 2014) so that android users can use IBM Verse mail app in there mobile to sync with office server.

Case#1 ,

JVM: Traveler: Lotus Traveler task did not respond within the allotted time frame (55,000 milliseconds) for action nameLookup and operation key

There is a database or connectivity issue on the server side. If you haven’t run the defrag on the Traveler (load traveler -defrag), do so now !

rvv bucket error

The error “RRV bucket is corrupt” can’t be repaired. RRV bucket means “Record Relocation Vector” table, and if this is damaged, then it can’t be repaired. Fixup, compact, updall and replace design all will fail and will throw the same error. The only solution is to replace with the last back up copy of database. RRV bucket becomes corrupt if the OS hangs, crashes or restarted at the moment when the Record Relocation Vector table is being updated.


Microsoft Products Short Notes – Personnel References

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 9:25 AM

This post contains shot notes / Tips for personnel references, These are common task that we perform on daily basis in out IT slavery !
Syed Jahanzaib



Adding Local Account in remote workstation with PSTOOLS

If you are domain admin, and wanted to add local account in remote client workstation, then use pstools’s psexec 

psexec.exe \\target-pc net user /add USERNAME  USERPASSWORD
psexec.exe \\target-pc net net localgroup administrators USERNAME /add

To check which user is logged on remote pc,

psloggedon \\remotepc


– To execute any command on remote pc like

psexec \\remtotepc ipconfig

– To open COMMAND prompt of remote user

psexec \\remotepc cmd

-Interacting with the Logged On User on the Remote PC

psexec \\remotepc -d -i notepad

Getting general info with disk info as well

psinfo -d \\remotepc


pslist \\remotepc

– Kill remote pc program

pskill \\remotepc notepad

to query time

net time \\REMOTEPC

To change time on remote pc with domain server agpinf05

C:\pstools>PsExec.exe \\REMOTEPC -u DOMAIN\ADMIN -p PASS cmd "/c net time \\DC /set /y"


Batch file to change setting of network adapters to obtain IP from DHCP

Make sure to change adapter names to match your’s …

@echo off
echo Setting IP Address to AUTO DHCP [Office DHCP Server by syed.jahanzaib]...
netsh interface ip set address name="Local Area Connection" source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set address name="Wireless Network Connection" source=dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns "Wireless Network Connection" source=dhcp
echo Done....

Command to change IP via CMD

netsh interface ip set address name=”Local Area Connection” static
netsh interface ip set dns name=”Local Area Connection” static
netsh interface ip add dns name=”Local Area Connection” index=2

Check Remote PC OS version & other details by CMD

systeminfo /s \\REMOTEPCNAME
# OR
systeminfo /s \\REMOTEPCNAME|findstr /i "host OS "


C:\>systeminfo /s \\syed_jahanzaib

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Member Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner: Syed Jahanzaib
Registered Organization:
Product ID: xxxxxx-005-xxxx-xxxx
Original Install Date: 4/11/2017, 1:14:44 PM
System Boot Time: 6/19/2018, 7:44:47 AM
System Manufacturer: INTEL_
System Model: DH77KC__
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor(s): 1 Processor(s) Installed.
[01]: Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~3392 Mhz
BIOS Version: Intel Corp. KCH7710H.86A.0069.2012.0224.1825, 2/24/20
Windows Directory: C:\Windows
System Directory: C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
System Locale: en-us;English (United States)
Input Locale: en-us;English (United States)
Time Zone: (UTC+05:00) Islamabad, Karachi
Total Physical Memory: 8,090 MB
Available Physical Memory: 2,450 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size: 16,178 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 10,455 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use: 5,723 MB
Page File Location(s): C:\pagefile.sys
Domain: DOMAIN1
Logon Server: \\DOMAIN_DC
Hotfix(s): 187 Hotfix(s) Installed.
Network Card(s): 3 NIC(s) Installed.
[01]: Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection
Connection Name: DOMAIN - LAN
DHCP Enabled: No
IP address(es)
[02]: VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet1
Connection Name: VMware Network Adapter VMnet1
DHCP Enabled: No
IP address(es)
[02]: fe80::ad90:fdcb:3f81:6195
[03]: VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter for VMnet8
Connection Name: VMware Network Adapter VMnet8
DHCP Enabled: No
IP address(es)
[02]: fe80::5598:be9:b61d:50eb


DCHP Related ! [Tested with W2008]

DHCP is running on windows 2008 server, IP is

netsh dhcp server dump > c:\dhcpoutput.txt all

netsh dhcp server delete scope dhcpfullforce

[Disable DHCP Service before import]
netsh dhcp server import c:\tools\dhcpoutput all

netsh dhcp server scope set state 0

Disable Internet Explorer Proxy via CMD

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Clear cache in windows

ipconfig /flushdns
net stop dnscache
net start dnscache

Event ID

Excel 2010 showing Blank Sheet

in Excel 2010 , When you open any excel sheet,( any particular, either yours or sent to you by some one else , it appears blank sheet

This may also occur if your computer’s screen resolution is higher than that of the person who last saved the workbook.

In Excel 2010, go to the View tab.

Select the ‘Arrange All’ button, then choose to Cascade.


Excel 2010
opening blank sheets

ctrl+shift and open file
or its related with MACRO, run macro

Display Mother board model via CMD

- To find Board number of local pc
wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber

- To find Board number of remote pc
wmic /node:"remotepc" baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber

- To find remote pc Architechture liek 32bit or 64bit
wmic /node:"remotepc" os get osarchitecture

Adding Static Routes in Windows via CMD

Adding route for single host

route -p ADD MASK METRIC 1 IF 11


To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

To make a static route persistent, you can either enter route add commands in a batch file that is run during system startup or use the -p option when adding routes.

Routes added by using the -p option are stored in the registry under the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip \Parameters\PersistentRoutes

Windows 7 Temporary profile Issue:

There is no script engine for file extension .vbs

When we upgraded from win7 to windows 10/2012, our domain welcome logon script stopped working, with above error, to sort it we copied welcome vb script to domain logon folder and used this …

cscript //e:vbscript c:\path\to\script.vbs

Convert bootable USB in ISO file

The instructions for USB to .iso are as follows (for a Windows 7 installation for example):

  1. Install ImgBurn. You can even get a portable version of it, just search for it.
  2. Plug the bootable USB into the computer
  3. Start ImgBurn.
  4. Click on the “Create image file from files / folders” button on the home menu.
  5. In “Sources” browse to the USB drive.
  6. In “Destination” choose where to save the final .iso image.
  7. Go to the “Advanced” tab on the right and then “Bootable Disk”.
  8. Check the box “Make Bootable Image” and then, in the “Boot image” box browse to file “” that is in the USB stick found in the folder “boot”.
  9. In the field “Developer ID” put “Microsoft Corporation” and enter “07C0” in the “Load Segment” field.
  10. Enter ‘4’ in the ‘Sectors To Load’ field if your file is 2K is size, enter ‘8’ if it’s 4K. In other words, x = size of in bytes / 512.
  11. Click “Build” and you’re done!


Reboot Remote Workstation from Domain Admin PC

shutdown /r /t 60 /m \\REMOTE-PC /c "YOU PC WILL REBOOT AFTER 1 MINUTE..."


June 13, 2018

Skype for business WEBAPP stops on Loading

Filed under: Microsoft Related — Tags: , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 1:31 PM

Skype for business webapp is a quick method to join meetings invitation sent by remote parties. Today when one of our user (with Windows 7 & IE8) tried to join the meeting  using Google Browser (latest version) (with S4B webapp plugin installed) , the window stuck at Loading … as showed in the image below …


After some R&D, it found that if you have IE 8 or below, you must upgrade to new version.

After we upgraded IE from 8 to 11 , the S4B webapp worked smoothly.

skype working ok afger IExplorer 11 updates.png

June 8, 2018

Disabling Email for CRON Job’s

Filed under: Linux Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 10:48 AM

If you have configured many cronjob’s to run every minute or so on, & also using Gmail as mail relay system on the same box, you might see following in ​​/var/log/mail.log

Jun 8 10:21:10 radius postfix/smtp[5192]: 6DA0D16E0118: to=,[]:587, delay=3.3,
delays=0.01/0/2.9/0.41, dsn=5.4.5, status=bounced (host[] said:
550 5.4.5 Daily user sending quota exceeded. e188-v6sm2329623wmf.21 - gsmtp (in reply to DATA command))

gmail error.JPG
gmail error

CRON will only email you if there is some output from you job. With everything redirected to null, there is no output and hence cron will not email you.

Using > /dev/null 2>&1 will redirect all your command output (both stdout and stderr) to /dev/null, meaning no outputs are printed to terminal.

If you have configured an emailing system which is using gmail (which limits 500 messages per day) as mail relay then put the following command at the end of the cron job line that always output the result.



*/5 * * * * /temp/


*/5 * * * * /temp/  >/dev/null 2>&1

Syed Jahaznaib

June 1, 2018

Phpmyadmin – Short Notes

Filed under: Linux Related — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 11:24 AM

1# ROOT access error in phpmyadmin v 4.6.6deb5 with Ubuntu 18.0.4

If you have installed phpmyadmin in Ubuntu 18, & trying to login with root, you may see following error,

phpmyadmin root error

It’s recommended to add another user & use this ID to login in phpmyadmin.

Create User in Mysql:

Login to mysql & issue below commands, make sure to change user name and passwords


2# When viewing Tables in phpmyadmin, Popup Error Appears ‘some errors have been detected on the server, please look at the bottom of this window’

When viewing tables in Phpmyadmin v4.6.6deb5 [Ubuntu 18.0.4] , below error appears …

phpmyadmin view table error.JPG


It seems that phpMyAdmin v4.6.6 is not fully compatible with PHP 7.x. Upgrade to new version v4.8 or above which will fix these compatibility issues.

OR following method.


Make sure to backup sql.lib.php before any modification

cp /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php.bak

Edit sql.lib.php

sudo vi /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/sql.lib.php

Press CTRL + W and search for (count($analyzed_sql_results['select_expr'] == 1)

Replace it with ((count($analyzed_sql_results['select_expr']) == 1)

Save file and Exit.

Hopefully you will not see the above errors any more 🙂

Syed Jahanzaib

May 29, 2018

Vmware ESXI Upgrade Path Notes

Filed under: VMware Related — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 1:34 PM

Few days back, we did major upgrades in our data center including esxi upgrades and some network related rack replacement. We were running few vmware esxi 5.0 servers along with vcenter 5.0. To upgrade all servers with 6.5 , we follows below path …

  • Added new 6.5v Vcenter * recommended*
    [OR upgrade existing 5.x Vcenter to 6.5 VC]
  • Now Upgrade each esxi server to 5.5 one by one
  • Now Upgrade each esxi server to 6.5 one by one
  • Now add all esxi servers into new VC 6.5 & all Done 🙂

I had the esxi ISO in CD, therefore I shutdown the all VM guests, and then …

  • Rebooted the esxi server from the ESXI ISO CD
  • It auto detect the previously install esxi, and I just selected UPGRADE

& everything went smoothly.

VIB error when upgrade from 5.5 to 6.5

esxi vib error

When I tried to upgrade from 5.5 to 6.5 it gave some VIB errors as showed in the image above. (It was taken with nokia 3310 🙂

To resolve conflicting VIB, I enabled SSH on the esxi host, logged in via ssh, and issueed following

~ # esxcli software vib list |grep Broad

brcm 550.2.5.11-000000 Broadcom VMwareAccepted 2018-05-26
misc-cnic-register 1.78.75.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
net-bnx2 2.2.4f.v55.3-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
net-bnx2x 1.78.80.v55.3-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
net-cnic 1.78.76.v55.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
net-tg3 3.135b.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
scsi-bnx2fc 1.78.76.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26
scsi-bnx2i 2.78.76.v55.1-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 Broadcom VMwareCertified 2018-05-26

# In my case the conflicting driver was net-bnx2x so I just removed it using below command,

~ # esxcli software vib remove -n net-bnx2x

Exit, & Rebooted, afterwards upgrade the esxi 6.5 worked well.

Datastore Conflicts with an existing datacenter that has the same URL

When I removed one esxi from the VC 6.5 & and tried to add it again, it gave following error


After inspection, it came to my knowledge that one of guest from another esxi server is using this data store , I simply moves this to another esxi, and then the host got added successfully !

Syed JahanzaiB

April 11, 2018

Short Notes for Cisco 3850-24T IOS XE Upgrade & Stack Configuration

Filed under: Cisco Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 3:49 PM

ZAIB_ Cisco 3850- 24-t.jpg


1# Upgrade Firmware of Cisco 3850 24T-S (INSTALL MODE) by copying FW from TFTP to Switch Flash Directory

Read these first on BUNDLE vs INSTALL mode.

Last week we received new Cisco switches shipment having model WS-C3850-24T which will be replacing existing 3750 stack series in our data center. These switches have 2 methods of booting and running IOS XE software (in 3850).  By default, the switches comes with INSTALL mode. 

Before Upgrading Firmware ,we need to check for current mode in which the switch is currently booted in. [It should be INSTALL mode]

show version | begin Switch Port
Switch Ports Model SW Version SW Image Mode
------ ----- ----- ---------- ---------- ----
* 1 32 WS-C3850-24T 16.3.5b CAT3K_CAA-UNIVERSALK9 INSTALL
Configuration register is 0x102

We can use local USB as well to copy the firmware but since I already have TFTP for centralized backup for all Cisco switches therefore I am using TFTP method in this post.

Having TFTP server will give more leverage of doing various luxuries. copy the latest firmware to TFTP and then from switch console download the switch upgraded ISO and upload it to TFTP root folder. At the time of writing latest IOS XE version for 385024-T-S is cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.08.E.152-2.E8.bin

Connect to switch by ssh/telnet or by console and issue following command

copy tftp: flash:
Address or name of remote host []?
Source file name []? cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.08.E.152-2.E8.bin
Destination file name []? cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.08.E.152-2.E8.bin

After some minutes the new IOS will be downloaded to flash directory. in my case it took around 90 seconds to copy 291 MB IOS EX file.

# Switch to enable mode
#Issue command to upgrade to new firmware we just downloaded in above steps
request platform software package install switch all file flash:cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.08.E.152-2.E8.bin

Switch will now start the upgrade processing …

--- Starting install local lock acquisition on switch 1 ---
Finished install local lock acquisition on switch 1
Expanding image file: flash:cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.08.E.152-2.E8.bin
[1]: Expanding file
[1]: Finished expanding all-in-one software package in switch 1
SUCCESS: Finished expanding all-in-one software package.
[1]: Performing install
 SUCCESS: install Finished
[1]: install package(s) on switch 1
--- Starting list of software package changes ---
Old files list:
 Removed cat3k_caa-guestshell.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
 Removed cat3k_caa-rpbase.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
 Removed cat3k_caa-rpcore.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
 Removed cat3k_caa-srdriver.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
 Removed cat3k_caa-wcm.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
 Removed cat3k_caa-webui.16.03.05b.SPA.pkg
New files list:
 Added cat3k_caa-base.SPA.03.06.08E.pkg
 Added cat3k_caa-drivers.SPA.03.06.08E.pkg
 Added cat3k_caa-infra.SPA.03.06.08E.pkg
 Added cat3k_caa-iosd-universalk9.SPA.152-2.E8.pkg
 Added cat3k_caa-platform.SPA.03.06.08E.pkg
 Added cat3k_caa-wcm.SPA.
Finished list of software package changes
SUCCESS: Software provisioned. New software will load on reboot.
[1]: Finished install successful on switch 1
Checking status of install on [1]
[1]: Finished install in switch 1
SUCCESS: Finished install: Success on [1]

Now issue reload command to restart/reload the new config.


Continue to reboot.

After the upgrade We will see new version in action !

show version | b SW
Switch Ports Model SW Version SW Image Mode
------ ----- ----- ---------- ---------- ----
* 1 32 WS-C3850-24T 03.06.08E cat3k_caa-universalk9 INSTALLConfiguration
register is 0x102

2# Short Notes on STACK Configuration!

cisco 3850 stack cable.jpg

Stacking is simple ! Example we want to connect 2 switches in stack mode.

1.  Power up the switch master only, let it boot completely,

2.   Attach the stacking cable from 1st switch to second one,

3.  Power up the second switch.

By default there will be no extra config required. and if both switches matches they will be added in STACK automatically.


1.  All switches are running the same IOS version, same Feature Set (example IP Base);

Setting Switch Priority for MASTER

We can set switch priority to decide which switch should be MASTER. To do this, Power ON the Master switch only and issue following command

sh switch

Switch/Stack Mac Address : 009a.d29c.daXX - Local Mac Address
Mac persistency wait time: Indefinite
H/W Current
Switch# Role Mac Address Priority Version State
*1 Active 009a.d29c.daXX 15 V07 Ready

Note down your switch number.

# switch to ENABLE mode
# Set Switch Priority
switch 1 priority 15
# RELOAD the configuration / reboot

now boot second switch.

Once all Done. Issue following command to confirm the STACKING status.

Switch#sh switch
Switch/Stack Mac Address : 009a.d29c.da00 - Local Mac Address
Mac persistency wait time: Indefinite
H/W Current
Switch# Role Mac Address Priority Version State
*1 Active 009a.d29c.da00 15 V07 Ready
2 Standby 682c.7b3c.4180 1 V07 Ready

Check Stack Ports status

Switch#show switch stack-ports
Switch# Port1 Port2

3# Some Useful STACK commands

show license right-to-use
switch stack-bandwidth
show switch detail

Following is one good Link for 3750 stack configuration …

4# Connecting Cisco 3850 Switch via USB console cable !

Following cable was used in this scenario

Console Cable 6 ft with USB Type A and mini-B

Console Cable 6 ft with USB Type A and mini-B

To connect with switch console using USB cable, first download & install the Cisco  USB Driver from my google drive

Now plugin the USB cable into your desktop/laptp, Open Putty and connect to switch with settings mentioned in the image, make sure to change port as per your local system setting

3850 putty setting

Syed Jahanzaib ~

April 10, 2018

Symantec SEPM 12.x Migration to 14.x

Filed under: Symentec Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 10:04 AM


Today was a hectic day. We received new series of HP G5/8th Gen laptop which supports Windows 10 only  , & when we tried to installed SEPM 12.x client, it stated that the App is not compatible with this version of windows. That was really an hectic news for us because our SEPM server was based on windows 2003 32bit & there is no straightforward method for in-place upgrade to SEPM 14. It requires minimum 64bit of server window 2008 or above server . Any way we managed to migrate SEPM 12.1.6 to SEPM 14.x on Windows 2012 R2 64bit at a cost of whole day brainstorming.

Following are steps I followed for the migration of SEPM v12 W2003 32bit to SEPM v14 on Windows 2012 R2 64bit.

First Take Backup of current SEPM 12.x DB

Step 1: Back up the Database

  1. Click Start Programs Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager > Database Backup and Restore.
  2. Click Back Up. The database backup file name is and is located in the following directory:

\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\data\backup

Copy above folder at some centralized file server folder or USB.

Step 2: Back up the Disaster Recovery File

Copy the following folder at some centralized file server folder or USB.

\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\Server Private Key Backup\

Now shutdown current SEPM Server machine & proceed to install SEPM on new machine

# Install SEPM on new Windows 2012 R2 server

on New Windows 2012 R2 , configure same Computer name & IP Address which was setup on old SEPM server.

Install the Same SEPM version, in my case it was 12.1.6 MP6.

Once installation is done, & When the Management Server Configuration Wizard runs, select Custom configuration & choose Use a recovery file. Point to the backup folder we took in Step 1/2.

As showed in the image below …

1- sav restore from backup.JPG

Once its done, Start the SEPM console one time to confirm if all is running ok.

Restore the database:

To restore DB, Stop the following services,

  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Webserver
  1. Click Start Programs Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager > Database Backup and Restore.
  2. Click Restore.

Once All done, reboot server one time and make sure all services are started properly in the SERVICES console.

User Rights Assignment in Group Policy.

If your SEPM is an member of Active Directory then services will not start dueto lack of LOGON AS SERVICE rights.

As a workaround I installed GROUP POLICY MANAGEMENT on the new SEPM server, and edit Group Policy to add following users in LOGON AS SERVICE section.

  • NT SERVICE\semsrv
  • NT SERVICE\semwebsrv
  • NT SERVICE\semapisrv

Since I was editing Domain Group Policy from the SEPM server itself, that is why I changed Location to local PC and then above accounts was added successfully. As a workaround we can add user SID as well. See following command to get SID of accounts and SID accordingly.

sc showsid semsrv
sc showsid semwebsrv

Client SEPM 14.x Server Console

sepm server.JPG

Client SEPM 14.x Client

client sepm.JPG

April 6, 2018

Veeam B&R 9.5 Update 3 Error: This Veeam Backup & Replication installation can not be updated automatically

Filed under: Microsoft Related, VMware Related — Tags: — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 2:32 PM

We encountered following error were tried to apply Veeam B&R 9.5 Upgrade Patch 3 .

This Veeam Backup & Replication installation can not be updated automatically. Please contact Veeam customer support for assistance with manual update.

vbr95up3 error.JPG

After some investigation it found that it can occur dueto either you are running trial or if you have problem with the license files. Therefore as a workaround to enforce Update Pack 3 which was required dueto requirement of addition of Esxi 6.5 Vcenter, I followed below steps …

Rename following files

[ available in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Veeam\ ]

[ available in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Veeam\Backup And Replication ]

Now run the Update Pack 3 and it will run smoothly.





v br 95 up3 final.JPG

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