Month: June 2014

Cloud Lab-15: How to Build a vSphere Environment – “vCenter User Management and Identity Source”


Before start building our cloud environment on the basis of  our previous Lab posts. lets quick recall what we have covered yet.

Install Active Directory and DHCP Server
Install CA and NTP Server
Install Syslog Server
Install SQL Server and Virtual SAN (openfiler)
Install Management Server
Install Management, RG vCenters and ESXi Servers
Configure Maintenance Schedule for vCenter DBs
Install Singed Certificate for vCenter and ESXi From Microsoft CA

Now Lets move and start building our cloud environment. 


In this Lab we will perform following tasks

  1. Active Directory Environment configuration for vCenter Rights.
  2. VCenter Basic Configuration.
  3. Configure VCenter Identity Source (domain).
  4. Add another SSO Administrator in vCenter
  5. Assign VCenter Permissions/Roles

1-Active Directory Environment configuration for VCenter Rights

Now we have installed vCenter. Which will be used for management of our cloud production, there might be different admins for vCloud and you have to give them access accordingly. In my lab…

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How to use Openfiler (storage management appliance) with VMware ESXI 5.5

Sayem's Blog

Openfiler is a network storage operating system which has the excellent integration capabilities for virtualization environment. To configure Openfiler in you VMware environment you can follow the below steps:

  • Create a new VM in your esxi host
  • In the configuration window select typical
  • Enter the name of this new VM and click next
  • Select the storage destination of your VM and click next
  • From Guest operating system list select Linux, Version – Other Linux 64-bit and click next
  • Accept the default network configuration and click next
  • For test purpose select the disk size to 20 GB and click next
  • Check Edit virtual machine settings before configuration and click Continue
  • Assign memory to 1GB
  • Click on CD/DVD drive, select Datastore ISO file and click on Browse, select the ISO
  • From the device status check Connect at power…

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Swift, Objects, Arrays, and Simulation

Teton Technical

One of the tasks I give myself when learning a new language is to write a traditionally designed discrete event simulation engine. This is due to my background in creating and supporting simulation software for the semi-conductor industry. Another reason is that it gives me a frame of reference I’m comfortable with and allows me to focus on how the different parts of the new language interact with each other.

To highlight certain Swift concepts and how they can interact I’ll go over some of my simulation engine’s code. The entire code set is available on gitHub in the SimSwift-Traditional repository. It includes 3 files – Engine.swift, Event.swift, and ViewController.swift.

The simplest file is Event.swift so let’s start there. It describes the Event class, its attributes, and its behaviors.

The Event class has two constant properties, an integer that represents the time that the event should occur, and a closure…

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Making HTTP Request in Swift

iPhone Blog

Since Swift is new language for iOS Platform, most of the developers are curious to learn new things. Today i will going to share a small post in which HTTP request have been done. The HTTP calls can be made using NSURL, NSURLRequest and NSURLConnection using Synchronous and Asynchronous. 

So let’s start with Synchronous calls.
var urlString = "" // Your Normal URL String
var url = NSURL.URLWithString(urlString)// Creating URL
var request = NSURLRequest(URL: url) // Creating Http Request
var response:AutoreleasingUnsafePointer<NSURLResponse?> = nil;
var error: AutoreleasingUnsafePointer<NSErrorPointer?> = nil;
// Sending Synchronous request using NSURLConnection
var responseData = NSURLConnection.sendSynchronousRequest(request,returningResponse: response, error:nil) as NSData
if error != nil
   // You can handle error response here
   //Converting data to String
    var responseStr:NSString = NSString(data:responseData, encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding) 
If we are getting the response in JSON Format, we need to pass it directly to NSArray or NSDictionary.
var responseDict: NSDictionary…

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How to upgrade a Visual Studio SharePoint 2010 Branding project

The SharePoint Spot

The assumption is that you deployed your branding solution as .wsp file and you now wanted to make further changes such as the master page, page layout, CSS, images etc..
How do you go about the upgrade and deployment process:

  1. Open your existing branding solution using Visual Studio 2010 or latest version
  2.  Make the appropriate code changes
  3. Save your project and later, right click your solution and  “Rebuild”
  4. Right click your solution and click “Package”
  5. Right click your solution and click “Open Folder in Windows Explorer”
  6. Click the bin folder
  7. Click Debug folder
  8. Make sure your .dll, .pdb and .wsp files’ modified date is todays date to reflect that you indeed have rebuilt the project
  9. Make a copy of the wsp file, rename it such as by giving a version number
  10. Since this is a Sandboxed solution, to deploy click Site Actions -> Site Settings -> Solutions (i.e. under Galleries)

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How to create external content types in SharePoint 2013

Firstly you need to set up Business Connectivity Services -> Follow these steps here

Once the above is complete, fire up SharePoint Designer and open ‘External Content Types’



Next select the icon at the top called ‘External Content Type’


Now we need to wire up the data source for the external content type.


We need to specify what type of data source we’re pulling from.


Next we need to point the source to our database server. We will also need to use a ‘Impersonated Windows Identity’.


Note: The Impersonated Windows Identity will need to be created in your Secure Store.





Now you can select a table or view you wish to be displayed when this external content type is in use. Note: you need to right click on the table/view and create some CRUD operations so people can view/edit the list. The most common operations needed are ‘Read List’ and ‘Read Item’


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