How To Remove Superfish Adware from Lenovo Laptops

I started seeing reports of adware/malware being installed on Lenovo laptops yesterday.  The story is picking up steam today (Wired covered it here), and that's a good thing because this little bit of adware poses some significant risks.  The program causing the problem, Visual Discovery, was pre-installed by Lenovo on some laptop models since August 2014.  Visual Discovery causes pop-up ads and inserts ads in web pages that directs traffic to suspicious or even harmful 3rd party websites.  The ads it serves are craftily injected into Google search results and other pages that you expect to be … [Read more...]

vCenter Orchestrator Visio Stencil

Here is a Visio stencil containing 118 shapes for vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) that I put together.  It contains basic workflow shapes (start, decision, etc.) as well as other shapes such as directory services, credentials, nested workflows, policies, custom actions and other product specific icons.  If you are mocking up some Orchestrator workflows to automate processes in your virtual data center, these shapes should give you the ability to provide a graphical representation of your ideas to share with your team. Download Links: Visio 2013 Stencil Visio 2003-2010 Stencil This stencil … [Read more...]

Updated VMware Horizon View Visio Shapes Stencil

It's been about 9 months since I published my own set of Visio shapes for VMware vSphere and Horizon View.  The VMware Visio stencils have been quite popular, with the pages that host them seeing more than 37,000 page views since I first published them.  I've since updated both stencils with new shapes and diagrams as I've worked on different projects at Clearpath.  Most of the changes are in the Horizon View Visio Stencil, with new shapes and diagrams.  I included some hand-drawn shapes for Horizon View for some fun whiteboard like diagrams that I'll be using in some posts very soon - the … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Slow Logon to VMware View Desktops

I did a bit of troubleshooting today for a customer who was experiencing very slow logon times to VMware View desktops running Windows XP.  I suspect the problem is a fairly common one so I thought I might share my troubleshooting methodology and the solution that got the login time back to normal.  Following a rigid methodology may be overkill for many troubleshooting situations.  If you strongly suspect a root cause to a problem, check the solution before digging in to analytic troubleshooting.  A little bit of Googling may eventually get you to an answer for a particular problem, but having … [Read more...]

How to Upgrade Memory and Storage on the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13

My awesome wife and terrific in-laws got me one of those nifty new Yoga 13 IdeaPad's by Lenovo (Lenovo Yoga 13 IdeaPad Ultrabook 13.3" Touch-Screen Convertible Laptop) for my birthday/Christmas (one of the benefits of having your birthday 3 days before Christmas is "bigger" gifts). I'll be using the Yoga at home and at work as we do some BYOD (Bring Your Own Desktop) against the VMware View environment at Clearpath Solutions Group.  The form factor of the Yoga is great - lightweight to be used as a tablet, but big enough to be a full time laptop.  I also dig Windows 8 - I use the traditional … [Read more...]

Cleanup Archived Event Logs with PowerShell

I ran into an environment today where a group policy object (GPO) was configured at the domain level that set security logs to be archived to the C: drive when full.  The need for the policy abated, then the policy was removed.  But, the setting to archive event logs on each server and workstation in the domain persisted.  Hard drives - physical and virtual - began to fill up, taking down critical services.  The fix was easy, but I thought I would share for others who might run into the same issue. First, I set a group policy to configure appropriately sized logs and retention policies on … [Read more...]

VMware View Visio Stencil Download

Update 5/20/2013: This stencil has been updated.  Head to my VMware Visio Stencils and Shapes permalink page for the latest version. Yesterday I posted a Visio stencil with some generic VMware icons.  I also have put together a Visio stencil for use in diagraming VMware View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.  Some of the icons are borrowed from other collections (see links in my earlier post), and some are unique shapes that I made for this View specific set.  This View set has 184 shapes as of today.  These shapes provide visuals for all aspects of a View environment, from … [Read more...]

New VMware Icons Visio Stencil Download

Update - 5/20/2013: Head to my VMware Visio Stencils and Shapes permalink page for the latest versions of this stencil, and my VMware Horizon View specific shapes. I've been working on some Visio diagrams for some VMware projects I am architecting.  I wanted to use some icons to identify VM's and vCenter actions in my diagrams and found there were no good Visio stencils, shapes or templates for it so I made my own.  They're not the greatest quality, but will do for now.  Here's what the new pack looks like: And here's where you can download them: VMtoday-VMware-Icons. Update: … [Read more...]