New Edge and vCenter prompts

vCenter under the New Chromium based Edge browser always prompts when using the enhanced authentication plugin or VMRC.

To enable a checkbox to remember your setting, add the following registry key (you will have to create the Edge key)


dword: ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox = 1
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WSUS Snippets

For diagnosing slow downloads from MS, set download to foreground


Restart BITS to take effect (WSUS has a dependency, so will also restart). Set back to false after testing, obviously, else you may overload your connection.

AdamJ clean-up script – http://www.adamj.org/clean-wsus.html – sadly now commercial :(, yet another example of someone who has been given all the info by everyone else, created a simple, but useful script that so many have become reliant on, and then personal greed has set in.

Limit WID database memory use – http://www.stugr.com/2013/01/24/wsus-limit-sql-windows-internal-database-memory/ – essentially these commands from a cmd prompt:

osql -E -S \\.\pipe\Microsoft##WID\tsql\query

exec sp_configure 'show advanced option', '1';
exec sp_configure;

Check for max server memory in output, likely to be massive such as 2Tb (output is in MB)

exec sp_configure 'max server memory', 2048;
reconfigure with override;

This sets to 2GB (max server memory = 2048MB)

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Finding which VM has a MAC in a VMware environment

All the info I was finding was a grepping of the VMX files (always locked/busy on my ESX6.5 environment) or needed a Windows vCenter to run a Powershell command, not available on the current VCSA.

I found this little gem at https://github.com/lamw/vghetto-scripts/blob/master/shell/vswitchInfo.sh and duplicated here (Sept 2017) in case the original goes missing…


# Author: William Lam
# Website: www.virtuallyghetto.com
# Product: VMware ESXi
# Description: Query MACs on internal vSwitch
# Reference: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/05/how-to-query-for-macs-on-internal.html

if [[ $# -ne 1 ]] && [[ $# -ne 4 ]]; then
echo -e “Usage: $0 -l -v [vSWITCH] -p [PORT]\n”
echo ” -l List all ports of vSwitch(s)”
echo ” -v vSwitch to query”
echo ” -p Port to query on vSwitch”
echo -e “\n\t$0 -l”
echo -e “\t$0 -v vSwitch0 -p 1234\n”
exit 0

if [ ! -e /sbin/vsish ]; then
echo “Script is only supported running on an ESXi host as vsish is not available by default on ESX”
exit 1


if [ $# -eq 1 ]; then
for vSwitch in $(vsish -e ls ${VSISH_VSWITCH_PATH});
VSWITCH=$(echo ${vSwitch} | sed ‘s/\///g’)
for port in $(vsish -e ls ${VSISH_VSWITCH_PATH}/${vSwitch}ports);
PORT=$(echo ${port} | sed ‘s/\///g’)
PORTINFO=$(vsish -e get ${VSISH_VSWITCH_PATH}/${vSwitch}ports/${port}status | sed ‘s/^[ \t]*//;s/[ \t]*$//’);
CLIENT=$(echo ${PORTINFO} | sed ‘s/ /\n/g’ | grep “clientName:” | awk -F “:” ‘{print $2}’)
MACADDRESS=$(echo ${PORTINFO} | sed ‘s/ /\n/g’ | grep “unicastAddr:” | uniq | sed ‘s/unicastAddr://;s/\(.*\)./\1/’)
echo -e “${VSWITCH}\t${PORT}\t${MACADDRESS%%::*}\t${CLIENT}”

if [ $# -eq 4 ]; then
echo “Querying port path: ${QUERY_PATH}”
PNICS=$(vsish -e ls /net/portsets/${2}/uplinks/ | sed ‘$!N;s/\n/ /;s/\///g’)
echo -e “pNICS for vSwitch: ${PNICS}\n”
vsish -e get “${QUERY_PATH}”

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Finally got around to rejigging the bit of the network where this blog sits, so now it has connectivity again!

Looking forward to putting more of my random thoughts, rants and experiences up.

Sadly, for various reasons, some of the blogs have (probably for the best) been lost forever.

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