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Citrix problems after Hotfix install

Presentation Server 4.5. Two separate issues

1.Installation of Hotfix Rollup 6 caused the following errors:

EventID 3609 Source: IMAService

Failed to load plugin C:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\System32\Citrix\IMA\SubSystems\RADESessionSs.dll with error 127

EventID 3601 Source: IMAService

Failed to load initial plugins with error IMA_RESULT_FILE_NOT_FOUND

EventID 7024 Source: Service Control Manager

The Citrix Independent Management Architecture service terminated with service-specific error 2147483695 (0x8000002F).

EventID 7001 Source: Service Control Manager

The Citrix SMA Service service depends on the Citrix Independent Management Architecture service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service has returned a service-specific error code.


2. Somehow, IMA service would fail to start

Easy fix. Run this command: dsmaint recreatelhc

For reference:*

dsmaint recreatelhc

419 Scam now over SnailMail

Bill gates once said that if everyone had to pay few cents per sent email, spam would just go away. Here’s another proof of why he was once again wrong…

My sister received a letter, not an e-mail, with the familiar to me tone. A dead millionaire has some money to be given to me, the lucky winner.

The redacted letter(all images are clickable):

My sister thought it might be true, but she did the right thing of showing it to me. Few blatant things jumped out at me.

1. The company logo was printed on a color printer instead of a pre-printed letterhead. If this is indeed coming from a financial lawyer, I would expect him to be able to afford a letterhead.

2. They couldn’t even align all the lines of the address properly to left justified

3. The signature is clearly printed. But, benefit of the doubt, I have seen legitimate people having signature on a stamp to avoid hand-signing everything. In this case, however, the black text is seen over the blue signature, which means the signature is a picture below the text.

4. Even if they avoided signing by embedding a picture instead of stamp, using a picture instead of a stamp is just ridiculous. It’s clear the picture of a stamp is under the yellow printed line, which, contrary to what one would expect, is not a pre-printed letterhead.

5. ozu dot es. Really. Could’ve at least set up a fake domain. Anyone can register for an e-mail there. Going back to the argument that a financial lawyer can afford his own domain/website. I don’t make nearly as much as a lawyer does, yet I got 2 domains.

6. The envelope leads me to believe that the letter came from Britain. The LMS NCC Class WT stamp, which is a British steam engine, can be found on Royal Mail’s website

As I was preparing to write this post, I visited my parents over the weekend, and they handed me a letter with a WTF expression. It was the same text template, except the millionaire at issue has a different first name (obviously same last name to make it personal), different amount of money, coming from different lawyer and much better looking letter, yet still not pre-printed letterhead. By the way that my dad’s first name was misspelled, it became absolutely clear that the addresses were taken out of white pages. Oh and, this time, the letter came from Portugal, making it an international effort.

None of my friends have heard of this via snail mail, so I’m pretty sure this is a new thing. Not sure what to do about this, or if something can be done, but it’s time everyone educates their grandmas, who might not have known what e-mail is, on dangers of 419 scams. Clearly these criminals make enough money from this to be able to afford a dollar per letter.

How to read a dictionary

So I saw this tweet yesterday from @TrafficServices “If you hear someone say they had an accident, laugh and tell them to read this.

The article quotes the dictionary:

According the Oxford Dictionary an accident is described as:
Noun – 1.) an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. 2.) an incident that happens by chance or without apparent cause. 3.) chance

But then, the author seems to assume that dictionary implies all meanings at once, and argues that because it’s not “without apparent cause” or by “chance”, it’s not an accident. So I’d like to bring another example, straight from the dictionary:

drop – noun 1) a  small  quantity  of  liquid  that  falls  or  is  produced  in  a  more  or  less  spherical  mass;  a  liquid  globule 2) a  decline  in  amount,  degree,  quality,  value,  etc.:  a  drop  in  prices.  3) a  central  depository  where  items  are  left  or  transmitted:  a  mail  drop. 4) a  steep  slope:  a  short  drop  to  the  lake. (There were more. I picked a few to demonstrate the contrast)

You can see that completely different meanings are separated by 1) 2) 3) so the phrase “A drop in prices” has nothing to do with rain, water or any other liquid.

Applying the same concept to the word “accident

When a driver gets distracted and runs a red, it was preventable and predictable that he was going to crash the car, but he did not intend it, nor was he expecting it. I’m sure he didn’t wake up that morning and say “I’m gonna get in an accident today”. That’s why it’s an accident

I accidentally dropped my blackberry” – it can be both preventable and predictable, yet it’s still unintended and unexpected. Therefore, an ACCIDENT

Remember, only ONE meaning at a time, not all 3.

So, Sergeant Tim Burrows, please learn how to interpret a dictionary before trying to teach people how to speak. In the meantime, just stick with writing tickets.

PS “Whoose” is not a word. As a matter of fact my spell-check picked it up.

Some useful(for me at least) SQL scripts

I’m not an SQL developer, and since I don’t use these often, I tend to forget, so….

Check mirror port:

SELECT type_desc, port FROM sys.tcp_endpoints;

Set mirror port:

FOR database_mirroring (ROLE = Partner);

Set mirror partner:

SET PARTNER = ‘TCP://server.domain:PORT’



More to come

The Golden Rule of an Argument

So you find yourself in a verbal confrontation with someone. Could be a friend, girlfriend/boyfriend, roommate. Basically anyone who isn’t impartial to you. The tension rises. The accusations grow. Verbal diarrhea pokes its ugly head out.

Stop for just a second, and remember one thing.

This argument will eventually end, and followed by a bro hug/make-up sex, everything will go back to the way it was. Unless…

Logical accusations and demands are part of an argument. Sometimes they’re unfounded, other times they will lead to an improvement of a situation, maybe an apology. And no matter how much of your temper has evaporated, remember to keep it that way. Anything beyond that may and probably will be remembered long after the argument is over. Calling someone a name that may sound clever at the time will be carried for a long time. People say that words can hurt, and that’s because it’s true. However, sometimes you may be the one getting hurt by them. Depending on the personality you’re up against, it can come up next time you are at fault, and now all of a sudden you have to explain yourself or apologize for something that’s not even a part of that argument. And if you do have to use a word or a phrase, make sure you’re not being a hypocrite. Wouldn’t it suck when an argument is all of a sudden turned around and every little thing is mentioned that you’ve done wrong  that makes you a much better candidate for that word than the person you intended it for.

Oh, and whatever you do, never, ever, apply your anger to inanimate objects. If you end up breaking something of a sentimental value, no matter how forgiving the person is, it will forever stay in the back of their mind.

So when you lost your cool and feel like spilling everything you got on your mind, remember the golden rule. It will save your ass in the long run.

Things I shouldn’t have to say, but something tells me still deserve an honorable mention:

Don’t get physical. Seriously. I’m not even gonna mention a grocery list of reasons why it’s a bad idea.

Don’t get others involved. You don’t know for sure which side they’ll take, and won’t it suck when all of a sudden you’re outnumbered. And if you lose the argument, you’ll end up looking like ass to more than just one person.

Everything I’ve listed are the direct repercussions. There are many others, but they would fit in a post of their own.

So there you have it. Take it for what it is. A friendly advice.


Why I’m doing this

In my eyes, blogging has been overrated. Everybody wants to spill their thoughts onto a permanent printed format, with quite a bit of it, to be honest, being boring diary entries. I’ve toyed with the idea myself before, but never materialized. Not because I don’t have any thoughts to lay out, but because my brain thinks much faster than I can write or even type, and by the time I finish typing up the first point, two more have come and gone in my head.

So why am I actually doing this now?

My job, and hobby, requires a lot of work with computers. We don’t really have a very good knowledge base system in house, and I find that once in a while I come across an issue that I’ve solved before, but completely forgot how. I’ve decided to take matter into my own hands, and while I’m at it, I figured I’d help out others having similar issues.

This blog will probably veer off into other directions as well, but I will try to stay as close to techno babble as possible. So, without further ado…..

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