Category Archives: Windows

Collecting IBM Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) remotely on VMware ESXi

Download the portable executable for the client connecting to the remote host:

You will need to enable remote connections to the VMware ESXi shell. Using the vSphere Web Client, perform the following:

1) Browse to Home > Inventory > Hosts and Clusters.

2) Select the Host and then the Manage tab.

3) Select Security Profile and scroll down to the Services section.

4) Edit and start both the ESXi Shell and SSH services.

Since I was using Windows OS to invoke the program from a command prompt, where the filename of the executable was ibm_utl_dsa_dsyte1d-9.61_portable_windows_x86-64.exe, where the username and password are the credentials to connect to the host and the host details of the ESXi host either by hostname or IP address.

ibm_utl_dsa_dsyte1d-9.61_portable_windows_x86-64.exe –vmware-esxi <username>:<password>@<host>

The executable will then collect the system information and output to a destination location, which is by default C:\IBM_Support.

Cannot install .NET 3.5 on Windows 8.1

.NET Framework 3.5 installation error: 0x800F0906, 0x800F081F, 0x800F0907

You can use the Windows installation media as the file source when you enable the .NET Framework 3.5 feature. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Insert/Mount the Windows installation media.
  • At an elevated command prompt, run the following command:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:<drive>:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Configuring Internet Explorer 10 Proxy Via Group Policy

Admins running Windows 8 and/or Server 2012 will notice that the Internet Explorer Maintenance section has been removed entirely… the joys. These settings now have to be configured via Group Policy Preferences.

First navigate to User Configuration/Preferences/Control Panel Settings. Right-click on Internet Settings and select New > Internet Explorer 10.


Go to the Connections tab and you’ll be able to fill in any proxy information you require.


WordPress permalinks on WAMP

WordPress and WAMPserver are one of the best buddies when you want to write a personal localhost’ed blog. Recently, when I installed wordpress and chose to use ‘pretty permalinks’, all I got is Error 404-File not found. i checked the .htaccess file if the changes have been written to it. Yes, the changes were made to it and yet it won’t work.

The silly mistake I was making all the time was trying it with mod_rewrite disabled. Having used XAMPP in the past-which has mod_rewrite enabled by default, I had no idea that for WAMPserver, it would be turned off by default. So the simple fix is to enable mod_rewrite. To enable it, follow the below steps:

Click on the WAMPserver tray icon > Apache > Apache modules > Scroll down the list of available modules and clcik on ‘rewrite_module’. The Apache server would be restarted automatically and you can now use the pretty permalinks.

This also works for the ‘Internal Server Error’ error message as well.