Create a 32bit DSN for VMware Update Manager

If you are installing a VMware Update Manager database onto an existing 64bit SQL server, you will need to add a 32bit DSN in order for the VMware Update Manager installer to find the database that you wish install to. Firstly create a new empty database for VMware Update Manager using SQL Management Studio:

Adding a new database in SQL Management Studio

Next locate and run odbcad32.exe which can be found c:\Windows\SysWow64, and add a new system DSN on the system tab. Then, choose the relevant driver for your DSN, in my case ‘SQL Server Native Client 10.0’, as shown below.

Choose the relevant SQL Server Driver version for the DSN

Assign a name to the DSN, and then specify the SQL instance that hosts the database:

Assign a name to your new 32bit DSN

Then specify the database that you are creating the DSN for under the ‘Change the default database to:’ section. Finally click next, and finish to complete creating the new DSN:

Specify the database that you are creating the DSN for

Now, when you run the VMware Update Manager installation you should be able to select the appropriate database in the ‘Use an existing supported database’ section and continue with your installation:

Select your 32bit DSN in the VMware Update Manager installation


Using DNSlint to verify the integrity of DNS records used for Active Directory Replication

DNSlint is a Microsoft Support tool that can be used to inspect the integrity of your domain’s DNS records. This can be useful if you are having problems with Active Directory replication, or if you want to check the integrity of your of your DNS records after removing a failed Domain Controller for example.

To check DNS records used for for AD replication in your domain install DNSlint and run the following command:

dnslint /ad /s IP_ADDRESS

Where IP_ADDRESS is the IP address of one of the DNS servers in your domain.


DNSlint Utility


show dsl int replacement command for Cisco 880 series routers

If you try to run the:

show dsl int

Command on a Cisco 880 series ADSL/VDSL router to get info and stats about your adsl interface it will fail. The new replacement for this command is:

show controllers vdsl 0