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VMware Hands On Labs

Introduction

In a previous post, I covered the VMware Experts Program. When I was attending the Program, one of the things Don Sullivan mentioned was the VMware Hands On Labs (HOL). I hadn’t had a chance to explore those before, so I was interested to see what they were like.

VMWare Experts Program, Sydney

A few weeks back, I received an invitation from Don Sullivan to attend the Sydney version of the VMWare Experts Program. I worked with Don during our time at Oracle, and caught up with him again a couple of years ago at one of the Collaborate conferences. He had moved on to VMWare, and is still working for them today.

Post GI / RDBMS Installation Configuration Steps

Introduction

This is the third article in a series of blog posts on building a test environment to closely match a Production environment so we could then upgrade the test environment from Oracle Database 12.1 to Oracle Database 12.2. In the first post, I covered performing a silent installation of the grid infrastructure software. In the second post, I followed that by performing a similar silent installation of the RDBMS software. In this post, I’ll be covering the rest of the configuration work for this environment.

Extending a Logical Volume Group

Introduction

Today I ran into the situation where I needed to extend a logical volume group so I could complete an installation. I’d already installed the Grid Infrastructure, but there wasn’t enough room remaining to install the Oracle kernel on the same device. This is for a test environment which was being built on a VM that had just been created, and performance is not the issue we’re looking at here, so installing the Grid Infrastructure and RDBMS on the same device is not a concern for me. I’ve been around the Oracle database for way too many years, but my sysadmin skills leave a lot to be desired, so I did what anyone in this situation would do – I googled “resize volume linux” and followed someone else’s instructions.

Building a Hyper-V Environment for SharePoint Prototype – Part 3

In my previous post, I covered the installation of SQL Server 2016 SP1 for our Hyper-V environment. After that is completed, we are ready to install SharePoint Server 2016. That’s what I’ll be covering here. Firstly, you need to download a copy of the software. At the time of writing this post, SharePoint Server 2016 is available from Microsoft. That’s the version I’ve downloaded for installation on the VM.

Installing the Prerequisites

To start the installation, double click on the “officeserver.img” file that you downloaded:

PowerPoint 2013 Always Starts Minimized

This post has nothing to do with Oracle or Enterprise Manager at all, so if that’s all you’re interested in you can stop reading now. :)

Yesterday I ran into the situation where PowerPoint would only open minimized on the task bar and nothing I could do would get it to budge from there. The only way I could get PowerPoint to start and be displayed on any monitor was to start it in safe mode. [As an aside, to start PowerPoint (or indeed any Office product) in Safe Mode you just need to hold down the Control key while double-clicking either the PowerPoint program or any PowerPoint document.] After starting PowerPoint successfully in Safe Mode, I could see PowerPoint on my screen, but when I closed it down and tried to restart in normal mode, it would always start minimized.

When Your Hard Disk is Too Slow

When Your Hard Disk is Too Slow  Those of you who know me well know that I like my hardware fast.  You may also know that I run multiple virtual machines (VM’s) at once to demonstrate different Enterprise Manager functionality.  To do that on a laptop raises some challenges, so I use what my boss […]