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VMWare Workstation Feature Request: Better Raw Disk Access

January 23rd, 2015

I’ve made the following feature request to VMWare to improve the handling of raw disks under virtual machines in their Workstation product and was wondering if anybody else felt it’ll be handy for them:

Practically everytime I start a VMWare Workstation VM on Windows7 which uses a raw disk partition/physical disk, I receive the “Partition table changed” message and have to manually reset the hard disks for the VM. Can I therefore request a feature which will prevent this from happening (or, at the very least, make it easier to sort out).

Ideally, I’d like the VM to use the drive’s UUID to identify the physical drive instead of using “PhysicalDriveX” – this means that it shouldn’t matter if they drive is read by Windows reads the physical drives in a different order, the same drive will be found.

When adding a physical disk, could the drop down be modified to provide useful information – so instead of just:
Device:
* PhysicalDrive0
* PhysicalDrive1
etc
it is:
* PhysicalDrive0 – CRUCIAL M4-CT256M4SSD2
* PhysicalDrive1 – HITACHI HTS727575A9E364
(so make and model of the drive)
or at the very least the drive size or the partition count:
* PhysicalDrive0 – 689.64Gb (3 partitions)
* PhyiscalDrive1 – 238.47Gb (5 partitions)

This will make it easier to spot which drive and partition I’m after instead of manually selecting each drive to see which partition I need to reattach the 2 drives needed for my VM.

Finally, if there was a way of reordering the drives in VMWare Workstation, it’ll be appreciated (in case of reattaching the drives in the wrong order).

Farnham hotel prices compared

August 5th, 2014

Please bear in mind this post was written for my own research purposes/notes and prices/availability and your needs will differ.

Checked on the 5th of August for a one night stay 12-13th August for a double room for a single guest. Walking distances given from the hotel to GU9 7NJ (Borelli Yard, Farnham) via Google Maps.

  • Mercure Bush Hotel, Farnham – £129 non-refundable. £139 cancellable up to 2pm on arrival day. Board only. Free parking. Free wifi. < 0.1 miles. [I have stayed here, centrally located, quite a bit of free parking available for guests, but can be a bit of a maze]
  • 1 Park Row, Farnham – £88. Free continental breakfast. Unclear cancellation policy. Free wifi. No parking. 0.2 miles. [I have stayed here, it’s a nice little centrally located B&B, but only has 5 rooms and no parking – nearby parking is £10+ per day]
  • Bishops Table, Farnham – £120 cancellable up to 4pm on day before. 2% credit card fee. Board only. Free wifi. 0.2 miles
  • Hotel DeVie – £95. 48 hour cancellation policy. Free snack bar/cereals/toast (possibly free English breakfast: unclear). Free parking. Free wifi. 0.6 miles
  • Princess Royal – £96 non-refundable. £107 cancellable up to day before. Board only. Free wifi. 1.6 miles
  • Farnham House Hotel – £70 cancellable up to 4pm on the day before. Board only. Free wifi. 2.1 miles
  • Premier Inn, Aldershot – £87 pre-pay, £91 cancellable up to 1pm on arrival day. £2 credit card fee. Board only. Wifi: £3 for 24 hours. 3 miles.
  • Hogs Head, Farnham – £69 non-cancellable. £79 cancellable up to 12 noon day before. Free parking. Board only. Free wifi. 2.5% credit card fee. 3.8 miles
  • Holiday Inn, Farnborough – £141 non-refundable, 7 days in advance. £155 cancellable up to 4pm on arrival day. Board only. Wifi £16. 4.9 miles.

Jobs ahoy!

May 2nd, 2014

I know of quite a few companies currently recruiting – so if you are job hunting and think any of the following are of interest to you, please get in contact:

Leicester based
Senior Magento Developer
Senior Digital Designer
WordPress Developer
Account Manager

London based
Account Manager
Big Data Engineer
DevOps Engineer / Big Data SysAdmin
Machine Learning Specialist
Partnership Development Manager?

Guidford based
Sales Executive
DevOps Engineer
Python Software Developer
Systems Administrator

Brighton based
Java Developer
Head of User Experience and Design (UI / UX)
Senior Designer/UI Developer
Accountant
Senior Accountant
Trainee Account Manager (Finance Industry)
Outbound Sales Advisor

UK (contract/remote work)
WordPress Developer (up to £30/per hour)
Senior WordPress Developer (up to £45/per hour)
Symfony Developer

Clearing DNS caches

December 11th, 2013

Just moved your site to a new provider/host and want to try and clear various DNS caches? Well, using http://www.opendns.com/support/cache/ will clear OpenDNS and https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/cache will clear Google’s: so that should get quite a few people sorted (if you are running Chrome copying chrome://net-internals/#dns into the address bar will clear your local cache).

Any body know any other DNS cache clearing snippets?

Linux: Setting up a VPN to only route specific IP addresses

October 20th, 2013

This post will detail how to setup a Linux Mint 14 (based on Ubuntu) desktop machine (so using the GUI) to connect to a PPTP/L2TP VPN account (from SafeVPN.Net) and only route accesses to certain/set specified IP addresses.

In this scenario, I’m working on the fact that you’ve only just up for a PPTP/L2TP VPN account from SafeVPN.Net (or another VPN provider) and have been given details such as:

Destination: Major Town(Country)
VPN Server IP: 198.51.100.1
Your IP: 192.0.2.2
L2TP/PPTP VPN Username: vpn12345
Password: pa55w0rd

And you’ve informed “XYZ Inc” that your new “static IP address” is 192.0.2.2 (the Your IP section above) and that they’ve let you know you should now be able to connection from 192.0.2.2 to their “XYZ Server” on 203.0.113.3

1. First of all, open “Network Connections” (click Menu->Search and search for “Network Connections”) and then click the “VPN” tab.
2. Click “Add” and under the “Choose a VPN Connection Type”, select “Point-to-point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP)” and click “Create”
3. In the Connection name box, enter a name for you to refer to the connection to (such as “SafeVPN – Major Town(Country)”)
4. In the “VPN” tab, for the “Gateway” enter the VPN Server IP (such as 198.51.100.1)
5. In the “VPN” tab, enter the L2TP/PPTN VPN Username and password.
6. In the “VPN” tab, click “Advanced” and ensure that for Authentication, ONLY MSCHAP and MSCHAPv2 are enabled (so disable PAP, CHAP and EAP). Enable “Use Point-To-Point encryption (MPPE)” with a security level of “All Available (DEfault) and enable “Allow BSD data compression”, “Allow Deflate Compression”, and “Use TCP header compression”.
7. Click “OK” on the “PPTP Advanced Options” box
8. Ensure “Available to all users” is set

If you were to save and connect at this point, all your internet traffic would be filtered over the VPN (if this is what you want, jump to step 13), but we only want traffic to “XYZ Server” on 203.0.113.3 to go over the VPN, so let’s continue setting things up.

9. Now click on the “IPv4 Settings” tab and click “Routes…”
10. Click “Add” and in the “Address” box, enter the IP address of the machine you which to access. For our XYZ server, this is “203.0.113.3”. In the “Netmask” box enter “255.255.255.255” (to indicate we only want this single IP address). Leave the Gateway and Metric boxes empty.
11. Select “Use this connection only for resources on its network”
12. Click “Ok” on the “Editing IPv4 routes” box

13. Click “Save…”
14. On your task bar, left-click the “Network Connections” icon (usually your wireless symbol or network cables joining icon). There should now be an option labelled “VPN Connections”, just select that and then your connection (“SafeVPN – Major Town(Country)” in our example)

You should now have access to the remote system over the VPN connection with all your other traffic using your normal connection!

(All IP addresses used in this example are from the “reserved for documentation” ranges as detailed in RFC 5737 and should not be publicly routable)

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