Friday, August 28, 2009

Sonicwall Sonicpoints

These things are still having issues. We got them stable for 2 weeks, but now one of them is on the fritz again. The N access points seem to be more problems than the G ones. I have another service case open with Sonicwall, their support is pretty unresponsive in general. Annoying.

Too bad, because the product is great!

Vsphere server issues and upgrade progress

So I found out that using the host update tool versus Vcenter update manager is much easier and more reliable when moving from ESXi 3.5 to 4.0. Before I was using the update manager and it wasn't working all that reliably. So far I haven't had any issues using the host update tool. I've done many upgrades now, and I only have 4 left, 3 of which I am doing this weekend.

Whenever I speak to vmware they always think I'm using ESX, when I prefer and expect that people should move to the more appliance model of ESXi. With 4.0 they are pretty much on par, and I'm going to stick with ESXi.

On one of my vsphere 4.0 servers (virtualcenter) its doing this annoying thing when I try to use the performance overview:


Perf Charts service experienced and internal error.



Report application initialization is not completed successfully. Retry in 60 seconds.


In my stats.log I see this.


[28 Aug 09, 22:28:07] [ERROR] com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.StatsApplicationLauncher : Task execution produced an error. Re-initialization attempt #26 will startup after 60 seconds...

java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.lang.IllegalStateException: com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.StatsReportException: Unable to open VC DataSource.

    at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerGet(

    at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.get(

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.StatsApplicationLauncher$ Source)


Caused by: java.lang.IllegalStateException: com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.StatsReportException: Unable to open VC DataSource.

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.StatsApplicationLauncher$1$ Source)

    at java.util.concurrent.Executors$

    at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerRun(


    at java.util.concurrent.ScheduledThreadPoolExecutor$ScheduledFutureTask.access$301(

    at java.util.concurrent.ScheduledThreadPoolExecutor$

    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.runTask(

    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$

    ... 1 more

Caused by: com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.StatsReportException: Unable to open VC DataSource.

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.VcDataSourceInitializer.init(Unknown Source)

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.StatsReportInitializer.createInitializers(Unknown Source)

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.StatsReportInitializer.init(Unknown Source)

    ... 9 more

Caused by: org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.SQLNestedException: Cannot create PoolableConnectionFactory (The connection to the named instance has failed. Error: Receive timed out.)

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.BasicDataSource.createDataSource(

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.BasicDataSource.getConnection(

    at com.vmware.vim.stats.webui.startup.VcDataSourceInitializer.openVcDataSource(Unknown Source)

    ... 12 more

Caused by: The connection to the named instance has failed. Error: Receive timed out.

    at Source)

    at Source)

    at Source)

    at Source)

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.DriverConnectionFactory.createConnection(

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.PoolableConnectionFactory.makeObject(

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.BasicDataSource.validateConnectionFactory(

    at org.apache.tomcat.dbcp.dbcp.BasicDataSource.createDataSource(

    ... 14 more


I have an open case with vmware right now. See if I can get it fixed.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ahh my favorite

So we pay a LOT for support on some software, you are talking about 30-50k. I just got this email from one of my vendors. They happen to be one I am not fond of which I have commented on before:

Only 2 months and 10 days for a ticket reply for a new license.

Date of email reply - 8/20/2009 3:37am

Dear Jonah

Please find attached the license requested

Kind regards,

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 03:22
To: Support EMEA
Subject: INC000000007516 License-request