Thursday, 21 March 2013

Assigning license to VMWare ESXi 5

This was a little frustrating.  The ESXi host keeps nagging me to enter a license key - even though the hypervisor was free.
After some messing around I found it was actually quite easy:
1) Get your free license key from VMWare (you are given this duirng the download process)
2) Download the vSphere Client from the IP address of your host
3) Open your host in the left window
4) Select the "Configuration" tab
5) On the left hand side there is a "Hardware" section and a "Software" section.  Look in the "Software" section and select "Licensed Features"
6) On the right hand side of the screen look for and click the "Edit" button.  A pop up window will be displayed. The screen is divided into two sections and each is selectable with a radio button.  Select the "Assign a new license key to this host" radio button
7) Now, click the "Enter Key..." button and you can enter the license key provided by VMWare that you got in step 1.  Click "OK"
8) Click "OK" again to close the pop up.
Thats it, finished.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Getting a Blackberry Z10 working with IBM Notes

For everyone who wants to get a Blackberry Z10 working against IBM Lotus Notes/Domino.  

Firstly, you DO NOT need to have a BES 10 server for this to work - The BES 10 server is only for managing the devices.  If you manage your handset via BES10, then BES10 will take over all your Traveler policies overriding any Domino traveler policies (so beware).

What we did:
A - Infrastructure stuff
1. Install Domino 9.0 Social Edition (beta)
2. Install Traveler version 9 
(Some others have also had success on Lotus Traveler 8.5.3 on Domino 8.5.3)

B - Handset stuff
1. Open the "Setup" application on your blackberry z10
2. Under the "Get Connected" section there is an icon labelled "Accounts".  Tap this.
3. A menu at the bottom of the screen is shown.  Select the "Add Account" option
4. The "Add Account" screen is shown.  On the menu at the bottom of the screen tap the "Advanced" option
5. The "Advanced Setup" screen is shown.  Tap the option "Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync"
6. The "Add Account" form is displayed.  Enter the following:

  • Description.  Whatever you type here will be seen on your Blackberry Hub
  • Leave the "Domain" field BLANK
  • In "Username" - enter your iNotes user name 
  • For "Email Address" enter you notes SMTP email address
  • For "Password" enter your iNotes password
  • In "Server Address" enter the public URL of your traveler server
  • In "Port", enter the port that traveler will use.  We configured "443" in our system
  • If using SSL then turn on the SSL option
  • If using a VPN then turn on the "Use VPN" option
  • Ensure that you turn on "Push"
  • Leave “Sync Timeframe set to 30 days”
  • At the top of the screen click the “Next" button
  • The handset will attempt to synchronise with your traveler server and you will get a message saying “Checking for support services and policy information.  Behind the scenes traveler will create a profile for you.
  • You may get some messages about https certificates.  If you do click “Continue” past those
  • At the next screen entitiled “Add Account” specify what things you want to syncrhonise (Sync Emai, Sync Contacts, Sync Calendar, Sync Tasks, Sync Memos) then on the top of the screen click the “Done” button
  • You will get the message “Saving and verifying your settings”.  Again you may get a Provider Identity Not Verifiable” message if there is an issue with https certificate again, click “Continue” 

You can now go to the Blackberry “Hub” and you will have an entry for your Lotus Notes mail.