July 30th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

tl;dr Version:  Don’t trust version numbers on folder names.  I somehow had 2.0 plugin files in my 1.1 folder, so no matter how many times I installed/re-installed 1.1 it continued to use the 2.0 files.  Delete ALL vsphere.bigdataextension folders from c:ProgramDataVmwarevSphere Web Clientvc-packagesvsphere-client-serenity

I seem to have come across an odd bug in relation to the VMware Big Data Extensions appliance.  I had installed VMware BDE 2.0 and 1.1  in my lab, however I needed to use just 1.1.  As BDE comes as an appliance and web client plugin this should have been fairly straight forward.  Since I had already installed BDE 2.0 I removed the plugin using the Unisntall option on the install-plugin page and also removed the corresponding files from

c:ProgramDataVmwarevSphere Web Clientvc-packagesvsphere-client-serenity (Serenity now, serenity now!)

per the BDE directions:  http://pubs.vmware.com/bde-1-1/index.jsp#com.vmware.bigdataextensions.admin.doc/GUID-D53A05EE-0524-4EAA-A5BF-F52810148E53.html

I did NOT remove the 1.1.0568 folder, because well that was the version I wanted.  Next I uninstalled the 2.0 plugin using https://bde20.fqdn/install-plugin and then installed the 1.1 plugin using https://bde11.fqdn/install-plugin and provide it with the vCenter server information

bde-install

 

As you can see here the installation was successful from my BDE 1.1 appliance.  However, when I logged into vCenter I still have the BDE 2.0 plugin

bde2

To test further, I installed a VCSA, moved an ESXi host to the new vCenter and deployed BDE 1.1 there.  Then I installed the client plugin from the new BDE 1.1 server to both vCenters.  As you can see here I am still getting the 2.0 plugin from somewhere (that somewhere is coming) even though I deleted the 2.0 files from the Windows server.

bdeahh

I combed the /mob directory, local file system and registry thanks to a few folks on Twitter and removed some other file references but would continually receive the same BDE 2.0 client plugin.   As a last ditch effort I removed all BDE folder instances, including the 1.1 folder

empty-ishfolder

 

Now when I deploy the 1.1 plugin I get the correct version.  The plug-in installer appears to push the 2.0 files into the 1.1 folder even though they were/are labeled separately!

 

Unable to install VMware Big Data Extension Plug-in 1.1 after removing BDE 2.0

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October 10th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

So I have been asked a couple of times how I am Tweeting out my older posts. I have been thinking of this for awhile and had thought about creating my own plugin or hoping WP-Twitter plugin would add this feature.  I did a search and found a plugin Tweetily, now this plugin does exactly what i was looking for. Not to mention it was free! I love free plug-ins that do what I need then too.

So Tweetily simply picks a random post from the database and tweets it out. now you can take it a couple steps further and automate it to some other social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook by using If This Then That website.

Why want this feature?

Pure and simple more traffic, I know many bloggers out there are sitting there with old posts that are still effective and timing is everything on posts and things get overlooked and forgotten about. This plugin allows for those older posts to become more relevant. I use a personal Bitly url shortener Blu-rt.me and the great thing about bitly is ability to track links being clicked.  As you can see in the image below 463 clicks have come from new and old posts.

Bitly stats

 

That’s just clicks in last 30 days. I haven’t checked since I started, but I average 10 new links a week. I know by adding up the old posts that I have had over 200 more clicks through to old articles. Even if this number was less and it got only 20 I think it adds value to site.

Tweetily

The plugin is very straight forward. Despite it not showing compatible for latest version of WordPress it works.

Tweetily

 

As you can see in the image above pretty simple. Connect you Twitter account and you start selecting through the options. I have it set for every X amount of hours to post one post.  I also add the hashtag #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) you can put whatever you want. You can see when the next post is scheduled to post.

Say you want to exclude certain posts or categories, well it can do that as well.

Tweetily Menu

 

Just choose the Exclude Posts option and there you can select certain categories or individual posts.

Tweetily Exclude

 

That’s it. Enjoy your old posts bringing some more life to your blog.

Nerd’s Blurt

I love this tool and recommend it. I do wish it was being updated more though. A few features I would like is on a post or page there is a check box to exclude the post this way when writing the post you can select to do it then. Overall it is pretty low key and a great addition to any bloggers tool set.

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