Virtualbox 5.1 & Vagrant 1.8.4

after releasing the new shiny Virtualbox 5.1 there is few things need to do with Vagrant 1.8.4 so it will work

my host machine is Windows but I guess many will find the right path quite easy.

under C:\HashiCorp\Vagrant\embedded\gems\gems\vagrant-1.8.4\plugins\providers\virtualbox

edit the file plugin.rb and meta.rb


autoload :Version_5_1, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_5_1”, __FILE__)


module Driver
autoload :Meta, File.expand_path(“../driver/meta”, __FILE__)
autoload :Version_4_0, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_4_0”, __FILE__)
autoload :Version_4_1, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_4_1”, __FILE__)
autoload :Version_4_2, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_4_2”, __FILE__)
autoload :Version_4_3, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_4_3”, __FILE__)
autoload :Version_5_0, File.expand_path(“../driver/version_5_0”, __FILE__)

or get plugin.rb and meta.rb from Vagrant Github

then under C:\HashiCorp\Vagrant\embedded\gems\gems\vagrant-1.8.4\plugins\providers\virtualbox\driver add the file version_5_1.rb from Vagrant Github

that’s it
good luck

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Get DataBase and System information from SQL

Before we migrate or upgrade we need to know some critical information that helps us find out about how SQL/System will be licensed based on CPU/Socket/Cores, some other information related to collation to find out what is the best way to consolidate Databases.

so I made this scrip that helped to get the basic informations that i needed, I decided to share it with the community and hopefully will be helpful for you. Continue reading

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Apple’s next approach to music revolution

We have to always remember Apple is a company that need to win market shares and to sell to keep going by introducing new products even if it is based on an existing technology at least they present it with a new perspective to make it fun and easy to be used by the average consumers.

Apple always claim that music is at the core of its business, yet lately I have to say that nothing new came from Apple, that made a good space to a new comers like Spotify to jump in and be really successful.

However, there is something Apple is trying to do, as usual it is new (exists but they will present it in a new way) and will be the new money machine.

I believe it will be the HD audio music format, but why?

First, it is new area where Apple can offer a better and more attractive product for the consumers.

Second, it is the new money machine, as Apple will sell both HD music and a new Hardware.


Let us go back in time to 2012 when Apple introduced the Lightning connector to its new iOS devices, it is easy to use, modern, smaller, durable, designed so it will be plugged in-and-out many times and (mark this well) it is a digital connector which opens doors to a new set of devices to be connected to the iOS device and probably to make only specific type devices able to plugged to it.

In 2014 Apple bought “Beats Electronics LLC” that are famous for BeatAudio and BeatMusic.


So, what is all this about? How will Apple combine all this to make more money if we look at this from Apple’s perspective?

Remember that Apple’s small earbuds will not match BeatAudio headphones when it comes to Audio listening experience, so there is a space to sell Apple branded Headphones that is already has a well-established market worldwide.

The HD Audio format will need such headphones, as you will not really enjoy it with the bundled Apple’s small earbuds.

The digital connector (Lightning connector) in the iOS devices will be useful to have a high quality DACs decoding the HD Audio format to beautiful and clear quality digital signal.

Would it be logical to see BeatAudio headphones made by Apple contain DACs for the new HD Audio format and uses the digital connector (Lightning connector) to enjoy the music?

I would not be surprised, as it will make people buy the HD Audio music and the new headphones, as well as licensing that to HiFi Music/Audio Hardware manufacturer.

Would we see iOS devices with HD Audio DACs build right in? And, the only way to use the build in DAC is through the Lightning connector? Are we going to see some new headphones by Apple with only Lightning connector designed only for HD Audio format?


All we have is to wait and see if this going to happen.

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Auto Start/Shutdown Oracle Database 11g R2 on Linux

Installing Oracle Database 11g R2 on a Linux Server (you can check my previous post) does not provide the database the possibility to preform an automatic startup/shutdown when the system is starts or shutdown, we need to do it manually!

so here is a few steps to make it happen automatically.

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Installing Oracle Database 11gR2 on Oracle Linux 5

To install Oracle Database 11g R2 on a Linux server there if few things we need to keep in mind that installing Oracle Database is quite simple, it’s the pre-installation process that can be tricky.

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What does Apple need to do for Mac users?

Any successful company needs to focus and expand the areas where there are profits.

Through the last years we saw that Apple is focusing on iOS based devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, AppleTV) where profit comes not only from selling the iOS devices but comes from the iTunes contents (music, video, apps and books).

But, what about Mac, the Apple Computers? What is the future? Continue reading

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Installing VMware vCenter on Windows 2008 R2


I have to say that VMware could do better installation process, but ….

I have Windows 2008 R2 with MSSQL Server (64bit) already installed (I will not use the MSSQL that comes with the vCenter installation)

any ways, Windows 2008 R2 is 64Bit only, there is no 32Bit, here is what I found and it may help!

  1. you need to make sure that the server name is no longer than 15 character.
  2. Make sure the service SQL Server Agent is running, check that it is set to Automatic Startup type.
  3. you must create a DSN (vCenter requires 32Bit System DSN) so that means you need to use the Native Client (MSSQL 2008) ODBC Driver (c:\Windows\SysWOW64\sqlncli10.dll)  by running %WINDIR%\SysWOW64\odbcad32.exe then create a DSN unde System DSN.

Sofar the installation went OK, but I did not test all the functions and made sure that it works without problems!
did any one else face the same need to the steps above?

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Apple’s New Gadget!

There is a strong roamer that Apple will introduce a Tablet or a Touch Screen Mac, I think it will happen, and there is enough evidence suggest such move, but how it will be, how it will work, that is the question.

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Clone VMware with a command line

Here is a simple way to clone or copy a machine, you can do that by copying the Virtual Hard disk drive (*.vmdk) file.

by using the command  vmkfstools -i “SOURCEDISKIMAGE.vmdk” “TARGETDISKIMAGE.vmdk”

another example: vmkfstools –i /pathtoTemplateVM/template.vmdk /pathtoDestinationVM/newvm.vmdk

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Roberto Preatoni WabiSabiLabi founder arrested in Italy!

Charges against Preatoni involve spying scandal at Telecom Italia!

A founder of security start-up WabiSabiLabi Ltd. was among those arrested by Milan police in connection with an ongoing spying scandal at Telecom Italia, according to published reports.

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