Monday, April 7, 2008

creating an autorun.inf file

Here is an IM conversation I had with a friend of mine today. I thought it might help others.

Erik says: Hi Joel -- DVD burning question, whenever you have a sec.....
Joel says: sure, I hope I can help
Erik says: ok
Erik says: Here's the deal
Erik says: We have a customer who wants us to burn DVDs for them
Erik says: And they have the DVD we're supposed to burn -- it has all the files, but it will not autoplay
Erik says: you have to double-click the .exe or whatever, and then it plays fine
Erik says: Our contact can't figure out how to make it auto-play
Erik says: Do you have any tips?
Joel says: there needs to be a file in the "root" directory (the first directory on the DVD)
Erik says: Okay
Erik says: so this would have to be done in whatever program created the DVD in the first place
Erik says: created the demo presentation
Joel says: the file needs to be called autorun.inf
Erik says: How does she create that file?
Joel says: you can do it, it is just a text doc with some instructions
Erik says: oh, Can we just create a text doc, name it autorun.inf and call it good?
Joel says: no, it has to point to what will be autorun
Joel says: hold on
Erik says: Oh, ok
Joel says: put this text in the autorun.inf file
ICON=<.gif file you want the autorun icon to look like -- optional>

Friday, April 4, 2008

VMWare Virtual Center Upgrade 2.0 --> 2.5

I did a little more digging on the VMWare problem and the log states it has do with an issue when upgrading the performance data. In my case I felt that it wasn't that important so I selected not to keep performance data at the start of the database upgrade wizard. Unchecking the upgrade performance data did do the trick.

The Newb Post

My wife has been blogging for about 3 years now, and I have avoided it, but my inner geek has now gotten the better of me. It will be interesting to see how much I post and if I have anything interesting to say.

I have been working on some VMWare issues at work. When I go to upgrade from the VMWare Control Center 2.0 to 2.5, it gives me a MSSQL error that the database version is incompatible with the version of VMWare. This has been the bane of my existence.

I am also working on implementing Nagios monitoring on the project I am working on for my job. This has been a fun challenge, as I haven't ever worked on site monitoring aspects before.