Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client list of networks drop down

Using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vesion 3.1.04066, I found the first network you connect to is the only network that is automatically retained in the VPN drop down list.  I regularly need to connect to dozens of networks to provide support, so being able to populate that list and refer to it later is very helpful.

The older Cisco VPN Client allowed for a pretty simple method to add or import profiles.  Each network profile was stored in a seperate PCF file.  This would allow you to maintain a list of locations / networks in the client that you could connect to simply by choosing one on a list.

The newer Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client doesn't use provide the same method to create or maintain a list of networks. There is a drop down list though, so how does a user populate it?

On a Windows 7 machine you will find a single XML file in the C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\Profile folder. The one on my machine is called AnyConnect_Essentials_client_profile.xml.

In that file you will find a section that looks something like:

    <ServerList>
        <HostEntry>
            <HostName>vpn.thefirstcompanyiconnectedto.com</HostName>
            <HostAddress>vpn.thefirstcompanyiconnectedto.com</HostAddress>
        </HostEntry>
    </ServerList>

I found that if you simply add a second HostEntry section, the VPN client drop down list will include the second network you want to connect to.

    <ServerList>
        <HostEntry>
            <HostName>vpn.thefirstcompanyiconnectedto.com</HostName>
            <HostAddress>vpn.thefirstcompanyiconnectedto.com</HostAddress>
        </HostEntry>
        <HostEntry>
            <HostName>vpn.iaddedthismanually.com</HostName>
            <HostAddress>vpn.iaddedthismanually.com</HostAddress>
        </HostEntry>
    </ServerList>

Choose you entry from the list, click connect and Ta-Da!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cisco CIMC - The maximum number of user sessions has been reached

I somehow ran into a "The maximum number of user sessions has been reached" error when working on a new Cisco BE6000 / UCS C220 chassis install.  I had previously updated all the chassis software using the Host Upgrade Utility so I imagine it may have somehow been just me. 

To fix things you can SSH to the CIMC address and run:

show user-session

To change to a particular session from the resulting list, note the session index numbers from the user-session list and run:

scope user-session sessionindex

To end the session you just switched to, run:

terminate

To exit the scope of that session, run:

exit

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Cisco 8900 9900 slow response time and Simplified New Call UI



We recognized a bizarre issue during post-implementation support recently.  All 8961 series phones were very sluggish and they couldn’t keep up with the receptionists' fast fingers.  After investigation / research, we saw that “Simplified New Call UI” was set to “Disabled” on the root of the phone configuration.  The purpose of this feature is described below.  This was introduced in CUCM 9.x and carries through to the present Collaboration System Release.  After enabling the Simplified New Call UI” on all 8961s in the environment, response time was much faster.  Note that the same applies to the 9951 and 9971 series phones as well. Cisco Bug Tracker appears to indicate there are several related and open issues with the current firmware.


Simplified New Call Bubble
The Simplified New Call Bubble feature provides a simplified window for the user to place an off-hook call. The administrator enables or disables the feature in the Phone Configuration window using the Simplified New Call UI field. By default, the feature is disabled.
When the user start dialing a call with the Simplified New Call Window, the phone does not display possible phone number matches from the call history.
The feature is supported on the following SIP phones:

  • Cisco Unified IP Phone 8961
  • Cisco Unified IP Phone 9951
  • Cisco Unified IP Phone 9971 
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

MyDisneyPhotoPass.com Disney PhotoPass downloaded images on your PC

If you visit any of the Disney parks, at least in the USA, you have the opportunity to have your photos taken at interesting locations around the park by Disney's professional photographers.  This is a nice service, as you don't need to worry about finding someone to take your photo if your tired of the "selfie" look, they take multiple photos with good cameras so you will certainly find one you like, and you don't have to waste your time or energy taking photos when you should be enjoying the park.

When you are done with your visit, you can visit MyDisneyPhotoPass.com to review your photos and purchase the ones you like.  You can pick various print sizes and finishes, and even apply some fun effects.

For those of you interested in how their website works, here's a little information on how to find the photos you review on your local Windows PC.  These cached photos left behind from the website are likely no where as good as the ones you purchase, so I suggest you really just purchase them.  Disney provides a great vacation experience and the photographers a valuable service.

Here I'm using Mozilla's Firefox browser version 31.0 and Microsoft Windows 7.

1. Log into http://mydisneyphotopass.com or https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/ like usual.
2. Navigate to the page where you can download your photos.


3. In the Firefox menu bar, click the Menu icon (looks like three horizontal bars)
4. Then choose Options.
5. Then choose the Advanced button.
6. Then choose the Network tab.
7. Under Cached Web Content, click Clear Now button


8. Click OK to close the options form.
9. Click some photos that interest you and make them as large as possible.






10. Open a new tab in Firefox, enter about:cache?device=disk in the address bar and hit Enter.


11. Click one of the links with the larger data sizes.



12. The path next to file on disk: i.e. C:\Users\rmaslanka\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\rfsuwz4l.default\Cache\0\D6\EE8A1d01 is where one of the photos you previewed is stored on your PC.
13. To prove it, open a new tab in Firefox and paste that path in the address bar.  You should see just the photo, outside of the Disney website.



14. If you want, you can right click the picture, choose Save Image As and choose a file name and location to save the image somewhere else.