Thursday, October 17, 2013

Win7 - add application to All Programs or Search field

I use PSFTP.EXE as a light SFTP client to help troubleshoot SFTP server access.  You can find it here:

Unfortunately, since there is no real Windows "install" required,  Win7 just considers it a file.  You won't find it via Start | All Programs, and if you move it to your C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) folder to keep your application directory structure organized, you won't find it by simply typing the executable name either.

The easy way to get around this for me is:

Right click the executable and choose Send To | Desktop (create shortcut)

Then, move the shortcut to the C:\Users\your alias\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cisco IM&P 9.1.1 adding high availability error

After upgrading a Cisco CUPS server from 8.5 to IM&P (9.1.1SU1), I installed a second node to be used for high availability in the same cluster. Following the "Deployment Guide for IM and Presence Service on Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Release 9.1(1)", after the install I was happy to see the database status report showed good replication and no issues with any network connectivity, rhosts, etc.  All looked good.

Unfortunately I then found via the System Dashboard that the new high availability server was reporting "The node is not installed or is unreachable".

The same was confirmed via the troubleshooter menu option.

Regardless, I attempted to add the high availability option in the cluster topology.  The resulting error was "High Availability action failed - a mismatch detected between server versions".  Odd, as both servers reported after running show version active at the CLI.  It's also actually difficult to install a mismatched server version, even if you wanted to.

Ultimately, running
show os secure status
returned enforcing.

utils os secure permissive
and then rebooting the cluster eliminated all the errors and allowed the high availability feature add.