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    Moving VMWare VMs from PC to Mac

    Andy Pedisich  November 25 2014 10:08:25 AM
    Like so many of us in Tech, I use a lot of virtual machines daily.  I wanted to move all my VM's I have on my Laptop to a new MAC.  

    I did a ton of searching on how this is done and came up with the VMWare Standalone Converter, which I downloaded and attempted to install on my Windows 7 64 bit machine.  It failed toward the end of the install.  My OCD kicked in and I uninstalled it and tried to reinstall several times, getting more frustrated each time.  

    And even though it was a lousy install I tried to use it a bunch of times to convert my Vmware Vms to VMWare Fusion on the Mac.  How's that for an obsessive reaction!

    Enter Rob from the office to my right.  He already went through this kind of PC to Mac transition about a year ago.  I explained my situation and a light bulb seemed to go off in his head, just like in Looney Tunes Road Runner cartoons.

    We plugged an external drive into my Windows 7 machine, copied the VM's I wanted to it, and plugged the external drive to my MAC. Then we copied the Vms from the drive to the Mac.  Then we did the thing that saved my mind.  We changed added the following file extension to the VM folder names:  vmwarevm.

    Done deal.  Clicked on the folder.  Up comes the VM and I am off to the races.

    Thanks for the tip, Rob!

    And, of course, I am starting a new life with the Mac.



    Incorrect alias returns

    Andy Pedisich  November 24 2014 09:35:17 AM
    Weird issue. All names have been changed to protect the innocent.

    User's address is john.smith@mycompany.com.  Suddenly when customers reply to his emails they are coming in to Image:Incorrect alias returns. I check DIP files in the workspace folder and find that the address with bad alias is showing in recent contacts. Then everything John.smith@mycompany.com sends out has the return address of Image:Incorrect alias returns.

    I check location documents and person documents in the directory and there is no alias/email address that looks like this one.

    I turn off recent contacts and blow away the all the DIP files that control recent contacts for the dynamic personal address book.  Problem solved.  People who have already corresponded with John are still using Image:Incorrect alias returns, but that is out of my control.  I can't contact customers and have them delete the old address they are using. But the problem seems to not happen for new users.

    Recently, John visits a new customer in person and gives the customer his email address verbally.  The customer writes it down as john.smith@mycompany.com.  Customer sends his first ever email to John and it comes in addressed to Image:Incorrect alias returns.   Arrgh.

    Anyone ever seen something like this where a bad alias is perpetuated?  There is a cloud based antiviral solution between that scrubs all mail between customers and John, but there are no alias names for John in the AV solution.

    Weird, isn't it?



    About anonymous mail files and missing views

    Andy Pedisich  October 31 2014 03:09:34 PM
    I've been seeing a problem that seems to happen relatively often.

    There are mail files that suddenly seem to lose their minds.  

    Image:About anonymous mail files and missing views

    Instead of the traditional username,  mail server name, and unread message count, they suddenly display "Anonymous" instead of the username.  And along with this they generally complain about missing views.  When I researched this on the web, I found many explanations for causes and cures.  

    Cures ranged from completely uninstalling and reinstalling the Notes client to blowing away the bookmark.nsf.

    I don't like either of those solutions. It takes time to uninstall and reinstall.  Reinstall generally doesn't work unless you blow away all the system data files of the old install.  And you just can't get that time back.  And I like my bookmarks.  It's taken me years of hoarding to build that thing into the masterpiece of obsession that it is today.

    What I like to do is to simply remove the mail file icon.  Then exit Notes.  Then re-enter Notes and put the mail file back on your workspace. Problem gone.

    In all cases I had the following discussions with the user:

    Me: When did this start happening?
    User: This morning when I started Notes.
    Me: What have you tried?
    User: Uninstalling and reinstalling, but it was still happening.
    Me: Anything unusual happen, like did you get an update from Microsoft?
    User: Oh, right.  Last night there was an update and my system rebooted itself.
    Me: You mean Microsoft rebooted your system after the update?
    User: Yeah.  I didn't restart it. I noticed I had to logon this morning so it must have been automatic.

    There you have it, folks. To sum up, Microsoft does an update and shuts down everything running, including Notes.  Since the desktop is hot, it goes down dirty and corrupts the mail file icon.  Removing and re-adding the mail file icon does a quick repair job on it.



    New mail account

    Andy Pedisich  August 6 2014 09:19:22 AM
    I am working on a project where I have been given a new mail account.  It doesn't matter where or what it is, it's new.

    Just for fun, with only 4 messages in my inbox so far, I am trying to discipline myself.  I will retain no email unless it is really needed to see how small a quantity of email I can retain.  Enough of the 2 GB mail already.