Integrate ServiceNow with jQuery

Integrating ServiceNow and jQuery can be very intimidating. This post will go through the process of creating a ServiceNow page that integrates with jQuery and the jQuery UI libraries.  The ServiceNow page will be displayed through a GlideDialogWindow for a very clean and integrated effect that shows a window with the jQueryUI accordion plugin.

Screenshot of the completed demo:

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Installing Server 2008 R2 on a PowerEdge 2850

Intro : I bought some old PowerEdge 2850s in order to setup a test/learning environment. My frustration of installing server 2008 R2 on these machines led me down different paths such as Dell SUU (which was another set of frustration with the 2850). Here is the most efficient way to install Server 2008R2. Please ask any questions in the comments below.

  1. Ensure that the latest BIOS is installed. (Bios A07).
  2. Setup Server 2008R2 on a Flash Drive. The following link is a great, concise, how to.
  3. Copy the RAID controller drivers to any folder on the USB flash drive. I put mine in a newly created folder called “DellDriver”. The installation will scan all folders on the USB in order to perform a driver installation for the HDD; and will prevent the blue screen of death. Drivers for the 2850 in the link below.
  4. Setup RAID configuration. The following was a great tutorial on this :
  5. Ensure the BIOS is setup correctly to boot to USB.
  6. Ensure the USB is in the rear ports. I have tried both in the front and back of the server I had…. and only the rear worked for boot.

Feel free to email me or ask questions in the comments.

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VSphere PowerCLI : Changing the Network Name for multiple Virtual Machines

Below is a tutorial video showing how to change multiple network names for virtual machines inside Vsphere. The Powershell/PowerCLI command used in the video is : Import-CSV C:\name.csv | ForEach-object { Set-NetworkAdapter -NetworkAdapter ( Get-NetworkAdapter $ ) -NetworkName “Virtual Desktop Network” -confirm:$false}

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PowerShell : Set-ADUser and changing the login script

The Set-ADUser is a very powerful cmdlet that allows for changing a users attributes in Active Directory. In this article, the Set-ADUser will be used to demonstrate how to change the logon script portion of a Users account in Active Directory.

First, lets look at our User Account in question.

The logon script is blank. There are 3 user accounts for this demo that we are going to change: ProfileDemo001, ProfileDemo002, ProfileDemo003.

In order to run the Set-ADUser command, we need to prepare some prep work. First, a CSV file needs to be created with the usernames that are going to be changed.  Below is a screenshot showing the CSV file inside Excel.

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Create New DHCP Options in Server 2008

The following tutorial will show how to create new DHCP options on a Windows 2008 R2 server running DHCP services. For this example, the following options will be configured for a WyseC10LE thin client.

  • Option 161 – Wyse FTP Server List
  • Option 186 – Wyse Device Manager Server

Step 1 : Open up DHCP, right click on IPv4 and select “Set Predefined Options”

DHCP  Set predefined options


Step 2: Click on Add

DHCP add options






Step 3 : Enter the information needed, screen shots of option 161 and option 186 are below.

Option 161

Option 161






Option 186

Option 186






Conclusion : After the scopes are created, values can be assigned at a global level, or for each scope. Please ask questions in the comments below.

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The directory name is invalid folder redirection event id 107

Preface : During the transition between a File Server running Windows Server 2003 to Server 2008 R2, we experienced problems with the Folder Redirection GPO not configuring correctly. The department remapped the SAN to the new Server 2008 environment and updated the GPO’s; but to our surprise, the GPO was still looking for the old data on the Server 2003 environment to transfer to the 2008 Server. Since the data could not be transferred, the user’s systems went into “working offline” file mode. The workstations ran Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3, and resetting the File Redirection GPO to its original state did not resolve the problem either. In the event log, users were getting the following error.

Folder Redirection Even ID 107

Folder Redirection Event ID 107 : Note: edited for privacy concerns.


The Fix : The problem is due to fdeploy.dll on Windows XP Service Pack 3 machines. The easiest fix is to replace the fdeploy.dll on the user’s machine with a copy from a Windows XP Service Pack 2 cd. Follow these steps to obtain a copy of fdeploy.dll as well as where to place it on an each machine. If this needs to be done on a system wide level, a startup script will accomplish the same results.

Step 1: Open up a command prompt.

Step 2: Insert your Windows XP SP2 cd.

Step 3: Type “expand D:\i386\Fdeploy.dl_ C:\temp”  where D: is your cd rom drive.

Step 4: Replace Fdeploy.dll which is found in C:\windows\system32

Step 5: Run “gpupdate.exe /force” inside a command prompt.

Step 6: The computer may need to restart multiple time for the GPO to be fully applied.

Step 7: Ensure everything is working correctly by checking the event viewer.

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VISE Unattended / Silent Install demonstrated with “Imagine It” software

The VISE installer has the ability to perform silent installs. This demo will be using “Imagine It“; educational software for elementary students made by McGraw Hill. This demonstration is a walk-through of the information found in the VISE manual. The documentation does have a switch for a silent install (“-s”); however, it failed with the Imagine It Software. In order to install the software, the ” -r: recsettings.ini ” switch must be used. This will record all the input given to the setup program, and will save it in the same location as the installer file. Once it has been recorded, the data is loaded back into the setup by using ” -p: recsettings.ini “. Using the “-p: recsettings.ini ” will initiate a silent install. The following pictorial steps shows how this is done step by step.

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SCCM 2007 – Can’t Extend AD Schema

During the install for SCCM, the situation may exist where the AD Schema will not extend. The log file found at “C:\extadsch.log” may have the following.

 Modifying Active Directory Schema - with SMS extensions.
 DS Root:CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=DOMAIN,DC=dom
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Code.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Assignment-Site-Code.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Site-Boundaries.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundaries.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Default-MP.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Device-Management-Point.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Name.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-MP-Address.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Health-State.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Source-Forest.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-Low.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=MS-SMS-Ranged-IP-High.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Version.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create attribute cn=mS-SMS-Capabilities.  Error code = 5.
 Failed to create class cn=MS-SMS-Management-Point.  Error code = 8202.
 Failed to create class cn=MS-SMS-Server-Locator-Point.  Error code = 8202.
 Failed to create class cn=MS-SMS-Site.  Error code = 8202.
 Failed to create class cn=MS-SMS-Roaming-Boundary-Range.  Error code = 8202.
 Failed to extend the Active Directory schema. Your Windows NT logon ID does not have the necessary privileges to extend the Active Directory schema, please find details in "C:\ExtADSch.log".


Make sure the following is true :

  • The user running the install is a Domain Admin
  • The user is a member of the Schema Admins group.

If this still does not work, create a new user in Active Directory, and have that user only be  a Domain Admin and in the Schema Admins group. Run the install again as this new user, and it should resolve the issue. Otherwise, other sources of error will be related to Active Directory not replicating correctly.

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Ncomputing X550 / X350 integration with VmWare View

Situation : To have Ncomputing stations connect to a VmWare View virtual desktop.

Technical Challenges : The major challenge is that the VmWare View software will only allow one instance of the program to run. There are ways around this to support the Ncomputing terminals, but they are not supported by either Ncomputing or VmWare.

Solution :

Part 1 : Understanding how to have VmWare View run multiple instances

From a command prompt, run “wswc.exe -standalone”

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2 Million Minutes DVD – Review

In the 4 years it takes to complete High School, there are a little over 2 Million Minutes (This is the total time.. i.e. sleeping, eating, commuting, school, etc.) The movie is focused on how this time is spent, and compares U.S. students with those in China and India. Below are my thoughts on the movie, as well as some key facts that really stood out.

General theme # 1 :  The U.S. education model is outdated

The U.S. education system has gone through many changes, but still follows the model that was set in place after WWII. Economist Richard Freeman is interviewed, and he makes a strong argument showing that the United States did not have to rebuild like war-torn Europe and Japan.  It also didn’t go through the radical social change like communist China. This time in history has been used to show how America came out on top economically after WWII, and it also makes sense that this theory would apply directly into our current education model. This model reflects a time when the United States was still very much an industrial country and a degree wasn’t necessary in order to live a middle class lifestyle. Times have changed due to advances like the internet. All countries are now on a level playing field, and factory jobs are being replaced with information workers such as engineers, scientists, etc. The following statements were made in the movie, and it gives an example of how the general population currently views our education structure.

“Nearly 40 percent of US High school students do not take any science class more challenging than general biology.” @ 10:45 into the movie

“55 Percent of students do not take any math courses beyond two years of algebra and one year of geometry.” @ 10:45 into the movie.

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