Enterprise Specific Trap (.9001) Uptime: x days, [Time], .iso. = STRING: “[Server Name]”, .iso. = INTEGER: 0

This SNMP trap was being triggered every now and again. Like many SNMP messages, there’s not always anything useful within them to help explain what actually happened.
Here’s an example:
Description: [IP Address]: Enterprise Specific Trap (.9001) Uptime: x days, [Time], .iso. = STRING: “[Server Name]”, .iso. = INTEGER: 0

In my case, a scheduled reboot caused the iLO on an HP BL460c Blade to trigger the SNMP alarm, which HP call “Server Reset Detected”.


What is Cloud Computing?

I just heard the best definition of cloud computing, on the IT Pro Podcast:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

Source: http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/cloud-102511.cfm

Scheduled Reboot Command

To schedule a reboot, create a batch script with the following command:

:: Reboots the computer in 5 mins
shutdown -r -t 300 -c "A scheduled reboot will occur in 5 mins. Open command prompt and type 'shutdown /a' to abort." -f -d P:0:0

This will alert any logged on users that the computer will reboot in 5 mins, and can be aborted by running shutdown /a.

Lastly, create a scheduled task to run the batch script at the required time.


Event ID 1074 will occur in the System log when the command is run:

Event IDs 6009, 6005 and 6013 will also appear in the System log, with a Source of EventLog.

The precise stop and start time can be found in Event IDs 13 and 12, in the System log, with a Source of Kernel-General.

Related Events

If a Windows Update requires a reboot, you may get Event ID 22 with a Source of WindowsUpdateClienthttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc735614(v=ws.10).aspx

mRemoteNG Connections Disappear / Lost All Connections


You use the excellent mRemoteNG software; possibly the best Remote Connections Manager in the world…and FREE!

Unfortunately, sometimes there’s a bug which resets / deletes / clears your connection file each time you close mRemoteNG, so the next time you open it, all your connections have disappeared. The only thing not lost is the root folder with a name like mR|Export (20121211 20:07:53).


Open up the connection file (eg. confCons.xml) and change the value for Export from True to False:

A simple fix, but this one stumped me for a while.

Hopefully this will help others with the same issue.

Another little tip

If you want to open a specific connection file, you can create a shortcut and use the /cons: commandline switch.

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Flashing LEDs Explained for an HP Server’s HDD

This link explains what the different colours mean for LEDs on a Hard Disk Drive (HDD): http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=4091412&prodTypeId=15351&objectID=c00596191

Notepad++ Text Editor Tips

I recently read some great tips for my favourite text editor, Notepad++:


There really isn’t much Notepad++ can’t do, and just when you think you’ve found one, there’s probably a plugin for it.

One example of this is JumpLists. I use them as much as possible, as I find it helps me work faster. With this in mind, I was always disappointed that Notepad++ didn’t have this feature built-in, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a plugin for this last week.

To install the plugin, open Notepad++ and navigate to Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager.
You then simply select NppJumpList and click Install:

After installing the plugin, you will be able to use JumpLists with Notepad++:

HP 625 laptop does not start – Caps Lock flashes continuously


One of your HP 625 laptops will not boot up. There are no POST beeps and the screen is blank. The Caps Lock LED flashes continuously.


Go through the recommended steps from HP: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c01732674&product=1132551#N213

This didn’t work for me, so I’ll be sending the laptop back under warranty. You can check warranty status here: https://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/wc/home/

Service Accent Error – Please wait a few minutes as another workstation is updating your database


You’ve just tried to login to Service Accent, only to be greeted with this message:

Please wait a few minutes as another workstation is updating your database

This is what a helpful Support Guru called Chris (from Vantage Computing) did to fix it.

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How to reset a Toshiba C660 laptop to Factory Defaults

  1. Restart the laptop.
  2. Repeatedly tap the F8 key until you see the Advanced Boot Options screen.
  3. Select Repair Your Computer and press Enter.
  4. Select your country and click Next.
  5. Logon as a local user.
  6. On the System Recovery Options screen select TOSHIBA HDD Recovery.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions from here on.

For me, it took about an hour to restore, reboot several times, and be on the desktop ready to configure and join to the domain.