In May of last year I had posted a method to import PeopleSoft OVAs into ESXi. This method was an extension of Nicolas Gasparotto‘s guide that worked for releases 9.2.001 through 9.2.005. The method I posted worked great for 9.2.006 through 9.2.008. However, with the release of 9.2.009 the PeopleSoft image was updated to PeopleTools 8.54, and something has changed. Nicolas has a great write-up of his debugging method, but long story short, you need to update the corresponding OVF:CAPACITY arguments for reach disk from the listed capacity and change it to (capacity*2)-64512.

This method has been successfully tested with 9.2.009 and 9.2.010.

As a very high-level rundown:

  1. Download the ZIPS from Oracle (use the handy wget script supplied through eDelivery)
  2. Unzip the OVA files from the archive. (I recommend unzipping the first file, and running the ova_gen.bat/ file)
  3. Concatenate the OVA files into a single OVA. (see Step 2 suggestion, which will do this for you)
  4. Extract the contents of the OVA file using TAR. (tar xvf FSCM-920-UPD-XXX.OVA)

Up to this point, nothing has changed from the original guide. Here is where the new steps come in.

You must update the following lines of the OVF file:

  1. Find each of the <Disk ovf:capacity=”#######” …> lines.
    • Open up a calculator and change each of the #######’s to ( (#######*2) – 64512).
  2. Update the OperatingSystemSection:
    • Update the ovf:id,  <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id=”101“>
    • Update the Description,  <Description>oracleLinux64Guest</Description>
    • Update the vbox:OSType,   <vbox:OSType ovf:required=”false”>oracleLinux64Guest</vbox:OSType>
  3. Update the VirtualHardwareSection:
    • <vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-08</vssd:VirtualSystemType>

From this point on you can continue with the original guide as normal, but skipping the vmkfstools steps. Which leaves:

  1. If you don’t already have it, download install the lastest OvfTool:
    • ./VMware-ovftool-4.0.0-2301625-lin.x86_64.bundle
  2. Import the OVF into your VMware environment:
    • ovftool –lax -ds=<datastorename> “–net:HostOnly=<Network Name>” <APP>DB-SES-854-05.ovf “vi://<vmware_user>:<vmware_password>@<IP_ADDRESS>:433″

That’s it. You have imported the new PeopleSoft Update Image into VMware!

I am really enjoying the FireTV as a media center. It does so well that I’m hoping to have it be my “only” device (minus audio), replacing the Motorola DVR as well. Over summer I picked up the HDHR Prime and setup NextPVR. I setup my recurring recordings and everything worked great.

Over the last few months, I switched from the default XBMC theme and installed Amber and more recently Ace. I really like the main menu of Ace, which is what finally made me switch to it. The one thing I noticed, however, was that PVR functionality was not functioning in the Ace skin.

After a little research, I saw a post saying:Simply copying the RecordPrefs.xml file from:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC\addons\pvr.nextpvr\resources\skins\skin.confluence\720p\”

I had a fun time trying to get the RecordPrefs.xml in the android XBMC version, and tried to use the skin.amber\1080i\RecordPrefs.xml file, but this resulted in a crash any time I tried to set a recording.

After digging out the original (working) skin.confluence\720p\RecordPrefs.xml and applying a few minor tweaks, everything is working great. I can now add/delete NextPVR recordings from XBMC again using alternative skins.

I usually try not to leave the house on “Black Friday”. Not because I have an opinion one way or another about people having to work the holiday, but mostly because I hate the crowds and I don’t have anything in particular that I want from the sales.

This year was a little different though. Sonja and I have been talking about upgrading our living room television for a couple of years (yes, years). It’s a great 52″ LG LCD that we have had as long as we have lived in this house. It’s still functioning, but we have two new rooms that could use televisions: the office and the guest bedroom. We figured  since we use the living room TV the most, why not upgrade that and hand-me-down the living room TV to the office? That way we’ll get the most bang for our buck in terms of it getting used (and we like new toys).

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