All posts by Terry

HOW TO: Regenerate expired UCS Manager certificate

Received the following error in our UCS Manager tonight:

Affected object: sys/pki-ext/keyring-default
Description: default Keyring's certificate is invalid, reason: expired
Cause: invalid-keyring-certificate
Code: F0910

Turns out the default self signed certificate expires after 1 year

To resolve the issue:

  1. Verify that both FIs have the correct time.  I use NTP servers for both. UCSM – Admin – All – Timezone Management;
  2. SSH to UCS Manager cluster IP address and login as an administrator user;
  3. Issue the following commands:
    VFC01-A# scope security
    VFC01-A /security # scope keyring default
    VFC01-A /security/keyring # set regenerate yes
    VFC01-A /security/keyring* # commit-buffer
  4. N.B. After you issue ‘commit-buffer‘ command, all GUI sessions will be disconnected;
  5. After a couple of minutes, validate new certificate: (Patience is a virtue here.  Mine took about 10 minutes to show valid)
    VFC01-A /security/keyring # scope security
    VFC01-A /security # show keyring detail
    Keyring default:
    RSA key modulus: Mod1024
    Trustpoint CA:
    Cert Status: Valid
  6. Now that you have a shiny new certificate: Open web browser, connect to UCSM cluster IP address and accept the certificate warning since the cert has changed.


It seems that my body is starting to tell me I am old!  I was at one of our datacenters bent over with my elbows resting on my knees reading a IPv6 book when all of the sudden…..POP!  I could barely stand and walking was difficult.  I went over to the lounge and laid down thinking I just twisted wrong and pulled a muscle.  NOPE.  30 minutes later the pain was getting worse.  My boss (Greatest boss in the world BTW!) put me in an office chair and ROLLED me to my car! I made the drive home calling my wife to let her know what was going on.  Unfortunately I had to stop for gas, and experience I how I never have to live through again.

When I got home My wife put me in the bed and gave me some advil and put some ice on it.  The ida was to wait it out and see if it got better.  Well, by Monday it still had not gotten better so we decided to go to the docs office.  My wife runs a surgery center and thankfully her Doc got me in with a neuro doc.  They had to wheel me in to the office and after waiting for about an hour to be seen (Can’t complain, his office was nice enough to “fit me in” that day) he decided I was in too much pain to have an MRI so he prescribed some pain killers and muscle relaxers.

Anyways it ended up that I have ruptured by L3 and L4 disks!  So we will wait through the weekend to see if it gets any better on it’s own.  If not, Looks like Epidural injections……..


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Back to motion graphics

This week I decided to update our Slide for Childrens Church.  The old one was static and I decided to “spruce” it up a bit with some motion graphics.  I used Adobe AE CS 6, Video Copilot’s Optical Flares, and Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular.  I’d like to start doing allot more graphic design!  If you want to buy or even try demos of the above listed software, you can just click the names for a link to each of the sites.




My son has resently become HEAVILY involved in Minecraft lately and wanted a way for all of us to play together.  I originally had a server setup at the house but after a few power outages and other mishaps, we decided to move the server to an online hosted solution!

We decided on Redstone Host due to Cost/Functionality/Support.  Needless to say I was up in about 30 minutes after signing up.  All it took was an upload of my current servers files to the new server and we were up and running!  If you are in search of a quality service to host YOUR Minecraft Server, give them a shot by clicking the link in this post, or the banner at the top left of the main page!


imac 27″

I just acquired an iMAC 27″.  I acquired a MacBook 17″ about a year ago and have been adding some Apple experience to my bag of tricks.  I didn’t realize it but the 27″ screen can be used as a secondary monitor to the Macbook via a Thunderbolt cable.  I have one on order so I’ll post my experience once it arrives.  I am also looking for ways to hookup external media devices like an XBOX 360 or a Playstation 3.  I’ll post my experiences with that as well!

Boxtone Mobile Device Manager

Looks like a have found my MDM Server of

Choice! Boxtone

This system brings all your mobile device platforms under one management umbrella. I am in the middle of installation right now and so far I am really enjoying it!


From one console I can view every device the user has enrolled including all Blackberries, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.  I can click on the device and reset the password, or remotely wipe the device!  This is great for the iDevices.  With the out of the box management in Exchange if one of your users forgot his/her password, your only option was to have them wipe the device and start over.  Now you can unlock the device for them from the console!  They will have 1 hour to set a new password before the device locks out again.


Another nice feature I like is all the reporting they give you out of the box.  You can report your entire mobile inventory to one spreadsheet.  All the reporting is “automatable” so you can schedule high level overview reports to go to bosses and upper management.  There’s also reports that show you who is failing attempts to enroll mobile devices.  Boxtone allows you to define who can actually enroll devices.  There is performance reporting so you can see if there are any users that have devices that aren’t used.  You can then retrieve those devices from users that don’t use them, and re-provision them for users that will.  It’s nice to be able to tell a user that just HAD to have an iPad for business use that they have only used the device 2 times in the past 6 months they’ve had it!



Productivity Ninja’s The iPad 2: Ten Best Productivity Uses

I have been debating getting an iPad for a while now.  I already have an iPhone and it does it’s job very well for what I bought it for.  I use Reqal for reminders, lists, and to-dos.  I use Evernote to centralize all my research and notes.  I always try to never buy version one of a product so now that the iPAD2 is out, the decision is a little easier.  I have not received it yet.  Like most others I am waiting for mine ot come in.  In the meantime here is a good article from the Productivity Ninja on 10 of the apps he uses