Monday, February 8, 2016

Permanent Fix to URL Redirects Resetting in Magento CE 1.9

I ran into the issue where custom URL redirects would reset after an index refresh.  I had setup categories to populate the main navigation bar then have them redirect to page defined under CMS > Pages.  I found the fix here.

Below are the steps to properly configure a permanent (301) URL rewrite with Magento CE 1.9.
  1. Navigate to Catalog > URL Management
  2. Edit the URL for the existing category and set the Redirect value to Permanent (301).  Then choose Save.
  3. Back at the URL Management screen.  Click the Add URL Rewrite button.
  4. Choose Custom from the drop down menu.
  5. Enter the ID Path (desired path), request path (original path) and target path (desired path).  Also, select Permanent (301) for the redirect.  Reference the image below.  Choose Save.
  6. You now have a Permanent (301) URL rewrite.  Congrats.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

FREE Veeam Visio Stencils for VMware

If you're looking for Visio stencils for your next project, take a look at these from Veeam. They are free, what else can you ask for?
Veeam Stencils contains:
- ESX hosts
- Datacenters
- SCVMM
- Local storage, shared storage
- LUN
- VMs with status sign
- NICs
- Networks and more!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NeweggBusiness for IT Purchases

This year we've really found that NeweggBusiness is quite competitive for most small to medium purchases.  We've ended up purchasing items such like Synology Rackstations, Cisco Firewalls, Fujitsu Desktop Scanners, and many others. The shipping is super quick and online quotes are easy. No pushy salespeople to deal with, either!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Installing VMware ESXi 6.0 from a USB Flash Drive

Most servers are built/bought without CD/DVD drives these days. HP has a utility to create a bootable USB Flash Drive for their Service Pack for Proliants, so there had to be a way to create a bootable USB flash drive for the ESXi install.

After a little (very little) Google-fu, I was able to find a very nice solution.

See details here: http://nolabnoparty.com/en/install-vmware-esxi-6-0-from-usb-stick/

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Create a custom Contact Us form in Magento CE

Magento comes with a very simple contact form out of the box.  However, most store owners would like to provide address and phone number information on this page also.  Thankfully there is a pretty simple way to solve this issue (thank you inchoo.net), as the default form does not allow editing through the Admin area.

Below are the steps to create your own custom Contact Us page for Magento CE 1.9.1.0
  1. Go to CMS > Pages
  2. Click the Add New Page button
  3. Enter the Page Title (Contact Us) and URL Key (contact-us)
  4. Click the Content tab on the left
  5. Add your content as you normally would on any other page including any address or phone numbers you want.
  6. Once you are happy with HTML part, add the following snippet of code:
<!– CONTACT FORM –>
{{block type="core/template" name="contactForm" form_action="/contacts/index/post" template="contacts/form.phtml"}}
<!– END OF CONTACT FORM –>
Now, your form should show up at the bottom of the page. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

VMworld 2015, here I come!

http://www.vmworld.com/en/us/index.html
I've officially registered for the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco.  Now, I need to start looking at sessions.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

You know how it works. I know how it works. You have a fully virtual environment...except for that one or two servers server sitting in the rack. The server can't be virtualized for one reason or another. You've already dumped Symantec Backup Exec and had a huge uninstall party. 

However, you realize that Veeam does not have the ability to backup physical servers, until now. Veeam has brought a new product online called Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE.  The system requirements show that Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE supports desktops and laptops running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 7 SP1 – 8.x and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 2012 R2.

Everyone loves marketing videos, click play.

It seems like this product will definitely help bridge the gap for those virtualization projects that are looking to utilize Veeam for their entire environment.  The new product actually integrates with their Veeam Backup & Replication product.

So, give it a whirl. Play with it on your workstation or a test machine. It's FREE.