How To: ThinApp Firefox 29 and Plugins for vCloud Director 5.1.x

In response to this article about Firefox 30 and vCloud 5.1.x and this article about Java updates breaking everything I decided to throw together a quick How-to on using ThinApp to create a sandboxed version of Firefox and Java that solves both of these problems pretty well.

This ThinApp setup includes a legacy version of Java (7u25) which is super old but it should help with accessing the following (not exhaustive list, just things I have run into, please help expand list):

  • UCS Manager 2.1.x
  • vCloud Director 5.1.x Uploads
  • HP iLO 2.x
  • Legacy DRAC
  • vCloud VPN
  • EMC Unisphere

Intel Avoton: The Perfect Home Lab Host?


In the ever present search for the “ultimate home lab box,” I ran across a new contender, the new Intel Avoton. This is a really interesting SoC (System on a Chip) that has some promise for home lab. The Avoton C2000 series SoCs are based on the new 22nm manufacturing process that came with haswell which is a drastic improvement on the previous models.


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