AWS Workspaces Keyboard on Mac

Recently, I set up an AWS Workspace configuration for a client.  I ran into an interestingly frustrating issue.  When I launched the Workspace client from my Mac (macOS Sierra) the mouse would work just fine, but no keyboard input would be sent across.  I spent a bit of time Googling and reading the developer forums, which selected quite a few possibilities, which I tried.  Like many folks out there, none of the fixes presented solved my problem.

I did, however, run across one post that mentioned programs that can change your key mappings, which now seemed like the most likely suspect to me.  However, to my knowledge, I don’t have anything like that installed.  I had a few likely suspects that I was not excited to try and test out the fix on, mostly because it would involve uninstalling them (Parallels, VirtualBox, etc).  I decided to start with my AntiVirus – WebRoot.  As it turns out, WebRoot includes a “Secure Keyboard Mode” under Advanced Settings.

I disabled Secure Keyboard Mode and Amazon Workspaces immediately started accepting keyboard input from my Mac.

My follow up advice on this is to only disable this setting when you are using Workspaces.  Turn it back on, whenever you are done.  A little frustrating, but WebRoot will be constantly alerting you that you are not secure if you don’t.


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What’s Jeff Reading? The Clayton M. Christensen Reader

I wanted to learn more about how disruptive technologies affect businesses.  In my search for content on this topic, I came upon the Clayton M. Christensen Reader.  This book is a compilation of many articles that Mr. Christensen has written on the impact of disruptive technologies and his thoughts on how to avoid becoming a “disrupted” business (as in, missing the boat on a disruptive technology).

I appreciate the way Mr. Christensen writes and his “Idea in Brief ” and “Idea in Practice” sections in each article.  They provide a summary of what the author is talking about and a “call to action on how to address it.


The Clayton M. Christensen Reader
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NetApp Simulator CDOT 8.2 – Add Extra Network Interfaces

For some complex setups, you may want to test some extra network configurations on your NetApp Simulator.  Adding the network interfaces may seem simple enough in VMware Workstation, but you are likely to get an error message stating “Cannot assign available PCI slot to ethernet5.  There are no more PCI slots available in the virtual machine.”







This can easily be fixed by editing the VMX file for your virtual machine.  First, click OK on the error if you have not done so already.

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NetApp Simulator CDOT 8.2 – Network Configuration

The NetApp Simulator Install & Setup Guide has some pretty vague instructions on how to setup the network for your simulator.  I decided I’d try a few different configurations and see which one work for my needs.  I landed on a fully NAT network vs a hybrid with Host only and Bridged networks.  The main benefit of the NAT network is that I can access all the devices from their host only IP w/o doing anything special (VMware routes the traffic via a Virtual Network Interface).

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NetApp Simulator CDOT 8.2 – Recipe: Add SSD & More Disks

I’ve used NetApp 7-Mode simulators in the past.  However, after attending Cluster Mode 8.2 Administration class, I wanted to have some good Cluster Mode simulators to practice on before I took the test.  I’m going to post some recipes for how I “enhanced” my simulators for my study needs.  This particular recipe involves removing the default disks that come with the simulator and adding a shelf of 500MB SSD and 3 shelves of 9GB disks.  This will provide more disks for aggregates at a larger capacity and allow for configuring FlexCache and Hybrid Volumes.

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