Category Archives: Macbook Pro

Mountain Lion Connect to Cisco Routers/Switches USB to Serial Adapter

I have been using my Mac more for daily task and went and found a Manhattan USB to Serial adapter so I could terminal into some routers/switches to check configurations, etc.  Well out of the box it just doesn't work. First thing to do is to download the file from the link below and extract it.  Then double click and install it

Now plug in your usb to serial adapter and run the following command from terminal:

$ kextstat -b nl.bjaelectronics.driver.PL2303


with an output like this:
Now to connect to your router/switch with the console cable run the following command in terminal:
screen /dev/tty.PL2303-000012FD
If that doesn't work then while in a terminal session type the following:
ls /dev/tty.*
now run the following screen /dev/tty.PL2303-000013FA
and you should get a login screen and good to go :)

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Run Windows 7 Virtually on your Apple Macbook for free

I recently aquired a macbook pro for my work and the first thing that came up is how do we still run windows on it? Yes, I said Microsoft Windows 7 because we have certain applications that still require that OS (for now).  I researched and remembered using the built in boot camp option but didn't want to have to restart to switch between mountain lion and windows 7 so I downloaded virtual box (download here). Go ahead and install VirtualBox….  Now i have the software to run my PC virtually but I don't want to have to reload my entire system on a virtual, I would rather just capture a image of my existing system and just transfer it into a virtual.  I then came across a piece of software called Disk2Vhd (Provided my Microsoft for free).  I started out by downloading the Disk2Vhd software on my computer and connected a external hard drive (not required if you have enough space on your existing hard drive) and launched Disk2Vhd.  You will have to read and agree to the license agreement for the software.  The VHD file name is where you are going to save your virtual image of your computer.  Make sure you check both check boxes (System Reserved & C:\) and then click create.

After you have saved the image you can now transfer it to your macbook (I saved mine in /Users/Macbook/ and created a folder called Virtualbox VM's.  I then opened that folder and created another folder called Laptop (incase you ever create more than one virtual it will give a nice place to store)

Launch Virtual Box by going to Go, Applications, Virtualbox.

1. Cick New and then click Continue
2. Name the virtual how you like, I called mine Laptop and select the Operating System and Version (Microsoft Windows, Windows 7 32bit.
3. Adjust the memory to what you had in your previous machine (if you have the extra double it, this will vary on macbook configuration.) Then click Continue.
4. For the startup disk you want to choose your existing disk, so select Use Existing Hard Disk and point it to where you added your virtual and click Continue and then Create.
5. Your not done quite yet, so do not launch the virtual.  Instead click on the settings button.
6. Click on storage and if your hard disk is under SATA click on the minus sign and add it to the IDE controller. (See Picture Below)

7. After you do this click on the Host Drive (CD ROM picture) and then click on the picture of the cdrom beside the drop down box and choose your physical drive (see picture)

8. Once done click Ok and start your virtualbox.  If you get a Blue Screen of Death, turn off the virtual and then go back to settings.  Under storage, IDE Controller change it to PIIX3 (See Picture Below)

9. That should be it.  If you still have errors you can leave comments below.

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