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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Not at VMworld? You can Follow along at Home. (Sort of).

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VMworld 2010 is currently underway in San Francisco this week.  If you are like me and chose not to attend (or had no choice in the matter at all Winking smile), you can still take part in some of the action at home via the internet.  For starters, the two Keynotes are available online. 

Keynote live here: http://cot.ag/cjFFqE  [Live and Recorded]
The next live one will be Thursday, September 2 at 12pm ET.

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After watching the first one online live, the format is great.  Video on the left and the PowerPoints on the right.  Powered by Akamai, the video was smooth and practically real-time.  Nice Job!

While watching the Keynote, I had my twitter account opened [TweetDeck], with a #VMWorld hash tag column providing excellent real-time commentary of the speeches. 

Of course, don’t forget all the blogs.  Every announcement, event, party and session will probably have a blogger diligently writing a summary for your consumption.  If you don’t know where to look, check out the Planet v12 feed from VMware.

Enjoy the conference no matter where you are.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Funny : Selective Spam catching by MS Outlook.

I was sifting through a service account’s Mailbox at a client looking for a missing email and stumbled across this sight.
Pretty funny what the default Microsoft Outlook Spam filter catches these days. Smile   Coincidence?
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Scout's honor, this screen grab was real and was not set up in any way.  It just popped up that way and I got a good laugh out of it.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Setting up EMC Storage Viewer VI Plugin for VMware

Are you running EMC storage for your VMware Infrastructure’s shared storage?  Do you want some more SYNERGY between the two products?  You should be running the FREE EMC Storage Viewer.  Check out the instructions below:

Grab the latest version of Solutions Enabler for Windows from your PowerLink account and Start the Installer [Setup, Next Next Next Deal].
Typical IT utility servers are great places to install the Solutions Enabler.

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Once you have installed the Solutions Enabler on a Windows Server, you can install the Storage Viewer VI Client plug in on you workstations running the vSphere Client.

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With the Solution Enabler [Enabled], you will now see much deeper into your SAN storage from the VI client.  You can also optional enable visibility from NaviSphere BACK to VMware as well.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Pay it Forward and Get Away to VMworld 2010 –> FOR FREE.

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GestaltIT is now running a  “Get Away to VMworld” contest!  Sponsored by XSIGO and Symantec, one lucky individual will have a full ride to VMworld 2010.  What’s the Catch?  Well, the organizers would like the winner to pay it forward by sharing the knowledge and experience with others.  Here’s a snippet from the GestaltIT page :

Inspired by winner Greg Stuart‘s desire to contribute to the community, we’re not just going to pick a winner at random. We’re going to pick the person who presents the best case for themselves.

Entrants must explain how they plan to “pay it forward” if they get to go to VMworld. Will you start a blog? Write some tutorials? Contribute to a forum or online community? Present to your local VMUG? Get creative and spread the wealth of knowledge you get from the event!

The entry form can be found here (Fill out the entry form).   Let us know what  good you could do with a free trip to VMworld!

For those that are already going, Stephen Foskett echoed another great idea of donating your swag to local schools.  Got a closet full of unused conference backpacks, fill them with some notebooks and pens and donate them to your local school. 

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Where are you storing your data?

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With summer vacations, a renewed interest in taking (and sharing) photos, and a little more free time, I’ve started to revamp my personal website.  My personal website is primarily a vehicle for storing and share my photos with family and friends.  It may seem very old fashioned in this web 2.0 era, but the site runs on an actual server (albeit VM) in my basement. Smile   Over the years though, the picture collection has grown to a little over 10,000 photos and the site itself has been neglected by me from an esthetic and technical point of view.  I set out to change that.

For years, I have used a plain Jane ASP script that was hobbled together from various pieces of code to read a directory structure on my web server and then thumbnail and present the images on the site.  Worked fine but I wanted to spruce it up a bit and figured rather than re-invent the wheel, I’d see if there was anything out there in the public domain already.

With Facebook, MySpace, Picasa, YouTube and the host of other free available services for users, the code for hosting your own images all but dried up.  There were a couple of promising software packages out there (Gallery and Coppermine were recommended) but they didn’t seem to fit my needs exactly.

I started to think about going the Facebook or Picasa route but uploading 10k+ images just didn’t seem practical.  The whole experience got me thinking about cloud in general and the challenges facing clients and companies.  Some of the challenges I grappled with while deciding on the move to the cloud included :

Migration : Moving all of my data into the cloud seemed very daunting.  Locally it is pretty well organized and moving it would probably result in me having to organize it differently.

Trust : This was a big one for me.  I imagined uploading all of my pictures to FB and then watching it fall out of favor (aka MySpace) and not being able to get the data out.  Or worse, unimaginable circumstances would cause it shut down and that would be it.  All the pictures would be gone.  Commercial cloud providers have a level of accountability greater than the consumer ‘free/beta’ services but there is still a level of trust that you must come to terms with.

Cost : What happens if they start charging! Smile or change the terms of service.  Getting that data in and out doesn’t seem to easy as the volume grows.

Control : Once the data was in the cloud, I would lose much of my control over it from an integration standpoint.  With the data local, I am free to purchase Picture Frames, TVs, Set top boxes, etc.. that should be able to use the data without much issue.  Enter the cloud and that becomes a tad more difficult.  Only Facebook approved software would really play nice in this scenario.

In the end, I decided to keep the data local in my basement and try to update the existing code base to do what I wanted it to do.  My backups on the other hand are firmly planted in the sky. Smile

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Switching the Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller’s Product Edition (DDC)

If you have ever received a licensing error on your Desktop Delivery Controller like the one below, you have most likely selected the wrong Product type during installation (Standard, Enterprise or Platinum).  You can change the product version of the DDC by running the ProductEdition.exe command located in the C:\Program Files\Citrix\DDC directory.

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ProductEdition.exe SetEdition Edition=STD  [or ENT or PLT]
Sets edition to Standard, Enterprise or Platinum.

ProductEdition.exe GetEdition
will display the current version.

Once this is run, reboot your DDCs and you should be good to go!

Another scenario where you might need to switch the product version of the DDCs is during an upgrade from the Free XenDesktop 4 Express Edition to a fuller featured paid for version.

If you have not had a chance to check out XenDesktop, Citrix is offering a FREE forever (NOT an Evaluation) version that will support up to 10 Users.  Perfect to get your feet wet in the VDI space and the price is right.

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