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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Have you enabled the Turbo Button on your ESX hosts?

If you haven’t checked the Power Management settings on your ESX hosts lately, you might be surprised to find your Processors set to use the Intel SpeedStep® technology.  This technology ‘steps’ down a processor’s speed to save with power consumption.  Most times I’ve run into this at clients, Balanced has been the default setting. 

Feel free to save the world but only if you really want to…

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Evernote searching just got a LOT better!

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If you know me, you know I am a huge Evernote user.  I’ve basically gone paperless with the help of an iPhone camera and an Evernote premium account.  Paper comes in, I snap pictures of it, add it to my Evernote account and the image becomes searchable from all my devices. 

Previously, Evernote indexed and made searchable PDFs, text notes and Images (via OCR technology).  Just recently though, Evernote has rolled out a great new searching feature to premium users called Document Search.  Office Documents added to your Evernote premium account will now be indexed and searchable.  For me, this is a GREAT addition and a solid feature rounding out a great product.  I can now easily import all my Office documents into my Evernote account and find them using keywords from within the documents.  Prior to this I would have to be sure to tag the notes appropriately to find things.  Document Search will work with Documents, PowerPoint decks and Excel Files.  Also iWork and OpenOffice formats are supported. 

You can read more about the enhanced searching on Evernote’s Blog.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Upgrade those ESX 3.5 servers if you still have them …

Ran into this wonderful error message today during a migration to vSphere 5.1.  I didn’t realize that vCenter 5.1 no longer supports ESX 3.5 so now to get those poor Virtual Machines off of that decomposing hardware, I have been forced to build a temp vCenter 5.0 host and vCenter.  Sure, there are other ways but this seems to be the easiest and safest way to get the machines out from the time warp they are currently trapped in.

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So if you are wondering why you should upgrade every so often, know that it is way easier to take supported incremental steps rather than having to jump through hoops when you’ve fallen out of the supported upgrade paths.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Have you seen the new Windows 8 copy Dialog?

I might be behind the curve for some of you who read my blog but I finally took the plunge and dove head first into the waters of Windows 8.  New Ultrabook and new Operating System.  I think the new laptop keyboard is actually giving me more problems than the new OS but more on that later. (Maybe).

One of the shiny new features I’ve noticed is the copy dialog box.  Gone are the flying folders and useless time estimates and left in their place is a super useful dialog box with real-time stats and charts.  image

I like charts so, well done Microsoft.

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