The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

October, 2010


October 31, 2010  3:45 PM

vReference 4.1 card released



Posted by: Nathan Simon
VCAP, VCP 4, VCP 4.1, vcp-310, vmware, VMware training materials, vReference

This was released last month, but i am pretty sure that most of my readers are not aware of this little gem. Here are some updates from the last revision for those who do keep up to date with vReference.com.

  • Maximums to 4.1 levels
  • Storage IO Control
  • VM-Host...

October 27, 2010  12:45 PM

Download Speed in the IE9 Download Manager



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ie 9 download manager, IE9, ie9 download speed, Internet Explorer 9, microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Vista

Here is a short but sweet one, a lot of people have been asking me, "How to check the actual download speed of downloads using Internet Explorer 9". I myself love watching download speeds, the more numbers flying around the better, kind of like instant gratification. Anyways onto the answer, just...


October 26, 2010  12:01 PM

VMware and Defragmentation



Posted by: Nathan Simon
defraggler, defragmentation, hyper-v, shrink the disk, virtual disks, vmware

I am not just talking about defragmenting VMFS but the actual Virtual Machine virtual disks. Like real hard drives performance can suffer due to fragmentation. See the insert below from vmware.com

Defragmenting Virtual Disks Like physical...


October 22, 2010  2:42 PM

View Client 4.5 and Internet Explorer 9 Beta



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ESX, Internet Explorer 9 Beta, microsoft, PCoIP, view client fails to connect, view client stick, vmware, vmware view 4.5 and internet explorer 9, Windows, Windows 7 SP1 Beta

It just doesn't work... no matter what the settings, there is something in IE9 includes an updated networking library that causes View Client to fail. You may get an error message or you may get nothing but a stuck view client, in which you need to use task manager and end the process. The process...


October 21, 2010  5:29 PM

Image Resizer 2.1.1 Release



Posted by: Nathan Simon
64-bit, Image Resizer, image resizing, microsoft, resize image, right-click image resize, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Hey eveyone, there is a new release of Image Resizer, v2.1.1 If you guys do not know what this is, its a clone of the Windows XP Power Toy, right click on a picture and resize, its that easy. Release Notes This is a clone of the Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP -- a PowerToy that allows...


October 13, 2010  2:38 AM

Can I cancel and Offline Defrag?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
cancel offline defrag, eseutil, Exchange, Exchange Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2003

You can cancel this process. If you cancel you will need to manually delete the temp files that the compaction was creating. Your original database is completely intact and can be mounted again until you reach the point where the ESEUTIL is copying the completed DB over...


October 13, 2010  2:36 AM

VMware Converter 4.3



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Hyper-V R1, Hyper-V R2, IPv6, new version, Server 2008 R2, VCB, vCenter, vmware, VMware Converter 4.3, VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3, vsphere, Windows 7

VMware Converter was released Aug 20th 2010. There are some new features and functions, yet there are some discontinued features. See below. What's New The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 includes the following new functionality:  •Support for VMware vSphere 4.1 as...


October 12, 2010  1:49 PM

HP Lights-Out Online Configuration Utility for Windows



Posted by: Nathan Simon
:\program files\HP\hpconfg\xmlOutput, HP Lights Out, HP Lights-Out Configuration Utility, iLO 3, permissions issue, Run as Administrator, Windows Server 2008 R2

I ran into this issue over the weekend... ILO3 failed to launch when I was logged in with a user other than the "Administrator" I installed the iLO 3 configuration utility with a driver pack from HP onto my Windows 2008 R2 64-bit server. After doing so, I can't run the utility; after startup,...


October 9, 2010  4:02 AM

Windows Phone 7



Posted by: Nathan Simon
android, BlackBerry, CNET, curve, google, microsoft, motorola, smartphone, Torch, Windows Phone 7

Well I for one loved the Motorola Q with its Windows Mobile platform, mind you this was about 2 years before the first Blackberry Curve was released. Once I got my Curve though, things definitely changed, I don't think I'd ever go back. But who knows, if I cannot get my hands on a Torch I might...


October 7, 2010  4:04 AM

More on the BlackBerry Playbook!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Adobe Air, BlackBerry, flash, Playbook, PlayBook SDK, QNX, RIM

You got it, there is more on the new BlackBerry Playbook and I want to make sure you are all kept on your toes! Crackberry is one of my favorite sites to keep up with, they always have the best Blackberry information...  here is an insert from the website.

Between the awesome specs...


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