The Tegra 4 will be a 28 nanometer ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core (4+1 as seen in the Tegra 3) system on chip. The A15 architecture is the next generation of silicon, and is already being used in the Exynos 5 as seen in the Nexus 10. The lower power draw and faster processing speed make a remarkable difference when you need it.
The GPU is a whopping 72 core GeForce unit, bringing six times the graphical performance of the Tegra 3. With support for a full 2560×1440 24 bit color display and native hardware decoding for video, it should be able to handle anything you could throw at it in a tablet.
6x more powerful than its predecessor, yet using less power, that’s awesome news. We have to remember though that with all smartphones, its the screen that takes up the most battery. So should you get that 1080p display, or is 768p enough. Currently I am perfectly fine with 1280 x 768, I guess we shall wait and see what the future holds. One thing I heard is that Samsung is starting to manufacture an unbreakable bendable display, what? More on that to follow…
So your ESXi host is stuck at a PSOD or the “Purple Screen of Death”, what do you do? Well one would figure its hardware, but it also could be software related. Well I am going to tell you how to download and review the error logs. Mind you the way I am going to explain it is if the host can boot up and be connected to either vCenter or VI Client. I will also show you a command you can run from the service console if you just want the support logs to send to VMware.
Onto the Information.
First you want to have the host back up and running, it could be unstable at the moment, but you should have enough time to pull the support logs.
Highlight the host in question. Click on File (top left of the VI Client), then click on “Export” then “Export System Logs”
Your next screen will allow you to select the system logs you would like to export, I just select them all. Once you click next you can select where you want to export them to. Click next to start the export.
Use a program like 7-Zip to extract the newly created file to a temporary location, once it is extracted you need to extract again, I know, they doubled up the compression, more so to keep the normal folk out!
Once everything is extracted you should see the following folders.
The most important one is the ”Core” folder which contains the kernel dump, the PSOD will purge what was in memory to a file called vmkernel-zdump.1 or something to that affect and place it in that directory.
You will have to use something like NotePad++ to open the vmkernel-zdump file, once you do, you can pretty much search for “error” or “fail” or “panic” and you should find your issue. In my example, there is a memory bank error, see below.
You know it’s going to happen, someone in your company, or some people will want the new BlackBerry 10 phone, so why don’t you get one for free?
BlackBerry Technical Support Advantage level customers who complete three easy steps will qualify to receive a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone for their organization upon general availability.
As BlackBerry 10 launches, you’ll receive your free smartphone, once it’s verified you’ve met all the criteria below.
Step 1: Register
Complete the online registration form. You’ll need to provide your BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Advantage level or above BlackBerry® Technical Support Services code and accept the Terms and Conditions. Limit of one registration per Advantage level BlackBerry Technical Support Services code.
Have you even seen what the BlackBerry 10 will look like? Some people are actually saying it might just work for RIM, this may be their saving grace, I for one will be purchasing one as soon as I can get my hands on it. Take a look here for more BlackBerry 10 information, pictures, and videos.
As I mentioned in a previous post about the MAP Beta, the full version is available for download, take advantage of this to get yourself ready for virtualization. I used it to help an Enterprise company plan for ESXi Hosts, hey who said you have to use Hyper-V
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments, including ROI analysis for server consolidation with Hyper-V. Learn more.
MAP is one of the tools provided by the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Security Compliance Manager provide tested guidance and automated tools to help organizations plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. All are freely available, and fully-supported by Microsoft. Learn more.
The MAP Toolkit includes the following components:
Microsoft_Assessment_and_Planning_Toolkit_Setup.exe. Installation package containing the tool, release notes, Getting Started Guide and toolkit help (chm file).
readme_en.htm. Available as a separate download. Provides information to read before installing the MAP Toolkit, including installation prerequisites and known issues.
Getting_Started_Guide.en.doc. Provides information about toolkit installation, environment preparation, and assessment scenarios supported by toolkit wizards and the UI.
MAP_Sample_Documents.zip. Available as a separate download. Contains sample reports and proposals.
Have you use the new version yet? How do you find it compared to the last version? If you are looking for help or suggestions, please feel free to contact me!
Finally Google Maps is back, and it kicks Apple Maps all over the place! We all know Google didn’t have to do this, they could have let people suffer with Apple Maps, but being the kind hearted superhero they are, they saved Apple users from the demise that was Apple Maps… The only thing I find missing that is on my HTC One X, is downloading offline maps…
Anyways, here are the details… straight from iTunes.
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
Search * Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search. * Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews. * Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
Directions * Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions. * Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions. * Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery * View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View. * See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide. * View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use * An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone. * Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world. * Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
Download here or search for it in the App Store from your iPhone. Safe Travels, no more falling off the edge of the world, or driving through melted buildings! Sorry I had to say it!
So you want to move your Server 2003 Servers to a clustered environment in VMware. First thing I must mention is that it is supported by VMware but not Microsoft. So it should be pristine before and after migration. The problem I had been facing was that I would have a two node cluster with SAN attached storage, I wanted to present those LUNs to ESXi, when doing so I ran into a couple issues.
Reboot of the host, it takes extremely long to reboot (ESXi / ESX hosts with visibility to RDM LUNs being used by MSCS nodes with RDMs may take a long time to boot or during LUN rescan), the fix is here.
After mapping to an RDM, you cannot browse the containing folder. You need to be able to browse to the containing folder to map the second VM, to be able to run Cluster Across Boxes. If you cannot browse your cluster is already finished before it started. The solution to this one wasn’t as straight forward, I couldn’t find any concrete evidence anywhere of hos to bypass this or why it was happening, Server 2008 R2 works fine. Either way, I did happen to find a partial solution, if both physical nodes were shut down, I was able to bind to the disk and browse the folder of the RDM VMDK pointers. The second test was to see if I could bind to RDM disk that was present on the primary cluster node, so I shut down the secondary node, bound the RDM LUNs to my VM, and to my surprise I was able to boot up the VM. What I did find that kind of led me to this, was that Server 2003 only supports 2 active nodes in a cluster with SCSI SAN Disk, even though the physical hosts were Fibre Channel, I guess the 2 node part stands…
The main thing is to remember that Windows Server 2003 holds SAN storage differently than Windows Server 2008, 2008 is more exceptive of other machines seeing shared storage, while Server 2003 will have none of it. In the end since it is not supported, its up to you to make it work, and keep it working. Most consulting firms suggest moving to 2008 R2 Clusters, or just don’t bother clustering at all. Let HA(High Availability) do the work.
RIM has put up a new BlackBerry 10 information page where you can sign up for new information. You also get a peek at the back of the new device, where you can see the camera lens and LED flash. You also see volume buttons, and I am not sure what that is on the top, maybe an LED for notifications, or just the Lock button, like we are currently used to. This sure doesn’t look like anything I have seen, I am thinking the design is going to be much more streamlined than the phones they have been giving away for development. It also look way different than the devices used in their commercials.
The above picture which is on the site as well, gives those that haven’t seen “Flow”" a small taste of how it will work. Go here to check it out!
… is aimed at next years ultrabooks. This tiny device packs 480GB of raw SSD power.
Until now, the broadly accepted upper capacity limit to those drives has been 256GB. Apple offers a 512GB upgrade when you buy a MacBook Air, but there are very few third-party, high capacity SSDs available to upgrade with. source Gizmodo
Remember that this is for those ultrabooks that don’t even have room for a 2.5″ drive, other devices that this can be used in would be net-tops, possibly tablets needing more storage and horse power. I would also love to see this mSATA devices get enclosures, so you could have a tiny 480GB sized HDD in your pocket… I’m thinking eSATA or USB 3.0.
Nathan is a Senior Technical Architect and he’ll be blogging about virtualization, portable apps, useful little-known apps and general IT issues and resolutions encountered in his role as an IT consultant. He’ll also be blogging about his certification exam experiences with the MCTS track. Currently he has VCP3,4, 5, VTSP4/5, VMware VDI Accredidation, and MCP Certifications.