If you do not have a Microsoft Technet Pro Subscription, and you consider yourself an expert in IT, then I would suggest you get your hands on one. It only costs you 349 for the first year and 249 every year after that… What software do you get? Well pretty much everything, take a look below. You can also click here to download an excel spreadsheet that lists all the software.
Also note that you will get office 365 for a full year, I think they should just include it in the package, and who knows, maybe by next year they will…
According to a Microsoft statement, the company is “committed to providing IT professionals with access to Microsoft software & services for evaluation purposes, and we are actively working to provide our subscribers with a full year subscription of Office 365.” source : WinBeta.org
So what are you waiting for, click here and get yourself subscribed!
This is something that was announced previously, and is now generally available.
“Increasingly, customers have standardized on VMware vSphere® as the core of their data centers,” said Mike Clayville, vice president, product marketing, cloud infrastructure, VMware. “To help maximize the value of their investments in VMware vSphere, customers require purpose-built, integrated solutions to more efficiently manage, optimize and protect their virtualized environments. We’ve made it convenient for new and existing customers of VMware vSphere to enhance the core capabilities of their virtual infrastructure with vCenter™ Operations Management Suite™ and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced™.”
A single SKU that includes vCenter Operations with vSphere 5.1. I think vCenter Operations is important and useful software that most customers should be using. You can find more info about this marketing package here, and download the software here.
If you haven’t read the first edition of this great book, and you are in the continental United States, I would suggest entering this contest. If you do not win, then buy the book!
vSphere Design, Second Edition
Written by two virtualization experts and packed with real-world strategies and examples, VMware vSphere Design, Second Edition will help you design smart design decisions.
Shows IT administrators how plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere virtualization solutions
Explains the design decisions typically encountered at every step in the process and how to make the right choices
Covers server hardware selection, network topology, security, storage, virtual machine design, and more
Topics include ESXi hypervisors deployment, vSwitches versus dvSwitches, and FC, FCoE, iSCSI, or NFS storage
When I prepare for an exam, though these are not specific to any one exam, I read these books to stay on top of my game.
So onto the contest… here are the details.
Starting today (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke) and running through April 15, you can enter to win a signed print copy of VMware vSphere Design, 2nd Edition! I’m giving away a free, signed copy of the book to five lucky individuals who enter and win in this book giveaway contest.
Here’s how to enter to win one of the 5 free, signed copies of the book: simply post a comment on this site telling me why you would find this book useful. Yes, that’s it!
If you are in Canada and you want this phone, you can pre-order it right now on Rogers.ca
Check out the specifications below.
I read a recent review from ZDnet, where the editor states that the HTC One is the best phone he has ever used… This is definitely a smartphone to look out for. Check out the article and make sure you “hold” the HTC One before you even consider an iPhone!
The following posts are a small portion of a larger blog post by VMware.com. I figure I should start posting these as some people are not subscribed to this specific RSS feed.
The posts below and in the source article are Knowledge Base Articles that have solutions, now will it fix your specific issue, maybe, maybe not. Its worth a look to skim over them and if you see an issue in the future, you may have a good idea of where to look for the resolution!
I had the pleasure of working with Robert Norse at an enterprise client of mine this last two weeks. Robert was brought in to setup Site Recovery Manager and run over some test scenarios. With out getting into too much detail, SRM and IBM do not play nice, well they will if you know all the caveats…
The IBM SRA or Storage Replication Adapter is very finicky and you must make sure the SRA is “Run as Administrator” and the correct terms are uses, as the IBM SRA does not input checking… read the source article of the insert below to get the full details!
Point to be made here… IBMSVCSRAUtil does zero input checking!
Second point? The correct answer here is “True/False” or really just True. Anything else, including the word “Yes” will result in a fully provisioned snapshot and consumption of 2x the disk space. Only the word “True” results in a Space Efficient flashcopy/snapshot! source Intersect.net
Here is a list of SRA’s for all vendors that VMware Site Recovery Manager supports. Please make sure to only download an SRA from VMware’s site, downloading from anywhere else may result in an unreliable outcome.
Google Reader is going the way of the dodo bird, and you need to find a replacement RSS Reader.
I did a little bit of research and the best overall RSS reader I could find was Feedly.
Feedly lets you import all your Google Reader feeds into its databases and works on Android, iPhone, and hopefully be working soon for you BlackBerry 10 users. Feedly (on a PC) only works with Firefox as an add-in, but it works quite well. We can safely assume that it will be available from “any” browser in the near furture. The Android app is very customizable, looks, and drives nicely. The inclusion of a night mode can be found under advanced options and works well to balance black and white text, while keeping content perfectly readable. You can also “remove clutter” which pulls out just the text for you to read.
Feedly has seen a surge of 500,000+ users since Google made its announcement that they were stopping production and availability of Google Reader(probably the worst thing Google could have done).
What are you thoughts on Google Reader being wiped out? What about Feedly? Do you like it?
Update : Reading an article from Android Central shines more light on Feedly…
One such alternative is Feedly, and the team has announced a huge influx of new users. In the first 48 hours since the announcement by Google, Feedly has seen 500,000 new Google Reader users join their ranks. Not bad numbers, considering the service is supposed to be in decline. Feedly also has clients for iOS, Chrome, Safari and Firefox, so it’s got a big chunk of the bases covered. The reason behind the influx is most likely the fact that Feedly is developing their own system to transition Google Reader users over seamlessly when turn off day finally arrives. source Android Central
So they finally announced the galaxy S4, with that said, I think they have made the decision for me, to get the “HTC One” or wait for the next iteration of the HTC. But since you are here because of the title “Official Specifications” I will provide them below.
Official Samsung Galaxy S4 specs
Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
Display: 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Internal Storage: 16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Battery: 2,600 mAh
The options that stand out to me are the 2600 mAh battery, that should carry a user 24hrs on medium use, and the octa-core processor (depending on market). 8 cores is nice, but what will you really use it for? My Dual Core Snapdragon processor is perfectly fine, I would hope that Samsung utilized the fastest storage memory possible, or the phone will still lag. With this aside, the phone will definitely sell, Samsung has the American market, Apple, your days on top are numbered.
Veeam has been around for quite some time, and one of the best overall backup applications for VMware and Hyper V. Now Veeam wants to help take you to the cloud.
Are you ready to send your backups to the cloud? Join Rick Vanover from Veeam to see how you can copy your VMware or Hyper-V VM backups to Amazon, Azure, or to any one of 15 cloud storage providers! This webinar will explain how Veeam backup jobs are moved to the clouds and also give you some tips for ultimate efficiency along the way.
Other topics include:
Backup job configuration, including how to copy backups to anyone of 15 cloud storage providers
Setup encryption, compression, and bandwidth scheduling with Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition
Recovery scenario considerations for cloud storage
Sign up now to join the presentation taking place tomorrow. Tuesday 12 March, 2013. Local time listing below.
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.