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

Virtualization


November 23, 2010  4:01 AM

What is Google Public DNS?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
DNS lookups, google, Google Search, Public DNS, router, search, secure DNS

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.

Why does DNS matter? The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's phone book: every time...

November 15, 2010  8:14 PM

Facebook E-Mail? or Instant Chat? or Both?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
AOL, facebook, Facebook email, google, Mark Zuckerberg, modern messaging system

Mark Zuckerberg has been working on a modern messaging system that will give people the choice of where and when they want any of their emails, sms, Facebook messages, or from what it seems any messaging source. I gather this would be huge if he pulls it off, as the 500 million people who are...


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 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 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 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...


September 23, 2010  7:01 PM

Veeam File Level Restore



Posted by: Nathan Simon
best practises, File level restore, file level restore error, Veeam, vmware

What is it? It allows you to restore guest OS files from multiple operating systems, for instance Linux. How do you enable it? download and install VMware Player, after that "Veeam File Level Restore" takes over. There is a couple settings that you can set in Preferences that will save you some...


September 21, 2010  2:05 PM

RV Tools for VMware



Posted by: Nathan Simon
datastores, ESX 3.5, ESX hosts, ESX vSphere 4, ESXi 3.5, ESXi vSphere 4, heartbeat, rvtools, snapshots, vinfo, vmnics, vmware, VMware Tools

RVTools RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX 3.5, ESX3i, ESX4i and vSphere 4 RVTools is able to list information about cpu, memory, disks, nics,...


September 7, 2010  9:23 PM

Acer and its iPad Crushing Plans



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Andoid, Apple, Channel Insider, Chrome OS, expandability, google, hdmi, Ipad, microsoft, SD, tablet, USB, Windows

Acer is planning on releasing many new tablets over the next year. Acer will be able to make a tablet in a variety of operating systems like Windows, Chrome, and Android. These Tablets will also have much more expandability, like usb,SD card slots, and HDMI out, the list goes on. We all know that a...


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