The musings of an IT Consultant:

July, 2008


July 28, 2008  8:03 PM

VMWare’s ESXi vs Hyper-V, the details on what free really means



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESXi, ESXi 3.5, Hyper-V, hypervisor, IT consultant, virtual machines, Windows Server 2008

I was speaking to a co-worker today and he pointed me towards Mike's blog at http://mikedatl.typepad.com/mikedvirtualization/2008/07/esx-35i-for-fre.html. After reading through it, it was obvious he...

July 27, 2008  7:27 PM

VMWare’s Virtual Infrastructure Client in a 64 bit OS



Posted by: Raj Perumal
64 bit, ESX, IT consultant, VI Client, Virtual Infrastructure Client 2.5, Vista 64 bit, XP 64 bit

For those of you getting into VMWare, you might try and install the VI client on your machine. If you have a 64 bit OS such as XP or Vista 64, you will get an error message saying you can't install it because it's only supported in a 32 bit environment.

The long and the short of it is...


July 25, 2008  2:30 PM

Monitoring in the Managed Services Industry



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Consulting, Kaseya, Level Platforms, Managed Services, Managed Services Platforms, monitoring, MSP, MSPs, N-Able, SNMP monitoring

One of the key parts of any Managed Services offering is the ability to provide adequate monitoring to your clients. There are many pieces of software out there that claim they can do othe job of providing full monitoring for a Managed Services environment. These products are typically called...


July 24, 2008  3:16 PM

VMWare to offer ESXi for Free



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX 3.5, ESXi, ESXi 3.5, ESXi 3.5 differences, eWeek, Hyper-V, hypervisor, service console, VMWare

Hi folks, if you haven't already heard the exciting news, VMWare is going to be offering their ESXi product for free starting July 28th! This is obviously being done to compete with Microsoft's Hyper-V. This is great news in my opinion as it will really foster great competition between the two...


July 19, 2008  9:44 PM

Windows Vista to Windows XP Downgrade Driver Woes



Posted by: Raj Perumal
dv6700, dv6898ca, dv6898ca notebook, Geforce 8400M GS, HP Pavilion dv6700, HP Pavilion dv6898ca, Motorola SM56 Modem, Nvidia Geforce 8400M GS, Realtek RTL8101, Vista downgrade, XP Downgrade, XP Drivers

I have run into  a few people who needed/wanted to downgrade to XP from Vista which came with their laptops when they bought them. There are a lot of good deals to be had with laptops in the big box electronic stores and they all come with Vista pre-installed. In order to downgrade you need to...


July 19, 2008  2:40 AM

The Perception of Managed Services



Posted by: Raj Perumal
computer support, Information Technology, IT Consulting, Managed Services

Being in the consulting field as long as I have, I have encountered pretty much every reaction to Managed Services offerings. Some people openly embrace it and love the idea of a consulting company completely taking care of everything for them, and other people get quite scared fearing for their...


July 18, 2008  12:45 AM

VMWare and Snapshots



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, redo, Snapshot, VMWare, VMware performance

This is one of those things you learn the hard way. The ability to snapshot a VM in VMWare is a great feature, but unfortunately if left unattended could grow to be a bit of an issue. Snapshots are great if you need to make changes and need to quickly undo them.

However once you take a...


July 14, 2008  1:07 PM

Vista to XP Downgrade on Laptops with No Floppy Drive



Posted by: Raj Perumal
floppy drive, IT consultant, sata, SATA Hard Drive, Vista downgrade, Vista to XP downgrade, xp sata drivers laptop

For those of you that don't know, Microsoft provides the ability to legally downgrade your copy of Vista to Windows XP if it's Vista Home Premium or higher on your laptop. The only requirement is that you have a copy of an XP CD to do this. However most new laptops have SATA hard drives in them...


July 14, 2008  3:50 AM

The Confusion with Hyper-V and 32 bit vs 64 bit



Posted by: Raj Perumal
32 bit, 64 bit, Core, Hyper-V, IT consultant, Virtualization, Windows 2008

Now that Hyper-V is available, I know a lot of people are raring to go ready to try it out. I know a few people have been bit by not knowing the system requirements, especially in regards to 32 bit vs 64 bit so I figured I'd mention a bit about it here.

Hyper-V as many people know is...


July 12, 2008  6:20 PM

Check your thermals…



Posted by: Raj Perumal
blades, cooling, Hyper-V, IT consultant, thermal, thermal efficiency, thermal management, virtual, Virtualization, VMWare, Windows 2008, Windows Server 2008 Core

With it being summer, it's got me thinking about heat on a daily basis. Especially server room heat. I've been through my fair share of server rooms and I've seen all sorts of solutions to the ever increasing heat problem. It seems more and more applications require a specific server to run;...


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