The musings of an IT Consultant:

August, 2008


August 10, 2008  4:08 PM

Unified Messaging



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Active Directory Integration, Asterisk, IM, instant messaging, Jabber, Open Protocol, Open Source, Openfire, PBX, single sign on, SMB, Spark, SSO, Unified Messaging, VoIP, XMPP

Unified messaging means a lot of things to a lot of different people. To me it means the ability to communicate with people using one centralized system but with any device or means with relative ease. In this day and age, with the...

August 9, 2008  2:43 AM

VMWare Virtual Machine Backups



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ESX, vCharter, vEssentials, virtual machine backups, virtual machine replication, Vizioncore, VM, VMWare, vRanger, vReplicator, www.vizioncore.com

I am often asked, what do we do for backups in a virtual environment? One of my favourite methods is to use a product called vRanger Pro from Vizioncore.

 Vizioncore makes a great product called vEssentials which consists of vRanger Pro, vReplicator, and vCharter Pro. The Vizioncore...


August 4, 2008  4:13 AM

Portable Apps



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Portable Apps, PortableApps.com, USB Flash drives, USB key

Sometimes the key to being a good consultant is having the right tools at the right time. There are a lot of tools out there, some complex and some simple and straightforward that I use on a regular basis.

One of the easiest ways to carry tools around is on a USB flash drive. There are...


August 3, 2008  10:46 PM

Citrix XenServer also Available for Free



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Citrix, ESXi 3.5, Hyper-V, Virtualization, VMWare, XenServer, XenServer Express Edition

Amongst all the hype about Hyper-V and VMWare's ESXi 3.5, I think a lot of people tend to forget about the other offerings out there. Hyper-V is essentially free, available for a very low cost if you buy the Windows 2008 version with it on it. Frankly, I don't know why you would buy the version...


August 2, 2008  8:16 PM

Bare Metal Hypervisors



Posted by: Raj Perumal
bare metal, bare metal hypervisor, Citrix, Citrix XenServer, ESX Server, ESXi, ESXi 3.5, Hyper-V, hypervisor, IT consultant, IT Consulting, Level 1 hypervisor, level 2 hypervisor, Microsoft, Virtualization, VMWare, XenServer

With Hyper-V out now, the virtualization marketing machine from all the different virtualization companies is in full swing. The battle is on and it looks like it's going to be an ugly one. With virtualization pros on either side spouting the virtues of their product and claiming why one is better...


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