The musings of an IT Consultant:

January, 2009


January 31, 2009  11:18 PM

My hardware arrived for my home built VMware computer!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
build new system for VMware, home computer VMware, test lab VMware ESXi, VMware ESXi whitebox, whitebox

So all the hardware finally arrived for my machine that I'm using to build a VMware ESXi computer. This is a computer I'm building for my test lab at home. I've just finished putting it together and I'm getting ready to install VMware. This will be a great machine to use along with my Cisco test...

January 31, 2009  11:12 PM

Writing the latest version of the VCP



Posted by: Raj Perumal
certification, VCP, VMware exam

So some time in February I'm getting set to write the latest version of the VCP. I figured it's time to get that out of the way. I work with VMware so often it should be a pretty straightforward exam I figure. From what I hear there are a lot of questions regarding very specific requirements or...


January 31, 2009  11:09 PM

No Viigo for Storm?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry Storm, RSS Reader, Viigo

Hi guys, as you know I'm a big fan of the Viigo application for the BlackBerry. I use it all the time on my curve. As you know I just bought a Storm for my wife and I decided to install the Viigo application on there for her. Unfortunately it's not compatible with the Storm so I wasn't able to...


January 31, 2009  2:57 AM

Finally, I got a Storm!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry Storm, iPhone, iPhone killer, touch screen

So after all the waiting I was able to finally find a store with the Storm in stock. I asked them to put it on hold for me and I rushed down to the store to get it. Well I have the Storm now and I have to say I'm a bit underwhelmed. Actually I'm quite surprised at how underwhelmed I am. I...


January 29, 2009  3:23 PM

Replication of Virtual Machines to a Hot Site



Posted by: Raj Perumal
replication, virtual machine replication, Vizioncore, VMWare, vRanger, vRanger Pro, vReplicator

So you finally have your VMware environment all set up and everything is running great. Everyone is on board with virtualization and you were able to consolidate your data center down to one server room with one rack. Now all of a sudden you're tasked with the duties of replication to another...


January 26, 2009  9:48 PM

Option for showing contacts in Address Book grayed out



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Contacts in address book, grayed out, Outlook

Here's a quick little tip for you Outlook users. In a new Outlook profile you might want to be able to use your Contacts folder in your address book. The obvious way to do this is to go to the properties of the Contacts folder and then check off the Show contacts in address book box. This...


January 26, 2009  4:18 PM

Cisco adds verbal interview to their CCIE



Posted by: Raj Perumal
ccie, CCNA, ccnp, changes to CCIE Lab and Written exam, Cisco, Cisco Certification, question format, scaled scores, scoring, verbal

Hi folks, something new in the world of CCIEs. Cisco has decided to add a new component to the CCIE program. Apparently a verbal one!  For those of you that don't know, the CCIE is considered one of the most respected IT certifications in the industry and is known for it's extreme difficulty in...


January 26, 2009  3:42 PM

Ouch! RIM’s CEOs are hit with a major fine!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
$80 million dollar fine, BlackBerry, James Balsillie, Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis, RIM, RIM CEOs, stock backdating

So this just in from stock land! Apparently RIM's CEOs have been accused of backdating stocks! They've been fined $80 million dollars. I don't know if this is true or not, only time will tell, but I do have to ask them this if they are guilty - don't you have enough money already? Do you really...


January 23, 2009  3:43 PM

BlackBerry Storm 9520 might be coming to Rogers



Posted by: Raj Perumal
BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Storm 9520, Rogers

So just before Christmas a nasty rumour went around that the BlackBerry Storm might be coming to Rogers. Not too long after that those rumours were squashed by Rogers. You see the Storm that is out right now is a CDMA phone and Rogers is GSM. So all of us BlackBerry users up here in Canada are...


January 22, 2009  9:16 PM

Massive layoffs sweeping the IT industry



Posted by: Raj Perumal
economic crisis, economic crunch, economic slowdown, IBM, IBM layoffs, Intel, Intel layoffs, layoffs, Microsoft, Microsoft layoffs

Well it looks like we're getting even more bad news this year.... Microsoft, IBM and Intel have announced massive layoffs. The buzz about the Net is that Microsoft is going to layoff 5000 people, Intel is going to cut about the same and IBM is going to be laying off people with no specific...


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