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March 31, 2013  9:35 PM

HTC One Launched in Taiwan

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the HTC One has finally been launched! Unfortunately only in Taiwan!

The launch of this phone has been highly anticipated but they’ve only released the 32 GB model for now. Units apparently are only available in the quantity of 6000 units. But there is another batch that is arriving soon.

I can’t wait for the Canadian release!

-RP

March 30, 2013  9:39 PM

HTC One $100 Credit!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you’re been waiting for the new HTC One but are stuck with your current HTC One X. What do you do?

Well the folks at HTC have made it extremely easy for you! They are going to give their customers a $100 credit so you can purchase a new phone! How’s that for awesome?

This is a great marketing idea, and I applaud HTC for sticking by their loyal customer base and giving us a graceful way to upgrade. You can take advantage of this offer here.

Thanks HTC!

-RP


March 29, 2013  9:44 PM

Fix Samsung Galaxy SIII WiFi Sleep and Power Save Issues

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you are a big fan of Android, and own a brand new Samsung Galaxy S3, you might have run into some WiFi issues.

Some users have experienced issues with various WiFi networks when their phone goes into sleep mode. When they turn their phone back on from sleep mode, the WiFi network doesn’t work. The other issues experienced are, even if they are connected, the WiFi network speeds get progressively worse. The only fix seems to be turning off and on the WiFi toggle.

Well there is another solution. It seems the folks at Samsung enabled a WiFi power save feature that causes all of these WiFi issues. The intentions were good, but the results obviously are bad connectivity. As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. :)

The way to fix this is not to go into your regular menus and toggle the power save setting for WiFi, that won’t do jack for you. The way to fix this is to go into the Samsung secret/hidden service menu. How do you do this?

  • Go into your phone number dialing app
  • dial *#0011#
  • This will drop you into the service menu
  • Hit the menu button
  • Select WiFi
  • You will see the Wifi Powersave feature button turned on, press it to turn it off
  • Select the back button until you are back at the phone dialing screen, you are complete.
  • If you reboot your phone, the powersave feature will revert back to on and you will have to repeat the above steps, so don’t reboot your phone unless you have to

I hope this helps! I have tested this with various Samsung Galaxy S3′s, and in every case it has solved the problem. My tests were done with Canadian Samsung Galaxy S3′s on the Rogers network.

-RP


March 27, 2013  9:53 PM

What’s new in Microsoft Exchange 2013

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been under a rock, you know that Exchange 2013 is now available!

Why Exchange 2013? Well here’s a list of new features!

  • Efficient changes to previous server roles
  • New Exchange Admin Center
  • Better Archiving Capabilities
  • DLP (Data Leak Prevention)
  • Integration with SharePoint and Lync
  • High Availability and Site Resilience

And that’s just to name a few! If you are currently running an older version of Exchange, I highly recommend the upgrade, you won’t be sorry!

You can read more here.

-RP


March 26, 2013  10:04 PM

Changes to Exchange 2013 Server Roles

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So with the new version of Exchange 2013, there are huge changes to server roles!

What might you ask? For one, there are only two server roles now! CAS (Client Access Server) and Mailbox roles! Microsoft did away with the complexity and reduced the roles to just two.

Also the connectivity between the roles makes use of https now. The CAS servers literally act as dumb proxies that forward requests to the mailbox roles and session affinity is no longer required at the load balancer. The mailbox role is responsible essentially for everything else.

This makes better use of your servers and makes it much easier to design an Exchange architecture. Of course in smaller environments you can combine the CAS and mailbox roles on the same server.

You can read more here at the Exchange team blog.

-RP


March 25, 2013  10:13 PM

Microsoft finds success with Meru Networks

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Another feather in the cap for Meru Networks! Courtesy of Microsoft at the CeBIT 2013 conference.

Recently at the CeBIT 2013 conference which is one of the largest IT conferences in the world. Microsoft used Meru Networks wireless to provide wireless access for their presence at the conference. This went off without a hitch and showed off the capability of Meru Networks single channel architecture.

They were able to do this with zero issues, and everything went off without a hitch. You can read more here.

-RP


March 24, 2013  10:19 PM

SuperMassive E10800 Earns ‘Recommend’ Rating in NSS Labs 2013 Test

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So fresh off my previous blog post, the SonicWALL SuperMassive has won some awards!

The SuperMassive E10800 has won the NSS Labs “Recommend” rating for the 2nd year in a row in the NSS Labs 2013 test!

So many people thing of SMB when they consider SonicWALL, remembering the SonicWALL of old. But the reality is, SonicWALL as a company has come a long way and is a huge player in the enterprise UTM firewall space. SonicWALL makes the fastest UTM protected firewall in the market, and I urge you to try one out to see what it’s all about.

You can read more in the NSS Labs report here.

-RP


March 23, 2013  10:13 PM

The SonicWALL SuperMassive 9000 Series

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! For those of you that are looking into layer 7 capable firewalls, this one is for you!

Dell SonicWALL has released the SonicWALL SuperMassive 9000 series set of firewalls that gives you enterprise grade firewalls with great features and value with full UTM (unified threat management) functionality. One of my favorite firewalls for the market is the SonicWALL SuperMassive 9200.

With 10Gbe capability and full layer 7 functionality, this firewall is enterprise ready and packs a serious punch like it’s bigger brother. If you are looking for an enterprise grade firewall with serious throughput with all the layer 7 protection turned on, then this one is for you.

You can read more about it here.

-RP


March 20, 2013  10:24 PM

Cisco Catalyst 3850

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! In the eternal game of networking oneupmanship, Cisco has released a new switch!

It seems that theĀ  3750 has been around for years, but now Cisco has released the 3850! What’s all the buzz about? For one, Cisco has increased the stacking bandwidth to 480 Gbps which has been long over due.

The other thing that Cisco has done is integrate a wireless controller into the switch. This is quite reminiscent of Adtran to me who has been doing this already for ages, but Cisco has decided to take a page out of their book. The 3850 can support up to a maximum of 50 access points in a stack of multiple 3850′s.

You can read more here.

-RP

 

 


March 19, 2013  10:38 PM

VMware Horizon Suite

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So VMware has release Horizon Suite!

What’s this? It’s VMware’s answer to providing access to applications and data regardless of what platform you are on! Horizon Suite isn’t necessarily VDI, you can use non-VDI means to have access to your applications through a myriad of VMware technologies.

If you are a large enterprise, you can easily take advantage of Horizon Suite through an ELA (enterprise license agreement) which can afford you flexible options to deploying VMware in your environment.

You can read more here.

-RP


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