The musings of an IT Consultant


February 29, 2012  5:06 PM

Veeam now supports Hyper-V!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, if you’re been reading my blog, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Veeam product in the VMware world. It’s great for backup, easy to configure and a cheap pricepoint!

Well now the latest version of Veeam supports Hyper-V! So now for those of you that decide you want to go the Hyper-V route, you have support in the Veeam world!

You can read more about it here.

-RP

February 29, 2012  5:03 PM

Cisco ASA DHCP issues on WAN port

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so some people have reported having issues with the Cisco ASA firewall and acquiring an IP on the wan port from the ISP when set to DHCP mode instead of static.

This is an issue that usually has nothing to do with the ASA, bu t with the ISP modem itself. Make sure you reboot the modem, and you should get an IP with no issues. This is of course assuming you have your dhcp settings set right on the WAN interface.

You can set the setting using the command “ip address dhcp setroute”.

-RP


February 29, 2012  4:56 PM

Samsung Galaxy S3

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the MWC conference has arrived and everyone is talking about the Samsung Galaxy S3. The funny thing is that it was not announced at MWC, so why is everyone talking about it?

That’s because the specs were leaked so the mobile world is all talking about it! I believe Samsung is delaying it’s release to take advantage of sales of their other devices. Basically taking a page out of Apple’s book when they released the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5.

Hopefully they will release the Samsung Galaxy S3 soon!


February 13, 2012  2:30 PM

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So just when you think there are enough tablets on the market, Samsung goes and announces yet another one!

That’s right folks, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is here now. This 1 GHZ dual-core beauty comes with a 7 inch display and comes preloaded with Ice Cream Sandwich on it.

Here’s hoping they release ICS for us existing tablet owners soon. The new Galaxy Tab 2 does indeed come with TouchWiz as well. If you recall earlier, Samsung was having problems integrating their TouchWiz interface and Ice Cream Sandwich. It looks like they’ve got that worked out now.

No pricing and availability as of yet so stay tuned. You can check the specs out here.

-RP


February 2, 2012  4:08 PM

Samsung Galaxy SII+ (S2+)

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So the Samsung Galaxy SII+ seems to be what Samsung will be announcing at MWC. This is really unfortunate as I was looking forward to the Galaxy SIII (S3).

Samsung is taking a page out of Apple’s book and releasing a smaller incremental release of the phone before going whole hog with the S3.

I really hope this new S2+ phone will come with Ice Cream Sandwich loaded on it, at least that will make it an easier pill to swallow. Rumor has it that they have upgraded the processor from the previous S2.

If you haven’t used an S2 before, it’s an amazing device. The new S2+ will no doubt be just as great, but here’s hoping the S3 comes out soon.

-RP


January 31, 2012  10:14 PM

VMware View Client Update

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you are avid fans of VMware View, you are going to love this.

The new VMware View client will support Kindle Fire, Mac and Linux. It is optimized for Mac OX X Lion, and will use Lion’s full screen mode as well!

The client will also be easily available through the Ubuntu Software Center for easy installation for Linux users. Also the Amazon Appstore will be carrying the client for download as well!

This will definitely expand the reach of the VMware View market and is great news for the virtual world!

-RP


January 31, 2012  10:06 PM

Using Microsoft SCOM to Monitor VMware

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you have Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and you want to monitor not just Hyper-V but VMware vSphere too?

Some people are content to use a myriad of tools under multiple panes of glass, but If or one prefer the single pane of glass for my monitoring. Well the good folks at Veeam have developed a management pack that plugs right into SCOM and provides VMware monitoring right back into that single pane of glass.

The product is called Veeam nWorks and it is the cat’s meow. There are other solutions that can achieve similar goals, but in my opinion none go as deep as Veeam. Veeam also has their own custom metrics that they can alert on that make it an even more attractive solution.

Check it out and give it a try!

-RP


January 31, 2012  10:02 PM

SOPA

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So this past month was quite exciting. RIM had changes in the upper echelons, CES 2012 came and went. Obama made a big speech and SOPA was temporarily defeated.

The Stop Online Piracy Act really was only going to hurt the people it shouldn’t have hurt, and not really affect the pirates anyways. I’m glad the people of the world banded together and staged website blackouts in demonstration. Unfortunately not enough people did it, so even though we have temporary relief from the situation, it’s bound to rear it’s head in another ugly form.

Mark my words, nobody is going to support it in an election year. All the right words will be said leading up to the election. But after that, the hammer will come down and no doubt somebody will pass a SOPA type bill in another form.

We really need to do more if we want to keep the Internet the way it is. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

-RP


January 31, 2012  9:57 PM

RIM’s Changes

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you were hiding under a rock you might not have heard this news. But earlier this month Thorsten Heins took over as CEO of RIM.

Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis took a step back but still reside on the board. What does this mean for RIM? Apparently nothing if you listen to Thorsten Heins. He feels that there are no changes needed.

This obviously didn’t sit well with investors and the stock price for RIM is a definite indicator of that. Here’s hoping Thorsten changes his tune and starts making the drastic changes necessary to make RIM viable in the market again.

-RP


January 31, 2012  9:53 PM

A KeyBoard for the BlackBerry PlayBook!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that haven’t made a run for the border away from RIM yet, and actually bought a PlayBook, we have good news for you.

There is a keyboard coming out for the PlayBook! Tablets are great and everything with their touch screen keyboards, but sometimes you need to be able to type faster than a touch screen will allow.

Tablet external keyboards are great for these times when you need to blast out a quick document without the slow hindrance of a touch screen.

You can read more here.

-RP


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