The musings of an IT Consultant


February 28, 2011  10:58 PM

Kaseya Connect!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that took my advice and started using Kaseya, good for you! The Kaseya conference is coming soon!

For those of you that haven’t, give Kaseya a spin and see how you like it, it’s a great product! The Kaseya conference is a great opportunity to look at all things Kaseya and see what the offerings are. You also have an opportunity to chat with the Kaseya staff and ask those questions you always wanted to.

You can register here.

-RP

February 28, 2011  10:48 PM

Exchange 2010

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So more and more I am seeing upgrades to Exchange 2010 these days. That’s a good thing!

Why is it a good thing? Well with Exchange 2010 you have DAG! I do see a few holdovers these days sticking to Exchange 2003, but people really should get with the times and move to 2010. Also now that SP1 is out, we are much farther down the supported path!

Reports are that Microsoft reduced IO requirements with Exchange 2010 as compared to 2003 so that’s just another reason yet to upgrade. You can read more about it here.

-RP


February 28, 2011  7:50 AM

EPIC Technology Day

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! It’s getting to be that time of year again. EPIC Technology day is just around the corner!

This year it will be on April 12, 2011. We will have David Scott the former CEO of 3Par and now the HP Senior VP for StorageWorks as the keynote speaker. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that 3Par was one of the larger acquisitions in the IT world this year.

Make sure you come down and hear what David Scott and all the other presenters have to say. You can register on the EPIC web site as per usual.

-RP


February 28, 2011  7:08 AM

3 TB Drives

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Now that 3 TB drives are available, it’s great news for the SMB! Why you ask?

Because with 3 TB sata drives you can greatly increase your capacity in an SMB NAS or SAN device. For example, the latest QNAP devices support 3 TB sata drives. In an 8 drive capacity QNAP, you have 24 TB of raw storage for a really cheap price point!

Sure, you don’t necessarily get the enterprise grade features, but when it comes to very small businesses, this is all they need. Whether you use the storage for backup or virtualization, you’ll have more than enough storage to last you a while. Especially at this price point you can double up and create an offsite replication as well.

-RP


February 28, 2011  5:52 AM

6 core processors yield licensing questions

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So now with 6 core processors readily available for servers, the questions about VMware and multi-core licensing are starting to crop up again.

Generally you license based on a certain amount of cores, and if you exceed that, you buy a license to upgrade you to more cores. However you cannot split cores in a license across multiple processors.

6 core processors are great for virtualization, and that coupled with the ability to put large amount of memory in servers these days will make for some very powerful virtual environments.

You can read more about VMware’s multi-core licensing policy here.

-RP


February 28, 2011  3:51 AM

Common problems with Windows 7 Backup

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So if you followed my last blog post, you took a look at Windows 7 backup. However, there are some common issues you need to be aware of.

You see sometimes people just turn Windows 7 Backup on and it fails and they are not sure why it doesn’t work. Here are some housekeeping items you need to be aware of before using Windows 7 backup.

First, make sure the disk you are backing up your data to is healthy. Run a chkdsk on the drive and make sure there are no bad sectors or some sort of corruption in the file system. If there is, the backup can fail.

Second, if you are backing up folders that contain files that might trigger your anti-virus software by mistake, this will cause the backup to fail. I have seen this happen multiple times with Microsoft Security Essentials. Just exclude the files in question from the anti-virus program and then the backup will run. Of course make sure these are legitimate files first before you do it.

Third, make sure system protection is turned on. You can do this by going into the System control panel and then clicking on system properties. Then you can enable system protection for the different drives in your computer.

-RP


February 28, 2011  3:42 AM

Windows 7 Backup

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So you want to regularly backup your home computer or small business workstation? What should you do? Well if you are using Windows 7, you are in luck! You can use Windows 7 backup!

Windows 7 backup comes with Windows 7 and not only allows you to do a backup, but you can have it redirect the backup easily to an external storage device. The first backup that runs will take some time to run as it does a “full” backup the first time around. But then after that, it will backup the changes and the backup window will shrink significantly.

I personally love using an external QNAP 459 Pro to send my backups to. More than enough storage, and redundancy built into the device. I can then take the data from there and copy it to an external drive for offsite storage as well.

You can read more about Windows 7 backup here.

-RP


February 28, 2011  3:38 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So more often than not, I hear a lot of people ask about what they should do for anti-virus at home. They are concerned about it, but at the same time they don’t want to pay for it.

Well for you home users and small businesses out there, Microsoft has a solution for you. It’s called Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s Microsoft’s answer to anti-virus and it comes free of charge for home use. What’s really nice is Microsoft also allows you to use it in a small business on up to 10 computers.

What’s the down side? Well it’s not centrally managed and it’s feature set is quite limited compared to pay-for commercial products. However if you are going to make the choice between no protection, and some protection, you might as well try out Microsoft Security Essentials. I have used it in many environments and while not the best product out there, it’s not bad either!

-RP


February 28, 2011  3:27 AM

Mark read app!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for all you iPhone users out there. Have you ever wished you could just mark all your emails as read like you can in a BlackBerry?

Well you can! If you jailbreak your iPhone you can purchase the MarkRead app from the Cydia store. This app integrates into your mail application and allows you to mark all your unread emails as read.

Now this should be something Apple just included out of the box, but since they didn’t, and jailbreaking is legal now according to the courts, have at it!

-RP


February 28, 2011  3:23 AM

Great program for PXE boot!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So sometimes you’ll find yourself in a situation where you want to image a lot of computers. Generally using a computer’s PXE boot feature is a good idea in this case. But how do you set this up?

Well using a combination of imaging software and tftp and dhcp you can make this happen. Now imaging software i’ll leave up to you, but you can use something called TFTPD which includes both a TFTP server to send the PXE image to your computer for boot, and also a DHCP server built into it to provide the necessary IP addresses along with the appropriate scope options.

TFTPD is free to use and can be downloaded here. Try it out, it works great!

-RP


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