The ranting of an IT Professional:

April, 2009


April 30, 2009  9:32 PM

Firing policy – Come on HR, work with us here



Posted by: Jason Tramer
best practices, HR, IT, policies

So it's time to fire someone. A sad task that falls on HR because everyone else is busy doing real work.  Here are the two major ways that HR tends to fumble on this all too easy task. 1) You fire the poor schmoe and don't tell us. Sorry HR, we need to know. There is lots of stuff we need to do...

April 30, 2009  8:55 PM

File level restore from a VM: Veeam vs vRanger



Posted by: Jason Tramer
file level restore, Veeam, VM, vRanger

So you want to do a file level restore from a VM? Well great, its a nice feature and I think you should. Now what software are you going to use to do it with? Both vRanger and Veeam have the ability, here is the difference. with vRanger it has to completely uncompress the entire VM before it can...


April 30, 2009  8:45 PM

Watchguard MUVPN not working due to Mcafee firewall



Posted by: Jason Tramer
firewall, mcaffee, VPN, WatchGuard

I hate personal firewall products but none so much as I hate mcafee. I was testing a MUVPN and the tunnell just wouldn't established. I turned that thing into swiss cheese, it shouldn't have been blocking anything but the VPN tunnel STILL wouldn't come up until I actually turned off the service....


April 30, 2009  8:41 PM

Windows 7 RC released today



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Windows 7 RC

Hey all Windows 7 RC is being released for download today by  Microsoft. I have taken a look at it, and I have to say, it seems pretty good way better then Vista. I encourage you all to check it out.


April 29, 2009  3:08 AM

VMware develops rival protocol to ICA to compete in the VDI market space



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Citrix, I, ICA, RDP, VDI, view, vmware, Xendesktop

One of the exciting (and long overdue) announcements from VMware is there development of a new PCoIP protocol for use in the VMware View product. This protocol will be replacing their use of RDP. One of Citrix's big claims to fame in this market space with it's Xendesktop product is it's use of the...


April 29, 2009  2:53 AM

Upgrading Citrix from Presentation 4 to Xenapp 5



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Citrix, Presentation, Upgrade, Xenapp

I recently had a discussion with some guys from Citrix and asked about the optimal way of upgrading Presentation server 4 to Xenapp 5. Here is there recommendation 1) Upgrade the licensing and upload the new license file onto the license server 2) Run the upgrade on the server acting as...


April 27, 2009  2:27 AM

Microsoft releases Windows 7 RC go live dates



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Microsoft, RC, Windows 7

Check it out here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/26/windows_7_release_candidate/ I'm really excited about Windows 7, from everything I have seen it may be Microsoft's best client OS yet (ok I realize that's not a high bar to set ....)


April 16, 2009  2:08 PM

Windows 7 Seminar in Winnipeg



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Windows 7

I attended a Windows 7 seminar yesterday put on by Microsoft. Windows 7 looks good but that's likely because they are copying the best features from other more creative entities. Read more about my experience here: http://diaryoftheitranter.blogspot.com/


April 15, 2009  6:28 PM

A review of the Cisco ASA 5505



Posted by: Jason Tramer
ASA5505, Cisco, firewall, WatchGuard, X10e

I deal with a lot of small business's and branch offices and up until now we generally have been promoting the Watchguard X10e for their firewall needs. However I have recently been very impressed with the Cisco ASA 5505 for this business space. Its got great functionality, robustness and the price...


April 7, 2009  5:35 PM

Epic Technology Day – April 21st, 2009



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, Citrix, epic technology day, HP, seminar, vmware

For those not familiar with this event, my company hosts a bi-yearly technology day seminar. It's a great free event with lots of interesting and informative seminars presented by companies like Cisco, VMware, Citrix, HP and others.  The next one is coming up on April 21st in Winnipeg and the 23rd...


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