The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

August 8, 2011  8:31 PM

VMware vSphere 5 Licensing and Pricing Update

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Oops… that is VMware kind of said after it released it’s new licensing and pricing strategy. Instead of per socket, it is now per socket but also with a RAM entitlement. Oy…

These changes generated much debate in the blogosphere, in conversations with our partners and customers, and across VMware communities. Some of the discussion had to do with confusion around the changes. We have been watching the blog commentaries carefully, and we have been listening to the partner and customer conversations very intently. A great deal of feedback was provided that examined the impact of the new licensing model on every possible use case and scenario, and equally importantly, reflected our partners’ and customers’ intense passion for VMware.

We’ve increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. This change addresses concerns about future-looking business cases that were based on future hardware capabilities and the previous vSphere licensing model.  Below is a comparison of the previously announced and the new vSphere 5 vRAM entitlements per vSphere edition:

Here are the new entitlements.

vSphere edition

Previous vRAM entitlement

New vRAM entitlement

vSphere Enterprise+

48 GB

96 GB

vSphere Enterprise

32 GB

64 GB

vSphere Standard

24 GB

32 GB

vSphere Essentials+

24 GB

32 GB

vSphere Essentials

24 GB

32 GB

Lastly VMware introduced vSphere Desktop Edition Licensing, this will make it easier to adopt VMware VDI. This entitlement does not have a vRAM entitlement but a per user license cost.


July 25, 2011  1:35 AM

Mac OS X Lion

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I’m not a big Mac fan, nor am I a fan of Apple products… for example I am using a 3 yr old blackberry and am probably about 200% more efficient with my communication, including emails, text messages, blackberry messenger you name it… either way… you will not see me walking around with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5, you will see me with a Blackberry 9900! Anyways, I think I am done with my rant and will go back to the original article because I know there are ALOT of Apple fans out there, and I would like to please the masses. My buddy Raj had purchased a Macbook Air a while back and just updated to this OS, he said I should check it out. I figured my readers would like to read a great article that I have read myself. Here is an insert from

Back to the OS itself: Lion will support a new level of multi-touch gestures, and it adds features like Mission Control, which gives you a full-system vantage point; Resume, which picks a program back up from where you last left it; and AirDrop, which assists in the sharing of data from one Mac to another.
Conceptually, Lion is meant to meld aspects of Apple’s desktop OS lineage with a few attributes picked up from iOS, its mobile device operating system. This has the potential to simplify key elements for the benefit of the overall user experience, but there’s disagreement on whether it succeeds. Critics on one side of the debate say it occasionally crosses the line from simple to simplistic, and that certain parts of a desktop OS really should be more complex than a mobile OS. Others argue that its new features are welcome improvements, even though the transition to Lion can be a little disorienting.
Apple also let fly with some new hardware this week, finally taking its MacBook Air up a notch or two. The newest versions of the ultra-thin notebooks come in 11- and 13-inch sizes, and they’ll pack Intel Sandy Bridge processors, along with 4 GB of memory. Other improvements include backlit keyboards and ports for Thunderbolt, the new double-wide data pipes Apple’s been building into its latest hardware.

I haven’t had a chance to check it out myself, as Raj has been away, so I will have to wait till her get back. Check out the full article here.

July 25, 2011  1:23 AM

GreenTech – Philips 75watt LED Light

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Okay, Okay, I know some might say this isn’t IT news, but then again I say it is. It is the same premise as when monitors and laptop screens and TV’s have been updated to LED back-lit technology. This is a big step in making our homes more efficient and it is the way of the future.

Royal Philips Electronics’ new 75-watt-equivalent LED bulb is now available for sale online.

The 17-watt LED bulb is equal to a 75-watt incandescent but uses 80 percent less electricity and lasts 24 times longer than the average incandescent, according to Philips.

The bulb has a lifespan of 25,000 hours, roughly the equivalent of 17 years of daily four-hour use, and a color temperature of 2,700, which is a warm yellow light similar to that of an incandescent bulb, according to company specs.

It may cost 40$, but you will use less electricity, and it lasts for years! Get with the program. Go and buy some now! Read the full story here.


July 25, 2011  1:17 AM

HP and Toshiba adopt the Sandy Bridge Processor

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In their sub 400$ laptops! How Awesome is this? I mean a Sandy Bridge laptop for around the price of a good netbook? That’s awesome, pair that with an SSD drive from one of my last blogs, and you will have one screamingly fast laptop!

Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors aren’t just for Apple MacBooks and elite Windows laptops anymore. The latest and greatest Intel chip technology is now landing in sub-$400 lappies from Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba.

To wit, behold HP’s $349 Pavilion g4-1104dx. In addition to goodies like a 14-inch LED display, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, a multiformat optical drive, a Webcam, and integrated Ethernet, you get a Pentium processor B940 with integrated Intel graphics silicon.

No, that’s not the Pentium processor of yore. The new Pentium is a bona fide Sandy Bridge processor, which means it taps into Intel’s latest 32-nanometer technology and graphics.

Read more on CNET’s website.

July 25, 2011  1:09 AM

vSphere Performance tab issues

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If you run into an issue with the “Overview” page under the Performance Tab in vCenter, then follow these steps to resolve.

Log into the vCenter server
Browse to the following locations:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\Infrastructure\tomcat\webapps\statsreport\WEB-INF folder
Open the web.xml file in notepad
Once the file is open, and search (CTRL+F) for vc.webservice.timeout
Note: The entry should be near the top of the file, about 15 lines down from the top.
Change the value on the following line from 1 to 5

Restart the machine or the vCenter Web Services and you should be good to go…

Good Luck!


July 25, 2011  1:07 AM


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You want a fast booting system? You have some cash to spend? Look no further the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS is just the solid state drive for you! Check out those stats! I have the OCZ Vertex 2 in my system and it takes longer to get by the BIOS then it does boot my Windows 7 machine!

Available in 120GB and 240GB Capacities
Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps
Native TRIM support
Seek Time: .1ms
Slim 2.5″ Design
99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
Lightweight: 77g
Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C
Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
Low Power Consumption: 3W Active, 1.65W Idle
Shock Resistant up to 1500G
RAID Support
Included 3.5″ Desktop adapter bracket
Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP 32-bit/64-bit, Mac OSX
MTBF: 2 million hours
3-Year Warranty
120GB Max Performance*
Max Read: up to 550MB/s
Max Write: up to 500MB/s
Random Read 4KB: 35,000 IOPS
Random Write 4KB: 75,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS
240GB Max Performance*
Max Read: up to 550MB/s
Max Write: up to 500MB/s
Random Read 4KB: 55,000 IOPS
Random Write 4KB: 65,000 IOPS
Maximum 4K Random Write: 85,000 IOPS

*Max performance achieved using Native SATA 6Gbps chipset. Please refer to product sheet for additional performance metrics

If you want to order the drive or whatever, go to this link.

July 25, 2011  1:01 AM

Free ESXi 5 e-Learning

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Hey all, VMware will be releasing ESXi 5 in the near future, what better way to be prepared then to take free e-Learning?

Take a free training course on ESXi Essentials.VMware Education Services team has just made available a new, FREE elearning course dedicated to ESXi, “Transition to ESXi Essentials”. The course is a self-paced three-hour online training that provides the knowledge necessary to make fundamental design decisions to successfully add VMware ESXi to a vSphere environment and to take advantage of all of the new features included in ESXi 4.1. The training is ideal for system administrators, consultants and engineers responsible for managing and supporting a vSphere environment.

Special Note: For those who prefer to learn this content in a classroom environment, whether virtual or face-to-face, there are several two-day classes scheduled worldwide.  For a fee, you will receive the added value of hands-on lab exercises as well as interaction with fellow students and an instructor.

Module 1: Transition to ESXi Overview
Module 2: Compare and Contrast VMware ESXi and VMware ESX
Module 3: Install and Configure VMware ESXi
Module 4: Script Interfaces and Command Line Tools
Module 5: Performing Management Tasks

Go here to register.

July 21, 2011  3:21 AM

More Bold 9900 News

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Good news! More and more carriers are going to stock the Bold 9900… stated below…

The list of carriers confirming they’ll be carrying the BlackBerry Bold 99xx series continues to grow. This time around, SaskTel has confirmed they’ll be making the device available to their customers in the near future. This of course, jives with the release of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on Bell considering they share most of the same device line-up. We’re still looking at that August release date for Bell and have not been given any reason to think otherwise as of yet so the SaskTel version should arrive around the same time. Odd, how many will conform the inevitable release yet we’re still waiting.

Right now I am using a Curve 8530, which is better than the ghetto Bold 9700(which didnt work at all) that I bought off some random guy, remember trust someone as far as you can throw them… and that won’t be far!

July 18, 2011  6:28 PM

VMware vSphere 5 (Pre-Register)

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This just in from

Pre-register to receive a 60-day evaluation of vSphere 5. You will be notified by email once vSphere 5 is available for download.

Features & Benefits
VMware vSphere is the market leading virtualization solution that allows you to turn your infrastructure into an resilient, efficient and flexible resource – the foundation of a private cloud. vSphere enables you to:
•Decrease your capital and operating costs by over 50%
•Run a greener datacenter and reduce your energy costs
•Control your application services levels with advanced availability and security features
•Streamline IT operations and improve flexibility


 •VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus
 •VMware vCenter Server Standard
 •VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat (optional)
 •VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (optional)
Learn more about VMware vSphere

I have already signed up and cannot wait to try some of the new features!

July 14, 2011  2:53 AM

Blackberry Bold 9900 release is looming

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I want this phone… I don’t know why, I just do. I currently have an iPhone 4 and cannot stand it sometimes… I mean come on, let me have push mail without completely draining my battery by 2pm, I go out a lot, I need my phone to be working, not running around trying to find a stupid plug-in in the middle of town, never mind the adapters needed to do so… apparently at double the speed, the Bold 9900 uses 1/3rd less power! Yes the battery is a little smaller, but at 1/3rd the power consumption the general consensus says it will last much much longer!

It also offers a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, NFC technology for mobile payments, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of internal memory, and more. The Bold 9900 is a quad-band GSM device with compatibility with HSPA+ networks, while the Bold 9930 is the dual-mode version with both CDMA and GSM support.

Not only will the 9900 be the thinnest BlackBerry to date, measuring in at 10.5 millimeters thick, but the new hardware should also make it one of the most powerful. The new 1.2GHz processor runs at nearly double the clock speed of the Bold 9780, and system memory will be expanded up to 768MB. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to finally get our chance to pick up the 9900 and check out the new BlackBerry OS 7.

Check out the official BlackBerry 9900 webpage and see some of its awesome new features.

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