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

April 28, 2011  4:08 AM

XFX Radeon HD 6990 – Fastest Video Card in the World?

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Okay all you gamers fanatics, have you taken a look at the current reigning champion of video cards? The XFX Radeon HD 6990 is a one card SLI solution, that requires quite a lot of power to run, how much you ask? Well the minimum recommended power supply is 750 watts. Also make sure you have clearance for this beast…

Check out the specs below, the are quite impressive.

 Device Type Graphics adapter .
 Enclosure Type Plug-in card .
 Interface Type PCI Express 2.1 x16 .
 Width 1.5 in .
 Depth 12.3 in .
 Height 4.4 in .
Processor / Memory
 Graphics Processor / Vendor 2 GPUs – AMD Radeon HD 6990 .
 Clock Speed 830 MHz .
 Video Memory Installed 4 GB .
 Technology GDDR5 SDRAM 256-bit .
 Memory Clock Speed 5 GHz .
 Features AMD PowerPlay technology,
 Avivo HD Technology,
 AMD HD3D Technology,
 AMD Eyefinity Technology,
 AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Technology,
 AMD CrossFireX Technology,
 AMD Hybrid Graphics Technology,
 AMD Stream technology .
Video Output
 Max Resolution (external) 2560 x 1600 .
 Max Resolution Details DVI: 2560 x 1600 / DisplayPort: 2560 x 1600 / HDMI: 2560 x 1600 / VGA: 2048 x 1536 .
 API Supported DirectX 11 .
 Digital Video Standard DisplayPort,
 Digital Visual Interface (DVI),
 High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) .
Expansion / Connectivity
 Interfaces 4 x DisplayPort – Apple mini-DisplayPort,
 1 x DVI-I (dual link) – 29 pin combined DVI,
 1 x HDMI – 19 pin HDMI Type A ( With adapter ),
 2 x DVI-I ( With adapter ) .
 Compatible Slots 1 x PCI Express 2.1 x16 .
 Included Accessories Crossfire bridge,
 XFX Serial Number door hanger .
 Cables Included 2 x Mini DisplayPort-DVI adapter,
 1 x Mini DisplayPort-HDMI adapter .
Software / System Requirements
 Software Included Drivers & Utilities .
 Recommended Power Supply 750 Watt .
 Peripheral / Interface Devices Two additional power connectors,
 Adjacent PCI slot

What would stop me and others from buying this? Well the 700$ Price tag for one, and the fact that I would also have to upgrade my power supply doesn’t sit well with me… so for right now my XFX 8800GT XXX Edition will have to suffice… hey I can still play Call of Duty Black Ops at 1920×1080 full details at 60+fps. Just goes to show how powerful the Corei5 2500K processor is!

April 26, 2011  11:39 PM

Sony to release two Android Tablets

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Are you a Sony fan-boy? Do you crave the incompatible and proprietary? Well Sony is slated to release two new tablets, while maybe not proprietary they will be unique.

The S1 has a 9.4-inch (1280-by-800) display and front and rear cameras, while the S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be “folded,” Sony said. The screens on the S2 can be used together as one large screen to browse websites or separately–for example, checking email on one and using the other as a soft keyboard.

Both tablets will be equipped with the Android 3.0 operating system and be WiFi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible. An Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor will power the devices.

If you like Sony as a company and would like more information go here to read the full story.

April 26, 2011  6:17 PM

My New OCZ Vertex2 SSD Drive

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Recently my ASUS P8P67-Deluxe started to show failure on the disk drives, even after moving my SATA disks to the 6G ports. I decided it was time to swap out my mainboard with a “B3 Stepping” board. When I was at Memory Express here in Winnipeg, I decided that I wanted to also take my existing HDD out of the equation, so I purchased an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD Drive, needless to say, installation was quick and seamless, bootup was great, and overall usability is out of this world. Weirdest part is that you do not hear anything, its hard to get used to the fact that your OS when booting or thinking, isn’t making a noise, its something to get used to that’s for sure. Check out the stats below of the OCZ Vertex 2 Series

•Available in 50GB to 480GB capacities*
•Max Read: up to 285MB/s**
•Max Write: up to 275MB/s**
•Sustained Write: up to 250MB/s**
•Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 50,000 IOPS**
•Native TRIM support
•Max IOPS Firmware
•Seek Time: .1ms
•Slim 2.5″ Design
•99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3mm
•Lightweight: 77g
•Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C
•Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
•Low Power Consumption: 2W in operation,.5W in standby
•Shock Resistant up to 1500G
•RAID Support
•Included 3.5″ Desktop adapter bracket
•Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X and Linux
•MTBF: 2 million hours

What would my next step be? Well of course it would be a larger faster SSD drive like the OCZ Vertex 3, check the stats below. Unfortunately if you want this kind of performance you will have to pay.

•Max Read: up to 550MB/s
•Max Write: up to 500MB/s
•Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 60,000 IOPS
•Available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB 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 ~ 55°C
•Storage Temp: -45°C ~ 85°C
•Low Power Consumption: 2W in operation,.5W in standby
•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

April 24, 2011  8:06 PM

Android is Global Smartphone OS Market Leader

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Here is a quick breakdown based on the Global Average as of March, I couldn’t find April numbers.

Interesting that a smartphone can come out of nowhere and quickly overtake the market… that’s the power of Google I guess!

Android is at 38%, a +29.4% change.

RIM(BlackBerry) is at 24.5%, a +7.5% change.

iOS(Apple) is at 23%, a -16.5% change.

Windows Phones are at 2%, a -4% change.

These are the only Smartphone companies I follow, to be noted though Symbian or Nokia fell 14.7% as well, I do not foresee them sticking around for much longer.

Its a toss up as to which phone I purchase next, if Android keeps pumping out new powerhouse smartphones, why would i go for an iPhone5? It just wouldn’t make sense.

April 24, 2011  7:54 PM

Windows 7 sells 350 Million Copies in 18 Months

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Yet, its nowhere close to Windows XP overall penetration of the global operating systems market (54%).

Windows 7, in contrast, is flourishing both at home and at work. Microsoft cites an IDC estimate that 90 percent of corporations are currently in the process of migrating to Windows 7, and Redmond claims that deploying Windows 7 will allow businesses to save around $140 per PC per year. This corporate take-up should have some nice side-effects—notably, it’ll be another nail in the coffin of Internet Explorer 6.

Windows 7 will catch up to Windows XP, but by that time Windows 8 will be almost ready.

Please tell me you are reading my blog from Windows 7, or anywhere by Windows XP… time to move on my friends.

April 20, 2011  2:30 AM

Migrate DHCP from Server 2003 to Server 2008

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Wan to know how to export DHCP from Server 2003 and move it to Server 2008? Well I found the step by step instructions of how to do so. Mind you this could also be used to backup a DHCP Scope on Windows Server 2003 as well. Not sure how many of you techies out there are using Server 2003 as your primary DHCP Scope anyways, but just in case!

Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.

Type netsh dhcp server export C:\dhcpdatabase.dat all, and then press ENTER.

Note: While the export command runs, DHCP server is stopped and does not respond to clients seeking new leases or lease renewals.

At the end of this step, you will have the DHCP configuration as well as address lease information exported into the dhcpdatabase.dat file. You can now stop the DHCP service on the source server.

Install the DHCP server service on the server that is running Windows Server 2008

To install the DHCP Server service on an existing Windows Server 2008 computer:

1. Start Server Manager.

2. Click on Add Roles.

3. Select the DHCP server role and press Next.

4. Click through the next sequence for screens of the installation wizard to complete the DHCP server installation. You should not authorize the DHCP server at this point.

Import the DHCP database

1. Log on as a user who is a member of the local Administrators group or DHCP administrators group.

2. Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008 computer.

3. Verify that the DHCP service is started on the Windows Server 2008 computer.

4. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.

5. At the command prompt, type netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcpdatabase.dat all

And there you have it, no manual entries needed!

Good Luck!

April 20, 2011  2:25 AM

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008R2

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You got it, you can now download iSCSI Target software for free, i believe it used to be Starwind iSCI Target software, which was then bought out by Microsoft.

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target has been available for production use as part of Windows Storage Server since early 2007. It has also been available for development and test use by MSDN and TechNet subscribers starting in May 2009. However, until now, there was no way to use the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target in production on a regular server running Windows Server 2008 R2. This new download offers exactly that.

Now available as a public download, the software is essentially the same software that ships with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the public download package will be refreshed (kept in sync) with any software fixes and updates. Those updates are described here.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

April 9, 2011  6:13 PM

Exchange 2010 “Default Policy” Edit Error

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You get the error message when trying to edit the “Default Policy”

The specified e-mail address policy couldn’t be edited. E-mail address policies with legacy versions of Exchange must be upgraded using the “Set-EmailAddressPolicy” task with the Exchange 2010 filter specified.

What this means is that you havent upgraded you Default Policy after migration from Exchange 2003. You need to upgrade the policies, run the following command from the Exchange Management Shell:

Get-EmailAddressPolicy | where {$_.RecipientFilterType –eq “Legacy”} | Set-EmailAddressPolicy –IncludedRecipients AllRecipients

April 6, 2011  2:49 AM

Changed Block Tracking and Veeam Backup 5.0.2

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If you have issues with your backups because of a Changed Block Tracking Issue, it could because you created the backup job with a ESXi user that does not have permissions to enable the “ctkEnabled” (Changed Block Tracking) to true. Either assign the proper permissions and rerun the job, or use vCenter or ViClient to modify the flag manually. The VM must be off. Then Edit the VM’s settings, click on the options tab, then on “General” in the list, then click on “Configuration” then scroll down the Configuration Parameters until you see “ctkEnabled” type “true” for every instance you see. Either solution should fix your issues.


March 30, 2011  2:24 AM

New Intel SSD Drive

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The Intel SSD320, is better in every way than its predecessor the X-25M.

The SSD 320 has a sequential write speed of 220 MB per seconds, more than double that of the X25-M, and a sequential read speed of 270 MB per second. The faster speeds improve a PC’s multitasking capabilities. For example, there is no perceivable slowdown when playing background music or downloading a video to the SSD, while working on a document, Intel said.

Although this drive isn’t as fast as say the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro (285MB/sec Read, 275MB/sec Write) Intel states that the 320 will maintain its rated speed for longer and has a better bang for you buck. I guess we will have to wait for the reviews to get the final word! Here are some specs.

Intel SSD 320 Specs

  • Form Factors: 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch
  • Capacity — 80/160/300 GB (1.8-inch), 40/80/120/160/300/600 GB (2.5-inch)
  • Intel 25nm NAND MLC Flash Memory
  • SATA 3Gb/s interface
  • Sustained sequential read: Up to 270 MB/s
  • Sustained sequential write: Up to 220 MB/s
  • AES 128-bit Encryption
  • Intel SSD Toolbox
  • OS-aware hot plug/removal
  • Enhanced power-loss data protection
  • Power – Active – Up to 4W (TYP), Idle: 700 mW (non-DIPM)
  • Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER): 1 sector per 1016 bits read
  • Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF): 1,200,000 hours
  • Lifetime Endurance – Up to 60 TBW
  • Weight: 1.8-inch: up to 49 grams, 2.5-inch 7mm: up to 82 grams, 2.5-inch 9.5mm: up to 88 grams
  • 3-year warranty

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