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

January 26, 2010  12:54 AM

Symatec Backup Exec 2010 to be released February 1st!

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Well I have been waiting for this update ever since I deployed Exchange 2010 into customer environments. I really didn’t like how I had to use Windows Server Backup to backup the whole VM, not being able to select Exchange in Backup Exec 12.5d was a little annoying. Knowing that this was on its way I put up with it, but no more! 2 main features that I like are the new VMware 4 and Exchange 2010 support. I will be deploying this as soon as it becomes available and follow up to this article and let you all know what I think.

Enhanced VMware vSphere 4.0 Support
Integrated backup and deduplication support for both online and offline VMware ESX 3.5 Update 2 and vSphere 4.0 – plus new first-to-market virtual application protection for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and Active Directory. Now from a single-pass backup, administrators will also experience automated Log Truncation of a virtual machine applications. From that single backup, administrators can then easily recover either the virtual machine or granular application data such as Exchange mailboxes, messages, calendar items or individual Active Directory user accounts or objects

First-to-market granular recovery for applications
Rapid Exchange and Active Directory backup and recovery
Eliminate redundant backups and recover data in minutes
Protect the latest VMware vSphere environments
Deduplicate virtual server backups
Reduce and consolidate storage

Windows 7, Exchange 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Support
Comprehensive protection for the latest Windows desktop, email and server environments. Get the latest backup support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 including VSS Express Writers, plus redirected restore support to .VHD files for simple protection of virtual disk data alongside of traditional physical disk data. Integrated Exchange 2010 support for the new Database Availability Group (DAG) in Exchange 2010 and enhanced granular recovery support provides fast recovery of individual email and mailboxes while eliminating the need to perform an additional mailbox-level backup.

Backup the latest Windows desktop and server and email application environments with ease
Easily meet your recovery point objectives for Exchange with unmatched backup technology
Reduce your Exchange 2010 backup requirements
Manage your desktop and server backups through a single console

Check out the full article here.


January 21, 2010  10:38 PM

Passed VCP-410!

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Well I did it with 9 business days of studying I attained VCP vSphere4 Status! Since I am not a good studier as my buddy Raj, I found the exam a little more difficult. When I found out that they lowered the passing grade to 60% I was happy, and yet I knew that they made the exam quite a bit more difficult. Alot of the questions were based on the new features, like vSphere Backup,vSphere Orchestrator and, vApp to name a couple. There was also alot of questions on iSCSI, vSwitching, and vDistributed Switches. I suggest someone gets hands on experience with vCenter Server 4, wherein it contains multiple hosts, so you can practise DRS, HA, Fault Tolerance, Vmotion, and other enterprise applications. Either way, it was fun to study till I was blue in the face, but next time I hope to take my time. 🙂 If you plan on writing it, make sure you check my earlier blog, take your time, and read all the bullet points from the vSphere PDF documents. Good Luck!


January 21, 2010  10:20 PM

Windows 7 “God Mode”

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

My co-worker Raj, see his site here found the Windows 7 God Mode “hack” overat ZDNet.

Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden “GodMode” feature that lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder.

To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:


Users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

Give it a try its very cool!

January 15, 2010  1:55 AM

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

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There is some new documentation out for System Center VMM, updated January 7th 2010. There are 7 documents in total if you are interested in Hyper-V and VMM. Go here to download documents, like “Virtual Machine Manager Deployment Guide” or the ” Virtual Machine Manager Operations Guide”


January 15, 2010  1:48 AM

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

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Hey all, the Windows 7 Compatibility list has been updated!

The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT professionals is an Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. Compatibility information has been verified by either the software publisher or by the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements.

Check out the webpage here. Also check out the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, here you can search software packages or vendors and find drivers for PCs or Laptops.


January 15, 2010  1:42 AM

vSphere vCenter Update Manager SSL Error.

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Some people over look this when upgrading to vCenter 4, even though it warns you before installing vCenter… yeah I fell for it also.

Upgrading VirtualCenter 2.5 to vCenter Server 4.0 Update 1 without upgrading VUM and Converter might result in certain issues
If you upgrade VirtualCenter 2.5 to vCenter 4.0 Update 1 without upgrading VMware Update Manager (VUM) and VMware Converter, you might encounter the following issues:

When you are logging in to vCenter Server, the vSphere Client might display the error message “The request failed due to an SSL error”. Clicking OK for this message might display the error message The server could not interpret the client’s request. Login might succeed if you click OK for this error message.

So easy fix, as it says above, you haven’t updated VMware Update Manager, go back to the vSphere vCenter CD and run the Update Manager Installer, the rest is easy from there.


January 13, 2010  4:09 AM

VCP-410 Exam Resources

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

As you all know I am currently cramming for the VMware VCP-410 Exam… I have used in the past and am again using documentation from an invaluable source. This source is called; more specifically this PDF. The link is basically his study notes from taking the course and reading the documentation. Do not forget to download and print out the vSphere 4 Reference Card. Last but not least… get a VMware Education ID and use the vSphere 4 Mock Exam, it is invaluable.

I will keep you all posted as to my progress… I have 9 days left to study, wish me luck!


January 13, 2010  4:02 AM

Dell goes Rugged

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Dell announced the OptiPlex XE, although it carries a slightly higher price tag for the processing power, they are built to withstand higher temperatures, dust, and 24/7 run times. Here is an insert from

With its long lifecycle, superior manageability and purpose-built design, the DellTM  OptiPlexTM  XE provides a stable and cost-efficient embedded desktop solution for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), retailers and hardened working environments.

Key features include:
* Purpose-Built Design: Designed for higher temperatures and hardened environments
* Stability You Can Count On: Guaranteed 3.5-year purchase lifecycle on key hardware and software components
* Management That Means Business: Remote management, simplified diagnostics, built-in system monitoring and tool-less chassis

They can be customized starting from the normal Desktop version to Small Form Factor version(Slim Design) . Pricing starts from $709 CAN for the desktop version and $729 CAN for the small form factor version.


January 9, 2010  6:33 PM

VCP-410 (vSphere Certification)

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

If you are someone like me and looking to get the VMware Certification before time runs out, your actually not too late. VMware hasofficially extended the date at which you can take the exam. The statement below is straight from VMware’s website.

Due to overwhelming demand, existing VCP3 professionals will be able to obtain the VCP4 certification with no additional course requirement through January 31st, 2010

So we all have 22 days to get that certification. Make sure you download the VMware Exam Blueprint for VCP4 here.


December 29, 2009  3:09 PM

Opera Mini 5 beta 2

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Hey everyone, hope your holidays went well! Last night I was perusing the web on my BlackBerry, and I couldn’t go to half the pages, always got an error that the “HTTP: Error 413 – Request Entity Too large” So I did a quick look up and found that there is a fix in BES, well I’m not going to get into it because let’s face it the blackberry browser is terrible. I have used Opera in the past with little success, but I read about Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 and decided to give it a try. Let me tell you, it’s fast and works beautifully, and I highly recommend it. Below are some of the new features.


Tabbed browsing

Browse several Web sites at the same time, while easily jumping from one to another.


Speed Dial

Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks when you open a new tab


Opera Link

Synchronize your bookmarks and Speed Dial between your mobile phone and desktop computer.


Download manager

Manage downloads right from the browser. Pause and resume downloads to suit your needs.


Built for speed

The new Opera Mini lets you search for text within a Web page, so you can get to the information you need even more quickly than before.


To download Opera Mini 5 beta, visit the address from your mobile phone.


Enjoy the new BlackBerry browsing experience!



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