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

May 8, 2009  3:23 AM

CloudPrint from HP, for the BlackBerry

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Well here is what I was talking about, CloudPrint is an HP designed solution that allows any blackberry user the ability to print to any printer without a driver, it will be available to BIS and BES customers, as long as they have WIFI or a data plan.

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I was pretty sure i was going to get a Palm Pre, but, since I was able to try out a Curve 8900, its speed, and useability… well lets just say I may pick one up…

May 7, 2009  5:28 AM

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0

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BES 5.0 has been out for a couple days now, bringing along with it centralized management over applications allowed and disallowed, high-availability(allowing it to fail over to a stand by server), remote file access, enhanced calendar functionality. and a few new features that you can check out here.

On another note Google is set to bolster its support of the blackberry phones. 

I have one last rumor to spread. Apparently BlackBerry phones(not sure which ones, im guessing the 8830 or 8900 and up) will be able to print natively utilizing BES. Once I hear more ill be sure to post.


May 5, 2009  1:28 AM

System Untable?

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Here’s the scenario. You have this PC, its unstable, but you have ran all the proper diagnostics and cannot come up with an issue… When was the last time a software issue cause a hard lock of a PC? That’s right it hardly happens. Your diagnosed the hardware, but you’ve been leaving all the same interconnects in i.e. power cables, ide cables, sata cable, etc. I have seen in the past a system running, but being unstable because of a SATA cable, so replace the cable and re-run the tests, set the PC through its paces. Sisoftware has a pretty good burn-in utility that can stress all the major components. If the PC makes it through the burn-in, then your in the clear…or are you? 🙂


May 5, 2009  1:02 AM

Always check the Event Viewer

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Whats one of the first things you should do if there is an issue with a PC or between a PC and a server? Check the obvious, then check the event viewer. If you don’t you can find yourself in a situation where you waste a lot of time looking for a solution when it will only come to you if you get the error message from event viewer… as with a client, SMB/Shares/Printing was all inaccessible from the server. I dropped the PC from the domain, re-added it, deleted the share, readded it, nothing seemed to work. But if I would have just checked the event logs I would have seen that it was a time issue between the server and workstation! Ah well we all say that hindsight is 20/20!

April 29, 2009  11:57 PM

GE stuffs 500GB+ on a Disc

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How you ask, apparently using holographic 3D images, holographic storage can pack data more densely then conventional optical storage. Personally i think this breakthrough is a little late, I mean I have a 320GB portable hard disk, and I have an 8GB Usb stick, soon to be 16gb, and I also stream most of my media to my LCD panel direct from my PC via HDMI. So Yes there is a possibility that the media is presented as an archival tool, and at 500GB+, that an impressive archive! One wonders how long it would take to burn 500GB+… who remember the good old days where it took 1 hour to burn a 700mb CD?

Direct from GE’s website it says that a standard DVD can fit 200 times the data(940GB roughly) and data retrieval would increase exponentially due to parallel reading schemes.


April 28, 2009  2:03 AM

Palm Pre to Launch May 17th

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Could it really be true? The one and phone that could truly bring the iPhone to its knees? According to rumors Sprint has apparently confirmed that it is in the process of providing its employees training on the Palm Pre.

preThinking also posted this Blog that shows that Sprint is “Ramping up Marketing for Palm Pre”

Some say that the Pre may not be ready… I hope that these rumours are wrong, as I cannot wait to try this phone out.


April 28, 2009  1:48 AM

VCDX – VMware Certified Design Expert

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Feeling VCP Smart?

The VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) on VMware Infrastructure 3 is an advanced certification developed for design architects of VMware enterprise deployments. There are four core validation components to achieve VCDX.

1.) Must be certified as a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) on VMware Infrastructure 3.

2.) Pass the Enterprise-Level Systems Administration Exam. Includes live labs and tests a higher level of skill set than the exam for VCP on VMware Infrastructure 3.

3.) Pass the VMware Design Exam. This exam focuses on actual design scenarios and contains simulations and situational questions.

4.) Submit, present and defend a successful VMware Infrastructure design and implementation plan.

To read more go here.

April 22, 2009  1:59 AM

“vSphere” is Officially Launched

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Well it wasn’t release as in go install it, 30 days from now, you should see a download available. But you can check out the official VMware website for more information.

You can also check out the official Simulcast featuring VMware CEO Paul Maritz here.

A must read is the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center if your looking to upgrade asap. Check it out here.

If you would like to get a quick comparison of the different licensed features with each edition check out the VMware vSphere Editions Comparison Chart here.

ThinApp was also featured today and it looks pretty cool. The packaging process and deployment of applications were made to look a breeze. Check it out here. Or download and test it for yourself, go here.

Lots of things to look forward to with the release of vSphere(ESX 4.0)


April 16, 2009  4:07 AM

ESX 4 and ESX 4i

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Rumors abound, ESX 4 and 4i are soon to be released. A couple notable items are that VMWare is going to allow more then 4vCPU per VM. Also Administrators will be able to hot upgrade memory using the VI Toolkit 1.5. Hot adding memory can only be done in a Server 2008 VM. With the ability to build PowerShell cmdlets, the new VI Toolkit will allow administrators to automate many tasks.

VMWare will be stopping by EPIC Information Solutions to talk about vSphere(ESX 4) April 21st is apparently the launch date for the new version of ESX. Guess what else is on April 21st? Epic Tech Day! So expect some posts from me revolving around Tech Day and VMWare.


April 14, 2009  12:02 AM

Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor and Data Collector Sets

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As I am sure some people know about this installable gem, I am also sure that not everyone does. Its called “Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor” Here is an insert from Microsoft’s website…

Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor is the latest version of Server Performance Advisor, which is a simple but robust tool that helps you diagnose the root causes of performance problems in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 deployment. Server Performance Advisor collects performance data and generates comprehensive diagnostic reports that give you the data to easily analyze problems and develop corrective actions

Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance Advisor provides several specialized reports, including a System Overview (focusing on CPU usage, Memory usage, busy files, busy TCP clients, top CPU consumers) and reports for server roles such as Active Directory, Internet Information System (IIS), DNS, Terminal Services, SQL, print spooler, and others.”

This application was deemed so useful that it was built into Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, it can be found by going to the control panel, then clicking on “Administrative Tools”, “Reliability and Performance Monitor”, then “Data Collector Sets”. You can then create a new “Data Collector Set” using templates under “User Defined” If you would like to see how they are configured and work, check out Petri’s article “Performance Monitoring the Easy Way”.

The link to download Performance Advisor is here. Also I am providing a link to Perti’s site that explains how to use the app, click here. Is it x64 compatible you say? My answer is yes.

Let me know if you found this blog useful!


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