The musings of an IT Consultant


May 31, 2010  11:48 PM

iLo is your friend

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So have you ever been remotely managing a server when all of a sudden you lose connection and you can’t get access to the server again? I’m pretty sure every tech has!

Enter HP’s iLO. This is old technology from HP that has been around for quite some time. It stands for integrated lights out and allows a tech to remotely manage a computer right down to powering it up and powering it off. This way if something happens, you can remotely connect to the server and still reboot it!

iLO also allows techs to do things such as mount iso images remotely as well. Just imagine the possibilities with this kind of power. In order to do some of the great features with iLO I would recommend purchasing the iLO advanced pack.

-RP

May 31, 2010  11:43 PM

I had a chance to use the iPad…..

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so hot off the presses, I got a chance to use an iPad! My buddy bought one and I thought i’d give it a quick try.

For those of you that have been hiding under a rock, the iPad is Apple’s answer to the tablet, and is essentially a big iPhone (IMHO). What would it be good for?

Well for any app where you need to take quick notes in a meeting, or want to use it as a collaboration device in a meeting where you could easily pass it around for example. I tried using it and I found it kind of kludgy to use to be honest. I can see it’s value for reading ebooks though.

In any case I wasn’t blown away by it but I will concede it’s a very neat tool and has the geek factor going for it.

-Cheers, RP


May 31, 2010  11:40 PM

Trouble finding the right Cisco gear for your needs?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

When putting together a quote or a network design, sometimes it can be daunting to look at all the products that Cisco has to offer. What do you do then?

Well Cisco provides a nice tool within their web site, the feature navigator which allows you to easily drill down on any platform from Cisco and find out if a feature is available. This is great when you’re trying to figure out if that certain router supports QoS or some other feature you need.

The Cisco feature navigator can be found here at this link, and is a tool you will be glad to bookmark!

-RP


May 31, 2010  11:36 PM

Running longer network runs

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So here is a common issue. People trying to run longer network runs in their networks. What do you do when you have to go past 330 ft and ethernet isn’t the answer?

Well you use fiber of course! The question is what type of fiber? There are so many variants to choose from. Cisco has a nice guide on what to choose based on what distance you need to go.

You can reference this guide here. Then all you have to do is buy the right GBICS for your switches and have a reputable company run your fiber for you and that’s all there is to it.

-RP


May 31, 2010  11:05 PM

Standalone or Lightweight Access points?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks. A common question asked of me is what type of wireless should I use in my network environment. Well there are two types.

The standalone access point works by itself and you configure it internally and then put it on your network. It’s pretty straightforward but if you need to deploy many access points it can get unruly. Sure you can configure the same SSID on multiple AP’s but without a cohesive solution you will run into issues.

Enter the Lightweight access point. Used in conjunction with a wireless controller which manages all the access points, the controller is where the configuration is done and it pushes that configuration down to it’s access points that it manages. Doing this you can roam from AP to AP without losing connection. This is great if you have a wireless connection that you don’t want to drop. Of course lightweight access points and their controllers are a much more expensive solution, but you get what you pay for.

So really it comes down to usability, configuration and price. Knowing this you can make a proper decision.

-RP


May 31, 2010  3:19 PM

What is up with the BES 5 interface?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So for those of you that upgraded to BES 5 you have probably noticed one thing that you hated right off the bat. The BES 5 interface sucks!

The BlackBerry Manager interface is gone now and you are forced to use what I can only describe as the worst web interface since the dawn of the web. What the heck was RIM thinking? Going to a complete web interface for managing the BES server is a horrible idea!

It might not have been so bad if it was easy to navigate but instead it is extremely confusing and not well thought out at all. Seriously RIM, bring back the normal management app, I hate the web interface!

-RP


May 31, 2010  3:13 PM

BES 4 to 5 Upgrade woes

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, have you taken the plunge and upgraded to BES yet? Apparently a lot of people have had issues with the upgrade.

I wanted to address one issue I’ve run into that has a simple fix. The issue happens when upgrading from 4.1.7 to BES 5. The controller service fails to start and the error codes don’t match anything you can find in BlackBerry’s knowledge base.

Even with all the permissions set correctly and following the install guides to the letter, no mail flows. The simple solution? Install BES 5 service pack 1. This fixed the problem instantly!

-RP


May 31, 2010  2:39 PM

Android is picking up steam!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Welcome to my blog again! I hope spring has been treating everyone well! One of the things I wanted to touch on today is the Android platform!

I have been slowly seeing more and more people use this new platform and they are getting quite excited about it! It looks like we finally have a viable competitor to iPhone! Obviously there are some Exchange syncing issues but apparently those are getting resolved soon!

I guess the big question is, how long will Android take to come up to par with iPhone? I don’t think it’s a matter of if, but a matter of when. It’s interesting to watch the two platforms duke it out, as one is based on a more open platform and one is more of a closed loop. In either case, only consumers can win in the end!

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:59 PM

MCT 2010 Renewal deadline is here!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi all you Microsoft Certified Trainers out there! Have you renewed your MCT status yet?

The deadline for renewal of your MCT status is today! If you don’t want to see a hiccup in receipt of your benefits then you should renew asap. Once again MCT’s get great benefits such as access to e-learning, course materials, exam discounts and even online books discounts.

One of my favourite benefits is a years subscription to TechNet Plus which gives you access to a library of Microsoft software which is great for testing and lab setups! Everything you need to make a successful IT teaching career!

Also there aren’t as many teachers out there as I would like to see so it is always great when people renew!

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:53 PM

Finally, VMware adds our certs to our transcripts!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Were you one of the few that managed to finish your VCP before the deadlines I mentioned earlier?

Well if you were and you logged into VMware’s web site you probably didn’t see your certification listed there. That’s because VMware never listed the VCP certifications on the site.

Well now they have changed that and you should be receiving an email from VMware telling you to login to verify everything and you should see your new certs listed.

It’s about time! 🙂


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