The musings of an IT Consultant


April 30, 2010  10:50 PM

USMT from Microsoft!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So have you ever had to migrate the settings from a workstation and copy over all the data and settings? I’m sure you have. Isn’t it a pain?

Well try out the USMT (User State Migration Tool) from Microsoft. This tool migrates all sorts of settings such as files, application settings and users.

You can use this in conjunction with other migration tools to speed up the process of migrating large amounts of computers. You can read more about it here.

-RP

April 30, 2010  10:46 PM

Apple and Flash

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so what’s the deal with this? Apparently Steve Jobs has slammed Flash. Wow, I don’t think that’s a great decision.

I understand they want the lock on the software market but why slam flash? Flash is all over the Internet and releasing devices that don’t support it isn’t going to help your user base. I guess they don’t want to have to worry about people creating flash based apps for use on their devices.

They should just let up and support it already. If this ticks you off, by another device that supports flash!

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:43 PM

iPhone is taking off

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So how many of you own an iPhone? I don’t yet but even I who am historically a BlackBerry user am sorely tempted to convert.

Why is that? Because they are just so usable. There are so many great apps for so many things and the device itself is easy to use. Recently it’s been reported that Apple is the top US cell phone maker. This isn’t an accident. This is because Apple knows their target market and have done the right things to really take off.

I love my BlackBerry but I have a sneaking suspicion that with enough time, Apple will take over corporate world cell phone market share as well. If BlackBerry wants to survive, they are going to have to do better than the storm!

You can read more about it here.

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:38 PM

MACSec, providing security on your LAN!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! From the past few posts I was talking about some of the different new switches coming out of Cisco. Well one of the cool new features is MACSec!

What is MACSec? Well basically it’s the ability to encrypt data communication between your switch to whatever is plugged into it. Why is this good? Well there are tons of applications for something like this but the main thing is that nobody can directly intercept the traffic on that line that the data traverses.

However in some situations you might not want MACSec if you are used to having that transparency. This will make it a little more interesting in how you configure your network and how you want things to flow with encryption in the mix at this level.

You can read more about MACSec here.

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:33 PM

The Catalyst 2960-S

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, another new switch is also available from Cisco. From the 2960 series, we now have the 2960-S! What’s so great about this you might ask?

Well the new series supports a feature called FlexStack! You can stack 2960 switches like you do with the higher end switches. It’s not the same as StackWise technology but it is still stackable. Other things included are, USB, POE +, and 10 GigE!

You can read more about the new switch series here.

-RP


April 30, 2010  10:25 PM

New switch line from Cisco

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Great news from Cisco, the 3750-X and 3560-X are new switches with great new features.

So what are the new features? Well the new switches support StackWise Plus and a new feature called StackPower. They also have redundant power supplies too! StackPower is really cool and you can read my other blog post for more news on that.

If you want more information on the new switch line, you can read more about it here.

-RP


April 30, 2010  8:49 PM

StackPower from Cisco!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, so you heard me mention the new switches from Cisco. One of the new features I mentioned is called StackPower. What is this you might ask?

Well essentially, you take a bunch of switches, stack them using the stackpower cables, and then all that power is pooled for use amongst all the switches. So your power is essentially virtualized! All that power can be used by any switch!

This means that power supplies can out and out fail in one of the switches and the other power supplies in other switches will continue to provide power! Now that’s cool!

You can read more about it here.

-RP


April 30, 2010  7:52 PM

What’s up with all this iPhone drama?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So unless you have been hiding under a rock lately you probably heard about the lost prototype iPhone that ended up at Gizmodo.

Apparently some tech guy left the phone at a bar and through a most interesting chain of events it ended in the cops obtaining a warrant to search the premises of one of the Gizmodo guys. Until all the facts come out i’m not sure what the heck is going on.

Some people say Gizmodo had the right to print theĀ  article and other people say Apple is in the right because it’s their “stolen” property. All I know is that it makes for interesting news! Stay tuned in the neverending saga of the missing iPhone!

You can read more about it here.

-RP


April 21, 2010  8:24 PM

McAfee update DAT causes all sorts of issues

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Well if you have any clients using McAfee anti-virus you probably ran into this issue today. A recent update from McAfee decided to cause more harm than good.

Somehow an update decided to classify svchost.exe as a virus and cause all sorts of grief for PC’s around the world. This seems to be so widespread that the issue was slashdotted earlier today.

Way to go McAfee, maybe next time you can do some QA testing first? You can read more about it here.

-RP


April 20, 2010  3:25 PM

Cisco closes deal on Tandberg

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! So big news recently! Cisco has closed the deal on the Tandberg acquisition to the tune of 3.3 billion dollars!

Why is this so significant you might ask? A growing part of Cisco’s business is Telepresence. This is the video conferencing technology that is used by Cisco. The purchase of Tandberg is a natural fit, especially since Tandberg is a popular choice for users.

By merging the two technologies, Cisco can position itself as the premier video conferencing solution. It should be interesting to see the results of this in the years to come.

You can read more about this here.

-RP


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