The musings of an IT Consultant

April 17, 2009  7:33 PM

vSphere coming soon to a theatre near you!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, looks like we have an announcement on the horizon! VMware has announced that they are going to be making a major announcement for vSphere on April 21st, 2009!

For those of you that don’t know, vSphere is the next version of VMware ESX (ESX 4.0). They have renamed it vSphere and it’s coming out soon. This does not bode well for Microsoft and Citrix as they will now have to play catch up again with all of VMware’s new features!

Some of the features they are announcing? vStorage and vSwitches for starters! Things are really going to start to heat up once vSphere comes out and it will be interesting to see how the competition responds. Like I always say, this competition is going to be great for the consumer!


April 15, 2009  6:24 PM

Epic Technology Day is here again!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, once again it’s time for Epic Technology Day! This is the day long conference my company holds twice a year. Unfortunately due to many ongoing projects I won’t be presenting this year, but I will be in attendance.

Lots of new things to look forward to at Tech Day this year, including the Cisco Now Van which will showcase some of the cool equipment from Cisco.

Also VMware will be there as per usual speaking about their great products. HP and Citrix will also be there touting their wares. Technology day is a great opportunity to network in the Manitoba IT community and learn a lot about what’s new and wonderful in the world of technology. You can register for it here.

Hope to see you there!


April 8, 2009  2:45 PM

Microsoft’s Mythbusting of VMware

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So you guys might have seen the Microsoft Video by now of their top 10 VMware myths they wanted to mythbust. Two guys in a video from Microsoft listing their top 10 list and then Microsoft’s response.

You know, I don’t mind mythbusting if it’s done properly, but these guys were all over the place. They were referencing products that aren’t even out yet and generally making fools of themselves. It’s no secret that I am a VMware fan and believe that VMware is the best solution for virtualization, but I still do believe that the other solutions have their place. I sincerely wish that Microsoft had taken their time to release something like this properly without making it look like they were shooting from the hip. It’s just embarrasing.

One of the things they talk about is memory overcommit and how it’s not really a big deal. Wow, is that a bunch of hot air or what. The moment Microsoft figures out how to do this themselves they will be talking about the virtues of Memory overcommit, just like they’re doing with Live migration now.

You can see VMware’s response to this video here.

Anyways, make sure you watch the video, it’s great for a laugh and shows you how desperate Microsoft really is.


April 1, 2009  5:10 PM

BlackBerry App World is here!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! The wait is finally over! BlackBerry App World is here! It launched today!

What’s that you might ask? It’s RIM’s answer to the ITunes app store! RIM realized that what they were lacking with the BlackBerry devices was a single portal where users could go to get all their apps. They were also lacking a ton of apps too!

So RIM started the App Store initative and opened it up and sent a call out to developers everywhere to start developing applications for the BlackBerry in anticipation of the launch of the BlackBerry App World site. Now that it is launched, I can tell you I love it!

I’ve already downloaded quite a few free apps, and if you want to download pay-for apps you can do that via paypal and it’s all integrated quite nicely! If you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for!?!?!

You can check it out here: http:/

-Cheers, RP

March 31, 2009  8:05 PM

Hot imaging Linux servers to a virtual environment

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, I wanted to discuss hot imaging of Linux servers. Often you will run into a situation where you need to migrate an existing Linux server into a virtual environment.

The downside is that you might not want to power it down to do this and use something like VConverter or PlateSpin Migrate. These products can hot image Windows servers but can’t hot image Linux servers. So what do you end up doing? Acronis!

Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server can hot image a server and then you can use the program to convert the image into a VMDK file which you can then import into an existing virtual machine. Then presto, you have a virtualized Linux server without ever having to down the existing older Linux server.

The only caveat is you have to install an Acronis agent on the Linux server to accomplish this. In order for the agent to install successfully you will require the kernel source to be installed. But then you can install the agent without requiring any reboots.

Happy imaging!


March 31, 2009  7:18 PM

China accused of spying on people with GhostNet

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So you guys may have heard. Big brother is watching! Recently some researchers at the University of Toronto here in Canada have uncovered a GhostNet network of spying that reports back to China!

Apparently computers get compromised via a trojan called Ghost Rat which allows complete control of the infected PC. Apparently the attacker can even gain control of peripherals such as microphones and web cameras.

This kind of spying is absolutely horrifying and whomever did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Invasion of privacy at this level is absolutely shocking and whomever the people are that were guilty in perpertrating this should go to jail for a very long time! Unfortunately I highly doubt that anyone will ever catch who actually did this. I’m sure there will be tons of politics and misdirection and in the end the perpertrators will get away scott free.


March 31, 2009  2:38 PM

New Message Indicator still displays on BlackBerry even though all are read

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, today I want to show you how to fix a common problem with BlackBerries.

One of the common things that I find happening is with your new message indicator. Whenever you receive an e-mail from someone it will cause a small icon to appear at the top of the screen indicating you have “x” amount of new messages. This is a great way to see how much new e-mail you have without actually going into the messages application.

Unfortunately sometimes people go into their application mark everything as read and it still might say you have 10 new messages. Now how can this be? I have had people tell me, “Raj, I’ve looked everywhere, and I can’t find the new messages!”. Well don’t fret, they’re easily found!

You see there is a way to save messages in the messages application and what happens is that some people save unread messages by accident. Then what happens is they dissapear into the saved messages folder and they’re still unread. So then what happens is that the new message indicator still shows that there are new messages even though you can’t see them!

In order to resolve this, go into the messages application, hit the BlackBerry button to bring up the menu and select “View Saved Messages”. This will take you to the saved messages screen where you can read all your unread saved messages and the new messages indicator will then finally dissapear!

-Cheers, RP

March 20, 2009  4:08 PM

I think therefore I XBOX!

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, great news for all you knowledge seekers out there! ITKE is holding a contest from now until the end of April for the top 3 ITKE users that have the most knowledge points to win Xboxes!

How do you gain knowledge points you might ask? You gain knowledge points by asking and answering questions on ITKE! This is a great way to learn a lot about the tech world of IT!

You can read more about the details of the contest here:

Also if you think you have more to share with the IT world, and want to do this, sign up for writing a blog on ITKE just like I do!


March 18, 2009  4:13 AM

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 AKA The Javelin

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, you might recall how I was really wanting to get my hands on a BlackBerry Javelin. Well I just picked up a BlackBerry Curve 8900 AKA the Javelin!

After having used the BlackBerry Curve 8300 for a long time, I have to say I am suitably impressed. The Javelin is smaller, sleeker, and lighter. It fits well in your hand and the keyboard is great. The camera is 3.2 MP and the phone has WiFi and supports UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) which allows you to automatically switch to use your data on WiFi instead of on your normal cellular network as well as make voice calls over the WiFi network you’re connected to.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Javelin and if you are thinking of buying a Curve, please pass on the 8300 and go straight for the 8900. This phone is better in every way! It even knocks the Bold off of it’s pedestal! It is also one of the lighter BlackBerry phones, with the Pearls being the lightest. I can see this phone quickly becoming the staple of the BlackBerry lineup.

-Cheers, RP

March 17, 2009  2:20 AM

Consolidating Large Data Centers with PlateSpin Recon

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, sometimes virtualizing your servers can be a daunting task. Especially if you have tons of servers you need to wade through to get the job done. How can you make this task easier? PlateSpin Recon of course!

PlateSpin Recon is owned by Novell, and they have a great product on their hands. With PlateSpin Recon you can analyze all the servers in your environment and track them over an extended period of time. Then after you have collected the data you can go through planning stages with the program to determine what type of hardware and how much hardware you will need to virtualize to.

A product like this can save you tons of money. Novell offers a free trial of the software on their web site. I recently had a chance to use it and have to say that I love the product. It provides valuable statistical analysis data during huge consolidation projects and really takes the guesswork out of all of it.

This will allow you to make sound decisions on factual data when placing your virtual machines. You can find out more about this great product here.


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