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Running WordPress? Here’s some plugins to keep you safe and secure…

I have been a longtime WordPress user.  I love the platform and how easy it makes maintaining a blog.  Not only is a great blogging platform, but its great for many other types of websites.  I have helped friends who are musicians, who own businesses and who need a simple resume site setup and get […]

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Cleaning up my structured wiring panel

My wife and I built our home about 5 years ago.  Unlike many people I know, I don’t have a long list of things I would do differently in my house.  We put a lot of thought and effort into our design and took about 3 years examining plans before we found on that worked […]

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Unitrends is offering free backup virtual appliance for up to 1TB

So, I am a little late to the party, but I just found Unitrends new Free Backup offering.  Launched in May, the new backup offering is distributed as a virtual appliance and has a 1TB protected limit, but is otherwise free and clear for you to use.  This is a perfect backup for your home […]

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Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins!

Happy SysAdmin Day to my fellow SysAdmins! A lot has changed in the last decade and in celebration, here’s a fun comic from Solarwinds celebrating our work and how it has changed and will change in the future.  Have a great day!

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The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a Swiss Army Knife for Home Lab networks

Building out the networking side of my home lab has been the most challenging part of my home lab.  I’ll be the first to confess – I’m not a networking guy – at least, that’s not a primary focus for me.  I rely on my network folks at work – but I understand enough to […]

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HP sees Composable Infrastructure as the foundation of future IT

The company that created the converged infrastructure concept with its blades is at it again.  HP announced during HP Discover plans around a concept called Composable Infrastructure.  Now, let me be the first to say, much of what makes up Composable Infrastructure today isn’t new to HP.  But, the name is new for an overarching […]

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Deploying HP OneView 1.20 for monitoring & replacing HP SIM

With the 1.20 release of HP OneView, HP has opened up the ability to monitor hardware without controlling all configuration and deployments using the tool.  Along with the 1.20 release, HP introduced the OneView Standard license, which is a free license that allows HP customers to run OneView for monitoring only of hardware.  This license level […]

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Upgrading to a better class of home Wifi – the Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point

A few weeks ago, I purchased and installed a Ubiquiti UniFi AC access point in my home and its the best WiFi coverage that I have ever had.  The UniFi AC is an 802.11ac access point that supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz simultaneously.  At the 5Ghz frequency, the device is rated for up to 1300Mbps throughput and […]

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HP releases BIOS PowerShell cmdlets

HP has introduced another batch of over 90 PowerShell cmdlets with a focus on BIOS management.  The new batch of cmdlets joins two previous batches of cmdlets that allow management of iLO, the onboard IP management interface on ProLiant servers,  and for Onboard Administrator, the primary management interface on HP’s BladeSystem hardware. OneView introduced the ability […]

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HP’s new Elitebook Folio 1020 is an attractive, powerful system for mobile enterprise

For many people, their daily office isn’t in a traditional office building.  For them, a lightweight powerful mobile computer is the best way to get the job done.  I had the chance to evaluate an HP ultrabook, the Elitebook Folio 1020, during May and June and run it through the paces on a number of […]

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