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STOP shipping adware to customers through Installers

Attention Software Vendors!!  I kindly request that you STOP shipping adware to customers through your Installers.  Twice this week, I have had installers attempt to add software onto my system that I never agreed to.  CNET’s installer offered me a dose of extra adware for a program I needed on my Mac and today a vendor, whose product I […]

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Customers lose with Microsoft’s takeover of NoIP domains

You may have missed the news yesterday, but Microsoft coordinated a takeover a over 20 domain names held by dynamic DNS company NoIP.  Microsoft took control of the 20 domains NoIP offers to customers as free dynamic DNS subdomains.  In doing so, Microsoft was seeking to disable domains used by a couple of malware attacks that were […]

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HP Pro 612 tablet aims to replace your work laptop

It wasn’t much of a surprise that when the HP Printers and Personal Systems group arrive to the blogger’s briefing, they were showing off a tablet.  To be exact, HP’s PPS group brought the Pro 612 tablet to show off. The HP Pro 612 is targeted at business users and includes the full range of […]

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Storage Essentials 9.7 shows off performance enhancements and new platform support

This week at HP Discover, the Storage Essentials team unwrapped version 9.7 of the product for customers to see.  The next release, code-named Castle, features a number of enhancements with support for several new EMC storage platforms, support for Windows 2012 and updates to support a lot of new versions of array code.  Storage Essentials […]

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HP Data Protector will support Federated Catalyst at launch

This is a follow-up to an earlier blog post about Federated Catalyst, a new feature in HP StoreOnce D2D backup devices.  See the earlier post for more information about Federated Catalyst.  Without backup software to actually use Federated Catalyst, the technology itself doesn’t do much good, so my first question is when would Data Protector support […]

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HP introducing Federated Catalyst to StoreOnce

This week at HP Discover, HP announced a new Federated Catalyst feature for the StoreOnce family of disk to disk backup arrays.  The new capability will allow backup administrators to make large Catalyst stores on a StoreOnce and allow for data to be striped across all the back-end service sets in the array.  Federated Catalyst […]

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Struggling with margin and technical debt

If left unchecked, its only a matter of time before every administrator becomes overwhelmed by technical debt.  It may be just months on a new job for a lazy admin or it may be several years for someone whose actively trying to manage their task list, but at a certain point, its bound to happen.   My […]

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Squeezing the ultimate performance out of vSphere

Over the course of the past few months, I have had the opportunity to compare physical workloads directly against virtualized workloads.  As workloads have moved into vSphere in the environment that I support, we have had the opportunity to compare workloads head to head, pinpoint some bottlenecks and remedy them in our environment.  In addition, […]

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Questioning HP ConvergedSystems and their Intended Purposes

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a call announcing a new product offering from HP ConvergedSystems.  The call left me with many more questions.  The new ConvergedSystem offering is built for Microsoft Analytics software and is highly tailored to doing big data analysis. As a systems administrator, many times it is up to my group to implement […]

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Elitebook Challenge: One week, full time on an Elitebook Folio 1040

Today wraps up a week of full-time testing of the Elitebook Folio 1040.  I survived Microsoft TechEd this week without a Mac.  There were some bumps along the road, but the overall experience was a good one with this new laptop.  The Elitebook Folio 1040 hardware is very impressive.  Some of the highlights for me […]

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