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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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HP has released Powershell for iLO control with more to come

HP showed off its new, free Scripting Tools for Windows at Microsoft TechEd this week on the expo floor.  The scripting tools are specifically Powershell cmdlets for iLO control in the version 1.1 release.  The cmdlets allow you to script a number of functions against the iLO management processors.  The Powershell cmdlets work against iLO 3 and […]

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Elitebook Challenge: Day 1 crash, recovery and comparing Elitebooks

Sunday was my travel day, so I’m considering Monday as Day 1 full time on the Elitebook Folio 1040.  It’s been a doozy of a day with the new Elitebook starting off with an unrecoverable software error from Windows.  I cannot blame the hardware – its completely the software and perhaps my botched install of Windows 8.1 […]

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Solarwinds releases Virtualization Manager 6.1 with deeper integration to Server & Application Monitoring

Today, Solarwinds released version 6.1 of Virtualization Manager (VMan) product with a significant focus on bringing together data from VMan and its Server & Application Monitoring (SAM) tool.  This means that VMan customers who also run SAM get all the benefits of baselines and deviations alerts for the metrics that VMan is monitoring.  The integration between the two systems […]

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TechEd Session Recap: Future Look at Microsoft Exchange Server (OFC-B310)

Microsoft Exchange is the cornerstone for email in many businesses.  And a quick poll of the users in the room during this session indicated that the majority of those users are running Exchange on-premise and not Office 365’s flavor of Exchange.  So, we were all extremely interested to here where things are going in terms […]

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TechEd Session Recap: The StorSimple Approach to Solving Issues Related to Growing Data Trends (DCIM-B310)

Dealing with astronomical data growth is a problem that every business, small to large, is dealing with.  Data is expected to grow from about 4.4 trillion gigabytes to over 44 gigabytes by the end of this decade according to numbers reported by IDC this year.  But of all the data captured and created, most of […]

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Elitebook Folio 1040 Challenge: Attending MS TechEd with a twist

Tomorrow morning, I will depart for Microsoft TechEd in Houston, TX, and something will be missing from my bag when I go tomorrow.  I’m leaving my Macbook Pro at home and I’m calling the next week my Elitebook Challenge.   Instead of taking my Mac, I’m going to spend the next week running on an […]

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