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Pushing forward with VDI – Pano & VMware View

Our journey to VDI continues.  This week, we had several more milestones on our road to delivering this solution into the far reaching corners of our area.   Among those accomplishments were implementing the DHCP options successfully, setting up several pools of linked-clone virtual desktops and a wider testing of the Pano devices and their […]

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MediaWiki for workgroup documentation

The bain of a sysadmin’s existence is documention.  Most of us hate doing the tedious paperwork, but doing so helps the group around you and many times yourself once you’ve moved on to new projects.  I know its a struggle for me and my co-workers.  Part of the problem is that documentation tends to get […]

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Mid-plane is replaced on our blade enclosure

Last night, we undertook replacing our mid-plane in the blade enclosure that had problems last month.  It was the first recommendation from HP support after several hours of working with various teams, but both our internal team and our HP field service guys didn’t feel it was the cause.  Turns out, we may have been […]

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HP Blades, Virtual Connect & ESX considerations

I may have already mentioned that one of our projects for the year is to transition our corporate ESX cluster from 2U hardware onto blades.  The process of transitioning does not come without some concern and some caveots moving to the blade architecture.  We feel that blades are a good fit in our case for […]

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Apple releases updated firmware for Airport Express/Time Capsule

Normally, a firmware release wouldn’t warrant a post on here, but this case is a little different.  Earlier this week, Apple introduced newer models of the Airport Extreme broadband router/switch and the backup appliance version, Time Capsule.  Along with that announcement came several enhancements that most figured would be released for previous hardware.  These features are enabled […]

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New Wilmington NC VMware Users Group

For anyone in my local area, I wanted to make sure to let you know that Wilmington, NC, area has a newly formed VMware Users Group.  Their inaugural meeting will be March 25 at the North Carolina State Port Authority.  The Port Authority will be presenting a case study of their VMware View (VDI) deployment. […]

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VMware View implemented

My co-worker, Jason, was tasked with our VMware View implementation and I’m glad to report that its been largely successful and more importantly easy to deploy.  I thought that now was a good time to reflect and share with you how we came to the decision to deploy virtual desktops, where we plan to use […]

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Month of silence, because of a blade enclosure

The past month of my life has been spent dealing with the fall-out over a massive failure of our local blade enclosure.

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Yep: iPhoto for your PDF’s

I’m trying to go paperless at home… well, not really.  I’m really trying to make sure some important documents don’t get destroyed if we ever had a fire or other disaster at home.  I don’t know why, but that sort of things concerns me now.  Maybe it was Hurricane Katrina and memories of Hurricane Hugo […]

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Liquidation rip-offs

This is going to be short post… part of my New Years resolution to be more postive…  I’ll warn you, this one is just a rant.  Its just one of those things that irks me.   We went to Circuit City this past weekend, again.  Its only the 3rd time we have been in the […]

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