Lenovo EMC/Iomega PX NAS Update – New Look UI

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An update (4.1.102.29716) for the Lenovo/Iomega PX range of NAS devices is now available. This update is significant as it dramatically changes the look and feel of the PX devices web management interface, along with providing the following updates: New user-friendly setup sequence walks users through configuring basic device settings and commonly used options for Business or Home profiles. Includes optional guided tour for first-time users. NAS device is automatically secured during device … [Read more...]

EMC Storage Simulators for your lab – Free!

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Fancy running your own EMC Isilon, VNX, VNXe or ViPR installation in your own lab environment, to try out, trial and/or educate yourself with?  If so, you’ve come to the right post!  Here I provide the links to virtual instance simulators that are free to download, install, configure and use – plus there are no time restrictions on any of them! There is plenty of learning and fun to be had with trying out and running these EMC storage simulators in your own lab.  I will be … [Read more...]

VMware vSphere 5.5 U1 Hardening Guide Available

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The VMware vSphere Hardening Guide is something you should always be familiar with and keep stashed away in your vArmory of useful things.  This MS Excel based document/guide contains valuable information and a checklist of the settings and best practices that you should be applying to your vSphere infrastructure to ensure that it is secure against the risk of common exploits, etc. Mike Foley and the VMware vSphere security team have just released the latest update to the vSphere hardening … [Read more...]

MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Battery Drain – Firmware Update

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Here’s an important firmware update (SMC 2.0) for all of you MacBook Air (Mid 2013 model) users out there.  Apple have just released an SMC firmware update (2.0) for all mid 2013 MacBook Air models which addresses an issue where your MacBook Air can use an excessive amount of battery when the lid of your Air is closed. I’ll definitely be updating my MacBook Air as I’ve noticed that the battery does occasionally seem to drain a little quicker than I’d expect with the lid closed. There are … [Read more...]

Microsoft TechNet– Download & License Keys Reminder

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As many of you know, Microsoft have decided to retire their TechNet software download and licensing subscription service, with the last day being the 31st August 2014.  This is a real blow to the many IT Professionals out there who use TechNet to keep their Microsoft product skills honed, and who also use it to further teach themselves about Microsoft products in their own non-production lab environment.  Microsoft are instead suggesting that IT Pros now use “free evaluation … [Read more...]

Free eBooks from Microsoft Press

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Microsoft have available a handful of free-to-download ebooks which provide an introduction and information on some of their enterprise and development products, such as Windows Server, Azure, .NET, etc.  Some of these ebooks don’t contain the same level of technical detail that you’d usually find in your average IT manual (although some of these ebooks, such as the development related topics do) they do provide a enough detail for someone wanting an understanding of the features and … [Read more...]

Get Your Own EMC Support Portal Logon in 3 Easy Steps

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This post outlines how to get your own EMC.com support portal logon account in three easy steps!  Once you have created an account and have logged on you then have access to a wealth of technical, marketing and most excitingly, EMC product simulators, Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) and VMware Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plugins for EMC’s various storage platforms.  Having access to the EMC support portal is more exciting than ever with EMC releasing more and more (albeit … [Read more...]

EMC World 2014 Hands on Labs (vLab)–What to Expect

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I unfortunately won’t be making it to EMC World (#EMCWorld) this year (2014) due to my recent “life adventure”, though for the past 3 years I have been part of a team, including EMC business units, who have been responsible for pulling together the EMC World Hands on Labs (HOL) experience.  This has always proven to be an exciting, at times challenging, though ultimately a rewarding experience.  Virtualizing the various hardware appliances in EMC’s portfolio and then wrapping a … [Read more...]

HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue

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UPDATE 4th May 2014:  HP have released an updated version of the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0(B) (2nd May) that resolves the issue originally covered in this post.  You can find the update here which also includes an unrelated fix to address the recent OpenSSL HeartBleed security vulnerability.  Thanks to Rotem Agmon for providing the heads-up on this new HP update, also check out Rotem’s blog which can be found here. I like to ensure my home lab servers … [Read more...]