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...]

Hello World…

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Well, you may (or may not ) have noticed that it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post.  The past few months have certainly been “interesting” for me as I’ve been working through a unexpected health scare.  After undergoing treatment I am now popping out the other side of things with only a final PET CT scan standing between me and hopefully being given a clean bill of health.  Fingers crossed! Due to all of this being unexpected, as you could probably imagine, it came as something … [Read more...]

VMware Tools For Nested vSphere ESXi Instances

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Those of you running nested VMware vSphere ESXi instances will want to take a look at implementing ‘VMware Tools for nested ESXi’, which is an offering from VMware’s Fling team.  If you're not familiar with the concept of ‘nesting’ all it is referring to is a VM(s) running on a virtualized hypervisor instance, eg: ESXi.  A virtualized instance of the hypervisor running on top of another hypervisor, in this instance ESXi, is also considered as being ‘nested’. So Why Run VMware Tools On Nested … [Read more...]

[FIX] Outlook for Mac 2011 Won’t Start

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Here’s a fix, or at least one possible method, for when your copy of Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011 won’t start.  I have had this happen a few times now and the following steps have resolved it for me on each occasion - it would seem that the Outlook Database corrupts and needs rebuilding. The symptom is that when starting Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011, the logo splash-screen opens up and then…. nothing.  Even after a reboot of the Mac. So, what you have to do is enable the Microsoft … [Read more...]

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware Fusion 6.0.2 Update Released

VMware have just released a maintenance update (6.0.2) for their Mac based Fusion product.  Although a minor update it does address a number of bug fixes to the recently released Fusion 6.x virtualization product.  If you are running Fusion 6.x then the next time you start it up you should receive a notification window that the 6.0.2 update is available and that your installation can be updated.  One item of note is that Fusion 6.0.2 now provides "Easy Install" support for the final GA versions … [Read more...]