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Please join our second Lunchtime Live Demo June 4th at 1.00 – 1.45 pm EDT (UTC-4 hrs). With that series, we want to introduce you to innovative (startup) companies that provide exciting solutions for the cloud (consider this a community service for the broader cloud community). Expect no marketing talk – just a quick glance under the hood and an opportunity to chat with those guys who built the product.
If you are not able to attend, watch out for the wrap up blog post which we will publish a few days after the demo. Also, if you have any questions prior to the chat or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me via email (see below). We love to iterate and get better with every iteration!
About Zadara Storage
Zadara Storage provides a Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA™) - an iSCSI/NFS storage array in the Cloud, connected to a customer's Cloud servers. Each VPSA has dual controllers (HA), dedicated drives and offers free choice of SSD, SAS or SATA drives. The VPSA can be managed in the same way as a SAN or NAS array in a datacenter.
Doug Jury, VP Cloud Sales at Zadara Storage
Vladimir Popovski, VP Cloud Operations at Zadara Storage
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I just came back from the OpenStack Day CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) in Budapest (Hungary) and all I can say is: the event was an incredible success. Although it was the first OpenStack gathering targeted at the CEE region, almost 250 people from 10 countries joined. My (subjective) key takeaways:
You can view the recorded sessions here – you can find both high level presentations of OpenStack as well as technical deep dives into OpenStack deployment, management, storage and networking. Also, if you are interested in an OpenStack Bootcamp: register for a 3 day course in Lubljana, Slovenia (11th – 13th June 2013).
I will do interviews with Márton Kiss and Gergely Szalay shortly who organized the OpenStack Day CEE. Watch out for those interviews at Dell TechCenter. In the meantime, please find below some short interviews I did during the event:
Tim Bell, CERN
[to be published soon]
Alessandro Pilotti, CloudBase Solutions
Nicolas Thomas, Canonical
Nikola Dipanov, Red Hat
Bruce Davie, VMware
Yves Fauser, VMware
The latest release of Dell OpenManage Client Intrumentation 8.2 is available today
The Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) enables remote management application programs to access the client's system information, monitor the status, or change the state like shutting it down remotely. Through standard interfaces, OMCI exposes key system parameters, allowing administrators to manage inventory, monitor system health, and gather information on deployed Dell client systems like Latitude, Precision Mobile, Optiplex and Precision Workstation.
New features and enhancements in OMCI 8.2 include:
Downloads for OMCI 8.2 are available here and the manual are available here.
The Dell TechCenter community has provided great feedback to the OMCI team, so I encourage you to continue that conversation in the OMCI - OpenManage Client Instrumentation Forums.
Full disclosure - I am stealing this content from my colleague, Chris McNulty, CTO for Dell SharePoint Solutions. He owes me one - actually more like two or three - I'll just see how long I can getaway with these kinds of stunts!
I was watching Chris speak earlier this month in a webinar about the native management functionality in SharePoint 2013 and I saw this amazing slide that I just had to share. Its supremely cool... Can you guess what its suppsed to mean? (Don't wory, I give the explanation below ).
This slide perfectly captures what happens in SharePoint 2013 when people begin to discover the "share" button. For all those Worldwide Water Cooler folks, this will definitely help with social collaboration around the office! The share button enables you to do just that - share a document with your colleauges. OK, that's what SharePoint does anyways, right?! Well let's put this in context, in SharePoint 2010, if you wanted to share a document you found in SharePoint, you'd need to 1.) send the link of that document in SharePoint to you work peeps and hope they have access to the site or 2.) if they don't have access to the site, upload a duplicate of that file to an easily accessed SharePoint location or worse yet, share it via email as an attachment!
Now with SharePoint 2013, you simple select the "share" button and select with whom you'd like to share that document. Then those people who don't have access to that site can at least have access to that one document. Chris says it better:
"The approach with SharePoint 2013 is not to move a document to change its security, but to let the document stay where it was born and vary its security throughout its lifecycle. For example, assume that your organization has documents in a library that, by default, only marketing and product management can access; those are the default rules for that library. However, one document in that library should be available to another team as well, so we share it from that library, instead of moving it elsewhere, because it belongs in that library."
The point I'm making is that with SharePoint 2013's social collaboration features, we're creating a much more complex security model. We can no longer presume that all documents in the same library or the same site have the same security (soyonara inherited permissions).
In such a model, we cannot relly on native permission management alone, but we need a third party tool to manage such unique, complex SharePoint permissions. Site Administrator for SharePoint is such a tool. I could go all marketing on you here, but I'll just reference this technical brief by Chris McNulty about the native management functions in SharePoint 2013 and the third party tools that fill the gaps.
Check out how we've been able to work with our customers to support their SharePoint security model:
In our ongoing series of interviews with the Dell TechCenter Rockstars, we aim to contribute to the Enterprise IT community by shining a light on the IT pros that participate in online conversations.
Recently, we interviewed Pete Koehler, who was inducted into both the Dell TechCenter Rockstars program and the VMware vExpert program in 2013.
Pete has almost 2 decades of experience in the IT industry and he currently lives in Bellevue, Washington where he works as an IT manager and blogs regularly on vmpete.com.
Please tell us about yourself. What is your current role and where do you work?
I'm currently the IT Manager at Tecplot, Inc. Based in Bellevue, Washington, Tecplot is a software company that provides data visualization solutions for engineers and scientists. My responsibilities cover a broad spectrum, but I try to stay focused on big picture architectural matters with regards to virtualization, networking, and shared storage. I also am involved in helping teams have better solutions to improve their workflows, as well as helping our senior management team understand trends in technology that they should know about.
What is your IT blog about, and how did you get started?
I like to focus on posts that help others put the technical pieces of the puzzle together. I enjoy providing information as seen from the trenches. I am totally incapable of writing a short blog post, since I try to fill in the gaps that deployment guides or other articles may not address. The blog started on a whim back in 2008 when we began virtualizing our infrastructure. I thought I might run out of things to write about. I don't worry about that anymore.
How did you get involved in the IT industry? Do you specialize in any particular IT technology?
I started out my career as a Drafter for an engineering firm in the early 90's. The IT Administrator noticed right away that I was automating CAD systems, and fixing everything plugged in. It was a great way to get my feet wet. While I'm passionate about Virtualization, storage, and networking that serve up modern data center architectures, I'm also proud to call myself a generalist. It allows for a great blend of strategic versus tactical thinking. Businesses don't care about packets and protocols. They want solutions that serve their needs. It's easy to get lost in the weeds and forget about that part, especially when diving deep into the latest technical matter..
What are the biggest IT challenges that you face?
A perennial focus is for our IT department to be able to deliver great business value to Tecplot, while maintaining CAPEX and OPEX costs. Lately, my focus has been to simplify our infrastructure. In the software development world, there is commonly used metaphor known as "technical debt" This often refers to code or software architectures that have a compounding penalty against future endeavors or corrections. IT infrastructures and solutions can suffer from this same ailment as well. Stephen Covey once said that "organizations are perfectly aligned to get the results that they get." It is a statement that is incredibly appropriate for IT organizations. Spend your days putting out fires with no time to advance forward, or take a step back and challenge your own assumptions on what the real problems are, or what the end result should be. The era of rethinking the delivery of solutions is here. Thanks to modern technologies, organizations large and small can and do use the very same tools. Its all about the execution.
Do you find Dell TechCenter helpful in your role?
Yes I do. Tecplot uses a lot of solutions in the Dell portfolio, including Dell blades and rack mounted servers, PowerConnect switches, and EqualLogic arrays. TechCenter has been a great resource. Over the years, having the opportunity to get to know some of the contributors online and in person through the Dell Enterprise Forums, has also helped establish a connection between an end user like myself, and those who want to help. Listening to customer feedback is something that Dell TechCenter does extremely well. Coming from a software company, I know how important this is.
What would you like to see on Dell TechCenter in the future?
I would love to see more brand awareness so that the day-to-day enterprise user knows exactly what the Dell TechCenter can do for them. Great content is king. Couple that with making it THE single location that a customer can go to in order to learn how to deploy any solution under the Dell portfolio, regardless of what product it is. I think that would be a great definition for success.
You can find Pete Koehler online at:
@vmpete on Twitter
To see more posts from Pete relating to Dell, read the following posts:
Vroom! Scaling up Virtual Machines in vSphere to meet performance requirements
Vroom! Scaling up Virtual Machines in vSphere to meet performance requirements - part 2
Post: "Configuring a VM for SNMP monitoring using Cacti
Please join us today May 28th, 2013 at 3pm US Central for a Dell TechCenter Chat on Dell Cloud Client Computing
Dell recently announced a broad range of technologies (including Citrix XenDesktop and Dell Wyse) that enhance its end-to-end cloud client computing portfolio with the goal of alleviating pain points from the data center to the endpoint devices.
Join us today to discuss these solutions during a TechChat with Jeff McNaught, Executive Director of Marketing and Chief Strategy Officer, Dell Cloud Client Computing technologies, on Tuesday, May 28 at 3 pm CT.
Before the the chat, please review the following information on these Client Cloud Computing solutions announced over the past two weeks.
5/23 - Mobilize your customers with innovative, simple, and affordable solutions from Dell and Citrix:http://dell.to/198sY5s
5/24 - Dell and Citrix Usher in the Next Era of Virtual Computing with New DVS Simplified Appliance and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5.3: http://dell.to/19au00K
5/22: Dell Cloud Client Computing and Citrix XenDesktop 7: http://dell.to/YNl3pV
5/22: Dell Cuts the Cost of Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure in Half with New Integrated Storage Infrastructure Solution for Citrix XenDesktop 7: http://dell.to/13zWY7K
5/20: Dell Wyse ThinOS8 + Cloud Client Manager = Enhanced Security and Performance meets Game Changing Ease of Use and Cloud Management: http://dell.to/10vrka8
5/16 - Dell Transforms the Thin Client User Experience with New Thin Clients Built on Windows Embedded 8 Standard: http://dell.to/18T255d
5/22: Dell Unveils Powerful End-To-End Cloud Client Computing Solutions for Citrix Virtualized Desktop Environments to Enable Increasingly Mobile and Cloud-Based Work Styles: http://dell.to/16sWNyN
5/20: Dell Combines End-to-End Security and High Performance with New Dell Wyse ThinOS 8 and Dual-Core Thin Client: http://dell.to/18RjsmR
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Last February, Principled Technologies compared Dell EqualLogic hybrid arrays with the industry-leading SAN storage solution for VDI. Results are here for you to review.
Following up the first study, Principled Technologies has now completed a study comparing Dell EqualLogic solution with the industry-leading NAS storage solution in the industry for a realistic desktop virtualization customer scenario.
They considered an IT organization that is deploying virtual desktops for 800 task workers. The organization had requirements of 10GB of storage capacity per user and throughput capacity of seven to eight IOPS per desktop.
Principled Technologies developed a solution for these requirements with VMware View using a Dell EqualLogic PS6110XS hybrid array for one configuration and the industry-leading NAS storage solution for another configuration. All other elements of the two configurations were identical.
To make an equitable comparison, the industry-leading NAS storage solution contained similar number of SSDs and HDDs, as well as software-based caching solution that leverages SSDs for “hot” data placement similar to EqualLogic automatic data tiering.
Principled Technologies tested both configurations using Login VSI software that measured end-user performance in all desktops. They also compared cost, system performance, power consumption, ease of deployment and operational management efficiency for both the solutions in this scenario.
For an 800-desktop VDI environment, Principled Technologies found the following:
Principled Technologies concluded that the Dell EqualLogic PS6110XS hybrid iSCSI SAN array is the better VDI storage solution than the industry-leading NAS storage solution as it costs 51% less, performs similar to the other solution while consuming 68% less power, and is easier to deploy and manage.
Check out the report for all the details.
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Question:The O/S install date is available in the computer inventory, but I can’t seem to find it when I do an Advanced search. It would be really helpful to have access to that and other data inthe hardware inventory that I can’t seem to find through search…
Answer:Not everything is available via the wizards. That would make the wizard really big, ugly, and slow. However, the data is in the MySQL database. With a bit of SQL-fu one can determine what data they need. If you don’t have the SQL-fu that’s okay too; that’s what ITNinja.com is for. Ask the community and you’re bound to find an answer. Once you know where the data is, you can use it in labels, reports, and more. We’re also always improving the search capability- be sure to add your request to kace.uservoice.com so folks can vote on getting it added! Depending on what you want to do, the SQL will vary, but the column you seek is: OS_INSTALLED_DATE in the table: MACHINE
Hope that helps!
Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. The number of MVPs is growing well, I hope you enjoy their posts. @all MVPs If you’d like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email (email@example.com) or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!
Videointerview mit Mark Minasi über “Why should Admins learn PowerShell” by Carsten Rachfahl
Hyper-V Host Patching – Cluster Aware Updading vs. Virtual Machine Manager Fabric Patching by Thomas Maurer
Create an SP2013 VM on Azure using PowerShell by Thorsten Hans
Questions regarding Networking in VMM 2012 SP1 by Kristian Nese
Overview of Microsoft #WindowsAzure #Powershell for automated #Cloud Services by James van den Berg
Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica by Thomas Maurer
Port Mirroring on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
Unable to Add VHDX to Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V by Lai Yoong Seng
Use Project Server Online in #Office365 to manage your Projects Successfully with #Cloud Services by James van den Berg
Converting to size units (KB, MB,GB,TB, and PB) without using PowerShell multipliers by Ravikanth Chaganti
Friday Fun: View Objects in a PowerShell GridList by Jeffery Hicks
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1: Requirements by Aidan Finn
Windows Server Core
New networking features in Windows Server 2012 by Marcelo Sinic
Fixing Event ID 2002 “The policy and configuration settings could not be imported to the RD Gateway server “%1″ because they are associated with local computer groups on another RD Gateway server” by Didier van Hoye
RD Gateway Messaging Tab Windows Server 2008 R2 & 2012 by Didier van Hoye
Microsoft Cloud OS: An Overview by Aidan Finn
Das Active-Directory-Schema analysieren in German by Nils Kaczenski
Berechtigungen in Active Directory dokumentieren in German by Nils Kaczenski
#PSTip Retrieve group membership of an Active Directory group recursively by Shay Levy
Dell is launching the Dell Cloud Partner Program to deliver public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through an ecosystem of partners. more
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