Using OneNote in IT

  It’s hard to believe that as an IT administrator, one of my favorite applications I use is one of the least technical.  Microsoft created an absolutely stellar application when they created OneNote.  If you haven’t used it, you should. Most IT Administrators have high expectations of themselves.  Somehow we expect to remember pretty much … Continue reading “Using OneNote in IT”

Vroom! Scaling up Virtual Machines in vSphere to meet performance requirements–Part 2

In my original post, Scaling up Virtual Machines in vSphere to meet performance requirements, I described a unique need for the Software Development Team to have a lot of horsepower to improve the speed of their already virtualized code compiling systems.  My plan of attack was simple.  Address the CPU bound systems with more powerful … Continue reading “Vroom! Scaling up Virtual Machines in vSphere to meet performance requirements–Part 2”

VDI for me. Part 3

  In VDI for me. Part 2, I left off with how VMware View was going to be constructed in my environment.  We are almost at the point of installing and configuring the VMware View components, but before that is addressed, the most prudent step is to ensure that the right type of traffic can … Continue reading “VDI for me. Part 3”

Tips for using Dell’s updated EqualLogic Host Integration Tools – VMware Edition (HIT/VE)

Ever since my series of posts on replication with a Dell EqualLogic SAN, I’ve had a lot of interest from other users wondering how I actually use the built-in tools provided by Dell EqualLogic to protect my environment.  This is one of the reasons why I’ve written so much about ASM/ME, ASM/LE, and SANHQ.  Well, … Continue reading “Tips for using Dell’s updated EqualLogic Host Integration Tools – VMware Edition (HIT/VE)”

Software that helps make life in IT a little easier

  In IT, rarely is one truly developing something from the ground up.  In many ways, IT is about making solutions work – disjointed as they may be.  Large enterprise class solutions such as Email and messaging platforms, Content Management Systems, CRM’s, Directory Services, and Security Solutions all are massively complex -  even if they … Continue reading “Software that helps make life in IT a little easier”

Firewall adventures: Transitioning from ISA 2006 to TMG

  One of the key parts of my seemingly never-ending Offsite Replication project was to build out a second location to replicate my data to.  Before I could do this, some prep work to my network was in order.  It was a great opportunity for me to replace my existing firewall running Microsoft’s ISA 2006 … Continue reading “Firewall adventures: Transitioning from ISA 2006 to TMG”

Virtualization. Making it happen

  It’s difficult to put into words how exciting, and how overwhelming the idea of moving to a virtualized infrastructure was for me.  In 12 months, I went from investigating solutions, to presenting our options to our senior management, onto the procurement process, followed by the design and implementation of the systems.  And finally, making … Continue reading “Virtualization. Making it happen”