Update: Brightstor 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

After the first backup (a differential) we found the backup server CPU (max 85%) and RAM (around 60%) handled having 10 simultaneous streams.  The 1GB NIC appeared to be 50% utilised.  What was interesting was that the MSA1500 being used for disk staging was hammered.  Current Disk Queue Length [...]

Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has long since made their products available for evaluation.  But consider this.  You’re a busy administrator.  You’ve been asked by your boss to have a look at SQL 2005 or ISA 2006.  You might not know these products so installing and configuring them is going to be time [...]

Office 2007 RTM

November 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

Office 2007 has been released to manufacturing.  Anyone with with a volume license agreement and software assurance will soon be entitled to and be able to download the product.  It’s expected the product will be available in retail outlets in January.   Exchange 2007 (now considered an [...]

Brightstor 11.5 Disk Staging Option

November 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve been trying to sort out backups in my client’s site over the last while.  Part of the process has been to update Arcserve 2000 (7.0) server installations and agents up to Brightstor 11.5 SP2.  We’ve had serious problems with the time it can take to run a full backup that [...]

VMware Backup Tested Under Fire

November 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

I previoulsy blogged a bit about how I am backing up my VMware network at home.  Today I came home to find my physical host was acting up.  The WiFi NIC had "disappeared" and the machine would not shut down cleanly.  Only a hard reset worked.  I made sure to pause my VM’s before [...]

VMware FreeSCO Router

November 5, 2006 // 1 Comment

I forgot about this until today.  Eric B. Rux (MVP) did a nice piece of documentation about a lightweight and free router virtual appliance that will run in VMware.  It looks pretty feature rich, lightweight, simple enough to configure and [...]

Service Pack 2 for Windows 2003/2003 R2/XP x64

November 5, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve just written a whitepaper on the features and deployment of Serivce Pack 2 for Windows 2003, Windows 2003 R2 and Windows XP x64. This document will discuss the features of Windows 2003 Service Pack 2. On the face of it, thereare few changes made to the feature set of Windows 2003 by this [...]

Microsoft – Novell Partnership

November 3, 2006 // 0 Comments

This is one of those times where if you’d told me this 5 years ago, I’d have laughed until my ribs broke. In case you missed it, Microsoft and Novell have announced a strategic partnership to promote and support each others products.  How it all came about, we may never know.  But I [...]

More OM 2007 RC1 Stuff

November 3, 2006 // 0 Comments

Connect sent out a mail today saying that the Operations Manager 2007 team released RC1 versions of the Web Console and a reporting service for Audit Collection Service containing 18 reports.  Anyone who must do security auditing (IFSRA, SOX, pharms, etc) will seriously want to take a look at [...]

Windows 2003 SP2 Development Nearing The End

November 2, 2006 // 0 Comments

I just got an email from Connect saying that the development stage of SP2 for Windows 2003 is nearing it’s end.  I’ve just started documenting the service pack.  Already, I’ve got 8 pages on how to install the thing!  I’m only getting to what’s in it now, let alone [...]
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