Micron demos all-flash VSAN Aug26

Micron demos all-flash VSAN

For their VMworld demo, Micron is taking VSAN to a whole new level by creating an all flash VSAN. The thought process behind this is to demonstrate “best in class” performance of a VSAN configuration. Eliminating the storage bottlenecks on the data store by using 100% solid state storage and...

Titanfall – The First Three Months Aug05

Titanfall – The First Three Months

Titanfall is a first-person shooter for PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 that released on March 11, 2014. First revealed at E3 2013, I knew Respawn Entertainment (comprised of many former Infinity Ward members who departed in the exodus during the creation of Modern Warfare 2 and creators of the...

KMS and MAK Licensing Jul31

KMS and MAK Licensing

Microsoft licensing is one of the things that puts fear into most people who have dipped their toes into it. Understanding how to be compliant with Microsoft – and how to make sure the company’s money is being spent properly – can be daunting. From an admin’s side,...

Is Now A Good Time To Replace CIRA? Jul28

Is Now A Good Time To Replace CIRA?

EasyDNS CEO Mark Jeftovic recently sent a letter to the Canadian Minister of Industry regarding the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)’s new positioning to enter the managed DNS space. “They have obtained an outside legal opinion to discern whether CIRA could be...

Review: Plex with Chromecast Jul28

Review: Plex with Chromecast

The search for the perfect home theater personal computer (HTPC) setup over the years has had me try tons of different widgets and programs. For the longest time, I was a huge proponent of simply hooking up a desktop made out of old hardware from past gaming rigs to my TV and stereo. From...

Unsatisfactory Responses Jul15

Unsatisfactory Responses

Sysadmin Day is coming (much like winter). Be nice to your IT staff. Plan a party, eat some cake etc.  For those of you deep in the trenches, finish early and go home and see your loved ones. I’ve worked with SMEs for a long time now. My friends know this and so occasionally one of them...

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo Jun18

Review: Samsung Gear 2 Neo

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 (+Neo/Fit versions) released in Q2 this year, with high expectation. The Galaxy series of phones is one of the best selling in the world, and a product update to the Gear smartwatch had many consumers eagerly awaiting the release. The Samsung Galaxy S5...

Storage that’s nearly INVINCIBLE Jun02

Storage that’s nearly INVINCIBLE

The ioSafe 214 NAS was provided to me by ioSafe to check out. I’ve looked at a few NAS units before, but generally low end devices. This unit is far from low end, having both advanced management capabilities and superb physical protection. “Superb” is a big call, but this...

Coping with infinite email May30

Coping with infinite email

Exchange 2010 and 2013 have an option called “Retention Policies”. I’ll base the below on what I see for Exchange 2010, but most of not all should apply to 2013 also. Retention Policies are useful if you need to keep your user’s mailboxes clean, as well as trying to...

TechEd North America – The Closing Line May18

TechEd North America – The Closing Line

TechEd North America 2014 is now over. You can read about the first two days of my experience here. The second half wasn’t too different to the first half unsurprisingly, and there wasn’t a huge amount of excitement in the air. Wednesday morning started off slowly. There were a...