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Windows Nano Server

On the Technet Windows Server blog this week, M$ announced the Nano Server version (code name Tuva) of the new Windows Server 2016 which is even more stripped down than Server Core version of 2012R2. The smaller footprint means less maintenance and less security exposure, Microsoft estimates 92% few critical bulletins and 80% fewer reboots. The smaller footprint means smaller…

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MBPr Still Tops

PCMag’s 10 Best Laptops just came out again. The MacBook Pro still tops the list as the Editor’s Choice of Editors Choices.  The $1189 intro price is still misleading because (1) it’s really not available with a 128G SSD and (2) you’re really going to want the 512G option. So plan on $2300 + AppleCare + tax + Ethernet adapter…

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Containers in the WSJ

It’s interesting to watch the venerable and respected WSJ to struggle with abstract technical concepts like “Containers” — “Software Firms Scramble to Jump Into Containers” (I recall a similar attempt with SDN a few years back). Despite being a long-time happy subscriber, I am embarrassed for them. One reader commented “Hire people with clues to write these, please”. There’s the…

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OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers

From M$’ OneDrive blog…. Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365. Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. Is this for real? Wow! Just wow!

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SDS Dumbed Down

For a myriad of reasons, this week I have been thinking about software-defined storage, aka SDS. I haven’t really thought about it since I learned of VMware’s vSAN offering discussed here. At the time, it jsut seemed like contrarian vendor propaganda to capitalize on the SDN movement. While this vSAN white paper came out in February, I am just now…

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Apple Announces “Apple Pay”

Apple held their widely anticipated annual fall extravaganza yesterday. If you had an Apple device and used Safari, you could watch it live as Apple redirected their site to the live stream feed; otherwise, you got: … and that was from Chrome on my Mac! I assume PC hardware users were SOL. The new iPhone and Watch were cool, but…

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25 free tools for every Windows desktop

Cool tools from Woody Leonard and InfoWorld: “Top 25 free tools for every Windows desktop“

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XP Cheats Death? Respite from the XPocalypse?

XP may have cheated death just over a month after its reported demise, according to The Register. The loophole at play here is that M$ is still supporting XP-based cash registers (called Windows Embedded POSReady) for several more years until 2019. The hack was discovered by what The Registers calls a “German Tinkerer” and posted on the site Home of the…

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iSCSI in da house!

All these years I have been SANless. I almost bought a Synology unit many times, but I kept putting it off because of the expense. I am after all a hands-off IT manager-type by profession now and it’s hard to justify big lab expenditures. Then an engineer buddy of mine, also a VMware instructor, told me how he built a SAN…

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The End of the SAN?

So after years of pushing shared storage devices to support clustered hosts of virtual machines, VMware now says the future of storage is direct-attached SDS (software-defined storage). Their new Virtual SAN (vSAN) product creates an ad hoc SAN out of three servers with internal disk arrays running the software. Introduced in beta last fall, vSAN is now ready to go….

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