Category Archives: Vendor rant

Adventures in ComcastLand – DMZ on a new Comcast modem

Lately my internet connection (a 30Mbps Teleworker account) has been “acting up” with a ping rate that varied from 11ms to 1000+ms a download of 30Mbps – .6Mbps and an upload of 4Mbps-.4Mbps (using speedtest.net pointed at their nearest server – … Continue reading

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Download to install or upgrade vCenter suite ovf? ova? zip? pak? gz?

Available downloads: ESXi = install ISO or upgrade .zip vCenter server: Install ISO, appliance ovf, appliance ova vCops = appliance .ova or upgrade .pak Data protection= .ova or upgrade ISO Orchestrator= appliance ovf or appliance ova vCNS = appliance ova … Continue reading

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Comcast (aka Why you should never set up bill pay with a vendor)

Update 12/19: Found out they originally installed the wrong modem and I’ve received lower performance than I’ve paid for since I’ve been on Comcast. Update 7/14: Finally got a check for all the money they billed me after I closed … Continue reading

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Drobo: all 25 reasons (so far) not to put one into production

Yesterday I posted “Reason 25 not to use a Drobo” and refereed to an earlier post listing another reason. Some folks have asked what the other 23 are. My running list so far, in no particular order: (note this is … Continue reading

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Reason number 25 not to use Drobo in a production environment

DroboElite’s have 4 options for “format type” NTFS (XP), NTFS (new than XP), Multi-Host and none. Why those are considered “format type” is beyond me, but suffice to say you need one of the NTFS versions to connect the volume … Continue reading

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Oxymoron in the Summer (#summerinfant)

Tell me if this makes sense: You are required to enter your first and last name if you want to proceed as an anonymous user … Hmmmm.

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vSphere5 Licensing: Part 5 (Solution)

So VMware has caused considerable consternation and gnashing of teeth over their new licensing structure. (see Twitter and other places I listed before)

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vSphere5 Licensing: Part 3 (vSphere Desktop Edition)

With VMware View 4.x you had two licensing options, “Add-on” and “Bundle.” Add-on gave you the ability to use View to manage virtual desktops, Bundle included the required licenses to run vSphere (ESX/ESXi Enterprise plus and vCenter) for the virtual … Continue reading

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Fisher Price of Storage Arrays (part2)

I found out today the hard way that Dell/Equallogic require you to have a Equallogic storage array under contract in order to get access to their support site. Not the Dell support site, the Equallogic site. I have support logins … Continue reading

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Mozy online cloud backup (update)

Here’s a thought for everyone desperate to move to “the cloud”. Once you have all your data in one providers cloud, how easy will it be to switch providers? What will you do if they increase the cost 1620%? I … Continue reading

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