Tips from the Field

Rockin the Dell Compellent SAN


Wanted to share a few quick pics from a SAN install last week here in town, pretty good sized 96 total SAS 6gb disks in eight enclosures...sweet!

Next week, I'm headed to California to install a Dell Compellent SAN in California for large customer.

Dell Compellent Storage Forum - Orlando, Florida 2011


We are really excited to be here at the Dell Storage Forum to see what is coming down the pipeline from Compellent since the Dell acquistion.  Michael Dell and Phil Soran's keynotes were awesome!


Michael Dell - Not sure why my picture came out so bad, I blame my Droid X.

Compellent Training Recertification


I'm headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota to get re-certified as a Compellent SAN installer.  I am happy to find out that my flight has Wi-Fi...woo-hoo, only 3 hours to go!

Aruba Networks declares the LAN is dead!

We just got back from the Aruba Networks Partner Conference in San Jose, California this week and have lots to share with our customers.  Aruba has annoucned several new products, my favorite is the "Aruba Instant" series.  For smaller deployments, we no longer need a controller to provision and control access points.  The new products in the "instant" line are as follows: Aruba IAP-105, IAP-92 and the IAP-93. 

Aruba Networks Partner Summit 2011


We're here at the Aruba Networks Partner Summit in San Jose, California to learn about the latest and greatest with Aruba.


Getting ready for the keynote.

XenServer Virtual Machine Performance Utility

For those of you who want to see what performance is like within your XenServer environment, this VM provided by Citrix will give you a little more insight into your Xen infrastructure.  You can download the .xva here.

Preparing iSCSI LUN for testing

Accessing the Web interface for disk performance

Las Vegas Trade Show with Intel


Here we are again at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas for another Intel show.  I'm here with our wireless division of ENS - The WiFi Group to setup the network and manage the Aruba Networks wireless WLAN we've deployed at The Sands Conference & Expo Center here in Las Vegas.

In the MDF at the Sands Expo Center - Look at all that fiber!

Exchange 2010 Hub Transport Installation Error


I ran into the following error today on an Exchange 2010 SP1 installation:

The execution of: “$error.Clear(); if ($RoleStartTransportService) { start-SetupService -ServiceName MSExchangeTransport }”, generated the following error: “Service ‘MSExchangeTransport’ failed to reach  status ‘Running’ on this server.”

Top 10 Mistakes Identified When Doing Desktop Virtualization

I ran across this document and wanted to share it because I thought it was well thought out and provided valuable information for people just starting out with XenDesktop virtualization.