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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. IT Management As a consultant I do get around a bit to various sites, and I am constantly amazed at the number of sites that do not even **begin** to even loosely follow any kind of Best Practices - How many sites have you been to, or at right now that have bought Tivoli, Unicenter, etc and NOT finished installing it? Are you one of the 65% that still have it in the Filing Cabinet?
Thinking of a Remote Computing Solution based on Citrix/VDI/BladePC’s? Make sure your Network is up to the task, or you might have curious issues?
Recently I found myself at a school down near Melbourne carrying out what should have been a relatively simple PoC (Proof of Concept) of 20 x BC2500 BladePC’s in an Enclosure with some T5730 Thin Clients, and initially all went pretty well and then I found that I had some issues with the SAM Registration service….. from the BladePC’s not communicating very well (or at all) with the SAM Server BTW – SAM = HP’s Broker, Session Allocation Manager So then I was thinking through some ideas about what ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:11 PM

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of for a few weeks now, and although I still have some tweaking to do on the graphics side of things, it's time to open the doors for all. I will probably still drop the odd post this way, but essentially all is now going to the new site. So the home page is at and if you are after the feed then you can find it at See you there? ;-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:08 AM

Leostream Announces Version 5.x of Connection Broker
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 09/10/07 -- VM World Conference -- At the VM World Conference running this week, Leostream Corp., a leading provider of Virtual Hosted Desktop software and physical-to-virtual conversion tools, today announced version 5 of its Connection Broker for the management of access to hosted desktops running in virtual machines. The Leostream Connection Broker dynamically assigns users to Hosted Desktops whether running on physical or virtual machines. "Leostream has been building Connection ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 3:24 PM

Reminder regarding time sync in a domain
Hi All, Just a note regarding an issue I had to help resolve a little while back? Issue: We had a pre-sealed image of an XPe intended for a customer, who wanted to join it to the domain, come through and during testing at our location and on site for the customer it was found that it simply refused to get it's time in sync Research: What we able to narrow down to is that the Registry Entry for: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\C... was listed as Type = NoSync and ......

Posted On Saturday, October 11, 2008 10:03 PM

Released: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 now RTM and available for download
So this mornings news from Alessandro is the release of Hyper-V - Download a trial here. I have also included at the bottom of this post a number of links that Justin Zarb helped collate regarding where to find all kinds of info relating to Hyper-V Release: Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 0 Comments | After over three years of development (the product was originally announced at WinHEC 2005 conference) Microsoft finally releases today its first bare-metal virtualization platform: ......

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2008 7:05 AM

Renaming a Computer or Thin Client for large scale deployments? Whether you are using Altiris, PXE, RIS, SMS, etc. this is a tool worth checking out
While the deployment we were assisting with today was maybe not that large even by local standards the issue was something that comes up on a some what regular basis. A customer wants to have a number of Thin Clients imaged to their specifications and then drop-shipped to various locations ready to go. Part of this involves creating and applying Asset Tags to the devices – a small thing to be sure – but for the poor folks in charge of keeping track of the devices this was vital. The issue was that ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:16 PM

From The Australian: Automation key to HP next-gen strategy + Keeping virtual server sprawl in check
So I was reading these two articles in todays IT Section and it started me thinking about the fact that I hadn't really looked through Opsware's web site to see what it did, and then it started to dawn on me that not only is Opsware looking really good, it also looks like a shift for HP in that this does a lot of the tasks that are currently done by Altiris Deployment Manager (OEM'd by HP as the Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP)). It can build from bare metal, offers Config Management, Patching, Compliance, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 1:14 PM

Modifying RDP5 & 6 to always connect local drives as well as USB devices…
So if you have a look at the MSTSC.EXE file that starts the RDP session and use the /? to call further info from the component you get something very much like this: But if you dig a just a touch deeper you will find that the MS Terminal Services Client or RDP Client as it is more commonly known draws the config information for most of its settings from the simple DEFAULT.RDP file that will typically be saved in the Users profile. (see example below) So if you want to make changes to the way it behaves ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 11:24 PM

Login Consultants benchmarking tool to compare VDI vs. SBC?
My only disappointment is that we are currently in the middle of moving our current Solutions Centre from one Office location to the other so it'll be some while before I get a chance to test this. It certainly looks quite impressive and it does have some lofty aims, but from a brief look through as well as their well deserved reputation based on Flex Profiles I'm sure this will stand up to it's promises. Test Scenario’s With login VSI you can compare many different scenarios: • VDI vs. SBC • VMware, ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 10:31 PM

Thinstall to be reborn as ThinApp under VMware's new management?
So along with Alessandro I'm curious as to why the name ThinApp has been chosen as it does have more than a passing resemblance to Citrix's new XenApp? I wonder if this is any indication of the coming marketing campaigns in the push for customers attention in the Desktop Virtualization market? ;-) VMware ThinApp is the final name for Thinstall technology In January 2008 VMware, a hardware virtualization company, acquired an application virtualization startup called Thinstall. The plan is to use the ......

Posted On Monday, May 12, 2008 5:45 PM

Future vision of VDI? What if the Hypervisor was cheaper and flexible enough to run on BladePC's/BladeWS's - could vMotion/XenMotion then switch on demand?
I am sure this is not really what VMware had in mind when they were touting VMware OnDemand? I'm guessing they had more of an idea that it would combine some of the benefits of ACE with ESX? ;-) I have just got back from some training in Houston and while listening to a question from a colleague from the UK where he asked if "VDI was going to be able to use the full suite of Hypervisor functionality like vMotion..." and that got me thinking... Some of the Conventional Wisdom around the place holds ......

Posted On Monday, April 28, 2008 3:58 AM

HP adds thermal mapping to energy-saving services
So if you are looking at trying to trim costs and stuff more gear in the Datacentre than is physically possible then this might also be a useful way of "getting more out of less"? ;-) HP adds thermal mapping to energy-saving services Knowledge of air-flows in datacentres can lead to greater efficiency, vendor says HP has added thermal mapping capabilities to its datacentre assessment services that show customers how they can potentially save between 10% and 45% on energy costs by using cooling systems ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 9:06 AM

Mixed Novell and AD Authentication issues
Recently I have been looking in to some issues relating to mixed Novell and AD Authentication at customers sites and there does not seem to be too much information that is readily available so I thought it might be useful if I post some of the details and links here as a helper to others? ;-) One of the most interesting points is that it would appear that Novell really hasn't done much to the Novell Client in quite a while, and even with the advent of Vista it has not so much revisited the classic ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:55 AM

SoftGrid Visio Stencils
Justin Zarb has a blog linked below that comes up with some very useful bits of info relating to SoftGrid, these Visio Stencils just happen to represent the "eye candy" ;-) , there is loads more and this is an extremely usefully resource if you're quite involved in SoftGrid Sequencing? SoftGrid Visio Stencils It must have been at least 3/4 months ago I came across these stencils and I said than I would blog about them..... well as you can tell I never did! ubba cool stencils for visio when your designing ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:53 PM

Dell to give VMware ESX Server 3i for free?
Talk about the cat among the pigeons? I was certainly aware that MS's 2008 was to have Hyper-V included at a minimal cost of USD$28 but that is not due for another 5 months or so, and it was always expected that the pricepoint would come down to meet MS but this is quite early I would have thought? As Alessandro points out - this will cause some serious pain in the Sales Channel, this is where Citrix had a big jump on VMware and as far as I am aware VMware was getting very serious about trying to ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 2:32 PM

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