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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. June 2007 Entries
No-one can avoid the hype, even I'm taken in by the video - but Apple iPhone or Windows Mobile phone ? here's a comparison of the features
So from MSmobiles I found this very neat comparison of the features - I'm actually considering replacing the trusty Orange C600 that I have been using for some while now and everytime I catch the video of the interactive display of the iPhone I do think it looks great, but..... I have to remind myself that Mobiles (even more that Laptops) are a very tactile choice and before you make the commitment you should definately have the chance to pick one up and touch and play with it - jump in too quickly ......

Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2007 2:06 PM

Top 10 Virtualization Tools on my USB Key - from Dugie
I can see I will need to check the price of the Sony MicroVault as Dugie is right, it certainly is small enough to fit in your wallet I would simply add to this with TeraCopy (previous post) being a tool that can support the resume function in traditional SMB, LAN, WAN connections just as it is possible via FTP. I have found myself stuck with trying to download 100mb or more over a VPN just knowing that it will timeout at some stage but being absolutely helpless - well now it doesn't matter with ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 1:00 PM

Potential issue with Citrix Licensing Server needing access to 27000 AND 1603 **IF** there is a Firewall between the LS and the other Citrix Servers?
Please be aware that this is not verified at all - but this is posted here just as a precautionary warning until such time as it is verified? Better to be safe than sorry? ***UPDATE: This is a real issue only IF there is a Firewall between the Licensing Server and the Servers hosting Citrix Products A colleague of mine sent me this: ++++++++++Quote++++++++++++... I took down x,xxx users on Monday because I upgraded our License Server to PS 4.5 on Friday afternoon. Everyone went ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:33 PM

Spacesuit entrepreneurs plan parachute jumps from orbit - Lost their hearts to a starship trooper/the ultimate in high fashion
How cool is this!!!! I must be mad, because I've just volunteered..... seriously! Spacesuit entrepreneurs plan parachute jumps from orbit Lost their hearts to a starship trooper/the ultimate in high fashion By Lewis Page → More by this author Published Wednesday 27th June 2007 20:29 GMT A former Nasa flight surgeon who lost his astronaut wife in the Columbia space shuttle disaster has teamed up with a self-described "bad boy" space commentator to mount trials in which humans would descend from orbit ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 11:51 AM

Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution
Now this is interesting as it follows on from an earlier post just the other day.... ;-) Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution Thinstall has created a white paper to give a technical overview of application virtualization and their product. Thinstall is an Application Virtualization Platform that enables complex software to be delivered as self-contained EXE files which can run instantly with zero installation from any data source. The core of Thinstall VS is the ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:35 AM

Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server on VMware ESX Server 3.0 - Charles Aunger
Improving Scalability for Citrix Presentation Server on VMware ESX Server 3.0 VMWare has published a nice white paper a while back about the scalability and performance implications of running many Citrix Presentation Servers hosted on Virtual Machines. Since I have been doing a lot of work with VMware currently and scaling of Citrix Presentation Server on VMware I would bring the light back on it. The white paper presents data showing the number of Citrix sessions you can sustain when running Citrix ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:29 AM

Neoware has now been rebranded and has a new web site
Rebranding Neoware With the advent of virtualization technology, increasing security breaches, stiffer regulatory compliance, and renewed interest in energy savings, thin client computing is becoming a stronger challenger to the traditional desktop and laptop PC. By earning a position as a trusted, experienced player, Neoware is poised to deliver the benefits of thin client computing to more companies than ever. Together with our new Web site and logo, we’ve adopted a new “tag line”… “redefine computing.” ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:29 AM

A closer look at Session Broker load balancing in Windows Server 2008 - from Brian Madden
Well looks like I'll have to add "download Server 2008 and install in VMware (oops. Virtual Server)" to my ToDo list? ;-) A closer look at Session Broker load balancing in Windows Server 2008 In Technical Articles Notice: This article was written based on the Beta 3 release of Windows Server 2008. Features and facts about the Session Broker Load Balancing therefore could be subject to change as Windows Server 2008 moves towards RTM. You should be aware of this! Session Directory versus Session Broker ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 4:22 PM

Virtualization on your iPhone? (Or any phone for that matter?)
OK, so let's stop right here, this is getting silly isn't it? Is it April the 1st? ;-)) Virtualization on your iPhone? June 20th, 2007 by Alex Barrett No, Apple hasn’t made any announcements about virtualization for the iPhone, but all this reporting about VMware ESX Lite jogged my memory of a conversation I had recently with XenSource CTO and founder Simon Crosby. While talking about Xen 3.1, Simon mentioned that since Xen is an open-source project, some developers in the consumer electronics space ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 2:54 PM

AGEE and EndPoint Scanning - Access Gateway User's Guide for the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix Platforms
So now it's possible to run the SSLVPN on Mac, Linux Clients WITH EndPoint Scanning? Good news indeed. Access Gateway User's Guide for the Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix Platforms So this is the new Access Gateway Enterprise Edition based on the 8.0 Netscaler Hardware, and interestingly enough I don't think Citrix has done that much to shout about the fact that it now has the functionality to connect loads of different Clients via it's SSLVPN Solution. in fact the PDF actually uses screenshots ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 1:06 PM

Netgear promises 3G femtocells by end of year - talk about convergence?
So what is a femtocell? Femtocell Definition According to Mae Kowalke, femtocells are small cellular base stations that provide enhanced coverage at the far edge of the network. They will enable wireless providers and others perhaps to provide services such as IPTV and definitely FMC. Perhaps most importantly femtocells will allow service providers to shore up their coverage without the need for expensive towers. T-Mobile is rolling out this technology as we speak and there seems to be lots of opportunity ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:21 PM

iPhone syncs with Outlook and Entourage
iPhone syncs with Outlook and Entourage By Ryan Block on sync Filed under: Cellphones It was definitely quickly glossed over in today's iPhone activation and sync walkthrough, but Apple pretty clearly stated that Mac users with Entourage can sync their calendars with the iPhone through iTunes, and PC users can sync their Outlook calendars the same way. That's totally heartening for any corporate calendar users wondering how they were going to get their datebooks on their new phone, but there was ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:23 AM

Apple iPhone review roundup
Apple iPhone review roundup By Paul Miller on iphone Filed under: Cellphones With just a few days to go before launch, Apple has apparently lifted its embargo on the lucky few journos to get their hands on an iPhone a couple weeks early, and David Pogue, Walt Mossberg and USA Today's Edward C. Baig are doing the first honors. And honors abound: three out of three reviewers agree that the iPhone is pretty much the sexiest phone to ever hit the market, and there was no small amount of praise for the ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:22 AM

iPhone facts from the first reviews
iPhone facts from the first reviews By Ryan Block on iphone Filed under: Cellphones Well, the first reviews are in. But you may have missed some of the more interesting factoids unearthed by the trio of gadget reporters deigned worthy by El Jobso to get a pre-launch iPhone. Here's a few fresh n' interesting iPhone facts right off the presses: The mobile version of OS X or whatever it is the iPhone runs takes up 700MB of the device's capacity. Damn son! There's no way to cut, copy, or paste text! ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:21 AM

For early adopters and bleeding edge types only? - The iPhone will be compatible with Microsoft Exchange, after all
This is nice to know, even if you aren't going to buy it straight away because of all the potential issues? there has been a lot of reporte issues surrounding battery life (not unlike some of the issues with the iPods?) and I'm sure it's not goiing to be an easy start for the iPhone - but at least it would mean that you aren't disconnected if you decided to buy one of these? With the amount of convergence currently in the electonic consumer market it would be unwise to place people in a position ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:18 AM

Microsoft Marketplace advertising Ubuntu? Calls it perfect - but only for a very short while? And Ubuntu's #1 Bug
Some interesting news via bink.nu I have been using Ubuntu via VMware at home as a safe Browser/Internet facing device and even the 6.x version is very slick and easy to install - adding other Open Source apps via the Internet is a breeze. If you haven't tried Linux yet because you thought it too dificult then I'd encourage you to try this. I'm hoping for a Novell DVD of Suze to drop at my door shortly and I'll be giving that at run and see how it compares? Microsoft's Windows Marketplace: "Ubuntu ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:04 AM

Is Teradici's PC-Over-IP The Next Big Thing in Thin Clients? maybe, maybe not, the requirement of a Signal Processing Chip at each end might be a tough hurdle?
Now this really intriguing, this startup appears to have everything going for it? Certainly from the roll call of people involved as well as the funding it seems like it's heading in the right direction? And with the anticipated growth in the Thin Client Market it has a good a chance as anyone else? Whether or not it will actullay replace or take away any business from the traditional Thin Client vendors like Neoware, Wyse or HP remains to be seen - as I can see that the prerequisite for adding a ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:24 AM

How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? from Daniel Petri
A very good blog from Daniel Petri regarding the strengths and weakness of VDI How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? VMware has released a new "solution" called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). If you are using VMware's products to serve up desktops to your end users, you may already be using a more basic form of VDI and not even know it. Let's find out more about VDI... What is VDI? This is a VMware solution, not a product because it involves using Virtualization to provide ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 8:52 AM

Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization
So it's great to see that the info is slowly starting to emerge and be defined - to be sure it'll be a slow process... Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:26 PM

This is too good not to share - Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows!!! WTF!! ;-))
Ubuntu Linux Validates As Genuine Windows By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Windows (general) "Another crack in the Windows Genuine Advantage wall. A user at UbuntuForums.org managed to validate an Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine. (Here is an OGG video of the process.) Along with the advancement of LiveCD technology, this could spell the end of Microsoft's control over who gets their updates." ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:19 PM

Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization - I spoke too soon? ;-)
Well I guess this is all too fast for MS to handle? Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization Company reverses plan to expand rights to allow home versions of the operating systems to run inside virtual machines. By Ina Fried Staff Writer, CNET News.com --> Published: June 19, 2007, 6:25 PM PDT TalkBackE-mailPrint del.icio.us Digg this Microsoft planned this week to announce that it was broadening the virtualization rights for Windows Vista, but decided at the last minute to reverse course and ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:13 PM

Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate...... really? ;-))
So hopefully we're begining to see light at the end of the Tunnel? Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Virtual Server VMware and Microsoft both said they're working behind the scenes to make it easier for virtualization users to migrate across their differing virtualization environments and run each other's virtualized files. But so far, it's only virtual kumbaya. Neither one is saying how they're going to do it. XenSource, the company sponsoring the open-source ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:06 PM

Take a break from that PoC and put your feet up - Citrix Offers PS 4.5 Platinum Edition Evaluation VHD
Interesting to note, however given that my Home ADSL has a 20Gb limit per month - I'll pass for now...... ;-)) But it could be very useful - and it is good to see companies providing this sort of Demo Citrix Offers PS 4.5 Platinum Edition Evaluation VHD Category:Server Based Computing Posted By Michel Roth On Saturday 23 June 2007 One of Thincomputing.net's readers, Cesar Garcia, pointed out that Citrix has recently made available a preconfigured evaluation edition of Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2007 2:07 PM

TeraCopy - is it possible to resume a file copy across regular drives using standard SMB, CTRL+V, Cut and Paste, etc? - Yes it is!
Copy your files faster and easier it claims from this little tool from Code Sector, and that it does. I was trying to get a 500Mb file from an FTP site and was being concerned about the speed only being 15 - 18k so I connected via the VPN Service and was getting 80 - 100k. No problems there? But then I got a BSOD from a file called crypto.sys...... after the file had reached 28%.... figures!! So I was keen to finish the file using the VPN method as opposed to the FTP, but I was really concerned that ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 1:12 PM

Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license? If you want to use VECD best ante up to Ultimate?
Some more comments on the way MS appears to be keeping all the details about pricing and licensing around VECD very close to it's chest? More from Alessandro below: Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments Several news magazines (ComputerWorld, ZDNet and others) are reporting a news about Microsoft moves in Windows Vista license for virtualization scenarios. After a private pre-announcement to extend rights to virtualize all Vista editions, Microsoft ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:58 PM

Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:10 AM

Still using a MAC via VMware? try - VMacTool - GUI control of VMware from MacOSX?
Looking around I've found another VMtools effort of making the MAC easier to play with from inside VMware at: VMacTool - GUI control of VMware from MacOSX From the Author: The current incarnation is just a prototype. It is written in bash, using CocoaDialog for the GUI functions. I'm in the process now of digging into the vmw.c source in preparation for tearing out main() and replacing it with a Cocoa interface 'natively'... but the more that I think about it, the more I think that this isn't the ......

Posted On Saturday, June 9, 2007 12:20 PM

Where is your Malware coming from? Interesting post at Google Security regarding Web Server Software and Malware
Courtesy of bink.nu I found Web Server Software and Malware and this makes some very interesting reading Which kind of makes Roberts comments very valid - Time for Microsoft to Change Its Patch Policy? Distribution of web server software by country. Web server distribution by country Malicious web server distribution by country The figure on the left shows the distribution of all Apache, IIS, and nginx webservers by country. Apache has the largest share, even though there is noticeable variation ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 4:45 PM

Guide to installing VMware ESX3 on Workstation 6 - this is quite an intriguing concept if it can be seen to work?
Well, I have been looking at trying to get this working a few times now, and I have kept coming back to it in the hope that I can get it working just from a training/testing point of view. So it's nice to see that it has actually been acomplished - and I do have a ThinkPad.. ;-)) I'll let you know how I get on? UPDATE: I still haven't had time yet, but my Brother, Martin has confirmed that this works Guide to installing VMware ESX3 on Workstation 6 Description: This paper illustates how to install ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2007 10:52 AM

Server Core getting closer? What going back to Servers with no GUI, there's a suprise ;-)
I'm keen to see how well the Server Core is adopted, as I was always a fan of the earlier Netware Servers before they started adding the JavaX GUI front end - very light and purposeful. So I thought I'd drop a note about two sites I've come across today: Introducing The Server Core blog Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following: DHCP server File Server ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2007 2:29 PM

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