Tech Ramblings: Target Disk Mode 101

Let me start by saying I love my MacBook Pro Retina 15″, it’s a beautiful machine.  Yes, I am an Apple fanboy, but I’ve owned Dells, HPs and Toshibas in the past as well.  I can honestly say I’ve been on both sides of the fence, and for me, the MacBook Pro is the superior…

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Be Graceful with your VMs

Virtualization has given us a world of ease when it comes to IT/server administration.  Sometimes, it’s so easy to shut down and start up VMs that we forget the fact that these are actual servers. Under normal circumstances, an administrator doesn’t just yank the power cord on their Dells, or hold down the power button on the…

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How to Set Your XenServer VMs to Auto-Start

Yes, you read that right… this is a post about Citrix XenServer. “What the heck is a VMware fanboy doing writing about Citrix?” That’s a valid question, but I promise there’s a good reason for this Citrix post on a typically VMware centric blog. I’ve recently had to think outside of the box when it…

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3 signs it’s time to quit and find a new job

Whether it’s because you feel you’re getting underpaid, a coworker is bothering you or the job has become just plain boring, everyone reaches a point in time when their job just isn’t cutting it anymore. Have you gotten to that point before? If you have, hopefully you’ve found a new job, but most likely you…

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Joining your ESXi host to a Windows Domain

It’s important to join your ESXi host to a Windows domain if there is one present in your architecture. Why? For one, you can use your Active Directory (AD) credentials to log into the host if you have to directly. That, in and of itself, is worth joining the host to the domain. Aside from…

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3 Steps To Secure Your Data In the Cloud

A new year always brings new promises, fresh starts and an opportunity to right what was wrong from the past year. With 2011 in the rear view mirror we can make changes that will put us in a better place in 2012. The resolution I’m talking about is finally securing your data in the Cloud….

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