Gathering Clouds

The Private Cloud is where it is right now.
The movement towards this cloud based on Figure 2 results shows that it is driven hard by every business as an enterprise IT requirement.  The cloud technology as a whole is viewed as enabling cost-reduction.  The cloud delivers a clear path to that direction and the private cloud maintains the security uncertainty further more than scaling out to an unknown safety in the public cloud.

This survey was conducted by Forbes|INSIGHTS and presented to over 235 CIOs and other IT executives, more than 90% of them whom are in vice president or director levels or higher at companies with annual sales exceeding $500 million.

Source: www.cioinsight.com

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Windows DHCP servers and Active Directory

ShoreTel VOIP System, Windows DHCP

I had to rebuild a DHCP database for a ShoreTel VOIP System Today.

And I recalled there was a step I wanted to mention again for anyone who has a similar task at hand.

When configuring your DHCP system you will need to add a custom tag to the DHCP server with specific instructions for download of configuration text files.

Option 156 I had added.

1.  Open DHCP Manager on your Win2k3 server.
2.  Right-click the DHCP server and select pre-defined options.
3.  Click Add.
4.  Set Name to IP Phone Boot Server.
5.  Set Data Type to String.
6.  Set Code to 156 and add a description, if desired.
7.  Navigate to the scope options and add option 156.
8.  Each option is entered witha comma as the seperator.  

Example

ftpservers=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx,Layer2Tagging=0,VLanID=xxx

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Blackberry Enterprise Server BES Error 203 & Firmware

Today I was given the expert task in resolving a blackberry issue.

It has been some time since I worked on a device however I was took on the task.

I discovered 2 new things since my last in depth admin task on a BES platform which has been well over 2 years ago.
First of all I was pleased to know I can remotely upgrade the firmware of the devices with a simple right click and pushing a firmware release to a device.

Second I was now able noticing that a device was unable to connect to anything on the net aside from email delivery.
I noticed one of the key blackberry services were not functioning and the name which brought to my attention *MDS Mobile Data Service*

Made it seem pretty apparent that this was the source of the problem.

Attempting to start the service left me with an Error 203: The system could not find the environment option.

Okay so after that I proceed to BB KB04329 while it didn’t make that much sense or rather not so intuitive I hope what I can share here helps.

Step #1 open registry

Step #2 go to the following path KHLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\BlackBerry MDS Connection Service

Step #4 Get the path properties of ImagePath and dump this to a text file, check the path for jvmpath it is probably black, search your server for the effective path of jvm.dll and insert there.

My JVM.dll resides in:

c:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\client

Section in bold is what I had added make sure you keep the quotes.

"C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Enterprise Server\MDS\bin\bmds.exe" -s jvmpath="c:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\client\jvm.dll" -XX:+DisableExplicitGC -Xss128K -Xmx768M -Xms128M classpathdir="C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Enterprise Server\MDS\classpath\\" wrkdir="C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Enterprise Server\MDS\Servers\VM-BES1\\" webserverdir="C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry Enterprise Server\MDS\webserver\\" -rbes "VM-BES1_MDS-CS_1"

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Solving the Top 5 Server Monitoring Challenges

Today, you confront several critical battles in your efforts to ensure that servers consistently meet the needs of the business. Here are the top 5 challenges data center operator face:

1. Managing Increasing Numbers of Servers with Limited Resources
2. Monitoring Heterogeneous Environments
3. Gaining Service Level Insights into the Infrastructure
4. Monitoring Servers in Virtualized Environments
5. Effectively Managing Resource Utilization

Source- Nimsoft & Datacenter Knowledge

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Ten Things DBAs Need to Know About Storage

As a database administrator (DBA) lucky enough to manage my company’s SQL Servers as well as the 80 terabyte storage area network, I’ve fought on both sides of the war. I know why we curse at our SAN administrators, and I know why the SAN administrators throw heavy objects at us.

We are despised for our difficult requests, including our need for the fastest drives on the planet.

SAN administrators, on the other hand, are despised for their sneaky ways: For example, they might really give you a shared set of drives also used for a file server, an e-mail server, and their MP3 collections, thinking you won’t know the difference.

But there’s a simple way to achieve a happy environment – a place where the DBA and the SAN admin skip down the halls holding hands and the users toss daisies at them from their cubicles. The key is communication. As DBAs, we have to know how to speak the SAN language. Not every DBA has to become a SAN admin the way I did, but we should learn how to tell our SAN administrators exactly what we need, what we’re getting, and how we can work together to get there. This paper will dive in to the top 10 things we should know about storage to work effectively with our SAN colleagues.

:Source: MSSQLTips.com

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HP comments on IT pros in social networking

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/061710-hp-says-it-pros-need.html?fsrc=netflash-rss

Hewlett-Packard Co. will soon introduce its own social network, albeit specifically aimed at IT professionals

It’s called 48Upper named after their HQ building in California.

The site will  incorporate familiar social networking tools, collaborative, friend-based, knowledge sharing, but is clearly aimed at users of HP system management tools.  The technology information in 48Upper’s database won’t be limited to HP products
The collaborative tools are particularly needed because IT pros today are handed responsibilities that may require some expertise across multiple disciplines, making the need for networking important.

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