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Weekly Links – January 28, 2013

Good Monday to all of you – and just a reminder that summer is a mere five months away! That may be hard to stomach at the moment, with temperatures in a lot of the U.S. in single digits at the moment. But take heart, soon enough we’ll be complaining about the brutal humidity – and how much it costs to cool down server rooms – instead of this bitter, bitter cold.

And for those of you who were wondering out there, yes, our New Year’s resolution was to be more positive. How are we doing so far?

Why application development is better in the cloud (InfoWorld)

‘The Quantum Age of IT Excerpt’ (IT Business Edge)

Why Your Data Center Costs Will Drop (InformationWeek)

Can you spot the 10 security mistakes in this workspace? (IT World)

Twitter releases data on government info requests from second half of 2012 (GigaOM)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is just that – absolutely apropos of nothing. But really cool, none the less—especially for you history geeks out there! This is what the sky above London looked like after a massive air battle between British and German pilots in September 1940:

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Install ESXi through VMware Go

This blog is a repost from Jonathan Frappier’s Blog.  To view the original blog post, click here.

Since the folks over at the VMware Go team liked my first post so much, I figured I’d oblige and write up an article about how to install ESXi through VMware Go since they tweeted about it before I actually wrote it :)

VMware Go, for those that missed the last post, is a cloud based service for small businesses and new VMware admins to help manage and setup their VMware environment.  There are “two” ways to install ESXi from VMware go – by converting an existing Windows server/machine or downloading the ISO and installing manually.  The later isn’t really installing “through” VMware Go but certainly a viable path, and then you can simply add the host once your install is finished.

Once logged into VMware Go, click on the Virtual tab and select Install an ESXi Hypervisor from the drop down menu.

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Click the Get Started button on the next screen and provide the IP address of the Windows server you wish to convert and click the Next button.

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VMware Go will connect to the IP address of the computer to determine if it is compatible, when prompted enter the username and password for that server.  The machine I tried to install on failed the compatibility check as you can see here:

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Thankfully I am doing this in a VM so one second while I go reconfigure that machine…and we are back and the machine passed the test this time as you can see:

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I popped in my hostname and opted for DHCP config.  Make sure you pay attention to the warning – Windows will be gone!  Make sure you backed up your data, settings etc… if you need anything from this server and click next.  You will see a summary of the actions to be taken.  If you are ready to take the plunge, click the Start ESXi Hypervisor Installation!

startAfter confirming you will blow away your Windows install, you will be prompted for the ESXi password you wish to set, and then need to enter the Windows credentials again.  You can see the task/download/install progress at the top of the screen:

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Queue on hold music in your head….daaa na na naa naa na.  Less than 20 minutes and a few reboots later I had an ESXi screen where my Windows login screen once appeared and can see the task completed in VMware Go.

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VMware Go was even nice enough to add it to its inventory for me!  So thats it, without ever touching an ISO I nuked my Windows server and turned it into a functional ESXi server!.

Thank you to Jonathan Frappier for allowing us to re-post this helpful blog.  Feel free to check out his blog here and follow him on Twitter (@jfrappier)!

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This Week in Patching – 1/14/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Happy New Year.  I hope IT administrators got some much needed patching rest over the past couple of weeks.  2013 is started out quite heavy in the world of patching.

This week was highlighted by a busy Patch Tuesday.  You can read my write up on the January 2013 edition of Patch Tuesday here.

There were also other vendors releasing critical security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.  Adobe released two security bulletins.  APSB13-02 was pre-announced last Thursday as a part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.  Adobe Acrobat / Reader versions 9.5.3 / 10.1.5 / 11.0.1 address 27 vulnerabilities and are rate Critical.  Adobe security bulletin APSB13-01 was not pre-announced by Adobe, but I expected this bulletin to be released after Microsoft announced an update for Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 last Thursday was set to be released on Patch Tuesday.  APSB13-01 addresses 1 vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player versions 10 and 11 (as well as Adobe Air 3.5).

Mozilla also released security updates to coincide with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  The most notable of the releases by Mozilla was the major update for Firefox.  Mozilla Firefox 18 contains new features as well as security updates.  For those organizations that do not want to roll out new features in their Mozilla products due to concerns of the new features breaking functionality, Mozilla is continuing their effort with the Mozilla ESR products.  These product updates contain new security fixes but do not contain new features.

Here is the details list of Mozilla updates released on Patch Tuesday:

  • Mozilla Firefox 18
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 8 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (30 vulnerabilities)
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.15
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 7 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (26 vulnerabilities)

The other notable updates this week were released on Thursday.  Google updated their Chrome and Chrome Frame browser with version 24.0.1312.52.  This new version fixes 24 vulnerabilities and includes an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that was released by Adobe on Patch Tuesday.  In the past year, Google has been in sync with Adobe on Adobe Flash Player releases.  Interestingly, Google’s release came two days after the Adobe Flash Player release.

There were also some non-security updates released on Thursday.  MozyHome and MozyPro updated their programs with version 2.18.2.244.  Microsoft released a new version of Skype with 6.1.0.129.  This version now integrates with Microsoft Office Outlook contact.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 1/7/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Patching came to a quiet end in 2012 and 2013 is starting off with a bang.  Here is a quick recap of the happenings in patch management this week:

On Wednesday, a new version of CDBurnerXP was released with version 4.5.0.3717.  This new version is a non-security update.  On Friday, Google released a non-security update for their Picasa program with version 3.9.136.120.

Microsoft announced their January 2013 Patch Tuesday Advance Notification.  You can read my write up here on the upcoming Patch Tuesday.  In addition to the seven Microsoft security bulletins being released next Tuesday, there are quite a few non-Microsoft patches being released on Patch Tuesday.

Adobe announced they will be releasing updates for their Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat programs (versions 9/10/11).  These updates are rated as critical and are part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

In addition, Mozilla is lining up to release updates as well for their products.  You can expect updates for their Mozilla Firefox, Firefox ESR, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR and SeaMonkey products.

On Microsoft’s preannouncement page for upcoming non-security updates, they have listed Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10.  With this in mind, expect updates from Adobe for Adobe Flash Player and Google Chrome on Patch Tuesday.  With every Adobe Flash Player release, Microsoft and Google update their browsers to supply the latest version of the Flash Player program.

On the Microsoft Security Advisory front, Microsoft released a new security advisory on Thursday.  Microsoft Security Advisory 2798897 addresses issues with fraudulent digital certificates.  This security advisory places the offending certificates in the untrusted certificate store on systems.  In June 2012, Microsoft released a tool that will run on systems and quickly moves revoked certificates to the untrusted certificate stores.  This tool aids administrators that want an easy and quick way to update certificate issues Microsoft finds.  This tool can be downloaded here.  For those that do not want to use the tool, Microsoft has provided patches for this certificate issue that can be applied to systems.

Until Patch Tuesday, Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Weekly Links – January 4, 2013

Another year has come and gone – here’s to a great 2013 for all of the readers of this blog!

Things we want to see in 2013:

  • More SMBs virtualizing their infrastructure, of course!
  • A follow up to this movie
  • The permanent inclusion of the McRib on McDonalds’ menu
  • A more pragmatic, less interventionist approach from incoming Secretary of State John Kerry

Things that we don’t want to see in 2013:

  • Clunky, on-premise IT management software
  • A follow-up to this song
  • Ben Stiller. Time to give things a rest, pal…
  • A global pandemic (best not to let our guard down even after surviving 12/21/12)

Enough ballyhooing, on to your links!

Amazon’s EC2 Outage: A Closer Look (InformationWeek)

A Lighter Look at Life in IT (IT Business Edge)

Chinese Dad Hires Virtual Assassins to Harass Game-Obsessed Son (The Next Web)

Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD (ITWorld)

Steve Jobs biopic hits theatres in April. Will you see it? (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image serves as a stark reminder as to why you should never work at a hospital in Alaska or northern Canada.

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Hoboken Consulting Group Virtualizes with VMware Go Pro, Saves Time and Money with Streamlined IT Management

Today, we want to share an interesting customer use case. Hoboken Consulting Group (HCG), a New Jersey-based management consulting firm, recently used VMware Go Pro to virtualize their physical infrastructure – a process that saved them a considerable amount of money and allowed them reduce their operating costs by over 80%.

They had previously been hampered by the cost and complexity of managing their physical infrastructure; as a smaller organization, they weren’t able to negotiate advantageous vendor terms with big tech companies (we won’t name names here…), nor did they have the requisite manpower needed to deploy and manage a physical infrastructure.

The Problem
Like many organizations in a similar position, they were interested in virtualizing their infrastructure to save time and money – but they lacked the necessary know-how – as well as a dedicated IT department – to do so quickly and efficiently.

In the meantime, HCG was struggling; they were losing bids to competitors. Just to gear up to submit a proposal, HCG often had to purchase and provision physical servers – incurring cost and risk with no guarantee of winning the bid. Proposals had to factor in the cost of business process management software, needed hardware and technicians’ to to travel and install the solution. Because of these factors, HCG bids typically took a month to prepare, and came in at a relatively high cost.

“We just couldn’t compete with the big consulting firms,” said Marlon Edwards, an IT architect at HCG. “We were investing in hardware and in consultants’ time, but we’d lose the bid to faster and cheaper competitors. We struggled to stay in business.”

The Solution
HCG saw virtualization as a way to break free of the backbreaking costs that they were incurring as a result of their physical IT infrastructure. After evaluating a number of virtualization solutions, they identified VMware as the best fit for their environment. Included with their purchase of VMware vSphere was a free trial for VMware Go, which Edwards decided to test out.

Edwards enjoyed the ease with which he could operate VMware Go Pro and cited its virtualization onboarding and ensuing management process as extremely helpful in getting HCG’s virtualized infrastructure up and running—and doing so quickly. According to Edwards, virtualizing with VMware has allowed HCG to reduce customer costs up to 80 percent.

“VMware kept us in business,” said Edwards. “We don’t have to buy physical servers anymore. That’s the bottom line; that’s what made us competitive. You just log on to VMware Go Pro and spin up images based on a template. It’s all automated. This allows people to start businesses a lot cheaper and faster, with better resources.”

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Weekly Links – December 17, 2012

Happy “Most-of-Us-Won’t-Be-Working-Next-Monday” day, everybody! Seriously, though, it’s hard to believe that we’re just over a week from Christmas (and Channakuh is already upon us!).

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Started it, even? Yeah, us neither. Here’s to battling the riotous, crazed last-minute crowds at Macy’s this week. It will all be over soon enough.

FYI, we will be on hiatus next week – see everybody back here in 2013. In the meantime, happy holidays!

Your weekly links:

Six Ways IT Still Fails Business (InformationWeek)

The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test (InfoWorld)

Developer warns of critical vulnerability in many Samsung smart phones (Ars Technica)

Research: Agile developers rule the roost, experience trumps toolsets (GigaOM)

Google Maps for iOS Was Downloaded Over 10 Million Times in Its First 48 Hours After Launch (TechCrunch)

This week’s apropos of nothing image is dedicated to all of you who, at some point in life or another, have had to endure the dreaded “awkward family holiday photo.” Hang in there, at least you’re not these people (and if you are in fact this people: Godspeed).

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit us here for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

 

 

Simplify Your IT Management with VMware Go Pro (Webinar)

Attention IT admins! Have you been looking for a cost-effective way to implement virtualization? Look no further; VMware Go Pro is here to help!

Join us for a webinar that will demonstrate how easy it is to deploy VMware vSphere and manage both your virtual and physical infrastructures with VMware Go Pro.

WHEN: Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

WHERE: Register here

WHO: Chris Barron and Fabio Ramos of VMware

Any questions? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Weekly Links – December 3, 2012

Happy December, folks! Random tip for you before we jump into this week’s links: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Watch it. Season three wrapped up last night, and just, wow.

That’s about it for the mindless banter on our end – here are this week’s links:

Should LulzSec Suspect Face Life in Prison? (InformationWeek)

How IT will be blown to bits (InfoWorld)

Guess what Mr. CIO? One in five of your employees uses Dropbox at work (GigaOM)

Ten lies programmers tell themselves (ITWorld)

Dating sites help you find love by browsing Reddit, watching lolcats (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image doubles as your official reminder that we are now only 160 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes from a new Star Trek movie. ZOMG!!!!

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Pssst… Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your IT Person This Year? Look No Further Than VMware Go Pro!

By Andy the Angry IT Guy

It’s clear that, once again, the holiday season is upon us.

Why is that, you’re asking? Am I delirious with the spirit of the season, hanging tinsel and mistletoe around my cubicle, organizing company caroling sessions and baking festive snickerdoodle cookies for the entire office?

Of course not! Bah humbug! (Come on… were you expecting anything less from your favorite angry IT guy).

No, I know that the holiday season is approaching because rabid sales executives keep accosting me to make sure their database stays up and running as they close quarter-end deals (it does, as usual…), the HR person keeps complaining to me about Outlook calendars not synching up for people’s PTO requests (you have to click “accept”) and our psychotic marketing director nearly compromised our entire network after clicking an email with a subject line of “Cute baby triplets sing ‘Jingle Bells’ while kittens wrestle in the background” (it was a malicious virus).

Yep, people get pretty irrational around the holidays.  Luckily for me, I know have VMware Go Pro – which definitely helps me deal with the crazy here to a certain degree. I may even go so far as to say I’m “thankful” for VMware Go Pro—truth be told, it’s the best thing to happen to me this year (after my endless flirtations with Liz from Accounting and the long-awaited release of Diablo 3, that is).

VMware Go Pro has allowed me to get our virtualization project up and running with minimal headaches, and has also allowed me to ensure that the company’s infrastructure is secure and appropriately patched (which really comes in handy when your brainiac colleague inadvertently looses a Trojan onto your network).

With that in mind, I offer this gift to you, dear readers: for the rest of today, VMware is running a serious discount on VMware Go Pro in the eStore. In fact, VMware is running a series of promotions in honor of Cyber Monday in the eStore all week (including 20% savings on an annual license for VMware Go Pro).

Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this. If there’s an IT person in your life, get them this gift and know that they will be forever grateful. Really, the only thing better that I can think of is a Star Trek: Next Generation reunion – which sadly won’t be happening anytime soon.

In the meantime, there’s VMware Go Pro! Check it out here – http://store.vmware.com/promo/91614000

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