Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first week of a new series of self-produced events. And let me tell you, although I've seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed … [Read more...] about See W. Curtis Preston’s Backup Central Live!
Archives for January 2011
I'm building a home/lab server to run a variety of workloads, but VMware ESX is chief among these. Sadly, VMware ESX is especially picky about network interface cards (NICs): Although many are supported, most are intended for servers and thus very expensive and difficult to find at retail. So I set out browsing through the VMware ESX HCL, Newegg, and Amazon to find the best … [Read more...] about The Best Network Card For VMware ESX Home Lab Machines
This regular series features highlights from the week. I was pretty busy at the Exec Event this week, but did sneak out a few posts about VMware hardware compatibility (SATA/PATA and FCoE CNAs) as well as a review of the Samsung pico-projector I bought for Tech Field Day 4. Things I wrote VMware ESX SATA and PATA Compatibility Cheat Sheet VMware ESX FCoE CNA … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, January 28, 2011
The VMware ESX hardware compatibility list is awesome but it's kind of hard to wade through. It's super-detailed, but difficult to navigate if one is browsing for compatible hardware. Although SATA and especially PATA aren't exactly mainstream in enterprise datacenters, they're the most-likely storage attachment for labs and tinkerers like me. So I decided to put together a … [Read more...] about VMware ESX SATA and PATA Compatibility Cheat Sheet
Some gadgets are clever, some are functional, and some are both. There is a fundamental tension in gadget-ology between the useful and the merely cool, and this is precisely the issue with the Samsung SP-H03 pico projector. It's undeniably awesome looking, with a blackout brushed aluminum finish and vanishing white-LED touch-sensitive controls packed into the tiniest box … [Read more...] about Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector Review