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  • You want your IT project funded? Build a quality business case.

    I have spent many years in working with my methodology that I shared with you all in my last post. This time I want to share more in the Analysis Phase around building a solid business case with true ROI and benefits. I'll share the highlights here with you but if you want to know more, email me and I'd be happy to share....
    Michael Keen on August 31, 2008 : 5 comments , 5,480 views
  • BriForum Video - The Data Puzzle - by Jason Conger & Kevin Goodman

    This week, Jason Conger announced that his project, Web Interface for Resource Manager, is no more (for the reasons, check out Jason's blog post). Instead, a new project is in the works - Project Raley (Jason names all his projects after wakeboard...
    Gabe Knuth on August 29, 2008 : 2 comments , 4,170 views
  • EDA, VMware ESX Deployment Appliance

    There are a couple of ways to automate the installation of an ESX server. Most methods are very generic though and don’t just install ESX but install a lot of different OSes, automated or not. But all of them only install the basic OS. Customizing it is always a highly specialized and time-consuming task. To deal with this, the idea for the EDA was born. EDA stands for ESX Deployment Appliance. It’s specifically built to deploy ESX servers in the easiest and fastest way. It not only deploys ESX servers in just a few minutes, it also completely configures them. It also has a built-in script-builder that makes it possible for anybody to create a customized, completely configured ESX server without the need to really know scripting. It has a very intuitive web-interface that makes it very easy to setup a host so it not only deploys it very fast, but also makes it a very powerful disaster recovery tool. ...
    Ruben Spruijt on August 28, 2008 : 2 comments , 9,482 views
  • Sanbolic Clustered File System and Citrix Provisoning Server 5.0

    Sanbolic created a guide to provide readers with the steps necessary to implement a highly scalable and highly available Server and Desktop Provisioning solution using Citrix Provisioning Server 5.0, Sanbolic Melio FS 2008, Sanbolic LaScala, and Storage Area Network (SAN) storage. ...
    Ruben Spruijt on August 25, 2008 : 1 comments , 4,020 views
  • DNC and RNC leading to increased interest in Citrix Online

    I was just reading a bit about the Democratic National Convention that is kicking off today in Denver, Colo. and the Republican National Convention set to kick off on September 1 in Minneapolis, Minn. To my surprise, I found myself working before I reached...
    Gabe Knuth on August 24, 2008 : 0 comments , 4,355 views
  • BriForum Video - My Applications Won't Work - Presented by Rick Mack

    This week's BriForum video comes from BriForum 2008 Chicago, where Rick Mack presented a session entitled "My Application Won't Work." From the session description: This session will be a discussion of tools that are available to find...
    Gabe Knuth on August 21, 2008 : 2 comments , 5,877 views
  • KVM should join Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program

    Recently, Brian and I spent some time in Sunnyvale, Calif. working with Qumranet testing their Solid ICE VDI solution . Solid ICE uses an open-source hypervisor called KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) to host Windows XP VM's. Qumranet is the company...
    Gabe Knuth on August 20, 2008 : 10 comments , 5,626 views
  • Citrix Provisioning Server 5.0 Beta2 review

    Upcomming time will be a great time for the Citrix Provisioning Server team, with the release of the 5.0 version of PVS. Before my vacation I spend some time on the PVS 5.0 beta code. Wilco van Bragt, also a CTP, spend some time on the PVS 5.0 Beta 2 which results in a nice article....
    Ruben Spruijt on August 19, 2008 : 0 comments , 3,851 views
  • APP-V 4.5 Management Pack for SCOM review

    Tim Mangan, the fifth Microsoft App-V MVP, created a nice whitepaper about the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) management pack for App-V 4.5. The whitepaper describes the installation, configuration and (health) monitoring capabilities....
    Ruben Spruijt on August 19, 2008 : 0 comments , 5,389 views
  • Microsoft announces licensing changes, frugal admins rejoice!

    At last, Microsoft has announced a virtualization-friendly change to the license agreements for 41 server products. The changes will allow administrators to run software on more than one physical piece of hardware, which, in the world of VMotion, XenMotion...
    Gabe Knuth on August 19, 2008 : 6 comments , 5,898 views
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