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My Attempt to Destroy a Secure Storage Device

Tom Fenton puts "crush-proof" ruggedness claims to the test with a fall, a truck, a snow ski, water and ice.

Making Sense of AWS CIDRs and Subnets

Subnets are used for many AWS tasks (like creating an EC2 VM), so Brien Posey sheds some light on common errors to end some of the frustration around subnetting.

ControlUp 8.2 Part 2: Working with Horizon-Published Apps

After discussing the web-based end-user computing monitoring tool SOLVE in part 1 of this series, Tom Fenton turns his attention to Horizon-published applications.

Migrating File Data to the Cloud Using AWS DataSync, Part 2: Configuration

With more interest in cloud-based file servers, Brien Posey details the integral process of migrating existing files to the cloud to get started, here focusing on the final configuration steps.

Migrating File Data to the Cloud Using AWS DataSync, Part 1

With more interest in cloud-based file servers, Brien Posey details the integral process of migrating existing files to the cloud to get started.

Hands On with ControlUp Version 8.2

Tom Fenton looks at some of new features included with this release, the biggest and most visible of which is ControlUp SOLVE, a web-based monitoring tool for end user computer environments.

AWS Slips a Bit in Cloud AI Developer Services Report

Last year Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the clear leader in research firm Gartner's annual report on Cloud AI Developer Services. This year, not so much.

Report: Azure Closes on AWS in Hybrid, Multicloud World

Flexera is out with its annual State of the Cloud report, finding Microsoft's Azure platform is closing in on perennial leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a cloudscape dominated by hybrid and multicloud implementations.

Using the AWS Launch Wizard to Simplify Application Deployment, Part 2: Secret Names and More

After explaining how to use the AWS Launch Wizard to deploy a new Active Directory environment, Brien Posey shows you the rest of the process, beginning with the requirement to create a domain administrator secret name.

Using the AWS Launch Wizard to Simplify App Deployment, Part 1: Active Directory Setup

Brien Posey begins his two-part take on the tool by explaining the Active Directory deployment process and more.

Azure Monitor 101

Paul Schnackenburg looks at the tool for monitoring all your Azure IaaS and PaaS services, plus your own applications and code, explaining what it can do, how to design and configure it and how to connect your workloads.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 4: Command Line, Performance and Conclusion

Finishing up his 4-part series on setting up a QNAP TP-431K network appliance to replace a failed ESXi server, Tom Fenton adds a caching drive to the device, uses the command line on it and sets it up as an NFS file share on it for vSphere before sharing his final thoughts on it.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 3: Applications

Tom Fenton works with some of the QNAP applications for streaming and sharing data, and then adds another disk to this device for storage.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 2: Installation and Configuration

Tom Fenton, as part of a project to recover from an ESXi server failure, details how, after earlier introducing his QNAP TS-431K replacement, he set up the device and put an iSCSI target on it.

Home Lab NAS (QNAP TS-431K) Part 1: Intro and Specs

After an ESXi server failure trashed a dozen of Tom Fenton's VMs, he looked for a replacement that would let him replace Dropbox and act as a streaming server for his home entertainment media. In this series of articles, he details what he came up with.

Creating AWS Backups, Part 2: Tie Resources to Backup Plan

After earlier showing how to more easily create a backup plan by using a template, Brien Posey continues his series by associating that plan with the AWS resources you need to protect.

IT Trends: Cloud Computing Tops Investments for First Time in 10+ Years

The Society for Information Management (SIM) released an IT trends study that shows in 2020 cloud computing was the top organizational investment for the first time in more than 10 years, usurping perennial leader "Analytics, Business Intelligence and Related Technologies."

Cloud Data Expert: You Need to 'Get Smart' and Do the Work

"I found in my experience, once you get your so-called sea legs, that is to say once you've attained your learning curve and you're fairly up to speed, you'll find that rolling with those changes is less arduous. But that initial learning curve is the tough piece."

Using a SATA SSD Drive with ESXi on Arm on a Raspberry Pi

Yes, Tom Fenton uses ESXi on a Raspberry Pi, but with an added twist: using an M.2 SATA SSD device for USB storage.

How to Capture HDMI Video Output, Part 2: Getting Sharper Images

After some previous experiments, Tom Fenton uses a Newest HDMI Video Capture Card and different software to display the output to see if he can get sharper images.