How-To

  • Tips for Working from Home in the Age of COVID-19

    Veteran remote worker Paul Schnackenburg shares: some tips to manage this for yourself (and if you're an IT pro, help your end users to do the same; some resources provided by Microsoft and others that may be useful; and some tips on how to migrate entire workforces to working from home (WFH, because of course we need an acronym for this) in a secure way.

  • Hands on with VMware Horizon 7.12

    Although this 7.12 release doesn't have any huge new features, it does have some interesting new ones that should make desktop administration and provisioning easier, and streaming applications launch faster.

  • Working from Home Via VMware Horizon in the Age of COVID-19, Part 2

    Tom Fenton further details his solution for getting remote workers up and running in a timely manner with minimal hardware requirements and user impact using VMware Horizon.

  • Working from Home Via VMware Horizon in the Age of COVID-19

    In emergencies, organizations may not have the 2-3 weeks normally needed to set up full-blown virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), says Tom Fenton, who has come up with his own solution using VMware Horizon to get remote workers up and running in a timely manner with minimal hardware requirements and user impact.

  • Using CloudWatch to Monitor Your EBS Volumes

    Brien Posey explains how to keep tabs on your AWS storage usage, one of the biggest factors affecting EC2 virtual machine performance.

  • Running a Secure VM Using the iStorage diskAshur PRO2 Portable Hard Drive

    Tom Fenton gives an overview of the iStorage diskAshur PRO2 portable hard drive and his attempt to store and run a virtual machine on it.

  • Publishing Applications From the AWS Serverless Application Repository, Part 2

    After previously demonstrating how to deploy a serverless application to AWS Lambda, Brien Posey shows how to create a test event, run a test, and then remove the application.

  • Review: ATEN CS1964 4-Port Triple Monitor DisplayPort USB KVM Switch

    Tom Fenton reviews the ATEN CS1964 4-Port Triple Monitor DisplayPort USB KVM Switch and discovers the joy of switching between computers and displays without having to plug in different cables or a mouse and keyboard, regardless of the content to be displayed.

  • Working with EC2 Placement Groups

    Multi-tier applications are typically composed of services that span several virtual machine instances. While there is nothing stopping you from creating these EC2 instances in the usual way, AWS gives you the option of using placement groups, which helps you to strategically locate EC2 instances in a way that is beneficial to your workloads.

  • How to Install and Use NetropyVE 4

    Tom Fenton does a step-by-step review of the installation and use of NetropyVE 4, a software version of the well-regarded Netropy hardware appliance for WAN emulation and testing.

  • How to Verify 'New' Storage Devices on eBay

    Tom Fenton demonstrates how to use SMART data on a Windows system to see if a storage drive has been previously used or not.

  • What Is a Modern Desktop?

    Paul Schnackenburg takes a look at just what a "modern desktop" means today in the Microsoft IT camp -- investigating different management approaches that just might improve the lives of you and your end users.

  • Hard Drive Performance Testing: NVMe vs. SATA SSD

    Tom Fenton uses various Linux tools to test the performance of NVMe and SATA SSD hard drives.

  • How to Provision EC2 Instances with Elastic IP Addresses

    Most EC2 instances are not intended to be publicly accessible, being assigned private IP addresses valid only within a specific virtual private cloud. However, sometimes an EC2 instance needs to be accessible to the public, like a web front end that needs to be accessible via the Internet. AWS makes this possible through the use of elastic IP addresses, and here Brien Posey shows you how to do it..

  • Working with Amazon EC2 Launch Templates

    Amazon provides launch templates to simplify the creation of new EC2 instances, helping admins generate new instances that conform to pre-defined specifications. This reduces the bulk instance creation workload and also can be helpful if an admin needs to ensure that new instances are configured in a consistent way.

  • Horizon on the Edge, Part 2: Creating a Desktop Pool

    Using an Intel NUC as a server on the edge to deliver Horizon virtual desktops is an interesting proposition and may make sense under certain conditions, Tom Fenton explains.

  • What You Need to Know About New Microsoft Endpoint Manager Preview

    MEM is more than just a rebranding of SCCM and Intune. It's a new cloud console and service that serves up your managed devices, whether they're controlled solely by SCCM and whether they even have internet connectivity.

  • Repairing a Failed AWS EC2 Windows Instance, Part 2

    Although EC2 usually does a good job of hosting virtual machine instances, things can and sometimes do go wrong, and here Brien Posey continues his explanation of how to fix problems with an instance's boot volume.

  • How to Set Up SFTP on AWS

    Amazon offers its own file transfer service that doesn't support legacy FTP, but rather is based on a more modern variant known as Secure FTP or SFTP. Here, Brien Posey shows how, when enabled, this service allows users to transfer files directly to S3 cloud storage.

  • Configuring and Using Intel AMT (Out-of-Band Management), Part 2

    Tom Fenton dives deeper into testing the usefulness of AMT by using it to remotely install ESXi on a server.

  • VMware Horizon on the Edge

    Tom Fenton is inspired to put a single small ESXi server at a physical location that would host virtual desktops needed by that location and use it to run VMware's Horizon desktop virtualization software.

  • Repairing a Failed AWS EC2 Windows Instance

    Although EC2 is normally a reliable platform for hosting virtual machine instances, things can and sometimes do go wrong, and here Brien Posey explains how to fix problems with an instance's boot volume.

  • Configuring and Using Intel AMT for Remote Out-of-Band Server Management

    Tom Fenton walks you through how to enable and configure AMT and describes his experience using it for remotely accessing servers via the network at the BIOS level, an ability commonly referred to as out-of-band management (OOB).

  • What's New in VMware Horizon 7 Version 7.11, CART 5.3 and DEM 9.10

    This release of VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure software is huge, says our local VMware expert Tom Fenton, who details the new offering here and explains how VMware is going all in with their HTML5-based Horizon Console and is giving a definitive deadline for the retirement of their Flash-based Horizon.

  • How to Host a Duplicate AWS EC2 Instance in Another Region

    Brien Posey shows how to host copies of an EC2 instance in multiple regions, which can help organizations ensure that an application performs well for users who reside in a different part of the world, or which can be used as a way of ensuring business continuity in the event that there is a disruption in the organization's primary instance.

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