How-To

  • 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.

  • How to Create OS Images in AWS with Image Builder, Part 2

    If you create a lot of EC2 virtual machines, then it is likely going to be worth your time to create custom operating system deployment images. These images allow you to deploy EC2 instances that are already configured with the software and configuration settings that you use in your own organization.

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    How to Create OS Images in AWS with Image Builder

    If you create a lot of EC2 virtual machines, then it is likely going to be worth your time to create custom operating system deployment images. These images allow you to deploy EC2 instances that are already configured with the software and configuration settings that you use in your own organization.

  • Historical Data in ControlUp

    Tom Fenton shows how he configured his system to save historical performance data retrieved from ControlUp, and subsequently used that data to solve a specific issue he was having with one of his virtual machines.

  • Sharing Your AWS Resources with Other Accounts

    Sometimes you need to share resources across AWS tenant boundaries, for example, to share a database with your suppliers. Thankfully, the AWS Resource Access Manager can be used to share AWS resources with other accounts.

  • Azure Networking: Ignite 2019 Edition

    Here's a roundup of enhancements made to Microsoft's global network connecting datacenters that house Azure, Office 365, Bing, Xbox and so on -- the second largest network in the world (after the internet) -- at the recent Ignite conference.

  • 5 Takeaways from KubeCon North America 2019

    As expected, the big IT vendors all gave K8s the credibility that it deserves, but for me the most interesting news came from the small and mid-sized companies that are laser-focused on K8s. Below are 5 areas that I found especially interesting at KubeCon 2019.

  • How to Create a Customer Contact Center in AWS, Part 2

    Brien Posey continues his series on how to use the Amazon Connect cloud service that allows you to connect a phone number to a virtual infrastructure and route calls on an as-needed basis. Here, he covers configuring and managing the contact center you created in part 1.

  • How to Create a Customer Contact Center in AWS

    Brien Posey shows how to use the Amazon Connect cloud service that allows you to connect a phone number to a virtual infrastructure and route calls on an as-needed basis.

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    ControlUp Part 3: Advanced Features

    Tom Fenton finishes off his series on how to install and use ControlUp, which allows you to troubleshoot and then apply corrective actions to issues that you are having in your vSphere environment. Here, he looks at advanced features he found interesting.

  • ControlUp Part 2: Monitoring and Managing Process in vSphere VMs

    Tom Fenton continues his series on how to install and use ControlUp, which allows you to troubleshoot and then apply corrective actions to issues that you are having in your vSphere environment.

  • Assessing Your vSphere Environment Using ControlUp

    Tom Fenton shows how to install and use ControlUp, which allows you to troubleshoot and then apply corrective actions to issues that you are having in your vSphere environment.

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