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  • Creating Immutable Storage on AWS S3, Part 2

    After previously explaining how to create immutable storage within Amazon S3, Brien Posey details some additional capabilities such as automated data lifecycle management or the ability to place a legal hold on certain data.

  • Creating Immutable Storage on AWS S3, Part 1

    Brien Posey demonstrates Object Lock and other functionality for immutable storage on the AWS cloud, often used for compliance mandates and increasingly in conjunction with backup and recovery solutions since some types of ransomware are now designed to target backups.

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    SSH on Windows 10

    With the OpenSSH client now installed by default on Windows 10, Tom Fenton explaines what SSH is and why it is so popular, how to use it, and what configurations can be done with it, before doing the same for Secure Copy (SCP).

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    Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines, Part 2

    Tom Fenton, after earlier demonstrating how he used Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) -- a technology which provides a VM with unrestricted, fully-dedicated access to a host's GPUs -- to use a server with a powerful graphics card in a VM, now shows how he added that VM to Horizon and the results of testing to assess its performance.

  • An Introduction to the AWS Security Hub

    AWS is a sprawling collection of individual services, each with its own security nuances, but the AWS Security Hub is able to help with this by providing normalized security information that spans AWS services. Brien Posey shows you how.

  • Using Graphic Cards with Virtual Machines

    Tom Fenton details how he developed a Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA) VM to effectively create a powerful virtual workstation that could be delivered using VMware Horizon by passing through a GPU.

  • 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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    Network Connectivity in and to Azure: Private Link

    Paul Schnackenburg details your current options for connecting workloads on-premises and in Azure and where each technology fits, giving you the right context for looking at Private Link, a recently released preview that completes the menu of possibilities you should consider.

  • How to Use Tagging to Help Manage AWS Budgeting

    Brien Posey shows how to use Cost Allocation Tags to get billing details in a way that matches your organization's own unique business needs.

  • Getting Started with the AWS Firewall Manager, Part 2

    Brien Posey finishes his series on providing protection against Web-based attacks with the AWS Firewall Manager, designed to simplify firewall-related administrative tasks across your organization.

  • Getting Started with the AWS Firewall Manager

    Brien Posey begins a series on providing protection against Web-based attacks with the AWS Firewall Manager, designed to simplify firewall-related administrative tasks across your organization.

  • Review: Azure Advanced Threat Protection and Advanced Threat Analytics

    Paul Schnackenburg takes a look at Azure Advanced Threat Protection and its cousin, Advanced Threat Analytics, which protect against identity-based attacks in organizations that run on Active Directory Domain Services.

  • 5 Technologies I'll Be Looking into at NetApp Insight

    At next month's user conference, Tom will be checking out what looks to be some very interesting sessions and presentations, focusing on: Kubernetes; HCI VDI with GPU Nodes; NVMe over Fabric; Data Fabric; and NetApp Ecosystem.

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