How-To

  • 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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    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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