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Microsoft licensing 2

In a previous post, I spoke about licensing Window Server in a virtualized environment. Today, I’ll be addressing Client Access License or CAL, especially revolving around web facing servers, for Microsoft licensing. By web facing, I mean any server that services requests from any machine not owned by the firm. The underlying Windows OS license […]

Microsoft licensing

We are beginning to go a usage audit to true-up our Microsoft licensing. For the most part, the licensing is straight forward. Use a product, get a license. Don’t use the product, don’t get a license. But where confusion creeps in is around items such as virtualization, Public web access, Clustering. In this blog I’ll […]

Out of our Sprint Contract with NO ETF!!!!

We’ve been trying to get out from under das boot of Sprint for a couple of months now. On Black Friday, I did a quick search on getting out of a Sprint contract. And there it was, Sprint was going to make a change to their administrative fees and someone had used that has the […]

ESX 4 Fault Tolerance

In the next step in virtualization evolution; VMware is introducing vLockStep. This technology is the beginning of a true active, near zero downtime clusters. David Davis reports on techtarget, that vLockStep will create a standby running image of the VM. This VM is running in step with the primary VM, any change on the primary […]

Black Friday for Us

I woke my wife up at 3AM to the sounds of Reveille blaring from my iPhone. While she was not enthused with my choice of music, she was less enthused with waking up at 3AM. I told her the mission calls for it. While we haven’t been impacted significantly by the economic downturn, we have […]

Virtualization Server Sprawl

When a firm is contemplating virtualization, there are many positives: server consolidation, improved DR, reduced energy consumption, reduced infrastructure costs, etc…. There are also negatives: increased risk due to single point of failure, additional complexity, server sprawl… Server sprawl has long been a part of the Windows Server realm, due to the overwhelming mindset of […]

Poor performance when using ESX SMP

Our development environment consists of two dual HP Proliant DL380 G5s. Both nodes have two dual core processors and 36GB of ram each. We have DRS enabled and are running about 32 vCPUs. We started getting complaints from the application owners that their dev environments were becoming extremely sluggish. Looking at the Virtual Center server, […]

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