The next few weeks I will be in study mode.
Next week a 5 day classroom course for VMware vSphere 4.1: Install, Configure & Manage
The week after that its 3 days VMware vSphere 4: Manage for Performance
Then some exam training and on the 25th the VCP4 exam. I am exited and nervous, as I have not studies for an exam or cert for a long time. But I am also confident as I understand a lot of the material already.

In preparation for this I have been gathering some white papers, been reading up on some things and have also been looking for a good book also. I was in the tram today paging through the Kindle app for the Android, and it struck me that the Amazon sphere would be the right place to consume this kind of stuff.  I have the Kindle app on my Ipad, my Phone and on 2 PC’s (I don’t yet own an actual Kindle) and the fact that I can pick up wherever I left off, wherever I am and when I have some time spare, appealed to me.

It’s a relief that I can actually find a good use for all these kindle outputs because I was stuck in the dilemma between the physical and the virtual. I will soon be receiving my first leather bound book from Easton Press, but for a while I felt torn between the superior convenience of ebooks, and the wish to have a proper physical book collection. But I realize now I can split the difference; educational books work a lot better as ebooks. So I can find good an honest use for both the old and new at the same time.  This is greatly fulfilling to me somehow.  I now even have a reason to get a Kindle.. perhaps.

Still in the tram I bought Scott Lowe’s Mastering VSphere 4, Kindle edition, and directed Amazon to send it to all my devices. By the time I got home, it was already downloaded onto my Ipad.

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I used to collect a large amount of the MSPress books, but was saddened when I realized that most of them would become obsolete. Getting the ebook versions of these kinds of books might not necessarily be that much cheaper (mastering VSphere 4 set me back $41), but at least its not a waste of paper!
For a long time I justified buying these books by saying that I would rather read from my hand that from the screen, and this is actually true. But The Ipad and Kindle are convenient enough (and even my Android phone is, to be honest), that I cant justify wasting the trees on this kind of book anymore.

I was also thrilled to discover that some of the old Battletech novels are being re-released as Kindle versions. It was impossible to get your hands on, for example, the Blood of Kerensky trilogy in paperback form, it has been out of print for so long. I read most of the novels until Darkage started, but I never got my hands on some of the oldest titles. I hope they bring them all back! What a rich universe to re-discover!

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Jemimus on January 20th, 2011



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Putting together new blade servers, 2 x BL460C G6 and 2 x G7
They will server as our 7th and 8th Citrix Servers and our 7th and 8th ESX servers.

Jemimus on January 20th, 2011



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Working on updating the laptop roleout script for these new T510 Thinkpad’s. We use RES Wisdom to do our automated installs.

Jemimus on May 7th, 2010

One of our batch of Lenovo T500 laptops refuses to boot from our Windows Deployment PXE server.
So not easy to get our default company image into it. Hard to explain to Lenovo support what is wrong cause its so very specific. All other network functions are just fine. My colleague ran a trace on the server side, and the Laptop doesn’t even seem to contact it.

If I had to guess I would say its network driver issue and this laptop has a very specific revision of network board .. or something. 

It seems I am not the only one running into PXE boot issues with a Lenovo.

Don’t really have that much time to dig deeply into it. I would like to see what the conversation is between our WDS server, the DHCP server and the laptop. Something wierd going on there.

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Jemimus on January 19th, 2010

A bit of relaxed late-night admin from the comfort of the big cushy chair.
Here is a brand new Lenovo Thinkpad X200 that has been running on a single charge for over 6 hours now, non stop (ultra low power mode). I am connected into work via our Citrix access gateway, logged into an admin desktop on Citrx, and am in fact rolling out a Citrix server remotely.
On the right of the screen is the big RES Wisdom job that runs the installation script. As you can see the entire process is hands-off. On the left is the console of the server, connected via the ILO. I dont need to do anything on the desktop, I just monitor it there and it gives me something to watch.