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  1. What an awesome free gift! Could you clarify what you what to do with Hyper-V, specifically how many virtual machines are you interested in running and are you planning on running server 2012 as your primary operating system?
  2. It seems that he really wants OSX, why not just buy another mac? As far as I have seen there is no "bulletproof" hackintosh.
  3. Maybe time for me to upgrade to one of those new cards instead of relying on all CPU
  4. My avast gives me that warning about 40% of the time when I click on this site, always a different url, don't seem to hurt anything but something is not right, maybe this is why it seems quiet here lately, it would scare newbees away. This is actually the first time I have gotten a warning from avast on this site.
  5. My avast just picked this up while hitting the main page. Infection Blocked URL: Infection: URL:Mal Relax, your avast! just saved you from a virus.
  6. I recently did a build with an AMD 8320. I had a very very difficult time deciding on whether to go with Intel, or AMD. In the end I was swayed by the price to performance and the overall platform price was a lot cheaper as well as the CPU. In the end I got a very capable build for ~$600. A solid Seasonic PSU, 32GB of G. Skill RAM, a cheap pci-e graphics card and a quad port GBE Intel NIC, and a nice (but cheap) NZXT case. Since it's being used for a VMware ESXi white box build, I have not even attempted to overclock at all. That being said I have been VERY satisfied with the performance of the system and I have been able to run more virtual machines on it than I had anticipated without experience any real slowdown. I actually hit RAM limits before I overload the CPU. It's amazing how much can be accomplished on a low budget these days. AMD has it's place in the market, and I hope they always will. I highly doubt they will dethrone Intel anytime soon, but I also feel that they really do not need to. The technology has come so far that unless you are doing VERY high end benchmarking or video gaming/rendering, you will generally be hard pressed to notice the performance difference in real world situations. I love my AMD build!
  7. Lackadaisical


    Good to hear you liked it. I just recently started playing through FEAR 2 and so far I am enjoying it. I like the fact that they basically continued the story arc where the original and the expansion left off, and I also appreciate the fact that the game feels quite similar as I really enjoyed the first iteration. My only complaint is that I don't have enough time to play games anymore!
  8. How is the performance on that system? My biggest issue with the home built NAS systems was not enough network performance for things like VMware. What protocols are you using to serve out storage?
  9. Have you tried replacing the thermal paste? Typically a lot of laptops are shipped with really terrible thermal paste, and redoing that can have quite an impact on temps.
  10. Uh that's crazy. Why would anyone with a Bachelors degree in a technology field want to work in the geek squad? There is no way they have many of those... But congrats on the job, it's a good way to get your foot in the door, goodluck!
  11. I would go with the WD reds, or the blacks. The main reason for this is these drives have enhancements for RAID so the drives are not going to drop off the array as easily. The "Desktop" drives do not have these capabilities and generally will drop off the array quicker if there is a minor error, as the drive will take a longer amount of time to reply. I would also recommend checking on the drives that are supported by Thecus for your particular NAS, that way if you run in to issues you have a much better chance of getting support. From a pure speed perspective the Blacks/or another "Enterprise" 7200RPM drive would be fastest, but in the end a lot of that is going to depend on the underlying network and the protocols you are using and if your network supports end to end jumbo frames. Also consider that If you are not doing LACP on your NICs you will be hitting the network speed limitation long before you hit the limit of the NAS and the hard drives.
  12. Classic Shell is also be a good option to get the more traditional start menu back. http://www.classicshell.net/
  13. I didn't even catch that, and apparently the certification is now only valid for 3 years. Doesn't really seem that worthwhile :|
  14. Strange pricing on those vouchers, you are definitely better off just paying for the test direct from CompTIA or a Pearson VUE test center when you are ready. I also checked my Pearson VUE account and sure enough it is $183 for the exam...
  15. Is this for windows machines? With systems in multiple locations you should look into the free edition of logmein. It won't give you very advanced features, but it would get you remote access without requiring anything complicated/cumbersome to set up.
  16. I now want to stab a fork in my eye...
  17. Thanks for the post Nerm. I definitely know the CCIE track would not be easy; the upside is I have a friend/co-worker who has said if I commit to doing it he would join me in the effort, having someone else going through the process would certainly help (misery loves company right?), it also doesn't hurt that he already has a CCIE in Route/Switch and is in the process of completing his CCDE. As far me pursuing the CCDE myself, that is something I just haven't really put that much thought into. I guess I have always felt that I would need a deeper technical understanding before jumping up to the more design centric CCDE. There are a few other consultants I know with CCIEs in various specializations, but there is definitely not very many who have a CCDE. As far as I know there is really only 2 in the nation at the moment who work for Insight and my friend could be 3, maybe I really do need to spend more time thinking about that as a solid option. I don't really like the typical management roles, but I would be interested in a design centric/overall project design position. Mainly I just don't want to be stuck managing low tier resources and dealing with the BS involved in being in a management position. I don't want to be completely taken out of the technical aspect of things as that is what I typically enjoy; it is really what keeps me interested in my job, always learning new things and adding to my personal knowledge, and I just feel like I would lose that in a typical management role.
  18. I'm at a point in my life where I am seriously considering going back to school. It was always part of my plan to go back and get a masters degree after working in my field for a few years. Now I'm torn in several directions and I'm finding it quite difficult to actually dive back in to school. I know that this kind of topic is hard to comment on because it's ultimately a personal choice; what I am looking for here is general opinions and advice from those of you who have been through similar situations, I'm really just looking for some feedback as I continue exploring my options. I figure it would probably help to give you a little background. I'm 26 years old and I have been working in my field for quite a while now. I've had a good stable job at a company that I enjoy working for, doing work that I genuinely enjoy doing. I'm a network consultant for a large enterprise retailer who specializes in IT hardware and services. I have a B.S. in Network and Communications Management, and I have quite a lot of technical certifications that I have acquired since beginning my work as a consultant. My initial focus was very network centric, since starting my current position I have gone on to become enthusiastic and adept at more data center centric technologies and I would certainly like to continue in this direction if possible. Now that I have a bit of the background information out of the way I come to my current situation. My initial plan was to go back to school and pursue a masters degree, but I am no longer certain of my motivation or desire to do this anymore. I'm currently thinking of pursuing a Cisco CCIE Data center certification track instead of going back to school right now. For this industry, the only real benefit (that I see) I would get out of a masters degree would be upwards mobility to a more management oriented position; the more I work in the field, the less desire I have to actually move to a management role in the future. The other key thing a master degree would do is open up possibilities of teaching at a college level, which is something that I have been really considering doing over the last few years. The other option pursuing a CCIE -- those of you who are familiar with this Cisco certification will know that this is not just another technical certification. It requires a great deal of commitment and time to achieve and it holds a lot more value in the networking field when compared to most other types of certifications. When all is said and done, to complete this certification track would likely take me at least a year or more and it would be a significant monetary investment as well. The CCIE is a very technical oriented certification and it would ensure that I have a future in the technical aspect that I enjoy so much. While a masters degree would give me additional flexibility beyond just the technical components. Both options will be time consuming and expensive, with the masters degree obviously costing significantly more. I guess I'm really just looking for opinions about returning to university to pursue a masters degree, and how those of you who have done this have felt about the experience and value that you have gotten from doing so. The other concern I have is that I have severe carpal tunnel which was failed to be resolved by surgery... I worry that the hand issues I have will ultimately limit what I can do, and the masters degree would seemingly provide me with more options that would be less limited by the problem I have with my wrist/hand. If you read this far, thank you
  19. I completely agree with your recommendation for Network Warrior, I wish all my books were that good.
  20. Got a few questions for you, hopefully not too many... What kind of background do you have in networking and how much are you looking to learn? Do you want to start at the basic level and focus on building that type of general knowledge, or is the goal to also pick up more specific and extensive business/enterprise class information(Cisco, Juniper, etc)? Since you specifically mention wanting to be ready for a real server; is the focus really on the core networking piece, or should this really focus on the server/network tie in along with virtualization? I've definitely gone through quite a few books myself, with my primary focus being Cisco routing/switching while more recently adding Cisco security and VMware. My default choice was usually to grab the official Cisco Press books; while the information did eventually get through, those texts can be very dry and rough reading. Even the "Fundamental" themed Cisco press books can be too much at times. If general networking is the goal sticking to Network+ will likely be a good bet, and CCNA is a great place to look for networking concepts and Cisco focused materials. For now I'll recomend this book as a possible starting point. It's one that I own and found to be a good base for beginning in the Cisco world of things. I actually have a pdf version that I could send you to see if it is something that you may want to purchase for yourself.
  21. I'm sure you already noticed there is definitely not a shortage of options for NAS/Backup system. The the real issue will be working around the environment, while still having a reliable system that doesn't cost a fortune. Here are just some general questions to consider: What type of backups are you looking for in an ideal scenario (entire drives/partitions or documents), how often should files be backed up to the the NAS (hourly/daily/weekly)? How much data needs to be stored, and of that data how often will changes be made to the base files? Another thing to consider is cloud based services. If you are really looking for a reliable off site back up a cloud service might be better than a NAS in a hot enclosed environment. I completely understand wanting to keep personal files locally, but sometimes cloud solutions do make a lot of sense (this assumes that you have decent connectivity). I have done a lot of playing around with NAS systems. Unfortunately a lot of them can be quite complicated (especially the home brew systems), and the more fully featured NAS systems are going to be rather expensive. There are quite a lot of turnkey style linux distros; openfiler, freenas, nexenta, hell even just a standard ubuntu or fedora system can be set up to hold backups. In my experience with those systems (using salvaged parts), the speed was generally just not that impressive. I did a lot of tinkering around with different linux distributions and in the end I just gave up... While I had moderate success with some setups, others were a failure. In the end I chose to buy a Synology NAS. The ease of use and reliability won me over within hours of having it plugged in. Granted it was fairly expensive, but with the amount of frustration it saved me tinkering with random issues it was definitely worth it to me.
  22. I'm interested, are they all reference cooling cards?
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