* Posts by thondwe

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

thondwe

Write your own question

Doesn't all this boil down to...

Question - "What's my other password?"

Answer - "MyOtherFavouritePassword"

Which isn't a million miles away from a two factor scheme which asks for two things? Which then let's you tick to "trust" this device (forever/30 days), which is the one that's hacked and can bypass the MFA anyway...

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

thondwe

Educational

Getting VDI licenced in an Education is a similar nightmare - students share machines, so there's not the one-to-one correlation between a physical machine and a virtual desktop. So you could buy a VDA for EACH student - 20,000 here - concurrent use doensn;t work as the licence has a a 90 day transfer restriction.

PLEASE PLEASE MICROSOFT kick your licencing team - they introduce needless complex licences which wastes our time, our resellers time and theirs!

Make the licencing really simple - so one purchase = one instance for desktop stuff. Same with server stuff, but keep the nice rules around visualization.

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

thondwe

Re: Why Hyper-V is a non-starter in all situations

(VMware Site, just starting to look at HyperV)

Usual FUD around Hyper-V then - Hyper-V shares it's architecture model with Xen I believe - i.e. it's a Microkernel with the drivers in a privileged Virtual Machine (Domain 0 in Xen terms). HyperV "free" includes a limited number of services - Firewall, Management bits, etc. which run in this VM.

ESXi bundles all its services into one system - so drivers, firewalls, management bits, etc.

Patch management is required for both systems, and ESXi has been broken on more than one occasion by patches. However, the Patch Tuesday patches so far appear not to apply to Hyper-V - others may confirm this, but my test box hasn't been touched for 4 months so far.

So I see ESXi and HyperV on a par nowadays - they just work - the management tools (SCVMM vs vCenter) is a different story

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

thondwe

Where else is this username/password kept anyway

So the creds are kept on AWS, they are also on iCloud (via backup settings?), or Google (Android), cached in a web browsers somewhere (OWA), in your handy Password Manager, on the Laptop which gets left on the train...

The only way to keep data secure is to not allow the users near it! E-mail is probably now the least safe place to store anything??

Paul

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

thondwe

Voice?

Cortina is a "Me Too" feature - how many people use Siri or Android Voice on a regular basis, if ever?

Paul

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

thondwe

Re: Sharepointless

Variant I picked up somewhere was "SharePoint is not a solution to any problem"

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

thondwe

MainFrame

So how long a journey have we got to go before we realise what we always wanted was a Main Frame?

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

thondwe

Re: 10/12

PDF question also dubious - I'm pretty sure there's at least one e-mail client on some device somewhere which can't send an attachment!

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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

thondwe

DropBox dying then?

How does this work? Dropbox 2GB vs OneDrive Unlimited (with an Office 365 sub)

Can really only see DropBox losing out??

Puzzling!

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Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

thondwe

Re: does this fix anything?

I think perhaps it does fix something - licence Windows per user and this gets rid of the problem we have of VDI being tied to a device - we don't want to licence students for each of their devices to access a VDI solution.

Having said that, it's unclear whether this is concurrent users or named users - the former would be equivalent to RDS (terminal services) licencing and would be the ideal for any VDI solution. Bet it's going to be the later and then we'd need to licence 15000 students to be able to access 1 of 200 VDI sessions!

BUT what's this diagonal screen size thing? A Tablet whatever the size of screen is either going to with Windows installed or it's not (and probably licenced) - can't see MS providing a free install to enable Windows on a Nexus or iPad???????

Licencing departments come up with the most stupid convoluted unnecessary restrictions. What's wrong with one Windows licence per system (physical or virtual) running Windows???????

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An EMC-HP Borg cube will totally ANNIHILATE its storage worlds

thondwe

Major benefit of Cloud

Major benefit of Cloud is that someone else has to deal with the fall out of these sorts of mergers! Is it me or is has the Storage market got far too many players in it now?

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

thondwe

Technical Preview for Enterprise

Noted the screenshot shows "technical preview", but actually there's also a technical preview for enterprise and the blurb that goes with that rabbits on about the Enterprise Advantages...

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

thondwe

Ofcom - standard T's and C's

Any chance that Ofcom could enforce a standard set of T's and C's for public WiFi- so the acceptance page could be a very simple line stating both provider and user abide by Ofcom's T's and C's.

Assuming we'd have faith of Ofcom providing something reasonable?

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

thondwe

Free Wifi?

A thought, If DHCP is a route into a Mac (for example) because it uses Bash to run it's DHCP scripts, then a devious sole bringing up a DHCP server on a public wifi network is going to have some fun? Or are these things properly protected against such attacks these days...

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

thondwe

Apple is the reason some stuff happens

Wifi calling been on my Nexus 4 for ages apparently, Boo all use on Vodaphone, Apple does it and I expect (since EE is doing so)n that Vodafone will implement it.

Used to be Apple innovates, now Apple plays catchup, but until they do, no one cares!

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SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

thondwe

Marginal use case?

So a SMB of 25 PCs, each with a spare 100GB? 2.5TB across a 1GB network. It's not going to be a performance solution is it? So archives maybe, but then how much does a similar NAS cost? And is it' as Eco? 25PCs left on to keep the array running, versus 1 NAS??

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

thondwe

Mark 9 - an odd number - Marks 2,4, 6 and 8 were rubbish! So this must be a goody?

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

thondwe

VMware losing their way

Wonder if the competition (HyperV/Azure and others) is scaring VMware a little?

First they've "rebranded" (always a bad sign!) some of their stuff with a stupid name "vRealize" - what's that about? So now have vSphere branded items, vCloud branded items, Horizon, vCenter... Everyone I talk virtualisation with just refers to "VMware" anyway (same as 3PAR/Lefthand instead of StorWhatever).

Anyway, simplification of bundles and lower pricing is needed to stop the encroaching competition. They are in danger becoming like Oracle (or Novell) - struggling to make money from established clients, but losing when trying to win new business?

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

thondwe

Too many hotspots

Slightly off the main topic, but it's the number of disparate hotspots - you move round a station/shopping centre/etc and your poor phone hops from provider to provider and always wants to reauthenticate via some irrating home page - solution is give us with free wifi and use 3G :(

Can't someone with power pass some laws to force a single provider of free wifi for these areas otherwise it's a waste of the airwaves.

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BizTalk-as-a-Service dog wags Microsoft's on-premises tail

thondwe

Change Nightmare

One reason businesses stick with on-premise versions of software is that the Change Cycle is slower and more controllable. But if this "sync" push comes to other products (SharePoint, Lync, Exchange) than trouble will ensue?

Either you avoid the local updates, because the local (legacy) stuff can't keep up and then get told you're out of support OR you try and keep up and break everything? Worse case for MS is that every business has a different level of updates and support for the product becomes entertaining.

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

thondwe

Wife and I both had the form (from Swansea Council - name and shame) which said we'd been transferred to the new system and put on the "open register". previously I always ticked the box for not - so wife rang to get us back off - with little security checking - so presume an unscrupulous someone could ring and get us put back on the open register.

Open Register should be ditched anyway - I have enough cold callers at work as it is (if you call through the switchboard or with a blocked number - I don't answer anyway anymore!)

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

thondwe

Wheel re-invention

Container = Application running in isolated space = have these people not come across a mainframe??

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

thondwe

New IOS = New IOS Support in Apps = Overhead

New iThing appears, therefore new IOS appears, there's a raft of App Upgrades which include support for the new IOS, so the Apps also get bigger and slower? Could even be just the fact that 30 Apps which haven't changed in a while all update in the background and hit the system performance for a few days?

As for running IOS on older hardware - it would be great if it actually worked properly - take a look at the endless discussions on IOS 7 and the "App Refresh" (I've now see it on IOS 6 - so I think the issue is with the App Writers, but still)

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

thondwe

More Music = Less Revenue

Perhaps the Musicians should consider that there are far more people making music as it's fair easier to do? In the days of old getting signed to a label was a big thing, now you can get discovered on youtube etc. More competition = lower prices etc. Same happening in eBook land - anyone can publish an ebook easily. So should Spotify do an Amazon and allow people to upload their own works?

BTW: I use Spotify to save me the pain of digitizing my old Vinyl/CD collection! Though their habit of dropping Albums I had saved as playlists is a PITA.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

thondwe

Windows Server - An option?

If you can get access to a MS DreamSpark Account (for Students) it includes access to Windows 2012 Server - which now includes the "Essentials Role" (Backups etc). Stick something like Plex on top. - Probably too expensive otherwise.

Mine's running on an old HP ML115.

Just throw it in as an alternative for those happier in Windows-ville.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

thondwe

Points of Failure

So your running a piece of software on your laptop. Points of Failure include...

hard disk, ram, cpu, fan, battery, charger, windows OS, application itself

Add cloud connection and you add NIC, BT (ADSL), ISP, loads of network switches/routers, cloud providers infrastructure, etc.

So "going local" saves you a bit of risk, but what about time to return to service for any of these, All the local stuff is a one man band (yourself) and a visit to a shop (or perhaps an online order!!) to replace components, or nicking your other half's/kid's machine. However, much of the rest have teams of professionals trying to fix it 24x7.

So yes, these cloud connections should be loosely coupled, but in the end you have manage the risk - a coffee spill could knock you out for days, but a cloud service is typically only down for hours...

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

thondwe

Been there done that

I spent 3 years in Malawi as a volunteer. "internet" was a 9600 baud modem. So I collected tools, software, etc when in the UK, or from other volunteers/AID workers etc. ZIP Drives where my best friends - remember them?

Anyway, spent a lot of time fixing laptops with software issues, viruses, etc. So top tools needed were: Current AV software, Partitioning tools, OS + Driver disks, Common Application install Disks, doggy licence keys (cough!).

So go with a SysPrep'ed image by all means, but hardware (graphics, printers, gadgets) drivers may be your issue? The remote WSUS idea appeals - can you inventory before you go? Get them to run off a System Report and post them, just something. But you'll need to get the data off the machines before you nuke 'em, so a USB hard drive or two could be useful. I'd also suggest if possible virtualising the Applications (ThinApp?) - so no install required? An USB CD/DVD as well as the CDs etc of the OS, and common Apps, may be the only way to get them going.

But local hardware could be a mixed bag, and XP/Office 2003 etc may still be the right tools for the job - they won't have the drivers for that either though? CD/DVD/Floppy drives will be knackered - even USB ports may be too old? Take a working desktop you can use to plug in IDE drives to uprgade???

I'd really consider the suggestion of shipping the lot somewhere connected? Or take a Satellite Dish?

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

thondwe

Re: Macs ARE PCs.

I think you're describing http and https which are the protocols that run over the Internet which delivers the web page to your browser... I'm being a pedant I know, but I've just upgraded my iPad to 7.1 and it still has the refresh app bug - so am not best happy!

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

thondwe

IOS 7 issues

May be you could consider a more current issue with IOS 7 app refreshing on older ipad/iphone hardware, here's the 30+ page thread on the Apple Support Communities....

https://discussions.apple.com/message/23192445#23192445

Paul

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

thondwe

So now this rumour is out there, corporates are more inclined to wait to see if's true - thus holding up any possible 8/8.1 moves. MS should release an 8.2 with Start + Apps in Windows a.s.a.p. There's a lot under the covers in 8/8.1 to like from a corporate point of view, but can't see past the Interface change.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

thondwe

Re: legal? We shall see

Car makers can't enforce "only at authorised garages" for their servicing, and "servicing" of a server must include firmware updates when the service engineer installs new hardware??

Having said that, HP could easily charge for the necessary firmware updates? But suspect they can't block it entirely?

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How your data loss prevention plan is killing your business

thondwe

Bake it into the OS?

Maybe it's time to move away from a backup system making copies, and baking backup into the OS? E.g. The O.S. writes all new blocks to clean disk, so nothing is lost as the systems run. So now any point of time is recoverable? Then tools can be used to trim blocks out based on filters - e.g. Everything older than a certain date - or replicate sets of blocks to create images for specific dates to other locations. Sets of blocks can be indexed in order to aid finding data. Automatic thering can move old blocks from fast storage to slower/cloud based storage etc. Factor in depuplication mechanism and each unique block of data could easily be stored very few times depending on your personal level of paranoia?

(Is this worth a patent or has it already been done?!)

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I want to play with VMs

thondwe

Msdn and dreamspark

Technet has died unfortunately, visual studio + msdn can get you access to both windowss server/system centre for longer than the feeebee trials. It also includes access to azure for all sorts of play scenarios. Not that cheap though.

Also, if you're a student with a registered organisation, then you may get access to dreamspark, which provides free licking for various developer products including windows server datacenter edition!

I've had good mileage out of proxmox in the past - combined KVM + openvz platform

A search for VMware/hyperv labs will reveal a few similarly minded individuals too.

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Death of the business Desktop

thondwe

Re: *ahem*

Beautiful summary of the VDI licence nightmare. I've been trying to work out the best scheme to provide VDI for students. There are two ideas, one is to provide Students Access to a "virtual" version of our Lab PCs to access from Halls and Home during holidays. The other is provide remote students a desktop to run some specific applications.

Microsoft licences just make this impossible to manage. A typical student has at least a laptop and a phone, and likely a (non-Redmond) tablet, and probably their parents desktop? - so VDA needed (and compliance managed!) for each device they want to access. Oh, and they'll bring the laptop to the Campus and try and do the same.

I have a feeling the only way to make this work is to loan each student a Surface RT and restrict access to those!!

Can the Reg get hold of whoever came up with this stupid scheme and make them explain themselves (or resign from Microsoft). We just want to buy an OS licence for a VM and share it like a normal student PC!!! ARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

thondwe

Re: Ahhh, the nostolgia.

Indeed my first job (at Leicester Uni Computer Studies Unit) involved teaching programming (Basic or Pascal, I can't remember!) on a network of 480z's driven by a 380z. The server had two 8" floppy drives which provided the OS (CP/M?), Editor etc,, and the other disk stored the students efforts.

One day we dusted the bank for a "Winchester" Hard drive - I think about 5 Mb!

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

thondwe

Re: Race to the bottom

Looks rather like "Shell" are using them a lot!

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

thondwe

Long Lived TV progs...

Think you might have missed out "The Sky at Night" to go with BP and Cory?

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Microsoft wants to 'move beyond' the Cookie Monster

thondwe

Forefrontt doesn't like this page

Forefront this there's something dubious about this page - could be serious, could be unfortunate! Have sent it to MS for analysis!!

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

thondwe

Re: BT should be structured on same level basis as the other public utilities

Some nice souls in our area (Gower) managed to get some of this Broadband pot and get a local company to install FTC - which works a treat, but all they did was get OpenReach to install the equipment! And now we have a choice of one ISP at a higher price than if the Government has just paid openreach to enable all cabinets everyone - which would have been the cheapest, quickest and simplest solution for all?

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Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

thondwe

Microsoft Licencing - Ugh

MS Licencing's department is always behind the curve, and usually not even in the same ball park as the software development guys and even their marketing guys.

Please MS simplify the licencing - reduce the size of your licencing department - I don't even care if you keep the cost savings!!

Licencing - PITA

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

thondwe
Mushroom

UPS

Sad man that I am, I have a UPS for the router and for the DECT phone base station which is great, except last time the power failed, the new FTTC gubbins failed - so UPS useless!

But I feel your pain w.r.t. Microwave + Cooker, etc.

BTW, Bed side alarm has a battery backup and a BUTTON to change to BST - wow!

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

thondwe

Apple Store sells Windows Licence Then

So Apple Store needs to sell a Windows Licence for this to work?

Sorry sir/madam can't sell you that, you need to go see if you can buy a copy from ebay?

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Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?

thondwe

DIY SAN

Given Microsofts direction with Windows "Scale out file servers" and Shared SAS JBODs, and others, no doubt, in the Open source space, I say there's a move to building a DIY "SAN" out of servers + software + commodity hardware and the death nell is on the dedicated SAN controllers - which in our HP SANs (3PAR + Lefthand) are just servers anyways. Yes there's some clever ASICs in the servers, but with SSDs and Untrim etc., these are becoming less critical to adding performance/managing storage.

It's much like the load balancer/firewall/router bits - usually a Linux OS + some applications. Either it's now a vrtual appliance or a physical appliance - a.k.a. an Intel server board and some dedicated cards.

Data centre of the future - racks of different vendors servers, JBOD enclosures, and switches but looks uniform because it's all running the same software stack.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

thondwe

Opportunity to fix confusion

At least there's an opportunity to fix the SkyDrive + SkyDrivePro (SharePoint) confusion which only gets worse with 2012 R2 "Work Folders", which probably should have been SkyDrivePro?

Guess they'll go with "Live Drive" assuming they're not planning to rename Windows Live now that chunks of it are Office 365 (Outlook)? Though I'd prefer they call it something obvious!

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

thondwe

Re: "The most awesome thing about Delphi is that it is not C++"

Pro-pascal - now there's a compiler with bugs in!

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

thondwe

A little GEM

Anyone Remember GEM? Started with overlapping Windows back in the dim distant past. Apple threatened to sue them for using overlapping Windows, so they switched to a Tiled interface (GEM2) and hence disappeared from the planet? Is history going to repeat?

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

thondwe
Happy

Re: What I want....

Google Bluetooth hearing aid, seems its already been done?

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

thondwe
Facepalm

Grey Squirrel

Think you'll find that the Grey Squirrel has quite a good memory - remembers where it's buried it's nuts. Perhaps you'd be better off with a "Memory of a Gold Fish" style comparision?

Think this tech is great for the centre console, but for core info (speedo, fuel) I think the old fix'd dials would be better.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Try Africa

Seems I've mostly avoided this fate now (university IT manager makes me too scary?), but when I was a volunteer in Malawi, I got roped in to fix every aid workers laptop, and quite a few NGO office set ups plus the local university! Local I.T. Support was virtually non existent, with only one I.T. "Shop" in the next town which was way expensive.

Viruses and pirated software was rife, and laptops were always bust - given the heat, dust, poor "roads" not a suprise. And AOL was on pretty much every machine!

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Sysadmins: Let's perch on Microsoft Santa's lap, show him our wish list

thondwe

Private Cloud licencing for SQL etc

Licencing a private cloud is getting better, but only for System Centre and Windows Server, can we see something more flexible for other products - e.g. Office Cloud Suite - which would licence any physical server/CPU for all the backoffice products (SQL, Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint, Project, etc...) so I don't need to provide rules on my cloud to nail VMs to licenced hardware.

Also do away with the silly rules about who can then use the software - we're a University, and would like to host a few servers for a College we support, but the licencing for that is a mess - so we'd have to run a seperate cloud licenced with their software just to run these - PITA.

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