* Posts by thondwe

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Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

thondwe

Re: Shelf failure?

Can take up to 24 drives (in the new HPE models) - so could well just be a part populated shelf going down. If the fibre cables are messed then taking a controller (either 2 or 4 controllers in these) off line could easily lose contact with the shelf...

Sounds rather like a "cheap" 3PAR config not setup properly - not enough shelves/spindles etc. No monitoring seriously!? Configured for performance - so RAID 1 not RAID 5/6.

Killing both SANs would I suspect be easy if they replicate...

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Operational Failover is incredibly complex

Agreed. Plus, N+1 systems are based on educated (sic!) guesses of what loads will be - which they won't as systems just grow to fill the capacity provided. So, when N+1 become N (e.g. you lose a high density compute rack, then everything fails over - typical VMs then restart will more resources than they had when they were running normally and the hypervisor had nicked all the empty ram/unused CPU cycles. So, now nothing fits and everything starts thrashing and crashing domino style...

At some point you'll be looking to turn the whole thing off and on again - assuming you've documented that process properly, and nothing been corrupted, ...

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Get Real

1) Humans have faults, Humans write Software, ergo Software has faults

2) Technology changes - should I expect Ford to continue to provide spares for a 1980's Mondeo?

3) Should the NHS have a contract with the supplier of the MRI machine which dictates that the software that drives up be updated in line with it's dependencies (i.e. OS/Browsers/whatever) absolutely! Or that they open source it so that someone else can maintain it? Or that the NHS has sufficient funding to replace/maintain said software/hardware in order to remain "supported"...

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

That's a horrible piece of English. Could argue this only covers electrical and electronic hardware? Skype is facilitated by using a system based on these, but could just as well use Naval Flags or the CLACKS to transmit, but does not actually directly "facilitate the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy".

Several hundred million in legal fees later...

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Microsoft Proxy Server

A real MS Proxy Server from like 1997? Still any proxy isn't really the same as a Websense Box is it? Something else to ask "why" about along with 802.1x etc.

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Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

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X-Windows Anyone?

MS should take a leaf out of the X-Windows Book? Tool's Gui runs on management box, actual tools run on remote box...

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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

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Rebrand

They've sold vCloud Air - suprised they didn't take another opportunity to rebrand it, they seem to do that with everything else...

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Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

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Stop

Bad news

HPE buy Veeam, options...

1) Re-brand it with a stupid name - HP Data Protector V1000x (Everyone calls it Veeam anyway)

2) Keep the name, but replace the product with HP Data Protector...

3) Kill it, as Veeam is one of the best reasons for running VMware! HPE - are in the "Azure Stack/Pack" place now...

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

thondwe

Re: WTF is so wrong about local storage ?

Lastpass has Apps - so use of an independent browser is unncessary

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Add an Ad Blocker on the router too?

So Cache DNS, Add some sort of DNS based Ad blocker to the system too, so reduces the DNS lookuups per page quite a lot? Then randomize DNS lookups across a range of root DNS Servers.

Aside - My ISP gives me a "dynamic" IP which hasn't changed in 4 years! So why should I pay them more for a static one?

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

thondwe

Fake News

Surely this can't be true can it?!

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Got it easy

We have to rename users e.g. for Marriage + Religious Conversion (and many HR onboarding errors - grr!). But the knock on effect to 3rd party systems (Cloud) is a major PITB. Still failing to persuade the "powers that be" that a new user name format is need - basic don't change the value of DB Primary Key stuff

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

thondwe

Re: IPv6 Support by UK ISP's

#JustSaying SKY apparently support IPV6 and they'll give you a subnet too - weird. I can't use em where I live, but it proves it's possible...

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VMware do we go from here?

thondwe

Long term

VMware seems not to have a long term strategy? SaaS seems to be the way that the Software Companies are going - Safe regular income, only need to support one platform rather than loads of local ones. Would Suggest that Hybrid SaaS is creeping in too - so an appliance in your data center which is an extension of a Cloud service. Already happening for IaaS/PaaS - Cisco Meraki, Azure Stack, etc.

So IaaS/PaaS suppliers are going to be a few big companies - AWS, Azure, Google, OpenStack and Container based options?

VMware is about local IaaS for legacy applications. So they end up like IBM + Mainframes - serving a steady but limited market? And hardware suppliers will either be supporting the big players or these legacy environments.

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Let's all go down the Strand (our data centre). King's College London goes TITSUP*

thondwe

They have my sympathy

Disasters can happen to anyone and University I.T. is usually built on sand somewhere, so more likely candidates than some.

Having said that, 3PARs are pretty resilient - multiple controllers, multiple power supplies, battery backed caches, etc, and I assume theirs will be plugged into a dual feed UPS/Generator setup - so "pulling the plug" is a real achievement!

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Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

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VMware is dazed and confused?

Agreed this is plan C (if not E or F - losing count). But I thought they were making a play to be the layer that hides multiple clouds (so AWS, Azure) etc. So is that plan disappearing to?

And now they've got a new favourite friend, and is their old best friend (IBM) going to like that. Or will both AWS and IBM disappear when a Dell/EMC cloud appears?

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GlobalSign screw-up cancels top websites' HTTPS certificates

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Money minting exercise

So we pay (potentially) large amounts of money to some 3rd party so that someone else can trust that we are secure. That 3rd party can't be trusted to keep it's service running? Is the fact that we can pay someone else a wad of money to some arbitrary (foreign at that) third party any reason to trust us?

Can't we just switch wholesale to each organisation maintaining it's own CA. So I choose to trust The Register's HTTPS I can do so directly myself??

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

thondwe

Re: But probably...

Key piece for SMB's is Office 365 + other SaaS solutions - is there any need for anything on premise? Maybe a NAS for backing up the PCs to (DR recovery), but everything else is cloud??

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

thondwe

And the Electric will have an custom socket which only works at apple approved charging points or will require an adaptor which fills the boot...

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thondwe

Re: Damn

VX220 Turbo (shh it's a lotus) - best car I've ever had period.

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VMware's secret security plan revealed

thondwe

Re: The real question is

MS may be coming top this from the OS with "Desired State Configuration" - which is a more robust version of GPOs to nail a server to specific config - presuming it'll alert when config drifts....

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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

thondwe

Vendor Lock in

Buying Hardware and Software together is ultimate lock in (Apple!) at present (in theory) our hardware can support VMware, HyperV, OpenStack, ...) if your HCI provider goes belly up, or gets too expensive, or changes licencing model, there's little you can do bar spending a shed load to replace everything?

It's the opposite way to Software Defined Network/Storage/etc. the other current marketing darling...

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

thondwe

Re: Good password selection

Trouble with many publicly stated algorithms for generating passwords, is that...

a) Hackers will know these and be able to generate them - add a bit of social engineering - e.g. facebook + favorited bands + "I use song lyrics...", who's family/friends copy the idea...

b) More people use the same method to generate the same passwords which then end up in the hackers database from a breach...

OK some of these ideas can generate large numbers of variants, but you need to keep the method secret - so your per service password is unique to you AND the service.

I'm not saying I use Latin phases from Aeneid

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VMware content to run a small and beautiful cloud, with friendly help

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IBM + VMware vs Dell + EMC

So VMware + IBM are best buddies, but if it works, isn't Mr Dell going to want that action?

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

thondwe

Re: Stop whining...

I've seen the reserved electronics on some trains in the UK too now. But clearly saying they are all reserved/had bags on is just mischief as is pointed out the reservations will be for part journeys, and EVERYONE puts bags on the seat next to them to discourage some other passenger sitting next to you!

Maybe Corbin should just talk to people?

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

thondwe

Arthur Dent

Arthur Dent throwing the nutrimatic cup...

You'll end up living in a fowl smelling ear...

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

thondwe

It's Risk Management

Store your passwords on a USB stick and lose it (get's stolen) then you have to change ALL your passwords. Keep it on any system that has some sort of remote management, and if you lose that, you stand a chance of remote disabling it/changing password, etc.

I tend to use Lastpass for random passwords for junk websites and use complex passwords and my memory for critical ones (like Bank, Lastpass, Mail, Social etc), enabling two factor if at all possible - though there's some benefit for having a physical secure "vault" for those which my wife can access in an emergency (been there done that once!), but of course that needs to be backed up into two locations... Hell, that's why something cloud based is worth the risk?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

thondwe

From the Great Douglas Adams

"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.

To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

Which leads to the why don't we use the "Bank of England" model and let teachers run schools, medics run hospitals and I.T. guys run I.T?????

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Microsoft: Enterprise Advantage will be 'a step in quite a long journey to modernize our licensing'

thondwe

Arrrggghh!

MS should just charge a flat fee per "user" (FTE) to cover all users for all products - or at least in groups of products. Fire all the licence people and pass the savings on to the users....

How many years are used up devising, enforcing, and understanding/purchasing licences - life's too short.

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I know for certain what software-defined storage is. It's the new black

thondwe

Adding my up vote and adding that e.g. Software Raid , ZFS etc all did this way back - OK, it's in the same way as Virtualisation was once a single server solution, rather than the distributed giant of today.

Nothing new here... It's just another Marketing Handle

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

thondwe

Re: Vaping is harmless

To add this is in a shared office space... And yes I'd ban old dears with overly perfumes bonces!

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thondwe

Re: Vaping is harmless

Some of the "flavours" wind up my Asthma - so second hand vapours not good thank you very much...

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

thondwe

EU/Ofcom could make itself useful?

Rather than chasing IE off Windows (when Apple/Google are as bad), they could mandate that Gadgets (PCs, Laptops, Phones, Routers, etc) be supported for 5 years with OS updates. They could even stipulate a Test suite which needs to run the same way (and at the same speed!) 3, 4 or even 5 years on, so we don't get the Apple IOS upgrade - lots of new features, but sorry your iThing now runs like a dog, please buy new...

Same deal with Apps perhaps - e.g. they have to support 5 year old hardware - even if it's just older versions with Security updates only.

This would be GREEN and PROTECT the consumer!

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Quantum theory has history too

Atoms where it, then Atoms where sets of particles, then particles were waves/smaller particles/strings...

Quantum theory - we need a new particle, then we've found it, then we need another one... So are there just infinite possibilities? New model needed?

We're fish in a pond trying to work out where the water's coming from/going to - lots of models/theories will work, but without being outside looking in we'll never really know

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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Hmm - is there something else going on?

SO a brief trawl of Twitter searching for Teamviewer revealed a surprising number of lovely ladies advertising #teamviewer sessions. Am guessing they take PayPal payments to? Do gamers or others do something similar for some reason???

Is the hacker "backdoor" via this route??

Just a thought...

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

thondwe
Coat

Just Add Tea

ComposTable Infrastructure....

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

thondwe

Dependency Hell

All platforms suffer from dependency hell, Windows, Linux, Java, PHP, .NET, Docker, ... If you have more than one app dependent on any one thing, an update will probably break at least one.

Worse of course is that the supplier of that broken app won't keep up/have gone out of business, focused on another product...

Application/OS Virtualization can remove some of it, at the cost of bundling all the dependencies with the App...

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Is VMware the power it once was?

thondwe

DataCenter or not

I think the underlying issue, is how much money/effort do you put in to run your own datacentres and does running your own add much to your business? Do you want staff fighting hardware/software suppliers (and their B resellers), virtualisation stuff, backup stuff, exchange/sharepint etc, 24x7 availability, etc etc, or do you want them delivering some saleable functionality to your business (assuming you're NOT a hosting company)?

Having someone else run your "Cloud" (Public or Private - don't care), is very appealing - which means VMware is after a share of that market - and that puts them up against Microsoft, Amazon, OpenStack etc. They are losing their original market, and struggling in the new one?

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

thondwe

And Microsoft/Apple are different how?

So Windows 10 comes with Bing and Apple do their own thing, so are the EU going to try this with MS/Apple? MS have been trying to get rid of Bloatware, and the EU want Google to allow it?

Be far happier if the EU said to Apple (e.g.) - all default apps must be capable of being replaceable with 3rd party options (which then become the default)?

Tis all Bonkers

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Academic network Janet clobbered with DDoS attacks – again

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Terms and Semesters

Many Uni's run two semesters spread over 3 terms. So we're in the latter part of the teaching period of the 2nd semester with exams starting mid May - so it's last couple of weeks of writing up course work...

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

thondwe

Channel + Frameworks + Internal Purchasing

I'm with you, and by the time you've added in Internal Purchasing, Framework Purchasing Agreements, Tendering and all that rubbish it takes us months to buy a couple of servers with exactly the same spec as we already have 50 of. Oh and we have to correct the order from the supplier because they've not spec'ed it correctly cause we read the spec sheets more carefully than they do...

Not only that, we buy them from "resellers" who order them from the "Supplier" who then have some muppets build them (3rd party?) and ship them (another 3rd party) - as a result we don't get what we ordered and it's never shipped to the right location - and no ones knows even when it's going to come.

AND, the reseller's don't support what we buy, that comes from the manufacturer directly...

AND, once it's here it needs it's firmware upgrading, which then breaks something else, and DOA pieces replacing before it even thinks of working...

No wonder AWS/Azure/... is so appealing!

It's quicker and easier to spec and buy a new car...

Fume....

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

thondwe

Re: Wonder why...

A "version" of Office runs on Android/IOS, so just maybe you'll get your wish - just don't expect Full Fat office?

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thondwe

Re: "by far the fastest adopted version of Windows ever"

Except that a huge %age of Windows desktops are corporate, and these get refreshed at a speed of a nailed down snail. So far the "converts" will be home users with new gadgets, Microsoft consultancies and Surfaces being "product placed" in shows like Elementary, NCIS, etc...

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

thondwe

Thin Clients - Still Rubbish

Thin Client systems have always been expensive (lots of server side kit needed), done wrong (X-Windows) and the clients have always been as least as expensive as a standalone PC. Add to this Microsoft's stupid Windows desktop licencing (hence the use of Windows Server for this) - it is really a limited use case to either protect data, provide access to legacy software, or work around some stupid application licence...

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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

thondwe

CIO - Chief Information Officer? CDO Chief Data Officer?

Spot the difference? Or has the CIO the wrong title?

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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RSS Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the assumption it'll need to rescue him from at least one of his (mis) adventures

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Ever heard of 'multi-cloud'? Get with cool kids – it's the New Big Thing™

thondwe

Middlemen

Cloud Brokers - More middlemen - arrgghhhhhh!

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Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable

thondwe

Oh dear

More buzzword rubbish. IT isn't Bi-Modal if anything, it's Multi-Modal for a start, and it's really about the services - I.T. has to provide the services demanded by it's users, so if you have a set of users which use an old app, so be it, whist having another set who live at the bleeding edge...

One persons I.T. system is another's archaeology - but if it does the job...

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Microsoft kicks VMware right in its weakest, cloudiest spot

thondwe

VMware Hanging on - Just

VMware are hanging on by dint of the "cost of change" - VMware shops not jumping on Hyper-V because of fear of change.

Hyper-V 2016 (well Windows 2016) does seem to have something to add to the local datacenter - looks to be getting much of NSX style SDN stuff - and that'll be included in the licences too...

VMware's heading the way of a number of other Vendors - a better implementation of something MS does OK (e.g. SCCM/SCOM/VDI/AV competitors) for those who need it and have a cheque book to pay... Falling from big player to bit part actor

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The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure

thondwe

It's all software?

It's always been software - even firmware is software, just difficult to replace with a 3rd party solution - can be done though - OpenWRT etc.

And almost everything has been "programmable" - most stuff is scriptable.

What's "new" is having a single button to create a piece of infrastructure - e.g. VM + Storage + ACLs + Firewall Config... "Software Defined Anything" is a lousy name - it needs something that actually reflects central control/management - HAL or Eddie or Skynet...

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