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60+ days of Barracuda Spam Filtering

It has now been 60+ days of using Barracuda Spam Filtering. We were testing and using the Virtual Machine version, v300. As I said the my 30 days of Barracuda Spam Filtering, installation was fairly straight forward.   Now that a few ...

30 days of Barracuda Spam Filtering

First, I did NOT pick Barracuda by default. I’ve been using Open Source versions of software to remove and prevent spam from hitting our email servers for years now. I was given a 30 day free trial for my company, ...

How to virtualize a Windows 2000 server for VSphere V5.

Well, I can’t blame VMware, the new version of conversion tools will not convert Windows 2000 to a VM correctly. Instead of fighting with that, I found a simpler way to do this.   The Windows 2000 server I was virtualizing is ...

Sonicwall NetExtender and Global VPN Client cause packet loss and drops.

A while back, I was really happy with Sonicwall, and really excited when DELL bought them. I had high hopes for Sonicwall in that just maybe, JUST MAYBE, Sonicwall support would get much better. After all, they DO charge for ...

Installing VMware Player 5.0.2 on Fedora Core 18 gives a misleading failure message

I was installing VMware Player 5.0.2 onto my Linux laptop that runs Fedora Core 18. The installation works perfectly, and the first time you click on VMplayer, it starts to install. I would get  a error message “C header files ...

And now for something completely different, how to extend the range of Autocross timers made by Race America’s T-Link

Let me start by saying that Equipe Rapide Sports Car Club has been using Race America T-Link timing system for quite a few years now. Before that, ERSCC had the older, but very reliable, JAC Circuits timer but really hated ...

Upgrading a vSphere Essentials 4.1 ESX cluster to vSphere 5.1 with ESXi servers

Over the last few weeks, I needed to upgrade our VMware vSphere 4.1 cluster which had ESX 4.1 servers to vSphere 5.1. Trouble was, there really was not a “here’s the order to do this in” without trying to read ...

Converting a Physical AXP OpenVMS Alpha server to Virtual, PART II

Today I converted my VMware ESX 4.1 machine to VMware ESXi 5.1 update 1. This is the system that is running my Virtual Alpha Server using Migration Specialties’s Avanti software. The good news is, it worked almost perfectly. When you ...

Sonicwall port errors? What’s really going on with Ethernet Autonegotiate

While working on Sonicwall routers, I found some interesting things. After setting up monitoring of the Sonicwall routers via Cacti, I was able to turn on monitoring of “errors”. As I found errors on the ports, almost every error was ...

Convert a XenServer Virtual Machine to Linux based VMware Workstation 9 Virtual Machine

Had a customer with Citrix XenServer 6 and a few Virtual Machines [VMs] running. The VMs were windows based and we wanted to move them to VMware Workstation 9. I found the easiest way to do this was:   1) Setup an ...

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