Stupid Licensing Practices

This is a rant so be forewarned … We discovered an “interesting” kink in Backup Exec licensing this week.  I will admit that we had not been paying attention to the changes announced first by Symantec and then Veritas so…

Why do you hire professionals?

Warning:  What follows is a rant from the grumpy, old curmudgeon.  If hard truths make you squirm then you should go elsewhere … //START RANT I was out walking The Beagle this morning (Samantha, if you must know) and I…

Replication is NOT backup!

This is a little bit of a rant, so be prepared. I have lost count of the number of times I come across people in the “biz” who tell clients, or anyone else who will listen, that replication is the…

Multi-level anti-virus

No, this is not an article about weird marketing practices or “ponzi” schemes within the A/V industry.  It IS an article about how you can better protect yourself against viruses and malware.  I decided to write this after one of…

Why your IT techie “hates” email …

… and, no, it is NOT the reason you might think! I’ll let you in on a little secret, the vast majority of us technical types HATE email!  Why???  Because it causes more grief than almost any other application out…

Windows 8 – And now for something completely different!

OK, right up front I have to state that either Ballmer & Co are absolutely brilliant OR the lot of them have been smoking copious amounts of crack somewhere on the Redmond campus.  I have started to noodle about with…

News Flash! IT costs money!!!

Yes, it’s true!  It actually costs real money to provide a solid IT infrastructure.  And the corollary is that it actually costs real money to support an IT infrastructure, as well. I have been in the biz for over 30…

Followup on ESXi 5 SLOW boot when using software iSCSI

I’ve just spent 3 hours troubleshooting an ESXi 5 host that had the problem with VERY slow boot when using software iSCSI connections to the SAN.  VMware has released a patch that supposedly fixed the problem.  Well, I’m here to…

SBS 2011– Wow! How did that price increase happen???

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s SBS products.  I got into SBS in a big way with the release of SBS 2003 and installed quite a number at various client’s in the Lower Mainland.  At itgroove the trend continued and…