Top 5 How-To Posts of 2012The need and desire to learn, understand and develop skills in new areas applies equally to all aspects of daily life including the use and mastering of technology. To this end, how-to tutorials continue to be a fantastic tool for passing on key information. How-to blogs posts have proved to be very popular on this blog during 2012 and have covered a diverse range of topics from how to run Android using vmware player to how to create a silent installer for ANSYS 14.

The time has finally come! Just a few days ago, major internet companies participated in IPv6 Launch Day – meaning from this point forward, they will be running their production systems and making their services available to you via the IPv6 in addition to IPv4. Amongst this good news, however there is a good chance that you may be with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that has not yet provided IPv6 connectivity to your location. I wanted to introduce you to a way that you can connect a small network to the IPv6 internet by way of a Tunnel Broker – for free. deploying IPv^ on a Cisco IOS routerMoving forward, the only requirements needed for this type of connection are a consistent WAN/internet connection (cable modem, optical, T1 or similar), a static public IP address (or at least one that does not change very often) and a compatible router or host.

One of the common tasks for any system administrator is managing disk space on a server. It doesn't matter what operating system the server is running, free disk space is always something you keep an eye on. I won't go into a boring lecture on why managing disk space is critical, as I'm sure many of you are well aware of what happens when a server runs out of available disk space. So, instead of getting that phone call or page saying that your server is out of space, you can manage your free space by adding more of it dynamically! Yes, with a single reboot of your machine (to install a physical or virtual disk), you can easily add more space and keep things running smoothly.

The paradigm of computing resource configurations have changed several times of the last 40 years. From mainframes to mini computers, through desktops and file servers to server farms, software as a service and the cloud. Any company that uses server farms or engineering compute farms needs to manage those machines efficiently and effectively to reduce the total cost of ownership and increase value for money. However managing a compute farm isn't as simple as managing a simple web server or as straight forward as administrating a domain controller. If the right skills can't be found in-house then outsourcing server and computer farm management can be the best solution. Using the people with the right skills will save money and boost performance. Here are five reasons why server farm or engineering compute farm management and administration should be outsourced:

Top Five IT Outsourcing TrendsAs the global economy remains turbulent, corporate decisions-makers continue to remain laser-focused on cost containment and finding new ways of generating additional productivity and value to their organizations. As a result, these macro factors are shaping many of the current trends in IT outsourcing, though not all. Below are the key IT outsourcing trends that have emerged in 2011 and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future:

Traditionally, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to connect to a remote site has been a technical – and oftentimes troublesome – requirement. With the growing popularity of using “remote programmers”, I see requests for purchasing Cisco routers and Windows servers. Tiny businesses often expect...

Picture your ideal company technological infrastructure. Servers to handle day to day tasks, servers to do engineering IT infrastructure managementsimulations, network equipment to handle communication, network-attached storage for your company critical data, and last but not least, uninterruptible power supplies otherwise known as UPS. It's a given that you will probably have monitoring setup on your servers, network equipment and even your network attached storage, but what about the UPS units? These definitely can be monitored, but it requires a bit of setup. In this 2 part post series, I'll be detailing how SPK and Associates does monitoring of APC-based UPS units as part of our infrastructure support services.
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