CWUG Olympics this Monday!!! (In Downers Grove!)

August 16th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

That’s right! I’m actually telling you about the CWUG when it ISNT the day of the event!

And lo and behold, there will be some great things going on this Monday in Downers Grove!

We bring you the CWUG Geek Olympics, with prizes of sorts, food as always and more Points to help secure your place in winning the Laptop at the end of the year!

I’d highly encourage you to register for this event, but don’t hesitate to email or call me if you find that registration is full… I might be able to pull some strings! ;)

This will be a very special event, with beasts! …definitely Geek Trivia, Competition and Prizes!


Don’t wait! Sign up now! (And most importantly, show up)



5PM-6PM – Food, Networking, etc
6PM-9PM – Competition, Trivia, Prizes, Education, Technology, insanity!

So, come on down! I’ll seeeeeeee you there!

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70-113 Post Mortem: TS Windows Server 2008 (Performance|Pilot)

August 14th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Let me start off with a warning about this exam.

This test is not available everywhere, and for good reason.   It is a complicated exam which launches a Real Virtual Lab environment which is run off of a server across the Internet.

The key word there being "Internet", which this often implies not having Routing issues, connection problems, speed, latency (Lag) and other client to server remote connection issues.

Lets just say, I ran into some of those issues – And you might as well.   I went in with an expectation to potentially have some problems.  Exam launched, Click connect to visit the lab and BAM – no connection.   3 hours later of them ‘resetting the exam‘ I was then able to connect into the server.   Sadly I did not have the amount of time to fully take advantage of the exam, but I did have the opportunity to read, review and comment.

The labs are interesting, it’s a true server (help files and all) and command line and other decisions and exploitations and choices you’d make on a server host.   But beware.

I encountered all that I mentioned, lag, connection issues, delay, and a slew of other ‘technical’ issues which can happen to anyone.   Great exam for what it is worth (and I commented away based upon the content and delivery) But do approach this Pilot with an expectation that you MAY encounter issues.   Prometric CAN work them out, but the Helpdesk will likely have no idea what is going on and what to do (Hopefully this 3 hour ‘lesson’ will prepare them for the next person who takes it)

Good luck, and Good Testing!

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Registration opens for NetApp Accelerate (User Conference)

August 14th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Wow, it’s almost here! This should be cool.

NetApp Accelerate is happening February 23 – 26, 2009, at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. Participating in this educational forum will give you the tricks and techniques you can put to use immediately to address your data management concerns and challenges. Join us and learn how to make the most of your storage and data management infrastructure using the power and innovation of NetApp solutions.

The breakout sessions should be amazing!

Backup and Recovery
Compliance and Security
Data Center Infrastructure
    Ethernet and Fibre Channel SAN
    File Services
    Storage Systems and Data ONTAP
Engineering Applications and High Performance Computing (HPC)
Enterprise Applications
Server and Desktop Virtualization

I plan to be there if I can attend (present). :)

(edit) Oh yea – and Bare Naked Ladies will be playing at Accelerate!

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71-654 Post Mortem: TS EBS 2008 (re: very morbid)

August 13th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

Well, if you recall the last time I took a test, I reported it was "Amazing", though I cannot declare the same feelings for this particular exam.

On the surface, there was nothing wrong with this exam, yet in the same gesture there was also nothing right about it.  I’m not judging the content as it was delivered free of most complaints I typically comment about on exams.    No, this was something different, something else.   The kind of something only that of an infrastructure, architectural geek wouldn’t get.

The Server Unleashed

Two weeks in the trenches working with EBS and this particular exam will be a godsend to you.  You’ll be prepared, ready and set to deliver.   The same could be said though of someone who has never touched anything else outside of EBS.


But opening the doorway to SBS, if you’ve ever touched a "real server", and happen to be a command line guy, you’ll find SBS, EBS and this particular exam to be considerably frustrating.  Now don’t get me wrong! I’m not knocking EBS, or SBS.  I’m just letting you know, if you’re not that guy, this is not the test for you.

Know your product, know the in’s, the out’s and you’ll do fine.   But this is not an exam to think outside the box.

 You’ve been warned!

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Got Performance? XenApp on XenServer does!

August 9th, 2008
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

So, today I read this Whitepaper published in May of this year – omg! Cool is what I say!

Discounting factors aside (And it makes for a great read) the excellent XenApp Citrix’s replacement for Presentation Server steps into the Virtualization Space on fire!



While physical does get some presentation value, the fact that the Virtual instance running on XenServer vs a Physical is able to perform with an 8% penalty is amazing.

Citrix has been a player in this space (Well, really the only player) who is able to produce clear, consistent and reliable results.   And this just takes the cake to a new level.


I encourage anyone interested in Application, Presentation and OS Virtualization to this out.

Optimizing XenApp Performance with XenServer 4.1.0 Enterprise Edition

For a Whitepaper, it is a good, short and non-boring read.

This is only the beginning of a whole new Citrix and XenServer revolution, especially with their NetApp Integration, Partnership and NetApp Adapter

The heat is on – oh uh oh oh! :)

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