* Posts by dloughlin

20 posts • joined 19 Aug 2012

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

dloughlin

Erm...I could have printed that for under 10k using our copiers which where procured through a government purchasing framework in less than a day. I would have happily been paid 35k to do it to.

Stop, collaborate, and listen: Microsoft Teams gets an Atlassian glisten

dloughlin

It would be useful if Teams actually worked as a phone system!

dloughlin

Except that msi is not a good deployment option. It just installs Teams into the users local profile at login...which is hopeless with SRPs etc

How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns

dloughlin

We've carried out some initial benchmarks on a production cluster running Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V with IOMeter and other various tools, and its looking pretty horrendous.

We are seeing disk io performance halve in VMs. Numbers like 60,000 IOPS and 2GB/s dropping to 30,000 IOPS and 1GB/s.

We're also seeing CPU utilisation related to disk IO almost triple on the hosts.

Dell PowerEdge R730's with dual Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4, lots of 10Gb NICs. Same VM just moved between unpatched and patched (plus new bios) hosts.

Storage is all network based which is the killer for us

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

dloughlin

Enterprise customers could actually download it from the 11th via WSUS, its just not on the volume licensing site yet.

We've started deploying it already as its fixed loads of enterprise related bugs and offers some really useful new GPOs

Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

dloughlin

I own a Tesla Model S and use autopilot daily. It's perfectly safe, very relaxing and a great safety feature.

Tesla make it very clear you must keep your hands on the wheel, right from the hand over when you pick up the car, to the warning/T&Cs when you enable autopilot, which is disabled by default, and in the manual. It also reminds you every time you activate autopilot, and regularly while driving.

Brown ignored all this and was supposedly watching a movie. His crash was human error. Just the same as it would be my fault if I crashed driving 150mph on a windy country road (something that happens daily, yet doesn't make the news) - I used the car inappropriately.

Tesla are dragging the auto industry into the future. Some people don't like change. And most companies don't like competition.

Users fear yet another hack as TalkTalk services go down

dloughlin

I'm aware of several major incidents in and around London this afternoon, they included flooding and fibre breaks.

Wouldn't be surprised if the TalkTalk problems are related, especially given their weather comments. Doubt its another hack.

Apply online to go to Mars. No, seriously

dloughlin

I'd pay $66,000 to go to Mars!

Shame about the US citizen bit

Big Blue securo-bods warn of dire Dyre Wolf AMONG WOLVES

dloughlin

I really don't understand why admins allow users to execute anything that isn't installed on the machine already.

Letting people download and execute exes is just stupid these days.

Software restriction polices are more important that AV

Insight: Have you heard about Windows Server 2003 support?

dloughlin

9-15 months average?! How ridiculous! These organizations either have too much middle management, really bad documentation or just terrible IT staff.

Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

dloughlin

No sympathy here, having no RAID and no backups is crazy... especially when doing firmware updates!

Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

dloughlin

Really?

Really? They didn't test Outlook connectivity with Exchange 2010 RU8!?

So what did they test?

At least one patch a month is being pulled and re released, or at least has major problems. Come on MS pull it together!

For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

dloughlin

As others have said you should be running Windows natively and virtualising Linux. I wouldn't go for the two machine approach either.

Buy your high spec machine, install Windows 8.1. Enable Hyper-V and setup a RHEL/SUSE virtual machine. Hyper-V's overhead is about 10% so with a couple Xeons your Linux VM is still going to be plenty fast enough!

Mail Migration

dloughlin

No one can answer your question until you know what you're migrating too.

It sounds like this project isn't being run particularly well to be honest. As others have said you need to go back to basics: Why are you changing email system? What's wrong with the current system? What new features do you need?

You need to do a full audit of your current system: Number of mailboxes? number of items in each mailbox? Size of each mailbox? Number of emails sent/received per day and per hour? Etc

Plus you need to think about disaster recovery, archiving and legal issues etc. Are there any data protection issues with using cloud based services? which country would the data be stored in? Do you need to archive email? How long for? Etc etc

Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

dloughlin

Come on, develop me a space ship

I could do with a new job and I'm up for an adventure. Definitely born a few hundred years to early

Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

dloughlin

How about the real reason..

I suspect the real reason the features are missing is that they rely on components in Windows 8.1 that don't exist in Windows 7

Dell takes aim at iPad, uncloaks enterprise-level Win8 tablet

dloughlin
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Re: Not my experience

We buy thousands of Dell devices - desktops, monitors, servers, laptops, SANs etc etc and reliability is extremely good. I could pretty much count failures on one hand over the last couple of years.

Their enterprise kit is pretty good stuff

Microsoft plans big licencing price hikes, shifting to per-Device model

dloughlin
FAIL

Re: Think this will affect you?

"...You've very little to lose, and a lot to save..."

You guys crack me up. Seriously what companies do you deal with?

Can you give me a quote for converting all our databases from MS SQL to MySQL, redeveloping all our access and C# front ends, bespoke applications, web services, sync services that connect our databases to exchange, migrate our SharePoint portals etc etc etc etc etc. Also can you include training for thousands of people on OpenOffice and the alternatives for the Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere, After Effect etc etc etc

It would cost a few million £'s and a few years development to move to Open Source....makes license increases look like small change.

and personally...i've never seen a open source environment that's as feature rich and slick as a well setup Microsoft environment

Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

dloughlin
Coat

I'll get my coat..

If you ignore the "modern UI" and look at the rest of the OS Windows 8 is a big improvement over Windows 7. It's significantly faster for a start, better multi monitor support, the ribbon UI in explorer, consolidated file operations, ISO/VHD mounting in explorer, defender has AV built in, the are some cool networking improvements, the lock screen, updated taskmgr, Hyper-V, ARM support in the RT version, USB3 support, WDDM 1.2 etc etc

There are some major and stupid issues with metro (or whatever its called today) though...far to many things are hidden, the all apps screen is a complete mess and shutdown/sleep/restart is way too hidden.....

But overall I'd rather run Win8 than Win 7, and the first start menu screen with all the live titles is great.

Plus from an enterprise perspective it's going to make deploying and managing tablets a piece of piss. No more iPad nonsense!

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