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Mental health in the IT industry

Theresa Miller - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 05:30

*** Warning: This post and the links in it contain content relating to mental health, depression and burnout. If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ on 1800 273 8255 ***   In the news recently, we’ve seen the high-profile deaths of some well-known names. With IT being […]

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Your Guide to Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando, Florida!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:30

This week is the annual Cisco Live conference, where the attendees are spending the time with their favorite Disney and Universal characters in Orlando, Florida!  Beyond the superheroes and animated characters, let’s take a look at what this conference has for technical attendees, and what opportunities the conference provides. First of all, the conference is […]

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Everything to the Cloud! How Uila can help with your Pre-migration Assessment

Theresa Miller - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 05:30

Whether your organization will be moving everything to the cloud or not, most organizations are looking at what it means to migrate at least some of their applications or workloads.  Interdependencies may force organizations to run in a hybrid configuration where some infrastructure is on-premises, but a majority of the workload is now running in […]

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Microsoft has announced a few changes to the future of the Office suite

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 05:30

Microsoft has announced a few changes to the future of the Office suite that most IT people will need to understand for the future of the environment they manage. If you’re looking after a decent sized IT environment, then you’re probably also looking after Microsoft Office, and it’s probably one of the most important apps […]

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Microsoft Build’s hidden IT Pro announcements

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:30

Microsoft Build is the annual gathering of the software developer community who are focused on the Microsoft platform, held recently. An event to rival Microsoft Ignite, it also is a chance for Microsoft to make some big product announcements. For this reason, it’s worth it for IT Pros to also look at the event coverage […]

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Three New vSphere 6.7 Features That Make the Upgrade Worth It

Theresa Miller - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:30

VMware has a long history of innovation, with many waiting with baited breath for new vSphere releases. From Storage vMotion to the VCSA, there has been so many interesting features released over the years. Each release alone is packed full of new features that can sometimes be hard to sort through, which is why I […]

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Citrix Synergy 2018 Keynote Highlights just for you!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 06:15

This morning we all work up to a mild earthquake to get the day started before the event today.  Thankfully just a mild rumble that quickly passed.  The energy at Citrix Synergy 2018 brings promise of a great event, and some new products to look forward to.  At the keynote there were many things uncovered, […]

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Examine information sources before you share

Theresa Miller - Sat, 05/05/2018 - 16:48

Humans transmit information using language, but how often do you stop and examine information sources for the content you consume? Originally, humans shared stories to transmit this information. Then our scholars and holy men began to write the information down. Eventually, thanks to the printing press, information that was written down could be produced and […]

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Dell Technologies World – On-Site Report

Theresa Miller - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 03:54

I’m writing this on Day 2 of Dell Technologies World 2018. The conference in this timeframe in years past was EMC World. When Dell and EMC merged, the show was named Dell EMC World. This year, the name was changed to Dell Technologies World to reflect the companies that are part of the Dell world. […]

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New performance counters diagnose user application responsiveness on Remote Desktop Session Hosts

Terminal Services team blog - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:00

This post is authored byGus Catalano, Senior Software Engineer, Remote Desktop Services.

We’re excited to announce a new feature that allows system administrators to diagnose application responsiveness problems in Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) with ease. We’re introducing two new counters, User Input Delay per Process and User Input Delay per Session, to give you a new way to more precisely analyze responsiveness issues. You can use these counters, along with other metrics like CPU and Disk I/O, to find out why an application is being slow or unresponsive. The following screenshot shows an example of the counter in an overloaded system. In this example, the counter indicates that application performance across all sessions decreases as more users log in.

To learn more about how the counters work and how you can use them to improve user experience in your system, follow our Microsoft docs guidance.

Third parties can consume these counters in their monitoring solutions using the popular Perfmon API.

Use this feature today by downloading the Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17650. Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see Getting Started with Server on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

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Citrix is Slow? How to Uncover the Real Cause and Prove It’s Not Citrix

Theresa Miller - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 05:30

As a Citrix administrator you are supporting architecture that can be complex, distributed and includes many interdependencies between the Citrix tiers and the supporting infrastructure. It is also extremely likely that you are supporting an environment with many different versions of the Citrix software.  Citrix is typically a performance-sensitive application. A problem anywhere in the Citrix […]

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Microsoft outage makes Cloud grey

Theresa Miller - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:30

Earlier this month, some Microsoft Cloud services had an unexpected outage. It didn’t affect all regions globally and wasn’t a direct services failure, but an issue with the authentication platform Azure Active Directory. The bad parts I noticed the issue when my phone popped up an error about being unable to sign-in to my Office […]

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Steps to Protect Virtual Machines Against Ransomware With Backups

Theresa Miller - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 05:30

Ransomware is no joke. Even those organizations who think their environments are up to date with patches and procedures have found themselves in a precarious position over the last few years. The simplest way to protect virtual machines against ransomware is to back them up. This is something that every organization is doing, or at […]

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Do you know what Office 365 features and updates are coming to your Office 365 Tenant?

Theresa Miller - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 02:21

Do you know what Office 365 features and updates are coming to your Office 365 Tenant?  If you answered “no” to this question then I would encourage you to keep reading.  Recently I had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about how Microsoft is communicating their changes about what is going on in […]

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Remote Desktop web client public preview

Terminal Services team blog - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:00

As announced at Microsoft Ignite, a new web client is being developed to provide access to virtualized apps and desktops from a browser, without the need to install a local client. This provides a consistent experience across devices, minimizes installation or maintenance costs, and provides quick and easy access from kiosks and other non-personal devices.

Heres the client in a few pictures:

Figure 1: Main page of the web client

Figure 2: Desktop session in the browser

Figure 3: RemoteApp session

The first release of the web client can access apps and desktops published from a Remote Desktop Services deployment, copy text to and from the session (using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V), print to a PDF file, and is available in 18 languages. Additional functionality will be enabled in future releases based on your feedback.

The web client can be added to an existing Remote Desktop Services deployment running Windows Server 2016 and will be available side-by-side with the existing RDWeb page. As we approach general availability, we are providing the client in preview form to gather your feedback and ensure its readiness.

Call to action!

Get started today with our documentation to install and publish the web client using the new PowerShell scripts. The client can be deployed in production and feedback can be sent to the product team using the Support Email on the About page.

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Windows Insider MVPs Supercharge Product Influence

Theresa Miller - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:30

Windows Insider MVPs supercharge product influence This year, the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award program celebrates its 25 year anniversary. During that time it has seen a number of restructures, keeping the program relevant to the technology trends and product changes especially in the Cloud era. With a focus on IT professionals and software developers, […]

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The Continued Evolution of VMware Cloud

Theresa Miller - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:30

Since the word cloud first appeared in terminological lingo, VMware has often been used in the same sentence. In recent years, the concept of cloud has evolvoed, and so has the VMware’s strategy and products as a whole. Recently, VMware announced even more products, features, and enhancements to continue the VMware cloud evolution. VMware Cloud […]

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A Bad Reputation – what are you willing to risk for brand awareness?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:35

Do you have a bad reputation? We need to talk about bad reputations and the winner-take-all philosophy in tech. Our companies compete for the same deals, and sometimes they go hard. But, how far is too far when you’re trying to win big deals? Would we know it when we see it? Scandal is what […]

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