Meeting Re-caps for 2005
- iSCSI SANs
Presented by EqualLogic
There's been a lot of
discussion around the future of disk technology lately, especially around the
areas of 'right-sizing', expandability, flexibility and of course, performance.
There's another whole set of discussions being held about performance.
Recently Apple released their XSan product - still too new to tell if it will be
a good long term solution.
All the buzz really comes
down to two things: 1) SATA drives and their use as enterprise-level
storage technology. Is the slower rotational speed really going to effect
overall performance? Will the lower MTBF ratings result in lost data? And
2) is iScsi technology's flexibility going to outweigh its limitations
Having recently looked at
disk products from Sun/Storagetek, Nexsan, Apple, Dell/EMC, HP and others, I
thought this would be a great time to get some hands-on time with some disk
technology. Come see what iScsi can do for you and where it's a good fit for
Food for thought: Will the
multiple data-paths required by iScsi cause a burden on an average Ethernet
network? Should you multihome the servers attached to your iScsi box in
order to segment the traffic from the clients to the servers away from the
servers to the storage? Is iScsi really ready for prime-time? Is
SATA ready for enterprise-class storage? Is the use of iScsi going to
necessitate the use of TOE cards? If so, is the flexibility of iScsi
enough to trump the use of an FC infrastructure? How good (read: reliable)
is the Microsoft iScsi initiator?
Door prizes provided by
Microsoft New England and Culminis
November 2005 Meeting Recap
The November meeting was held Wednesday Nov 9th at the
Holo-Dek office in Hampton.
November's topic: "Managing pc's in a public environment"
We heard from Paul Sheehy, IT Managerfor the Holo-Dek, a next-generation cyber-cafe with top-of-the line pc's mixed in with
a casual atmosphere to eat, drink, and frag your buddies.
Paul and his team have compiled a good batch of knowledge about the unique IT
challenges they've overcome in order to effectively manage the pc's which are
publicly accessible. There's more to it than renting a pc and playing a game.
We discussed several interesting topics such as:
- 140 GB Ghost images: how to maintain and deploy them
- Per-user preferences and roaming profiles
- License management for software with no volume-licensing scheme
- Centralizing CD access and virtualizing the hardware
- Security considerations
8 Merrill Industrial Parkway, off Towle Farm Road, Hampton
Also at this meeting we discussed possible upcoming changes to the format of Sea-Tug
meetings. If you have any interest in shaping the future of the group, please
plan on attending or contacting us at
September '05 Meeting
A rousing preview of Windows Vista. PPT
is available here.
July '05 Meeting re-cap
Scriptlogic http://www.scriptlogic.com/ presented real world solutions to real world
problems with their toolset
The following is from Mike Miller, the Field Sales Manager for the New England
I wanted to thank you once again
for inviting us to your SEA-TUG meeting this week. It was a pleasure having an
opportunity to speak with your group on how ScriptLogic tools are helping
companies just like theirs to solve real word IT issues. Because we have so many
products today I’ll bet there was some confusion on what products do what, so
I’ve put together the overview of all products below. Please tell all those who
attended that I am available to answer any questions or get them a demo of any
of our products.
We have several award winning
applications designed to address different pain points felt by all IT
professionals. Here is a listing of our suite of applications with links to
information on each, as well as a link below for recorded demos of each.
ScriptLogic Products and the
Pains They Resolve:
map printers, install apps/patches, Outlook profiles, security
and Remote Control
Subscription options for automating Patch Management as well as Spyware
Detection and Removal!
Augment the capabilities
of SMS 2003
the white paper
Permissions, Group Policies
Robust out-of-the-box Reports
HIPAA & SOX
Compliance Reporting Requirements
the white paper
Data Migration &
Migrates NTFS permissions, file shares, local users and groups, and
Overcome file ownership problems and automatically retry unavailable files
Machine Level Service Management for Scheduled Maintenance
Centralized Management of Services and Tasks
Accounts on Selected Services
Users will only see the files and/or folders that they have permission to
of sight – out of mind” filtering
Eliminates ‘False Positives’ when File System Auditing is enabled
Patch Authority Plus
Automate Updates of the
Latest Patches on Desktops and Servers
Deployment, and Reporting Capabilities
Enhanced Security with
Central Management of Service Status, Configuration, Logon Settings and Task
June '05 Meeting re-cap
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 at 6:00 pm
Topic: Microsoft ISA 2K4
Internet Security (firewall) and Acceleration (proxy) Server from Microsoft is just one of the many options available for protecting your network from the
A *lot* has changed since the early versions. You might want to take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver
Scott Pratt from Newbury Partners will be presenting an interactive demo of
ISA 2K4 and holding a discussion of security best practices.
Click here for tonight's PPT file.
For those of you keeping track, the Scriptlogic presentation has been postponed until next month. We also have FoundryNet on tap to do a demo of
their sFlow technology.
Cambridge Computer also held a seminar at the
Wentworth reviewing backup bottlenecks and strategies. If anyone's
interested in discussing backup issues, give these guys a call, or let us know
and we can schedule them to come up for a presentation.
May 2005 Meeting Re-Cap
Remote Access Tools
A demo of Venti Solutions was displayed and a discussion of pricing and competition ensued.
http://www.ventisolutions.com - A web based remote support tool like Webex at fraction of the cost.
How is this different than using pcAnywhere or VNC? Basically this is a no-installation required solution. No ports need to be opened in the firewall, users don't need to know their IP Address, no software has to be installed on the client pc ahead of time. A user can call you and you can be live on their pc in less than 5 minutes.
OK, how is this different than Webex? Primarily cost, but the toolset is from a different vendor. Venti leverages Intel LANDesk technology.
Well what's the cost? They offer a couple plans...
1) $199 per month for a customized portal with unlimited use and extra tools (file xfer, chat, remote inventory, etc).
2) $99 per month unlimited use but on a shared portal.
3) $50 per month for 5 uses, and $15 per use after 5.
Some other options were raised with various costs:
B-Live, Mywebex, Gotomypc, ePop and webhuddle were all discussed.
We also talked about SBS2005 and it's built-in portal features which we'll discuss at a future meeting.
Following the demo we had a general Q&A session.
From some fun reading, head on over to Apparent Networks and read this article on jumbo packet sizes and Gb networks.
April 2005 Meeting Re-Cap
Agentless Server Monitoring
We've had several discussions regarding how to best monitor
your server environment; we've talked about MOM, Openview, Big Brother, and
This month we looked at Heroix Longitude, and their "Agentless"
solution to monitor and report on OS Metrics such as Network, Disk, Ram, and CPU
as well as database, web, and messaging applications. The product
provides both alerting and reporting (including trending) for your core OS and
The Heroix solution requires no client footprint, is cross-platform (Windows,
AIX, Linux, HP-UX, Solaris), and is web-enabled.
Out of the box, the product has about 250 metrics and 125 reports and
A discussion was held regarding how to deploy this solution at
a customer site without requiring a vpn connection to that site. In a
nutshell, you drop in a box at the customer site running 2000 or XP Pro or
better (low disk/ram/cpu requirements) and let it send its collection data back
to the database server. This collection station does require some local
authentication (either a synchronized local admin accounts or a domain admin
account that can access each of the clients).
A drill-down dashboard can then be provided to web clients to
review the status of the network.
Ken Leoni provided demo cd's and Heroix provided food for the
group. If you're interested in seeing the product, visit the website at
March 2005 Meeting Re-Cap
Peg Nichols from Ecora
Software gave a presentation on Ecora's suite of products (slide deck
Ecora makes software to help manage the
corporate IT Infrastructure including Patch Management, Compliance/Audit,
Documentation, Security, Change Management, Device Locks, and Provisioning.
Ecora is a local company with products you
should check out to manage your environment. Download demos from their
February 2005 Meeting Re-Cap
A once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Rob
Bergin talk! Rob Bergin, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CSOB and Network Engineer from
Timberland gave a presentation entitled "Introduction to Packet Sniffing
with Ethereal (IPSE)".
Ethereal is a free tool. It is used by network professionals around the
world for troubleshooting, analysis, software and protocol development, and
education. This is a must-have, must-know tool for anyone working with
networks and should be very informational.
The PPT file is here:
Introduction to Packet Sniffing using Ethereal 0.10.9
January 2005 Meeting Re-Cap
Despite some logistical problems (location
change and bad weather which prompted a cancellation of the presentation),
another successful meeting was held.
There was a brief demonstration of 2 new tools
from Microsoft: the Anti-Spyware beta and the Malicious Software Removal Tool as
well as some discussion on the differences and similarities of the two.
Additionally, a live shoot-out between the MS Anti-Spyware tool versus
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware tool was run.
Following the demonstration, a roundtable
discussion was held on some tools that each of uses and various bits of
technical information. Below are the notes:
Pop Peeper - mail watcher to notify of you new
mail in multiple accounts
allofmp3.com - download songs by the MB instead of by the song
iuma.com - internet underground music archive
epitonic.com - another underground mp3 site
cdbaby.com - the amazon of indy cd's
bensbargains.net - a compilation of coupons and other deals
emco.is - tool for scanning domain for shares and services, remote access, etc.
firelight smartdisk - 80 gb usb hard drive with no external power required
www.atelierweb.com/rcomm - a remote control application with no client footprint
NOTE: We do not endorse any of the
sites/products mentioned above, they came up in a roundtable discussion and have
been presented here as meeting minutes for those who missed the meeting, or
those who were present and failed to take notes.
Also, George Perrine of Durasys is moving
offices and has a considerable amount of furniture and assorted items to dispose
of. If you have need for bookcases, shelves, filing cabinets or the like,
contact him at http://www.durasys.com