Greg's IT Blog

and how to live with IT

Subtitles are a serious business

I enjoy movies a lot. Most of them are in English and nothing beats watching them with an original soundtrack and voice acting. Some house inhabitants disagree and feel more comfortable with subtitles. [More]

App-V 5 Revisited

Had a wonderful time @ workshop in Stockholm, Sweden this week. Transition from ThinApp to App-V 5.0 for a customer. General playing around. It's been one and a half year since I've visited the subject of App-V 5.0. Since then MS released the latest and greatest App-V 5.0 SP2. What I find hilarious is that some of the release highlights are actually features that were suppose to work at the time of the core product release, such as: App-V 5.0 SP2 now supports folder redirection for local user appdata directory (oh, really?)App-V 5.0 SP2 supports local %AppData% folder redirection. For more information see the Deploy the Client section of Deploying the App-V 5.0 Sequencer and Client. App-V 5.0 Package Upgrade ImprovementsIn App-V 5.0 S... [More]

Time to write

Less IT admin things, more general IT for me. Findings: "The Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)" (wow!) has surprisingly good suggestions and tips of all things IT for all types of users. Lovely, well written articles. Even came upon this old news - Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) Vulnerable to Brute-Force Attack. Remember to turn off WPS or update to latest firmware. I keep discarding and archiving bookmarks that I just don't have time to read, but still want to. >1 Mb archive Perfect IT interview (Russian) which never happens in real life. Gartner report for PaaS. IEEE Ethernet 802.3. (Russian) A note on the standards. Old news ("With Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) the full... [More]

How to live, breath and survive in IT part 1

"How to get into IT, improve, evolve and keep yourself up to date on all things?" I find myself coming back to this question a lot, it would be nice to have a reference point to get back to or just advice people to see. Completely understanding that it all depends on the person, comfort levels, surroundings and even comprehension and ability to analyze information, the material in this post is highly subjective, read at your own risk, your opinion and situation might be far from from this, Most of the things here are for Microsoft Technologies roadmap. I don't fancy myself as a great Linux expert, yet. Not into hardware, too. Though DataCenter technician is a viable position too. Some people consider that mounting blade servers, replacing... [More]

XenMobile Device Management - frustration with a perspective

During the past several days I had enough time to play around with latest and greatest Mobile Device Management solution from Zenprise Citrix - XenMobile 8.6. I have mixed feelings for this type of products. On some of the smaller non-official IT talks meetings I've heard people mention that-not-so-successfully stories on their implementations and use of the product and I'm yet to hear a good one, but after playing around with it and looking at the options from the prism of requirements I had - it's not as bad. It's not as bad in terms of getting the users that extra piece of convenience and centrally driven configuration with a bit of self-service on top. You don't have to worry about what apps the company has and where to get them,... [More]

Personal data

There is a very limited number of companies that you can trust your personal information to. Things like name, surname, social security numbers, photos, home address, phone number, etc. I recommend against doing that at all. Explanation of what personal information means to google can be found in their FAQ. I've found this info curious: Types of information we might remove include: National identification numbers like U.S. Social Security Numbers Bank account numbers Credit card numbers Images of signatures Types of information we will not remove include: A user’s date of birth A user's address A user's telephone number Google also doesn't remove your pictures from the web search. Beware! In other news - Citrix decide... [More]

1Y0-300 Exam XenDesktop 7 Prep Guide

Citrix decided to revamp it's certification paths, which is expected and pretty typical in certification business: keep people stressed, rename exams, update exams to reflect newer product version. etc. Prove it. Again.    Having a CCEE certification, Citrix is suggesting the following: "CCEE for Virtualization certificants can achieve the Citrix Certified Professional (CCP-AD) by passing the Professional-level exam, 1Y0-300."   At the time of writing this the information available on the internet is pretty vague. I will be sharing the information I've found useful for preparing for this exam. I've jumped right ahead to 7.1, as the changes are minor. Official prep guide for the 1Y0-300 (Deploying Citrix XenDesktop ... [More]

Consumed RAM not being displayed in Windows 8

Recently ran into an issue when my PC with 16 Gbs of memory started using about 10Gb without any virtual machines running. Task Manager and Process Explorer both showed decent consumption numbers that didn't go out of norm, this got me curious, because about 5-6 Gbs were missing. I remember another awesome sysinternals utility - RAMMap: "Have you ever wondered exactly how Windows is assigning physical memory, how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much RAM is used by the kernel and device drivers? RAMMap makes answering those questions easy." I've been rather surprised by this and instantly remembered I had custom settings for the size and auditing for my windows security log. So turns out windows security log uses memory ma... [More]