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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#2- When creating a virtual disk for VMware vSphere (or Hyper-V), always start small, and expand later. It's much easier to expand a virtual disk, than reduce a virtual disk. Do not be tempted to create 1 TB virtual disk, you will find it difficult to reduce the size. If you have made this mistake you can refer to my EE Articles.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_10302.html

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_12938.html

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/VMware/A_25539.html
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I'm going to start something new at EE, Tips from the VMware vSphere Datacentre... real world tips, that get you through that tricky moment, when all things are turning to that brown stuff.... This happened to me today, adding 5 new vSphere ESXi hosts to a Cluster of 150.

Andy's VMware vSphere tip#1 - HA Operation Timeout - A Host or Hosts refuse to bring HA (High Avaibility online), after upgrading vCenter Server, or adding new hosts to vCenter Server datacentre, no matter what you try, you obtain an Operation Time Out, you look at the FDM.log as advised here - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2011974.

Solution. - Just Edit Cluster Settings - and Disable and Re-enable vSphere HA.

Simples! All that work browsing logs and Reconfigure HA for the Host not required. This does not affect any VMs, and HA will just be unavailable for 30 seconds why you turn on and off.

If you need to discuss this, please post a question to the VMware topic area.
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G Suite - My short experience with subscribing to it!

I recently decided to subscribe to G-Suite and my experience lasted a total of about ~48 Hours before I decided to cancel it, despite finding a way to only have to pay $1 AUD a month for the first 12 months.

Why did I cancel? Because of the customer service and support I experienced.

Customer service is very important to me and I found the support system to be severely lacking in many ways. I recall a post by Experts Exchange Expert Scott Fell where he said "gSuite help is still terrible." and I can only mirror the sentiments and comments Scott made, along with a few disappointments of my own.

I intend to write an article on this topic soon, including a "How To" get a large discount for the first year of a G Suite subscription for those that decide to get one, and will be approaching Scott to see if he would be willing to co-author this article so we can both share our experiences for the benefit of the Experts Exchange community.

Look out for this article in the not too distant future.

Regards, Andrew
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi John,

Thanks for your comment and feedback. I actually found the "product" itself to be quite good, and other subscribers to the suite I've since spoken to (and before trying it for myself) swear by the benefits it gives them. My sole problem is with the Support representatives. I'm in the process of writing an article on this topic and will update this post once it's published in the next week or so.

Regards, Andrew
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Update: I just got a G-Suite bill from Google even though I canceled my "Trial" account two days after I started it. My credit card billing history shows a new charge pending.

Further to G-Suite's woeful support options, I have tried in vain for the last 30 minutes to get to Email, Phone, or Chat support without luck, because you have to have an active G-Suite account to be able to access any support options at all!

Logging in several times just gives me the message that the account I'm logging in with (the account I created G-Suite with) is no longer a G-Suite account. Well DERRR! That's because it's canceled, so why Invoice me?!

I can access my previous accounts Admin options, but can't do squat there. No option to delete my credit card details, NO option to contact support.

I eventually managed to get to Groups to open a support request. The email with the invoice came from a no-reply address and included instructions to contact support - yet none of them worked because my account is deactivated.

I said it before and I say it again - G-Suite may be a great product, but their support is WOEFUL and that's being as kind as I can be in a G rated forum!
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I'd like to send a public Thank You! to Expert - Joe Winograd - Who has gone above and beyond in helping me with my AutoHotkey scripting efforts.

Joe has a way of explaining programming related things that manage to sink into my thick anti-programming skull. Using the shortcuts that AutoHotkey has made available to me has saved me a ton of repetitive typing at EE and I am very thankful for Joe's efforts.

Thank you Joe!
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
You're very welcome, Andrew, and my thanks back to you for such kind words — I really appreciate hearing them! To borrow some language from Mr. Spock, it would appear oddly self-serving to endorse your comment, but I'm going to do it, anyway. :)  Regards, Joe
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by:Andrew Leniart
from Mr. Spock, it would appear oddly self-serving to endorse your comment, but I'm going to do it, anyway. :)

As am I

LoL!

Thanks, Joe   :)

Regards, Andrew
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by:Basem Abeido
HI . in topics from cybersecurity and IT management to business practices and

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Hi Andrew,

I fully agree. We look forward to working with you and other long term memebers of the site to help us fill in the voids and provide valuable resources to the member base.

Thank you for your input.

Randy
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by:Jack Senesap
anything with cyber security is good with me.
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Does anyone else find it surprising and intriguing how protective and secretive Snapchat is, even when it comes to their own employees?

"The company has become so privacy-obsessed it blocks access to its own app at parties and events. At Snapchat’s NYC holiday party at the Beekman Hotel and its massive, $4 million New Year’s Eve blowout in Los Angeles, employees and guests had the cameras on their phones taped over."
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by:Erin Wooddell
Very good point about avoiding bad press. I was surprised because these days it seems to be the norm that app/social media companies highly encourage employees to use the product so they not only become internal experts but promote use of the product as brand evangelists.

Another fascinating part of that article mentioned how workers can't even speak to others about what they're working on.
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by:Kyle Santos
Yeah that seems a bit drastic for that much secrecy.  But I know Apple just fired one of their engineers over something that was shared on social media.  https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/28/16565110/apple-engineer-iphone-x-youtube-video  Apple was making an example with that move for sure.

So, I mean, I get it, but it still does seem drastic to do with internal employees.

WHAT ARE THEY MAKING? ROCKETS?

Pppffffftttt
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Hello, EE!

      Just a quick update for my Apple brethren; Apple has just pushed out the security update/patch for Spectre (yes, one of those vulnerabilities that everyone's talking about at the water cooler). The security update is for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac (your Apple Watch is safe according to Apple), so please update them as soon as possible. Lastly, I recommend setting aside 20-30 mins to download & install the updates but of course, times vary because systems are different. That's it for now and take care, everyone.
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Thank you, Justin, for this update!
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by:Justin Pierce, CEH, CNDA
Hi Erin,

You're very welcome. Unfortunately, even with this patching, the Spectre problem won't go away since it deals with hardware vulnerabilities. :( However, it's not all bad news since companies will have a heightened awareness for any attacks that deal with Spectre (extremely fast patching will become a thing), which is a good note for end-users.
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Hello EE Experts,

    Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be yet another cyberbattle between the black and white hat hackers, in a never-ending war. While you may not don either cap, you are here at EE and are more likely than not interested in how to protect yourself and your end-users (if you're an IT person) from being a casualty. Well, since I'm an Apple guy I'll give you the latest macOS exploit (see article). Essentially, it boils down to Apple having to fix this with their next security rollout, but it doesn't hurt to make sure that you're doing all you can to keep people off of your Mac. Here are some steps:

1) Open "System Preferences"

2) Click on "Users & Groups"

3) Click on "Guest User" and make sure it is "Off"

4) Next, click on "Login Options" and on the righthand side tap on the "Automatic Login" drop-down box and select "Off"

5) Select "Name and Password" (It makes it harder for someone to guess both the Username & Password, than just the password, which is all they have to guess if you select "List of Users".) If you don't want to select this option, then make sure you create a password that is 10-12 alpha-numeric characters long with a few special ones thrown in. To ease the process of creating such a password, use an app like "Last Pass" to create and hold your passwords (you can get it both for your Mac and iPhone/iPad)

6) Now, uncheck "Show Input menu in login window", "Show password hints", "Show …
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