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If you're a modern-day technology professional, you may be wondering if certifications are really necessary. They are. Here's why.
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Hi Gene,

Unfortunately, I ran smack into this wall. I made the mistake of thinking my traditional education and work experience would carry me through in this industry because I didn't factor in the most important of variables "change".

Being born in the 70's and growing up in the 80's (my generation is called The Net Generation)  I was taught that degrees were vital to grabbing a good job, and that work experience was proof of your skills. For the most part if you went to a 4 year college (prestigious or well-known was better), maintained a good GPA, had an inside connection to the company you wanted to work for, were willing to conform to a dress code, you were almost guaranteed a job. Not so anymore.

To keep things short, my work as a government contractor kept me deployed out with my customer (US Army Air Defense) for months at a time where I taught officers and soldiers how to be System Administrators and run tactical networks in austere environments. Needless to say, I didn't have much time to work on grabbing certifications, but when I found an hour to use, I worked on grabbing certs that were tied to universities. That was a mistake.

Why?

Because "change" happened and industry recognized certs became a thing. Certs became so important my colleagues and I were told that DoDD 8570 was being put into place and that we would have to grab a few certs to prove our skills or risk being dropped from the contracts we were working on (of course we all laughed). We laughed not because we were arrogant, but because the team was comprised of Warrant Officers, Navy Chiefs, and Army SFCs, who all had 20+ years each in specialized military training. Not too long after we were told about DoDD 8570, Sequestration took place and killed the contract. That left us guys with work experience and degrees scrambling to get a few certs that pertained to the fields we were already working in. It was very hard for many of us to train up, grab a cert, and apply for a job before the mortgage payment became an issue (it worked out for most of us).

Not the fairest of lessons to learn, but when has life ever been fair, or change been halted in its tracks?
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by:Kyle Santos
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Justin's comment should be an article.  My kid is almost 2 and I'm thinking about how I can prepare him in the work force already so he has better advantages than I ever did!
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NFR key for Veeam Agent for Linux

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license for one year.  It allows for the non‑production use and valid for five workstations and two servers. Veeam Agent for Linux is a simple backup tool for your Linux installations, both on‑premises and in the public cloud.

New style of hardware planning for Microsoft Exchange server.
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by:Andrew Leniart
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Hi Abraham, I had to leave for a few days unexpectedly so apologies for the delay in editing.  I should be back in the next few days, however if you would like to have it edited sooner, please use the Request Attention option to contact a moderator who may be able to assist. Other than that, I'll get back on it first thing once I've retuned.

Regards,
Andrew
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This article will show how Aten was able to supply easy management and control for Artear's video walls and wide range display configurations of their newsroom.
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Backups and Disaster RecoveryIn this post, we’ll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.
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This article is in regards to the Cisco QSFP-4SFP10G-CU1M cables, which are designed to uplink/downlink 40GB ports to 10GB SFP ports. I recently experienced this and found very little configuration documentation on how these are supposed to be configured.
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This article shows how to use a free utility called 'Parkdale' to easily test the performance and benchmark any Hard Drive(s) installed in your computer. We also look at RAM Disks and their speed comparisons.
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Modern OS from Windows 7 onwards will disable disk cache and you will not have performance gain on using a RAMDisk.

Besides, the wearing from disk read and write will not have a significant impact to your SSD.

https://www.howtogeek.com/256859/dont-waste-time-optimizing-your-ssd-windows-knows-what-its-doing/

I have changed the HDD to SSD for a number of desktop PC for more than 18 months and they are still running to top speed like Day 1.

Before I changed to SSD, I did use RAMDisk to make Windows 7 ran faster by moving all cached and temporary files to the RAMDisk and my experience shows that the article in the link above is correct.

Besides, unless you are staying with 32 bit MS Windows, you will not have spare RAM for RAMDisk and it is better to let the OS to handle memory management.
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I found that on my Windows 10 64 bit machine with a 256gb boot SSD (1tb data drive HDD 7200rpm), RAMDisk made a huge difference.  I found the same on my brand new laptop (Lenovo Yoga) with SSD.  I even bought the software.
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ATEN / Arrow Electronics Case Study
Arrow Electronics was searching for a KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switch that could display on one single monitor the current status of all units being tested on the rack.
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VMware host backup
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
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dell monitor
Monitor input from a computer is usually nothing special.  In this instance it prevented anyone from using the computer.  This was a preconfiguration that didn't work.
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by:Josh Snow
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I had a somewhat similar situation. I built my computer, ordered parts off Newegg. Included was a nice graphics card, my first one. I kept fiddling with the monitor wondering why it wasn't displaying. After awhile, I realized the monitor was hooked to the mother board, instead it needed to be hooked to the new graphics card. lesson learned.
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A clone is a duplicate copy. Sheep have been cloned and maybe someday even people will be cloned, but disk cloning (performed by the hard drive cloning software) is a vital tool used to manage and protect data. Let’s look at what hard drive cloning software can do, starting with the basics.
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Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup
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Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Sennheiser
This paper addresses the security of Sennheiser DECT Contact Center and Office (CC&O) headsets. It describes the DECT security chain comprised of “Pairing”, “Per Call Authentication” and “Encryption”, which are all part of the standard DECT protocol.
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In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expectations of the workforce. It is also changing the
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Sennheiser
Great sound, comfort and fit, excellent build quality, versatility, compatibility. These are just some of the many reasons for choosing a headset from Sennheiser.
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Stuck in voice control mode on your Amazon Firestick?  Here is how to turn it off!!!
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by:Jeffrey Dake
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Sean do you still have the menu and back buttons on your remote?  Try holding them down together for at least ten seconds and see if that works
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by:Elizabeth Ahearn
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I only have tre app, not a physical remote, how can I turn it off?!
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Legacy Video Conferencing
What do we know about Legacy Video Conferencing?
- Full IT support needed!
- Complicated systems at outrageous prices!
- Intense training required!

Highfive believes we need to embrace a new alternative.
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This is about my first experience with programming Arduino.
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I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This combined with automation s/w makes my work a breeze.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Here are several of the scripts to automate tasks in EndNote.  They currently work for me, but your mileage may vary.
backup.ahk
findrefupdates.ahk
import-file.ahk
savetextfromemail-with-clipboard.ahk
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vga cable
pc, laptop  monitor connection configurations
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by:Nadir ALTINBAS
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hi ericpete,
next time I will write current topics on ciphering algorithms.ok!
thnx,
-nadir
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Does your iMac really need a hardware upgrade? Will upgrading RAM speed-up your computer? If yes, then how can you proceed?

Upgrading RAM in your iMac is not as simple as it may seem. This article will help you in getting and installing right RAM in your iMac
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Are You Ready for GDPR?
Are You Ready for GDPR?

With the GDPR deadline set for May 25, 2018, many organizations are ill-prepared due to uncertainty about the criteria for compliance. According to a recent WatchGuard survey, a staggering 37% of respondents don't even know if their organization needs to comply with GDPR. Do you?

Every server (virtual or physical) needs a console: and the console can be provided through hardware directly connected, software for remote connections, local connections, through a KVM, etc.

This document explains the different types of consoles, their advantages and disadvantages.
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by:DLeaver
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Marked as Good article, nice to have all the vendor information in one place.

I would add that the IBM Flex System Manager (FSM) is now being phased out and being replaced with the Lenovo XClarity virtual appliance.  Any existing FSM customers are entitled to the XClarity upgrade.
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by:Carlos Ijalba
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Thanks DLeaver,

And thank you for the info regarding FSM, it's good to know and a great addition to the article.
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Windows 10 Recovery Features
In this article we have discussed the manual scenarios to recover data from Windows 10 through some backup and recovery tools which are offered by it.
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In this article you will get to know about pros and cons of storage drives HDD, SSD and SSHD.
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by:jorge diaz
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Good Article Yashwant, simple and to the point. Luckily we're seeing ssd prices dropping as they take more market share.
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by:Yashwant Vishwakarma
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Thank You Jorge :) for upvoting my article.
Yes very true, now these days SSD are becoming popular and prices are also dropping.
Now we can hope for more SSD availability in market at low prices.

Have a gorgeous day ahead.. :)
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this article is a guided solution for most of the common server issues in server hardware tasks we are facing in our routine job works.

the topics in the following article covered are,

1) dell hardware raidlevel (Perc)
2) adding HDD
3) how to increase the storage space and upgrade RAID.
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The Rasberry PI is a low cost piece of hardware that you can have a lot of fun with through experimenting and building/working on projects like media players, running a low cost computer, build data loggers etc. - see: https://www.raspberrypi.org
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by:Merete
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Thankyou Gerwin I've had my Rasp PI XBMC for about 5 years  and now understand  how to take it further than just a media device for mp4 on a SD card
XBMC is now Kodi.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Thanks and you're welcome :)
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We recently endured a series of broadcast storms that caused our ISP to shut us down for brief periods of time. After going through a multitude of tests, we determined that the issue was related to Intel NIC drivers on some new HP desktop computers we'd recently purchased.

The Problem

The broadcast storm would occur if the desktop PC went into sleep mode for an extended period of time. We had one PC push out several gigs of network traffic in a matter of seconds. Strangely, we had eight new PC's all on a configuration bench and all were in sleep mode but only three of them were causing the storm. The randomness of the problem made it that much more difficult to diagnose.

This problem first popped up around a year ago with the Intel i217-LM NIC drivers. Some users on a Cisco message board were suggesting that the solution was to disable IPv6, but this did not work. In fact, we disabled IPv6 across our whole network thinking this would stop the broadcast storms but we got another one the very next day. What's so odd about all this is that you have the leading manufacturer of PC's (HP) using a motherboard with one of the leading manufacturers of NIC drivers (Intel) and all running the world's most popular desktop PC OS (Windows) and the problem stil persists.

The Solution

Upgrading the NIC drivers is the only solution here. However, you can't count on Windows Update to give it to you. This means you nead to visit Intel's site
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by:William Fulks
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These were all Windows 7 Professional 64-bit PC's.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Cool, thanks for sharing.
glad that you're resolved / share the issue here as well.
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