Introducing NSX in Your Enterprise – Crossing Over the IT verticals

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Virtualization has forever changed the way IT departments operate and VMware with its flagship vSphere brought the concept of virtualization to companies of all sizes, big and small. Well, now that is history and in this digital time and age, it could be considered as old as “Once upon a time” kind of history. Virtualization technologies have come along a long way and with the product portfolio of VMware and its partner organizations, these technologies are now encompassing several functions of IT and datacenter operations such as server, desktops, storage, networking, and security.

The challenges faced by IT departments for server virtualization  were vastly different from those seen for vSAN and NSX. When server virtualization was initially introduced, the concept of virtualization was too geeky for mainstream IT deployment and was deemed that it would never support production environment. In my own experience, More

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Implementing Organizational Change

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Change is defined as “to make something different”. It is not to make better, but to make different. The responsibility to identify opportunities for change, evaluate the existing business environment, and define the changes that makes a “better difference” in the organization is with the leadership of the company. Also, by virtue of constantly changing business environment, the change itself is constant. A company may pro-actively address the changing business environment and re-align itself for success or it may let the external forces dictate and eventually lose opportunities to compete in the dynamic landscape. Since change is constant, we should call it “Managing” and not “Implementing” change. Instead of using the word “Change”, we could refer it as “Growth”, because “managing change” is effectively “managing growth” which could be either positive growth or negative growth.

The change here is not the application change in IT or functional change related to internal operations of a business division. Those changes are well managed by the Change Control Board within the realm of Project management and ITIL. The change referred here is an enterprise wide transformation that More

Thinking Outside The Box

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Thinking outside the box is one probably one of the most over-used cliché in business meetings. During one of the recent encounters with fellow IT professionals, in response to a comment for thinking outside the box, one of the managers simply said “which box”. That got us putting our collective minds together defining the proverbial “Box” that creates a boundary around our thinking and which has to be breached in order to resolve complex issues and achieve extraordinary success.

What Box?

Thinking outside the box without understanding the boundaries of the box and its effects on your thought process will be futile. The “box” here has many definitions. It could be limitations on individual or the group because of lack of subject matter knowledge and that the “outside-the-box” solution for such a group could be a standard option for an expert in that field. The team could be “thinking in the box” because of lack of training on technical aspects, or simply because of lack of motivation or rewards for being creative. More experienced team members could also be boxed because of their “many” years of experience of doing things in a particular way. There is a feeling of comfort and an expectation of a certain degree of success in doing things in a time tested way even if it means that the results are less than optimal.

Why do we have to “intentionally” think to think outside the box? Why don’t we always think outside the box? Why is there a box instead of free flowing thought process without limitations and boundaries?  You cannot think outside the box without acknowledging your limitations and making a conscious effort to overcome those limitations and expanding your horizon of knowledge. Thinking outside the box represents a creative mindset, a mechanism to step back and looking at the bigger picture. The focus has to change from the task on hand to the eventual outcome or goal of the entire activity. Encouraging your employees to challenge conventional wisdom and ensuring that their ideas are not met with ridicule or made fun of during and after office meetings will help in breaking up the boxed culture in which many businesses operate.

  • The box is a set of limitations imposed on a thought process due to limitation of knowledge.
  • The box is a set of rules, procedures, and policies mandating that a particular activity be performed in a specific way.
  • The box is fear of ridicule by peers for challenging conventional wisdom.

There will always be a box defined by the above limitations, creative thinking and positive reinforcement of individuals capabilities and creativity will help minimize and the effects of these limitations. Creativity starts with a thought that comes from knowing the actual outcome of an activity rather than simply a requirement to provide what is told. This thought has to be nurtured and allowed to grow even if it appears to be irrelevant in the beginning. Successful leaders motivate their team by helping them understand how their work fits into the larger corporate strategy and encourage them to think creatively without any barriers limiting the flow of creativity.

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SergesPoint

This article is intended to briefly highlight what’s new in the upgrade/migration process with SharePoint 2013. It’s not a fully detailed migration plan.

Supported migration method

In order to upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 you have to use the database attach method or 3rd party tools. The in-place upgrade method is not supported for a version upgrade (Ex: from 2010 to 2013). The in-place upgrade method is only supported for a B2B scenario (patch, service pack).

Quick steps to use the database attach method you need to:

  • Collect information and settings about your existing environment (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff645391.aspx or http://spsfarmreport.codeplex.com/ can help)
  • Create and configure a SharePoint 2013 farm and configure the new Farm
  • Backup the content database and service application databases from the SharePoint 2010 farm
  • Restore the content database and service application databases on the SharePoint 2013 farm
  • Attach and upgrade the database to a SharePoint…

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VMware P2V Conversion: GrubInstaller Error During Conversion of Debian Linux Host

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When you perform a P2V conversion of Debian Linux host using stand-alone version of VMware Converter host you may get a GrubInstaller error as “An error occurred during the conversion: ‘GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib….”.

You can right click the error message and export the logs for detailed error logs. The detailed log file contains the message as below.

msg = “An error occurred during the conversion: ‘GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib/vmware-converter/installGrub.sh failed with return code: 127, and message: –> Installing GRUB1 on (hd0)… –> /vmware-updateGrub.sh: 59: grub: not found –> Error installing GRUB –> Error running vmware-updateGrub.sh through chroot into /mnt/p2v-src-root –> ‘”.

This error occurs because More

Protecting Your Data from a New Generation of Hackers

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Cybercrime is a rapidly growing threat, and one that businesses and consumers don’t seem to fully appreciate. As more and more business is conducted virtually — on computers and mobile devices — the opportunity for criminals to steal valuable information expands. At the same time, cyberattacks are growing in sophistication with signs that some efforts, including the recent Flame virus, may be sponsored by nation states. And while law enforcement is focusing more attention on the matter, observers say corporate America is not doing all it can to meet the threat. “The problem has been growing exponentially for the last 10 years,” says Andrea Matwyshyn, a Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics. “As technology advances, the speed and potency of attacks can also increase exponentially.”

Click to continue reading…Protecting Your Data from a New Generation of Hackers – Knowledge@Wharton.

Declining Employee Loyalty: A Casualty of the New Workplace – Knowledge@Wharton

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If loyalty is defined as being faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution or product, then there seems to be a certain amount of infidelity in the workplace these days.

Declining Employee Loyalty: A Casualty of the New Workplace – Knowledge@Wharton.

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