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Office365 vs Google Apps

Many companies and businesses have been reviewing the various options of Microsoft's Office365 and Google's Google Apps offerings. It can be very confusing to distinguish between the differences on their offerings for executives, IT Managers, or people responsible for the collaboration and email systems of small, medium, and large companies, universities and government organizations. There are some clear and distinct differences to Office365 and Google Apps that must be understood before making a decision that will impact your organization for 3-5 years of your initial investment. Cloud computing has shifted how we do business and whether you select Google Apps or Office365...welcome to the world of real productivity and cloud computing.

This presentation and tutorial will give you all of the information that you will need to help make a sound decision or it will motivate a more informed and educated discussion.

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What is Healthcare Administration?

When thinking about a career in healthcare, images of doctors or nurses might be the first to come to mind. But there are hundreds of different healthcare careers, from the people who administer the healing to the people who administrate the industry. Doctors and nurses cannot function on their own, and many people work behind the scenes in rewarding jobs at all levels of responsibility and pay. Like any good business, healthcare needs quality managers to maintain a smoothly-running organization. They plan and supervise the delivery of services by doctors, nurses, and technicians. And they can work in small health clinics or major medical centers. Each operation needs someone to track trends in an ever-changing industry and to keep the business on the cutting edge. Healthcare administrators play an important role in keeping the community healthy.

Healthcare administrators take on leadership titles such as: Hospital administratorDepartment or division directorCompany presidentChief exec…

How to Convert VMware SQL Server Express to SQL Server

One of the things that I realized in having SQL Server Express installed with the vCenter server is that if the vCenter Server crashes (if it is a stand-alone physical server). You are stuck! You are trying like hell to get this server up. However, if you have a SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition Database server. Why NOT use it. Also, if you can convince your company, non-profit, or hospital to pony up on the SQL Server 2008 License. I would say go for it! Yes, you "can" install SQL Server 2008 Express on a server and have vCenter connect to this also. However, this tutorial is for an environment where you want a centralized SQL Server 2008 Database Server. This server will be the DB SVR for vCenter, VUM and whatever else you want to use it for.

Scenario is based on 2 Physical stand-alone Dell PowerEdge R310 Servers (DC/vCenter) and 5 Dell PowerEdge R710 Servers. Windows 2008 Server Datacenter Edition, VMware ESXi 4.1, vCenter Standard 4.1, and Iomega StorCenter ix12-300r (8TB…

How to Setup a GoDaddy SSL Certificate on CentOS/RHEL

Ok. Let's just get down to the knitty gritty! I was tired of searching for a tutorial. So I created this one for anyone else that wants/needs to setup an SSL asap within an hour!!!

1. Go to GoDaddy and grab an SSL Certificate. If you are a business or you do transactions and eCommerce and you have a registered business you actually pay taxes for. Use the Extended SSL.

NOTE: Thawte, Verisign, GlobalSign, Comodo sell SSL Certificates. Don't waist money! Use GoDaddy.

Steps to Get SSL Certificate:
1A. Buy the SSL Certificate!


2. Build a server on your favorite Virtualization platform. Rackspacecloud is the best out there at this time and the most user friendly. There are a ton of other's, but either their UI is trash, their customer service sucks or they price gauge the mess out of you. If you are a company, use Rackspacecloud or Terremark's vClou…

How to Setup the SPSS Network License Manager on Linux

1. Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 on your server (or RHEL 6 if you are enlightened) =)

                a. VMware: Install from ISO Library by selecting the “Datastore ISO File” Location. “Check Connect at Power On”. Start the VM and Install, configure Networking and yum –y upgrade RHEL 5.5.
b. Physical: Install RHEL 5.5 from PXE, Kickstart, or DVD to Physical Server. Install, configure networking and yum –y upgrade RHEL 5.5. NOTE: Physical servers are a pain to manage vs. virtual.

2.  Make Directory’s for SPSS under /opt/ folder. Opt folder is for 3rd party applications on Linux.

NOTE:Do not do anything as root. Configure visudo first and then run your commands under sudo. Root is unforgiving if you make a mistake!!! a. sudo mkdir /opt/SPSS b. Download the SPSS Linux .tar file or using wget from CLI (e.g. Terminal, Putty, SecureCRT). NOTE: For downloads use /tmp/ only and change directory into /opt/SPSS. [e.g. sudo cp /tmp/linux64-8.2.2.tar.gz /opt/SPSS]
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Upgrade vSphere 4.0U2 ESXi to 4.1 ESXi

How to upgrade your ESXi 4.0U2 to ESXi 4.1. Contrary to what some may believe. VMware's documentation is not the simplest to navigate sometimes. However, this is what happens when you have technical writers typing up stuff for Systems Engineers! We don't need 10 pages of text to say the following!

You need vSphere CLI - Download Here vCLI
For Windows or Linux and install on your workstation.
Download the Upgrade Package for 4.0 to 4.1 or the Upgrade Package from 3.5 to 4.1
Power off your VM's and put the host into maintenance mode from the vSphere CLI prompt: --server hostname or IP -i -b c:\temp\ -B ESXi410-GA --server hostname or IP -i -b c:\temp\ -B ESXi410-GA-esxupdate

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How to Quickly Configure Windows 2008 Server Core

Are you tired of long...drawn...out explanations!!!! And you say...Just Give It To Me! Here you go!

This is how you configure Windows 2008 Server Core fast on VMware or a physical server if you just want the headache of reinstalling the whole operating system all over again! Just to save you a headache...use VMware. This "should" work on RHEV or KVM, but I will let you know when I try.

There is no pathway to upgrade to a full version so if you are scared of CLI (Command Line Interface) and the IT Immortal Internet Searching Dark. Turn on the lights and install the full OS!

1. On VMware ESX/ESXi. Setup a VM (Virtual Machine).

Mount from an NFS share or just create an NFS share on Linux (Preferably, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Oracle Unbreakable Linux, or Ubuntu LTS Server for work. CentOS if you are in a lab) and mount it. WinSCP or Veeam is your friend.

2. Select the Iso from the Datastore Iso Images location.

3. You will only need 10GB of HDD Space for AD/GC. 2K8 Server Core…