VirtIO drivers on Server 2008

Installing VirtIO drivers for KVM on Windows Server 2008 (not the R2 version)

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Rob | Monday 13 October 2014 - 3:05 pm | | Default | Two comments
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Blackberry Playbook to Cisco ASA VPN

Howto connect a playbook to a Cisco ASA security appliance with IPSec

The PlayBook comes out of the box with a very capable VPN client. There are quite a few posts and blogs out there on how to set up the playbook side of things, but very little about the other, Cisco ASA end. IPSec is a very fickle beast, and depends on Both ends of the connection being set up properly.

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Rob | Thursday 26 January 2012 - 1:56 pm | | Default | Three comments

Installing old versions of the VMware VI client

The old VI client installer packages don't work with the  latest windows installer. Here's how to work around the problem:

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Rob | Friday 27 May 2011 - 3:57 pm | | Tech Stuff | One comment
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HA Active / Passive NFS Cluster

Get a Pair of CentOS 5.5 machines serving up Highly available NFS

I use NFS volumes for all of my production vmware servers. As a result, loosing your NFS server to a hardware failure would be a very bad thing.

We accomplish this using drbd, and heartbeat

This Guide assumes you have two identicaly configured systems, with an empty partition on each node that is un-formatted and ready to go. It also assumes a dedicated crossover connection between network cards on both nodes.

This setup was completed on a CentOS 5.5 system, utilizing the centosplus yum repository for drbd and the fedora epel repository for heartbeat.

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Rob | Thursday 10 March 2011 - 1:39 pm | | Tech Stuff | Two comments

Bluetooth Headset with Kubuntu

Getting a SIP softphone (Twinkle) working with a Bluetooth headset and Kubuntu 10.04

I hate wires. I like wireless devices, (Mice, Keyboards and Headsets) I wanted to see if I could get the bluetooth headset, a Motorola MotoPure H5, I bought for my crackberry to work with my SIP softphone running on Kubuntu 10.04. This will help you get the headset working, but I'm assuming you have a working Bluetooth stack already (either Dongle or built in adapter) and a working IP soft phone (SIP or something like Skype)

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Rob | Friday 25 February 2011 - 7:47 pm | | Tech Stuff | Two comments

Cisco MLPPP with 2 ADSL connections

Aggregating 2 ADSL connections from Teksavvy in Calgary on Telus Copper

Yes! MLPPP works out west for Telsavvy customers, they don't officially support it but they were quite helpful through the setup phase.

I did this with a Cisco 2691  router, with two wic-1adsl line cards.

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Rob | Sunday 06 February 2011 - 10:42 am | | Tech Stuff | Three comments

High Fiber Rye Seed Bread

Delicious, high fiber seed bread

The Wife and I have gone on the South Beach diet, and while searching for a good whole grain high fiber bread,  I sort of made this one up from one of our bread maker recepes.

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Rob | Sunday 06 February 2011 - 09:58 am | | Default | One comment
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Get ready to pay a LOT more for Internet in Canada

Bell, Telus, and Shaw getting set to gouge canadians again

The CRTC has recently made a decision that will force smaller internet service providers to charge similar usage-based fees as Bell, Rogers and Shaw.

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What does this mean? forget downloading movies, music, or uploading lots of pictures to facebook, If you use Netflix, get out your wallet.

I have a feeling this move by the big companies is meant to make netflix more expensive than staying on their own poor TV service.

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Rob | Monday 31 January 2011 - 10:27 am | | Default | One comment
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