Category: General

Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM) Configuration

In my article, Derek's 2019 NAS Selection, I discussed why I bought a Synology DS918+ for my home NAS needs. Now, I will cover the software configuration and some of the neat features of DSM (Disk Station Manager) 6.2.2. Topics that I will cover include security, snaphots, replication, Docker containers,...

Derek’s 2019 Home NAS Selection

​Years ago I had a QNAP NAS which I used for my VMware home lab, but it was aging and I wanted something new and larger for all of my data and photos. Now, in 2019, I selected the Synology DS918+ NAS. Find out the specs, how I configured it,...

VMware Security Patches Released

VMware Security Patches Released

​Hot off the press are a few security patches for a variety of VMware products. Advisories include the products ESXi, Workstation, Fusion, and vCloud Director. As always with security updates, read the release notes, assess your risk, deploy the patches in a lab, test, then gently roll out to production. The...

Nakivo Version 8.1 is Now Available

​Nakivo just released version 8.1 of their Backup and Replication Suite. Nakivo supports VMware, Hyper-V, and AWS EC2.  ​What's new in this 'dot' release?  Policy based Data Protection NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.1 revolutionizes the way companies manage their backup operations by introducing Policy-Based Data Protection. Set up policies for...

Top vBlog 2018 Voting is now Live!

​For a number of years Eric Siebert over at vSphere-land has been sponsoring the top vBlogger voting contest. This is where you, the reader, can get behind your favorite bloggers and help them rank! Last year was a record year with over 1,600 votes. And as usual, the great sponsor...

Top WordPress Plugins You Should Use Pt. 1

I've been running a WordPress blog for over 4 years, and recently started a 'back end'  plugin refresh cycle. I'm also working on new WordPress site for my photography outlet, and did a lot of research into the best-of WordPress plugins. Most of the plugins I'll cover are fairly generic...

Windows 10 Credential Guard and VMware Workstation 14

Microsoft has been very busy adding new security features to Windows 10. It seems that each release gets something new, or existing features are enhanced. For enterprises, one of the great new-ish features is Windows Defender Credential Guard. What is Credential Guard? It uses VBS (virtualization based security) to help...

CleanTalk anti-spam WordPress Plug-in Review

CleanTalk anti-spam WordPress Plug-in Review

I've been running this blog for a number of years (since 2009), and one thing that really irks me is the amount of spam comments my blog gets. I use comment moderation (sorry for sometimes being way behind in moderation, BTW), so my blog isn't full of spammy comments. Spammy...

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