Compellent storage is a company that provides top tier storage solutions for medium tier pricing. Even though their entry model can be pricey when compared with the giants like HP, IBM. The nice thing is that it comes with storage virtualization and thin provisioning etc.
The problem is that Compellent brand is not very well known in Singapore. Trying to sell or buy it is an uphill challenge. Now it is in the stables of Dell together with Equallogic. Hopefully this will get a wider exposure.
After a long period of procrastination, I have decided to replace the old dead PC with a Linux box. This was mainly driven by the fact price of RAM is falling and 32bit Windows can only support 3Gb of RAM. I figure since I am going to bust the 32 bit limit, why don’t do it with a big bang.
The different flavours should have most of the device covered by now.
3 things that made me smile.
1. Got the technical spec off my chest.
2. Managed the Sharepoint migration now, instead of doing.
3. Showed another way to control data loss.
I was tooling around Microsoft SQL server in preparation for a 64 bit migration when I came across this interesting command.
It returned the following for my Intel box.
1 ProductName NULL Microsoft SQL Server
2 ProductVersion 589824 9.00.4035.00
3 Language 1033 English (United States)
4 Platform NULL NT AMD64
5 Comments NULL NT AMD64
6 CompanyName NULL Microsoft Corporation
7 FileDescription NULL SQL Server Windows NT – 64 Bit
8 FileVersion NULL 2005.090.4035.00
9 InternalName NULL SQLSERVR
10 LegalCopyright NULL © Microsoft Corp. All rights reserved.
11 LegalTrademarks NULL Microsoft® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Windows(TM) is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation
12 OriginalFilename NULL SQLSERVR.EXE
13 PrivateBuild NULL NULL
14 SpecialBuild 264437760 NULL
15 WindowsVersion 248381957 5.2 (3790)
16 ProcessorCount 1 1
17 ProcessorActiveMask 1 1
18 ProcessorType 8664 NULL
19 PhysicalMemory 7935 7935 (8320720896)
20 Product ID NULL NULL
Interesting to see that it reports an AMD CPU. Checking with Google, it appears that AMD beat Intel to the 64 bit arena, as such got frozen in programming history. link
Update 19 Apr 11
I was wondering if any of my dark servers can take a 64 bit OS. This very nifty tool from VMware does a width check. Link
Update 24 Jul 11
The SQL version numbers reported above are not friendly to non-SQL gurus. This command helps a bit.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – 9.00.4035.00 (X64) Nov 24 2008 16:17:31 Copyright (c) 1988-2005 Microsoft Corporation Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 5.2 (Build 3790: Service Pack 2)
An earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a tsunami. The Tohoku 8.9 earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan triggered a 10m high tsunami causing massive flooding at coast and Sendai Airport.
The earthquake disrupted the cooling for 4 nuclear reactors and the operator is struggling to keep it under control.
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The processor used in smart phones used to be some low end, cheapest CPU core the handset manufacturer can squeeze into the BOM. Nowadays you get 1GHz class CPU in phones and tablets with nearly as much horsepower was a netbook.
Here is the shakedown of the top CPUs of the moment. Snapdragon, Hummingbird and OMAP. link
This is for the viewers that made a accumulated total of 6000 views. Please stop using Internet Explorer 6.0.
There are lots of bugs on it and Microsoft is no longer fixing it. Please upgrade to the next version of IE, 7.0, 8.0 or if you can find it 9.0. If you don’t like IE 7 or any other version, you might want to consider Firefox or Opera. Firefox Portable really rocks.
Trust me it is worth the effort to have a more secure browsing environment. Especially for tabbed browsing.
Update 7 Mar: Since my post on this in 30 Jul 10, Microsoft has recently started a campaign to ask people to upgrade from Internet Explorer 6. link No, my post did not start the campaign.
There is a new file format called msu or Microsoft Update Standalone package. These are hotfixes meant for Vista and new OS. It is also used for the installation of Vista OS, but I have not tried digging to that detail.
The msu file is a compressed file archive of a cab file, xml and a text file. The xml file is the installer config file. If you are handling at the msu file level, use the Windows Update Stand-alone Installer or Wusa.exe. If you are going to use SMS or SCCM to push it out, you will need to play with expanded file and the package manager, pkgmgr.exe. The pkgmgr is the actual program that does the heavy lifting with xml file.
Riding on the success of the iPhone, iPod and iPad, Apple release a new version of iPad on 2 Mar 11. The first iPad was launched in Jan 2010.
It features, dual core 1GHz CPU, front and back cameras and HDMI output.
Still too expensive for my taste.