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Have you ever heard that old saying… something about the universe will whisper to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, it will escalate to some special hell that will bring you to your knees? I’m having an odd case of that lately when it comes to the subject of secure file sharing. I think we all are, and I’m wondering why aren’t we collectively taking this issue a lot more seriously?


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BrainShare Wrap up
Cindy DeHart, Novell & Virtualization Practice ManagerIT Central at BrainShare

IT Central was the hub of BrainShare activity as it showcased technologies from Novell, NETIQ & SUSE.   It's where BrainShare attendees can view the latest products, see the  end-user interface, or walk through the administration features.  

We have heard from and worked with many of our customers over the past few years about their interest in virtualization and how it can help them with many of the issues facing IT.

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Generally what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not during the VMware partner conference.


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BrainShare Day 3
Cindy DeHart, Novell & Virtualization Practice Manager

Oftentimes these conferences can feel like a 3-ring circus with so many sessions of interest, demonstrations and interesting conversations everywhere and certain information overload. Novell took it one step further this year with what many of us feel was the funniest commercial snippet featuring a creepy clown and using that to define the chaos around BYOD and how it is impacting your IT environment.

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BrainShare 2013: Day 1 Kick off
Cindy DeHart - Novell & Virtualization Practice Manager

Brainshare 2013 kicked off with a Super Bowl party and this morning the opening keynote did not disappoint. The ALI team is looking forward to hearing further details from the Attachmate team with the focus this morning on Novell technologies.

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Advanced Logic Industries (ALI) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Brush Mountain Data Center. This regional IT data center has been providing private cloud services and data hosting from its location at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (CRC) in Blacksburg since 2006.

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If you have noticed an increase in spam recently, there is a good reason - the amount of spam in the Internet has more than doubled in volume since January.

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VMware has recently announced the end of life for vSphere ESX hypervisor 4.X (more info).  What does this mean for you?

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Exchange Server 2010 includes numerous Exchange Management Shell commands that make administration easier. Here are 5 helpful Exchange powershell commands. These commands are to be used in the Exchange Management Shell.

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Last week we discussed how to setup synchronization with an external time source. This week we will learn how to make the syncs occur more often.

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Windows Time synchronization is often a mystery. Like many processes we are only forced to learn about it when it does not function as we expect. By design each client computer in a domain receives its time from a Domain Controller. Domain Controllers sync their time from the Domain’s PDC Operation Master. It is therefore essential that the PDC time is correct. In order to assure the accuracy of this time we will sync the PDC to an external time source.

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Have you ever wondered how to quickly check the replication health of your AD environment? There is a simple command that will show the inbound/outbound replication for each Domain Controller.

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An identity for Shh/Updater-B released by SophosLabs for use with Sophos Protection system has caused a False Positive issue that has affected many customers.  This Technical Alert advises how to resolve it.

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A quick note to advise that due to some port changes at Comcast, some clients may experience some issues with outbound email.


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A quick note to advise that scammers are continuing to try to use UPS and FexEx as avenues for scams and viruses.  For awhile it was virus-infected attachments that claimed to be invoices or delivery notices.  These are scannable and filterable, so they have changed tactics.


This week we have guest blogger Andy Marquez of Arrow Electronics taking a stand that may surprise many - banking on Novell again.  As a Brand Specialist for Arrow, it's his job to assess technologies and he's seen a lot, so his quick take might cause you to just take another look at today's Novell solutions.

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Kirk Koenigsbauer corporate Vice President for the Microsoft Office Division has announced the coding completion of Office 2013 on his blog. The new office has been made available to manufactures and they are now focused on general release. Koenigsbaur revealed general availability between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

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One of the best things about Brainshare is how much there is to do, see and experience.  Day 2 of 2013 was more of the same and a complete whirlwind.   The morning began with the Novell Business Unit Partner Breakfast.   One if the key focuses going forward is that upcoming solutions and products releases will fill the need of key market trends.

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GroupWise® has always delivered significant advantages: industry-leading uptime, rock-solid reliability, and the ability to administer the system without breaking the bank-or the backs of your IT staff. And now, with renewed support and focus, GroupWise is positioned for even greater things.