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VIA shows its new ARTiGO A2000 storage server

VIA Technology has today taken the covers off the ARTiGO A2000 storage server. It is designed to be a small, affordable yet capable basic storage server.


It is based on a system using a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor and VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP chipset. It supports two SATA-II hard drives up to 1.5TB each. The operating systems supported are Windows XP, Vista, Ubuntu 8.04 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 with Service Pack 2. However, those were all that were tested, others may also work.


What is interesting with this system is that the OS is installed on a CompactFlash (CF) card which supports DMA mode.


You can view the product page here for the complete run-down on the product.


VIA is also holding a name contest for the A2000 - the winning name will be given one of these systems. Go here to suggest a name and possibly win one.


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Sonicwall Licensing Servers leave Users Exposed

There is nothing like having your firewall shut down in the middle of a busy day. But this is exactly what happened to many Sonciwall users.


According to a short article at Fudzilla certain Licensing Servers at Sonicwall started recieving erroneous information that caused them to shut down. This left many Sonicwall users in the dark as their licensing keys reset.


Read more here


Sonicwall Licensing Servers leave customers exposed

"This may have caused the product license key to be reset, and in some cases may have affected the products' operation. The issue has been corrected and all servers and licensing functions have been restored," says SonicWall.


Since the products listed included SonicWall UTM Firewall Appliances-PRO series, TZ series and NSA series; all SonicWall Email Security Appliances and Email Security software; SonicWall Content Security Manager Appliances; all Continuous Data Protection Appliances; and SGMS managed appliances, it would have left many companies completely vulnerable for three hours.


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XenServer Part III

***New information***


In Part III of our XenServer 5.0 soap opera, I have been contacted by Citrix directly who are stating that XenServer 5.0 does indeed have Windows 2008 Server support.


They explain that they lack of Widows 2008 server in their supported OS page was an "our bad" mistake. They have also provided me links to their "what's New" page that references Windows 2008 server. The What's new page goes on to state "Tuned for Windows - XenServer adds support for Windows Server® 2008, has been optimized to run Windows-based workloads (up to 30% faster) and has been certified on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Server through Micrsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).". XenServer 5.0's installation Guide also lists Windows Server 2008.


**** Citrix has sent links to Microsofts VSSP for both XenServer Embedded Edition and Standard XenServer ****


I have asked Citrix about the installation issues that many are reporting with XenServer 5.0 and Windows 2008 Server (BSODs during install etc). I will follow up with their response.


*** Citrix's response to this is a potential fix contained in Update 1 for XenServer ***


XenServer 5.0 What's New.


Read the original article here.


The follow on is here.


XenServer Part III

Your article on XenServer 5 and lack of Windows Server 2008 support came up in my daily newsfeed. Boy was I surprised, because XenServer 5 does indeed have support for Windows Server 2008.


The page you've noted for some reason doesn't list Windows Server 2008, so "our bad" on that.


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Xen Support for Server 2008 Follow On

Yesterday I wrote that Citrix's XenServer and XenDesktop 5.0 do not have native support for Microsoft's Windows 2008 Server. I have received a couple of e-mails disputing that statement. I thought I would clear some items up.


First: In September 2008 Microsoft and Citrix announced they were working on inter-operability between Server 2008 and Xen this was in relation to the HyperVisor product only. Meaning they were working on ways of porting VMs between the two products and allowing VM's on Server 2008's Hyper-V to be "Virtualized" (or delivered) through XenDesktop.


Second: I referred to "the desktop version of XenServer" I should have said XenDesktop. XenDesktop is not literally speaking a Desktop VM product. It is a means for delivering a virtualized Dekstop to remote users.


Third: I am not talking about XenSource (which was bought by Citrix) or Xen Project but Citrix's implementation of these products. Citrix's Xen 5.0 line of products does not have native support for Widows Server 2008.


What has yet to happen is complete validation and functionality of Windows 2008 as a guest(or virtualized desktop) in either of these products. To get Windows 2008 server to run on XenServer you have to custom configure quite a bit and set it up as a hardware VM not the stock type (as I linked in my article).


Interoperability announcement here.


Xen Support for Server 2008 Follow On

Citrix virtualization infrastructure products leverage a broad array of "dynamic virtualization services" that provide core components of an end-to-end virtual infrastructure - from servers to applications to desktops. These enabling technologies range from core innovation in virtual delivery protocols to breakthroughs in application workload streaming. Upcoming dynamic virtualization services such as real-time virtual machine (VM) streaming, VM interoperability, high-performance VM storage and VM high availability will allow Citrix to further extend Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in the future through XenServer for server virtualization and XenDesktop for desktop virtualization.


As part of the company's VM interoperability services, Citrix is also developing technology to enable the portability of virtual machines between XenServer and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. By supporting both the Xen hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Citrix will allow IT organizations to leverage heterogeneous virtualization environments for different workloads, datacenters, or business units within an organization.


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Xen Server 5.0 lacks Server 2008 Support

**Edited November 25 2008 for clarity**


Software is a funny thing sometimes. When you buy a piece of brand new software you think that you are going to get the latest and greatest compatible with all the other latest and greatest software out.


Sadly that is not the case with Citrix's new Xen 5.0 Virtual server software. There are issues with XenDesktop's ability to deliver Virtulaized Windows 2008 Server desktops and XenServer will not run the OS Natively. This flaw takes away from the opening up of the RAM support in Xen Express which was limited to 4GB but now supports up to 128GB


This short coming will hurt the VM hopeful as many people currently using VMware and Sun's Virtual Box have no problems with Microsoft's latest server OS.


XEN 5.0 compatible operating systems listed here.


There is a work around to this for Citrix's XenServer if you want to spend the time here.


Xen Server 5.0 lacks Server 2008 Support

Supported guest operating systems


Microsoft Windows 64-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter Edition SP2


Microsoft Windows 32-bit:
Windows Server 2003 Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter SP0/ SP1/SP2/R2
Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP0/SP1/SP2/R2
Windows XP SP2
Windows 2000 SP4
Windows Vista


Linux 64-bit:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 5.0, 5.1
Oracle® Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1


Linux 32-bit:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1
Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9SP2, 9SP3, 10SP1
Debian sarge (3.1), etch (4.0)


Device configuration
Physical NICs per server: 6
Virtual NICs per VM: 7 (Windows), 3 (Linux)
Virtual disks per VM: 7 (with XenServer Tools installed - 3 without Tools)
Plus 1 virtual CD drive


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Spotlight Video of AMD Maui HTPC system

The folks over at HotHardwae have a nice video spotlight on AMD's new HTPC platform called Maui.


This new products comes complete with Radeon Graphics, a 780M chipset (on an MSI Media Live DIVA 5.1 motherboard), and ATi TV tuners. All of this is wrapped up in a sleek package that would fit into anyone's home theatre system.



Read the blurb from HotHardware here.


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Seagate intros Maxtor Central Axis storage server

Seagate has just launched a new Maxtor branded dual-drive network storage server they call the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition.


Seagate intros Maxtor Central Axis storage server


This unit is mostly targeted at the small-business crowd who seek simple reliable storage that's easily accessible with the added security of auto-backup and data protection.


Seagate intros Maxtor Central Axis storage server


The enclosure is easy on the eye and runs dimensions of 187.9 (H) mm x 51.25 (W) mm x 291.95 (L) mm. The unit houses two 1TB 7200RPM HDDs which operate in a RAID 1 (mirrored) arrangement and it can be connected via Gigabit ethernet or USB.


For added peace of mind, the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition comes with a five year warranty. You can now pre-order it at a cost of $479.99.


For further details, check out the official PR here folks.


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-November 12, 2008-Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the Maxtor® Central Axis™ Business Edition dual-drive network storage server, a storage solution designed to satisfy the long-term business continuity needs and growing storage requirements of small businesses.


The Central Axis Business Edition network storage server takes the guesswork out of network storage management by providing simple, automatic backup with solid data protection and secure remote access to business critical information from any web browser. Available in early November, this small-business network storage solution will help companies keep their competitive edge by delivering access to, and protection for their business critical information while in the office or on the road.


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Iron Man Blu-ray Kills Paramount's BD Live Servers

The Blu-ray forums have been alive with the sounds of fanboys with a problem. Not uncommon of course, but this time it's about a real problem. Blu-ray players with a BD Live, or profile 2.0 compatibility have been stalling whilst attempting to play the new release Iron Man disc.


According to Video Business, it was occurring because Paramounts BD Live servers have been inundated with more connections than they anticipated, which was rectified by adding more servers. The disc is encoded to check for updates upon disc insertion and because the servers could not be contacted, it kept trying. And trying.


Iron Man Melts Servers


Whilst the disc is released next Thursday in Australia, I just received the review discs today and can confirm all works as it should.


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Microsofts Hyper-V Server 2008 freely available

Microsoft has just finished its latest virtualization project they call "Hyper-V Server 2008" and it's freely available for download here.


Microsofts Hyper-V Server 2008 freely available


Hyper-V was built using Windows hypervisor and harnesses the Windows Server driver model and virtualization components to run anything from Linux distributions to Windows XP, Vista and Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. It's also available in multiple language formats.


You can learn more about it here folks.


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Diamond intro Broodling PC Gaming System

Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations today announced its impressive looking Broodling liquid cooled PC gaming system.


The gaming system is a result of joint effort between the two companies and is based on AMD's Spider platform. It is powered by a 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core CPU and AMD 770-SB600 based ABIT AX78 motherboard with 4GB of Kingston DDR2 memory. Cooling is provided by the CoolIT Eliminator with combination of air cooling and liquid / TEC chilling.


As far as graphics go, Diamond's Viper Radeon HD3870 X2 is used along with a 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 HDD and Lite-On 20X DVD+/-RW drive. Power is supplied by the 1250 watt Cooler Master Real Power Pro power supply.


The case gets a wicked paint job by Smooth Creations with a scary looking skull design which says, "Don't mess with me!" Take a look for yourself below...




Diamond claim that it has the capability of outperforming an Intel / Nvidia based gaming system and from we can see, probably at a more affordable price, too. It manages to score a default score of just over 14k in 3DMark06 under Windows XP.


At press time we didn't get any details on pricing but it is available for sale as of now.


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