As we predicted a couple of days ago Apple's servers are unable to deal with the excessive amount of traffic caused by the availability of the new iPhone OS 3.0.
This is a sad repeat of the past 2 major releases and does show that Apple has not learned from their past mistakes. If this is not cleared up in the next couple of days new iPhone 3G S owners will find themselves not able to activate their shiny new phones.
On the other side this could be an intentional issue. It brings press to the launch, makes people wait and want it more. In general it drives interest.
UPDATE - Good news! It seems like Apple has fed its servers some more muscle and now the activation server is back online. I'm updating my iPhone now and it seems to be working fine - CW.
It has been a while since I have done any major Apple news and while I was feeling the beginnings of withdrawals I found a blurb on Apple's plans to build a new data center in North Carolina.
It seems that North Carolina passed a bill to give Apple a nice $46 million state tax credit. The new site will only have around 50 full time employees but for some reason NC is claiming it will create 250-300 jobs in the region. I am not sure what math they are using but that sounds a little off to me.
No matter the data center will be good for the local economy, I just wonder if it will actually help the consumer, after all it won't be in place to prevent another iPhone upgrade fiasco that is sure to happen when iPhone 3.0 hits. But maybe just maybe it will impact iPhone 4.5…
Read more here.
IChanges in the tax laws were not without opponents. Last week when the House voted in favor of the tax credit by a vote of 80-34, House Minority Leader Rep. Paul Stam was clearly upset with the incentives.
"They're playing us," Stam said. "And they're going to keep playing us as long as you agree to be played. They'll either come or they won't come, but whether they come I can virtually assure you it will not depend upon whether you pass this bill."
North Carolina said the Apple server farm will have about 50 full-time employees. One of the regulations that Apple has to follow is that the average wage in the facility exceed the wage standard in the county where it's located.
As we have talked about the home is becoming more like the enterprise these days. We see PoE (Power over Ethernet) Home Servers, IP cameras, and complex wired and wireless networks.
Dell and HP already have Home Server products based on Microsoft's Home Serve Operating system and now Acer has one of their own.
The new system is called the easyStore Home Server and features a nice combination of features and expandability. With a price tag of $400 Acer is going to offer storage of up to 7 terabytes (1 TB built in and 3 extra 3.5-Inch bays, an Atom 230 CPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM.
This is not a bad way to enter the market if you ask me.
Read more here.
Acer's entering the home server market, and its first entry's gonna be the easyStore AH340-UA230N with built-in Windows Home Server. It's juiced up with Intel Atom 230 processor and 2GB DDR2 RAM, and in addition to 1TB of storage, you've got three 3.5-inch hot swappable bays for a possible total of 7TB of storage.
Via may have finally found a steady home for its Nano CPU. Dell is looking to make a new classification of server and wants to put the Via Nano under the hood.
The new servers should sell under the product name of XS11-VX8. They are not intended for high performance but for light server loads and should show up with a 1.3GHz Nano. No word on when they will hit the streets or other specs but pricing should be around $400.
Not too bad for a light duty server
Read more here.
VIA got a break from the all-mighty silicon gods as the world's second-largest computer seller, Dell, has decided on using its Nano processors for a new series of servers. Before making it into Dell's offer, the Nano has found its way into the Samsung NC20, a 12-inch notebook. Dubbed XS11-VX8, the new Nano-powered machines are designed for light server workloads and put the emphasis on low power consumption, lower cooling requirements and compact size.
There may be good news in VistaVille, It looks like the 2nd Service Pack for the much maligned OS has gone RTM (Release to Manufacturer).
Although there is not a firm release schedule quite yet the RTM stage means that the new update is finalized and ready to go. One nice improvement over previous SPs is a single installer for both Vista and Server 2008 making distribution easier.
Fixes in the new pack include full support for Via's 64 Bit CPU, ability to record directly to BluRay media and other improvements for performance and compatibility.
Read more here
The rumor mill has spit out a number of tidbits about the release schedule for Windows Vista's second service pack lately, but we'd heard very little in the way of official news. Well, Microsoft has now remedied that. Company blogger Brandon LeBlanc wrote a long post on the Windows Vista Team Blog to say Vista SP2 has hit release-to-manufacturing status.
That means the software is complete, and Microsoft is effectively just waiting to unleash it upon the public. LeBlanc doesn't mention a precise release time frame, though-he just says the software will be out some time this quarter. (Recent reports suggest the service pack may launch at the TechEd 2009 conference in mid-May.) To make the roll-out process easier for enterprise IT staff, Microsoft will provide a single installer for both Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2.
There is nothing like compatibility; unless you are Windows Home Server, then well...you just don't need it.
According to reports on the internet Windows Home Server is not compatible with Linux or Mac systems on your network. Systems such as remote backup, remote file sharing and monitoring are simply not available to MAC and Linux users at this time.
Maybe MS will add something in later, but I just can't see it with the "I'm a PC" ads out there.
Read more here
However if you have Linux systems in your house or anything fruit flavoured you might as well forget it.
Microsoft is also making WHS available for free to software developers who subscribe to its MSDN or Technet networks. This is so that developers will write software add-ons for the thing.
Not included in Power Pack 2 is the ability to do automated backup and monitoring of Mac OS and Linux PCs in the network.
The RC's are the same build that were released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers last week.
A single 32-bit installer is available for Vista and Server 2008, however there are two installers for 64-bit OS's: one for Itanium architectures and one for x64 architectures.
The Windows Blog announced today that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit the Release Client milestone.
As of now, the RC is only available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, but the team says that the service pack will be available to everyone in the very near future.
Service Pack 2 will include include many updates that have not been delievered since SP1 hit, and it will also support new types of hardware and emerging standards. As of now, the team is looking to release the service pack for both operating systems in 2Q 2009.
SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include updates that have been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging standards. As we've described since we first talked about SP2, we've taken your feedback into account when developing SP2. Specifically, we expect SP2 to continue the security benefits of both products and simplify deployment for our customers.
Looks like Citrix has found a new way to compete with VMWare; they are going to give XenSever 5.0 away for free.
Of course the Express Version has been free for a long time, but Citrix is claiming that the enterprise version is also now free. The problem is one of features. According to Roger Klorese "the new free XenServer does not include high availability, advanced StorageLink storage integration, persistent performance management, or monitoring -- which continue in Enterprise Edition and Platinum Edition -- or dynamic provisioning services -- which continue in Platinum Edition."
Citrix is a new comer in the Virtualization market, but have scored a big win by partnering up with Microsoft and getting a great Interoperability deal between their XenServer product and MS' Hyper-V.
True Citrix's new Free XenServer has its issues and limitations, including missing many enterprise class features, but to get an enterprise class virtualization product for free is still a good thing.
If you are more of a VMWare fan you can grab VMware's ESXi server for free also.
Read more here at Roger Klorese's Blog.
XenServer, our enterprise virtual infrastructure platform is now free (including resource pooling and live relo), and we have announced Citrix Essentials for XenServer, and Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V as our virtualization management portfolio that offers a rich set of automated functions that drive the compatible virtualization layers beneath - the free Hyper-V hypervisor from Microsoft, and the free XenServer Enterprise virtual infrastructure platform from Citrix. Finally, and most importanly, we announced a powerful go-to-market roadmap with Microsoft.
Response to our announcements has been extremely positive, from our partner Microsoft to our channel partners and resellers, and many many customers and users. There are the expected nay-sayers too, but someone had to drink the only thing that you get free from our competitor - VMware koolaid.
With CES out of the way, Thecus Technology has announced some of their plans for the upcomming CeBIT in Hannover. First up are their new N7700 and N8800 NAS servers. The N7700 houses 7 SATA drives for massive storage and can be stacked with an additional five N7700's. If you have room for the NAS in the rack, the N8800 comes in a 2U form factor and ups the ante a bit with an eigth drive. Both support iSCSI making it easy to centrally manage and deploy storage for an entire network.
Thecus will also have several new units on display. First up is the N5500. This 5-bay NAS is a follow up to the N5200PRO and comes with an Intel Celeron processor and 1GB of DDR2. It also supports iSCSI and multiple file systems including XFS, Ext3, and ZFS. Home users will get the new N0204. It has two drive bays for RAID 0/1/JBOD support and also functions as an iTunes, media, and photo server. Rounding off their full range of NAS units will be the multimedia-friendly M3800 and N3200PRO. The M3800 is a revamped N4100PRO and the N3200 is powered by the AMD Geode.
"As the demand for storage capacity continues to grow, businesses are requiring greater integration of storage into their environments," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel Server Platforms Group - Storage. "Using Intel® architecture allows Thecus to deliver the performance, features, expandability and reliability to satisfy these increasing customer requirements."
"This year's CeBIT is going to be sensational as Thecus® kicks off the New Year with some of our most exciting products,"
said Thecus® General Manager Florence Shih. "I look forward to meeting some of our most valued partners as well as some Thecus® fans at CeBIT 2009. See you at the show!"
It looks like there is a new Bug in SQL server that can allow for remote detonation of the server. Well ok not detonation but this newly discovered flaw can allow for remote execution of code.
According to MSA (Microsoft Security Advisory)961040, the flaw affects SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 (with SP 2 or lower) SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, MSDE 2000, WMSDE, and Windows Internal Database.
SQL 7.0 With SP4, 2005 with SP3 and SQL Server 2008 are not affected.
Read more here.
Customers who believe that they have been attacked can obtain security support at Get security support and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Customers in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at Internet Crime Complaint Center.
• This issue does not affect supported editions of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
• This vulnerability is not exposed anonymously. An attacker would need to either authenticate to exploit the vulnerability or take advantage of a SQL injection vulnerability in a Web application that is able to authenticate.
• By default, MSDE 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Express do not allow remote connections. An authenticated attacker would need to initiate the attack locally to exploit the vulnerability.
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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
**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.
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
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
CentOS 5.0, 5.1
Oracle® Enterprise Linux 5.0, 5.1
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)
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
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.
Seagate has just launched a new Maxtor branded dual-drive network storage server they call the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst the disc is released next Thursday in Australia, I just received the review discs today and can confirm all works as it should.
Microsoft has just finished its latest virtualization project they call "Hyper-V Server 2008" and it's freely available for download here.
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.
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.