Microsoft left the home backup server market, is Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE about to take over?

...and they're giving Surface Pro 3 to 6 lucky beta testers. Sounds intriguing, especially for a v1 release. I listened in to a portion of their Webinar today, and wanted to share some initial impressions, based on what I heard so far. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but Andreas…

Dec 5 2014

Problems downloading VMware vSphere VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1c Appliance

**Aug 08 2014 update: click on The Fix! to jump right down to the work-around, discovered after this article was originally published Here's the new 5.5.0U1c "Download Product" site: my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?productId=353&download=true&downloadGroup=VC55U1C along with…

Aug 4 2014

Google Chrome going 64 bit breaks vSphere 5.x Web Client Integration Plug-In

Here's the Google Chrome 64 bit beta download: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/beta.html It probably won't be long now before this beta becomes generally available for all Chrome users, all while preserving the Chrome 32 bit user's current settings. There's also the promise of speed…

Aug 4 2014

Presenting at New York City VMUG July 24 2014, “Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.”

.PDF version of presentation: Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free - NYC VMUG Jul24 2014.pdf See also step by step guide: Using your home network’s ESXi or Hyper-V OpenVPN appliance to safely use public WiFi Living in Southern New England, specifically, in scenic Central…

Jul 21 2014

Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free.

Last year, I was pondering new ways to remotely surf the web securely, privately, from my home's IP address, even when far away from my home. The concern wasn't so much about my internet provider, Cox Communications, from knowing what I'm doing. It was more about securing in-the-clear…

Jul 5 2014

Presented at Security BSides Boston on May 10 2014, "Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free."

by Paul Braren, May 2013 by Paul Braren, May 2014 I'm fortunate enough to live only 2 hours away from the Microsoft NERD Center, founded in 2008. The employees there have long been open to a bit of fun, even on Father's Day, and open to a wide variety of free user group meetings for the IT…

May 10 2014

Using your home network's ESXi or Hyper-V OpenVPN appliance to safely use public WiFi

Are you interested in being able to use public WiFi, with considerably less fear unscrupulous folks around you might be sniffing your packets, looking for tasty morsels of unencrypted goodness? You know, things like an email account that might be pulling IMAP messages over an unencrypted…

Dec 12 2013

Presented at Security BSides Boston on May 18 2013, "Build Your Own VMWare ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, Using Affordable and Efficient Hardware"

To view the slide deck, the presentation itself, click here, or just view it below. Soon, there'll be video playback from the event as well, available here once published. Having never been to a security user group event before, I initially felt like a bit of an outsider, but felt very welcome in…

May 18 2013

How to install and configure VMware vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) 5.1

I plan to leave this free, 64 bit SuSE "light" appliance running 24x7. It only takes 800MB memory. This largely pre-configured Linux appliance can be used for basic duties, such as running vCLI scripts, collecting syslog files, and/or receiving USB signals from a UPS to perform an…

Nov 19 2012