For those still reading from my days in the firmware, PowerEdge development team. Peter Tsai and the TechCenter team are hosting a chat later today on the The Dell iDRAC7 (Dell Remote Access Controller) ability to allow you to configure and manage Dell PowerEdge servers through the iDRAC’s Config XML functionality. Using ConfigXML, you can also tweak XML files to make configuration changes to one or many PowerEdge servers at the same time.
[Updated 10/31, 7:50pm central] John Newsom, VP of our APM (Application Performance Monitoring) team has had a great overview of the issues and challenges around Web 2.0 monitoring published in The DataCenter Journal. He discusses the three main issues
- Inadequate code-level analysis
- Incorrect page response times
- Insufficient context
Overall its a great read and served as a great refresher for a couple of issues I’m currently looking at in one of my projects. CTR (Computer Technology Review) has a good fly-by of the Foglight APM. You can read it here. Foglight can help you monitor and manage you applications, middleware and systems.
Dell Software Group has updated and moved it’s open source software repository to the corporate server. If you are looking for the open source software we are required by license to publish, or other software projects that we produce that are open source, the formal legal copy is here: http://opensource.dell.com/releases/Dell_Software/
We are starting on a number of brand new products in Dell Software Group, yep, thats organic development rather than simply getting product via acquisition.
Here is an opportunity for someone with Liferay/Java skills, the Position is Senior Engineer. The job is based in Round Rock, come work with us!
Among some of the products and enhancements we announced at last weeks VMware conference is the latest Foglight for Virtualization. Included in this announcement is the next version of the product that was formerly known as vKernal vOPS Standard.
Inside, it’s actually a suite of products that work together to streamline key virtualization, storage and cloud initiatives. The products are:
- Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition 7.0
- Foglight for Virtualization, Standard Edition 7.0
- Foglight for Storage Management 3.0.
The solution suite tackles a number of key IT challenges, including detecting and eliminating inactive “zombie” virtual machines.
Foglight Enterprise has all the features needed to track, monitor and simplify operational complexity in increasingly virtual datacenters. The product suite is also tightly integrated with Microsoft Active Directory, and Microsoft Exchange.
If you are looking for an eval or simpler way to get into Foglight for Virtualization, you can try out the Free Edition. Virtualization Review picked Foglight for Virtualization, Free Edition, as the best free tool at the show, along with selecting Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) as best Desktop/VDI.
Texas Monthly published an article about the current Dell take-private proposal. I think as an employee I’m not supposed to comment, so I did try to avoid that, however, I did feel this old whore insinuation that Dell doesn’t innovate, needed to be addressed.
In the form of a comment to a blog, which in and of itself is a copy of a print article, there wasn’t really time, space or would it have been appropriate to give many examples of innovation I thought I’d stick to an obvious example from my perspective.
As always, my comments are mine alone, they do not represented either Dell the company, or Dell the man. I am however, a senior employee and a shareholder.
Tags: email, outlook
One thing that I’ve come to loathe is a “reply-to-all” email storm. They happen on all sorts of email systems, are are often made worse by making the reply-to-all but the default, rather than an option. They are also compounded by distribution lists, especially in big organizations. We had the perfect-storm Friday afternoon, an errant email addressed to an-all-org distribution list.
Peoples inability to use the advanced features the tools they spend so much of their time using, and their willingness to compound the problem with banal, stupid, inconsiderate and just thoughtless responses, also sent reply-to-all, not only astounds me, it frustrates me.
Yes I’m sure you want to be removed from this email chain; yes I know you want people to stop using reply-to-all but sending the response reply-to-all just shows you’ve not thought it through, and don’t know how to use your tools. I understand the problem is compounded by mobile use, where you don’t have the same technology, and having your blackberry vibrate in your pocket 200x can be a little overkill.
If you have Microsoft Outlook, and especially Outlook 2010. Then help is at hand. I keep a couple of Quicksteps for these occaisions, the first is called REPLYTOALL and the second is called EDUCATE. REPLYTOALL just replies to the sender pointing out how useless their reply-to-all was. The quickstep changes the subject, adds the text, signs the email, and sends it, finally it deletes the original message.
If they reply, and this is known since the subject is changed, then I use EDUCATE to reply. It sends the following reply, again changing the subject, adding the text, signing the email, sending it, and finally deleting their response.
You replied to an email chain by using reply to all… asking to be removed or similar… a completely pointless effort that just added to the problem.
Interestingly you simply don’t have to do that. You have three choices that don’t need a reply at all, let alone a reply to all.
- After you have read the first message where you decide you don’t need to read anymore, from the inbox view right click on that message and choose ignore
- Right click the message and select ALWAYS MOVE MESSAGES IN THIS CONVERSION and then select deleted items. Right click and select create rule(this is more complex than the two above but can achieve the same thing)
- What I set up sometime ago is a quickstep. It’s easy to do, its called REPLYTOALL. I select the messages and click the QUICKSTEP, it is set up to send the reply you got, but also deletes the original email, and I just got the chance to update it to change the Subject, as per this reply, to READ ME!And yes, just in case you wondered, yes this reply came from another QUICKSTEP.
Some of us actually think email is still a vehicle for communicating ideas, not just the quickest way to abdicate responsibility for doing anything.