Tech Round Up 26th November 2012

A set of links with some brief notes – and perhaps even images – of interesting tech things happened upon since 11th November! With stuff from: Citrix, Microsoft, Nedi, SanXfer, Veeam and VMware!

## Citrix ##

Citrix Solutions page:

Citrix XenDesktop Site Checker & Worker Diag:

CloudStack Developer Day – an interesting set of YouTube videos and Slideshares!

XenDesktop – High Availability & Load Balancing Add On For Web Interface!

Fig. how the XenDesktop HA & LB add on code works

## Microsoft ##

Free (pay with a tweet) study guides for 70-246, 70-659 and 70-243:

Windows Server 2012 Microsoft Virtual Academy Track:

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2010 – Operations Manager:

To get the password for the SharePoint Farm account, and probably any service that uses IIS and application pools (credit to my colleague Nevets Nosjnho). Copy and paste the following code snippet into powershell (change the "SharePoint Central Administration v4" to whatever it is in IIS that you’re trying to retrieve), and you’ll be returned the password:
&$env:windir\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe list apppool "SharePoint Central Administration v4" /text:ProcessModel.Password

## Nedi ##

An excellent free network management tool:
The name is like Jedi but with an N!

## SanXfer ##

An interesting alternative to using Double-Take or PlateSpin for minimal downtime P2Vs!

## Veeam ##

Symantec admits all its VMware backup customers are in danger!
Modern Architecture Wins Every Time: Veeam Customers Unaffected!

A few links from Gostev’s Community Forums Digest – Nov 11:

Including the following from onVeeam Explorer for SAN Storage (VESS) (which currently only supports HP LeftHand):

A few links from Gostev’s Community Forums Digest – Nov 18:

## VMware ##

Upgrading to vCenter Server 5.1 Best Practices:

VMware vCenter 5.0 Update 1b Release Notes – among other issues it fixes a major memory hog by the tomcat process!

Best practices for using and troubleshooting VMware Converter:

Using esxtop to identify storage performance issues:

VCAP5DCD_StudyOutline from

Which vSphere client should I use and when?

Fig. vSphere Web Client Only functionality

Fig. vSphere Desktop Client Only functionality