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Linux Containers: Why They’re in Your Future and What Has to Happen First

Several weeks ago Red Hat and Cisco collaborated on a whitepaper for IT leaders and industry analysts on Linux containers.  The following is an excerpt from the first page: “Linux containers and Docker are poised to radically change the way … Continue reading

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POWER8 Enterprise Power E870 – 2nd Look at the Cabling

Warning: I need to make it clear that these pictures are from an Early Ship Program machine which might vary a little from the final Generally Available (GA) models from November 2014. For example, missing labels or stickers plus colours … Continue reading

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cPanel TSR-2014-0008 Full Disclosure

TSR-2014-0008 Full Disclosure Case 114917 Summary Resellers could delete feature lists they did not own. Security Rating cPanel has assigned a Security Level of Moderate to this vulnerability. Description The check for ownership of a feature list was not functioning … Continue reading

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SMB Nation and BitTitan discuss Office 365 FastTrack

Harry Brelsford, CEO of SMB Nation,​ interviewed Geeman in the future BitTitan HQ in Kirkland.  They discussed the funding of Microsoft Office 365 FastTrack funds.  Read his article on SMB Nation​​.​  Geeman shares his thoughts in this video interview.    

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SMB Nation and BitTitan discuss Office 365 FastTrack

Harry Brelsford, CEO of SMB Nation,​ interviewed Geeman in the future BitTitan HQ in Kirkland.  They discussed the funding of Microsoft Office 365 FastTrack funds.  Read his article on SMB Nation​​.​  Geeman shares his thoughts in this video interview.    

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BitTitan Leads Seattle’s O365 Tools Culture

Call it the economic multiplier effect. Microsoft is one of the biggest economic engines in the Seattle area (along with Boeing and Amazon). As is common in a sector, there are newly-formed businesses being created almost daily by former Microsoft … Continue reading

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BitTitan Leads Seattle’s O365 Tools Culture

Call it the economic multiplier effect. Microsoft is one of the biggest economic engines in the Seattle area (along with Boeing and Amazon). As is common in a sector, there are newly-formed businesses being created almost daily by former Microsoft … Continue reading

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BitTitan Partners with Vaultive on Data Encryption for Office 365

By Tara SealsChannelVision Magazine BitTitan, which focuses on IT change automation for cloud-based migration and onboarding, is partnering with Vaultive to implement data encryption for Microsoft Office 365. The service will be available as a cloud-based offering to small and … Continue reading

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Vendors Showcase new partner programs, more at Microsoft WPC 2014

​By: Spencer ​Smith​​​TechTarget-SearchI​TChannel In this roundup of vendor news from the WPC 2014, Carbonite and Concerto Cloud Services launch partner programs, BitTitan introduces its revamped partner program, and Cisco signs a data center modernization agreement with Microsoft. Microsoft’s vendor partners crowded … Continue reading

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WPC 2014: BitTitan Improves MigrationWiz, Unveils Data Encryption Service and Revamped Partner Program

By Matt Whitlock​​ChannelPro Nextwork BitTitan’s been hard at work for months adding new features and products to its lineup, as well as prepping a revamped partner program, and it has all come to a head here at the 2014 Worldwide … Continue reading

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TechTarget – SearchCloudApplications: BitTitan CEO discusses new release, offers, practical advice

By:​ Caroline de Lacvivier, published June 20, 2014TechTarget-SearchCloudApplications​ BitTitan, an office productivity platform specializing in cloud-based data migration, recently announced the release of a new product: BitTitan Desktop Deployment. The tool onboards and configures a company’s existing Outlook client with … Continue reading

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Network World- Office 365 customer: Get the right help when moving email to the cloud

By Tim Greene , published June 17, 2014​​Network World​​​ Dallas County Community Colleges District was using Novell’s GroupWise suite of applications for email but little else, and at $200,000 per year, that just didn’t make sense, especially since it was also … Continue reading

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Redmond Channel Partner- Third-Party Tools for Office 365 Migration and Management

By Scott Bekker, published by June 09, 2014Redmond Channel Partner BitTitan was featured on page of two of this article published in the Redmond Channel Partner. BitTitan Turns to the Desktop Another company focused on onboarding customers to Office 365 … Continue reading

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Network World- New products of the week 06.09.14

By Brandon Butler, published June 9, 2014​Network World New Products of the week BitTitan featured on slide 11                 Product name: BitTitan Public Folder Migration Pricing: MigrationWiz: $11.99 per user. Public Folder Migration pricings start at … Continue reading

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Microsoft® FrontPage® Blocking 11.46 Upgrades: Removal Required

For many cPanel & WHM customers, an existing installation of Microsoft® FrontPage® extensions on their Linux server(s) is blocking the ability to upgrade to cPanel & WHM software version 11.46. Microsoft® discontinued support for FrontPage® extensions on Linux servers in … Continue reading

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WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next … Continue reading

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Helping users find mobile-friendly pages

Webmaster level: All Have you ever tapped on a Google Search result on your mobile phone, only to find yourself looking at a page where the text was too small, the links were tiny, and you had to scroll sideways … Continue reading

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta: Tell Us What You Think

It’s been one week since we announced the beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host and we’re looking for your feedback. If you’ve downloaded and installed the beta, this is your chance to tell us what you think, … Continue reading

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EasyApache 3.26.10 Released

SUMMARY cPanel, Inc. has released EasyApache 3.26.10 with PHP version 5.5.19 and PHP version 5.4.35. This release addresses vulnerabilities related to CVE-2014-3710 by fixing bugs in the Fileinfo module. We strongly encourage all PHP 5.5 users to upgrade to version … Continue reading

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cPanel TSR-2014-0008 Announcement

TSR-2014-0008 Announcement cPanel has released new builds for all public update tiers. These updates provide targeted changes to address security concerns with the cPanel & WHM product. These builds are currently available to all customers via the standard update system. … Continue reading

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WordPress 4.1 Beta 1

Welcome, everyone, to WordPress 4.1 Beta 1! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress … Continue reading

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Performance Testing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta on Amazon EC2

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta kernel is an optimized small footprint kernel for running containers. It packages key components of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel like SELinux, systemd, and tuned to facilitate running containers in … Continue reading

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AWS re:Invent Bootcamp Attendees Learn How to Accelerate Development with Linux Containers

Developers and system administrators need better ways to deliver applications with increased speed and flexibility. Linux Containers, when used as an open source application packaging and delivery technology, meet this need by combining lightweight application isolation with the flexibility of … Continue reading

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Extensions: IDE and APIs Hinting

A development process should be comfortable. It means that you should have an editor or an IDE that allows you to express your thoughts in a fast and easy manner. Of course, the editor or the IDE requires fine-tuning. If you are … Continue reading

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11.46 Now in RELEASE Tier

cPanel, Inc. is thrilled to release cPanel & WHM software version 11.46, which is now available in the RELEASE tier. cPanel & WHM 11.46 offers localization and support for 29 languages, Paper Lantern branding, ModSecurity tools, and more. Localization & … Continue reading

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POWER8 Enterprise – Power E870 – First Look

Warning: I need to make it clear that these pictures are from an Early Ship Program machine which might vary a little from the final Generally Available (GA) models in November 2014. For example, missing labels or stickers plus colours … Continue reading

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Shock horror: IBM i and 5250 terminal error '0023 No information retrieved – verify configuration'

Yes this is still the AIXpert Blog but my beautiful POWER8 machines can also run that “odd ball” operating system now called IBM i. That should generate some comments    We have a project to install IBM i 7.2 and … Continue reading

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Upgrading PowerVC controlled AIX Virtual Machine

Assuming you have dozens to hundreds of AIX VM’s now running on your PowerVC controlled machines at some point you will have to upgrade the AIX version to keep current and ensure security.   PowerVC does not have OS upgrade functions … Continue reading

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SUSE SLES 11 on POWER8 install: Can't allocate memory for kernel image !

If while installing SUSE SLES 11.3 on your POWER8 machine from the regular DVD media, you get this on the console after 5 seconds after booting:   Welcome to SuSE Linux Enterprise 11!   Type  “install”  to start the YaST … Continue reading

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HMC 8.1 Virtual Storage Management GUI Buglet!

We have the new HMC 8.1 code stream to manage the POWER8 machines. It also manages the POWER6 and POWER7 machines but not POWER5.  I find the HMC Virtual Storage Management panel very useful and saves me time for assigning … Continue reading

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AIX Releases for POWER8 and which features available.

I “borrowed” this from Jay Kruemcke’ slide deck but it is important information for all to know

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FIXED RHEL 6 with Static IP Botching /etc/resolv.conf on Reboot

RHEL (6.4 and 6.5) Servers show their PC heritage when you assign server style static IP addresses instead of home network DHCP controlled IP networks. [[That will generate a few comments!!]] I find the /etc/resolv.conf file gets modified after a … Continue reading

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CPU Percentages are "Old School", Complicated and often Misleading

Many people in computing, we seem fixated on “percentages” when talking about CPU use – We need to fix that. When a computer has an absolutely fixed number of CPUs on the time scale of a few years the percentages … Continue reading

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POWER8 Scale-Out models have Adapter Hot-Plug (Hot-Swap)

In the past with the POWER7 and POWER7+ based machines at the lower end like the Power710 to Power740 Models, users had to shut down the whole machine to add, remove or replace an adapter safely. In fact, some machines … Continue reading

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VIOS Shared Storage Pool Single Repository Disk = Not a Problem

Odd. I thought I have put this on this blog before but I can find it now so just in case … here it is or here it is again.   The SSP4 can have mirrored failure group FC disks … Continue reading

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Fun with Fedora 20 Linux on POWER*

I was told that Fedora’s latest build for the Power ppc64 processor would support SMT=8, if you “err … um”  have machine with a processor that support that SMT=8 !!!  This is not an announcement.   So I gave it … Continue reading

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Power Systems Hosting Modes – Sometimes too flexible!

With Power Systems there are many ways to run your Operating System(s) and each has advantages and each has a different install process. 1 Native Headless Whole Machine Mode Number of operating systems = 1 Operating Systems: AIX, IBM i, … Continue reading

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PowerLinux native Linux install with VNC

This blog also applies to Power Servers running Linux on Power native on the machine. While you can perform a text based Linux install on the dumb console terminal emulator (see previous AIXpert Blog about the serial cable that you … Continue reading

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RS232 Dumb Terminals = a painful Blast from the Past

Normally I recommended to go virtual: I would recommend anyone trying a Power System or PowerLinux system to run it with a Hardware Management Console (HMC)  -now called a Power Management Console – or using Integrated Virtualisation Manager (IVM = … Continue reading

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Power Systems Hosting Modes – Sometimes too flexible!

With Power Systems there are many ways to run your Operating System(s) and each has advantages and each has a different install process. 1 Native Headless Whole Machine Mode Number of operating systems = 1 Operating Systems: AIX, IBM i, … Continue reading

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PowerLinux native Linux install with VNC

This blog also applies to Power Servers running Linux on Power native on the machine. While you can perform a text based Linux install on the dumb console terminal emulator (see previous AIXpert Blog about the serial cable that you … Continue reading

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RS232 Dumb Terminals = a painful Blast from the Past

Normally I recommended to go virtual: I would recommend anyone trying a Power System or PowerLinux system to run it with a Hardware Management Console (HMC)  -now called a Power Management Console – or using Integrated Virtualisation Manager (IVM = … Continue reading

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POWER8 – Why?

Inspired by this TED Talks Video on Leadership TED Talk by Simon Sinek Topic: How Great Leaders Inspire Action 18 minutes long http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html It tells us to start with Why? To win hearts and minds. And not explain What? or … Continue reading

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Power Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) … and AIX!

If you have: High-end Power 770, Power780 or Power 795 machines With Capacity Upgrade on Demand (CUoD) More than 4 CPU cores and 32 GB RAM which are not Activated (dark) … then you are ready for Power Integrated Facility … Continue reading

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The Linux on Power Advantage – Depends where you are coming from

Please provide comments on this blog entry – I want to know where I have it wrong? With IBM’s massive investment in Linux on Power my brain hurts trying to express the advantages.  This is because the technology is excellent … Continue reading

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Linux != PC as Linux on Power = 8 times faster or is it?

I have been installing beta copies of PowerVC, the new IBM product which is available tomorrow 6th Dec 2013. It is quick to install and allows rapid rolling out of new virtual machines to a group of physical Power machines … Continue reading

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VIOS Shared Storage Pool phase 4 – How fast is the disk I/O ?

*** STOP PRESS ***  –  See the update in red at the bottom. I was asked this lots of times at the recent POWER Technical Universities in Orlando and Athens. Compared to a low numbers of local disks The LUNs … Continue reading

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Ten Things POWER Techies need to know from the IBM Announcements 8th Oct 2013

IBM announced lots of Power Systems software yesterday but the official announcements are pretty thin on the details. I have many Twitter tweets asking “What the heck does that all really mean?” and the official statements are marketing messages and … Continue reading

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Systems Director 6.3 Demonstrations

I regularly get asked to run a demonstration for IBM Systems Director but that is a time consuming business for both me and the audience. Especially,  when you can find out every thing that I know from the comfort of … Continue reading

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Versioned Workload Partition (VWPAR) V1.1.2 is Available and Secret

The latest Versioned Workload Partition (VWPAR) Version 1.1.2 is available but largely secret! With this update I get on my AIX 7 virtual machine,  in which I have installed both AIX5.2 and AIX 5.3 support: # lslpp -L | grep … Continue reading

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FAQ5: How to use smitty to add a 2nd IP address & Network?

Most AIX system administrators use: smitty tcpip to add a hostname, IP address, network mask, gateway and DNS server setting to get the virtual machines (LPAR) and AIX on a network.  And as a side benefit  so we don’t need … Continue reading

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FAQ4: Hostnames short or long?

When I log on to my home machine being AIX,of course, and type hostname I get: nag@blue:/home/nag$ hostname blue.aixncc.uk.ibm.com nag@blue:/home/nag$ hostname -s blue nag@blue:/home/nag$ domainname aixncc.uk.ibm.com nag@blue:/home/nag$ I get this because when I set the hostname in smitty it looks … Continue reading

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FAQ3: How can I Monitoring Shared Processor Pools longer term?

I had better point out that any performance tool of AXI command in a POWER Virtual Machine (LPAR) can only see its use of the Physical CPU, the size of its own CPU pool and (if Monitoring is switched on … Continue reading

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FAQ2: Analyzing Large Volumes of nmon Data

I regularly get asked a question like: I have 4 months of data from 25 machines and have to develop a Capacity Planning model to size these LPARs on to new machines but I am having problems with having so … Continue reading

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FAQ1: How much Paging Space Rule of Thumb?

The answer is “it depends” and there is no Rule Of Thumb – IMHO. The 2 times ROT is very old school and for small servers where peaks could really run out of RAM fast and hurt. The worst I … Continue reading

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IBM Yum repository for additional Linux on POWER RPM packages

When you install Linux on an IBM POWER processor machine (Red Hat, SUSE or now includes Fedora), you then need to add the IBM supplied additional RPM packages. These give you a whole bunch of useful tools like HMC comms … Continue reading

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Power Ask the Experts Technical Event UK – Session Downloads

The fifth POWER Ask the Experts is a one day customer technical event in the UK which ran in Manchester and London on 15th/16th July 2013. It proved to be a very popular free event.  We had well over a … Continue reading

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Power & AIX Customer Usage Stats for LPM, AME and AMS

I have tried to get permission to pass on these numbers publically but got no answer at all.  As these are facts rather than opinions, I see no harm in them. So I will work on the old theory: “it … Continue reading

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11.40 Now EOL, 11.42 to EOL in 3 Months

cPanel & WHM software version 11.40 has now reached End of Life. In accordance with our EOL policy [http://go.cpanel.net/longtermsupport], 11.40 will continue functioning on servers. The last release of cPanel & WHM 11.40, 11.40.1.22, will remain on our mirrors indefinitely. … Continue reading

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