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How To Install and Configure Dell OpenManage 8.3 (OMSA) in ESXi 6.0

I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about installing and configuring Dell OpenManage 8.3 (OMSA) on my ESXi 6 hosts. I never really had a good enough reason to have OpenManage installed on the ESXi hosts in my backup site. After all it is a backup site and my servers were in RAID 5 and I could tolerate a degraded performance if/when something goes bad. Well…fast forward two (2) failed HDDs at the same time and here is my reason for OpenManage (OMSA). During the process of trying to recover my broken RAID 5 and save me from having to rebuild the array and lose all my data, I figured how to install OMSA on my host. It was surprisingly very simple and straight forward process.

SPOILER ALERT: It is super easy and I have the instructions for you below. Just keep in mind that I am not responsible for any system down-time or data loss that you may experience during this process. The process below worked for me and your experience may vary depending on many factors. Please make sure to backup your settings, configs and data before you begin.

  1. Download Dell OpenManage Server Administration 8.3
  2. Download and Install WinSCP if needed (free tool)
  3. Using WinSCP copy the VIB package (no need to unzip) to the ESXi host. I like to put these type of files in the /tmp directory
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My OnePlus 3 Arrived – Quick Look And Camera Samples

If you do not know what OnePlus 3 is, then you have been living under a rock for the past few days.

OnePlus is a small Chinese cellphone startup company co-founded by former Oppo vice president Pete Lau. I was one of the lucky ones who received an invite back in 2014 and was able to purchase their very first phone (OnePlus One). That is right, you heard me say “invite”. When OnePlus initially launched they had an invite system. You could not simply go to a store or order their phone online. You had to receive an invite. Fast forward a couple of generations of their phones and we here we are. It is June 2016 and ling gone is the invite system. OnePlus unveiled their latest “Flagship Killer” a couple of days and I was able to order the OnePlus 3 directly from their web site just a few minutes after they started taking orders. The process was painless and the phone arrived in 2 DAYS!!!

If you want to learn more about the specs of this phone and get a more detailed review, you can just do a search on Google for OnePlus 3. I am not going to focus on what this phone is or what it can do. If you are reading this you are probably well aware of the new offering from OnePlus and you have read or watched all major on-line reviewers.

What I want to do is provide you with a few pictures and details about the phone and address some of the main concerns about this device. [Read the rest of this entry…]

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Free and Unlimited Built-In VPN With The Latest Opera Web Browser

If you are one of those people who want a little privacy when browsing the Internet, then you know that dodging firewalls and masking your IP address usually requires some work. You often have to pay for VPN (Virtual Private Network) software/service or plug-ins offered by a third party.

The good news is that the latest version of Opera Web browser now comes integrated with an unlimited and FREE VPN. The new feature is available in the latest developer version of the Opera browser for Windows or OS X. You just navigate to Settings on Windows or Preferences on a Mac, then toggle the VPN on in the Privacy & Security section and voila – you are browsing the Internet over a private network. Currently you can only select virtual locations in the US, Germany and Canada, but Opera promises more countries to be added by the time the stable public release is made available.

This is great news for some but others will opt out simply due to the fact that they have to use the Opera Web browser. I personally like the idea and would like to see Google come out with similar feature. Given the backbone of Google’s advertisement business, I think this will remain a dream of mine. What do you think?

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