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  • Installing VMware ESXi onto a USB Flash Drive

    Posted Aug 16th, 2011 By in Tips With | No Comments
    1. Download the ESXi 4.1 ISO and burn to CD.
    2. Insert your 1GB USB stick into the server and pop-in the CD to the server.
    3. Boot from the CD
    4. Select (Enter) Install
    5. Press F11 to accept the EULA and continue.
    6. Select to USB Device (remember must be at least 1GB, but anything larger than 1GB will essentially be unused) and click Enter to continue.
    7. You will get a notification (potentially) about overwriting the device, click Enter to continue.  All data on the USB will be lost so please use a blank USB or move data off of it before proceeding.
    8. Press F11 to confirm the installation.
    9. Press Enter to Reboot after install completes and eject the CD.
    10. During the boot up process press the appropriate key to enter your server’s BIOS settings.
    11. Ensure that Boot from USB is enabled and that the USB boot device is in the proper boot order for your preferences (above Hard Drive but below CD/DVD in my case).
    12. Save your setting and let the server complete the boot up process.
    13. At this point your server is booted up to ESXi via USB and you can complete the customization of your specific ESXi deployment by setting the hostname, IP address and so forth.
  • Spring Cleaning Your Technical Environment

    Posted Mar 28th, 2011 By in fp, Tips With | No Comments

    This is a great time of year to spruce up around the office and prepare for spring’s business rush. While you’re at it, take a few moments to look over your workstations, servers, and network devices to ensure you’re not heading for trouble. Here’s a brief checklist of basic items to look through for each of you but also to make sure your technical house is in order. If you get stuck on any of this, give us a call and we’ll take care of it for you.

    Workstations & Laptops

    Your desktop and laptop systems are by far your biggest exposure, and this is a good opportunity to make sure they’re in good order. A little work now can save a lot of pain and cost later—an ounce of prevention instead of a pound of cure.
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  • Encore Announces Blue Coat Partnership

    Posted Mar 26th, 2011 By in fp, News With | No Comments bluecoatLogo

    Encore Network Solutions, a full-service IT Services and Solutions provider in Indianapolis, IN announced today a strategic technology partnership with Blue Coat Systems of Sunnyvale, CA, a software company specializing in WAN Optimization, Application Delivery, and Network Security.

    Blue Coat’s ProxySG series appliances provide a baseline for providing both Secure Web Gateway and WAN Optimization feature sets in one powerful appliance, representing a clear advantage in both security and performance for all users, whether they’re working at your office, a customer’s facility, or their home-office.

    “We’re certain the Blue Coat partnership is a win-win-win for Encore, Blue Coat, and our customers,” said Jessie Rogers, Principal at Encore Network Solutions. “We’ve strategically aligned ourselves with a number of outstanding technology firm to ensure our customers have access to the best products at the best price. We feel like Blue Coat fits neatly into our pattern of partnering with only the very best of the best.” His business partner, Tom Marsh, agreed.
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