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25May/100

Tracking outbound clicks

Today I was looking at my Google Analytics statistics and found it interesting how people come to find my site.  The referral links from other sites are a decent traffic generator.  This got me wondering about how many people follow links on my pages out into the wild.

Naturally I started by searching the WordPress plug-in directory for something that sets this up for me.  I found many alternatives, but a few caught my eye right off.  Some plug-ins can track the outbound clicks via the Google Analytics infrastructure already in place.

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13May/100

GNS3, my new best friend

I've just been in a Cisco training for the last few days.  The facility is very clean, nice, and the training was very well laid out and valuable.

As I suspect is often the case with these types of environments there were a few technical issues with our lab equipment.  These classrooms are not dedicated to any one class so keeping the gear in the class is impractical.  There are a lot of moving parts and keeping everything straight and running is surely no small task.  The actual hardware is somewhere else and connected to the classroom via the network.  In our class there were issues with the connection to our gear and it was slowing down our progress.

The instructor very thoughtfully had already prepared an environment that would better facilitate the labs.  In comes GNS3.  I had not used, or even heard of, this little gem and I am sorry for it.  GNS3 is an open source "Graphical Network Simulator" that allows you to model network devices virtually. 

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7May/100

vSphere Enterprise Plus

So today, after our little surprise with Virtual SMP or vSMP in vSphere Enterprise, we put in our PO to purchase vSphere Enterprise Plus edition.  Not exactly an inexpensive upgrade when you consider we have 14 processor licenses for ESX.

Then to add a little cream on top the Service and Support piece is a little odd.  VMWare likes to prorate the support you already have.  It seems they use some mystery multiplier that is less than 1 to determine how far the support you have left goes.  We just renewed our support in february, and had to buy another two months worth to get us back to not having to renew earlier next year.  I suppose this isn't too surprising as the new edition of the product has a higher price tag and therefore the S&S will be higher.

I am indeed looking forward to the Host Profiles as well as the Virtual Distributed Switches.  This will really help us simplify our configuration and really make it easy to switch out ESX hardware when the time comes.  The vSMP will also be nice so that we can have up to the max of 8 processors on any one Guest OS.

All in all a good upgrade, it was just a surprise that we ended up having to go to it.

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