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SONY VIAO SVF142

Specs:

6 GB RAM
i5 Processor
750 GB Hard Drive

Pros:

Battery Life is Amazing, Sharp Screen, No Pre-Installed Bloat-ware, Lots of USB Ports, Quiet.

Cons:

No VGA Port, Needs a lot of Essential VIAO Updates before ready for use.

Summary:

I have always looked at the Sony VIAO as a Mac-Book-Killer; it is a premium laptop with Windows in the same sense that the Mac Book is a premium laptop with OSX. This laptop comes pretty well equipped with a CD-ROM, Webcam, Card Reader, 4 USB Ports and an HDMI port. I have had it 5 months and it is yet to crash on me, over-heat, or have any dead-pixels. It does seem to need a lot of Sony VIAO updates though – one such case is the Wi-Fi Update, unless you install it, the Wi-Fi will drop out for no reason, will fail to switch networks unless you restart it, and chooses to use the least amount of signal power, even if you are plugged in; no worries though, the update fixes all of this.

I also am terribly appreciative that this laptop comes with no bloat-ware. Other than MS Office Trial and Norton 365 trial, the only thing installed is the Sony VIAO software. Nothing irritates me more than booting up and HP or Dell for the first time and having to spend 90 minutes uninstalling junk-ware.

Bottom Line:

I would recommend this laptop to anyone who asks, with its reasonable (actually great) price, relative ease of use (do not worry, the updates are easy to install), and great reliability, I think this is the perfect laptop for any business or individual who uses their laptop to conduct business.

Veeam Backup & Replication v7

Pros:

Fast, reliable, dynamic backups in the virtual environment

Cons:

A new software with limited (but increasing) support in the Blog-O-Sphere for those issues not yet mentioned on the Official Veeam Form and KB Documents.

Summary:

This is a promising piece of backup software and I would not be surprised if it becomes the new Gold-Standard as to which all backups software’s will be measured against in the next few years. It comes standard with a lot of great features such as Synthetic-Full backups, WAN accelerators, and a very strong de-duplication system. Tested on a VM Cluster (of three physical hosts), it had no trouble keeping track of a constantly shifting number of VMs.

While it may have been able to back up the Physical Hosts, I was unable to find the feature with any relative ease. I also was a little baffled with the Application based restores for items in Active Directory, MS Exchange, and Databases – eventually after reading through A LOT of documentation, I was able to master it, but it was a very time-intensive matter that some of the other backup software’s do with much greater ease.

This software is also a little cheaper than some of its alternatives as well; with the same “per processor” costing model of competitors, it seems to have all the features for the basic backup, with the option to add-on for anything you might not need up front. A lot of people call this nickel-and-dime, but I would call it paying for what you need and not what you don’t.

Bottom Line:

I would recommend this software to a friend/fellow System Admin – with many great features and a lower cost per processor I think it’s an incredible new standard to measure backup software’s against.​

Microsoft Exchange 2013

Pros:

… Still Waiting…

Cons:

Nothing like the previous versions. Many glitches that need Hot-fixes. Will stop working with no warning and requires system reboot.

Summary:

Microsoft’s Exchange 2013, I was not looking to start off my first product review on a bad note, but someone needs to lay down the ground work on why Exchange 2013 was poorly executed. I would really like to think that Microsoft has a better quality assurance process than the minds that released this version of Exchange, but these are the same people that brought us Windows ME (still waiting on an apology) and Vista. I would not recommend this product to any organization who does not have a full IT Department dedicated to supporting email up-time. Any organization who has less than 100 users best stay away from this version of Exchange and move toward Office 365.

That said, it does make me wonder if that was not Mycroft’s intention the whole time – to just encourage a movement to their cloud based subscription services.

Bottom Line:

Above all else, I would not recommend updating/migrating to this product unless it’s an absolute organization requirement.