Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 – Technical Overview

Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure.

Whether you are new to System Center or are already using it in your business, this book has something that should interest you. The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter. Real-world and under-the-hood insights are also provided by insiders at Microsoft who live and breathe System Center, and those of you who are experienced with the platform will benefit from the wisdom and experience of these experts. We also included a list of additional resources at the end of each chapter where you can learn more about each System Center component.

In this ebook, we will be looking at 4 parts:

Part 1: Cloud Computing
Part 2: Provisioning Infrastructure
Part 3: Implementing Monitoring
Part 4: Building Private Clouds

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The Big Surprise Inside iPhone X

Iphone X

In Tokyo, when a team of Nikkei Technology staff recently tore down the Apple’s latest shiny gadget and found some ancient tech as they took a look inside the iPhone X. Thanks to them, we get to gain some insight into where Apple plans to take the smartphone.

As we thought, the circuit board has been split up so that one part can be stacked on the other. The most noteworthy characteristic of the iPhone X, at least from a dismantler’s perspective, is the structure of this board. All models up through the iPhone 8 Plus, released in September, had a single-deck main board. The iPhone X’s board looks more like a two-story home.

iPhone X teardown

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Data Visualization with Excel 2016 New Chart (Part 1)

If you have been keeping up with the new features with Excel 2016, you should realize that a lot of the traditional chart especially 3D chart has been secretly removed (in fact it is being discontinued) from your Insert Chart command. Instead Microsoft has good news for you, new charts. They are definitely better and easier. I remember back then, I struggle hours just to create waterfall chart, and not just that, to create it, maybe I’m fine. But, to maintain it …. It’s a “ oh no “ situation !

3D charts that has been discontinued from the Insert Chart command.

The visual below is the screenshot capture using Excel 2007.

Let’s begin to get to know the new awesome charts.

I. Waterfall chart

So, finally Microsoft has heard our prayer. They came out with Waterfall chart option and now finally everybody can insert waterfall chart at ease.

Waterfall chart is a great way to visualize your monthly/quarterly/annually cash flow. Below shows an example of how waterfall chart looks like if you have not seen one. The look very similar as column chart, the only different is the middle column are mostly floats. Continue reading “Data Visualization with Excel 2016 New Chart (Part 1)”

Game-Changing Battery Breakthrough

MIT Unveils Game-Changing Battery Breakthrough

I won a science fair at age 12 by making a “perpetual motion” machine. It really didn’t do very much, but was kind of cool,” claimed Dr. Kent Moors.

It used ions in a closed container, running them through a charged screen between magnets. Since the charge was constantly changing, the ions repeatedly moved between the magnets.

By putting a simple drive shaft mechanism through the center, I could light a (very) low-wattage bulb… or at least make it flicker, he said.

In fact, he called it a “flicker tickler.” OK, remember, he was only 12.

Recently, his experiment was brought back to mind by the release of an intriguing report.

We may be looking at a huge advance in energy technology here.

See, the continued improvements in renewable energy sources like solar and wind have ushered in a serious conversation about what the energy balance will look like in the future.

This isn’t about anyone “silver bullet” that will replace all energy sources. It’s not even about the death of hydrocarbons. Continue reading “Game-Changing Battery Breakthrough”

Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.5

This whitepaper from VMware will be sharing on the performance best practices for VMware vSphere 6.5. This informative whitepaper provides performance tips that cover the most performance-critical areas of VMware vSphere® 6.5.

A quick peek on what this whitepaper got to offer:

Chapter 1 – “Hardware for Use with VMware vSphere” provides guidance on selecting hardware for use with vSphere.

Chapter 2 – “ESXi and Virtual Machines” provides guidance regarding VMware ESXi™ software and the virtual machines that run in it.

Chapter 3 – “Guest Operating Systems” provides guidance regarding the guest operating systems running in vSphere virtual machines.

Chapter 4 – “Virtual Infrastructure Management” provides guidance regarding infrastructure management best practices.


This book is intended for system administrators who are planning a VMware vSphere 6.5 deployment and want to maximize its performance.

Download the Whitepaper here.

Gain the knowledge and skills to install, configure and manage VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6 and how to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size with our Vmware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage V6.5 training and certification.