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Paul Braren with Travel Tech, Ring Stick Up Cams and a New Tesla 3 – HGG385

   Paul Braren from and on Twitter at @paulbraren joins this week as we catch up with him and his job with VMware, some travel tech from his trip to Europe, his new Ring Stick Up Cams and his new Tesla 3. All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #385 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
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TinkertryIT@Home Founder Paul Braren on VMware 6 and Virtualization Options – HGG211

Paul Braren from () and Twitter () and Mike Wieger from and the Open Mike Night Podcast joins Jim () for show #211 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average  Guy Meetup 2015 Jim’s Yurbuds: Jim’s recommended Audio Technical AT2005USB (which Paul used for the first time during the hotel-room podcast): Quality VMware ESXi compatible NIC: Very promising new tiny motherboard/CPU combo for VMware and/or Hyper-V: Incredible feedback on the chat about this motherboard: Lopta “Ooooh…. Broadwell!” Drashna “IPMI is soo fantastic!” NVMe (Non-volatile memory express): New VMware licensing option: Possibly better for the casual virtualization tinkerer, Hyper-V on Windows , VirtualBox, or VMware Player 11. See also background on Workstation versus Player here. Lenovo TS140 that Ken on Chatwing recommended for ESXi: ;ie=UTF8&qid=1429938476&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Lenovo+TS140&tag=avestufrothea-20 Running VMware on Mac Mini: Also on TinkerTry: Superguide: Home virtualization server enthusiasts’ colorful variety of ESXi whiteboxes How to use a CyberPower UPS solution for proper automated shutdown of your VMware ESXi lab during power outages, including all VMs Superguide: CyberPower PFCLCD UPS Mini Towers protect your home’s computers and entertainment Build your own VMware vSphere Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA (updates and video coming soon) Build your own VMware vSphere Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA (popular walk-through video) USB eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP – Trayless inches SATA III HDD Enclosure w/ USB or eSATA – SATA 6 Gbps – Black Chatwing chat from live listeners: Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Haswell Issues with 32GB of RAM, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, OpenVPN, Azure Services – HGG174

Paul Braren from () and Twitter () and Christian Johnson join Jim (@jcollison) and for show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community.  Paul covers virtualization topics like building your own VMware vSphere ESXi , Haswell Z97 issues with more than 32GB of RAM.  Christian had some questions around OpenVPN on a VM and Jim continue to tout Microsoft Azure as an option to the Home Server. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Paul’s Site: Build your own VMware vSphere ESXi Datacenter, starting with one PC See also TinkerTry Superguides that were mentioned on the podcast: Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free. VMware Workstation 10 is feature rich, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus Haswell Z97 limited to 32GB memory max, an unfortunate reality for virtualization enthusiasts Rufus takes 2 minutes to create a bootable USB flash drive for ESXi installation Easy install Amazon CloudFront CDN with WordPress Plugin W3 Total Cache Display your iOS and Android devices on Windows, using Reflector and Droid @ Screen Kevin asked some questions in the chat, no I haven’t played with vCHS or vCloud, but my customers do use VMware SRM For the person inclined to tinker, VMware offers a lot of cloud options too, see also: Jim brought up Azure, great way to go Microsoft justifies sending employees out to do free Hyper-V trainings and blog, by seeing the use of these links, care of Dan Stoltz, Microsoft, from Try Azure Try Hyper-V Try Windows Server 2012 Windows Task Manager auto-started as an effective CPU monitor in your system tray Posted on February 12, 2013 by Paul Braren Christian brought up some potential concerns about Azure: “Some Azure customers may have noticed that for a VM deployed in a US region, when they launch a localized page on a web browser it may redirect them to an international site. The following explains why this may be happening. IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States” Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Removing Malware with Microsoft Security Essentials or Malwarebytes, Easy Transfers, Video Sharing, Virtualization and A Google A Day – HT021

Jim, Christian and Andrew are this week joined by Mike Howard for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about their choice of Virus and Malware removal tools, with Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVirus, Malwarebytes, McAfee Stinger and various Symantec Removal Tools, as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, which comes from Microsoft via Windows Update. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about using the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard for moving files off an infected machine, as well as moving the files back after rebuilding a machine.  The Easy Transfer Wizard can also be used for upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and Windows Vista. Andrew introduces the guys to a Google a Day, which is a bit of Google fun, in the form of a website that asks you a daily question, and uses your Google skills to find the answer.  If you can’t work out the answer, the site shows you how they would use Google to find the answer.  As the folks at a Google a Day say, “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’ only one right answer”.  Christian and Mike tells us how to use the various Advanced Search Options, Jim and Andrew talk about some of the built-in Google Calculator options that can be called from the search bar itself, and Mike and Christian then talk about how to search within a website from Google itself.  to search for John Zajdler’s Multipoint Server Article within The Average Guy website, you would enter “multipoint ” into the Google Search Bar. Christian talks to us about his latest project to provide video streaming via Word Press for his upcoming orchestra tour in Argentina.  The guys discuss the merits of sharing video via YouTube and Facebook. For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the ASUS Core i5 Notebook for a hint over $500. Christian’s tip of the week, is how to use your multiple monitors when connecting to a system with a single monitor attached by checking the “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the Display properties of the Remote Desktop Client. In the process, Christian getting the guys drooling over his dad Gary’s current triple monitor setup, and his future upgrade to a triple 30 inch monitor setup! Christian gives us his take on the Internet Explorer 10 release date speculation seen this week, and his take on what is coming down the pipe with respect to HTML and CSS support in future releases. The guys discuss a couple small issues that Andrew has seen with Internet Explorer 9 and Skype , and the odd issues the guys have seen with Skype from time to time. Mike today brings us some great discussion around Virtualization and the various Hypervisors the guys have used, including VirtualBox, VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and using Disk2VHD from SysInternals to convert an older PC into a virtual machine, which is especially handy for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and the joys of being able to copy virtual machines between PCs, as explained by the folks over at HowToGeek. The guys wrap up the show talking about the things they like about the changes in technology as it is impacting them and the people around them in their day to day lives. Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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