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Consolidating IT Infrastructure by Virtualization

As we all know today the main priority is cost savings in every organizations. Keeping this in mind majority of companies are seeking alternative method of saving cost.

One of the way which has become most popular today is consolidating IT infrastructure.   That is by getting rid of old, crapey hardware that has been running for donkeys years!  which keeps braking every fortnight.  Also another concerning factor is space in the Data Center are already filled up, and companies cannot invest in setting up a new data centres, as it will involve huge investments.

So, most of the companys are looking into different types of virtualizations. They are 3 types of virtualizations which are avalable today.

Full Virtualization

  • Hypervisor contains the Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM)
  • Guest OS unchanged, Host can be any kind of hardware
  • Guest uses generic device drivers

Hardware Virtualization (a.k.a. Hardware Assisted)

How to Virtualize Your Computer

Last Friday I have virtualized my Windows XP Laptop, before I start telling you guys, how its done I think its worth mentioning why I need to do it?

We normal Virtualize the physical server that are very old and start getting faults very often or they are too big for us to keep in our data centres.

I have dual booted my laptop with Windows 7 ’64 bit’ edition, Which works brilliant. However Win7 is as this is 64 bit version of Windows I had to work around quite a few applications which I use on daily basis to get them work on Win7.
However the most important software which I need to work from home is the vpn client provided by CISCO. The VPN client is yet to be rewritten for Win ’64 bit’ CPU. As a result I could not use Win7 to work from home, as I was unable to install VPN client to deil.

Now you can guess why I virtualized my Windows XP OS. Read the rest of this entry

Get started by RSS / XML join in the revolution!

In the recent years we have seen webmasters trying different methods to keep their content updated. RSS (“Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summery”), is widely used to deliver content to your website users without any restriction.

For marketing your website and promoting it to target audience, you need creative strategies that build brand awareness, increase site traffic, and ensure that you are the best around in giving quality content. And RSS lets you do it with conviction.

Using RSS for marketing can help you integrate your website with your other marketing initiatives, develop winning strategies to drive targeted users to your site and in the process increase overall traffic and sales. I am sure most of us might have used this before.

RSS Feeds are made in XML format, this XML file can be made very easily all by your self if you’re a programmer, as I’m sure XML is much easier then any other programming language. But if you don’t have any idea how to go about with the programming part, there are websites who can help you in making your own RSS Feed for your website, all you got to do is make an account on there website, they will guide you through some sequence of steps and your RSS Feed will be ready to get published. Read the rest of this entry

Thinking of upgrading your phone? iPhone or Samsung Galaxy ‘S’

I have been using iPhone since good few months now and have recently bought the Samsung Galaxy S for my lovely wife.

Galaxy S has Google Android OS, It has got some cool features like swipe which makes a lot easy for texting and writing emails I have to admit I miss Swipe feature on iPhone. We get the Navigation free of cost powered by Google.

Galaxy S has got some cool applicaitons like Thinkfree which lets you share and read documents. it has also got Augmented Reality browser, e-book, office, allshare etc.

Some of the things which I like about this phone area :

  • Very light weight 118g
  • Dimension 64.2 x 122.4 x 9.9mm larger touch screen phone then iPhone
  • HD vedio recording and payback.
  • 5 Mega Pix
  • It comes with 16 GB internal memory with an external memory option to add  microSD(upto 32 GB)

Anyway guys check out for yourself….

Where in the World is Ibrahim Quraishi?


I haven’t had a chance to write a new post in a while because I’ve been busy working at Orange. I am mostly involved in managing and maintaining Microsoft Windows 2k and 2k3, however we still have some of the legacy WinNT 4.0 nightmares every now and then. I have been working on HP Open View Operations version 8 involving some auditing on our servers.

I have finally become Expert in configuration of iLo Management Boards for the HP Bladservers also have had training by HP for HP BladeSystem Administrator

I am also quite keen on learning to use the magic of BladeLogic, ( running jobs for package deployments)

Apart from that I’ve been playing with VM Ware ESX server and also the VM Ware Infrastructure 2.0 managing quite a lot Virtual Machines, should admit Virtualization is really good fun. I am looking forward for training on VM Ware which will give me an insight how this technology mingles with the physical hardware.

In my spare time I have started working on Linux Administration, I have recently build a CentOS Server which is the exact binary of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Not to forget that this is a free distribution unlike RHEL, the good thing about this Linux version is this is quite robust unlike Fedora family.

My next experiment on another famous brand of Unix system called FreeBSD, Although it took me considerable amount of time to figure out the terminology of the Operation system itself.

Yes how can I forget to mention!  just creating a simple user is also a nightmare on this Unix flavor. Thus I have decided that I will be loyal to Mr Red Hat. J

In addition to this, I have few trainings lined up which I am looking forward for.

Microsoft Windows 2003, February 23 -27, London, UK

Microsoft Windows Server 2008, March 17- 20, Bristol, UK

Virtualization VM Ware, April, Reading, UK

Finally before I my end my blog today some updates on my personal,  I recently got engaged on 26 Jan, yeh that’s right India’s Republic  day.

More update on my wedding which is not too far will be coming soon. …

If you wish to contact me or have any comments feel free.

The most popular Gadgets today? Our Handheld


Today I am doing a research on mobile Phones, as I am going to upgrade my mobile very soon, hay that’s an advantage working in a Mobile company, you get to upgrade to the top of the range phone for free! not really.

 In all honesty I should say every one at work was looking for the new handset to upgrade as our CEO (Tom Alexander) promised to give all Orange employees new handsets.

I am specifically interested in the smart phones, one of the most popular smart device is the Blackberry, in case you don’t know who makes them, its Research In Motion, also known as RIM.


Blackberry Mobile phones are very common today because they support push email technology, mobile telephone, text messaging, Internet faxing, web browsing


 If you’re a person who needs access to his important email, on the move, then its the right choice.

As blackberry can give you the access to your emails, prity much any place, example in your home, office, or even if your just stuck in the traffic congestion, you can access your important mail email where every you get a network coverage.


 Another unique feature of Blackberry is all the data sent or received by the device is in a compressed format which is decompressed and then shown to the user, so this feature not only saves you time of download but also saves you decent amount of money, anyway  for me my Boss  pays the bills so lets not bother about it.


But the phone which stuck my eye is the HTC Diamond, I am not a big fan of HTC mobiles, as they use to be so big, I remember my work mates started bugging me, asking me if I got my brick today, well all I wanted to tell is it was too big to be called a Mobile phone, you can call it a phone but in all honestly it was no near to Mobile.

well things has changed now as the Touch Diamond is the lates device from HTC which not only looks good but works swiftly even though it has the MS Windows Mobile O/S. well that’s really amazing isn’t it ?


HTC have not only managed to give the device  sleek look but have packed it up with really amazing features,

to start with as its running windows Mobile it has a good user friendly interface,  runs windows mobile 6.1 which makes it more robust. As it has 4 Gb internal memory, lest hope that it does not freeze due to lack of memory, it comes with 3.15 MP camera, a GPS receiver and also support push email technology. and off course has all the features of PDA/ Organizer.

OK  so the bottom line is this is prity much a computer!

yes but with a missing mice isn’t it ?

Ok now you guys would be thinking why  don’t I talk about the I Phone. just to remind you that Orange do not sell the I Phone in the UK, what a shame!

Ok, just before you go don’t forget to have a look the you tube video demo of the black beauty Diamond, hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this article.

well guys its time to go to bed now good bye and sleep tight.


(if you want to have know more about htc touch diamond you can logon to )

(if you want to have know more about blackberry you can logon to )

before i go let me tell you some thing all my colleague are intrested only in the new  HTC touch diamond, so do not want to be left behind.

well if you guys have any suggestions or comments please feel free to use the box below ‘Submit Comment’.

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