NewPush Recognized as Top 20 VMware Cloud provider 2016

CIO Review recognition

NewPush started using VMware technologies from its inception in 1999. At the time the first dot com boom was just heating up. Many virtualization technologies were emerging for the Intel platform. Over the years we kept focusing on providing enterprise-grade infrastructure. Meanwhile, we have kept increasing the role of VMware as we understood that for Intel-based hardware VMware provided the most reliable enterprise solutions. As a result, we have moved the use of VMware from our development labs to our production systems and data-centers. Since the 2010’s we are formally a VMware partner providing VMware Cloud solutions. Most noteworthy, the last few years have shown a tremendous growth in the capabilities VMware Cloud delivers. Therefore it is our pleasure to announce that CIO Review has recognized NewPush as a top 20 VMware technology provider.
20 most promising VMware Cloud solution providers - 2016

VMware Cloud Solutions

Important milestone for NewPush

This recognition is a milestone that is important to us. We have worked hard to pioneer and to be successful in deploying state of the art VMware based cloud technologies. Our recent work focuses on NSX, vSAN, and the vRealize suite. As we continue our quest to provide the best cloud services to our customers, we look forward to deploy the new Docker and Hadoop enablement technologies.

Looking ahead

Cloud technologies keep changing at an ever-increasing pace. Companies who stay ahead are going to continue to have a competitive advantage, by providing a better customer experience. By partnering for technology decisions with NewPush, you can spend more time with your core business, while ensuring that you have a trusted partner with a proven track record to help you keep a competitive edge on the IT front. If you would like the NewPush advantage for your company, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Cognos 10.1 install on CentOS 6.3 64 bit

  1. yum update (then reboot if kernel has been patched)
  2. yum install glibc.i686
  3. yum install openmotif
  4. yum install libgcc.i686
  5. yum install openmotif22
  6. yum install openmotif22.i686
  7. yum install xauth
  8. yum install libXtst
  9. tar xvzf bisrvr_linuxi8664h_10.1.1_ml.tar.gz
  10. cd linuxi38664h/
  11. ./isetup

How to Flatten a Dimensional Data Model Built in Excel with Pivot Tables

To flatten a dimensional model built in Excel using pivot tables, follow these steps:

  1. save the original worksheet with the pivot table as a CSV (tab delimited is even better)
  2. select the range or column that contains the blanks (if you have blanks under the header, don’t select the column header in the range)
  3. select Edit -> Go to… -> Special
  4. select blanks (at this point Excel will select all the blank cells
  5. press equal
  6. point to the cell above the first selected cell
  7. press <ctrl>+Enter and Excel will copy the formula to all the blank cells
  8. to replace the formula by the values, simply save the worksheet again as CVS, or copy and paste special the cells as values
  9. that’s it, you’re done. (Don’t forget to save.)

WHMCS OpenSRS sync error for a domain

Problem: OpenSRS domain sync error

Rarely for a domain under OpenSRS management, the following error show up for each operation: “Details could not be retrieved for your domain.com. Error: Check your browser's encoding type, and modify it to reflect your password's encoding type. For support regarding yourdomain.com, please contact your reseller

Solution: the OpenSRS domain password

Initially we looked at the troubleshooting guide, but couldn’t find the relevant info. The WHMCS support folks pointed us in the right direction:

This is a very rare error, it is caused by a character in the domain’s password field in the mod_opensrs table that OpenSRS’ API does not recognise.
To resolve the issue, simply change the domain’s password via the OpenSRS control panel to that does not contain special characters, then using a tool such as phpmyadmin or RazorSQL edit the domain’s record in the mod_opensrs table of the WHMCS database and enter the new password directly.
As always before making changes to the database please backup.


Cloud Computing in the Midmarket

Midsize businesses are realizing the power of cloud computing–a flexible, cost-effective and proven platform for delivering IT services and products over the web. However, they are also facing tighter budgets, fewer resources and more competition. Now, more than ever, there’s a real need to achieve greater efficiency at lower cost–while also minimizing the risks.

Utilizing cloud-based solutions rooted in robust security and built on advanced protection mechanisms, usage monitoring and cutting-edge encryption, IBM® and NewPush can help turn the huge potential of the cloud into reality.

The following IDC white paper help assess the options offered by cloud computing for the mid-market:

IDC Cloud Assessment


What is the difference between site to site and mobile VPN?

For most businesses, there are two types of VPN that apply:

  • site to site VPN: this is used to link sites, such as your office and the data center,
  • mobile VPN: this is used to link mobile or home users to a corporate site, or a data center.

The mobile VPN to your office is typically free, you just need to pay a one time setup fee and sometimes an extra license fee depending on the vendor. If your firewall is based on pfSense, there are no extra license fees.

The site to site VPN is typically priced on a per channel basis, to cover our bandwidth and virtual port costs on the terminating firewall in the data center. This is optional, and you can decide to sign up for that service once there is a clear business case for it.


How to install Tomcat 6 on RHEL 6 or CentOS 6

Here are some steps to install Tomcat 6 on Red Hat 6 (or CentOS 6).

 

First we are going to prepare the repository:


yum install yum-priorities
rpm -Uvh http://apt.sw.be/redhat/el6/en/x86_64/rpmforge/RPMS/rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm
rpm -Uvh http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/jpackage/6.0/generic/free/RPMS/jpackage-utils-5.0.0-7.jpp6.noarch.rpm

Next we will install Java and Tomcat 6:


yum -y install java
yum -y install tomcat6 tomcat6-webapps tomcat6-admin-webapps

Finally we can launch Tomcat 6:


service tomcat6 start

To connect to Tomcat, just browse to port 8080 on the server, for example:


http://127.0.0.1:8080/

Here are a couple of diagnostic commands to test that Tomcat is running:

# service tomcat6 status
tomcat6 (pid 17318) is running... [ OK ]
# netstat -nlp|grep 800
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:8009 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN xxxxx/java
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:8005 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN xxxxx/java
# netstat -nlp|grep 8080
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:8080 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN xxxxx/java

File Structure

The Red Hat file structure is different than the default file structure Tomcat 6 has when installing from source. Here is the file structure that is used when installing with this method:

/etc/tomcat6 (this is where the main tomcat config files reside)
/usr/share/doc/usr/share/tomcat6
/usr/share/tomcat6/bin
/usr/share/tomcat6/conf
/usr/share/tomcat6/lib
/usr/share/tomcat6/logs
/usr/share/tomcat6/temp
/usr/share/tomcat6/webapps
/usr/share/tomcat6/work
/var/cache/tomcat6
/var/cache/tomcat6/temp
/var/cache/tomcat6/work
/var/lib/tomcat6 (this is where you will add and/or change most of your files)
/var/lib/tomcat6/webapps
/var/log/tomcat6

Here is an article that explains how to add support for JConsole debugging and/or monitoring to Tomcat:
https://wiki.internet2.edu/confluence/display/CPD/Monitoring+Tomcat+with+JMX


OpenVPN connects, but no ping

OpenVPN connection issue on Windows Vista and Windows 7

 

Problem

When connecting to an OpenVPN tunnel on Windows Vista or Windows 7, the OpenVPN GUI shows the connection as successful, but the protected network can not be reached.

Solution

Start OpenVPN as administrator. This is necessary even of the account launching OpenVPN is an administrator level account. If the OpenVPN GUI is already running, quit the application. Before launching OpenVPN GUI, right click, and select “Run As Administrator”.

There is a way to make this permanent in the Windows application properties:

Right click on the OpenVPN GUI icon, then click on Properties, and on the Compatibility tab. Tick the “Run this program as an administrator box.”


Loading of over 1 Trillion RDF Triples

Franz Inc., a leading supplier of Graph Database technology, with critical support from Stillwater SuperComputing Inc. and Intel, today announced it has achieved its goal of being the first to load and query a NoSQL database with a trillion RDF statements. RDF (also known as triples or quads), the cornerstone of the Semantic Web, provides a more flexible way to represent data than relational database and is at the heart of the W3C push for the Semantic Web.

Dr. Aasman point out: “NoSQL databases like Hadoop and Cassandra fail on joins. Big Enterprise, big web companies and big government intelligence organizations are all looking into big data to work with massive amounts of semi-unstructured data. They are finding that NoSQL databases are wonderful if one needs access to a single object in an ocean of billions of objects, however, they also find that the current NoSQL databases fall short if you need to run graph database operations that require many complicated joins. A typical example would be performing a social network analysis query on a large telecom call detail record database.”