Configuring mutual CHAP authentication between Lenovo IX2 and Windows Server 2008r2

Setting up mutual CHAP authentication between Windows Server and a Lenovo IX2 is pretty easy and straightforward.
First you simply login to your IX2 and enable CHAP.  Go through the steps outlined below.
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One this is complete open the iSCSI initiator in Windows.  You will want to now configure the CHAP authentication as outlined.
One that is complete you must run discovery.  Those steps are here.
Now that you have ran discovery the last step is to connect the drive.

How to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 in a few easy steps

Like its predecessors Server 2012 is only available for 64-bit processors. Which shouldn’t be a problem for any modern server.
The first step is like all other server installations, insert the DVD and hit reboot your server.
This is the first screen you will see. It is pretty self explanatory so I won’t go over it.
The next screen as well is self explanatory. You will need your key to install.
You will next need to decide if you’re going to do a server core installation which is not a GUI or if you want the normal Windows Server that you’re used to with a start menu.
Accept the license… You have no other choice.
Since this is a new installation we will select custom here. If we were upgrading we would obviously select the upgrade option.
You will now need to select the disk that you’re going to install Windows to. Hopefully you have created a RAID for redundancy.
That’s it! Sit back and watch the install.
You will now need to choose a password.
You now have the Windows Server 2012 login page.
You’re now in Windows!

Windows Vista which version do you need?

With the commercial release of Windows Vista right around the corner many users are preparing to upgrade to the latest Microsoft operating system. The software giant has created serveral editions of the Vista OS to meet the needs of home and business users. At first glance the list of Vista editions may seem unnecessarily confusing. Let’s take a look at these new versions so you can decide which one works best for you.
Windows Vista Starter
This edition is the bare bones version of Vista. It only supports Aero Express, so there are no glass or transparency effects. This version will not be available to users in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets.
Windows Vista Home Basic
This edition is built for the average home user with basic computing needs. The features in Windows Vista Home Basic form the foundation for all of the other editions of Windows.
Suggested retail price for full package product, $199.00. Suggested upgrade retail price, $99.95.
Windows Vista Home Premium
This is the Vista edition for homes with advanced computer needs. It will help you use your laptop or desktop PC more effectively as well as enable you to enjoy new, exciting digital entertainment experiences, all with the benefit of added security and reliability. Windows Vista Home Premium includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center.
Suggested retail price for full package product, $239.00. Suggested upgrade retail price, $159.00.
Windows Vista Business
The Windows Vista Business operating system is designed to meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. For small businesses, Windows Vista Business will provide a more stable operating system, and hopefully less need for dedicated IT support. For larger organizations, Windows Vista Business provides several new administrative improvements, reducing the time your IT staff spends on deploying PCs and the day to day support requirements that come along with a large business environment.
Suggested retail price for full package product, $299.00. Suggested upgrade retail price, $199.00.
Windows Vista Enterprise
Enterprise is designed to provide higher levels of data protection using hardware based encryption technology. It also includes tools to improve application compatibility and enables businesses to standardize by using a single operating system disk image.
This edition will only be available to customers who have the Microsoft Software Assurance or a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
Windows Vista Ultimate
The Ultimate edition is the most comprehensive versions. It combines all of the features of the business platform, as well as digital entertainment features you would get with a Media Center PC. For the person who wants one system that is great for working from home, on the road, and for entertainment, Vista Ultimate is the OS that lets you have it all.
Suggested retail price for full package product, $399.00. Suggested upgrade retail price, $259.00.

What is virtualization

There is a lot of buzz going around about Virtualization.
What is Virtualization, and what benefits does it provide?
In this article we will take a look at the technology to see
how it can provide a great deal of flexibility and cost
effectiveness for IT professionals and software developers.
Virtualization technology allows multiple virtual machines
to run on a single host computer. These virtual machines can
run different operating systems, such as Windows, Linux and
UNIX. Each virtual machine has its own set of virtual
hardware resources (e.g., CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, etc)
allowing the operating system to run as if it were installed
on a physical machine.
The benefits of Virtualization technology are far reaching.
Many organizations have moved to the virtual machine
solution to consolidate multiple servers, running side by
side on a single physical machine. Server consolidation
allows IT professionals to fully utilize server resources,
while isolating virtual machines and allowing them to run
different operating systems and applications. Software
developers utilize virtual machine technology to quickly
test applications on different operating systems, without
the hassle of setting up multiple physical machines for
testing or taking the risk of causing problems by testing in
a production environment.
You can run Virtualization software on pretty much any
platform. Once the software is installed it is simple to
create virtual machine instances. Virtual machines are just
a set of files located on the host machine. You configure
your virtual machine settings on the host computer, install
the operating system and you are ready to go. It is a very
common practice to use a master image of a virtual machine.
This master image can be a fully configured machine, with
the operating system and all required applications
installed. You can then rapidly deploy virtual machines by
copying the master image to multiple Virtualization hosts to
provide zero downtime and 100% server availability.
There are a number of Virtualization products available.
VMWare, which is probably the most popular, recently
announced that it will be releasing a free version of its
GSX Server product. This will allow any organization to host
virtual machines on either Windows or Linux hosts. Other
Virtualization products include Microsoft’s Virtual Server and SWsoft’s Virtuozzo, just to name a few.