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Serio IT Service View WMI Troubleshooting Checklist

Serio IT Service View uses WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) to monitor Windows 2003/2008 Servers through its standard Plugins.

When you add a new Windows Server device to Serio, you'll be asked for Windows Login details for WMI, and you'll be able to test that WMI can connect to your target server.

If this test fails, you'll receive an error message, which may help you diagnose the problem. If you're still stuck, try working through the following checklist.

Asus EEE 901 PC Mini Review

In case you haven't noticed, laptop computers have been getting ever more powerful, with bigger and more impressive screens, and ever bigger discs. The laptop used quite commonly here at Serio are variants of the Toshiba Satellite Pro.

Whilst it's OK, it is not any more portable that the old Compaq portables I had over 5 years ago. In fact, I suspect it's a bit heavier and for certain, the battery doesn't last as long.

IP Ports for Dummies

This post is for anyone who has ever been a bit confused about IP ports. Whilst most people I deal with have no problem understanding what they are and what they do, there have been a few cases recently where it would have been useful for me to refer to a post like this for background.

If you want to read about layered networks or IP in detail there are loads of resources - like here for example. I'm just going to deal with some of the practical aspects folk who work in IT support have to deal with.

Windows 7 - Now you can pretend you're in a Sci-Fi Movie when sending a memo to Accounts

In case you have been sitting on a desert island recently (and if so, lucky you), you'll have noticed that Microsoft have announced Windows 7. The public and press reception is probably summed up by the word 'underwhelmed' as shown here and here.

What caught my eye was Steve Ballmer saying 'Vista isn't a failure'. Oh yeah? I think even having to say that tells it's own story...

Fold-Out PDAs? Well Almost...

It's not often I'm thrilled with the idea of new technology and gadgets. As someone in their mid-forties I'm old enough to remember the Pen PC from the late 90's (sank without trace), Prestel (ditto), LED-display watches (useless and uncool) and a whole bunch of other stuff that was going to be 'mainstream' and 'big'.

So I'm slightly sceptical about new gadgets generally. My experience is that consumers are much more conservative than most PR-companies expect.

However, one thing I've seen recently has had certainly caught my attention.

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