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VMware vs proxmox

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For a great number of years, I have been using VMware (vsphere) as the virtual environment for my company’s virtual hosting environment. This has been overall a great product and still is.  But a number of years ago I started looking for alternatives because of the high cost of using and keeping vsphere up to date, the licensing cost is quite high.  At the time I came across a new product called proxmox that has some fairly good potential to be the replacement.  After several months of testing, I came to the conclusion that proxmox just was a little too buggy and was not ready for primetime.  Most of this was due to there not being a good backup system in place to create backups.  But there were critical bugs at the time that I could just not pass.  Despite these issues, I still felt that proxmox had potential and kept an eye on it.

Moving along three or four years and there is now a reasonable backup solution for proxmox and a lot of the original bugs I had have now been resolved so proxmox is now ready to be used in production.

Proxmox is an open-source virtual hosting environment and although proxmox is open source it is a  good idea to purchase a support package if you are using it in production so that each machine gets access to production (stable) updates and support for the proxmox environment.  This is going to be way less than what you would pay for vmware.


Proxmox: https://www.proxmox.com/en/
Proxmox Backup: https://www.proxmox.com/en/proxmox-backup-server
Downloads: https://www.proxmox.com/en/downloads

Rodney Wild
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Keeping your system up to date!

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It does not matter what kind of computer you have, everyone can do a couple of things to ensure they don’t get infected with a virus, trojan, etc., and keep their systems running smoothly.  The number one thing you can do to avoid having to repair your computer is keep your anti-virus software up to date.  This means if you don’t have it, you can download a free basic version (there will be some links at the end of this document) or buy a paid version.  The most important thing you can do once it is installed is to make sure that it is running and kept up to date.  If you have a paid version and your license is coming up for renewal, don’t wait until the last min to renew.  Renew it a bit early to make sure you don’t get into a situation where your anti-virus license is expired and you are no longer getting updates.  Updates are the lifeblood of your anti-virus system and the moment you stop getting updates the increase in the possibility that you will get infected and this means a call to a computer repair company like ours.

Why is it important not to get infected

If your system gets infected all kinds of bad things can happen to you and your computer:

    1. Your system can get infected with new viruses
    2. People infect your system and get your websites, your computer system, and your bank passwords. Which gives them access to your MONEY!
    3. They can also encrypt your whole computer and all of your data and charge you to get back access to it.
    4. They can also get access to everything on your computer, your tax documents, all your documents (word, excel, PowerPoint), and all of your email.
    5. Lastly, they can also get access to all your pictures … in case you forgot, that means if you took any questionable pictures they get to see those too.  And potentially blackmail you with them.

Keeping your OS (for you windows people, that is windows 7 (if you are running this you should be upgrading), Windows 10, Windows 11)) up to date too.  The key way most hackers get access to your system and data is by not updating the software on it on a regular basis and that starts with your operating system.  software makers come out with updates to patch flaws in their software and that means you will need to update the software on a regular basis.  That means don’t delay any operating system update more than a day and if possible do it as soon as possible when the request pops up.  Its a good idea to make sure the other software you are running on your system also gets updates too.  If you need help with any of this contact our computer repair remote support group.

Rodney Wild

We are back!

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We are back.  After a number of years on hiatus  A-Z Computer Solutions is back doing support and website design work.  Over the years we have spent thousands of hours doing support and website design for residential clients, and businesses big and small.  For a few years we decided we wanted to try some other things.  We started a production company doing feature film and animation and we bought an energy drink company.  but now we are back doing the one thing I have always loved … computers.

Rodney Wild

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