Introducing Synology NAS 412+ into the Home Lab

Just when I was doing a full Microsoft products suite cycle onto my home lab server, I found out that my disks IO can no longer handle that kind of load that I am looking for and at the same time it doesn’t fully stimulate what will my prospect environment will be.

So I decided that I should be getting one of those SME (Small Medium Enterprise) range of NAS (Network Attached Storage) to compliment my home lab. After much gruelling days of thinking (because I don’t have that much budgets to explore too high-end stuffs) and concluded that it is worth the investment to go into what I have right now seated on my desk.

Let’s go through the usual unboxing which I always does!

  • I bought 4 x 2TB Western Digital Red hard drives because Red type of WD drives are recommended for NAS. Although I love to pack SSD in it, but doesn’t make sense for testing Exchange farms (based on experience).

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  • Closer look into my 4 drives.

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  • Closer look into my Synology NAS 412+

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  • I love the way how the internal compartment is being stored.

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  • Always remember to register for warranty!

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I will be then detailing out on more how I utilize my new little baby subsequently!

Stay tuned!

Using SharePoint Calendar in Outlook as Team/Shared Calendar

Do you chance by a time when you always need to send out meeting invite to the folks within your team or your organization on team activities? How do you tap on your intranet SharePoint system to make life much easier for everybody?

Let’s just say, in an organization which have a 100 people, rather than keep blasting email out on meeting appointment such as “Company Kick-Off for FY 2013”, why not consider utilizing the SharePoint Calendar List (or App in SharePoint 2013)?

Let’s see how we can do it.

  • Head over to your SharePoint Intranet (in my case, I uses SharePoint 2013). Click on the “Settings” icon and click “Add an app”.

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  • Search for “Calendar” as shown.

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  • Enter the desire name for this Calendar list.

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  • After clicking “Create”, you will see your newly created Calendar.

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**NOTE** In order to synchronize SharePoint Calendar to Outlook, the default URL as shown in the image above will not work because in this setting, it has “Minimum Download Strategy” which improves rendering performance. Therefore, you may just need to modify the URL a little to enable the “Connect to Outlook” button.

  • Modify the URL accordingly, or rather remove the “/_layouts/15/start.aspx#”.

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  • Now you will notice that the button “Connect to Outlook” is enable once again!

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  • Click on it, you will see a popup that ask for your permission to launch the following URL in Outlook. It’s just security, go ahead if you trust your Intranet.

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  • Next, your Outlook program will launch and ask if you want to connect that SharePoint Calendar to Outlook, go ahead. Look at the URL carefully before you add anything. Just be cautious of what you do.

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  • Done! You now have your newly created SharePoint Calendar connected to your Outlook.

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It’s that easy? Isn’t it?

Right now, anyone who have permission to the SharePoint Calendar is able to add event (List Item) and it will appear in your Outlook Calendar. Likewise, for any events added via Outlook will also appear in SharePoint Calendar.

In this way, the Administrator/Coordinator need not blast out email invites to everybody again! Just add it via SharePoint or via Outlook.

Cheers.

Introducing New Category – “Productivity”

It has been awhile since I have been thinking of writing articles, posts or sharing information about “Productivity”. Productivity is a word that is often being used more than just a word. I would consider “Productivity” as the mechanism to measure the performance of the employees in an organization.

Productivity can also measure the Profits & Loss of an organization regardless whether the organization main line of business is by project-based.

I wouldn’t set a hard limit to the number of post that will end up with this tags or plan out the number of posts that will goes with this series because “Productivity” is simply too broad!

So what is the main objective of this in this blog and in the context of what I do day/night?

I am going to share with you all on how you can make use of Microsoft Technologies to boost the productivity of your organization in terms of Collaboration and Cost-Savings.

Stay tuned!

“Know Yourself, Live Better”–Jawbone UP

One week ago, I was just doing more in depth research on wrist band that can make me know more about myself. So I was just doing a comparison between Jawbone UP and Fitbit Flex. In the end, I give in to going for Jawbone instead. I believe there are many many reasons why people chose either one. There isn’t a perfect wristband that people are looking for. There are lots of comparison website out there which you can find easily dig out.

For myself, let’s make it more simple. The way how I chose is,-

If you are features-rich person,- Go for Jawbone UP

If you are tight on that penny,- Go for the Fitbit Flex

Easy?

Let’s not dwell too much into the comparison, here is my Jawbone UP! I bought it online via Apple Store because I visited multiple stores around in Funan IT Mall and I couldn’t get one that is Large in size and Black in color.

There goes the unboxing photos… Smile

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Finally, me with my Jawbone UP!

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My main purpose of this is to track my sleep pattern as you all may know that I am over the bar of obesity! Therefore, hope this could help me a little more to know myself better.

It’s also encouraging to track your steps because I have a target to make every single day!

Cheers.
Milton Goh