Goodbye Y2014, Welcome Y2015!

I am really thrilled when I am writing this entry as this is the last entry to this blog for the year 2014. This year contains lots of ups and down and many changes have been made this year. Looking at my blog entry that I have made in December 2013 where I detailed out some of the goals that I would like to achieve in year 2014.

Let’s start off with some of the highlights of the year.

Travel

So, how much have I moved around this year?

January – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Leisure
March – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – System Center Universe APAC 2014
September – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Business
October – Hong Kong – Leisure
November – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Business
December – Lombok, Indonesia – Leisure

This year is all about the region and hopefully in the following year, I will get to travel more within the APAC region for Leisure and Business purposes.

Career

In November, I made a big switch in my career to focus on Enterprise Mobility where I joined AirWatch by VMware as an Application Support Engineer covering the ASEAN region. Is it goodbye to SharePoint? Well, yes or no. It is because as much as I am interfacing with my clients, I do see a lot of integration between various Enterprise Repositories and the AirWatch platform.

Thank you Dimension Data for the good three years of time!

Community

So… In year 2014, I am involved with…

  • PowerShell Saturday (Singapore) – February, May, August & December – 4 face-to-face sessions
  • PoSHBreakfast aka PowerBreakfast – May, June, July, August, October, November & December – 7 sessions delivered over Lync
  • Community Technology Update (CTU) – November – 1 day face-to-face all day event
  • Entries to my Blog
  • Technical Reviewers for PacktPub

Personal Growth

  • Managed a team of three Software Developers & System Engineers
  • Deep dived into many Technical aspect of stuffs in AirWatch.
  • Soft skill gained when meddling with Enterprise Customers.
  • Gained experience in Product Management

 

So what’s the expectation in Year 2015? Let’s keep it simple.

  1. Be the trusted Enterprise Mobility Expert in APAC
  2. Raise awareness about PowerShell and Enterprise Mobility across APAC
  3. Gather more speaking engagement during PowerShell Saturday and PoSHBreakfast
  4. Help more customers to achieve readiness and achieve better ROI with their Enterprise Mobility Deployment.
  5. Engage in more Product Management activities
  6. Provide more consultancy to Small-Medium Enterprise (SME)
  7. Sharing knowledge with people.

Cheers!

Milton Goh

Why is my Virtual Machine loading so slow in VMware Fusion?

At work, I am assigned a MacBook Air to use it primarily and since it is running Mac OS, there will be times when I definitely will require a Windows image to do whatever I can’t do on a Mac. So there was this Windows 7 Enterprise virtual machine image that was provided by the IT team and have it loaded into VMware Fusion for use. There was this unbearable pain initially when using the image as it is simply crawling for me! When I meant, “Crawling” is that, each operation you made will take between 10-30 seconds to complete and sometimes it will hung there all the while!

I meddled around with the settings such as adjusting the amount of processor or memory that is allocated but to no avail. I was constantly monitoring the utilization on my Mac to make sure that I am not over-allocating too much to the Virtual Machine (VM).

I found this setting that once I toggle with it, the Virtual Machine went on speeding like crazily fast! (OK, just a little exaggerating here as it really makes a lot of difference!)

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Notice the portion that says “Hard disk buffering”. It is now set as “Disabled” as it works for me. Look at the other options that was available.

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So initially when the Virtual Machine is being configured, it was set to “Automatic” and thus the crawling of the whole VM which totally made the performance degraded.

There are a lot of articles online that tells you that you should disable this if you encounter performance degradation.

Cheers.

Milton Goh

[Consumer Review] – AirServer

Recently, I find myself needing to mirror the image from my Apple iPad to my computer during presentation so I went on searching for a tool that can help complete this task. As I uses Apple Mac at work, so I need something that is friendly to Mac but at the same time friendly to Windows too (Kill two birds with one stone).

Happened to chanced upon AirServer when I did an online search so decided to give it a spin since they offered 7 days trial. You may want to give the application a spin by hitting here. (You are not seeing the wrong thing, the link is a referral link that was assigned to my account. Well, I believe in a win-win situation. Definitely, you have all the freewill to hit the download section via the site directly as it doesn’t affect me at all.)

Installation Process

During the installation process on a Windows 8.1 computer, I encountered that there are more pre-requisites that is required as compared to installation on my Mac. Hereby, I will walk through the differences.

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As you can see, since I giving the software a spin and I want to be able to enjoy every single bit out of it. I wish to enable both AirPlay and Miracast.

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This is simple, downloading another driver to get it installed is easy matter since concise instructions was given. Just download the Bonjour Print Services from here and get it installed. Alternatively, if you have iTunes installed, you would have installed the Bonjour Print Services in one way or another.

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Second item on the list flagged out because I have selected Miracast is complex because I am installing it on my Intel NUC and Ethernet Lan was used all the time since I did not add Wireless Card in it. Well, too bad, I will just remove Miracast then.

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Run the check again to make sure all pre-requisites are installed and move ahead by clicking on “Next”. Agree to the EULA and continue.

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If you have downloaded the application via the site, you would have been prompted to either Sign-Up via logging into FaceBook or fill in the basic details to sign-up. Either way would have an Activation Code created on the screen.

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Change to the desire folder to install the AirServer but usually I will just leave it as default.

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This is rather a special way to phrase it. I always get options such as “Do you want to make this application available to yourself.” or “Do you want to make this application available to everyone?”. Something different at once… Click on to get the application installed.

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Usage

After installation, the AirServer application is launched and I am welcome to this screen.

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I seriously thought that I have entered the Activation Code once during registration and it seems like it hasn’t been registered. (To the AirServer Team, is this a bug?) This is the part where Internet Connection is needed as the application will hit back to one of the server at AirServer to make sure that the code entered is valid and not expired.

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Hooray! It is running now! Now time to give it a spin…

I was suppose to get it working by mirroring my iPad display to my Windows 8.1 screen but doesn’t seem working presently. However, all audio that are playing on the iPad are routed to the Windows 8.1 computer via AirServer.

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I don’t think this should be rocket science to setup but definitely doing it on an Apple Mac is way easier compared to Windows.

 

Compatibility

Operating System: Compatible PC / Compatible Mac
Sender: AirPlay Compatible Device or Miracast Compatible Source Device
Network: Source and Destination to be on the same Network. (Be it Wired or Wireless connected)
Internet Connection: Required only for Software Activation.

For this, I am so entice to get Miracast compatible source device. (I promise to write another blog post after I tried AirServer with my newly purchased gadget.)

 

Pricing

As you can see from the chart below which I have grabbed it from AirServer website.

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It just cost US$14.99 in order to enjoy the full function for life (perpetual license). It is not expensive at all for all the convenient it gives you.

Will you give this a spin or you have something better to recommend? Share with me via the comment box or drop me an email.

Cheers!
Milton Goh

Milton and his Microsoft Band

Kudos and big thank to Matthew Hitchcock (Microsoft PowerShell MVP and the Lead for Singapore PowerShell User Group) for bringing me one of this Microsoft Band from the US after his trip there for Microsoft MVP Summit (one of the perk as a Microsoft MVP! I am waiting for this chance to go too!).

Unboxing Process

So I collected this from Matthew on the day where we had our Community Technology Update (CTU) in Microsoft Singapore office. So it looks like this before I unwrap it.

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Finally I ripped off the bag to unveil the surprise inside (of course I know what I was expecting!) but still there is “WoW” factor!

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Matthew has helped to get extra charging cable and I am more than happy to buy it from him because I felt it is really helpful in this scenario.

  1. I could have one plug to my home computer and use it for charging when I am home during the evening.
  2. I could have the other one in my bag where I lug around everyday!
  3. I could use the one in my bag when I goes travelling.
  4. Act as a spare one if either one spoiled.

Now have a closer look at the FRONT OF THE BOX.

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Now have a closer look at the BACK OF THE BOX.

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Now have a closer look at the SIDE OF THE BOX. Now it tells you that this Band is friendly with all the three popular mobile platform but definitely have better integrate with Windows platform such as Cortana.

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I really like the way Microsoft has done this sizing thingy as I have never come across this before! Prior to getting this Band, I did print out the sizing guide downloadable from Microsoft Store US site to do the sizing. Of course with my big size wrist, I am definitely not hanging on with anything below Large.

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Now, after so many images, we are still UNBOXING it. We unbox it from one box to unveil another box.

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Microsoft has packaged it in a way that you are like opening the next watch box such as Hamilton one. (Well, I am aiming for one too but for now, I am still going for Smart Watches.)

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Connecting it for the First Time

First thing to do is to remove the cable from the box and connect it between the Band and your computer.

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Take a look at the back view of the Band.

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The next thing the Band instruct is to get the Application (Microsoft Health App) from the various store.

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It will toggle between this message and how you can connect it via BlueTooth to it from your phone.

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The overall setup is very easy and seamless, there is no complex games in it and no difficulty was faced during the process. For this, we give it a 5 stars out of 5.

 

Setup Process

Welcome screen of the Mobile Application.

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Sign in with your Microsoft Account (Live Account) and you are good to go!

Upon successful pairing up the phone with the Band, you will expect this screen.

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You are able to do some customization and personalization of the look on the face of the Band. Look at how the display changes when different colour and wallpaper is being selected. This will then be synchronized to the Band via Bluetooth.

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It continues to get things set up……

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So by default since this is the best time the Band was setup, there isn’t anything in the statistics.

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Using it for the First Time

The next important thing after buying the Band and Setting it up is, to wear the band. So I put on the band for the first time on a Monday where I set off to work.

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For whatever reason it is that the face of the Band has to be faced down, I wouldn’t know why and I wouldn’t want to pursue it. However, I only know that it is much easier to view messages coming in in a discreet manner compared if the face of the Band were to face up.

I took a long walk but was a little early so I stopped over at the cafe to have a cup of Milk Tea.

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What I like it to measure?

So after wearing it for an hour before grabbing a cup of tea, this is the number of steps that I have walked and measured by the Band.

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The things that I like how the Band gathered is:

  1. My Heart Rate
  2. Steps that I walked
  3. Calories Burnt

 

There are a lot more apps that can be connected to the Microsoft Band for now and definitely more are in the process of building. I have full trust with Microsoft that the next version of this band would definitely have significant improvement!

Cheers.
Milton Goh