For Sale – MacBook Pro, Mid 2012 with CD rom

I have a MacBook Pro I have been using since 2014, I am the sole owner since new.

Specs are here
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) – Technical Specifications

It has the i5 processor and I have upgraded the ram to 8GB. The hard drive is still the OG one though it can changed to 512SSD.

It is in good condition and the battery is still great, I have attached a coconut report. It’s running the latest OS. The laptop has been mainly used for University work as you can see MATLAB and Mathematica are installed. It has casing and a keyboard protector.

Price and currency: 325
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BACS or Cash
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?:
Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Acer Revo One RL85 i3, 4GB Ram, 2TB HDD

Hi everyone,

I have for sale an Acer Revo One RL85 which makes a great HTC and Plex Server.

The spec is the following:
Intel Core i3-4005 1.7 GHz
4 GB RAM
2TB HDD
Windows 10 Home upgraded from Win8

Great condition with a few marks and no box unfortunately.

If you have any questions please do let me know.

Many Thanks

Price and currency: £220 or sensible offers
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: West London
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – NZXT Kraken X62 – Brand new

My RMA on my X62 is finally arriving from USA tomorrow. It’ll be a brand new Kraken in retail packaging. I don’t need it however as I had to replace it with another cooler for fear of losing my PC while I waited for them to sort RMA out.

Hence, here it is for sale.

I appreciate I have no pics etc yet, but I’m just gauging interest ready for tomorrow evening when we can hopefully get a sale rolling and the item sent to buyer on Saturday.

Mods – I won’t be taking any money or exchanging any PMs until the goods are received in the delivery tomorrow. I’ll post full pictures of the item as soon as I receive it.

Price and currency: 80
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG / Bank transfer
Location: South Wales & Bristol
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 1080 Gaming PC

Alrighty folks, looking to sell my desktop gaming PC again. The main components are listed below. Will be collection or local delivery only, I travel between Dunfermline and Aviemore frequently so anywhere between, just off the A9 would be doable as well.
EVGA GTX 1080 SC
i7 3930K
Corsair Hydro H100
Asus P9x79
16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black
Corsair AX1200
Corsair 600T Case Black
Crucial M4 500GB SSD
2TB HDD (Cant remember what type, will check when I get back from holiday)
Wifi/Bluetooth Dongles
5 Port USB 3.0 card
Windows 10 (will come with a clean install)

This PC has had very little use over the years but always performs amazing when called upon. I used it for VR with my Oculus Rift and it handles everything no problem.

Im not looking for any offers or splitting at the moment, if there is no interest in the PC as a package then I may con sider splitting. Can deliver within 30 miles of Dunfermline, or further a field at cost.

Price – £950 NOW £900 £870

Price and currency: 950 £900 £870
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: cash, bt, ppg
Location: Dunfermline
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SolarWinds: MSP Pulse can shed light on business transformation

SolarWinds MSP has launched a benchmarking tool that it said is designed to help managed service providers better understand the health of their businesses. The new offering from SolarWinds, MSP Pulse aims to improve channel partners’ business strategies while also providing insight into how they stack up against their competitors.

The move comes as MSPs look for better ways to measure their progress as they grapple with business transformation at their companies. As channel companies transition from hardware reselling to an as-a-service subscription model, many are finding that shifting gears has placed new responsibilities on their business. As a result MSPs are looking for more analysis and insights as they move to the managed services model.

To help them understand how their competitors are handling new market trends, SolarWinds MSP in collaboration with research firm The 2112 Group developed MSP Pulse, a free online survey that asks participants specific questions about their business. 

SolarWinds: MSP Pulse attracts nearly 500 survey takers

So far nearly 500 companies located in North America and Europe have taken the survey, answering a range of questions on such topics as 2017 revenue, 2018 projected revenue, location, types of managed services offered, and the number of dedicated salespeople on staff.

According to executives at SolarWinds MSP, answers to these questions are stored in a database and used to generate comparative analysis in a variety of areas, including sales, profitability and customer engagement.

Comparisons are also made between companies that are the same size, offer the same managed service offerings and operate in the same region.

“Many companies are in the dark on their own,” said Mike Cullen, vice president of customer experience and business strategy at SolarWinds MSP. “This tool gives them good information to balance themselves off of what other companies are doing in the market.”

Chart showing steps for achieving predictable revenue streams
The quest for predicable, as-a-service revenue is just one dimension of the MSP transition the SolarWinds MSP Pulse tool aims to address.

How it works

Many companies are in the dark on their own.
Mike Cullenvice president of customer experience and business strategy, SolarWinds MSP

At the end of the SolarWinds MSP Pulse survey, participants receive a customized report about how their companies’ performance compares with companies of similar size and type. The benchmarking process provides information on whether an MSP is on par, below average or above average with regard to its competitors across a number of categories, including monthly account attrition rate — also known as churn rate — and managed service revenue targets.

Channel partners may use their results to plan their managed services model transformation and are encouraged to take the survey on a quarterly basis to update their data and track their progress.

Cullen said many MSPs are wondering what their benchmark should look like. He said these companies need information on how many new customers should they acquire per month and how much of their companies’ business should be managed services as opposed to hardware.

He added executives at MSPs also want to know if MSPs in their region of the same size and the same revenue structure have the same number of employees.

For Sale – Dell XPS 13 9360 £775

Hello,

I am looking to sell my trusty Dell XPS 13″ laptop. It has been well look after and is in great condition.. No scratches or dents. The laptop has been covered since day one in an EasySkin which has protected the laptop well. It is also warrantied till July 2020 so lots of protection on it..

Its an excellent allrounder and the screen is beautiful.

£775 plus delivery

Full Spec:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7500U CPU @ 2.70GHz
Clock Speed 2.9Ghz
8gb RAM
256gb SSD
Intel(R) HD Graphics 620

Price and currency: £7750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Bury
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Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

I’m not sure how much they’re worth in honesty!

I know I had the boxes for the mouse and trackpad until very recently, I’m pretty sure I put them in the garage but I’d need to check.

The MM2 and MT (2?!) was purchased in November 2016, couldn’t confirm when the keyboard was bought as I got it from my parents!

Manage Hyper-V containers and VMs with these best practices

Containers and VMs should be treated as the separate instance types they are, but there are specific management strategies that work for both that admins should incorporate.


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use both in their virtual environments, but that adds another layer of complexity to consider.

One of the most notable features introduced in Windows Server 2016 was support for containers. At the time, it seemed that the world was rapidly transitioning away from VMs in favor of containers, so Microsoft had little choice but to add container support to its flagship OS.

Today, organizations use both containers and VMs. But for admins that use a mixture, what’s the best way to manage Hyper-V containers and VMs?

To understand the management challenges of supporting both containers and VMs, admins need to understand a bit about how Windows Server 2016 works. From a VM standpoint, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V isn’t that different from the version of Hyper-V included with Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft introduced a few new features, as with every new release, but the tools and techniques used to create and manage VMs were largely unchanged.

In addition to being able to host VMs, Windows Server 2016 includes native support for two different types of containers: Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers. Windows Server containers and the container host share the same kernel. Hyper-V containers differ from Windows Server containers in that Hyper-V containers run inside a special-purpose VM. This enables kernel-level isolation between containers and the container host.

Hyper-V management

When Microsoft created Hyper-V containers, it faced something of a quandary with regard to the management interface.

The primary tool for managing Hyper-V VMs is Hyper-V Manager — although PowerShell and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) are also viable management tools. This has been the case ever since the days of Windows Server 2008. Conversely, admins in the open source world used containers long before they ever showed up in Windows, and the Docker command-line interface has become a standard for container management.

Ultimately, Microsoft chose to support Hyper-V Manager as a tool for managing Hyper-V hosts and Hyper-V VMs, but not containers. Likewise, Microsoft chose to support the use of Docker commands for container management.

Management best practices

Although Hyper-V containers and VMs both use the Hyper-V virtualization engine, admins should treat containers and VMs as two completely different types of resources. While it’s possible to manage Hyper-V containers and VMs through PowerShell, most Hyper-V admins seem to prefer using a GUI-based management tool for managing Hyper-V VMs. Native GUI tools, such as Hyper-V Manager and SCVMM, don’t support container management.

As admins work to figure out the best way to manage Hyper-V containers and VMs, it’s important for them to remember that both depend on an underlying host.

Admins who wish to manage their containers through a GUI should consider using one of the many interfaces that are available for Docker. Kitematic is probably the best-known of these interfaces, but there are third-party GUI interfaces for containers that arguably provide a better overall experience.

For example, Datadog offers a dashboard for monitoring Docker containers. Another particularly nice GUI interface for Docker containers is DockStation.

Those who prefer an open source platform should check out the Docker Monitoring Project. This monitoring platform is based on the Kubernetes dashboard, but it has been adapted to work directly with Docker.

As admins work to figure out the best way to manage Hyper-V containers and VMs, it’s important for them to remember that both depend on an underlying host. Although Microsoft doesn’t provide any native GUI tools for managing VMs and containers side by side, admins can use SCVMM to manage all manner of Hyper-V hosts, regardless of whether those servers are hosting Hyper-V VMs or Hyper-V containers.

Admins who have never worked with containers before should spend some time experimenting with containers in a lab environment before attempting to deploy them in production. Although containers are based on Hyper-V, creating and managing containers is nothing like setting up and running Hyper-V VMs. A great way to get started is to install containers on Windows 10.

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