Xbox Game Pass: The Gardens Between, Mutant Year Zero, and Strange Brigade Coming Soon – Xbox Wire

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members!

Now that we’ve had our annual dose of turkey and family, normal service resumes here at Xbox Game Pass. And on that note, we’re excited to share three important public service announcements:

  1. If the 16 games we announced at X018 were not enough, we are adding three more to the Xbox Game Pass catalog over the coming week, starting with The Gardens Between on November 29, Mutant Year Zero on December 4, and Strange Brigade on December 6. We require you to play these, as well as the over 100 other great games included in your membership – no negotiation.
  2. If you have a mobile telephone, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app for iOS and Android. Through this app you can remotely install Xbox Game Pass games to your Xbox One so they’re ready to play when you come home from school or work. We’ll also send you notifications to let you know when games are added, so say goodbye to FOMO (and your job/free time).
  3. Follow our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter You don’t want to miss out on life-changing memes and gaming banter.

What’s that sound? It’s like a voice on the wind saying “We want more…” We hear it. Keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire, the Xbox Game Pass Twitter and Instagram channels (see above) and the Xbox Game Pass app (again, see above) where we’ll be dropping even more games throughout the month of December.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some details on the new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass:

The Gardens Between (November 29)

Follow two best friends Arina and Frendt who fall into a surreal world full of dreamlike garden islands. Together they’ll embark on a nostalgic journey through a world built around objects from their childhood, lighting constellations and illuminating threads from a time when friendship was the most important thing in the world. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and traverse each precious memory to reach the summit of each island in this single-player puzzle adventure.

Mutant Year Zero (December 4)

A tactical adventure game with turn-based combat and real-time exploration of a post-apocalyptic world, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden puts you in command of a unique squad of mutant soldiers as you scavenge through the remains of civilization to survive. From the creators of Hitman and PayDay, experience a mix of story, exploration, stealth, and strategy in the brutal environment of a decimated planet Earth as your band of heroes embark on a quest to discover the legend of Eden.

Strange Brigade (December 6)

Join an elite agency of extraordinary adventurers and investigate the darkest corners of Egypt, where mythological menaces manifest! Strange Brigade offers a rip-roaring, 1930s-style campaign full of peril, intrigue, and good old derring-do for one to four players as you tackle an army of mummified monsters! Solve mind-bending puzzles, defy dastardly traps, unearth incredible treasure in a mysterious, ancient landscape and use the most marvelous firearms known to man in thrilling third-person combat to defeat the witch queen Seteki and send her petrifying minions back to the afterlife.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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Aviatrix unveils AVX Orchestrator for AWS

Aviatrix, a provider of software for managing traffic and policies across multiple public clouds, has introduced an orchestrator for AWS Transit Gateway, a new feature that eases the difficulty of connecting multiple private networks on the AWS cloud.

Aviatrix demonstrated its new technology, called AVX Orchestrator, this week at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, where the cloud provider introduced Transit Gateway for companies running large numbers of virtual private clouds (VPC) on the AWS platform. VPCs are virtual networks developers build to deliver services to workloads running on an isolated section on AWS.

AWS developed Transit Gateway to introduce a simpler network architecture for connecting private data centers or remote offices to VPCs running on multiple AWS data centers. A single Transit Gateway can connect to as many as 5,000 VPCs, which companies might find difficult to manage without a third-party tool like AVX Orchestrator.

Aviatrix specializes in adding features to AWS-native tools to make them easier to use. The network-as-a-service provider does that through a virtual network overlay and an external controller that manage  traffic and policies across private networks running on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Other providers of similar technology include Aryaka, Datapath.io and Infradata.

AVX Orchestrator features

Orchestrator, which is part of the company’s AVX Controller, handles routing table configurations for VPC traffic and can segment the network into security domains comprising groups of VPCs, said Steven Mih, CEO of Aviatrix, based in Palo Alto, Calif.

Engineers can also use Orchestrator to create policies for controlling traffic between domains. Strictly defining the traffic that can reach a domain bolsters security by preventing a malware infection from spreading.

AVX Orchestrator provides network segmentation only on Transit Gateway, Mih said.  However, the vendor plans to offer a similar feature eventually for Microsoft Azure.

Other services provided by the AVX Controller include network provisioning, configuration, logging, monitoring and traffic routing. The Aviatrix platform can also insert virtual network services into a multi-cloud network. Those services include a Layer 4 stateful packet inspection firewall and egress traffic filtering.

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For Sale – iMac 21.5” screen. Late 2015 model

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by antsims, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. This just sits in our spare room and never gets used. In fantastic condition with keyboard and mouse. Not sure, but I think I have the original box up the attic.

    Hopefully someone else can make use of it. Will upload pics later.

    Would prefer collection as condition and working order can be checked out.

    Price and currency: £800 now £700 lowered to £650
    Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
    Payment method: Ppg or bt
    Location: Aberdare South Wales
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  2. Photos as promised

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  3. What’s the full spec pls- PM me the serial number? Presume no warranty?

  4. Late 2015
    Processor 1.6 GHz intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disc Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Will pm serial number but no warranty

  5. I was confused by the Bought Jan 2017, to find its a 2015 model… Shame as was after a 2017. Thanks anyways

  6. I’ve amended title to avoid confusion. Sorry.

  7. Lowered to £700.

  8. Will drop to £650

  9. Any further movement on price?

  10. Sorry, missed your post. What would be your offer? Thanks

  11. Now £600

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Xbox Game Pass: The Gardens Between, Mutant Year Zero, and Strange Brigade Coming Soon – Xbox Wire

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members!

Now that we’ve had our annual dose of turkey and family, normal service resumes here at Xbox Game Pass. And on that note, we’re excited to share three important public service announcements:

  1. If the 16 games we announced at X018 were not enough, we are adding three more to the Xbox Game Pass catalog over the coming week, starting with The Gardens Between on November 29, Mutant Year Zero on December 4, and Strange Brigade on December 6. We require you to play these, as well as the over 100 other great games included in your membership – no negotiation.
  2. If you have a mobile telephone, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app for iOS and Android. Through this app you can remotely install Xbox Game Pass games to your Xbox One so they’re ready to play when you come home from school or work. We’ll also send you notifications to let you know when games are added, so say goodbye to FOMO (and your job/free time).
  3. Follow our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter You don’t want to miss out on life-changing memes and gaming banter.

What’s that sound? It’s like a voice on the wind saying “We want more…” We hear it. Keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire, the Xbox Game Pass Twitter and Instagram channels (see above) and the Xbox Game Pass app (again, see above) where we’ll be dropping even more games throughout the month of December.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some details on the new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass:

The Gardens Between (November 29)

Follow two best friends Arina and Frendt who fall into a surreal world full of dreamlike garden islands. Together they’ll embark on a nostalgic journey through a world built around objects from their childhood, lighting constellations and illuminating threads from a time when friendship was the most important thing in the world. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and traverse each precious memory to reach the summit of each island in this single-player puzzle adventure.

Mutant Year Zero (December 4)

A tactical adventure game with turn-based combat and real-time exploration of a post-apocalyptic world, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden puts you in command of a unique squad of mutant soldiers as you scavenge through the remains of civilization to survive. From the creators of Hitman and PayDay, experience a mix of story, exploration, stealth, and strategy in the brutal environment of a decimated planet Earth as your band of heroes embark on a quest to discover the legend of Eden.

Strange Brigade (December 6)

Join an elite agency of extraordinary adventurers and investigate the darkest corners of Egypt, where mythological menaces manifest! Strange Brigade offers a rip-roaring, 1930s-style campaign full of peril, intrigue, and good old derring-do for one to four players as you tackle an army of mummified monsters! Solve mind-bending puzzles, defy dastardly traps, unearth incredible treasure in a mysterious, ancient landscape and use the most marvelous firearms known to man in thrilling third-person combat to defeat the witch queen Seteki and send her petrifying minions back to the afterlife.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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5 tips to master server troubleshooting

Server troubleshooting is a fine art, but there are some quick and easy methods and tips to get things running…

smoothly.

ITIL methodology delves into how to troubleshoot a server or a related issue more deeply, but the general theme is to narrow down the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Take a step back, and think about how to logically resolve an issue during an outage. For example, if a user complains that he can’t access something, find out if other users have the same issue, eliminating the possibility that the problem is localized to a single end-user device.

Use this generalist guide to think about server troubleshooting processes and procedures. Use it in concert with your organization’s own guidelines and technical strengths.

1. Identify the server problem’s area of effect

One of the first pieces of information you need is how widespread the outage or slowdown is, as well as what it affects. What seems like a network issue could be a damaged cable affecting one PC or a small cluster.

If multiple users are afflicted with the same issue, it eliminates environmental variables, such as hardware problems on a local PC or software misuse.

If you have multiple sites, are they all affected? This will help determine if the issue lies with a localized server.

2. Determine if the server itself is the problem

Members of a big IT team are used to finger-pointing among departments. The help desk hears about a slow application, and the sysadmin blames the network; the network admin blames the storage area network (SAN); the storage admin blames the software. If you’re troubleshooting a server issue — particularly if it’s something vague, such as a slow application — identify what area of the data center infrastructure is affected. When multiple servers and applications are malfunctioning, this usually rules out a server problem and points to network or storage arrays. With virtualization, check the physical host location of any affected VMs to ensure they don’t share the same, potentially compromised, hardware.

The process of elimination usually points to a clear culprit, but not always. Find commonality on issues, and try different combinations of factors to narrow down the possibilities. For example, perhaps the issue is that copying from one file share to another is taking too long. Is it slow if you copy from one server to another on the same site? If so, it’s not the WAN. Is it slow if you copy between local disks on the server? If so, it’s not the SAN or LAN. If you have to resort to packet capturing or I/O speed tests, server troubleshooting could take a long time.

Server troubleshooting checklist
These aren’t the only places in which a server problem could originate, but they are the most likely.

3. Maintain detailed records on server settings and connections

Documentation is an incredibly valuable troubleshooting tool. Easy access to your environment’s topology and an understanding of how an application works on it enable swift server troubleshooting.

Have a solid understanding of the data center operations: How many servers are involved with each application? What are the basic network settings? What infrastructure lives where? This proves valuable, for example, if you have two application servers that clients connect to via round-robin domain name system and half of your users report issues. You know from the start that half the users connect to each server, so you won’t waste time trying to solve a problem with the other server.

4. Communicate all work and activity with team members

Communication is key to server troubleshooting issues. For example, your colleague changed a server setting last night. The next day, something doesn’t work. You need to know about the change, as it is a likely culprit. Large companies have change process forms so everyone is on the same page, but not every IT team has that luxury — or hindrance, depending on how you look at it).

Communication helps the data center team prepare and proactively watch the environment when a new application or other change goes into production. Otherwise, you’ll reactively ask about the new application, its deployment and resource demands when end users start to complain about poor functionality.

5. Monitor server status comprehensively and review log data

Save time troubleshooting server problems with a detailed and ongoing overview of operations.

There are many monitoring tools available for different sizes and structures of data centers. When configured correctly, they track key metrics, such as latency and I/O speeds, which provide the ammunition to hassle the storage or network people as appropriate. Monitoring tools also alert you to potentially useful information, such as a drive with 1% free disk space that’s primed to cause server issues.

Many products also monitor services, so if a critical service crashes and stops, the tool will send an alert or automatically attempt to restart it based on the rules you set.

Surprisingly, server and related logs are often overlooked.

When an issue comes up, technicians think they know what the issue is and spend hours trying to prove their theory. But if they spend a few minutes looking at the logs, they would see an exact cause of the problem is recorded. Permission issues are easier to fix if you know what two things are trying to talk and with what account, for example.

Check the Event Viewer logs on Microsoft Windows or syslogs on Unix/Linux servers for warnings and errors. Application logs are also worth reading, as they often contain error data that point you in the right direction of a root cause. Retain log data in a sequestered storage location to track long-term server status and behavior.

6. Know provider SLA terms

Some admins consider a request for vendor assistance a defeat — don’t. After a comprehensive check on the basics, spend a few minutes to log a call, rather than wait until several hours into an outage.

When the IT environment is healthy, take the time to check the specific details of the support service-level agreements (SLAs) with your organization’s vendors. If the vendor won’t contact you until the next working day, log the problem as early as possible to stave off a frustrating night.

Many vendors have specific instructions — the details of which are usually available online — on how to troubleshoot server issues. Check resources from the vendor’s knowledge base and online forums.

It can be frustrating when server troubleshooting and resolution require more than five minutes, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Preparation, communication and a strong understanding of your environment are the tools of a hero that saves the day.

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Hedvig storage gives university more replication, redundancy

Lessons learned from a tornado pushed Pittsburg State University to revamp its storage, replacing an older traditional SAN with software-defined storage.

The university in eastern Kansas implemented Hedvig storage software on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant servers to boost replication and redundancy, said Tim Pearson, the university’s assistant director of IT infrastructure and security.

Pearson said he likes that Hedvig replicates in real time to multiple sites. He uses it to replicate local snapshots between two locations on the Pittsburg campus and sends a third copy of each snapshot to Wichita State University, which is about three hours west of Pittsburg.

Pittsburg State has six HPE ProLiant servers with Hedvig software in each of the three locations for a total of 120 TB of storage capacity on the nine servers. Hedvig provides a 2-to-1 data reduction rate through inline deduplication and compression.

Hedvig formed an OEM partnership with HPE in November.

From a SAN to software-defined storage servers

A major tornado that slammed into Joplin, Mo., and surrounding areas in 2011 influenced the university’s storage strategy. The Pittsburg State campus is about 45 minutes northwest of Joplin. The university relied on tape backups for its disaster recovery at that time.

With Kansas in the middle of the area known as Tornado Alley, Pearson knew his storage had to stand up if another one hit. He came to that conclusion after talking to IT colleagues in Joplin whose data centers were knocked offline for extended periods as a result of the storm, he said.

“The idea of taking our tape backups off site for recovery was something we needed to revisit,” Pearson said. “We were looking for something more involved than what we had at the time.”

Before the Hedvig storage, Pittsburg State relied on a two-array Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN. One array had 48 10,000 rpm drives; the second had 48 1 TB SATA drives. EqualLogic firmware managed data replication between the arrays. The university bought the SAN in 2011, four years after Dell acquired EqualLogic. The products are now branded as Dell EMC PS Series, although they are no longer being actively sold.

In mid-2018, Pearson said disk failures on the EqualLogic SAN reinforced the need for more resilient storage.

“Seldom a week would go by that I didn’t need to replace a drive. I knew if we ever lost more than one drive, we would be unable to restore from backup,” he said.

Making the Hedvig storage decision

Pearson had assembled a team of IT professionals at Pittsburg State to evaluate proposals from storage vendors, including Hedvig. The team also considered Datrium, HPE’s SimpliVity, Cisco’s HyperFlex hyper-converged products and a Fujitsu SAN.

“The thing we liked about Hedvig was flexibility. You could run it in a hyper-converged infrastructure environment or as storage layer on separate hardware. The support for multiple protocols would allow us to do object storage, block, NFS and Amazon S3 as we grew and our technology [needs] evolved,” Pearson said.

Hedvig emerged from stealth in 2015. What concerned Pearson most was the company’s relative newness. Storage customers of the startup were consulted, and Pearson said they gave Hedvig high marks about switching to a software-defined storage model.

“Every product has warts, but none of them said they regretted their decision. They all said the Hedvig support was better than they had experienced with other vendors,” Pearson said.

The Hedvig storage servers use SATA disk for capacity and SSDs for performance. On the back end, NVMe flash SSDs cache and stream read data to spinning disk, as needed.

The Hedvig-HPE combination enabled Pittsburg State to reallocate the EqualLogic arrays for intraday replication, reducing the window for backup to avoid a 24-hour window. Eventually, Pearson said, Pittsburg State wants to phase out nightly snapshots and implement Hedvig scheduled snapshots.

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For Sale – Or Trade – 27″ iMac (Late 2012 Boxed) & HTPC

I am selling both my 27″ iMac (Late 2012) and HTPC the specs are:

27″ iMac

27″ Screen
Intel Core i5 3.2GHZ
32GBS RAM
1TB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB RAM

The original keyboard and mouse are included and in excellent condition, the iMac has barely been used over the years as I would always end up using my MacBook air out of convenience.

The original box is in great condition and I have included an external blu-ray drive as well.

£750

HTPC

Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i3-4160 – 3.6GHZ
8GBS RAM
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Slim line DVD drive
TBS 6281 TV Dual Tuner Card
Silverstone Case
Microsoft Xbox controller
Logitech Keyboard and touchpad
Pulse Eight USB – CEC adaptor (control the media software with your tv remote)
TP Link AC1200 Wifi Adaptor

I have reset windows to remove all my files etc, I used this as our main media centre for the past 3 years flawlessly. I used Kodi as the main software which booted automatically, and mediaportal as the freeview client which worked perfectly. These will need to be reinstalled but are all free and there is a great Kodi / Mediaportal guide on these forums.

£280

Price and currency: £750 & £280
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
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Location: Aberdeen
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