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For Sale – DDR4 Vengeance pro RGB 3600, Corsair K65 lux, Corsair MP510 480gb, G502 Hero, RTX 2080 Super FTW3 Ultra

EVERYTHING HAS BEEN CLEANED WITH ANTIBIOTIC WIPES (obviously not the gpu, ram and ssd lol)

Due to the current situation I’m having a calearout and downgrade and so I have the below for sale cash on collection or bank transfer all ID details ect can be provided.

RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA GAMING EVGA £680ono (I also have the hydrocopper block to match this £60) this was a step up from my 2070 super and has full warranty with EVGA and comes with all boxes and bits see warranty page screenshot for details below.

Corsair vengeance pro RGB DDR4 16gb 3600 C18 boxed £70ono (CURRENTLY UNDER OFFER AWAITING PAYMENT)

Corsair k65 lux rgb keyboard with glorious gaming wrist rest £65ono (comes boxed with all key caps and bits and original unused wrist rest)

Corsair MP510 480gb nvme ssd £45ono (CURRENTLY UNDER OFFER AWAITING PAYMENT)

Logitech G502 Hero boxed with all bits SOLD

Pictures can be provided with username and date ect and will happily speak over the phone whatsapp or whatever you like to confirm any details.

I WILL HAPPILY CONFIRM ITEMS WORKING VIA VIDEO CALL!

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Three Years of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams at 3: Everything you need to connect with your teammates and be more productive

This week marks the third anniversary of Microsoft Teams. It’s been an incredible three years, and we’re inspired to see the way organizations across the globe are using Teams to transform the way they work. Today, we’re sharing some new Teams capabilities across a few different aspects of the Teams experience, many with a tie to meetings.

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Microsoft Azure Peering Services Explained

In this blog post, you’ll discover everything you need to know about Microsoft Azure Peering Services, a networking service introduced during Ignite 2019.

Microsoft explains the service within their documentation as follows:

Azure Peering Service is a networking service that enhances customer connectivity to Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Dynamics 365, software as a service (SaaS) services, Azure, or any Microsoft services accessible via the public internet. Microsoft has partnered with internet service providers (ISPs), internet exchange partners (IXPs), and software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI) providers worldwide to provide reliable and high-performing public connectivity with optimal routing from the customer to the Microsoft network.

To be honest, Microsoft explained the service well, but what’s behind the explanation is much more complex. To understand Azure Peering Services and its benefits, you need to understand how peering, routing, and connectivity for internet providers work.

What Are Peering And Transit?

In the internet and network provider world, peering is an interconnection of separated and independent internet networks to exchange traffic between users within their respective networks. Peering or partnering is a free agreement between two providers. Normally both providers only pay their cross-connect in the datacenter and their colocation space. Traffic is not paid by any party. Instead, there are special agreements, e.g. from smaller to larger providers.

Normally you have the following agreements:

  • between equal providers or peering partners – traffic upload and download between these two networks is free for both parties
  • a larger provider and a smaller provider – the smaller provider needs to pay a fee for the transit traffic to the larger network provider
  • providers who transit another network to reach a 3rd party network (upstream service) – the provider using the upstream needs to pay a fee for the transit traffic to the upstream provider

An agreement by two or more networks to peer is instantiated by a physical interconnection of the networks, an exchange of routing information through the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocol and, in some special cases, a formalized contractual document. These documents are called peering policies and Letter of Authorization or LOA.

Fun Fact – As a peering partner for Microsoft, you can easily configure the peering through the Azure Portal as a free service.

As you can see in the screenshot, Microsoft is very restrictive with their routing and peering policies. That prevents unwanted traffic and protects Microsoft customers when Peering for Azure ExpressRoute (AS12076).

Routing and peering policies Azure express route.

Now let’s talk a bit about the different types of peering.

Public Peering

Public peering is configured over the shared platform of Internet Exchange Point. Internet Exchanges charge a port and/or member fee for using their platform for interconnect.

If you are a small cloud or network provider with less infrastructure, the peering via an Internet Exchange is a good place to start. As a big player on the market, it is a good choice because you are also reaching smaller networks on a short path. The picture below shows an example of those prices. I took my example from the Berlin Commercial Internet Exchange Pricing Page.

Berlin Commercial Internet Exchange Pricing

Hurricane Electric offers a tool that can give you a peering map and more information about how a provider is publicly peered with other providers, but you will not get a map from the private peering there. The picture below shows you some examples for Microsoft AS 8075.

Microsoft AS 8075 peering

Private Peering

Private peering is a direct physical link between two networks. Commonly the peering is done by one or more 10GBE or 100GBE links. The connection is made from only one network to another, for which any site pays a set fee to the owner of the infrastructure or colocation that is used. Those costs are usually crossconnect within the datacenter. That makes private peering a good choice when you need to send large volumes of traffic to one specific network. That’s a much cheaper option when looking on the pricing per transferred gigabyte between both networks than with public peering. When peering private with providers you may need to follow some peering policies though.

A good provider also has a looking glass where you can get more insights into peerings, but we will look at this later on.

Transit and Upstream

When someone is using Transit, the provider itself has no access to the destination network. Therefore he needs to leverage other networks or network providers to reach the destination network and destination service. Those providers who give the transit are known as transit providers, with larger networks being considered as Tier 1 networks. As a network provider for cloud customers like Microsoft, you don’t want any transit routing. In the first place, you normally have high costs for transitive routing through other networks, and what is worse, you add additional latency and uncontrollable space between your customers and the cloud services. So, the first thing when handling cloud customers, avoid transit routing and peer yourself with cloud providers either through private or public network interconnect at interconnect locations.

That is one reason why Microsoft is working with Internet Exchanges and Network and Internet Providers to enable Services like Microsoft Azure Peering. It should give customers more control over how they reach Microsoft Services incl. Azure, Microsoft 365, xBox etc. To understand the impact, you also need to know about Service Provider Routing. That’s how we will follow up in the next part of the post.

How Internet Service Providers Route your Traffic?

When you look at routing, there are mostly only two options within a carrier network. The first one is cold potato or centralized routing. With cold potato routing, a provider keeps the traffic as long as possible within his network before he sends it to another 3rd party. The other option is hot potato routing or decentralized routing. Here the provider sends the traffic as fast as possible to the 3rd party, mostly in the same metro.

The picture below illustrates the difference between hot and cold potato routing.

cold and hot potato routing differences

As you can see in the drawing, the cold potato routing takes a longer distance through the provider network and with that to your target, e.g. Microsoft.

Those routing configurations have a large impact on your cloud performance because every kilometer distance adds latency. The actual number is 1ms in latency added per every 200 kilometers of distance. As a result, you will see an impact on the likes of voice quality during Teams Meetings or synchronization issues for Backups to Azure.

Microsoft has a big agenda to address that issue for their customers and the rest of the globe. You can read more about the plans in articles from Yousef Khalidi, Cop. Vice President Microsoft Networking.

Now let’s start with Peering Services and how it can change the game.

What is Azure Peering Services and How it Solves the Issue?

When you look at how the service is designed, you can see that it leverages all of Microsoft Provider Peering with AS 8075. Together with the Microsoft Azure Peering Services Partners, Microsoft can change the default routing and transit behavior to their services when using a partner provider.

Following the picture below, you can setup a routing so that traffic from your network to Azure (or other networks) now uses the Microsoft Global Backbone instead of a transit provider without any SLA.

What is Azure Peering Services

With that service enabled, the performance to Microsoft Services will increase and the latency will be reduced depending on the provider. As you can expect, services like Office 365 or Azure AD will profit from that Azure Service but there is more. When you for example build your backbone on the Microsoft Global Transit Architecture with Azure Virtual WAN and leverage Internet Connections of these certain Providers and Internet Exchange Partners, you will directly boost your network performance and you will have a pseudo-private network. The reason for that is because you now leverage private or public peering with route restrictions. Your backbone traffic will now bypass the regular Internet and flow through the Microsoft Global Backbone from A to B.

Let me try to explain it with a drawing.

Microsoft global backbone network

in addition to better performance, you will also get an additional layer of monitoring. While the regular internet is a black box regarding dataflow, performance, etc. with Microsoft Azure Peering Services you get fully operational monitoring of your wide area network through the Microsoft Backbone.

You can find this information in the Azure Peering Services Telemetry Data.

The screenshot below shows the launch partner of Azure Peering Services.

Launch partner of Azure Peering Services

When choosing a network provider for your access to Microsoft, you should follow this guideline:

  • Choose a provider well peered with Microsoft
  • Choose a provider with hot potato routing to Microsoft
  • Don`t let the price decide the provider, a good network has costs
  • Choose Dedicated Internet Access before regular Internet Connection any time possible
  • If possible use locale providers instead of global ones
  • A good provider always has a looking glass or can provide you with default routes between a city location and other peering partners. If not, it is not a good provider to choose

So, let’s learn about the setup of the service.

How to configure Azure Peering Services?

First, you need to understand that like with Azure ExpressRoute, there are two sites to contact and configure.

You need to follow the steps below to establish a Peering Services connection.

Step 1: Customer provision the connectivity from a connectivity partner (no interaction with Microsoft). With that, you get an Internet provider who is well connected to Microsoft and meets the technical requirements for performant and reliable connectivity to Microsoft. Again you should check the Partnerlist.
Step 2: Customer registers locations into the Azure portal. A location is defined by: ISP/IXP Name, Physical location of the customer site (state level), IP Prefix given to the location by the Service Provider or the enterprise. As a service from Microsoft, you now get Telemetry data like Internet Routes monitoring and traffic prioritization from Microsoft to the user’s closest edge location.

The registration of the locations happens within the Azure Portal.

Currently, you need to register for the public beta first. That happens with some simple PowerShell commands.

Using Azure PowerShell 

Using Azure CLI

Afterward, you can configure the service using the Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, or Azure CLI.

You can find the responsive guide here.

After the Service went General Available (GA), customers also received SLAs on the Peering and Telemetry Service. Currently, there is no SLA and no support if you use the services in production.

Peering and Telemetry service

Closing Thoughts

From reading this article you now have a better understanding of Microsoft Azure Peering Services and its use, peering between providers, and the routing and traffic behavior within the internet. When digging deeper into Microsoft Peering Services, you now should be able to develop some architectures and ideas on how to use that service.

If you have any providers which are not aware about that Service or direct Peering with Microsoft AS 8075, point them to http://peering.azurewebsites.net/ or let them drop an email to [email protected]

When using the BGP Tools from Hurricane Electric, you should get info about some providers, peering with Microsoft. One thing you need to know, most of the 3500 Network Partners of Microsoft are peering private with Microsoft. The Hurricane tools and only observe the public peering partners.

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Author: Florian Klaffenbach

For Sale – HP Chromebook 14 14-db0003na

Hi Guys,

For sale is a brand new, never used, HP Chromebook 14. I Inly opened the box to check everything was in perfect condition.

Was given free as part of a new phone deal but have no use for it as I already own a laptop.

Based on recent sales on ‘The Bay’, I’m looking for £120 cash on collection or £130 including delivery.

I’m based in Welling Kent but can meet in central London if convenient.

Any questions, just ask.

Kind regards,

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For Sale – HP Chromebook 14 14-db0003na

Hi Guys,

For sale is a brand new, never used, HP Chromebook 14. I Inly opened the box to check everything was in perfect condition.

Was given free as part of a new phone deal but have no use for it as I already own a laptop.

Based on recent sales on ‘The Bay’, I’m looking for £120 cash on collection or £130 including delivery.

I’m based in Welling Kent but can meet in central London if convenient.

Any questions, just ask.

Kind regards,

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The Next Chapter of Collaborative Experiences

In real life, collaboration is keenly felt; it’s communal, fast, frustrating, fun, and everything in between. In digital products, however, we currently only see collaboration (hello, co-authoring flags!). While that’s still useful, this difference turns a dynamic process into a series of static hand-offs.

At Microsoft Design, we know collaboration to be much more than the visual evidence that someone else has worked on a document. We operate as a close-knit creative collective and work across myriad geographies, so we know firsthand the importance of understanding, supporting, and enhancing digital collaboration processes.

To build more dynamic collaborative experiences across Microsoft 365, we’ve focused on thoughtful creation points to help people foster meaningful and organic connections, build on each other’s ideas, and carry creative momentum forward.

Through more unified Teams experiences, new Planner designs that streamline task management, and a future-forward approach to co-authoring with the Microsoft Fluid Framework, we’re ensuring the next chapter of Microsoft 365 supports true collaboration.

Collaboration is both an individual and collective act, a duality that necessitates having a shared purpose. When everyone on a team sees a common goal and understands how to achieve it, we amplify our efforts. Microsoft Teams supports this by breaking down barriers to communication and providing a centralized hub for open, transparent collaboration.

Designed as a unified space, apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can be seamlessly used within Teams via an integrated experience. This allows people to share insights and feedback in context, with the right information and tools at their fingertips, without switching apps or interrupting flow. Microsoft Search, which is built right into Teams, uses powerful AI and an understanding of natural language to bring forward what you’re looking for.

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How to Supercharge PowerShell Objects for Hyper-V

The best thing about working with PowerShell is that everything is an object. This makes it easy to work with the properties of the thing you need to manage without a lot of scripting or complex text parsing. For example, when using the Hyper-V PowerShell module it is trivial to get specific details of a virtual machine.

Getting virtual machine properties with PowerShell

There are many properties to this object. You can pipe the object to Get-Member to see the definition or Select-Object to show all properties and their values.

But what you want more? I usually do. For example, there is a CreationTime property for the virtual machine object. I’d like to be able to report on how old the virtual machine is. For a one-and-done approach I could write a command like this:

Defining a new custom property

Or maybe I’d like the MemoryAssigned value to be formatted in MB.

Defining a custom property for assigned memory

The syntax is to define a hashtable with 2 keys: Name and Expression. The Name value is what you want to use for your custom property name and the Expression is a PowerShell scriptblock. In the scriptblock you can run as much code as you need. Use $_ to reference the current object in the pipeline. In the last example, PowerShell looks at the MemoryAssigned value for the CentOS virtual machine object and divides it by 1MB. Then it moves on the DOM1 and divides the value (2147483648) by 1MB to arrive at 2048 and so on.

Using Select-Object this way is great for your custom scripts and functions. But suppose I want to get these values all the time when working with the object in the console interactively. I don’t want to have to type all that Select-Object code every single time. Fortunately, there is another approach.

PowerShell’s Extensible Type System

PowerShell has an extensible type system. This means you can extend or modify the type definition of an object. PowerShell takes advantage of this feature all the time. Many of the properties you’ve seen in common objects have been added by Microsoft. You can use the Get-TypeData cmdlet to view what additions have been made to a given type.

default extensions to the virtual machine object

You can see these additions with Get-Member.

Viewing the type additions

By now, you are thinking, “How can I do this?”. The good news is that it isn’t too difficult. Back in the PowerShell stone age you would have had to create a custom XML file, which you can still do. But I think it is just as easy to use the Update-TypeData cmdlet. I’ll give you some examples, but please take the time to read the full help and examples. One thing to keep in mind is that any type extensions you make last only as long as your PowerShell session is running. The next time you start PowerShell you will have to re-define them. I dot source a script file in my profile script that adds my type customizations.

Updating Type Data

The first thing you will need to know is the object’s type name. You can see that when piping to Get-Member.

When you define a new type you need to determine the membertype. This will be something like a ScriptProperty or Alias. A ScriptProperty is a value that is calculated by running some piece of PowerShell code. If you’ve created a custom type with Select-Object to test, as I did earlier, you will re-use that expression scriptblock. And of course, you need to define a name for your new property.

With this code, I’m defining a new script property called Age. The value will be the result of the scriptblock that subtracts the CreationTime property of the object from now. The one difference to note compared to my Select-Object version is that here use $this instead of $_.

I went ahead and also created an alias property of “Created” that points to “CreationTime”. If you try to create a type extension that already exists PowerShell will complain. I typically use -Force to overwrite any existing definitions. But now I can see these new type members.

Verifying new VM type extensions

And of course, I can use them in PowerShell.

Using the new type extensions in PowerShell

There’s really no limit to what you can do. Here is a script property that tells me when the VM started.

and here is some code that takes the memory properties and creates an ‘MB’ version of each one. I’m using some PowerShell scripting and splatting to simplify the process.

Now I have all sorts of information at my fingertips.

Taking advantage of all the new properties

As long as I run the Update-Typedata commands I will have this information available. In my PSHyperVTools module, which you can install from the PowerShell Gallery, it will add some of these type extensions automatically, plus a few more. You can read about it in the project’s GitHub repository.

Does this look like something you would use? What sort of type extensions did you come up with? What else do you wish you could see or do? Comments and feedback are always welcome.


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For Sale – Apple iMac 27″ 5K Late 2015 (i7, 16GB, SSD)

First time selling here on AvForums, hope everything is laid out as it’s meant to be. So here goes:

Selling my iMac 27 inch 5K Late 2015 model. Reason for sale is that I found work outside the UK and I’d rather sell this than going through the hassle of transporting it. If it doesn’t sell by the 15th of September I’ll archive this thread and make arrangements to take it with me. Price is non negotiable, I’ve priced this so it sells fast. If it doesn’t, like said I’ll pack it up and take it with me. Overall the iMac is in mint condition. There is one hairline scratch on the bottom of the frame which shows only when light is directed towards that area. Apart from that, I can’t see any scratches on the aluminium frame but there might be hairlines scratches on the base of it and some very small ones here and there but I just checked and can’t see anything else.

Specs:

27 inch 5K Retina screen – No faults, no dead pixels, no scratches.
CPU: i7 6700K at 4ghz.
Memory: 16GB (2X8gb) DDR3L 1866mhz
HD: Apple proprietary 512GB SSD (Apple SMO512G), faster than your average SSD, google it.
GPU (Graphics card): AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
Comes with Apple wireless keyboard and Apple trackpad.

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Any questions please do ask.

Price and currency: £1000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Apple iMac 27″ 5K Late 2015 (i7, 16GB, SSD)

First time selling here on AvForums, hope everything is laid out as it’s meant to be. So here goes:

Selling my iMac 27 inch 5K Late 2015 model. Reason for sale is that I found work outside the UK and I’d rather sell this than going through the hassle of transporting it. If it doesn’t sell by the 15th of September I’ll archive this thread and make arrangements to take it with me. Price is non negotiable, I’ve priced this so it sells fast. If it doesn’t, like said I’ll pack it up and take it with me. Overall the iMac is in mint condition. There is one hairline scratch on the bottom of the frame which shows only when light is directed towards that area. Apart from that, I can’t see any scratches on the aluminium frame but there might be hairlines scratches on the base of it and some very small ones here and there but I just checked and can’t see anything else.

Specs:

27 inch 5K Retina screen – No faults, no dead pixels, no scratches.
CPU: i7 6700K at 4ghz.
Memory: 16GB (2X8gb) DDR3L 1866mhz
HD: Apple proprietary 512GB SSD (Apple SMO512G), faster than your average SSD, google it.
GPU (Graphics card): AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
Comes with Apple wireless keyboard and Apple trackpad.

Pics:

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Any questions please do ask.

Price and currency: £1000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook 12 Space Grey 2017 i5 8gb 512gb ssd

hi folks, I’m having an Apple clear out so next to go is my MacBook 12. Out of everything this is the one that is hardest to get rid off as it is perfect for my needs, but I’ve fallen out with Apple and I’m stubborn so it’s getting punted lol.

I bought it from Very November 2017, still in great condition. Will come with extension for power lead and case. Fully boxed with all original accessories. I will get pics up ASAP but I’m offshore at the moment so won’t be able to post till I get home, which could be 2 weeks yet.

I have now added some pics my missus has taken. There are 4 marks round the edges. Two small chips near headphone jack and USB port. A small scratch near the port and another small mark. These are shown as clear as possible in the last three photos.

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bt ppg
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.