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For Sale – Pack of two – TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi – Brand new sealed

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Pack of two – TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi – Brand new sealed

I have had my TP Link Deco M9 Plus system replaced under warranty, by TP Link and Amazon (I have the amazon.co.uk invoice and can include it (but with my details redacted)

I ended up upgrading to an Asus Wifi6 system instead. So I have no need for this now.

Pack of two – TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi – Brand new sealed

Includes:
> TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi with Built-in Smart Home Hub, Up to 4500 sq ft Coverage – Pack of 2

Condition:
> Brand new – Sealed – Never opened
> Serial number will be recorded and sent to the buyer, along with a picture of their address next to the serial number
> Will ship via insured / Tracked courier delivery (will be parcel force 24hr or Royal mail special delivery 1pm which ever is cheaper)

I am looking for £205 delivered (payment via paypal gift or Bank transfer (prefered))

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For Sale – Gaming PC

This is virtually a brand new top gaming pc.

Custom built.

Specs:

Phanteks Evolv X Case
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Processor
Gigabyte X-570 Aurous Elite Motherboard
MSI Radeon RX 5700 Gaming X 8GB GDDR6
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB 4x8GB 3200Mhz
Deepcool Castle 360 RGB V2 AIO Cooler (360mm Radiator)
2x Samsung 500gb 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD
2x Crucial MX500 500GB Internal 2.5 inch SSD
Gigabyte B700H 700 watt PSU 80 Plus Bronze
Vertical GPU Mounting Bracket included.
Windows 10 Home Activated (genuine)

All in all a great pc, runs like a dream

Im looking for £2000 ono.

All boxes available.

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For Sale – BenQ EX3501R 35″ Ultrawide 100Hz 4K AMD Freesync monitor – as-new condition, 3 months old

Folks,

Got an as-new BenQ EX3501R 35″ Ultrawide 100Hz 4K AMD Freesync monitor for sale. This is just 3 months old and is in mint, as-new condition!

I’m moving to a much smaller flat, so won’t be able to accommodate this on what will be a much smaller desk. A beautiful display, and I’m really sorry that I have to let go of it.

Supplied with Novatech receipt (dated April 2020) for warranty purposes. Also complete with original accessories and box.

Due to the huge box, I’d prefer for this to be collected from my home in London (Clapham, SW4). Can negotiate postage at cost.

RRP £610 new, selling for £495.

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How to Use Azure Spot to Reduce Azure Virtualization Costs

One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the resource optimization achieved through hardware abstraction. This article explains how Azure Spot can provide a scalable virtualization management solution saving you from using unnecessary VMs.

What is Azure Spot?

When a workload becomes virtualized, it is no longer bound to any specific server and can be placed on any host with available and compatible resources. This allows organizations to consolidate their hardware and reduce their expenses by optimizing the placement of these virtual machines (VMs) so that they are most efficiently using the underlying hardware. For example, a server running several VMs with only 50% resource utilization could likely host a few more VMs or other services with its remaining capacity. If additional capacity is needed, the lowest priority VMs could be evicted from the host and replaced with more important workloads. Today this is a common practice today in private clouds where the admin has access to the hosts, however, it has been challenging to do this in a public cloud where access to the physical hardware is not provided to users.

Microsoft Azure recently announced the general availability of Azure Spot Virtual Machines, which enables low priority VMs to be evicted and shut down when the host’s resources are needed. This provides equivalent features as Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 Spot Instances and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Preemptible VMs. Similar functionality was provided by Microsoft Azure in the past through Virtual Machine Scale Set (VMSS) using low priority VMs. Spot VMs are replacing low priority VMs and any existing VMSS low priority VMs should be migrated to Spot VMs.

Azure Spot VMs should only be used in specific scenarios, however, they are very cheap to run. Essentially these Spot VMs run on “unsold” cloud capacity, so they are significantly discounted (up to 90%) and can be assigned a capped maximum price. We will now discuss an overview of the technology and key workloads you should move to Azure Spot VMs to minimize your operating costs. If you are a managed service provider (MSP), then these are recommendations that you can pass along to your tenants.

Azure Spot VM Workloads

The most important characteristic of a Spot VM is that it can be tuned off and evicted at any time by another VM when its resources are needed or if the cost becomes too high. This is a hard shutdown, which is equivalent to switching off the power, so you will only have a limited window to save any data or the state of the VM. This means that VMs which are being accessed by customers or contain data that you want to retain are generally not suitable. Here are the most common workloads or tasks deployed with Windows or Linux Spot VMs.

  • Stateless: A service which just serves a single purpose, and is not required to store any state, such as a web server with static content.
  • Interruptible: A service that can be stopped at any time, such as with brute force testing application.
  • Short: A service that can run quickly, such as scalable application.
  • Batch: A service that collects then batches a series of tasks to maximize hardware utilization for a short burst, such as a scale computation.
  • Untimed: A service that contains many tasks which can take a long time to complete, but has no specific deadline for completion.
  • Dev/Test: A service that is commonly used for continuous integration or delivery for a development team.

A Spot VM functions just like a pay-as-you-go VM, with the exception that it can be evicted. If you decide to use Spot VMs for different types of workloads, this is fully supported, but you accept the risks that come with it. 30 seconds before an eviction happens, a notification is provided which can be detected by the system so it can try to save data or close connections before the Spot VM is stopped. You could try to create VM checkpoints at regular intervals, which will allow you to restore a Spot VM to its last saved state, however, you would pay for the storage capacity for the virtual hard disk and its checkpoint(s), even if the VM is offline.

Deploying an Azure Spot VM

It is simple to configure a Spot VM in any Azure region. When creating a new VM using the Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI or an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template, you can specify that the VM should use an Azure Spot instance. Using the Portal as the example, you will find that the Basics > Instance details tab lets you enable the Spot VM functionality (it is disabled by default). If you select a Spot VM, you can define the eviction policy and price controls, which are covered in a later section of this article. The following screenshot shows these settings. You can then create and manage the VM like any other Windows or Linux VM running in Azure.

Deploying an Azure Spot VM

Figure 1 – Creating an Azure Spot VM from the Azure Portal

Evicting an Azure Spot VM

While an Azure Spot VM gives you a great deal on pricing, the VM can be shut down at any time and preempted by another VM from a customer willing to pay more, or if the cost exceeds the maximum price you have agreed to pay. You will receive a 30-second warning through the event channel that an eviction is about to happen, which may give you a chance to save some data or even take a snapshot, but this should not be used as a reliable way to retain important data. To see these notifications you can subscribe to Scheduled Events, which can trigger any type of task or command, such as attempting to save the data.

When you create the Spot VM, you must select either the Deallocate (default) or Delete eviction policy. The Delete option will permanently delete the VMs and its disks and there will be no additional costs. A Deallocate policy means that the VM has been evicted and placed into a Stopped-Deallocated State, and its VHD file is saved. A deallocated VM can be redeployed later if capacity frees up – although there is not a guarantee that this will ever happen. You also have to pay for the storage used by this file, so be careful if you are running a lot of Spot VMs with this setting. If you want to redeploy that VM, you will have to restart it from the Azure Portal or using Azure PowerShell or CLI. Even if the price goes down in the future, it will not automatically restart.

Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) and Azure Spot VMs

Azure Spot VMs are fully integrated and compatible with VM Scale Sets (VMSS). A VMSS lets you run a virtualized application behind a load-balancer that can dynamically scale up or down based on user load. By using Spot VMs with a VMSS, you can scale up only when the costs are below the maximum price which you have assigned. To create a Spot VMs set, you can set the priority flag to Spot via the portal, PowerShell, CLI, or in the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template. At this time, an existing scale set cannot be converted into a Spot scale set, this configuration must be enabled when the scale set is created. To ensure that the set does not grow too large, a Spot VM quota can be applied to the scale set. Automatically scaling the set using the autoscale rules is fully supported, however, any deallocated Spot VMs will count against the quota, even if they are not running. For this reason, it is recommended to use the Delete eviction option for the Spot VMs within a VMSS.

Pricing for Azure Spot VMs

When you create a Spot VM, you will see the current price for the region, image, and VM size which you have selected. The price is always displayed in US Dollars for consistency and transparency, even if you are using a different default currency for billing. The discounted price can range significantly, up to 90% cheaper than the base price. Keep in mind that if you are flexible on the type, size, or location of the VM, that you can browse different options to see the cheapest price.

The current price can increase as more hardware is requested by other users, so you can also set a max price that you are willing to pay. So long as the current price is below the capped price, the VM will stay running. However, if the price becomes more expensive than your max price, the VM will be evicted according to the policy you have specified. If you want to change the max price, you have to first deallocate the VM, update the price, then restart the VM. If you do not care what the max price is, so long as it is cheaper than the standard price, then you can set the max price to -1. In this scenario, you will pay either the discounted price or the standard price, whichever is cheaper.

Quotas for Azure Spot VM

Microsoft Azure has a concept called quotas which allows you to assign a maximum number of VM resources (vCPUs) to a particular user or group. In order to simplify management, Spot VMs have their own quota category which is separate from regular VMs. This allows admins or managed service providers (MSPs) to ensure that only a maximum number of Spot VMs are running, so that they do not accidentally over-deploy VMs which exceed their need or budget. This single quota is used for Spot VMs and Spot VMSS instances for all VMs in an Azure region. The following screenshot shows the Quota Details page for Spot VMs.


Assigning a Quota to Spot VMs

Figure 2 – Assigning a Quota to Spot VMs

Licensing for Azure Spot VMs

For the most part, Azure Spot VMs are the same as standard VMs. All VMs are supported as Spot VMs, excluding the B-Series and promo versions (Dv2, NV, NC, H). Spot VMs are also available in all regions, except China. Spot VMs are also not available with free trials nor as a benefit. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) may offer Spot VMs as a service to their tenants.

Conclusion

Spot VMs will become a popular feature in Azure for any type of recommended workloads. This is another great example of how Microsoft is providing its customers with more deployment options and reducing costs while maximizing their hardware utilization. Are there any other types of workloads you think would work well with Spot VMs? Let us know by posting in the comments section below.


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Microsoft offers free, educational virtual summer camps for students | | Microsoft EDU

Free virtual summer camps

If this summer looks a little different for your family, you are not alone. Many summer camps have decided to cancel due to social distancing recommendations—meaning fewer learning opportunities for students and added responsibilities for parents.

With families in mind, Microsoft created Passport to Digital Fun, a free, virtual summer camp with weeks of interactive workshops. To spark your student’s curiosity and continue their education over the summer, campers will receive a stamp to add to their digital passport each time they complete a workshop. This allows them to document their summer learning journey as they travel through different experiences and master various skill sets.

Through August, hundreds of sessions will be hosted as Microsoft Teams Live events. You can visit the calendar to browse options and register for specific workshops by time zone, so that you and your student can choose what best fits their schedule, interests, and learning needs.

Don’t miss out on summer camp workshops across these categories:

  • STEM and coding missions: There are STEM workshops for every age and ability level. Whether your student is ready to learn the basics of coding or create their own video game, these exciting courses will refresh and advance their STEM skills.
  • Week at the museum: Take a field trip to a Smithsonian museum without leaving your home. Our virtual tours allow your child to discover ancient fossils, learn the milestones of space exploration, or explore the depths of the ocean.
  • Around the world in five days: Your student doesn’t have to travel to learn about different areas of the world. Take a virtual trip to every corner of the globe using Bing 3D Maps.
  • Game on: Our gaming workshops give students a behind-the-scenes understanding of video game creation and teaches them healthy habits. They will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they are building valuable digital skills.
  • Digital tools to explore your creative side: Whether your student is interested in storytelling or photography, our creative workshops will teach them how to use Microsoft tools to bring their imagination to life.
  • Bettering the community: All communities can benefit from young people who want to make a difference. These workshops help students learn the basics of everything from entrepreneurship to community organization.

Check out the Microsoft Store community for more information on how to start making the most of your child’s free time this summer.

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For Sale – Gaming PC

This is virtually a brand new top gaming pc.

Custom built.

Specs:

Phanteks Evolv X Case
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Processor
Gigabyte X-570 Aurous Elite Motherboard
MSI Radeon RX 5700 Gaming X 8GB GDDR6
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB 4x8GB 3200Mhz
Deepcool Castle 360 RGB V2 AIO Cooler (360mm Radiator)
2x Samsung 500gb 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD
2x Crucial MX500 500GB Internal 2.5 inch SSD
Gigabyte B700H 700 watt PSU 80 Plus Bronze
Vertical GPU Mounting Bracket included.
Windows 10 Home Activated (genuine)

All in all a great pc, runs like a dream

Im looking for £2000 ono.

All boxes available.

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For Sale – Dell XPS 8500 – Base Unit & Keyboard

Hi All,

I have for sale my Dell XPS 8500. Until February this was my main PC and I used it for gaming, it ran PUBG etc quite easily. Since February I have bought another rig and sold the graphics card that was in this machine – so you would need a new graphics card if you wanted it for gaming. I was going to use it as a render rig, but have decided to sell it instead. It’s a great machine and the only reason I’m selling it is to upgrade to something more modern and part of the case has changed colour in the sun.

Specification is as follows – few upgrades to standard:

Dell XPS 8500
i7-3770 CPU @ 3.4GHz (not overclocked, never have)
12GB RAM (think it’s 2 x 4GB and 2 x 2GB but can check for anyone interested)
Upgraded PSU – CX500 Corsair
256GB SSD (ADATA) – 223GB usable – I have only used this drive for installing Windows 10 – it came out of the new PC.
Windows 7 serial key for Home Premium – currently it has installed a Windows 10 trial, I do not have discs for Windows 7.
Wifi Chipset

Base unit, power supply and keyboard only.

I’m looking for £200 for this, but open to offers – delivery is included in the price.

Can add more images if needed, any questions just ask.

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For Sale – Apple Macbook Air 2018 Mint

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care / Warranty expired November 2019

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

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For Sale – Apple Macbook Air 2018 Mint

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care / Warranty expired November 2019

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

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For Sale – Macbook Pro 2009 2.53Ghz, 8GB, 250SSD and 9400M £150

Have had this since new but it has had very little use the last number of years. It has been upgraded to 8gb ram and ssd so it is still a great little machine. Outside of body has a number fine scores, but considering its age i’d say well below average. Keyboard and track pad are in excellent condition. Screen is unmarked but I have noticed a few dead pixels on the screen (highlighted in pics)

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Battery cycle is showing as 300 and state as Normal. The charger can be a bit picky sometimes, but has been working fine when i’ve powered it up the last number of weeks however so ive priced this to factor in a decent charger from amazon (around £20) should you end up needing one.
Currently on El Capitan (the max it can officially support) but it can run the latest OSX Catalina through a patched loader.

Was originally going to trade this in at cex but as it wasnt the original apple hd they wouldnt take it, so it has sat unused again for the past number of months

I may also put this on ebay today as it is £1 final value fees

£150 delivered or 140 collected

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