So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud: Back to Performance Optimal Shenanigans

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So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Hybrid Cloud All the Time

In this episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss Hybrid Clouds once again. Hybrid Cloud is a recurring theme because it is where large enterprises, solution providers and government are headed to. This convergence is fueled by the need to avoid vendor lock-in and to become more efficient at serving customers i.e. improvement customer’s consumption efficacy.

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Error 0x8007007B While Activating Windows 8 Enterprise

While activating Windows 8 Enterprise downloaded from Microsoft TechNet, I encountered the following error: “Windows can’t activate right now. Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

To resolve this error and correctly activate Windows 8 Enterprise, I did the following:

  1. Launch Task Manager.
  2. Click on File -> Run new task.
  3. In the Create new task window,
    1. Type cmd.
    2. Click the Create this task with administrative privileges button.
    3. Click Ok.
  4. From the administrative command prompt, run the following two commands to unistall the product key and then, install the new product key by replacing the XXXXdesignation below.
    1. slmgr -upk
    2. slmgr -ipk XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Slmgr is a Windows script that can be used to change product keys, activate a system, and determine a system’s license type. Slmgr options can be found on

Hope and Competition in the Stack Wars

Recent announcements in the cloud and virtualization industry have provided hope and competition in the Stack Wars. Similarly, my Seattle Seahawks have provided their 12th Man with hope as they have embraced Coach Carroll’s ‘Win forever’ and ‘Compete, compete, compete’ attitude.