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Newly launched Lumia 920/820 phones running Windows Phone 8 –My thoughts straight from the Nokia NYC event

5 Sep

I finished watching the Nokia Lumia/Windows Phone 8 launch event. Two new phones hitting the market Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. My guess is the Lumia 920 will be for US/Europe region like the previous Lumia 900 and the Lumia 820 would be launched for the Asia Pacific region. Let me highlight some of the super-duper new features that Nokia has introduced in the new Lumia phones:
Lumia 820-920 on AskAresh
Super Sensitive Touch: A nice demo on the super sensitive touch showcasing the phone works with your fingers as well as with skiing gloves. Haven’t seen other touch phones that understand anything other than the finger touch or stylus.
Wireless Charging: This the coolest thing I have seen in the last couple of years. Simply put your Lumia phone on a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors charging dock and the phone will start charging. Isn’t this super KOOL? The important question to be asked is how long does Wireless Charging take VS traditional charging.
In-built Near Field Communication (NFC): This technology has been in previous Nokia phones and finally it has landed in Lumia series too. This piece of technology will soon replace Bluetooth. The Nokia demo showcased wireless music streaming into a JBL audio speaker + Wireless charging simultaneously.
Nokia Music: This application was out from the Beta to mainstream 2-3 months back. Application provides access to free music without sign-up.
Pure View Camera: Brings the Image stabilization allowing the Lumia to absorb more light by keeping the aperture open for a longer time. The Nokia demo showcased pictures taken from a Galaxy S3 VS Lumia 920. Interesting comparison would have been against the iPhone 4S.  However,  I must say the Pure View camera quality was exceptional compared to its previous predecessors.
Lens Enhancements: Couple of new introductions as follows:

Object Remover – The Nokia demo showcased the following – Imagine taking a picture in the mall and you have people all around you while taking the picture. This feature allows you to remove all the unwanted people from the picture. It detects unwanted objects and allows you to remove them.

Image Cinematography – Suppose you are capturing a memorable moment and you want the capture to be more than an ordinary picture. This feature allows you to capture some dynamic moments such as a waving flag in the background or a special expression such as shake hand or a kiss you were giving by taking the picture. All you appear moving in the picture.

Steve Ballmer mentioned by next year same time there would be 400 million Windows 8 devices (Phones, Tablets and Laptop/Desktop) used and it will be the single most lucrative opportunity for the Windows 8 Developers.
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Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

New Gadget Nokia Play 360 – Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

27 Aug

I recently purchased the Nokia Play 360 wireless/wired (3.5mm jack) Bluetooth speaker which produces enough sound to fill one room.


Blue Color Rs. 8300/- from Nokia Concept Store in IndiraNagar, Bangalore, India

My Review:

Superb quality of sound especially on the low frequencies which is surprising for such a portable device. During my research phase, I saw a lot of videos which compared the Logitech BoomBox (Price Rs. 3900/-), Jambox (NA in India) and Bose SoundLink (Price Rs. 20,000/-). As we all know Bose is a different animal with different pricing all together. I did hear the demo of it at the Bose store but I still feel the Nokia’s low frequency is superb. As far as Battery backup is concern Nokia states 21 hours however, in real-life its 15-16 hours only.

I tested the Nokia Play 360 against the following devices Bluetooth devices: Nokia Lumia 800, iPad 2, Funbook Pro, Old Nokia Phone and Sa,sung Galaxy S2 and all devices played beautiful music

The Bluetooth range is approx. 10 meters without any walls. The Nokia Play 360 comes along with a wall mount charger, 3.5 mm male-2-male jack and a super sexy cover black cover.


All-in-all it’s a good portable audio speaker with nice sound quality which you can carry along anywhere you wish and play music in any room without worrying where the source is located physically.

If you like this review leave your comments in the comments sections.

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

Building a home lab a.k.a Monster Machine in Bangalore, India–Purpose Virtualization

27 Mar

The last time I spent Rs. 64,000/- on a laptop HP DV9830us was back in 2007 (Fry’s Store, in Texas) on which my original plan was to run virtual machine and utilize it for personal use (Gaming, movies, surfing etc.). Back in 2007, I got a very decent configuration of  Intel Duo Core 1.8 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, 512 NVidia Dedicated Graphics, Blue-ray player and hi-definition 17” screen. The whole purpose of the laptop got defeated when I returned back to India and figured out that BIOS is locked down by HP and doesn’t have the feature of Intel-VT and Intel-XD and cannot utilize the potential of this machine. (It is definitely me to blame as I got carried away in the store and made the purchase without doing research)

Recently, I started getting this feeling of building a home machine, so that I can test all the latest products from Microsoft, Citrix and Quest and learn all the new stuff along with creating a lot of useful material for myself and other techies. Though our companies would invest a lot of money in buying machine for building POC however, it always involves a lot of complexity (multiple RDP sessions just to get into the server and mother of all latency issues) in accessing and utilizing the machines Sad smile.

What do I plan to build on this Machine?

I plan to install Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition for starters then later on move to Windows 8 Server Beta using Hyper-V 3.0 or even try Windows 8 Client with Hyper-V and then create a lot of VM’s of various technologies. At all point in time my setup would have at least 6-8 VM’s running so there is going to be a lot of CPU and Memory utilization on the machine.

How about going with a OEM Manufacturer?

I thought rather than investing my time in building the ideal configuration why not buy something out of the box like a Dell or HP Workstation but to my surprise all of the OEM are super expensive nothing less than 1.75 to 2 lacs. All the OEM in the Workstation series typically have the machines starting from the price range of Rs. 85,000/- however, the moment you start adding more RAM, better processor and HDD space the prices shoots up.

My Research & Aresh’s Configuration or Plan for 2012:

My quest begins to research on building a decent performance machine. Remember, I missed this step last time during my laptop purchase Smile. I shortlisted on certain brands and products as follows:

CPU: Undoubtedly the Intel CPU came to my mind just that I am very comfortable and implemented a lot of Intel based implementations

Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor  (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) = Rs. 33,000/-

Intel® Core™ i7-2700K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)

Note: I have to purchase the CPU fan extra as it doesn’t come along with the original Intel Processor Kit. My choice for the fan is CoolMaster – X6

Motherboard: The mother of all choke-ups, bottlenecks & F****-ups if not selected by doing proper research. I shortlisted on ASUS industry leader in building robust and non-failure prone motherboards

ASUS P9X79 DELUXE – Rs. 25,000/-

Memory: Now comes the turn of buying RAM and my choice was Corsair

Vengeance® — 24GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9) = Rs. 15000/- to 18,000/-

HDD: A lot of options in this space however, being budget handicapped I selected a single HDD. I am surely aware a single HDD means a single point of failure but I have a couple of portable drives that I might use to backup and keep information. I don’t care if the HDD dies and have to rebuilt the lab Smile 

Seagate Barracuda® XT Desktop Hard Drives (2 TB) = Rs. 10,000/-

Even  if I plan to create a RAID 1 mirror my cost is going to double. Which I don’t think I can afford at this point in time.

Cabinet: Best in the class CoolMaster cabinets however, haven’t shortlisted the model yet.





Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)






Vengeance® — 24GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit



Seagate Barracuda® XT Desktop Hard Drives (2 TB)



Cool Master Cabinet



Cool Master X6 CPU Fan


Taxes Misc. On all products




Now, when seeing the total cost of the entire Monster Machine I was thrown flat on my face to the ground after seeing the money that is involved in building this machine. I am open to all types of charity and hope soon I can afford this machine.

Best Regards,

Aresh Sarkari

Few of my all time favorite Future Innovation Videos

19 Mar

I wanted to publish few of my all time favorite innovation videos into a single blog post. I am sure you all will love these mind blowing innovations!!!

Corning A Day made of glass 1:

Corning A Day made of glass 2:

Future of you Car Glass Windows:

Future of Microsoft Office:

Future of Electricity Bloom Box 1: (Alternate Energy)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview VS iPad 2 iOS 5

16 Mar

With the release of Windows 8 it finally brings Microsoft into the Tablet Wars and a comparison video was inevitable. My 2 cents are it would be unfair to compare a product (iPad) that has been into the market for 3 years with a new launch of Windows 8. Though, I understand all eyes would be on Microsoft to beat Apple feature by feature. Looking at the video Windows 8 looks quite promising, I hope they get the Office Suite/Applications accustom to Metro UI where there are big buttons/icons/ribbon doing a lot of work in the background rather than small icons which are difficult to press and hover around.


I am  noticing that a lot of Hardware Manufactures like Nokia, Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba and HCL are building Tablets for Windows 8. By end of Q4 2012 markets are going to get flooded with Tablets devices and the War would be full on Smile

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

Source: Josh, from The Verge

Awesome Tool to compare Hyper-V with VMware – Private Cloud Economic Tool

16 Mar

Recently, I came across this Microsoft Private Cloud Economic Tool which comes in handy when you are responding to RFP and RFI and you want to sit back and compare the solution pricing on two best virtualization platforms available in the market

Assessment Tool

Enter the value into the above mentioned fields and get a detailed comparison of Hyper-V and VMware

I am sure there is a lot of stuff available on the internet however, I am sure this tool along with the below mentioned feature comparison will come in very handy

Feature Comparison between Hyper-V 3.0, Hyper-V 2.0, vSphere 5 Standard and vSphere 5 Enterprise:

Best Regards,
Aresh Sarkari

Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010 (FPE) is unable to get updates from the Cloudmark Antispam Engine

21 Sep

Currently in our Exchange environment we were facing strange issues with the Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE) on the Edge Servers

Issue Description:

Out of the 7 engines we are unable to get updates on the Cloudmark engine. (See picture)

Two event ids in the application event log as follows: (6019 and 6012)

Log Name:      Application
Source:        GetEngineFiles
Date:          9/9/2011 6:57:20 AM
Event ID:      6019
Task Category: Engine Error
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
Computer:      Description:
Microsoft Forefront Protection encountered an error while performing a scan engine update.
Scan Engine: Cloudmark

Log Name:      Application
Source:        GetEngineFiles
Date:          9/9/2011 6:57:20 AM
Event ID:      6012
Task Category: Engine Error
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
Microsoft Forefront Protection encountered an error while performing a scan engine update.
   Scan Engine: Cloudmark
   Error Code: 0x80004005
   Error Detail: Description: An error occurred while loading the scan engine.

We have already added the 4 URL’s on port 80 and 443 (cdn-microsupdates.cloudmark,, and into our Cisco firewalls and the httpsinspection option is disable on the firewall. One strange thing we are noticing is the FPE client and Cloudmark server is resetting the connection as per the network trace


When running the two telnet tests, only the one to port 80 is successful. The one to port 443 fails.

telnet 80
telnet 443

The connection errors you are seeing have been seen before and are due to the firewall still having a restriction to the ports. In this case, port 443 is still being block which is preventing the Micro Updates from coming through.

The networking team on our side figured out the URL were not getting resolved properly for https connections and they decided to add the IP address for all the URL’s instead of the names and problem got fixed.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I hope this information would be useful for people troubleshooting FPE issues and will save atleast couple of days worth of troubleshooting efforts.
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Best Regards,

Aresh Sarkari


SCVMM R2: You cannot contact the Virtual Machine Manager server. ID: 1605

3 Feb

I am logging onto the same machine where SCVMM is installed. I am part of the Local Administrators group when i open the VMM Admin Console i am receiving the following error. Although my account is not the same account using which the VMM was installed. However, my understanding is if i am local admin i can open the console because by default under VMM console under administration administrator group is added.

You cannot contact the Virtual Machine Manager server. The credentials provided have the insufficient privileges on localhost. Ensure that your account has the access to Virtual Machine Manager server localhost, and then try the operation again

ID: 1605


VMM services is running on “Local System”
VMM version is R2 and not beta.
VMM machine is part of the domain


Domain Administrator group would have the by default access to SCVMM Admin Console. Though, I was the local admin on the box I would be required to add explicitly onto the User Roles – Administrator membership (See the below mentioned screenshot). After adding the account here issue was resolved.


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Best Regards,

Aresh Sarkari

Hyper V Demo & Excel 2007 ITPro Event 30 May 2009 (Bangalore, India)

26 May

Catch me live presenting the “Demo of Hyper V” … Be there !!!!

Please find the details of the UG meeting for 30th May 09. Kindly circulate the same to the UG members and friends.

04.00PM to 04.15PM      Registration
04.15PM to 04.30PM      Welcome
04.30PM to 05.30PM      Demo Hyper –V Mr. Aresh Sarkari
05.30PM to 05.45PM      Tea Break
05.45PM to 06.45PM      Excel 2007 –  Introduction and Overview Mr. Jijin KV
06.45PM to 07.15PM      Fun Activity
07.15PM to 07.30PM     Closing Note

Date: 30-May-2009
Time: 04.00PM to 08.00PM

Entry is Free for All

Venue:  Chervil Training Room, Signature Building, Microsoft Corp. Bangalore -560017.

Reserve your seat at
For more details keep visit our group site

RSVP: Mr.S.Kaliyan, 9740991870 / Mr.Jijin, 9886265058

Aresh Sarkari

Hyper V & SQL 2008 ITPro Event May 2009 (Bangalore, India)

20 May
Catch me live presenting the “Technical Overview of Hyper V” … Be there !!!!
Location : MTC Training Room, Signature Building, Microsoft Corp. Bangalore 
Start Time : 5/9/2009 4:00 PM 
End Time : 5/9/2009 8:00 PM 

Time Topic Speakers
04.00PM to 04.15PM Registration  
04.15PM to 04.30PM Welcome  
04.30PM to 05.30PM Technical Overview of Hyper-V  Mr.Aresh Sarkari 
Technical Solutions Consultant, HP India,
05.30PM to 05.45PM Tea Break  
05.45PM to 06.45PM Policy Based Management in SQL Server 2008 Mr. Anil Mahadev
Senior SQL Server DBA / Infrastructure Lead,  M/s. Maitri Information Systems Pvt Ltd.
06.45PM to 07.15PM Fun Activity  
07.15PM to 07.30PM Closing Note  

 Registration site:
Event Code: 138274

Aresh Sarkari