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Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

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LeBron returns home after 4 years amassing 4 conference championships & 2 rings. Cleveland has been stacking it players as if they knew this day would come. I’m not going to claim some conspiracy theory but I will say Cleveland has had some of the best luck the last 7 years. I want to cover the new Cavs team and address some of there strengths and weaknesses. I also want to attempt to gauge the amount of chemistry they will have come the season opener.

Lets cover this new roster

Projected Starters

Point Guard: Kyrie Irving  ppg: 20.8

Shooting Guard: Dion Waiters ppg: 15.9

Small Forward: Lebron James ppg: 27.1

Power Forward: Kevin Love ppg: 26.1

Center:  Anderson Varejao ppg: 8.4

 

They also have:

Shawn Marion

Mike Miller

Tristan Thompson

Matt Dellavedova

Brendan Haywood

and Possibly Ray Allen (He brings the highest level of professionalism that is needed for the Cavs to use as a baseline for work ethnic)

With this roster you can’t say the Cavs will be as disruptive on Defense as the Miami Heat were. In a way comparing this team to the heat would be apples to oranges. One was built upon Defense and the other Offense. Defense will always win out but a well oiled offensive machine is unstoppable. Check out the spurs.

Strengths:

  • Go to guys – The Cavs don’t have a shortage of go guys on this team All of the started aside from Varejao are capable of closing a game.
  • Passing – LeBron works well on teams that have good passing skills. Kevin Love, Varejao, and Kyrie are all underrated passers.
  • Offensive attack- They Cavs can attack in a number of different ways. Perimeter, Driving, and are somewhat capable of scoring from post.

 

Weaknesses:

  • Chemistry – I’m a little skeptical on the relationship of Kyrie and Dion its almost like a business relationship. I feel like they tolerate each other I hope LeBron’s presence can make it more of a family. You have to like each other to make it far accept the good and the bad.
  • Defense- Although LeBron is a defensive stopper the reset of the core guys are not known to play great defense. I still think they will need to establish some sort of defensive mentality.
  • Expectations- LeBron is perfectly capable of handling expectations to an extent. The expectations for this team may be on par with the Heat First year I’m sure LeBron doesn’t want that.

 

I can always tell if a team will have good spacing on the court if they all have different hot zones.

Lebron Hot Zone Left corner

Kyrie Hot Zone Top of the Key

Dion Hot Zone Left Wing

Kevin Love Hot Zone Top of the Key or Left Wing

Anderson Varejao Hot Zone any crumbs around the basket

Check out my guy Kirk Goldsberry for a more professional and statistical reason behind my madness Click Here

As you can see several of the players have overlapping hot zones. This leads me to believe that they will have some spacing problems.  a lot of the time guys may be forced into taking shots that they are not comfortable with resulting in lower FG %. The good thing is that players like Mike Miller and Shawn Marion are right side shooters and can provide the spacing needed. Ray Allen was this guy for the Heat always This isn’t a proven theory by any stretch but only time will tell if they can mesh and push Cleveland to the elusive Championship.

The Cavs have the highest level of players, some in their prime others just on the cusp. They will definitely be a threat this year if they can get on the same page quickly with chemistry.

HYPER-V 2012 R2 Review

 

 

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I have recently been rolling out a lot of the Hyper-V installs. I wanted to give my opinion on the installation, Configuration, and Maintenance for this application.

Hyper-V 2012 has come along way from its Server 2008 roots. Tons of features Click here for a full list of features. I will only name a few of the highlighted features.

Features:

Generation 2 VM

Automatic Guest Activation

Azure Compatibility

Compressed Live Migration

Hyper-V Replica Extended Replication

Linux Live VM backup

Live Resizing of VHDX

Shared VHDX

Storage QoS

Just to give you a little history on my experience. I have done over 20 mid-size company implementations. VMware is most companies platform of choice. But due to VMware recent price changes and Microsoft willingness to give the feature fill host software away, I expect to see more and more smaller business move to Hyper-V as they virtualize old systems. Hyper-V has done some good things with the software there are other things I would like to see them do in the future to make the deployment easier.

 

Installation:

If I was just installing Hyper-v for a small business and only needed 1 host. I would give Microsoft a A- in deployment but if you plan on installing multiple host and you want to manage these host you will need SCVMM (System Center). This is the equivalent to VMware vCenter but Microsoft’s version gives you more features and integration. System Center is not free there is a cost but it includes more bang for your buck than you would get from VMware’s equivalent Operations addon. The installation scenario I will talk to you about is the most common.

3 Host servers running Hyper-V 2012 R2

1 SAN (Equalogic, Netapp, EMC, Tegile, and etc…)

2 SAN switches normally 1gb (Starting next year I expect to see more companies go to 10gb switches)

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Time:

20 Mins- OS Install – Nothing new here Microsoft has cut down the install time by 5-10 mins

1.5 Hours- OS Configuration – If you want to get your server configure properly and tested it takes time. Primary features include Hyper-v, Clustering, MPIO and other features like ISCSI target server. If you have an existing network System Center can deploy these servers automatically. Note you will still have some manual work.

3 Hours- SAN & Switch configuration very easy ensure you have Jumbo frames enabled on not only the switches but your SAN and the NICs on your server for best performance.

First VM with System Center  is now installed. Now I was used to installing vCenter on a windows server or virtual appliance and the install was fairly quick. System Center install was painfully slow I compare it to installing exchange. It requires SQL server and not the express version it needs a database running on the full version. If you dont have SQL already cooking you know it will take you another hour and a half to install before you even get started installing SysCenter. Microsoft has to attack this problem with future releases because its not fun rolling out this solution when most of your time is spent installing and configuring SQL and the Management software.

Configuration:

Now that we have the OS installed our SAN and Switch configured (VLANs). We rolled out the first VM Gen 2 and installed System Center + SQL. Now the fun begins. If you are fortunate enough to get the Data Center version of Server 2012 then you can pre-configure your VM to deploy start up **Activate** Join the domain and configure specific roles. Now this is what I’m talking about!!!  Additional VMM features include VM templates and Libraries for storing ISO, VHDX, and other custom applications readily available at your finger tips for attaching or running on your newly created VM.  After creating Profiles to fit the servers I expect to deploy. I can easily deploy 15 servers that vary from SQL, File, or Application in about an hour or less. The features included in Hyper-V will allow me to Migrate VM’s or VHDX files quickly between host. If you don’t know about Cluster Shared Volumes then you need to get familiar with it. It works seamlessly with attached storage. It allows to access storage across different Storage Pools or LUNs.

Maintenance:

Microsoft has given us all the software need to create the sense of the highest available up time. If you use it correctly and cautiously you can keep you critical application up all the time with no issues. I always watch updates and test them in bulk before pushing them out to your server or Host. Microsoft has also included Cluster Aware updating for your VM’s. This will  allow you to update a host and move the live VM to another host while the server is restarting and move the VM’s back when everything is backup and running. Granted your servers have the resources. Managing the Hyper-V environment is very easy and familiar if you are used to working with Microsoft. If you are looking to get into virtualization make sure you have a strong base understanding of Storage, and Networking on the SAN level. Understanding how IOPS, Read and Write Latency and application demands work will go a long way in preventing headaches.

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Wrap up:

All in all I would say VMware still has a lead over Hyper-V due to the ease of setup and universal compatibility. But Microsoft has closed the gap and it is still closing. Microsoft has already prepared it software for easy cloud integration and compatibility with Azure and other Cloud providers. Hope you have enjoyed the write up. Check back for other reviews.