Hyper-V Part 3 - Non Domain

This was a bit of a greater challenge than I remember: Connecting Hyper-V manager from a non-domain joined machined to a Hyper-V Host. After a little troubleshooting (manually starting the WinRM service on my client machine) and reading comprehension practice (skipping a step in Microsoft’s documentation), I was able to get it to work well enough to finish the video.

Posted on October 15, 2019 and filed under IT.

Busy Weekend

I’ll create and post the next video in the Hyper-V series tomorrow. I ran into a couple of complications, but they’ve been resolved. In order news, I’m finally getting back into some D&D. After spending the day waffling between making a Wordpress site or a message board, I finally decided on a Wordpress site to use for keeping a log of the game. Mind you, this is the most bare-bones of bare-bones Wordpress sites, as I’m a level 0 Wordpress designer, but you might enjoy the content. Click here to enter into the Shadow Valley.

Posted on October 13, 2019 and filed under General, IT, Gaming.

Next Installment of the Hyper-V Series

As I made the second video of the series, I realize that I’m creating these for the beginner in mind. While there’s nothing wrong with making content for beginner IT professionals, I can’t help but chuckle a bit at myself as the teacher of beginning musicians takes over. A wise band director once told me once you get to year 4 of 5 of teaching, you’ll never leave the profession. You’ll be teaching in some capacity until the end of your days.

If you like the content, share it with others who may find it helpful! Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel!

Posted on October 7, 2019 and filed under IT.

YouTube Channel Revival

This month, I revived my six-month-old YouTube channel. I’m going to work to keep a pace of one video per week either on an IT subject or a music subject. I believe such a pace is more sustainable.

The next series of IT videos will be about deploying a Hyper-V host from the ground up. In the first video, I cover where to download the install media and how to create a bootable USB drive on a Windows system using diskpart.

Posted on September 29, 2019 and filed under IT.

Fall Semester Music Lessons

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve made a blog post. The last two months have been quite busy between Linux certification study (have focused on LPI Linux essentials as a starting point) and working on continuing music education. I’ll be renewing my Georgia educator certificate next year, and to meet renewal requirements, I took a course on arranging via VanderCook’s MECA courses. Ken Snoeck was the instructor, and he did a fine job.

On to the subject at hand: music lessons. If you would like to receive private instruction in saxophone performance and / or music theory, make sure you fill out the form on the contact page. Starting this semester (August), I’m offering something different: Video chat lessons. I understand it can be difficult to schedule around transportation — in particular if you’re a young student and cannot drive yourself; thus, using Zoom conferencing, I’m going to offer both saxophone and music theory lessons remotely. There is no different in cost between in-person and remote lessons— just the flexibility afforded by having both options. I’ll be updating the Music Services page with more details over the course of this week — in particular some tutorials for using the Zoom conferencing client.

Here’s to another great academic year of music education!

Posted on August 10, 2019 and filed under Music.

Getting Started with KVM

I always say I’m working on developing sharper skills for the world of Linux administration — and it’s true. All of my training efforts are focused on Linux for the eventual taking of the RHCSA exam. The process is going slowly, and when I ask myself why I’m moving slowly, the answer is two fold: 1. I have other projects going on that take time. 2. My goal isn’t to memorize facts or procedures and try to pass a test.

Item 1 is obvious. Item 2 is a conclusion I’ve come to over the years. While I do study concepts specific to the RHSCA, I am trying to incorporate using them in my home lab, so I can get a feel for using them in an actual Linux administration job. The alternative learning concepts in some kind of vacuum and never seeing how they can be applied to “real” scenarios.

I’m not going to chronicle every step, but as I learn new things, I’m going to take some opportunities to produce tutorial videos about them for the Youtube channel. One such video is below. Now I’ve been using KVM in my lab for a while, but I want to dive a bit deeper into it. For those just starting out with KVM, this tutorial will get you up and running, as well as giving a brief explanation about the “why” involved with the tasks that have to be done.

Posted on June 2, 2019 and filed under IT.

Bare Metal Server? Only Install a Hypervisor!

MangoCon was successful, and last week was super busy: two Peachtree Symphonic Winds concerts. At last, I have time to get back to my RHCSA study as well as back to making videos for YouTube.

Even though virtualized infrastructure is now the norm, no matter what size of business, the question still comes up about what should be installed on the bare-metal of the server. A server OS? A hypervisor? Something else? In my opinion, the answer is “a hypervisor.” In the below video I talk about two reasons why.

Posted on May 20, 2019 and filed under IT.

MangoCon 2019!

The last week and a half have been quite busy from general at-home tasks to recording the GMEA District 13 First Year Honor Band event. This week I’ll be at Mangocon 2019! If you’re coming there, I’d love to meet you. Look for the guy who looks like person in the below video :).

More content will be coming to YouTube soon once MangoCon is over.

Posted on May 8, 2019 and filed under IT.

Being Excited about Music Theory

It’s always a struggle for band directors to include music theory in their day-to-day curriculum, but it’s important to include it when you can. One suggestion I have is to try to keep what you teach about theory as relevant to the music your students are playing as possible. This is obviously easier said than done, for your average middle school band student simply won’t know enough to do a full harmonic analysis of their LGPE pieces, but you can still explain how the scales you’re working on are used in said music. It also possible to get into differences between major and minor triads as they are used in the literature you choose. For my private saxophone students, I make a point to try to use proper terminology when possible. When teaching major scales, I start introducing terms such as tonic and dominant, and stay consistent with their use.

I had some theory knowledge going into undergrad, and I absolutely fell in love with my freshman and sophomore music theory classes. I was learning the vocabulary and techniques to explain and recreate music that I had loved for years prior. I try to use this passion and excitement to hook students into theory by explaining that music theory “gives you the tools to explain why the things you think sound cool sound cool.” Below is a little video where I explain this. Feel free to share it with your students if you think it might help motivate them to be excited about their study of music theory.

Posted on April 17, 2019 and filed under Music.

The Cost of Keeping Software Current

In this video I discuss why it’s important to consider the cost of keeping your software current. Expensive problems can often be prevented by keeping your software up-to-date.

For example, I’ve seen situations where a business application wasn’t kept current for years. This application ran on an old operating system. Eventually the business is faced with the fact that the OS must be upgraded / replaced since it’s no longer supported. The problem is there’s no upgrade path to current for either the OS or the application, since what the business is using is so far behind. The cost of “starting over” with the application and OS while trying to not lose historical data is far greater than it would’ve been to keep the OS and application up-to-date.

Posted on March 28, 2019 and filed under IT.

YouTube Channel Launch

As the title suggests, I now have a YouTube Channel! Sometimes, it’s easier to discuss topics with voice and video rather than text; however, I will still contribute to the blog. I hope you find the content relevant and useful, and I’ll try to keep the topic scope limited to IT and Music.

Enjoy the first video!

Posted on March 26, 2019 and filed under IT.

Welcome Back!

Happy Saturday!

After some thought and consideration, I’ve decided to combine my personal and business site into one entity. This makes sense as this mimics how I actually operate. All of my IT and music service offerings are provided by Eddie Jennings Services, LLC, and I, myself, am currently the sole member of the LLC. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to me to have potentially competing web pages.

I have some great ideas for content to be posted in coming weeks and months, so check back often! Some of the content will be informative and some entertaining. Ultimately, it’s my hope that what I post can be useful for clients, potential clients, and people in general.

Posted on March 16, 2019 and filed under General.