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Principles of creating a consistent (point-in-time) backup

As far as my experience goes, in order to create a useful, and consistent backup, one must involve the application handling the data to be backed up. I'd like to validate my findings with fellow ...
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How do you manage updates without a staging environment: CentOS 6.3

I am managing about 20 servers, many of them virtual. They are almost all different purpose, and none are clustered. I have a distributed LAMP stack, a few application servers, some build servers, a ...
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CLI package to replace Plesk [closed]

Myself and another programmer are tasked with maintaining a few webservers. I prefer CLI tools, she prefers Plesk. However, I am adamant about not installing Plesk for quite a few reasons. I have ...
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GPO grant user permissions to install allowed software

I would like to grant users using GPO to self manage and install selected software (flash, skype, Java) but not granting users admin rights. I've looked up software restriction policies, is it the ...
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Once AD Administrative tools are deployed, how do they receive updates? How do I tell what version they are at?

I have some admins who are complaining of certain properties such as "User must change password at next logon" not taking effect. (when they re-open the properties dialog box, the checkbox is missing) ...
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Archetypical user setup for capistrano to tomcat deployment on Linux box

I'm relatively new to the CD and DevOps topics and I am trying to setup automatic deployments with capistrano, which works well on my local add hoc test environment. I wonder however how one would ...
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Software to prevent daemons from binding/listening to local ports?

Having an issue with some not-so-bright developers creating daemon processes that are binding to the (not actually reserved) local ports on our Linux servers. Those ports being defined in: cat ...
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Keeping Track of Enterprise Desktops [closed]

Part of my job is to make sure that for computers in a specific OU, whats Actually in use = whats listed in AD = whats listed in SCCM. This is for an environment with 250k PCs, but i specifically ...
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Process still running from a deleted chroot? [closed]

so I come to you with a somewhat interesting problem. I had a chroot running that had an entire lamp server installed and running on it. I tried to purge and remove the lamp server but messed up ...
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IT department for hire/Managed IT services

My company has very small IT needs and wants to outsource most of our IT operations. We've moved some stuff to hosted services, but other things like network administration, setting up new employees' ...
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Should a System Administrator handle office furniture moves,setup and procurement?

I have been getting more and more requests to move furniture and today I was asked to organise furniture for a new office fit-out. How do other handle these requests? Is it often the lot of the ...
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Preventing deletion of items from Chrome History

This might be the wrong site, but I've been thinking about ways to prevent some users at our organization from deleting entries from their history, as well as prevent them from wiping their history ...
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Is there a way to specify versions for programs using Vagrant and Hosted Chef?

I am trying to improve my development workflow but am running into some major roadblocks. Currently, we develop on local Windows machines running XAMPP then after tested on an individual machine, push ...
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What are the basics of taking care for a common server? [closed]

I have been instructed to administrate a linux server, running SLES out of the box. It’s a Typo3 web server, and there are running some web apps in Tomcat, too, but there is no sensitive contents on ...
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What are the basics of running a Web Server?

This is a proposed Canonical Question about Beginning Web Server Administration. Assuming that you are a beginning SysAd, are new to WebOps, or a small team with little or no experienced Web ...
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Active Directory Administrative centre delegation with a Non-Administrator Account Server 2008 R2

I am running Server 2008 R2 in an Active Directory Domain Environment. I have created a group in Active Directory and I have delegated management authority to that group to a user. I want this user ...
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cannot useradd/adduser when /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} are symlink (debian squeeze)

i'm having trouble with useradd when im moving /etc/passwd /etc/shadow /etc/group from /etc to /home and create a symlink in order to have /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} respecively pointing ...
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What is the best Linux version to run on virtual box? [closed]

I just started learning Linux administration and i need to practice lessons i learnt on a Linux machine. I have a Windows PC and therefore i thought of running Linux on Virtual Box. Anyone who has ...
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How to find every active SVN repo on linux server

Is there any easy way to find the path of every Directory that is the root of an active SVN repo on a RHEL server? I figure I could do a find for revprops or a directory named hooks or something. Is ...
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How do sysadmins perform large tasks quickly? [closed]

See this scenario:- "Hello, I would like the user 'bob' created on these servers with sudo rights: list of 10 IP's" How does a Unix sysadmin typically go about creating the user 'bob' with sudo ...
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Good tool for storing server access details [closed]

Are there any common/good tools that you sys admin guys use to store lots of server access details i.e. ip addresses, logins etc. Im getting by with text file at the moment but am considering moving ...
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keepalived 2 VIP and 2 servers

Is it possible to configure keepalived in a such way? In normal state VIP_1 assigned to SERVER_1 and VIP_2 assigned to SERVER_2 on server failure all VIP's going to working server, and after failed ...
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What does IP Address quadrants reperesent? [closed]

If a IP address is 192.168.112.28 what does each quadrant represent in this IP address?
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Read-Only User Account, for troubleshooting, with enough privileges to run normal monitoring programs

How can we create a user account on RHEL(or other Linux OSes) such that the user Has complete read access to everything on the system (except password files, of course) Has no write privilege at all ...
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Choosing between meaningful and meaningless hostnames

Assume an environment with a puppet-managed cluster of different servers - various hardware, software, operating systems, virtual/dedicated, etc. Would you choose meaningful hostnames ...
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Looking for a Racktables Tutorial or how to create Racks [closed]

How do I create Racks in Racktables? I've created my physical and virtual objects, routers, and switches. Added my locations and rows(?) but can figure out how to create Racks and then add objects to ...
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stopping a service on a remote server, which requires to enter y

I need a command to stop the IMAservice on a remote server, which has dependencies on two other citrix services, so I have to give a /y to stop. If I stopped the ima service from the same computer, I ...
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Missing lxc administration tools

Do you know how to backup and/or clone a lxc container ? I'm under Debian 6, and there is no lxc-clone, lxc-backup commands !? Lxc administration seems pretty tough...
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How do I make a dmsetup change permanent?

The full case is the following: a) I attach a LUN from a SAN box (iscsi configuration has been done correctly) b) As soon as I restart the open-iscsi daemon, the LUN is attached and its name appears ...
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Bandwidth Aggregation [duplicate]

I have two ILL connections of 2 Mbps from different ISP's. How could I merge both the connections to get the merged bandwidth. Also I want to give the single range IP address like : 192.168.x.x to my ...
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How to install Admin tools on Windows 7 and Windows XP workstations via powershell?

we have around 250 workstation(mix of windows 7 and XP SP3) ; we are delegating those users some admin tasks via task pads and they need admin tool pack(containing AD tools such as dsa.msc etc) for ...
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Update a number of airport extremes

I have a number of airport extremes within a school setting. Is there a tool to manage WiFi access (through mac address) centrally so that I only need to make an update once and all airport extreemes ...
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manage shared hosting with linux commands [closed]

I have a dedicate Linux server on a data center and now i installed LAMP on it, it works perfectly, But i have a question. I have to config this server to sell shared hots to customers, then i need to ...
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How to add new listmaster in sympa?

I'm trying to add new listmaster to existing mailing list in sympa. I added the new email address to listmaster in robot.conf and restarted sympa. Now user with that email address can reset password ...
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smtpd_helo_restrictions = …, reject_unknown_helo_hostname occasionally rejects mail I care about, how to handle?

I have configured my postfix as follows: smtpd_helo_restrictions = permit_sasl_authenticated, permit_mynetworks, reject_unknown_helo_hostname This is working well because most spambots don't seem ...
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Resources and guidance for a newbie system administrator? [closed]

A couple of months ago I got a small part-time job at my university to manage and maintain the IT infrastructure of a non-computer science group. Even though I have no experience as a 'system ...
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Process Accounting: Enabling Specific File Logging

I would like to thank everyone who reads this in advance for donating their time to hear my plea. I will try to be as clear as possible. What I am trying to do is figure out a way to enable Process ...
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How can I move mail from one server to another?

I currently host mail accounts on a VPS, which I want to move to a hosted CPanel account. Mail is handled by Postfix and Dovecot, but I don't know much about the server I want to move the mail to. ...
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Difference between network and system admins' duties [closed]

After the network is set, really exist any difference between both roles? According to first Google results, network admin tasks after configure the network is check firewalls, proxies, create and ...
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Using Zentyal to control several servers [closed]

I am currently in the process of creating a home server, made up of several virtual machines, each running a different type of server (i.e. a file server, a multimedia server, a firewall and a print ...
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Accessing C$ over LAN on Win2008R2 - cannot by hostname but can by IP and FQDN

Having an issue with one of our Win2k8 R2 file servers. Trying to access C$ or the Admin share is giving us an error (see error details that the bottom), however we are able to connect using the ...
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SSH multi-hop connections with netcat mode proxy

Since OpenSSH 5.4 there is a new feature called natcat mode, which allows you to bind STDIN and STDOUT of local SSH client to a TCP port accessible through the remote SSH server. This mode is enabled ...
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Run application under Administrator when UAC is disabled [closed]

When the UAC is disabled, an application is launched in regular mode (i.e., it does not take into account the manifest) and the credentials window (for the administrator's login/password) does not ...
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Why adding new user to Remote desktop group doesn't automatically creates him a folder in C:\users

I am administrating a remote Windows Server 2008 Standard. I have already 17 users in 'Remote Desktop Users' and all of them have home folders in c:\users. But when I've added the 18th user it didn't ...
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Using command line to see if a given computer's local guest account is disabled

I need to generate a report that shows the guest account is disabled for a given list of computers. How can I use net user, powershell, or any other commonly used tool for this purpose?
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Cherokee-like WebUI for nginx [closed]

Is there any nginx module that will provide Cherokee-like web administration panel? It will be very helpful to manage virtual servers and another stuff. I'm looking for it because I love nginx for ...
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Is it possible to upgrade php5.2 to php5.3 when it is side by side with php4 on CentOS 4.9 via WHM(HostDime)

They told me they don't support using that type of configuration, but we had it running from them at some point... we've been in business with them for over 8 years now. Thing is that we need to ...
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Mysql PID Error, Locking Database

I changed my.cnf file to add some parameters in it but after restarting the service it failed to start giving locking error. i removed locks using rm command and again trying to restart but it not ...
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Group Policy for allowing non-admin users security log rotation

We recently turned on auditing in a GPO, and when non-admin level users login, an error about the "Security Log is Full" is presented. To work around it for now, I had to add the AD user to as a ...
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Apache groups & users web administration

I am looking for a web administration interface to manage my Apache users & groups. Basically, I would like to be able to : List all users Add a new user Remove a user Create a new group Delete ...