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Domain Admins vs. Administrators in Windows AD DC [closed]

Having read in [1]: "Domain Admins Members of this group have full control of the domain. By default, this group is a member of the Administrators group on all domain controllers, all domain ...
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I was just curious how far system admins go in setting up the workflows for the developers

Question: I am looking for links or personal accounts of lessons & experiences on setting up sets of servers\systems for developers. In particular I am interested in the amount of automation and ...
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Tips for moving an established network environment to a more streamlined setup

Greetings, for a little bit of background the network we are dealing with is moving into it's 3rd generation of administration. That being said there are still devices/configuration's that are left ...
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Creating a bonus definition for an I.T. Manager - Any Ideas?

Not sure if this is a META question or not, but... Anyone know of a good way to define an objective bonus structure for an I.T. manager? I've come up with the following criteria, but I'm not sure how ...
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Cataloging web/db/app servers in an organisation - Excel/Wiki/?

I've inherited "ownership" of various servers (the hardware itself and server software that runs on in - lots of Apache/Oracle/MySQL) with a wide variety of configurations. I'm a developer - I've been ...
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Best way to create a common folder when creating new users that is a drop box, readable and writeable by all users

What is the best way to provide a common drop box for all users, so that any user that is a part of a particular group can read and write to and from the directory? I thought of creating a directory ...
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what are all the topics that comes under system administration?

What are all the important topics that should be covered in System administration ? Kindly list out the topics, and some links that can help me out in reading about it. When it comes to Perl ...
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Windows server administration resources for Linux administrators?

I'm a programmer who's been using and administering Linux systems (and to a lesser extent, other Unix systems) since the mid-1990's. Now as part of my job I'm ending up doing a lot of Windows Server ...
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running remote debian bash file from windows bat file

i have two machines: 1) windows xp prof., where i have a Exec.bat which takes one parameter 2) debian machine, where i have a Run.sh which also takes one parameter Now, currently i am switching ...
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There is a way to unit test servers?

I am a developper, but since I know Unix and use Linux at home, I have to handle ten webservers and hundred of websites, DNS adress, webservices, well, too many bits of informations to check. We are ...
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Best way to securely communicate passwords and credentials to clients?

Often I end up doing server administration for clients as part of developing web applications, I always set up access for myself using an SSH Key pair. I usually end up choosing a random password for ...
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Obtaining root access to linux machines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lost Root and other user passwords I have a number of linux machines (debian and ubuntu) left from a former system administrator. There's no way to find out root ...
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Power Shell does not like command

Any ideas what I did wrong here? I copied this script from a tutorial and get this error.... PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-Service | Where-Object ($_.status -eq "running") Where-Object : Cannot ...
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“What happens?” server performance monitor

After reviewing some thread about server monitoring software I end up with a simple question: Which of the server monitoring tools should I use for automatic detection of "abnormal" situations with ...
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Changing administrator for hosted Exchange account

We are using a hosted MS Exchange provider, and they claim that our account can only have one administrator. They also claim that they cannot change which login is granted administrator privileges. ...
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Delete a windows group in Active Directory

I am doing a cleanup of some AD groups that are no longer used. One of the AD groups I could not delete because it seems that a member has this group set as the primary group (which I assume someone ...
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Best way to administer a website remotely

I have a Windows computer running an intranet website with IIS and I was wondering what the best way was to administer it from another computer, in this case, a Mac. What I want to do: Be able to ...
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How are suspected DoS attacks handled by webservers?

I rent a server somewhere out in Canada or so that I'm using to host a website of mine. That website has close to 400,000 pages that I wanted to index today. For that, I wrote a crawler a while back ...
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Changing Administrator password on a Windows 2008 web server

I've just taken over the administration of a Windows 2008 web server from a previous employee on a temporary basis. I need to change the Admin password as soon as I can but I've noticed that quite a ...
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rdiff-backup command restore with date

If a backup was made using rdiff-backup command for some particular date what is the format that should be given to restore the files for that particular date. rdiff-bakup -r "dateformat" ...
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rdiff-backup command to restore

Let say i have a source directory which contains The contents /foo/a /foo/b(These are the files in a directory on a remote system) using rdiff command i make a backup as rdiff-backup ...
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..)Information System for an Academic Institution

The University I am working for is undergoing a major renovation of the ICT system. The team currently undertaking the task is designing a centralized system with the intent of providing most (if not ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core with AD Role having GUI Admin Console

I would like to setup a machine with Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core and install following server roles: Active Directory Domain Services Active Directory Federation Services Active Directory ...
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Entering new user data into AD LDS

I need some help configuring AD LDS (Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services). I'm not an administrator, have never configured domains and I don't have a clue how to add new users to existing ...
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How to connect to a remote IIS with INETMGR on WIndows 7

I can't seem to find any way to connect to a remote IIS instance with my local INETMGR on my Windows 7 machine. It shows my settings for my local IIS and everything I've tried from clicking various ...
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How can I limit the login times in linux for certain users?

How can I limit the login times in linux for certain users? For example I have to a user that only needs to be enabled from 8am till 5pm? Is there a way of automating this. My environment is a Centos ...
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How to create a custom Services.msc?

I have an application which uses around 10 services. I want to create a Snap shot of Services.msc which has only these 10 services for an Administrator to manage. How this can be done using MMC?
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XenServer 5.5 Error adding additional Server to Ressource Pool

I'm running Citrix XenServer 5.5 as a testsetup, with Openfiler providing Storage via NFS. I tried to setup a Ressource Pool to test Live migration but I'm unable to a my 2. Server to the Pool. It ...
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What is the optimum number of admins to server? [closed]

I'm starting a business, and I'd like to know what you guys think the optimum number of admins to server ratio is for financial modeling reasons. Or if there's a better metric to use? I come from an ...
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Software for network hardware asset management, quite big problem!

Not an issue for a small network, but becomes a pain when it grows. How can I track what ever happens to my network's hardware (repairs, upgrades, whatever) if I don't want to dig into loads of Excel ...
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Sharepoint discussion board w/ attachments expiration policy

I want to set a retention policy (DB Settings -> Information Management Policy Settings) on a discussion board, but does the attachment get deleted as well? Also, I have a discussion board ...
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List all symbolic links on a directory

a short question: is it possible to list all symbolic links onto a directory other than running a find over the whole filesystem? Background: I have a directory containing a lot of different versions ...
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Run as another user, but also as administrator

I am trying to debug a virtual machine (VM) running on a remote computer from my workstation (A). Both VM and A are running Windows 7 Enterprise. Apparently, I need to start the Remote Debugger ...
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Do you find using a VPS worthwhile?

I am currently on shared hosting, and have been recently looking at the idea of switching to a VPS instead. From what I have gathered, a VPS allows you more control over your server setup. But at the ...
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Recovering Root Password

This hasn't happened to me yet but I am documenting this process just in case. Let's say I can't remember my root password for my linux server. Every example of this scenerio that I can find says to ...
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Creating Limited User Accounts on Ubuntu Server

Using Ubuntu server, I need to create some user accounts that have the following limitations: (1) User may only view and manipulate files in their home directory. (2) User may only execute commands ...
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What's the best way to remotely admin MS ADAM?

I am setting up a new MS ADAM instance on a Win 2003 server. I want to be able to manager users and groups from my own Win Xp/7 workstations. What's the best tool for doing this? Is there a way to ...
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How to configure/save layout of SQL Server's Log File Viewer?

When I'm viewing the job history of a particular SQL Agent Job, I typically want to see whether it succeeded, its duration and maybe the duration of the individual steps of the job. When I open the ...
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Why there is no one standard for configuration files in linux? [closed]

I'm serious - is it really fun for *nix sysadmins spending half of their life on spotting typo in httpd.conf ? Why not use xml or json - (write gui tools would be easier)
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E-Mail notification when hard disk full? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to set up E-Mail notification when a Windows 2008 server's hard disk is getting full?
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Adding a user to the local Administrator group using powershell

I would like to use powershell to add a spesific user to the local administrator group on a machine. I would be running the powershell script in the context of a user that has Administration rights ...
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Picking up the pieces after missing Linux admin [closed]

So our Linux admin left our project and suddenly I (the web coder with basic linux/server knowledge) am responsible for our dedicated server (Ubuntu Server) mainly running a web site ...
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How do I become a scripting guy?

I am a fairly new Windows Systems Administrator. I have done some basic batch files and some other scripting. I would like to know what path I should take to become a better scripter. What language ...
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Adding new users

I have an FTP server that is running Fedora Core release 6 (Zod) the problem is I need to create new users and I have root access saved in WinSCP, so I can run useradd or adduser via the fake ...
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Questions for Beginner to Windows System Administration [closed]

What are important things every new windows system administrators should know? What does your network setup look like? What are some valuable programs for admins? (e.g. Nagios, Firewalls, etc..) ...
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How much effort is SQL Server 2008 Administration?

I am looking for a suitable hosting environment for an ASP.NET MVC application. One of the options I have is renting a Hyper-V server and installing my license of SQL Server 2008 on it. I'm a bit wary ...
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Key components to take care of in an Email architecture

What are key components to take care of in an inhouse or hosted email system? What configuration settings doea an administrator have to go through periodically?
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How to synchronize users, passwords, hosts, etc without NIS

I am administering a very small solaris 2.6 network with 4 boxes total. Is it possible to use scp or similar to replace NIS for synchronizing users, groups, hosts, etc? This network is only a ...
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How to install Active Directory Users and Computers for Windows 2008

I want to install the administration tools on a Windows Server 2008 (R1) machine. On Windows 2003 you installed adminpak.msi, but I can't find such a file for 2008. Is this a "feature" in Server ...
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When I run aspnet_regiis.exe, it just shows me the command line options and doesn't do anything - why?

I'm trying to run aspnet_regiis.exe in order to perform a couple of tasks on my development machine (running IIS 6 on Windows Server 2003 and a member of an Active Directory domain). So I change to ...