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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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GUI tools to administer Linux Box

What GUI tools do you advise to improve the usability of Linux for those accustomed to doing system administration the windows-way? Users new to Linux often get confused when they need to configure ...
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Linux knowledge a Junior cannot miss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job? I am soon going to be graduating from college, and am looking for job offers right now. There is one that I have a ...
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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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How do you manage service account credentials (passwords)?

In a Windows environment how do you address the following issues with service accounts? Regular Password changes - with single service accounts used on multiple machines how do you regularly change ...
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Discretely restrict users from running certain programs on Windows computers

I have a user who is playing games all day at work and I want to discretely control if and when he is able to run his game. Is there a way to set up a schedule for when the program is allowed to run ...
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puppetrun not reporting client errors

puppetrun doesn't report errors my puppetclients encounter. for instance, if I put jibberish into site.pp and run puppetd --test on the clients I get an error. if I run puppetrun on the puppetmaster ...
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What daily checklist items are there for coldfusion, iis7, sql server administrators?

That is going to be part of a site app tool i am creating that has many different functions. But my question today, is for sql, iis, coldfusion administrators, what kind of daily checklists, do you ...
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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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Command line safety tricks [closed]

Command line and scripting is dangerous. Make a little typo with rm -rf and you are in a world of hurt. Confuse prod with stage in the name of the database while running an import script and you are ...
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How do I protect my company from my IT guy? [closed]

I'm going to hire an IT guy to help manage my office's computers and network. We're a small shop, so he'll be the only one doing IT. Of course, I'll interview carefully, check references, and run a ...
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Proactive sysadmin tasks [closed]

What things can be done around the network in the unusual time when a sysadmin is not busy.
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Updating production Ubuntu boxes the dos and don'ts

Every so often I login to production web/db/tools boxes and see the typical message: 30 packages can be updated. 16 updates are security updates. My question is, how do all of you handle updates on ...
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I'm fed up with my system admin - suggest me some educational material so I could do his job [closed]

Im a web programmer that builds and runs websites. I got into programming when I got fed up with dealing with other programmers who took ages to fix or do anything, so I decided to take their job ...
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What are the actual benefits of assigning sudo privileges to a user instead of using root?

I am fairly new to server administration, and I have seen a lot of sites recommending to assign sudo privileges to a user created by the root user and giving the root user an insanely long password ...
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Linux System Administrator Guide? [closed]

i am an CS student and i got an job-offer as an Linux Administrator. I took this job to get deeper into Linux in order to understand and use Linux more wise. So : Do you have any suggestions ...
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Becoming good at server admin-ing [closed]

I am a programmer. I've never really been much into server stuff. Sure, I can do a few simple things, but configuring apache to get all the potential out? Or setting up subversion? Or doing clever ...
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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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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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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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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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How to get an text list of login names for a user group of a windows server

I must copy all login names of a specific user group of a windows server to a 3rd party system. To make it easy I need an text list of the login names. I don't like to copy the login names from the ...
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4answers
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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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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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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 ...
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best distribution distribution for DHCP, directory services etc

looking for a free OS that can be used to create a privateLAN. Services required are: DHCP, DNS, directory services etc.. the clients would all be windows !
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Choosing 10GbE switch: 10Gb uplink module on 1GbE switch means it can act at 10Gb bandwidth?

confused between choosing a switch with 10Gb ports vs 1Gb layer3 switch which has optional 10Gb uplink port. are they same? that means I want to have a 10Gb pipe between storage server and the two ...
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What's a good language for linux system administration? [closed]

I've created a set of nifty set of Makefiles for repeating the steps to provision and maintain many AWS clusters. The benefits of make have been: the bulk of the execution are various shell ...
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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 ...