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10 servers to administer and I'm a history major [closed]

Through reasons that don't warrant exhaustive discussion, I find myself in charge of 10 servers: A domain controller-~500 hosts/~350 users IIS web server-This is where we make our money SQL ...
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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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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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Confidential Documentation and the role of the Sysadmin

I've got another interesting one. I'm about to backup and reinstall the HR Administrator's PC. I suspect that the fastest way to do this is to use the Windows 7 Transfer tool, and create a backup ...
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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 to change sshd port on Mac OS X?

I want to change sshd's port on Mac OS X from default 22 to 32, but editing /etc/sshd_config seems does not work. How can I change it?
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Best way to fully update a new installed Windows?

I am wondering, what is the best way to automatically update a new installation of Windows (Windows 7)? When I manually update a new install of Windows 7 SP1, I get about 45 updates. Installing ...
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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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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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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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Postfix - how to retry delivery of mail in queue?

I have a backup mail server in case of a failure on the main one. In that case of failure, mails come on the backup server and stay there until the main one is back. If I wait some times, the ...
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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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5answers
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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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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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7answers
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What Good PostgreSQL Administration Tools Exist? [closed]

Does PostgreSQL have good performance or administration tools? I have been using postgres for quite some time now, but I still do not know a huge amount about ways to optimise and maintain a ...
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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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How do you remotely administer your Linux boxes?

NOTE: I asked this question this morning with respect to EC2 boxes, but only got back links to tools to start and stop instances, so I'll rephrase... I have a few Linux boxes that do nightly ...
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1answer
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Admin mode on Procurve Switches

Not being a network expert, I spent some time configuring my network, until I found my mistake: On my HP ProCurve Switch 1810G, I thought that "Admin mode" means whether the administrative interface ...
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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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8answers
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How do you administer your EC2 Linux boxes?

I have a few EC2 Linux images that do nightly processing jobs for one of my projects. From time to time, I'll need to get in, make some code changes, configure some things, and re-bundle the image. ...
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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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What level of documentation do you expect to be provided to you by developers?

Title says it all really. It can sometimes end up that development and IT are at loggerheads over this sort of thing. What level of documentation do you expect when you're expected to install, patch, ...
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7answers
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How do I keep the local admin password consistent across an OU?

We have a number of PCs running XP SP2 (and a couple running SP1) already in production, and we're looking to keep the local administrator's password consistent across the OU. The only solutions I can ...
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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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Would IT ever need a user's domain password?

Is there anything a Windows domain administrator might need to do while configuring a workstation for a new user that absolutely can't be done without the user's domain account password? To avoid ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
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As an admin, what tools do you use to log what you do to your boxes? [closed]

I am more of a linux applications developer than an admin. Over time, I've built servers and maintained them, sometimes to offer services, mostly just to develop the applications I work on. Way back ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
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How do I add LDAP users to roles in Subversion Edge's web console?

My LDAP users aren't showing up in Subversion Edge's web console. How can I add them to existing roles if they don't show up?
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3answers
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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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Do you prefer to administrate servers through a GUI or CLI? [closed]

Do you prefer to admistrate servers through a GUI or CLI? Please state which system OS's you are answering for.
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8answers
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System administration standard

I have been given the responsibility to manage a team of 4 system admins. They are managing 70+ servers. They don't yet have written processes/procedures/practices. I don't much about system ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
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Syslog produces hundreds of lines

I have recently been "promoted" to lab admin, as I have the most experience with linux. My logcheck keeps sending me emails with hundreds of lines stemming from my syslog file. It repeats itself over, ...
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Logging onto Windows local computer without local or network account

I have a Windows 7 Professional machine that has accidentally been removed from the active directory on the domain controller. Therefore the network does not recognize this machine and the machine ...
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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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1answer
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Active Directory Country capitals (letters)

Does someone know how to solve the problem of changing all country fields at once and probably why the country field is multiplied each time I select + apply a country change until the Object is being ...
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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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How to measure a sysadmin's workload? [closed]

So there is an IT company: foo In this IT company sysadmins work via a ticketing system. Everything is OK, but for one thing: The management wants to track what is the dispersion in workload. So ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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E-Mail notification when hard disk full?

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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3answers
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Xen alternative for VMware Infrastructure

Is there any Xen alternative for VMware Infrastructure? Any aggregation and control interfaces?
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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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Puppet performance compared to CFEngine

I'm trying to decide between using Puppet or CFEngine for my configuration management system. Performance is going to be a key factor, and research on the internet suggests CFEngine uses less memory ...
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4answers
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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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6answers
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Central Admin always opens up in Firefox

I'm running Server 2008 64-bit on my laptop. I have installed SharePoint (MOSS SP2). Whenever I launch Central Admin, it always opens up in a Firefox browser instead of IE, even though IE is my ...
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2answers
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iSeries survival guide for a Unix/Windows techie

I'm a developer working mostly on a Java application which interfaces with an iSeries back end (the iSeries is running OS 6.1). I consider myself to be reasonably strong on DBA and sysadmin topics ...
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Dump MYSQL databases to induvidual files

Has anyone got a one liner (command line) that will dump all databases to seperate dump files e.g. forumdb.dump wikidb.dump etc.