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Domain Controller's DNS NIC configuration [duplicate]

I've seen conflicting information on this online, but say you have an environment with two domain controllers: one Forest, one Site, one Domain; simple as it gets. How should each domain controller's ...
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ring-topology configuration with STP configuration

I'm trying to set up the following specific configuration; A closed ring network consisting of multiple servers with 2 ethernet ports each and a switch, where an extra host is connected to, but I'm ...
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Seeking alternative to storing binaries in git for devops

I'm not sure how to ask this best practices question since I know many StackExchange users evidently think best practices are a bad thing ... We've got Salt and Vagrant configured to stand up servers ...
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Synchronizing RODCs to NTP servers?

I've read this nice article from Gareth Hooper regarding Domain Controller syncing to external time sources. In essence, he wrote that although Microsoft don't actually condone the practice, it's a ...
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Best practice to migrate Server 2003 x64 to Server 2008 x64

We have 2 Domain Controllers running Windows Server 2003 R2 x64. DC1 has the FSMO roles and DC2 acts as a 'secondary' DC. Both are Global Catalog servers. DC1 has these roles installed: Domain ...
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What Are The Best Practices For Business Folder Structure? [closed]

We've tended in the past towards having departmental folders (Sales, Marketing, etc) on a single share and then adding folders below these ad-hoc as and when they're needed. It's gotten a bit messy - ...
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When should an org invest in a private infrastructure as opposed to a partially or fully hosted solution? [duplicate]

Not referring to militaries or governments, but for other organizations or shops that needs an IT infrastructure (who doesn't nowadays). Similar to this question, but purely in regard to hardware ...
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Is it best practices to have separate login for a domain for domain admins?

I typically like to set up separate logins for myself, one with regular user permissions, and a separate one for administrative tasks. For example, if the domain was XXXX, I'd set up a XXXX\bpeikes ...
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How much failover redundancy is enough? [closed]

I'm working on a client-server system where all clients currently submit their transactions to essentially a single west-coast IP address to reach what is called the "gateway" application. The ...
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Sensible approach for delegating mail delivery for a domain

Before I begin, I want to apologise for possible bending rules of this QA site, since this question does not fall under category of a specific problem that demands straight answer. It is rather a ...
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Should I expose my Active Directory to the public Internet for remote users?

I have a client whose workforce is comprised entirely of remote employees using a mix of Apple and Windows 7 PCs/laptops. The users don't authenticate against a domain at the moment, but the ...
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Windows network shares organization

I would like to have some feedback about the best practices you use to publish your network share. Now, we have on our file server : one named directory for each of our user, which is backed up ...
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Naming a new Active Directory forest - why is split-horizon DNS not recommended?

Hopefully, we all know what the recommendations for naming an Active Directory forest are, and they're pretty simple. Namely, it can be summed up in a single sentence. Use a subdomain of an ...
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Nagios server best practices?

I run a medium-sized Nagios server. It monitors roughly 40 servers with 180 services currently and is only growing by the day. I migrated from an old Nagios setup that was configured in a very ...
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Is a dashed hostname preferrable to creating subdomains for an application and its environments?

I am working to standardize our DNS names for our various applications, and I proposed the following scheme: webappname.environment.system.company.tld So, my application named BackOffice in my ...
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IIS 7.5 webfarm setup best practices

I am looking to rebuild the current webfarm setup where I work. Currently we have 4 regions. Each region has 3 WFE's on a ViP. Each of the three has a separate implementation of IIS 7.5 and ...
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Is it best practice to have mail sent from the root domain when the service is accessed via a subdomain name?

Running an outward facing server for contractors who's hostname is sub.example.com. The service needs to send mail to the contractors for various reasons (new projects, login details, etc). I have no ...
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Why is PHP open_basedir not considered a security model

On servers doing shared web hosting, or sharing the PHP environment between different PHP applications, I usually implement a security policy that uses PHP open_basedir to restrict each user to ...
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Pre-Staging Computer Accounts

I hear that you can create the computer account in AD before you join the computer to the domain so that the computer immediately gets the right groups and such. I created the account by running ...
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Should i put all my servers into my domain?

I am setting up a lab/mock-up network and i'm wondering if is considered bad practice to add all my servers to my Windows Domain. Of course the DC must be part of the domain, and any server that users ...
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where to put core services in two-node cluster

I'm currently configuring two-node HA cluster based on CentOS with DRBD. Most services are packed in virtual machines with migration available. I have not made decision where to put some core ...
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RAIDs with a lot of spindles - how to safely put to use the “wasted” space

I have a fairly large number of RAID arrays (server controllers as well as midrange SAN storage) that all suffer from the same problem: barely enough spindles to keep the peak I/O performance, and ...
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Best practice for setting up a small fileserver for my group? [closed]

My R&D group are setting up our network and development environment. We have a dedicated 'kitchen sink' server machine, running Using Kubuntu 12.04 LTS as the distribution. which is going to run ...
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Can a Windows Server CA separate code-signing keys from keys for other purposes?

I am a software developer. My team encrypts the sensitive sections of our ASP.NET web.config files. aspnet_regiis.exe is used to manage the local key store, encrypt and decrypt. I want to build a ...
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AWS Elastic IP vs. VPC Usage Recommendations: Suggestions?

I'm working on creating a suite of self-training exercises and guides (perhaps eventually a collection of videos or Slideshare presentations) covering a range of systems administration and "ops" ...
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Consequences of exposing VM storage on same subnet as VM's and hypervisor

I recently purchased a RAID array to store my VM's and segregate the storage from the host machine. Since my needs are pretty simple I've configured the VM's to bridge with the host network (I think ...
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RAID 10, 3 drives or 2 drives?

Drives are very cheap these days. Would it be worth it to increase the group size from 2 to 3. I found 1TB drives for $60. I feel as if the array is very vulnerable to failure in a 2 group setup ...
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Network design vm virtualization in small office [closed]

I just recently bought a 16gb ram, Intel i7 quad core Mac mini to be used as the central point of entry to my network and am looking for advice on how to design a network suitable for a small office. ...
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Should I change root password

I manage about 50 servers mostly by remote access using ssh on a custom port (root login disabled and users need a public/private key to log in, password login are disabled). each servers have a ...
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What would you do if you realized your email hosting provider could see your passwords?

We received an email last year from our hosting provider regarding one of our accounts- it had been compromised and used to deliver a rather generous helping of spam. Apparently, the user had reset ...
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Minimum level of access required for service account to run a scheduled task on server?

We have 2 domain administrator accounts in Active Directory: "Administrator" and "Robocopy". Robocopy is a service account associated with a scheduled task which executes a batch file- which runs ...
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Current Best Practice for using AD to auth Linux (2013)

As far as I'm aware, there are 3 (common) ways to use Active Directory as the Authentication and Authorization for Linux hosts: LDAP Kerberos Samba/Winbind Is there a (current) consensus on which ...
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Using drivers not supplied by server motherboard manufacturer

Is it considered bad practice/risky to use drivers for servers not provided by the motherboard manufacturer? My on board NIC drivers supplied by the manufacturer of my motherboard were released in ...
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What are best practices for creating a system account? (*NIX)

I've manually installed a service called Gate One into /opt. I want to harden its security, so I thought I'd create a system account for it to use, because of least necessary privileges, and all that. ...
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Default NTFS permissions for shared folders

I'm looking for best practices around share files and there NTFS permissions. I'm upgrading servers from SBS 2003 to Server 2012 Standard and thought this would be a good opportunity to do our ...
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Enable shadow copy where VHD files are stored?

Should I enable Shadow Copy on the volume that stores our Hyper-V VHDs? This same volume also has all our file shares, which is why I want to turn on shadow copy. If I do enable it, will it eat up ...
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Best strategy to keep chef cookbooks versions under control

I'm looking for ideas about chef cookbooks versions management. I know that you pin specific versions in the environment, but I'm not sure how to go about it. We use librarian-chef which installs 3rd ...
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Install Apache from Source or from Binary?

I work on a platform which serves several different projects. For the most part, all of the projects install their web server using Red Hat's RPM. We never created a policy for this which would ...
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how to limit directory size without quota (vserver)? [closed]

Hope the question is not too general. As I have a vserver (Ubuntu 12.04) I cannot restrict the size of directories by using quotas. I wonder if there are other possibilities to achieve this. The only ...
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naming scheme for backup directory to be excluded

all of my users have some "home-directory" on a fileserver, which get's backed up to tape every night. in order to keep the expensive tape backups to a minimum, i'm excluding several directories from ...
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what would be a better practice instead of chmod g+r /etc/shadow so I can use Unix user/group database for Jenkins authentication?

I don't want to run Jenkins as root, nor giving public access (or even group access) to /etc/shadow seems to a good idea. as suggested by "Manage Jenkins" when selecting Linux user/group database: ...
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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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How to debug and prevent flaky unreliable IT environment? [closed]

I am not an IT admin, I'm a software developer (microsoft stack) and I'm trying to understand what is wrong with the IT environment of one of our customers. We have deployed our client\server ...
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ESXi running 2 x Windows 2012 setup advice

After much deliberating and advice I'm intending to use an element of virtualisation for deploying some new servers. The original (physical) plan was one server running as domain controller, SQL ...
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Best Practice: vCPUs per physical core

I am trying to find some documentation or best practice guides for virtualization with respect to provisioning vCPUs per physical core (of a CPU). If it matters, I am looking at vmWare for the ...
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Integrity checking vs. audit

In RHEL5 Security Guide using of AIDE for checking software integrity is recomended. And also built-in RPM integrity checking functionality. But frequent checking can be resource demanding and rare ...
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Server room wiring questions

I'm looking at rewiring our server room to be more presentable, organized, and easier to troubleshooting. Right now we currently have 4 HP racks (don't know the model right now). We do not have a ...
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Why shouldn't you let developers near root passwords? [duplicate]

I just came across Something is burning in the server room; how can I quickly identify what it is?. In the comments I found the following quote: you don't let a developer anywhere near your root ...
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When moving a server from behind a firewall into a DMZ, should you move a test server first? [closed]

We have to move a server from within the firewall to a DMZ (not a true DMZ, but a space that's between 2 firewalls. Is it typically a good idea, when moving a server in this fashion, to stand up ...
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Active Directory Domain Controller in Multiple Sites - Server 2012

So I'm not used to setting up DCs in multiple subnets/locations, I was hoping to get some guidance. I'm just messing with virtual servers at the time being. DC1 = Apollo DC2 = Cronos Pre-AD Config ...