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Is it better to have four average servers or one awesome server

Ok, I want to have one high spec server (two quad core processors, lots of ram, raid 5, Server 2008 R2 etc), my colleague wants to spend the same money on four average pre-owned servers (Dual core ...
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Xen host: vm's management best practises

I just wanna know what is the most recommended method to use for managing your vm's. Let's say you have big dedicated server something like 8 cores cpu and 24gb ram. What method you'd choose for ...
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Methods for allowing administrators to set desktop software's per user configuration

Edit: Hello serverfault, they didn't like my question on programmers and migrated it here. In short my questions is: How do you (administrators) prefer to control settings for third party, off the ...
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Should redundant servers have exactly the same configuration, or slightly different?

If you provide a service on two servers to ensure high-availability, is it better to configure them in exactly the same way, of instead should you introduce slight differences to prevent "freak ...
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Acceptable level of hard write errors on tape?

What is an acceptable level of hard write errors on tape? Specifically, what is acceptable on HP LTO-2 media? Is it a hard number of errors, a ratio of hours in use to errors, or something else ...
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Ramifications of rebooting a file server when files are open

This may prove to be a stupid question, but I've scoured in internet and found nothing to that gives me a concrete answer. I'm curious as to potential consequences of a file server being rebooted or ...
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Firewall Security Guidelines

I'm looking for some best practices or Security guidelines for Firewall and VPN. Trying to study a little more about network security and write a sort of decalogue (set of rules). Usefull to follow ...
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dns settings for SERVER 2003 domain controllers for a new client of mine

I have recently taken over a new client in a windows server 2003 domain environment. The only issue i see with the setup is that the second domain controller's dns entries might be wrong, hence why i ...
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things to check prior to moving all FSMO roles to a new domain controller before decommission original old domain controller

need to move a domain controller, the first in the forest that holds all the fsmo roles, to another location in a clients building. it will require turning off this dc, call it dc1 for this question. ...
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Maintenance page on nginx, best practices

I want to configure the server to show a maintenance page when it exist. I tried this code and works: location / { try_files /maintenance.html $uri $uri/ @codeigniter; } But I noticed it would ...
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gpt partition for raid 6 that was 4.5TB, will i have any issues under server 2008 64bit r2?

has anyone had any issues with using one large gpt partition of 5TB on a raid 6 setup with a 3ware raid controller. i am using the partition as a basic file sharing backup repository, nothing fancy. ...
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Getting files onto Fresh Install of Server 2008 “The Right Way”?

I am still fairly new to windows server administration. I have a Server 2008 r2 ec2 instance running and will need to bring a new one up every so often. I like that it is locked down by default, but ...
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Importance of Segregating Backups?

We are in the midst of an infrastructure overhaul, and we're now looking at backup solutions for our new servers. We will have a relatively simplistic server infrastructure consisting of 5 servers, 3 ...
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Adding a new disk to shared machine, what do we do?

I hope this is the right 'exchange' to ask in. I work in a research group, we have no SA's etc. monitoring our servers. We have total access to them, and decide what happens or doesn't happen on ...
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What should I install/do to “accelerate” my website? [closed]

I have deploy a website in the production enviroment, but it's going a bit slow, you know it takes too much time to load the pages.. What should I install to "accelerate" my website? I will install ...
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How to rename a mail-enabled security group?

I work in an organization that is prone to frequently renaming teams. What is the best way to manage name changes to mail-enabled security groups? So far, I have just been using the ADUC GUI on our ...
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Backup strategy for SMB

I'm supporting a small business with 4 XP desktops, 2 Windows 7 desktops and 1 Server 2008 (R1) which is the file/print server, domain controller and contains Active Directory. I've tested regular ...
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Actions to take during/after a power outage

We're in the process of replacing the shelving in our server room, and I found a piece of paper that had been covered over which lists various actions to take during/after a power outage: ADSL modem ...
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Best practices for managing a web-server

Hi I want to ask what are the best practices when installing new software on a web-server, I'm pretty much self-taught, I have on my home PC: Ubuntu 11.04 with LAMP installed, and a VPS that I manage ...
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Software RAID to hardware RAID, can it be done?

Can it be done ... well. (For the record, I did not set this server up.) In my server there are 4 disks. 3 of them are in a software RAID5, and 1 has the OS installed. I want to buy a RAID ...
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Tips to gracefully take over a (UNIX) production server

After months of neglect, e-mail flames and management battles our current sysadmin was fired and handed over "the server credentials" to me. Such credentials consist in a root password and nothing ...
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Merging two companies: Best practice?

Situation: Company A purchased Company B. Offices are 40 miles apart. There are about 10 employees in each office. We want to have everyone be able to access all network resources independent of ...
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best practice for fixing mysql slow query log error 13

CentOS 5.5 MySQL 5.5 installed via a yum repository [ERROR] Could not use /var/log/mysqld.slow.log for logging (error 13). Turning logging off for the whole duration of the MySQL server process. ...
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A service accessing an UNC path, Win 2008R2, best practices?

I have an Apache Webserver service running on Machine A. It serves some files from machine B, by having an Alias /foo \machineB\someshare MachineB\someshare is read-accessible to "Everyone". ...
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Where should python and rails-based web apps be placed in the Linux filesystem?

/etc? /srv? /home? Apps in these languages shouldn't be under document root (which, in my opinion, goes under /srv/www). But, otherwise, I can't think of a location/scheme that's best practice to ...
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How to manage Nagios dependencies on big clusters?

I'm using quite a big nagios configuration (about 4000 services), without any dependencies. This results in a huge mess of notifications when something goes wrong. I try to look for best practices ...
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How can I check access of a Group/User in AD before I delete it?

I'm cleaning up an inherited domain that is not well documented. How can I check that a particular group or user has no ACEs across the AD? Things like searching DACL/SACL for AD objects and file ...
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Making Changes to Our File Server

Currently we have one Windows 2008 R2 Server acting as a domain controller and fileserver. We're serving about 6 million jpgs to 4 IIS servers which are then served to web users. The problem is ...
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When is it not worth putting Apache in a chroot jail?

I don't mean to question the well established security precaution of putting apache in a chroot-jail in most scenarios but in my scenario I have doubts. We have a virtual server hosting a single ...
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SAN design: File & Block level access?

The short question: can I share file and block level traffic on the same SAN? Perhaps more importantly, should I? The gory details are below... I'm hopefully putting the finishing touches on a new ...
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Is there already a recommended IPv6 Firewall setup?

I'd like to switch from private-IPv4-subnet-behind-NAT to IPv6, but of course I have no intention of exposing my users' workstations "unprotected" to the net. Some obvious points up-front: Allow ...
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Where to start with Microsoft Exchange 2003

I am quite new to Exchange in general. I have done some server administration, but never with an Exchange box. Can someone point me in a direction that will give me a good overview and a set of best ...
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Best strategy to deploy distributed application on nodes

this is a general question about deploying and maintaining nodes. I am not a sysadmin. I am considering the following 'naive' strategy: Pick a linux flavor and stick to it. Create an image with my ...
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Disk-to-disk backup to same storage array?

We're looking to get a new SAN, and so we're re-examining our storage, network and backup issues. Our plan is to get an EMC VNXe 3100 with SAS drives for production data, then buy an expansion shelf ...
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What are the best practices or pitfalls when managing web app deployment using OS package management (deb, rpm)?

I heard about this at a talk over the weekend and it sounded like a great idea for a few reasons I can think of: ensures dependencies are met and not broken (e.g. web app requires specific version ...
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How often to upgrade PHP & MySQL

I run a couple of IIS + PHP + MySQL Web servers, that run a variety of web apps (Wordpress, Expression Engine, etc.) I know that I should always keep my web apps updated, but I wonder how often I ...
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Best Practice Analyzer for Windows Server 2008

I tried searching around for a bit but nothing came up. I know Microsoft makes BPA for Server 2008 R2 but was wondering if there is also a version for 2008?
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Top Infected Machines - Dealing with Threats?

I printed out a list of the top 25 infected machines (associate machines only) a bit of detail. Associate machines are only for sales associate. The domain login is the same for every machine, ...
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Is it better to map drives and printers to users or computers?

I've posted a few "best practices" questions like this. Question says it all. Current practice is to map the drives and install the printers on the computer for each user/computer combination. I'd ...
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How should I connect a redundant switch arrangement to the rest of the network?

My servers all have two NICs and I have two Ethernet switches (A and B) dedicated to the servers, in a redundant configuration. I have configured the NICs with bonding (Linux) or teaming (ESXi), and ...
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Registry entry missing for msexchangeDSAccess exchange 2010

After running exbpa i received a notification for PDC emulator is not excluded active directory access (ADAccess) topology with the value for minuserdc is missing after researching how to fix, I am ...
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Network Drive Letter Assignment Best Practices

We are working on migrating from Novell to Active Directory. During the transition, We are going to evaluate our drive mappings in light of current standards to see if what we have been doing still ...
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On Windows 2003 Server as File Server what it is better creating groups by directory or by profile?

I have a file server with 20 shared folders one for each department and their emploees have write permission through a AD group with same name of that folder. The thing is some people have to write ...
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Best pratice to implement free and affordable VPN between branch offices

I need to find a good software solution to implement VPN so a new branch office can use without security problems applications in our main office. I need it to be very reliable and almost transparent ...
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What are the best strategies for scaling up my web application to be able to cope with a large volume of users?

I want to get some advice / best practices for how to go about developing a strategy for scaling up my a web application. I waffle on a bit here and show my limited knowledge but want to fill in my ...
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What is preferred in VLAN environment, global spanning tree or per-vlan spanning tree?

Suppose you have a big switch with several VLANs. What is the recommend best practice with regards to spanning tree? I see you can configure global spanning tree, and there is per-VLAN spanning tree. ...
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Best Practice: bind, dhcpd, mysql, httpd, etc running on KVM Host?

With respect to "Best Practice" when it comes to virtualization, is it advisable to run services such as bind and / or dhcpd on a KVM host or should these services be run from a guest machine? How ...
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System administration standard [closed]

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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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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S3 backup: bucket vs. volume

I've inherited a project that has been pushing encrypted (GPG) DB backups via a backup script to an S3 bucket. That's all been well and good, but now that bootable EBS instances (where the project ...