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Best Practices for publishing to a web server

I have a high traffic PHP based website and have 2 web servers which sit under a load balancer. I only have FTP access to change the files on the 2 servers when I wish to make changes to the site. ...
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How to avoid namespace conflicts in Active Directory

We are having issues with namespace conflicts. An example: AD security group Network Admins is used by AD-aware applications for access control AD user Network Admins was going to be used for the ...
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What is the appropriate location for a custom script?

I wrote a script for my Red Hat server that aggregates some system info and shoots it off in an email. What is the appropriate location to place that script? Right now it is in my /home/jeff ...
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IIS 7.5 Request Filtering - best practice rules?

Im looking for a set of best practice rules for Request Filtering similar to what UrlScan adds by default. Any suggestions or an example list of filters is much appreciated. By default IIS 7.5 only ...
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Internal Network/Server Separation Best Practices

I have a block of 5 static IP's, and am going to be running a exchange and web server on-site. I am wondering if I should separate the web server IP, Mail IP, and internal network IP. What would the ...
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Active Directory Design

Please assist me in how I design my active directory hierarchy based on the following. We have a corporate office where there 8-10 departments and 200+ <250 users are present. We have two ...
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Backing up a server on the DMZ

We have a somewhat-static web app with a large amount of media files that runs on a 2008 R2, non-domain server on the DMZ. I need to backup the media files on the server. The current backup mechanism ...
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How can I investigate sustained high CPU usage by Microsoft.Exchange.Rpc.ClientAccess.Service.exe?

One CAS server in our array has nearly 90% of its 4 CPUs used. The remaining CAS servers are at 30 percent. How should I investigate what is causing this increase? Below is a graph of: Six (6)...
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EDB repair in SBS exchange 2003

One week before in our HP PROLIANT ML370 G5 server with RAID5 one hard disk turned amber and we removed and it is working under degraded state until now. Yesterday morning our users in the domain ...
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Is there a good layout convention for cron files?

I'm currently confronted with a cron file that contains a dozen different applications' tasks--some have only one, some have lots. I'm trying to figure out a good way to organize and document these ...
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What content is best practice to include in a 503 page to provide best user experience in the case of overloaded backend? [closed]

The classic example is the "Fail Whale" on twitter. But I'm interested in what people's thoughts are on this.
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Tool(s) for labeling cables with unique ID numbers

We are looking to (finally) implement a cable labeling procedure. We already have a labler. Now we need a system to maintain unique IDs not related to anything. I thought of getting a tally counter ...
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250 users with a data dir on a central server - how would you set it up?

I'd like to get best-practice advice on how to setup a scheme where 250 users or more have OS independent access to their own data-dir / user-dir on a central server in the local network. from the ...
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Best Practices in Username Standards: Avoiding Problems

I'm interested in finding out what people's experiences with standard usernames is. I've always been in places that used {firstInitial}{lastname} (sometimes with a length-limit). Now I've users that ...
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Ranges for Multiple DHCP Server: Better to overlap or separate? wireless vs ethernet clients?

I know there are mixed feelings about running multiple DHCP servers on one LAN, but I'm wondering about the best way to set their ranges. In my case, I have a router which performs DHCP and also my ...
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Where to create a subversion repository on a server?

When managing my own servers, I normally keep data such as svn repositories in /srv/svnrepo. In the organization I currently a part of the SAs have been using /home/svnrepo. My decision to ...
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In Puppet, how would I secure a password variable (in this case a MySQL password)?

I am using Puppet to provision MySQL with a parameterised class: class mysql::server( $password ) { package { 'mysql-server': ensure => installed } package { 'mysql': ensure => ...
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Win7 Domain User Profile- Desktop Icon management best practices request

Here's the situation: We have a large (5,000+ user) organization that is currently using folder redirection to manage the windows desktop icons. This folder is redirected to a network share where we ...
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Best practice for automated Linux updates

We are working on a way to perform automatic updates for our RHEL/RHEL-based servers. Initial idea: Using Puppet, we disable the default repositories and point to our own. Then, we use ensure => ...
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ZFS: Best-practices doc state: “On systems with 1,000s of ZFS file systems…”?

The docs state: "On systems with 1,000s of ZFS file systems, provision 1 GB of extra memory for every 10,000 mounted file systems including snapshots." What does that mean - how do these people use ...
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How can I load-balance a load balancer?

I'm about to convert a single-server single-database web application into a physically distributed high-available configuration with servers on two physical locations (for now). Now, obviously, I need ...
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Best practice advise asked when users want to work on their workstation and from remote (but on their desktop), on Windows

I've got a work-group of 5 people. All of them have their dedicated machine with Windows 7. They are all connected to a central server running Windows Server 2008 R2, currently mainly offering the ...
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Best practices to build a scalable Java webapp

We got this JavaEE WebApp (JSP+Struts+Hibernate+MySQL) which currently is running on a single server. Due to growth of the website and performance issues we've decided to cluster the project on some ...
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Nginx & long poll: Best practices to reduce memory and bandwidth footprint

I use nginx in this mode for BOSH and chat clients along with gzip. location ~* /http-bind/ { proxy_buffering off; keepalive_timeout 55; access_log off; tcp_nodelay on; ...
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Granting access to user's file store without their knowledge or consent [closed]

As a system administrator, if you were asked to facilitate access to your users' file store so that a director could look at what types of files are being stored, what would your response be? The ...
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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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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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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". ...