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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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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 ...
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LAMP Best Practices

Does anybody know of a checklist for LAMP best practices? There is a lot of disparate advice on the 'net, but it would be nice to know if somebody has already published a best-practices guide or book ...
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Bandwidth Sharing & Accounting for large networks::Best Practices

I have a large network with more than 1500 PCs and 9000 user accounts in a university. We have classified users in 5 groups and are sharing bandwidth among them using MikrotiK's hotspot with NTTAC ...
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What are best practices writing parallel startup scripts in Unix shell (ksh,bash)?

I have a piece of software with different components running on the same Unix machine (web server, DBMS, middleware, different daemons). Startup of the few components depends on the success of the ...
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Best practices with managing log files on my server

My system is generating log files, e.g. for apache, nginx, tomcat, and other things and they grow pretty fast. I am looking for best practice recommendations because there are so many options to ...
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How should I setup an Ubuntu server on EC2 (MySQL, code location, etc..)?

I've started to fiddle around EC2, and I can't seem to understand the "AWS way" of setting up a server. I'm using Ubuntu server 10.10 64 bit, from an official AMI by Canonical. There is an EBD drive ...
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dead man's switch for remote networking interventions on Linux

As I'm going to change the network configuration of a remote server, I was thinking of some security mechanisms to protect me from accidentally losing control on the server. The level-0 protection ...
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Specify the next hop or the interface for static routes

I'm setting up a bunch of static routes (this is a security requirement so don't ask why I'm not using routing protocols). A static route can either be created by specifying the next hop ...
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Fibre Channel zoning best practices

I'm hoping that this will be useful for more people than just me. Right now I've got a fibre channel switch, a NetApp filer, and some servers running Oracle. All of the servers can see the same LUNs ...
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Bad to be logged in as admin all the time?

At the office where I work, three of the other members of the IT staff are logged into their computers all the time with accounts that are members of the domain administrators group. I have serious ...
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How do you gracefully upgrade mission critical systems to wildly disparate systems?

In the span of the 12+ years of my career, I have yet to overcome this hurdle and I suspect the answer simply isn't easy or even possible, so I ask everyone here for their experience. Say that you're ...
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Best practice ACLs to prepare for auditors?

An auditor will be visiting our office soon, and they will require read-only access to our data. I have already created a domain user account and placed them into a group called "Auditors". We have a ...
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Why should www.domain and mail.domain be used?

I see the default hostname for mail and web servers being set as mail.domain.tld and www.domain.tld respectively. Why is this? Does it help as you move from a single server to multiple servers? I ...
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Which is generally considered faster or best practice: symlinks or Apache aliases?

I'm curious as to what most people's views are on this subject. Personally, I will almost always prefer symlinks unless I have no other option -- I find that it is far more obvious when someone is ...
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What are industry standards and professional best practices in network hosts naming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Naming convention for computers It seems an important and difficult dilemma for me how to name network hosts (routers, servers (while a server can be a router and host ...
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Best practice for ONLY allowing MySQL access to a server?

Here's the use case: I have a SaaS system that was built (dev environment) on a single box. I've moved everything to a cloud environment running Ubuntu 10.10. One server runs the application, the ...
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Best Practice: iDRAC & NIC Selection

I am setting up a new Dell server with iDRAC 6 Express. My options for the NIC are: 1) Shared 2) Shared with failover to LOM2 3) Shared with failover to all LOMs The server has 4x LOMs. My ...
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datacenter network change control best practices

I have been tasked with compiling a list of possible network equipment changes at a data center. The task includes tagging which changes need change control and which don't. Does anyone know of a ...
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Best practice for Exchange 2010 HA topology considering 6 x Exchange licenses and TMG 2010

What would be best topology considering that: 6 x Exchange 2010 Standard Licenses 2 x Separate locations that are supposed to support redundancy in case of link problems 4 x Forefront TMG 2010 with ...
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New Server hardware verification tests

Is there any kind of best practice when it comes to verifying the hardware of a new server, before putting it into production? For instance, running it through the manufacturer's hardware test, or ...
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Plugging Surge Protectors into UPS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: UPS and power strip interactions? I have heard that plugging a server into a surge protector (cheapo power strip) is not good. Is this accurate? For instance: Server ...