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What is preventing you from deploying desktop Linux in your environment?

I work in an environment that has a fairly large Linux desktop fleet however previous jobs rarely had Linux as an option and if they did, it was limited to a few sysadmins. Now that desktop Linux has ...
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How can I hide the Recycle Bin on Windows Server 2012?

On Windows 8 you can hide the Recycle Bin (and other icons on the desktop) by following Charms bar > Settings > Personalization. But on Server 2012 this returns an empty window with the message "This ...
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50 workstations, 1 .bat file on a network server, will it work?

I have a .bat file to perform maintenance on machines. I put the .bat file on a network attached server for all workstations to access it. If I were to use the windows scheduler to make that .bat ...
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Very high density PC/rack required

I'm a server guy, specifically a blade guy and know my high-end gear well but I've got a new little challenge that I'm a bit lost on and you may be able to help. I have a server spec that will do a ...
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Should pcs be unplugged before restoring power

We have an upcoming scheduled power outage for maintenance. UPS protects our servers. But it has been suggested that all PCs should be unplugged to prevent damage from power surges when power is ...
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GUI on Ubuntu server?

I'm primarily a developer, but as part of this I'm running an Ubuntu server for a client where he has several small to medium sized websites. Although my main development environment has generally ...
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Locking Desktop USB Ports

How do you lock out the USB ports on the desktop PCs so we can prevent usage of USB drives on the desktops. I should clarify that these are Windows XP desktops. We should also assume that like most ...
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Benefits of all-in-one

A large organization(1500+ users, with 5 locations) is planning to refresh desktop hardware. Is there any benefits going with an all-in-one desktop where the screen, CPU, disk drive, CD/DVD are in ...
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The difference between desktop-series HDD drives and server-series

What are the main differences between desktop-series hard disks and server-series? The obvious things I can see are: durability (server hardware mostly more qualitative and have more warranty) and ...
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Sugestions for cleansing PC's before recycling / disposal [closed]

What procedures do people follow before recycling or disposing of old PC's? Do you: Remove the hard drive Damage it beyond repair Use a tool to completely wipe the hard drive. If so, which? Other ...
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Hardware vendors to avoid

There are a lot of opinions out there of which hardware vendors are good and which are not. What are the best hardware vendors to trust for company use? Server-grade: esp. harddrives and backup ...
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How to disable CD-ROM and USB for normal users in Linux?

How can access to CD-ROM and USB be disabled for normal users in Linux? As a part of security policy we need to disable CD-ROM and USB access for normal users. Only root users should have the access. ...
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Difference between server-grade RAM and desktop-grade RAM?

What's the difference between server-grade RAM and desktop-grade RAM?
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All-In-One PCs or PC integrated into monitor available?

Question I am specing out a new Design Technology building for an educational establishment, the current request is for PCs "without a base unit", not sure if these would be described as All-In-One ...
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What tool do you use to monitor your clients?

Well, we had "What tool do you use to monitor your servers?", and I wondered, do you (and should you) monitor your clients (desktops and laptops)? What tools are useful for this? It seems to me that ...
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What are the Benefits of Server Hardware? [closed]

What are the benefits of using Server Hardware versus just placing server software on top of Desktop Hardware? I've been running a small time webserver for a couple of websites, a blog and a multi-...
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Remote Desktop Problems

I rebooted our 2k3 server box, and it looks like its hanging for some reason and I can't connect via terminal services to investigate. Any suggestions to resolve this issue? Update Working on vpn -...
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What are the most important aspects to consider when building a new workstation?

To save some money I'm sure we would all prefer to build our own workstations. But this takes a lot more work than simply buying one off the shelf. With any luck, you'll end up with a better machine ...
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Good tool for searching E-Mail in Outlook? [closed]

As a System Administrator, I tend to accumulate a lot of E-Mail. And, unfortunately, my current employer requires Windows on the desktop and Outlook for e-mail. My question is, are there any good ...
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How to find out the currently active linux virtual terminal while connected via ssh?

The situation is as follows. I have a multiuser desktop machine with Debian Linux 6.0 and an ATI videocard with one monitor connected. I have root access to it. There can be several KDE sessions ...
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Good default for XDG_RUNTIME_DIR?

The XDG Base Directory Specification is a very interesting spec for user directories. It also provides good default values, except for XDG_RUNTIME_DIR. Now I am writing a software that needs to ...
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Virtual Desktops : 8 am when everyone comes in

I'm learning about virtual desktops and I was wondering; suppose you have 1500 people in your company, almost all using virtual desktops, and they would have to start up their computers all at the ...
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Mac/Linux for system administration tasks

I've been using GNU/Linux for my daily life and my work for the last 8 years. A couple days ago, my desktop computer died. I thought about the possibility of making a change and getting a Mac. Is any ...
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Mass virtualization of corporate desktops

I am looking into virtualizing desktops for a large office, and I haven't been able to figure out how I would accomplish access to a VM instance per user. We are considering using sunrays as our ...
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Desktop virtualization

Is there currently a proper Type 1 "desktop" hypervisor? Either free or not? This is just for tinkering around at home on some beefy Phenom machines. Basically i want to be able to run say 2 OSs on ...
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Desktop virtualization? How?

I'm thinking once again about the desktop virtualization in our company. Actually there are 2 known ways doing this, first one is to have users' "desktops" on the terminal server and let they use i.e....
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IP setting on a windows

I am working at a job site that i am setting up a jumbo sign and i am trying to figure out if there is a way to set a ip for a wifi on a windows PC and when you log off that wifi it will go away, but ...
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Desktop Provisioning for a Small Linux Software Development Team

Goal: Get a small team using a standard development image rather than 4 software devs setting up their own environments. Why: it takes a day or days to install a distro, build-specific libraries, ...
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Debian server as a virtual guest?

I have a PC with lots of RAM (16GB) and a fast CPU (core i5). I would like to use this one machine both as a server and a deskop pc. So how about if I do this: I install Ubuntu on it (as GUI desktop) ...
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Are there any good tools for reporting on a computer's specs?

I have a client who has a computer they want to upgrade. They are unable to tell me the specs of this computer and they're not the type of person I could walk it through with. Ideally, I'd like to ...
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What tools are available to scan remote desktops for certain types of files?

I need to scan about 50 desktop computers and check to see if any *.doc, *.xls, *.ppt etc... files are being stored locally. I am wondering what tools might be available for this. A quick Google ...
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Virtual PC - Moving Physical PC into virtual environment

Greetings. I have a small Dell GX260 machine that I have been using for testing purposes. And very often during one of my experiments on the machine I mess it up so I have to re-install Windows XP ...
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Recommended maintenance plan for Windows PCs

I'm helping someone out with their PC and wanted to point them to to a Windows PC periodic maintenance plan. I was thinking they should: Run Disk cleanup (cleanmgr) Defragment their HD (maybe using ...
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How to use Remote Desktop for administration when a policy is set to start a program automatically?

On a Windows 2008 R2 server with the Remote Desktop Services role installed, I have used a local group policy to start a program automatically. How do I log into the console session to manage the ...
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Does System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection require the use of Configuration Manager?

We have a relatively small organization (~15 users), and have used the ForeFront EndPoint Protection 2010 desktop client without the use of central management, like Configuration Manager. Now that ...
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which virtualization technology is right for me?

I need a little help with this getting this sorted out. I want to setup a linux virtual server that I can use to run both sever and desktop systems. I want a linux system that is minimalist in ...
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Software for deploying images to PC desktops in a small to medium enterprise [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Automatically Configure New Computers A few colleagues of mine are currently manually configuring and maintaining about 40 desktop computers (Windows 7) on our floor. This ...
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Can I use a self-signed certificate in Tomcat for private APIs and a commercial certificate for public pages?

I distribute a Java desktop application that needs to communicate with some RESTful APIs served by embedded Tomcat within a Spring Boot webapp. I was planning on using a self-signed certificate for ...
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Ubuntu Desktop 14 on PowerEdge doesn't boot on RAID

I have a Dell 1U PowerEdge 1950, and for some reason, we cannot install Ubuntu 14.04 64bit Desktop edition on it. I know what you're thinking... why are you installing desktop? I have asked the same ...
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How Do I Move Remote Desktop User Profiles To Another Volume?

I am new to Windows Server 2008 and Remote Desktops, and have a handful of users (5) accessing a suite of applications by way of Remote Desktop sessions. The server is set up with a RAID 5 drive that ...
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Windows Server 2008 No Desktop or Start Button on User Login Server Manager Launches

I'm working at a small company and since I worked tech support about 8 years ago (and have been a Software Engineer for most of the time since then), I'm responsible for all things computer related. I'...
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Completely disable CD/DVD Rom access to all users on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

We are using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Following is output fromuname -a command: Linux trainingmac1 3.2.0-32-generic #51-Ubuntu SMP Wed Sep 26 21:33:09 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux We are training ...
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Setting Gnome registry (GConf) mandatory settings automatically

TL;DR: Have found some possibilities, but documentation leaves too many questions unanswered for me to deploy them with confidence. I'd like to roll out some mandatory GConf settings across the user ...
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How do I make wallpaper fit both monitors in dual monitor setup?

I am deploying some custom corporate wallpaper as part of a Windows 7 rollout. Some people will be using dual monitors, and the additional monitors may be either 4:3 or widescreen. I want to use the ...
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Flow of packets in network

I can't visualize in my mind the network traffic flow. eg. If there are 15 pc's in a LAN When packet goes from router to local LAN, do it passes all the computers? Does it go to the ethernet card ...
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For what sort of Linux desktop is LVM striping worthwhile?

I run several Linux machines at home and at work. Most of my computing is I/O-limited, e.g., large compiler regression suites and the like. At home I also have one machine that captures high-...
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Using a dual-monitor PC and a MacBook to create a dual-monitor OS X development environment?

Here’s the situation: I have a MacBook and while I can and do connect a second monitor to it, I’d like to be able to use the larger/nicer/identical monitors connected to my PC to interact with my ...
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Remote Desktop change position of desktop icons

Sometimes i have to connect with remote desktop to remote workstations with the user's login. What happens sometimes is after closing the remote session and the user opens the local session all ...
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Can SQL server and WSUS co-exist on same server?

Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but after reading responses from my previous question I'm looking into implementing WSUS on my network. The box I would likely implement it on runs a ...
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CPU for desktop/server

Which is the difference between a server and a desktop CPU ? Why should I buy a Xeon processor for a server why don't use instead a simple intel quad 4-core CPU for a desktop PC ?