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Documenting a lab environment [closed]

I've been tasked with setting up and managing a brand new lab environment, consisting of lots of machines in different roles. There's a VM host, several web servers, several database servers, and ...
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I have hard the term “swimlane” used but don't fully understand it [closed]

I have heard the term swimlane used in the context of group of servers. It can be a rack that houses all the parts of a particular application. Everything from database to load balances. Or maybe for ...
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Any good template to write down server access details? [closed]

I wonder how other fellow sysadmin, web developers manage their inventories. I usually write down all access details in text files, not following any practice or convention. Can someone tell me, if ...
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Need advice on documenting LAMP web site

I need to document my web site. It is a music web site on Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP on AWS. I need to document everything: architecture (5 servers), database (100+ tables), php classes, programming ...
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centos yum repository package security information.. how do i find it?

Is there anywhere that shows which security updates are included in the patch levels for centos yum repository package version of httpd?
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Consulting: Organizing site/environment documentation for customers?

Over time, I've taken on consulting and contract engineering work for various clients. More recently, customers are asking for certain types of documentation. Which static IP addresses can I use ...
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How do you write a Linux deployment documentation / plans?

I have few, relatively small, servers running Linux distros. Sometimes I need to re-install 1 or 2 of the "development" servers from scratch. Often I just forget to setup little things, eg. forwarding ...
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HAProxy listen with two arguments?

I keep seeing HAProxy configuration examples with a two-argument syntax. Indeed, the default configuration file supplied with 1.4.18 contains this: listen appli1-rewrite 0.0.0.0:10001 cookie ...
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Are there standards/conventions used by IT technical writers?

TL:DR? Fine...here: Short of hiring or outsourcing to a Tech Writer, are there basic standards/conventions/practices that Technical Writers employ in their trade that can be learned from in order to ...
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Documentation for native modules in IIS 7.x

I've been working for some time at a super lean IIS 7.5 configuration for a static file serving purposes web site. To achieve this, I've simply stripped the designated web site for all dynamic ...
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Can't Find Documentation for HTTPd Directory Directive

I've been searching through the httpd docs and google, and I simply cannot find ANYWHERE that documents the complete list of what may go inside of the Directory directive. Here's the main ...
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Infrastructure Wiki Documentation Diagram?

I am in the process of designing a documentation Wiki for Infrastructure. That is, the whole gamut of servers, networks, storage, and applications. I have been poking around with some ideas via ...
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Can I get a clear summary of how and when each part of a chef cookbook is loaded/executed?

Here's what a chef cookbook looks like: . ├── attributes │   ├── default.rb │   └── bla.rb ├── files │   ├── default │   │   └── some_file.txt │   └── windows │      └── some_file.txt ├── libraries ...
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How does samba usershare_acl parameter works?

Looks like it is not even documented on the samba website itself, or did I miss it?
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MS-SQL Server security document [closed]

I have to build sql- server security architecture doc based on our existing PROD server, what all it takes to build a doc from scratch. Is there any good website for the template for the doc?
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Canonical way to describe server purpose [closed]

Is there a canonical way (no pun intended) to describe the purpose of a specific machine? I have to administer serveral hosts all with the same hostname ("www"). On the shell prompt i can not ...
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Copying files from one machine to another

I'm currently generating documentation on one machine, and publishing it to a web server using the following commands in a script: net use "\\someShare" PASSWORD /user:username del /S /Q ...
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Documenting servers [closed]

I work for a relatively small software development firm that grew pretty quickly over the last few years. This hoewever caused a lot of growing pains, especially infrastructure-wise. It is currently a ...
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Standards for documenting/designing infrastructure

We have a moderately complex solution for which we need to construct a production environment. There are around a dozen components (and here I'm using a definition of "component" which means "can ...
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How do you avoid that server documentation gets out of sync with the actual setup?

We have have reasonably good documentation for our environment (in AsciiDoc format) which recently allowed another person to recreate the entire setup from scratch in less than 30 minutes. However, I ...
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What are we supposed to document of our server infrastructure?

It's very important to have decent and good documentation. The problem is that often we might have good documenting techniques, but we forget some crucial points. It can be extremely painful to find ...
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Is there reference documentation for CloudInit?

Ubuntu's CloudInit package is very useful; however, the only documentation I've found on all of the available options is in their examples: ...
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Migrating from MyISAM to XtraDB

Just a few questions that I just can't find anywhere about migrating to XtraDB. My group has been using MyISAM dbs for production and was wondering how hard is it to migrate to Percona's XtraDB and ...
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Documenting Client Infrastructure [closed]

Working on a new project, and need some documentation advice. I need to be able to document ~ 400 client sites to track assets, setup, hardware layout, network layout, etc. We want to have photos, ...
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PAM Errors in auth.log [Debian Squeeze]

Based on the the Securing Debian article on debian.org, I added the following to /etc/pam.d/other. auth required pam_securetty.so auth required pam_unix_auth.so auth required ...
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Basic specs for 1990 model year Detewe Varix 2000 PBX? [closed]

I'm wondering if someone could find among their old manuals some basic specifications for Detewe Varix 2000 exchange - like power usage, number of supported phones, ports, lines, trunks, basic ...
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Server (location, MAC, IP) documentation with Google Docs

I work for a shop with 300+ physcial servers and about the same number of VM guests. We use Puppet heavily and are mostly Centos5.5 and about 20% Centos6.2. We use Google docs for storing various ...
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Powershell and NMAP Information Sharing

I am working on a project where I would like to perform host documentation for a variety of items. Part of these items would be sourced from Powershell and the rest would be sourced from NMAP. For ...
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visually documenting web server configuration and infrastructure

I have just finished a large re-organization and update of our institutions web server(s). This server hosts 3 virtual hosts, 3-4 blogs, 2 wikis, some legacy static HTML pages, and many hosted ...
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What do i use to hold the server documentation?

I had to document the servers i use and i don't know what to use to hold the data. Could you sugest the best way to keep the server documentation? Do i create a data base that holds the harware and ...
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Anything Close to an NSA Guide for Securing RHEL 6

Some in our infrastructure group want to upgrade to start taking advantage of the new features in RHEL 6. In the past, I have relied on the NSA Guide ...
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Documenting server details

This could be a very naive question for many of you, but I have problem in answering this one, your help will be deeply appreciated. I need to document the server on which I work, and it should ...
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server handover document template - users, security settings (firewall,selinux), packages etc

As part of the handover of our linux application server automated builds I would like to produce a high level "handover document" which captures the key functions and config items. (This is more of a ...
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How to track physical drives to server LUNs & mount points

I need to document which physical drives each server depends on ( SAN, on an external array, iSCSI etc). Since this potentially a many-many relationship, with dependencies, finding a usable solution ...
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Where can I find introductory documentation for ZFS?

I recently installed OpenIndiana because of an interest in ZFS. I like the feature-list of ZFS, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how to configure it. All of the documentation I ...
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Documenting Group Policy

We as an IT group are about to go through all of our group policies and clean up/enhance them. I am trying to compile an easy to read document on what is configured and what is not. I wanted to ask ...
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Suggestions for projects related to network monitoring, documentation, collaboration [closed]

I am looking for any projects integrating functions like monitoring, management and documentation of network/servers/services. Currently using Orion and Nagios for tasks on monitoring and alerts, ...
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Component and service documentation Requirement for platform migration [closed]

I have a sudden need to comprehensively document a moderately complex platform, and break it down into service and application components, and describe how these services can be migrated and are ...
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Sharing responsibilities within a SysAdmin team

I used to work in a small System Administration team that consisted of 3 members. We each had our own area: E-mail Server build and monitoring File sharing I am not sure if this is typical but it ...
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Where can I find information about inbuilt registry keys for Windows Server 2008 R2?

Is there a resource for looking up the description and/or usage of W2K8 R2 registry keys? I need to understand integrity checksum change messages appearing in OSSEC logs on Amazon EC2 instances. ...
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What software is available to keep track of hundreds of servers?

What good software is available (free or not free) to help me keep track of information relating to hundreds of servers, their relationships to each other (parent/child, category, type), and ...
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Wiki Documentation With Permissions

So I've set up a MediaWiki for managing some docs, we have AD integration set up and so far things are going fine... But wow is managing permissions a pain in the butt! Requires editing LocalSettings ...
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Which is the best way to keep up all your documentation? [closed]

I hope I'm not bothering anybody with this question. I have my technical documentation scattered using different methods, here is a list of the most used: notebook I have several notebooks full of ...
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What format are the files in /usr/share/doc/ in?

I found a nice wealth of information on some commands that I use in /usr/share/doc. Some are in a weird format though with tags such as: \verbatim and \endverbatim \section and \endsection Any ...
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HTTP 404 - /docs/appdev/ on fresh netbeans tomcat 7 install

As part of re-installing NetBeans 7.0.1, I had Tomcat 7.0.14 installed too on my PC. I created a manager role too. I can access http://localhost:8084/manager/html successfully. <role ...
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Powershell 2: How to eliminate duplicate help entries?

I am frequently making calls such as: get-help <some-command> in Powershell 2. For many, but not all, of these commands, I am not shown the contents of the help entry. Instead, I get ...
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Documentation and password storage for a web hosting company

I am in the process of designing and building a documentation and password storage point with the following ingredients: Suffice from service outages Automatic backups Keeping security and ...
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Formal Criteria for Network Complexity/Size Classification

I seem to recall running across a "formal" criteria or a standardized method for helping to define and talk about a network's size or complexity - A set of generalized standards that people use when ...
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Instructions on how to edit DNS for major DNS providers and registrars [closed]

I need to direct my customers to make a DNS change, but they all have different registrars. It is next to impossible to create a single set of instructions that applies to all of them. Does anyone ...
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Configuring mod_security on Ubuntu 10.04

After spending ~24 hours trying and failing to setup mod_security in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, I've finally decided that I'm going to need some help. I've tried pretty much every tutorial I can find with a ...