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How important is side-by-side installation for enterprise Windows environments?

So I'm a software developer who's looking at whether or not to support side-by-side installation of a desktop BI client tool - in addition to the standard in-place upgrade. The argument from people ...
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What is the most automated way to deploy a new server being managed by Chef?

We use knife-vsphere to deploy and configure new chef-managed servers in our virtual environments, but don't have any one-step solution for physical servers. Currently the process involves imaging a ...
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Deployment Workbench and Windows Updates [duplicate]

We use Windows Deployment services and the deployment workbench to build our standard machines with, this obviously speeds up the deployment process but we are finding every 3 months or so we have to ...
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Reimage several of the same model PC by copying the hard disk

I have several of the same machine (Dell Precision T3500) that originally came with Windows 7 Pro (there is a Windows 7 Pro OA product key sticker on top of each one). These were initially downgraded ...
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Deploy all MSIs from a folder-share to group of computers via domain group-policy?

Is it possible to deploy all MSI packages within a folder-share to a group of computers, with a single group-policy object? If so, how?
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Use Puppet to deploy files to all user's home directory

I want to deploy a simple text file (a git commit message template) to each user's home directory using Puppet. I came across this post which seems very close, but the part I'm not clear on is how do ...
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Is it possible to modify the Notification and Alert Settings for all users on Windows 7?

We are testing moving users to from XP to windows 7. One of the first complaints we got is that the default behavior for Communicator 2007 doesn't show the "pop-up" notifications when you first ...
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Ubuntu in an enterprise: recommendations?

I'm going to move a small office to Ubuntu. Typical tasks: VoIP, E-Mail, documents, RDP access, ERP, printing, file-sharing. What stack of technologies & solutions can you suggest to use for ...
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Is this idea about distributed database server with centralized storage feasible?

I often use SQLite for creating simple programs in companies. The database is placed on a file server. This works fine as long as there are not more than about 50 users working towards the database ...
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Puppet - how can i copy a file to several user folders?

Well i was using the info on this: Puppet - Any way to copy predefined custom configuration files for software on clients from the puppet master (host)? But i need some more elaborated, because i ...
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Is there a Pre-deployment Windows Workstation Verification Program?

When deploying machines in our enterprise we run through a series of checks before deployment. Some of these include: Verify required files and folders have been copied to the computer Verify all ...
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Deployment of many Web Services

I'm looking for advice/best-practices/+ve/-ve or other idea's on deployment and maintenance of many (50) Web Services and Web Service Applications on IIS across an application server cluster of 10 ...
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Automatic deployment and configuration for Windows servers

I'm an experienced UNIX and Linux sysadmin who is about to start working for a mixed UNIX/Windows shop. I've been deploying servers automatically using tools like Puppet, Chef, FAI, etc. I haven't ...
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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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how do companies like Google and ebay deploy new versions of their sites without downtime?

I would like to know how these companies deploy new versions of their sites without downtime. I am aware of the BlueGreenDeployment model, however, I would like to know what these sites do to ...
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Best Server Ghost-Like Tool For Windows

I'm looking for advice on which tool we should use to clone servers. In the short term, we will be cloning identical hardware but in the long run we may want to create one image and replicate that on ...
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Is Ubuntu a viable replacement of Windows XP for small enterprise environments?

I'm a newbie systems administrator, so any advice would be great. I would like to setup ubuntu 8.04 LTS in a small office of consulting in management (around 50 workstations) instead of Windows XP. I ...
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Enterprise desktop antivirus without a Windows server

Are there any desktop antivirus products suitable for use in an enterprise environment without a Windows server? We're currently using McAfee for our Windows desktops but to get updates and alerts ...
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How to : Use Powershell and Install Windows 7 via Wi-Fi

I dont know much about ITs Professionals but I hear that is possible to join many laptops on a WLAN or LAN and then install and deploy windows 7 on all machines via Powershell using scriptlets. How ...
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Where to get started for microsoft system management server?

I am an absolute noob as far as the Microsoft's SMS technology is concerned. Can anyone point me to some getting started links, blogs etc. I am exploring different strategies for deploying our to be ...
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Controlling DNS servers… what do i need to know

I'm more of a stackoverflow.com guy, but am running into something interesting. I'm developing an application which is going to be managed once it is published (hoping sometime early next year)... ...
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Is the audit mode of SYSPREP practically useful in Windows deployment?

Supposedly, using the audit mode in sysprep allows you to maintain fewer images, as you can customize a base image (during audit mode passes) for the various departments or user roles you might have ...
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Equivalent for Microsoft.SystemsManagementServer.Automation in SCCM 2007

SMS 2003 contained a great feature for automation via the excellent dll: Microsoft.SystemsManagementServer.Automation.dll. It allowed automating SMS using intuitive objects, properties and methods ...
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Have you found Power-Over-Ethernet to be an effective solution for the enterprise?

I've noticed that quite a many VOIP phones support PoE. While the idea seems great in principle (no worrying about power adapters anywhere), have you found it to be effective for enterprise-wide ...
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cfengine3 file_copy only on source side change

I am using the 'digest' copy method for all file copy promises, because of the way we package and deploy software, I cant rely on mtime for the criteria for updating files. For various reasons, I am ...
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What is the best process to automate Zimbra deploy using cobbler+puppet?

I set up a fully working cobbler server on a RHEL5 machine. This is able to deploy a new server on bare metal machine, partitioning the disks, using LVM and creating as much virtual machines as I ...
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What is your provisioning method? (out of the cardboard -> bare metal -> fully functional server)?

Trying to cut down our deploy times and looking for suggestions and shortcuts you or your team uses to get back in the terminal and out of the data center. Looking at the entire process from ordering ...
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Is there any strong, well tested and general purpose puppet recipes-base to be used as starting point for customization?

I have configured a working cobbler system that successfully handles my bare metal server deployment and I'm going to start the configuration management issues using puppet (integrating it as much as ...
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Which technology stack would result in easiest deployment for a customer-hosted web app?

Given a web application that would need to run on the customer's servers, and installed by the system administrators on the customer's side, which technology stack would result in an easier deployment ...
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What are the skills required for a deployment engineer for network monitoring product company?

What comes in deployment scripts. Or what are things to keep in mind while writing one. Is bash powerful enough or you would recommend perl/python? Keeping Network Monitoring in mind, if you have ...
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Silent Install of MSI

What is the command line to silently install an MSI file?
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How can I convince my IT manager to upgrade the enterprise from IE6 to a newer browser?

We've already rolled out Windows XP SP2 (no hope of going to Vista or Windows 7 in the foreseeable future unfortunately) across the enterprise and our latest internal roll-out actually incorporates ...