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Complete small business infrastructure setup solution [closed]

BACKGROUND: I am in charge of maintaining the infrastructure of a small (<25 users) family owned business. Here's the setup we currently have. EMAIL SERVER: I started out using one ISP ...
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Best infrastructure configuration for application hosting (IIS/MSSQL)? Bare Metal, Virtualize?

We're a small consulting shop that hosts some public facing websites and web applications for clients (apps we've either written or inherited). Our strength lies in coding, not necessarily in server ...
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Thin Client Environments - Where to Start

I'm new to the Thin Client / VDI concept but it seems like my environment might be a good candidate for converting. Currently we run Windows 7, so I would like to investigate a TS/VDI solution with ...
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Backup a large library [closed]

I have a relatively large library of about 50TB that I need to back-up on at least a weekly basis. Currently, the video content is stored across an array of raided 3TB hard drives. I would estimate ...
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How to convince a corporation to use DNS? [closed]

This is not the first time in my life when I have to convince a smaller corporation about using DNS service instead of /etc/hosts files and IP addresses. It might seem silly/funny at the first time, ...
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Book about planning computer network [closed]

I'm looking for a book dealing with creation (building, planning, implementing, ... don't know the right word in English) of company computer network (about 1 to few hundreds computers with a few ...
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Chef vs. Puppet: Which works best on Joyent SmartMachines?

Currently we're planning to take our app to a dynamic infrastructure and we're caught between Chef and Puppet. Each has pros and cons but seeking community answer from anyone who has experience with ...
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A plan to mitigate PDU failures?

A client just experienced a complete failure of an APC AP7911A switched/metered rack power distribution unit (PDU). This obviously took all of the connected equipment down with it. The equipment is ...
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Enterprise class storage costs: $10k/TB. Are we paying too much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is business-class storage so expensive? The infrastructure team at my company charges $10,000 per TB for storage costs. They charge this to us (internal) when we ...
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Platforms: Techniques used to apportion CPU, Memory, and networking resources for a C++ telecom infrastructure application [closed]

This is a general question that is pertinent to Software Architecture for a high availability, carrier grade telecom infrastructure box that does say, plenty (==1000s of TCP/IP-based (local) network ...
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On-site campus infrastructure migration to Amazon EC2. Feasible?

After a recent power outage, we've been re-evaluating how we can most effectively provide, maintain, and support our IT resources. One idea we've been considering is to move our non-critical ...
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Tool for network/infrastructure graph

I search for Linux a graphic tool to document our network/server infrastructure. A script that converts maybe some textual representation into dot (i.e. graphviz) would be enough. Nodes should be ...
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Best practice to trunk two GB switches?

I already read some similar questions but I still have no clue on how to do it the right way. I have a D-Link DGS-1248T 48 port GB-switch with 4 mini GBIC ports and I want to connect it to another ...
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Design Critique Needed ( VLAN & ESXi )

So this is my new "project" which consists of tearing down our legacy network and re-doing it correctly. As of now it is a mess. Production is a hogpoge of legacy servers that should have been put to ...
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Managing a Testing Infrastructure

We're currently running continuous automated functional tests against the CI builds of our software. This is done on a variety of Windows based machines (around 10-15 boxes or VMs), to identify ...
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My server setup for a heavily used API

I will soon be buying a bunch of servers for an application that I am about to launch but I have concerns about my setup. I appreciate any feedback I get. I have an application which will make use of ...
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Auditing user behavior in a small organization to prepare IT restructuring

My company will be working on restructuring/rethinking the whole IT infrastructure for a small company (about 25 employees). A part of this is a migration to Google Apps for email, calendar, etc. That ...
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How to restructure this small IT Department?

Through these last 2 years, my brother and I have been in charge of our family company's "IT department". We can't dedicate all of our time to this, because we are in college and we also have some ...
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What is meant when IT Infrastructure people refer to the “Stack”

Can someone please define what exactly is the "Stack". I know its an industry term but its very vague. I am referring to Infrastructure terminology not "Stack" in terms of memory allocation.
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What is the best backup solution for VMware Infrastructure system that hosts a wide variety of VMs?

In a situation where you are running: VMware Infrastructure 4.x with multiple hosts Over 150 VMs with a wide variety of operating systems (Linux in a half dozen distros, Solaris, every MS version, ...
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Do you really need cable management for a cabinet with just switches and patch panels?

We are about to start wiring out a building expansion and our vendor has laid out the racks in the following configuration: Option 1 1U Fiber patch panel 2U Cable Manager 2U 48 port Patch Panel 2U ...
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What else do I get with Cat 6 beyond future proofing my wiring?

We are about to put in the wiring in an expansion of our office building and the vendor is proposing we use Cat 6 cabling because it is "faster." Gigabit works fine over Cat 5e which is what our ...
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Good infrastructure design questions for software developers?

Building on Jeff's blog post titled Vampires (Programmers) versus Werewolves (Sysadmins) From my perspective, the whole point of the company is to talk about what we're doing. Getting things done ...
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Setting up a lab with Windows 2003 server and windows 7 clients

We are overhauling a lab with new machines with Windows 7 (as clients - around 150 of them). In the current infrastructure we have students logging in using a generic student id (as having individual ...
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General Network Infrastructure

I have a number of servers that I rent out to people and have started growing to a point where I need better management. Specifically I am interested in being able to police bandwidth and block port ...
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does a router in front of another router need to be as good as or better?

If I have a server that is sitting behind two routers, does the first and foremost router have to be "better" than the one behind it that is connected to the server? For example, if there was a ...
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How to build network across buildings?

I need some help in building a network between hundreds of computers spread across multiple buildings of my college. Yes, I'll be doing this as a part of my college project. Please see this image, it ...
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Trying to figure out ssl over a reverse proxy with multiple backends/infrastructure

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around ssl with multiple backends. I might just need advice on infrastructure in general. Here is my scenario/question: I have three servers: main website ...
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IT Considerations for a company name change

Nothing is "for sure" yet but there is a good chance my company will be changing it's name in the future. Our IT requirements are relatively modest - Exchange server, IIS, MSSQL, etc. My question ...
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IT Infrastructure for Small Business - Data Synchronisation

A friend of mine has asked for some advice about the I.T. infrastructure he should put in place for his small business. His business is in the science field and is very data-centric (i.e., they ...
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infrastructure - 2 servers , 3 applications

if you only have 2 servers, but you need to install sql server, a web application, and an reporting application, which 2 would you put on the same server and which one would you leave standalone. ...
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What 'Available Memory' is acceptable for a web server

We are reviewing performance on our business application, as there are significant differences in load times between regions and at different times of the day. Amongst the things being reviewed is ...
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How to design the infrastructure for an application serving USA and Canada?

I am developing a service that will be applicable for both Americans and Canadians, the data collected and stored are not legally allowed to cross the borders...which is new to my knowledge. So what ...
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infrastructure about mmof

I just want to know how much loss a multimode fiber can have before it does not transfer information or slow down the system? I have tested a 12 core mmof that is about 60m long and i am getting 4.5dB ...
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Does it makes sense to use a single physical box in both DMZ and Secured Zone

I was sitting in a presentation where I was told it is ok to have a physical box (virtualized into two) where one resides in the DMZ zone and the other resides in the secured zone. I found that such ...
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Recommendation for a small redundant VM infrastructure?

We currently have an active-active 2 node cluster running virtual machines. Every node has two disks, every disk is DRBD mirrored on the other node. Every node runs virtual machines out of his primary ...
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Two routers or one router and WAP?

I have an ADSL2 router/modem with internet access and I want to access 3 IP cameras (3 network clients) over wireless behind that router from the internet. My problem is that the ADSL2 router/modem ...
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Google's Infrastructure: Typical specs for their new hardware in mid-2010?

We're designing a distributed fault-tolerant virtual machine, and we're trying to determine the most cost-effective infrastructure setup. Google's infrastructure is famously built from lots of cheap ...
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Fed up of Server Admin - Want career change guidance [closed]

I am SA in top level MNC and what I liked turned out to be my most disliked. I feel that I am capable of doing more than what I am doing at present. This 1 hour , 2 hour SLA is not my kind. I wanna ...
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IT merger - self-sufficient site with domain controller VS thin clients outpost with access to terminal server

SITUATION: A larger company acquires a smaller one. IT infrastructure has to be merged. There are no immediate plans to change the current size or role of the smaller company - the offices and ...
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Oracle: 1 Large Server vs. 2 Smaller Servers?

We are in the planning stages of setting up our production Oracle 10gR2 environment. Our budget gives us the ability to buy 2 processor licenses of Oracle DB Standard Edition. We have minimal ...
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Hot swapping for Linux web/database servers

Is there a way to perform the following under Linux: There are two web servers, main and backup There are two database servers (postgres), main and backup Web Servers are in sync with each other, ...
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What is the structure of a typical IT department?

I know most IT departments vary greatly depending on size and type of company, but I'm just wondering what the typically IT org chart would look like.
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Small Business HP Virtualisation and iSCSI SAN Options

We are a small business that hosts our core product on a number of HP servers. Our core production setup is 1x HP DL380, high powered for a SQL Server Database 1x HP DL360, mid powered for our core ...
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SharePoint Server Farm, what to do with an old server?

so we've procured a monster of a SQL Cluster and 4 screaming fast machines running the apps/WFE to start up our MOSS 2007 Enterprise Server farm, however I've got one server from the old server farm ...
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Corporate Wiki Organization - Technical Documentation

Corporations have documents describing various aspects of their technical systems, including: Custom Applications Custom Development Frameworks Third Party Applications Accounting Bug Tracking ...
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Small Scale Point-to-Point Fibre optics

I'm faced with a bit of a dilemma with regards to stretching a 100base-T network from building to building. The site is a racetrack (cars) with a control tower, housing race control, admin and a ...
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Fibre Optic Cabling - Where to start?

I'm a sysadmin/developer that works for a small IT company. We are having a new office building built, and we have a limited time window in which to put in the core infrastructure network cabling that ...
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Virtualization deployment for datacenter

my company is going to deploy an IT Infrastructure on a virtual platform, can you please help me with the following: 1- which one do you recommend, Cisco Unified computing system ( cisco + emc + ...
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How do you ensure that two data network links have no SPOF?

How do you ensure that two data network links have no SPOF (Single Point of Failure)? We are working on a datacenter network connectivity and need to ensure that there will be no SPOF. We will have ...