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Would using containers be appropriate for a virtual lab?

So far i have been running a VM lab using virtual box, however functionally i cant see a difference between using virtualbox and a container based virtualization application, such as lxc. This is ...
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virtualization and MAC addresses

I'm having trouble with some VMware VM problems. Short story, how can I deploy a Windows server 2008 R2 server image to a lab environment with snapshots without MAC issues. Long story, I have a 2008 ...
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Using Rack servers and Blade servers in the same lab?

I'm working on pulling together a comprehensive performance testing lab. Part of this is the question of the physical lab hardware, so I'm learning about rack and blade servers and the positives and ...
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What qualities to look for in a NAS for short term storage?

Background I work at a research department working with biomedical data and we are currently considering to the revise our IT-structure. We have several instruments that generate GBs of data on a ...
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Routing to proxy and code injection into files served on local network

I'm trying to set up an Open Device Lab. This question focuses on the network routing of and injection of code into the responses to requests made by the test devices. I want people to be able to ...
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Emulating a real `living` Datacentre

I am working on enhancing a BI platform, plugged into a bunch of stats gathered from a virtual datacentre (based on Jasper, but this shouldn't really make a difference). So far, I have 4 hypervisors ...
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Mac OS X desktop background gets reset to “Andromeda Galaxy.jpg” when users log out

I'm running Mac OS 10.6 server, and have a set of 10.6 and 10.7 workstations connected to it for authentication and MCX. Users have network profiles (home folder stored on server, via AFP). When ...
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large (30+ at a time) scale cloning of hard disks

I know that it is possible in *nix to clone a hard disk within a machine using DD if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb I am wondering if something similar could be accomplished over a LAN (assuming a decent ...
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CISCO 2948 instead of 2950 for CCNAS

I'm building a CCNA/CCNAS lab, I can get my hands on some cheap 2948 level 3 switches. I was wondering if they also can be used for the CCNAS labs as I always see the 2950 mentioned for these. Are ...
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Very odd behavior with a Realtek NIC in ESXi 5

I am experiencing a strange issue in ESXi 5. I just installed a new NIC (RTL8169, which is supported), but ESXi only recognizes it on the first reboot after the installation. So in order: Shutdown ...
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Software Utilization Reports

We have a number of machines that we manage for labs and kiosks. They are all attached to an active directory domain. We were wanting to track the utilization of these machines to see how often they ...
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Suggestions for a small lab server hardware [closed]

I'm looking for suggestions for a small lab I'm going to have to build. The requirements are as follows Virtualization support (so I can run vmware esxi, kvm, hyper-v, etc) - just a couple of ...
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Can one build a Windows XP Home network organized around a Windows Server?

I have no experience with networks but I'm running a school lab with 30+ stations. Most of them run Windows XP Home. Could I possibly configure all users, permissions and access to course file shares ...
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Looking for Free Virtual Cisco Lab [closed]

I am looking for a free virtual lab where I can test various Cisco Configurations. I currently work for a company that does not have many Cisco boxes, or routers/switches of any vendor in lab, which ...
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cluster solution for laboratory use [closed]

I'm going to build a cluster lab to test solutions and new applications for use in a larger cluster considered to be highly available, scalable and fault tolerant. I want to know available open ...
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Recommendations for OS management and deployments in a portable lab?

Are there any general recommendations for managing OS's on a portable laptop cart? The cart will be taken to educational labs and used for teaching job skills to prisoners. We want to reset all the ...
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How do I setup a pentest lab for a univeristy? [closed]

I am working with a local univeristy which wants to teach students security. The modules involved using tools like Nmap and Metasploit on Windows and Linux boxes. However, as Windows has licensing ...
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What are best practices on virtual lab/test bed architecture?

I am currently preparing a new small virtual environment for development and testing with Windows Server + SQL Server + AD + Sharepoint + Exchange + IIS(ASP.NET) + Biztalk + ?, for a small (up to 5) ...
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Anyone have a good article on how to setup an AD Lab in VMWARE Workstation for Home Lab?

Background: I am a developer. Windows experienced, Linux experienced. I am Not a Sysadmin. I would like to play around with Active Directory on my home PC. I have a Nehalem-based Xeon with 12 gigs ...
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Running Xen inside VMware?

There are a number of Xen based virtualization products on the market, and like with other new software, there is a need to try them out in a lab environment before doing production installation on ...
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How to properly deploy multiple computer labs and have room for future expansion?

I am currently the only computer guy at a high school (small budget). Currently, there is no real infrastructure in place. There are just office computers connected to a consumer grade router that ...
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Setting up a dense virtual lab

I want to create a lab of virtual machines for testing. Something on the order of 80 Windows machines and 20 Linux boxes. The client OS doesn't need to do much but respond to ping, etc. They can ...