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What do you do about staff and personal laptops?

Today, one of our developers had his laptop stolen from his house. Apparently, he had a full svn checkout of the company's source code, as well as a full copy of the SQL database. This is one ...
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Am I damaging my battery by never using it?

I have a MacBook Pro that stays plugged in for weeks or months at a time. Am I damaging my battery by not using it? I know you should cycle it monthly to recalibrate it...is that good enough? Should ...
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Intro to Laptop Hard Drives

I've had my first notebook hard drive death (well, actually, it's currently dying... clicking noises, super slow windows boot up ...) Anyway, I now I realize I don't know anything about laptop hard ...
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How can we remotely administer our “fleet” of Windows 7 laptops?

I'm working with a startup that's teaching kids to program. We've just obtained our first "fleet" of laptops - half a dozen refurbished thinkpads running Windows 7 - and I'm looking for the best way ...
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Is it possible/advisable to run VMware Server ESX/ESXi on a laptop?

The idea of having a small footprint hypervisor as the primary OS on a laptop or desktop where every "real" OS is a guest appeals to me. Now I realize this software is more typically used on blades ...
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Netbook vs. Notebook for Programmers? [closed]

I have an IT question, I hope that's the place to ask it. I'm building a team for a specific project and am considering buying Netbooks for the first time, the reason being cost-reduction (we are a ...
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Notebook for Sysadmin

For those of you who still not tired of "XYZ for sysadmin" questions: This subject is bothering me for a long time. I had number of problems selecting notebook for job. For example: Notebook vs ...
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Connecting two laptops through wireless adapters without wireless router

I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery? [closed]

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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Is there a way to use a laptop as a physical console?

If I have a server with only power and ethernet coming out the back, and suddenly I need to adjust BIOS settings, I gotta plug in a keyboard/monitor/mouse somehow. Either the servers are all on KVM ...
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Using laptops as servers

I have a bunch of old T42s lying around which I recently upgraded to maximum memory (2G). I'd like to put them to good use, and what attracted me most is the low power draw from these compared to ...
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What do you do to protect company-confidential data on laptops?

There usually is a lot to do about the security of servers since a lot of sensitive information is stored there but I think it's more important to make sure the company-laptops (and USB-Sticks) are ...
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Using a laptop as an external monitor and keyboard for a server?

Is there a way to use an old laptop as an external keyboard and monitor for my rack servers?
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Laptops - RAM vs Disk for performance

In the perfect world I could get everything I want, however budgets for new laptops are low so I normally can get a user a laptop + additional RAM (to at least 4Gb). This has been mostly motivated by ...
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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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Switching from piecemeal machines to leases

I'm the IT admin for a company with a small number of users (15-20). We currently run an astonishing array laptops, each bought sometime in the previous four years. Because of this, no two are alike, ...
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Any tips on wiring up a laptop cart?

We are shuffling laptops between schools during the summer and rearranging laptop carts. We've used various methods of wiring in the laptops (some of which depend on the specific model and power ...
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Laptop Backup Software (Corporate)?

I wondered if any of you who have a fleet of laptops are using anything to back them up, and if so what? In particular I'm looking for a solution that is totally hands-off once installed i.e. the ...
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Deep Format of a Harddrive on a Linux System

I've got an original Asus Eee PC Netbook that I'd like to sell. When I've sold old computers in the past, I've typically done a deep/secure/zeroing out style format. How can I do this on a Linux ...
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What's the deal with “business” netbooks?

An IT company is trying to sell me netbooks, but because they're "business" rather than "home" they're twice the price for less than the same specs. Adding insult to injury, we're quoted separately ...
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Netbook as server?

I'm thinking about this as a substitute for cheap little embedded systems like soekrises, used for lightweight server tasks. The major advantages that I see over current tiny systems: built in ...
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1answer
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irc2-ircd NickServ and ChanServ

I just set up an IRC server on my laptop for the local network. however, ChanServ and NickServ don't seem to be installed/available. How might I get them?
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What's the best ThinkPad regarding Linux support? [closed]

Currently Mac user but will switch to ThinkPad soon, with Arch Linux, Debian or some BSD loaded on it. Everything except T and SL series is out of the consideration for me. I am leaning towards T500. ...
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Are there any vendors making a Gigabit Fiber solution for laptops?

I'm trying to build a laptop system that can connect to just about any network you might come across in a large enterprise. I realize I can use a media converter to go from twisted pair to fiber but ...
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2answers
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Should laptops be put away at night?

We have a policy that everybody who leaves their laptop at the office must put it in a cupboard or cabinet when they leave for the day. To make this easier, all laptop users are also provided with ...
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5answers
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Monitoring remote laptops [closed]

We're looking for something to monitor around 30 remote laptops that are constantly out on the road, never returning to base except for when there are serious hardware faults that need repairing. ...
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Out of Office laptop backup solution

We have a number of laptops that are in use by traveling sale people who are rarely in the office. We are looking for a convenient backup solution for their laptops. It must be a no brainier kind of ...
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1answer
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How do I detect a WiFi Repeater on my network?

I work in a RV/Mobile home park in deep south Texas. I want to know how I can find the person or persons using a WiFi repeater. Is there a type of software or hardware (other than a laptop) that I ...
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2answers
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IT solution for 4 sites & 20 users

I'm shopping for a complete laptop "solution" for a staff of 20, in four cities, including hardware, software, service, support, data transfer, training, backup, etc. We need it to "just work", and we ...
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3answers
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Should you discharge a Li-ion battery all the way?

Should you discharge a Li-ion battery all the way before plugging it in? Is it especially pertinent when you get a new battery / laptop? Should you keep draining it all the time, or leave it plugged ...
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2answers
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Mostly offsite asset management (laptops/smartphones) - what is a good SaaS based solution? [closed]

Most of our company assets are offsite. Everyone either works at home or onsite at a customer. Most asset management/audit/remote control software concentrate on company LAN based assets. We don't ...
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1answer
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backup solution for notebook users on network

i have a client where we have 10 notebook users. we want to back up their email (pst files), no option to install exchange at this location, and a common folder on their notebook named like their ...
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Hardware Recommendation for Hospital O.R [closed]

We need to choose hardware for our operating room within our hospital for our new medical informatics system. The hardware does not need to be extremely powerful, as it's basically acting as a thin ...
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3answers
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Advantages and disadvantages of ARM vs x-86 processors in future laptops [closed]

Recently I’ve started reading about ARM processors coming out on low-cost and low power laptops, such as these unveiled at computex in Taiwan. I’m one of the Tech people at my company, and often I get ...
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Replacing an ATA-100 hard drive

I was instructed to replace the hard drive in an old laptop, a Dell Latitude D505. I'm suspecting that there was a head crash when someone moved the laptop while it was turned on. In the ...
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Should I join technicians' laptops to our domain?

I have been charged with distributing about a dozen laptops to technicians at our company that will spend almost all of their time in the field not connected to our network. They may come in for ...
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4answers
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Powertop reports “Bad” “Runtime PM for PCI Device”

I've noticed that powertop utility reports "Bad" "Runtime PM for PCI Device" for several devices. Seems that powertop can fix the issue but it won't tell what exactly it does to fix it. What should I ...
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4answers
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CPU - Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) in a Laptop [closed]

I have a Dell laptop I bought in 2006 and it has Virtualization Technology option in the BIOS. My CPU is an Intel T7200. For me, the VT option is used to use ESXi or Hyper-V on a machine, but on a ...
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What group policy settings do you apply for laptop users?

I've a number of users with laptops who take them off-site. Currently I've got policies mapping drives and the like, which won't work unless they're connected to the domain. It also takes a while ...
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3answers
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Backup Laptops/Desktops To Server Fast/Simply

Is there anyway to backup various laptops/desktops connected through my network to my server. I can put any kind of operating system on this server. I was thinking maybe there is some type of ...
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How do I adjust mouse sensitivity on Dell Mini9 running Ubuntu?

I recently picked up a Dell Mini9 netbook running Ubuntu 8.04. It runs great and I love it, but there's one glaring issue out of the box. The trackpad mouse and mousewheel are way too sensitive. I'...
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How to Pre-Configure Shared Laptops' Microsoft Outlook 2010 Accounts to Connect to Exchange Server 2007 SP3?

Our IT environment provides 10 shared, Microsoft Windows 7 laptops for an office staff of several hundred people. After checking-out and logging into a laptop with an Active Directory domain account, ...
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What do you recommend for a Netbook? [closed]

I am currently looking at buying a new netbook which would run the newest version of Ubuntu. What would you recommend buying? I have been told that netbooks can be severely slow. This machine would ...
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2answers
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How to connect CentOS 6.3 CLI server to wireless LAN?

I'm migrating from an openSUSE (12.x) CLI home office server to CentOS 6.3. I can install the CLI CentOS 6.3 fine, but then how do I connect that to my home wifi? There is a "Configure network" ...
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How to configure postfix to dynamically choose different relayhosts?

I use my laptop at work on wireless and wired networks, at home on a wireless network, and at various other places (such as conferences, friends houses, etc). When at work I'd like postfix to use the ...
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hp 6716s, 6715b, and 6710s laptops on linux wireless problem

A year ago we bought several HP Compaq's laptops. Different models, from 6715s, 6715b, 6710s, 6735 ... (not all of them have gone through my hands so I don't know every one of them). They came with ...
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Powering netbooks with Servers

I have limited knowledge of servers. I had an idea that I wanted to get evaluated. With netbooks becoming cheaper, I was wondering if I will be able to do complex video editing and running heavy ...
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OpenBSD firewall - netbook hardware option - pros and cons

I'm considering putting OpenBSD on a netbook for use as a firewall. I am entertaining the idea of using a netbook because it has a built-in screen and keyboard, built-in battery backup, and a ...
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Caching OpenLDAP credentials for offline use on laptops

Our clients (Ubuntu 14.04) can login with there LDAP login. As soon as they have no network they cannot login with LDAP. Is there a way to cache those passwords and usernames, so that the laptops ...
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Connecting to a Server with Laptops

We have a small office with 7 staff that work in it. We have recently got hold of a server in the bid to keep office work separate to private work. What is the best way for the laptops to connect to ...