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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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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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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?

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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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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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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Preparing laptops for theft

With a number of laptops out there the likelihood of one being stolen is high. What methods, preferably free, can be used to secure the data on the computers? The laptops do not have any special ...
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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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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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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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8answers
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when are laptops cheapest?

seems like the microprocessors market is in a turning point. I'm going to need to buy a C#/java developer's laptop soon, and I wonder if now is the best time to buy it. yes, obviously the longer ...
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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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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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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
643 views

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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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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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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
562 views

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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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6answers
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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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Low cost developer laptops [closed]

If you have to procure a .NET developer laptop for under $500 what laptop would you choose? The developer would be running things like Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server Management Studio, IIS, and ...
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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 ...
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3answers
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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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non-laptop thin client for lap?

Yea I know its a weird question title, but what I am looking for is something like a KVM that you would see in a server rack, only to server as a laptop kind of device. I am imagining having a ...
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On having my own way on a Compaq Presario F700

Besides the work laptop, I just got to keep a Compaq Presario F700 for 3 months after which I need to return it "just like I had got it". There are a few emotions involved here however that makes ...
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Unable to connect to domain controller from laptop

i have a windows 2003 domain controller and am unable to get one of my laptops to join to it. When i try to change from workgroup to domain it connects, asks for for a username and password and after ...
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5answers
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Recommended laptops for system admins? [closed]

Hey all - I'm in the market for a new laptop and wanted to get some recommendations. I'm a Linux sysadmin and this laptop is primarily for work related use, working from home, after hours, occasional ...
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Flash Performance on Ubuntu

I just reformatted my laptop and installed Ubuntu 9.04. Everything is working great except Flash. YouTube videos play but are horrible quality and choppy (was fine when Vista was installed) and I ...
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Roaming Laptop accessing CentOS LAMP Box - Security Concerns!

Let me preface this question with some information - I am a developer working for a small startup. The company can not afford to hire a proper *nix sysadmin at this time; Subsequently, I have been ...
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Do you use physical locks on your mobile (or even desktop) PCs?

It was recently brought to my attention that we don't use physical locks to prevent theft of our laptops. I hadn't really considered it before, since nearly everyone takes their laptops home at night, ...
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PCMCIA NIC with 2 ports

I have a laptop which I want to turn into a PFSense router. To do this I need a minimum of two network ports, which is fine, because I have one built in port and I can purchase a PCMCIA NIC with one ...
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Set Proxy on the Office and Automatic Outside

I am in a situation where I need the computers to use my proxy server for internet access but I still want laptops to be able to connect outside of the Office. right now I push the proxy on the ...
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Imaging Sony Viaos — Missing drivers

I've been given several Sony Viao VGN-BX760's from old software engineering students. I'm supposed to install Windows, drivers, necessary software, and image the other laptops with it. The problem is ...
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Windows XP page file on laptop second SSD drive

I saw a question on moving hyberfile.sys to a different drive from the boot partition, which I was considering as I have an SSD as the second drive in one of my laptops. All the answers say you can't ...
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HP laptop wireless network problem

I have a fairly new HP Compaq 6715b laptop. It is running Windows Vista Business 64-bit with the latest drivers and HP updates for the Broadcom network adaptor. My problem is that I can only get the ...
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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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Laptop as server [closed]

My client wants to use a cheap AMD E-300 ,5400 rpm disk,4gb memory laptop as a POS server and music player at the same time with dual screen. I couldnt convince him that this wouldnt be a good ...