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SSH keys management system

I'm looking to switch from password based (which I starting to become overwhelmed with) to SSH keys based system. I'd like to know if there any SSH keys management system or server solution, which ...
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What software is available for managing software licenses and hardware serial numbers?

I have to manage an increasing number of software licenses and hardware serial numbers across a growing company. To date this has been done using spreadsheets but this is a particularly inflexible ...
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How can I do bandwidth management using quotas on a Debian Linux based router?

I use a Debian Linux based PC as a router. Now, I want to implement bandwidth management using quotas. By that I mean when a user has reached their quota limit, their bandwidth will be reduced. I've ...
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Stepping into a complex environment and taking over [closed]

I have been offered a job as an 'engineer' for a large tech company - already working as a systems admin for the government. I wanted your take on how you step into a new job and learn how all the ...
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How do I browse and edit WinRM configuration settings?

I'd like to browse and edit WinRM configuration settings but struggle with winrm.exe. Is there an alternative app, a command line switch, XML file, registry setting (etc) that I should investigate?
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Are there huge drawbacks to using an excel 2010 document for password management?

At my old job, we used an open-source, (IMO) secure method for managing network infrastructure, and other important hosts' passwords [with Keepass]. At my new job however, it seems like they're using ...
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SQL Server Management Studio Issue

I am trying to run a query on my hosting database. I can connect to the server just fine, but when I open the query window, the bottom says "Disconnected". When I right click on the query window and ...
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What vSphere data/reports would you like that you can't get now?

Bit of an open-ended question here sorry, hence why it's a CW, it's to help inform some toolset writers that I work with what direction to go with their new product, hope you don't mind. If you could ...
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Being a good IT Manager (as opposed to a purely technical role) [closed]

Following on from this question, I'm interested how people effectively transition from being purely technical to taking on more management duties. This has been covered in great books such as ...
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Clustered machines management

Our startup firm runs multiple services hosted on JBoss AS. Those services are distinguished by their business and are clustered for the sake of high availability and scalability. What I'm looking ...
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Component and service documentation Requirement for platform migration [closed]

I have a sudden need to comprehensively document a moderately complex platform, and break it down into service and application components, and describe how these services can be migrated and are ...
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node visualization tool for cloud based deployments

I have a bunch of servers running in the EC2 infrastructure consisting of the normal types; load balancers, web apps, database servers, and syslog, backup etc. We have the standard technical tools ...
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Management and Web applications servers

I currently have a web infrastructure on amazon ec2, with a loadbalancer and three servers apache with a php application on it. And my database is on amazon RDS. I am looking for an application ...
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Windows management via Tomcat application

Is there something like Webmin that runs on tomcat and is easy to deploy for Windows operating system?
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Managing nginx configurations

My goal is to be able to update my server configurations (eg, nginx) quickly and easily using version control (eg, git). One requirement I had in mind was to have the configurations stored inside the ...
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How do you administer your EC2 Linux boxes?

I have a few EC2 Linux images that do nightly processing jobs for one of my projects. From time to time, I'll need to get in, make some code changes, configure some things, and re-bundle the image. ...
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Benefits of In-house server management vs outsourcing [closed]

I've just created a small web-based company. We're planning on using a cloud hosting solution, but don't have the current resources to properly setup and manage the server. As a new company, are ...
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How to keep track of vm hosts and guests and IP addresses?

Internally, we have several VM hosts. We are constantly provisioning new guests on these hosts. What tool to you guys use to keep track of what hosts hosts you have out there, the host system stats, ...
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What are pros and cons of keeping a local administrator account in Windows 7 workstations in a domain?

We have a network with Windows 7 Enterprise machines, all members of a domain. We've been keeping a local (unlocked) 'Admin' account on each workstation in parallel to the built-in (locked) ...
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Creating a forwarding account in Postfix

I have to create a forwarding mail account on a Ubuntu system using Postfix. I have scoured Google and everything I've found seems to point at doing all of this work through MySQL. According to ps ...
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Room mailboxes without exchange

I would like to implement a software similar to what exchange does with room mailboxes. Currently we dont own an exchange implementation and at the short therm this is a necessity... Anyone knows a ...
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central certificate management for server access

I am in charge to realize something similar to this: We are an upcoming startup, expanding pretty fast. Our development team increases nearly every month by 3-5 developer. Our infrastructure now ...
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puppet - define wildcard host in nodes.pp

Is there a way to define wildcard hosts in puppetmaster´s nodes.pp say i want all the hosts in one domain to receive a set of classes can i do something like: # nodes.pp # node basenode { include ...
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Is possible use guest machines inside Xen from the host machine

Im really new to Xen and searching about it, i found one tutorial about Xen installation here and one tool called XenCenter here. After install Xen and XenCenter is possible use host machine where Xen ...
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Why can't I access my site with a WWW. prefix?

For some reason I cannot access my website with the www. prefix. This is what my current DNS records look like: example.com A 192.0.2.99 www.example.com A 192.0.2.99 Could anyone help ...
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Implementing an NMS

We are looking to implement an NMS (netork monitoring software) in our company and have found many different products; Nagios, Kaseya, Zabbix, Zenoss, Munin, OpenNMS. The core functionality that we ...
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Creating an IT department? [closed]

Not sure if this is the best place to ask this, but I could really use some suggestions/advice. I was just hired at a small company (10 employees at corporate, plus about five off-site) that basically ...
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Lightweight snmp check for printer toner status

i hope this is the right site to post this question. First of all in my organization we have a lot of HP network printers (2015 and 2055) all have static ip configured and SNMPv2 up and running. I'm ...
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Racktables/Rackmonkey any usefull rack management Software out there? [closed]

So what is everybody using to manage their racks. We are currently using MediaWiki with quite a lot of custom templates for the servers/racks and virtualised instances. I looked at racktables.org and ...
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I think a co-worker is fudging some certifications. How can I verify them? [closed]

Is it possible to verify (preferably without confrontation) that someone does indeed hold a certain certificate? (Especially Microsoft and Cisco)
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End-user SSL certificate management workflow

We have an internal website, served from behind HTTPS with client certificates. Website users are non-technical persons, working remotely. They use Windows (XP, Vista, 7) and OS X (10.5, 10.6, 10.7). ...
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Rackspace for Django Hosting

I am working on a project right now and I am looking for hosting solutions that might fit for it. The project is written in Django. I was looking at rackspace and liked it a lot from its ideas and ...
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Tools/servers/services to run a web startup office

For a dev who doubles up as a sysadmin in small web startup, what services/servers/devices do you recommend running? I am also open to best-practices suggestions To get the ball rolling- here are ...
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Open-source Service Management Software

I seem to remember (but can't recall the name) a piece of open-source software that provided a web-based interface for some server processes. What is the name of that software? It manages a lot of ...
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What are some tips/tricks to manage a cluster of machines?

We have a cluster of machines and I found ssh automatic login very helpful. I also found Capistrino very helpful. Are there any other tips/tricks you found useful?
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Server structure for webapp + db + memcached [closed]

I've been checking around but I still have doubts on how to proceed, that's why I'm adding this question. I want to deploy a number of small (very low usage) apps written in Play Framework to my ...
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Ways to convince management of a high cost

new here, greetings and such. My problem is relatively simple, but the situation is a tad odd. Currently, I have just been hired on to improve (essentially fix) a server room for a health care ...
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Overlapping queues on Sun Grid Engine?

We would like to have an SGE-based compute cluster with a queue that gives access to all nodes for the computational staff, and a second cluster queue that gives access to, say, half the nodes for ...
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Looking for a GLPI like software [closed]

I'm looking for a GLPI like software. GLPI is really focused on IT devices management. I need something more general that would let me define my own devices and kits. I'm looking for a web based ...
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How do I successfully transition from network administrator to IT Manager? [closed]

I've been a tech for over a decade. I was recently bumped up to IT Manager at my ~75 person company, and now manage a staff of four junior technicians of varying talent and ability. My boss doesn't ...
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managing multiple machine /etc-s with git using branches. good idea?

went through multiple searches, but couldn't find a question that describes this git branch strategy idea on SU or SF. /etc count is currently < 10. firstly, are there any obvious oversights on ...
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Creating trusts between environments

I have always been a big advocate of complete separation of environments where you manage credentials for all environments separately. Recently I have been asked to think about the ramifications of ...
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Solution to Manage and Monitor (Ubuntu) Machines

I'm looking for a tool like Canonical (system management and monitoring for Ubuntu) that is Open Source and free. The goal is to manage a dozen or so KVM machines for private testing purposes. I know ...
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Adding a “RecordID” column to an existing table

A table has been created, but I realize I need a new column - RecordID (this column automatically assigns numerical value to each row of record) What would I have to do in SQL management studio to ...
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How to visually document IT processes?

Our company has 8 departments each housing approximately 12 people on average. I'm the CTO of the company and IT is involved in pretty much all departments. As such, there is a need to define and ...
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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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Network Administration: Business Administration Graduate

I graduated with a degree in Business Administration and now I would like to take a career in Network Administration. I spent 3 years in my previous job as a Technical Support Representative. As you ...
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/var/www rights management

I have a server with several users and would like to allow some of them to store webpages on it. Thus, I have created subdirectories of /var/www for them and configured my webserver accordingly. ...
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What are the KPIs of DNS Management?

I've just read an old RFP and one of the questions was along the lines of "List the top 3 KPIs of DNS management". As a web developer, I have a working knowledge of DNS but no idea what would be ...
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Looking for a tool to plan network/vlan topologies [closed]

I'm looking for a tool (desktop or web-based) that we can use to plan our network topologies using VLAN's. Something capable of defining switches, and mapping VLAN's to the ports and allowing use to ...