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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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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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How do I create the identity certificate required to setup Mobile Device Management on an iOS device?

I'm trying to provision an iOS device to be managed using the Apple MDM capabilities. Using the iPhone Configuration Utility, I'm trying to create a configuration profile. Under the Mobile Device ...
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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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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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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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SSH key management software? [closed]

I'm trying to find good software to handle SSH keys in my organization. So far I've found keymaster by Envylabs. SKM by Jerome Boismartel. Both could be option if we had only couple of users but ...
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Open source multi-tenant DNS management tool [closed]

Can anyone recommend an open source tool for managing DNS, similar to the web applications used by hosting providers? I'm thinking about opendns, godaddy, freedns, etc. Some of the DNS servers have ...
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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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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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Allow domain user to publish website with mswebdeploy on IIS 7.5

I'm trying to configure an IIS 7.5 server to allow remote deployment by a domain user account. I can achieve this if I create either a local account with Administrator privileges, or use a domain ...
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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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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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What is Mobile Workforce Management

As the title says, I'm interested in knowing what "Mobile Workforce Management" is and what do companies like cognitomobile do. Their website is vague, at best
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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 ...
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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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Are there any Admin tools or code to manage Google Apps Standard Accounts

Since google has released google apps for businesses we have setup a large number of accounts with the professional version however we have many clients that are unwilling to pay for it and need less ...
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Best way to manage two Win 7 computers without a server

A customer has just purchased two new computers which I need to manage and support. Ideally this would be done with a server using domains and group policys to manage everything, but this is obviously ...
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VMWare Server Rich(Fat) client management app

With VMWare Server 1.x there was a nice fat client application for managing the server. Is that still available and functional with 2.x?
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463 views

Manage a lot of open ssh sessions to servers with id's for hostname

Lately I'm working a lot with a few open ssh connections to multiple VPS servers. The hostnames of the servers all follow an ID approach and it's becoming very difficult to know on what machine I'm ...
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check what os your servers running?

How can I check what OS my servers are running?
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Secure corporate document storage

One of the more interesting arguments currently rumbling around the office is the lack of backup for the HR person's laptop. This contains a copy of the contract and other HR type info on every member ...
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MegaRaid Storage Manager Version to manage LSI 9260-8I through vSphere 4.1?

When I ran vSphere 4.0 I could use MSM 6.05 to manage my LSI card through the CIM provider, it would show up as a server to connect to. Since upgrading to vSphere 4.1 I my vSphere host does not show ...
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Query Mac Computers From Pc

I'm looking for some advice or suggestions on how to "manage" a small number of Mac computers in a mostly Windows 2003/2008 environment. We have about a dozen Macs used by the web team and I'd like ...
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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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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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Accounts and password management software

Is there any good/robust software for managing accounts. I work in web developement team, and what I need, is a software to manage accounts like: Web applications Accounts FTP Accounts Databases ...
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Overlaying a new library distribution in a Subversion repository

I have a Subversion repository with a series of third party libraries and sources. As new distributions of these libraries become available I want to completely replace the old version with the new. ...
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Headless server has stuck “del” key, making it unmanageable. How can I disable keyboard via VBS?

I have a headless Windows 2008 R2 box that seems to have a keyboard plugged in and something is pressing on the delete key. I'm using GotoMypc to access the box and am unable to click on device ...
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How to track backups

We're in the midst of re-organizing our backup solution. We currently have several different tools and scripts running on various machines in our network which run backups autonomously. In the end, ...
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Allowing users to configure printer ports without full admin rights on Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard

At our organization, we have multiple levels of support personnel. The lowest (level 1) of these personnel deal with a single job site with about 40 printers. Each site has a Windows Server 2003 R2 ...
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How do big internet shops manage hosting services provisioning and configuration?

We're starting to expand our hosting business and I'm wondering how big hosting providers manage their services, like creating directory structures and configurations in email servers, web servers, db ...
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Roles and Responsibilities for a web hosted production system

I've been asked to doc what I think should be the breakdown of roles and responsibilities for our production system hosting the companies web application. This is partially so we an start to assign ...
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Consolidate several servers into one machine

There are 10 of game servers running on 10 virtual machines. Each server listens to 10 different ports for dedicated purposes. However, usually the CPU/MEM utilization for each server is less then ...
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Creating a bonus definition for an I.T. Manager - Any Ideas?

Not sure if this is a META question or not, but... Anyone know of a good way to define an objective bonus structure for an I.T. manager? I've come up with the following criteria, but I'm not sure how ...
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Message Queueing broken - Configuration MMC is missing now too

Help! I have a Windows Server 2003 partition that was running yesterday with no problems. It has the message queueing component installed, and I had four private message queues in it. I did some ...
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How to manage communication during application downtime?

I've had a lot of experiences lately with application downtime, from both vendors and my own applications. This has got me thinking and as best I can google there isn't really a good or standard way ...
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List of Sysadmin Troubleshooting “Fire Drills”

One of the hardest things to do is to train sysadmins to solve problems (think) in a consistent way, especially when under pressure, the emergency bells are ringing, etc. For some training sessions, ...
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Total SA/Engineer Management Software

So, as we've seen all over server fault, and over the years I've built several of each system, System / Network Monitoring (I use nagios) System / Network Trending (I use Cacti) Centralized Log ...
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Rename a web application in Sharepoint 2010

If I open Sharepoint Foundation 2010 Central Administration web and select Application Management and click on Manage Applications I can see all my Sharepoint 2010 applications. But How can I rename ...
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How to allow a Manager to forward a users email to another user? (Self Manage)

How can I allow a Manager to forward "User A's" email to "User B". Currently I.T personelle are doing this at the server level, but we'd like to allow the managers to "Self Manage" this. Thank you.
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Manage dotfiles/configuration and ~/bin/-scripts for sets of servers

I have a few git repositories containing my config files and scripts that I use. Of course I don't use all scripts on all machines that I have access to, e.g. no music related scripts and configs on ...
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Is it good or not to include all frequently used and important addresses in /etc/hosts?

Is it generally considered a good or bad practice to include all frequently used and company's important hosts in /etc/hosts? Now I can see the following pros and cons: Pros: improved speed, ...
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Error loading interface lanplus (ipmitool on CentOS)

I'm having trouble specifying the lanplus interface for the ipmitool program. I issue a command such as ipmitool -I lanplus -U USER -P PASSWORD -H 10.16.0.253 sol activate and I am given the ...
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Mouse capture gone on remote control of CentOS 5.5 blade

I'm managing a machine through a BladeCenter management module and I've recently had troubles with controlling the mouse through remote console. The mouse has been working fine for weeks but just ...
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New Sys Admin job…Where do I begin?

I'm looking for some general advice here. I've decided to take my first job in a lead sys admin position...I don't start until next month, but in the meantime I'd like to prepare for the position. ...
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Managing servers over ssh with PermitRootLogin=no

If I can't ssh as root to each of my servers how can I make modifications in an efficient way? I am not allowed to setup ssh keys or open the sudoers file with NOPASSWD. I can't install puppet or ...