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What software is available for managing sites in apache?

We are looking for a simple tool that allows us to quickly add and remove sites in Apache. Currently we are editing the httpd.conf file, but we want to make it easier for less technical people to add ...
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Managing MS SQL Server 2005/8 with third-party tools

I am trying to access a SQL Server database housed on a ISP. Normally one would simply install an express version of SQL server and use the Management Studio therein. Yeah, not me! Are there any ...
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Have you successfully installed Active Directory Management Gateway Service on 2008?

I've got a pair of 2008 DCs onto which I've been trying to install the Active Directory Management Gateway Service. (I only wanted it on one but when that didn't work I tried another.) Both are ...
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Tape encryption management & best practices

I want to enable encryption on all of my backup tapes. I more-or-less know how to do this technically, but the procedural and human elements of implementing this are tricky. I use HP LTO4 drives ...
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managing media for software downloaded/purchased over the web?

Is there any advice for managing software installations downloaded from the web - both free and purchased? Currently we have built up a folder share within which we set up folders for categories of ...
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Creative ways to get rid of IT sales cold calls?

Being the sole IT person here entails that I get to receive the various cold calls for different services/servers/IT products. I've always fended these off in a fairly civil fashion, but really that ...
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Can anyone recommend internal IT support procedures?

My company currently has one IT support person who very stressed with the work. The person is only able to do work arounds before having to move to the next item on the list so problems often do not ...
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Deployment and monitoring tools for java/tomcat/linux environment

I'm a developer for many years, but don't have tons of experience in ops, so apology if this is a newbe question. In my company we run a web service written in Java mainly based on a Tomcat web ...
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How to install GUI with Ubuntu Server?

Is there a GUI for Ubuntu server at install time? i installed Ubuntu Server 9.04, and logged in at the text based login prompt. i was hoping the GUI would then launch so i can configure the server. ...
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How does XenServer store virtual machines?

Im currently building a machine that will run Citrix XenServer and host several VM's. The discussion on the comparison to ESXi has been fascinating. Im wondering - how does XenServer actually store ...
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End-User AD Management solution

We've just migrated to a pure Microsoft environment and are looking for an end-user AD management solution. Ideally we'd like users to be able to manage their personal info in AD. We have ~500 users ...
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Security Information Management Software

I am looking for some type of central management/correlation of my security/monitoring products. I use various open source and paid for products such as Nessus, Snort, OSSEC, Nagios, Cacti, etc. and ...
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Should I use server core vs full install for setting up webserver on a hyper-v VM?

I am probably going to use hyper-v running on windows server 2008 standard SP2 for server consolidation. I was thinking that I would do a VM for the web server. I was reading up on just using server ...
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Hey Admins, What's your way to query rdp session opened on a Windows Server and Kill/logoff/Reset a rdp session? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find out which remote desktop sessions are active? Hey Admins, What's the fastest way to find out who is connected (via RDP) to a server ? And also how to reset ...
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How do you calculate ROI for a new product or service offering?

Ok so you have an idea to launch a new product to help you reduce your service desk call. Maybe it is a Employee Password Reset System, a Knowledge Base, or even a tech support chat bot. What are ...
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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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Simple File / Download Management Web Application

I'm looking for a simple web based download / file management application with the following features: categories custom fields (date and multi line text fields were missing from most ones I tested ...
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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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Finding a good IT Manager

I am having a hard time finding a qualified IT Manager for the company I work at. We need someone with some really strong management experience with the technology skills to back it up. We keep ...
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What is a good asset management software to track offline components?

We are currently using Nagios to monitor all of our servers, network devices (routers and switches), printers, and relevant services. However, how do you monitor items that are not connected to the ...
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NAS - Do i need to Run Samba?

i have a Welland Net share NAS enclosure and 80 seagate hard disk. we run a small office with 5 computers on the local area network and 1 computer who will access the data remotely, we want to share ...
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Windows 2008 and Remote Management Console

The interface has changed and maybe I'm being dense, but I haven't seen where to do this yet. I just installed my first Windows 2008 server. On Windows 2003 and below, I can right click on My ...
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How do you keep track of machines, password, accounts etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How do you manage your passwords? How do you manage service account credentials (passwords) ? I've long since passed the line where I can remember passwords and names ...
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Jabber Management on Linux

Does anyone know of a GUI for the configuration and management of a Jabber(2) server on Linux? Shows logged-in users, allows you to ban/remove users, general configuration and monitoring? Looking for ...
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How do you decide on user machines?

I just had to cancel a multi-thousand dollar order of new computers because the head of Sales didn't like the machines that I ordered for his team. This is despite having discussed his needs with ...
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Tools to manage large network of heterogeneous web applications?

I recently started a new job where I've been tasked with managing a global network of heterogenous web applications. There's very little documentation. My first order of business is to create an ...
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Puppet Module Resources

Instead of continually writing my own modules to convert systems into puppet management, I would prefer to leverage the community as much as possible. So far I have come across two sites that compile ...
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Small and medium business: user and workstation management with Debian Linux

I'm looking into building a more unified user and workstation management system and I thought it would be a good idea to ask others how they have solved the apparent issues. I would use LDAP for user ...
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automated linux deployment and config management at small scale - is it worth it?

i'm about to deploy ~25 servers running debian. machines will have different roles - web servers, java appservs, proxies, mysql boxes. environment will probably not grow much in the future - maybe 2-5 ...
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What does it take for a sysadmin to have happy customers?

Backing up user directories daily, 24X7 password resets, enabling ssh single sign on, liberal amounts of storage space, a good test environment, HA clusters for controlled upgrades, good editors, up ...
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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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How do you manage your Mac workstations?

Our whole company is Macs on the desktop. We have primarily iMacs and MacBook pros. For the last few years we've been using RadMind to manage their system image but the software has a number of ...
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Tokyo Tyrant ulog / update log management

I'm testing Tokyo Tyrant in a master-master setup and have found the ulog grows out of control and locks up the disk. At first I found the -ulim option useful and limited the logfile size, however it ...
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How do you rate your success as an Administrator?

I am wondering how all you great admins out there rate your success. I am thinking not only in a personal sense but also how you rate your employees and/or department. How do you build a business ...
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Recommendations or advice for shared computer control

Basic scenario: we are a school (overwhelmingly Mac, some Windows machines via BootCamp), and we are considering using DeepFreeze to guard the state of our shared machines. We have roughly 250 ...
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How to manage a web servers SSL private key protection (password vs. no password)?

We have a discussion in my company's security group about what's the worse of the following options to manage SSL private key. The web server needs access to the private key for the encryption ...
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Anti virus For Linux

Over last year we have tried to deploy antivirus software on production linux servers. In most cases after a few weeks under month end loads applications start running slow, or do not work as it ...
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Static IP Address assignment vs DHCP address assignment

I manage a small-ish network that consists of less than 70 nodes. The previous system administrators opted to have a dhcp server and manually set dhcp addess. I have opted to rather use dhcp ...
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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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Tips for Domain Name Management?

Expired domain names = downtime for websites. Downtime = bad. How does your organization make sure domain names have been renewed? I believe ICANN requires registrars to give a notice at 60 days and ...
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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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How do you keep track of what's connected to your switches?

Currently we manually document the connections to the ports of our switches. Of course, maintenance is a chore, and the documentation is out of date as soon as you save it. Are there any tools for ...
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What distributed shell utilities do people feel are good, flexible, and easy to use? [closed]

I've been searching and collecting links for a lot of them, but many of these tools don't have enough use case or demonstration documentation to be able to evaluate their potential worth without ...
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Managing a Linux cluster

I'm interested in learning about tools and techniques used to manage many Linux machines. (That is, deploying and maintaining updates.) One way that I thought of to do this is write a Bash script ...
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Is it common for upper management to show an inherent lack of trust towards system administrators?

It sometimes appears that any first-round decisions made are met with distrust, as if they (admins) were trying to somehow undermine the company. I would understand a bit of kick-back, to ensure that ...
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What configuration items do you track for proper configuration management?

As a professional system administrator, what configuration items do you consider it essential to track to perform proper configuration or change management? For example, in Windows, do you track ...
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What issues should I watch for when rolling out CentOS as a desktop environment?

I have been managing Debian, and now Ubuntu, desktop systems for a small shop for several years now. I am very comfortable with apt for package management and distribution upgrades. The Ubuntu ...
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How do enterprises generally centrally manage their networks?

This is specific to Windows domain based networks. Is there a popular 3rd party software for central management of the network - as in for managing installations, patches, updates, remote power-on, ...
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What is the best webinterface to manage BIND?

I set up BIND DNS which hosts our domain, and I also use it for internal DNS. I set up different views for internal and external hosts and it works OK. My question is which is the best webinterface to ...
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Interface with development department - any best practices?

Our sysadmin/operations team does both development and normal operations today. But development tasks always suffer when there is any operations tasks that needs to be done. To remedy this, we're ...