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Password Manager that allows syncing accross platforms [closed]

I use OS X, Linux, Solaris and windows for work and from home. There are good tools that allow me to manage the many logins/passwords required platform independently. But mostly they expect me to ...
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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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Self-host an application or outsource it? [closed]

Assuming you have the ability to influence IT purchasing in your organization, what criteria and process do you use to evaluate outsourcing decisions? In a basic "host a commercial application ...
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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 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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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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Certification authority root certificate expiry and renewal

In 2004, I set up a small certification authority using OpenSSL on Linux and the simple management scripts provided with OpenVPN. In accordance with the guides I found at the time, I set the validity ...
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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 Of course, maintenance is a chore, and the documentation is out of date as soon as you save it.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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ConfigServer Security and Firewall — after setup, how much daily management required?

I'm looking at using ConfigServer Security and Firewall (CSF; iptables-based). After I configure it properly, how much daily ongoing management is required of me to keep my server secure? Am I going ...
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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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/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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Disable fan management on Dell Poweredge SC1425

I have Dell Poweredge SC1425 server that has a failed fan. This causes the server to increase the speed of the other fans to their maximum. The server is being used in a very cool place so I was ...
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Issue with setting up Telnet Management on Open VPN Server

When I enable telnet on openVPN (windows) using this parameter management localhost 25333, I am not able to access the clients through their virtual IPs anymore. At the same time, when I disable this ...