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Replace VMware vSphere infrastructure with open source alternatives?

We are planning a slow migration from VMware (and third party apps) to open source alternatives (free would be great). Basically, we want to start with some little cluster lab, then migrate the ...
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9answers
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Good free Helpdesk software? [closed]

looking for good free or open-source Help Desk software. And by Help Desk Software I don't mean development issue tracking (which is slightly different), I mean software that is optimised towards ...
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Open Source alternative to “Google Appliance” for intranet search? [closed]

Are there any alternative open source solutions (with a web console)?
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What warning flags should I watch for when selecting open source software? [closed]

When comparing open source projects to commercial software, or even other open source projects, what situations raise a red flag and cause you to hit the eject button and look elsewhere?
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Open source backup solution for windows, mac and linux

I'm the sysadmin for a small company (60 users over two sites). We have a mix of Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines. I have set-up a backup server at both sites with a large amount of storage ...
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Open source DNS server with database backend

I'm looking for free opensource DNS server that can keep all the data in DB backend. Currently I found next solutions: MyDNS-ng (looks OK - fork from MyDNS) PowerDNS (looks like OK) Bind9 with ...
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Open source alternatives to twitter

What open source Twitter / Facebook alternatives exist for use in the workplace? I see some pages for things like EchoWaves, but I am looking for a list of options/thoughts. Preferably Ruby based.
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Interesting opensource projects to contribute to as a sysadmin?

I know that as a sysadmin you can contribute to opensource projects such as a Debian and Fedora. Joining their infrastructure groups and help with administration. I'm just wondering if there are any ...
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3answers
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Open source jabber based website “live chat” / “live help” system?

I don't know if this belongs on SF, SU or SO... let's try SF first. I'm looking for a "live help" system for website which uses Jabber/XMPP as a backend... so that website visitors could click a ...
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Document Control Software

We have a requirement which can give solution for the following & It would be better if its open source software. 1.Revision control of documents 2.Structuring documents in folders grouped as ...
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2answers
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Where do you share or find useful powershell, bash, batch, vbs, scripts?

I just wrote a quick little powershell script to make my life easier for a task that I was facing. I thought it would be nice to put it on the Internet, where someone else may also find it useful. The ...
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6answers
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Best OpenSource Monitoring Tool?

I'm trying to decide between Zenoss and GroundWork. I need an enterprise level monitoring tool and I had heard really good comments of these tools. Do any of you have implemented them? Which are ...
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Packeteer Alternative [closed]

I have been tasked with starting to monitor and restrict our companies internet access. We have considered a Squid Proxy server but have decided we need something more robust then that. We would like ...
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2answers
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Fully FOSS EMail solution

I am looking at various FOSS options to build a robust EMail solution for a government funded university. Commercial options are to be chosen only in the worst case scenario. Here are the ...
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Open Source Filtering of HTTPS Traffic

We use to have a filtering/proxy setup that was configured so that about 500 users were routed through a Unix-based system running SQUID with SquidGuard to block questionable content and log what ...
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6answers
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find opensource project for sysadmin

I am a beginning Linux sysadmin and I would like to contribute to open source to obtain new skills and help other people if possible. I found this SF question and googled how to join the CentOS or ...
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2answers
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Open Source (Free) alternative to EZProxy [closed]

Are there any open source/free alternatives to EZProxy? For those who are not familiar with EZProxy, it's a proxy server that allows users to access institutional subscriptions (like journal ...
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7answers
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Is there an alternative for MS Project Server? [closed]

I have to use this pretty soon, and was wondering if there is an alternative to this. Preferably open source.
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5answers
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Microsoft Office documents collaboration - Open Source alternative

I am looking for a good solution to collaborate on Microsoft Office documents, we currently just edit directly on a Samba share but it's one big mess because sometimes people leave the office with ...
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5answers
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Any open source backup software with NDMP support? [closed]

Is there any open source backup software with NDMP support? I'm looking for open source software (or free software) for backing up a large NAS file server, which supports the NDMP protocol and uses ...
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Open Source Inventory System

I have about 200 Hosts I need to inventory. Several of them are not able to be inventoried by OCS inventory, because they are firewalls and switches, or shutoff. I also have had issues with adding ...
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What is the Open Source CMS of choice? [closed]

I've been told that Sitecore is the closed-source CMS of choice (due to its insane flexibility). That said, what is the Open source equivalent? Or is there one? I've played with Drupal and it seems ...
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5answers
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Open source mail server able to manage large mailboxes accessed via IMAP? [closed]

I'm looking for a open source mail server based on Linux to replace an existing Exchange mail server (Windows Server 2003) with several (5-10) large mailboxes (each with more than 2 Gbytes in size or ...
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Connect Direct vs. sFTP?

I have a partner who would like us to use a commercial product called Connect Direct where we would normally use ssh based scp or sftp. Besides reading their website, which is of course not quite ...
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Fastest Open Source Java Application Server

Which Open Source Java Application Server is the fastest? Glassfish Jetty JBoss Others?
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4answers
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OS-agnostic way to set permissions and encrypt files

A friend of mine is physician and shares his office with other physicians (they're all psychiatrists). They're looking for a not to pricey and secure way to share and store files (basically text-only ...
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4answers
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P2P VPN: cross between Hamachi and OpenVPN

I recently started using OpenVPN. It is useful because you can securely connect many clients from different networks. However, when two clients communicate, they are not directly connected but they go ...
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3answers
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Do you know an FOSS alternative to EtherPad or a similar service with > 8 user limit? [closed]

I'm at a summer program where about 30 students are taking collaborative notes during presentations. EtherPad works great for this but it has a limit of 8 users. Do you know any alternatives? ...
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2answers
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Opensource simplified calendaring solution

I'm after a very simple (in my eyes) opensource calendaring solution. The basic functionality I need is: provide readonly ICS feed (http/s/) (the way google cal provides it), so clients can ...
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4answers
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What open source CRM do you use?

What open source(or not) CRM do you use ? i have come across Tactilecrm and it's kinda' great.
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3answers
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Is there any open source web server monitor for IIS?

Are there any decent open source web server monitor app for IIS? Something decent that could track for example: Activity/throughput Response time CPU usage Memory usage Disk usage Anything other ...
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5answers
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Free automatic deployment systems?

Are there any free systems for deploying new applications across a Windows network? e.g. if I wanted to automatically install Silverlight to every PC? (Assuming a Windows network of about 150 ...
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3answers
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Is there an open-source alternative to Apple Open Directory?

On my company's network there are a small collection of iMacs. Currently they use Active Directory. We looked in to Apple Open Directory, but $500 for a copy of OSX Server (not to mention the Apple ...
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5answers
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All In One Version Control - Debian

I'm currently setting up a SVN repro for personal use. Normally on Debian that'd be svnserve, trac, maybe Apache... and that's three apps to take care of. Most stuff requires an Apache, but I use a ...
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4answers
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1 Linux Backup server - 4 linux servers, 3 Windows servers - how to backup?

I have: 1 Linux "backup" server (Ubuntu 9.10 server) (plenty of disk, new server) 2 Gentoo servers 2 CentOS servers 3 Windows 2003 servers I'd like to backup all of the servers as disk-to-disk ...
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open source knowledge base CMS system [closed]

I'm looking for an open source knowledge base system that uses tags, rather than free-text search to identify articles (a lot like serverfault does). I've looked at twiki, which many people ...
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6answers
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Good combination of linux OS and POS software for retail company

In our company we have around 80 POS (point of sale) work stations, All of them using Wndows OS (many versions from Win98 to Vista) until now I haven't had problems with BSA, but I know that lot of ...
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4answers
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Linux-based network backup solution

Do you have any recommendations for a Linux based backup solution that would be capable of backing up MS Servers and servers hosting MS Exchange data? I've started doing my own research, but so far ...
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5answers
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Opensource RightScale-like EC2 deployment management [closed]

Does anyone know if there are any solid opensource alternatives to RightScale for EC2 deployment+maintenance management? Basically what I'm looking for is: Script based AMI deployment and ...
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Good Open Source Content Management System For Teacher and Students (Middle School)?

Is there a good content management system that could run on Linux that could be used with middle school students? The idea is that each kid would create his/her page and then the pages would all be ...
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3answers
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Open Source Exchange Client?

Are there any good open-source Exchange 2003 clients for linux? That can handle all the Exchange features like Calendars, etc.
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1answer
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Puppet Enterprise vs. Open Source

I'm interested in learning to use Puppet. One example I see over and over again is user management. According the the Puppet website, "Configuration management – User accounts" is a feature that only ...
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Open Source Task Portal? [closed]

I apologize in advance if this is not an SF question, but I'm thinking it's in the gray. Are there any good Open Source or atleast fair priced "intranet" project portals where you can have a ...
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4answers
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software for batch process management in unix

I'm looking for a good open source solution to managing many batch jobs across a cluster of machines. I've looked at the solutions indicated in this post but it doesn't really seem to be what I'm ...
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3answers
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Simple open-source solution for PDF document storage and search-based retrieval [closed]

I am involved with a very small residential management company which has a lot of documents that I want to digitise into PDF and put on the web for all residents to access. Many people are not ...
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1answer
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Best open-source HelpDesk software? [closed]

Good morning, I'm currently researching 3 different open-source HelpDesk solutions, and am interesting in hearing your experiences with them, to help me decide which to implement in a small-sized IT ...
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2answers
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VMWare tools on Ubuntu Server 10.10 kernel source problem

After install and running the vm-ware config, the config needs my kernel headers to compile some modules, ok, so I'll give it them, but it just won't work. It asks for the path of the directory of C ...
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..)Information System for an Academic Institution

The University I am working for is undergoing a major renovation of the ICT system. The team currently undertaking the task is designing a centralized system with the intent of providing most (if not ...
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3answers
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Open Source Social Bookmarking CMS?

I am looking for an open source social bookmarking site CMS so I can build a site like delicious with it for my organization. This will be deployed in the internal LAN. Do you have any ...
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3answers
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Are there any open source print management programs?

Green initiatives are being pushed onto public organizations, but the price of print chargeback software I've found exceeds the annual expense of actually printing. Is there an open source tool to ...