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Where is the best place to label a server?

There isn't much room on server chassis and I'm wondering where a label with the servers name should go. Is there any other information in addition to the name that should go on the label? Does it ...
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2answers
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Complex retention policy

I have daily database backups scp'd to a directory on a local linux machine for multiple databases. The naming format is [dbname].backup; there is no timestamp and currently the latest backup ...
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File Server: to zip or not to zip

My workplace shares a SMB fileserver for storing documents and files that we receive from clients. The contents of these directories are usually a mixture of Documents (PDF, .docx) and images. Clients ...
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1answer
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Tips on organizing Active Directory for a global company with different departments [closed]

I have started to read and implement some of the basic domain architecture implementation, one of the question I have is what is the latest trend in organizing the active directory OU's, Groups and ...
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1answer
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Remote I/O costs with a Content Delivery Network

As far as I know, the time complexity of scanning a directory and the amount of files in said directory are correlated due to I/O costs. Would the administrative costs of placing the files in a hashed ...
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6answers
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How would one start with assesing and organizing an IT department? [closed]

I started working as an IT department manager in a non-IT company. One of my first assignments is to get some estimate of the current state of IT, so we could plan for service monitoring, ...
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1answer
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Is /home a good place to put my (huge) MongoDB data file?

(I'm not too familiar with admin stuff.) My server has two disks/partitions, one mounted on /, the other much bigger one mounted on /home. My MongoDB data file was at /var/lib/mongodb by default ...
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3answers
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Is it ever good to share a userid?

On Un*x, Is it ever a good idea to have one userid that many different people log into when they do stuff? Often I'm installing software or something on a Linux or BSD system. I've developed software ...
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1answer
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How to organize my server? [closed]

I'm migrating my server from weaker to mightier one however I want to make it more organized in the new place. In the old server there is one user in whos home directory basically most of files, java ...
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Advice for reorganization of machine room?

I am a n00b sysadmin and have been asked to completely reorganize an existing machine room with some 30-40 servers. Currently, the place is a pigsty, and wires are jumbled everywhere, so there is good ...
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1answer
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AD 2003 and AD2008: User works for 2 different OU's and we want to give them different permission depending on where they are working?

I may be on mission impossible: Setting: Health Care Concern: Restricting Access Based on Job Function of the day. A person may work 3 days in one of our OU's, and then cover a shift in a different ...
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Should I use Organisational Units or Groups in Server 2008?

At the company I am doing work for at the moment I am setting up a new server. It's going to be running Microsoft Server 2008 and be used as a domain controller with the DNS pointing to OpenDNS for ...
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6answers
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Effecient organization of spare cables and hardware

As many of you also likely do, I have a growing collection of cables, hardware, and spare parts (screws, connectors, etc.). I'm looking to find a good system of organization so that everything isn't a ...
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5answers
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What is the structure of a typical IT department?

I know most IT departments vary greatly depending on size and type of company, but I'm just wondering what the typically IT org chart would look like.
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1answer
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What system of administrative e-mail addresses does your organization use? [closed]

I'm getting ready to request a new batch of administrative e-mail addresses to replace an outdated hierarchy within my organization. I have the opportunity of choosing new aliases for 24/7 alert ...
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4answers
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Corporate Wiki Organization - Technical Documentation

Corporations have documents describing various aspects of their technical systems, including: Custom Applications Custom Development Frameworks Third Party Applications Accounting Bug Tracking ...
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How do you keep track of installed/used software/systems/services in your organisations server infrastructure?

I'm interested in any software, experience or guidelines listed that help to deal with listing installed services, their primary user (or business person that is responsible for this service), domain ...
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2answers
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How to manage passwords in a huge Organisation?

I always wonder how do they manage many different passwords in an organisation. I work in a company of 20 and find it very difficult to protect applications using passwords. Employee A comes in for a ...
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2answers
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Todo/Punchlist for Admins?

Does anybody know of a good solution for making a punch/todo list? I do some desktop support for a moderately sized office. However, I've tried setting up a support ticket system, but it's a bit ...
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1answer
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How are your servers organized with respect to the web development process?

I am setting up some servers for website development. I want it to be organized in a fairly standard way. How do you organize your servers for development of relatively small websites, each with a ...
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5answers
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Where do you normally keep your UNIX/Linux scripts?

There are numerous scripts that I have written for my server. Some of them are in my ~/scripts and some of them are in application directories. I am just wondering is there a directory that you would ...
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2answers
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Proper way to create a zfs off an existing directory?

Lets say I have an rpool with etc/ as a regular directory within it and now I want to create a separate zfs rpool/etc, obviously inheriting all the data I had in original /etc. What would be the most ...
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3answers
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Unread mail in folder cascading in outlook 2007 [closed]

In outlook 2007 i like to keep all my emails very organised so i have ended up with quite a bit of folder cascading. Its great when i start going through all the email that i know where it all is but ...
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Tips for managing storage of computer cables?

I live in a college dorm during the school year, and I have tons of cables. USB cables, printer, power, headphones, everything. And, because of my college-ness, I am often packing these cables up in ...
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2answers
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CD / DVD Catalog Software For Linux [closed]

I'm looking for some Linux cataloging software so I can simply label my disks with a number and be able to punch that into my catalog to see whats on the disc. Any suggestions?
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“Organizational issues” — sore spots of IT? [closed]

Is it common for "organizational issues" (such as politics, organizational inertia, and selective hearing -- think Dilbert) to cause more IT problems than computers and servers do? Likewise, is it ...
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4answers
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What is a good convention for website directory structure?

Do to some changes in personel at my company I have inherited the responsability over administering our web server. Unfortunately there does not seem to have been a standard convention used for ...