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How do you write a Linux deployment documentation / plans?

I have few, relatively small, servers running Linux distros. Sometimes I need to re-install 1 or 2 of the "development" servers from scratch. Often I just forget to setup little things, eg. forwarding ...
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Seperate SQL databases for Web Applications? Or host both web apps on same SQL?

Ok, my Hyper-V Server 2012 looks like this: we currently have 2 VM's in production, one is running SharePoint 2010, and the other is hosting the SQL Server 2008 R2 for SharePoint. We're getting ...
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Is there a “rigorous” method for choosing a database? [closed]

I'm not experienced with NoSQL, but one person on my team is calling for its use. I believe our data and its usage isn't optimal for a NoSQL implementation. However, my understanding is based off ...
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HPC Cluster planning workflow? [closed]

After three days of intensive Google searching, I have not found any high-level workflow of how to build a low profile - cheap - computing cluster (we are not interested in HA yet). This is just a ...
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Capacity planning for an enterprise java application

If you had to do capacity planning and hardware sizing "BEFORE" you had a chance to actually code and test the application (typically while you are defining solution architecture), how would you do ...
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Intelligent Task Scheduler

Is anyone aware of a tool for creating optimal schedules for tasks? I have numerous servers, running multiple databases, with various scripts that import and transform data to and from each database. ...
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Dedicated or Cloud server hosting for 5000 daily unique visitors [closed]

I am playing with very limited budget for ecommerce app. I am not sure how the growth pattern will be. So want to start with minimal config with capacity to scale. To start with support for ...
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IRP/DRP for CentOS software RAID

We're finally trying to start doing things right by getting proper servers. We've got a HP server (With B110i but it's not being used as RAID controller) and it's running a CentOS 5 derivative with a ...
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Book about planning computer network [closed]

I'm looking for a book dealing with creation (building, planning, implementing, ... don't know the right word in English) of company computer network (about 1 to few hundreds computers with a few ...
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Recommendation for backup plan needed for small business

Caution: This is verbose :) My Problem: Client requires a possible rebuild of their current backup plan for local and offsite backup. Tape and online backup are not an option. (Client decision). ...
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Network cabling with multiple patch panels?

I am in the very early stages of planning a network cabling upgrade in our office, mainly to upgrade the old cables from Cat5 to either 5e or 6. I am also planning on upgrading all of our 10/100 ...
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Risks of having only one domain controller

Are there any risks besides downtimes, if there is only a single domain controller for a small company? I did some research and everyone recommends at least two domain controllers, but I can't find a ...
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Five year IT Plan [closed]

My company has asked our department for a five year plan. This is hard for us to conceive since we are a smallish shop and mostly reactionary to peoples needs. Does anyone have any advise for creating ...
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Blade server in a nutshell?

Can anyone give a real description of a blade server and what it's advantages are besides space? Are there any disadvantages? And also, do you think smaller companies (think around maybe 4-5 actual ...
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Best Practice: bind, dhcpd, mysql, httpd, etc running on KVM Host?

With respect to "Best Practice" when it comes to virtualization, is it advisable to run services such as bind and / or dhcpd on a KVM host or should these services be run from a guest machine? How ...
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1answer
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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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Setting up a network for 16 users

I've been asked to research into providing networking links for around 16 machines, which will be providing access for a group of small companies which will become part of a co-working space. I have ...
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Active Directory structure planning? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I plan for a new Active Directory structure? I'm planing a new Active Directory structure for a multi-national company that consists for six very different ...
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Hosting and organizing sister companies in AD, shared domain or subdomains?

I'm quite experienced with AD/MS Exchange etc when it comes to a single AD domain. What I'm not sure about is how I "should" set up AD when taking over IT for several daughter companies of ours. They ...
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What fiber should I run between 2 floors in a company site?

I'm helping a customer in moving his company to a new building. There we'll have two racks on two different floors to accomodate various servers and switch infrastructure. We'all also use the ...
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howto plan RAID for ESX

eight 300GB SAS drives are available. Can ESX be put on one disk as RAID-0 and others as RAID-5 ? so that in the event of disk failure data (VMs) are safe. if os disk RAID-0 fails could that be ...
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Netware/Groupwise P2V Advice?

I'm planning to virtualize our one remaining Netware-based server (it's Netware 5.1 SP8e running Groupwise 7.3). After P2V-ing 50-odd Windows and Linux servers to date we've got the process pretty ...
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One Router and Two Switches

I have two switches and one VPN router and Two Internet ADSL Routers. The internet connection has been provided to two groups. Group A has no restrictions, that is for Executives and Department Heads. ...
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Tivoli Workload Scheduler

I'm being forced to work primarily with a Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS). My impression so far is that it is not user friendly to install and use and that has some strange aspects in its interface ...
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1answer
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Website Reference about Server Placement

I have to do a student research project about "Server Placement in a Server Room". The paper should contain something like "place the racks about 3 meters away from any wall", "mind the maximum ...
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3answers
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Networking Environment with VMware

I just had a few questions related to the networking side of our infrastructure. We are about to move to a new building and we get a mostly new data center. We are taking all our hosts (3) but we are ...
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WiFi planning tool

I am going to build a complex wifi network in a large building, so I am looking for a kind of software, which can: Plan APs positions on a map (ex: floor map) Draw AP's theoretical coverage ...
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How to plan work when I don't know how long it will take?

Please let me know if this is off-topic, as this question deals with the logistical or administrative side of IT rather than the technical. This December, one of my colleagues and I are going to take ...
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Server Systems under Extreme Environmental Conditions

During my study I have to do a student research project about server systems under extreme environmental conditions. Unfortunately I have really no experience with such systems. I already did some ...
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Best floor of a tall building to locate your server room or data center [closed]

What reasons would you give for locating data centre in the basement instead of a upper floors?
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How much overhead do read and delivery receipts add to an Exchange network?

Are there any decent stats on this? Is it something that is worth taking into consideration when doing capacity planning for an Exchange implementation? Any special considerations to take when ...
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Disaster recovery plan development best practicies or resources?

I have been tasked with leading a project regarding updating a old and somewhat onesided disaster recovery plan. For now we're just looking at getting the IT side of DR sorted out. The last time ...
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3answers
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How do I update DNS without causing an outage?

If I change a computer's IP address, it can take a long time for ISP's to stop caching the results. Is there a way to mitigate this, if I plan ahead?
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Small Business office of ~ 10 people: Ubuntu (stable) or other OS?

A small startup of approx 10 - 20 employees is looking into using Open Source / Free technology to save money on Operating System license fees, etc. Assuming an Admin is competent enough to 'keep up' ...
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Our web-developers have a project that requires accepting file-uploads. What should I ensure is covered?

A recent project requires one of our websites to accept file uploads from (logged in) users (primarily images and possibly some video). What are some (generic) things we need to take into account, ...
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Build an Internet / gaming cafe [closed]

Over the past few days I have had this strange idea in my head to own and operate an Internet cafe and gaming center. This is not aimed to be a post discussing the pros and cons of the business or ...