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SQL Server Files Local or NAS or SAN?

I have to install a new Server with SQL Server 2008, What do you recommend, One server with Raid 10 or the Files in a NAS? What about iSCSI should I use it? What about SAN? The server has 4Gb of ...
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What is this server doing?

I have a bunch of linux virtual servers left over from a previous IT department. They have names like 'magic' or 'stuff'. I'm not quite sure what they're doing...or if I need them... How would you ...
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Using revision control for Windows server configuration?

Does anyone have experience with Puppet or cfengine like setups for a Windows server environment? Is there such a thing? I am looking to track configuration file and file security changes over a ...
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Linux/UNIX Server Setup Practices for /tmp

Based on what you all see out there what is a recommended configuration of /tmp on a server system and why. I've had discussions on these points over the years sometimes with basic disagreements. ...
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Why cache static files with Varnish, why not pass

I have a system runnning nginx / php-fpm / varnish / wordpress and amazon s3. Now I have looked at a lot of configuration files while setting up the system, and in all of them I found something like ...
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What are compelling use cases for having both Chef/Puppet and RightScale/Scalr?

I was wondering about the differences between cloud computing management tools and server configuration software as there seems to be an overlap between them. I would like to have some feedback from ...
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Should Production Windows Web Servers (IIS & SQL) be in a domain?

We have a few web servers and a few database servers. To date, they've been standalone machines that are not part of a domain. The web servers don't talk to each other, and the web servers talk to ...
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Config deployment on multiple servers

I have multiple servers in WEB cluster (identical configuration for all of them, despite the IP) How do you deploy changes in configs on multile servers? I make the new config, then create config ...
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Directly editing IIS 7 applicationHost.config configuration file

I know that IIS 7+ now uses XML config files instead of the metabase. I also know that if I edit a web.config file for a given site, IIS automagically detects the changes and implements any ...
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Puppet : How to override / redefine outside child class (usecase and example detailled)

The use case i try to illustrate is when to declare some item (eq mysqld service) with a default configuration that could be included on every node (class stripdown in the example, for basenode), and ...
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Why do system administrators set the taskbar to not show the date and time on a server?

What is the point in specifically setting the date time not to show? It's so annoying when you are RDP'ed to a server in full screen to figure out the time. I'm not asking for a solution. I want to ...
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Server configuration for small company

We're a small development company and we're currently looking for a server for our internal needs. The basic idea I came up with is that this machine will itself run nothing but VMWare or Virtual ...
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Any Problems with many NFS mounts?

We are currently considering a solution that results in a separate mount point for every user's home directory. Whereas we used to have at most a couple mounts per file server on a client, we now ...
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Should redundant servers have exactly the same configuration, or slightly different?

If you provide a service on two servers to ensure high-availability, is it better to configure them in exactly the same way, of instead should you introduce slight differences to prevent "freak ...
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Dedicated Web Server: Dual Core 3.0GHz Verses Quad Core 2.4GHz

In most benchmark tests the Quad core isn't always ahead and frequently behind (tomshardware CPU Charts etc) BUT the test cases are primarily orientated towards the desktop/game rig. AS a ...
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Would it be advised to use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS over 12.04 LTS?

I'm unsure how to ask this question, but I'm switching hosting companies and got to migrate everything. I'll probably set up everything up manually, no copy paste work, except the regular files. ...
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Inconsistent trailing slash in DOCUMENT_ROOT variable in PHP when using Apache

In different server environments, the PHP $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] super global sometimes has a trailing slash and sometimes it does not. I would have thought this issue is directly related to how ...
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Is Jenkins/Hudson ciphered password storage “safe”?

In setting up our Jenkins/Hudson server recently it became clear that it has to store passwords. It seems that it stores the passwords "ciphered" in config.xml I can't see how this would be safe as ...
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server handover document template - users, security settings (firewall,selinux), packages etc

As part of the handover of our linux application server automated builds I would like to produce a high level "handover document" which captures the key functions and config items. (This is more of a ...
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Which file extensions are always going to be OK with IIS?

We are serving up files for our own application for download from web servers, including IIS. One such file has the .config extension. Turns out that IIS won't serve this because it thinks it's a ...
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How to read the “MS ForeFront” antispam report in email header?

I'm trying to diagnose why emails I'm sending out from my server's IIS SMTP Pickup Folder are getting bounced back occasionally. One tech from a receiving company who couldn't receive the emails ...
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Apache2 configuration error: “<VirtualHost> was not closed” error

So I've already checked through my config file and I really can't see an instance where any tag hasn't been properly closed...but I keep getting this configuration error...Would you mind taking a look ...
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How SAN Storage or NAS devices are typically used?

Can these storage devices be accessed like normal hard drives or applications specifically target a device? The applications you guys use against these devices, do you have tell your application what ...
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Drive configuration for 5 large databases

I've got 5 databases, each 300GB, currently on a RAID 5 array consisting of 5 drives. All the databases are used heavily, at the same time, so drive speed is an issue. Would I see better performance ...
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ssh is ok, but connection refused when trying to rsync, why?

Editing the question, sorry for the confusion I need make cron job that will backup a directory that resides on a remote server, have the backup on the machine running the cron job. The remote server ...
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IIS 6 Denies access to the default document

I've got Windows Server 2k3 with IIS6 hosting a couple ASP.NET MVC 2 applications (.NET 4), all in the Default Web Site. Most of them simply use Integrated authentication, but a couple use forms as ...
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Help needed setting up nginx to serve static files

I'm trying to setup nginx to serve static files. Basically all I need is to have http://mydomain.com/site_media/ point to /var/django/myproject/site_media. I have tried so many configurations and ...
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Setting Up a Live Broadcast

I was wondering if anyone good a tutorial showing how this can be done. For example one of the clients asked you to broadcast a TV channel online on the net.
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What are the drawbacks to using mod_log_rotate and rotatelogs.exe together?

On Microsoft-based platforms, are there any drawbacks or hidden pitfalls to using rotatelogs.exe for ErrorLog directive(s) and allowing mod_log_rotate to handle CustomLog directives for rotation? As I ...
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Exchange 2010 room calendar don't show appointment body/description

When a user books an appointment in Outlook, and adds a room resource, the room auto-attendant accepts the meeting. However, the meeting in the room calendar does not show the body/description ...
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Do you delete unused config file lines?

I've been configuring Apache and PHP, and the default config files have a ton of commented-out options, many of which I doubt I'll ever use. After saving the default file as a backup and tweaking my ...
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What is the Ubuntu command that allows you to specify what you will use the server for?

When you install an Ubuntu server, you get a screen to choose if it should have OpenSSH, be a LAMP server, have visualization, ... There is some console command that shows you the same menu. What is ...
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Possible to have multiple IP addresses for a server that point to different doc roots?

Ok, so my set up is as follows: I own a domain, let's call it domain.com. I have an amazon AWS account with one micro-instance (free tier). domain.com and www.domain.com both point to a static IP ...
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Disable windows file shares without losing share config

Background We're currently upgrading an old app from running on Windows Server 2003 to running it on Windows Server 2012. Users and other systems communicate with this system via HTTP (i.e. users ...
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Linux system configuration management: versioning and deployment

I'm looking for the best way (for my purposes and situation) to version system configuration files and manage deployment (ownership and mode) between just two machines (live and backup, both should be ...
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How to assure that Redhat and Ubuntu servers have the same packages and configuration?

I am looking for a way to assure that all Redhat boxes have same packages and configuration. For example, when I add new server, it is configured and the packages installed. Same for Ubuntu. I can ...
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Is it possible to rename php.ini to something else?

It's possible in apache's configuration httpd.conf to set up .htaccess so that it is named something different, using the AccessFileName .htaccess directive. Is there any way to set up PHP so it ...
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Serve millions of concurrent connections and static files?

I am just curious about the server configurations to serve just static files from one server. Is it possible to build a server that just for static files and serve millions of concurrent connections. ...
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Two mirrored database servers, or one twice as powerful

I'm looking at setting up a seperate database server for one of my applications, the application currently runs on 3 servers; 1 frontend server and 2 application/database servers. But for performance ...
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Modifiying parameters in postgresql.conf and SIGHUP

I modified the parameter maintenance_work_mem in postgresql.conf in my production environment. I'd like to know if I send a SIGHUP to the postgres process it will reload that variable, and if it's ...
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Is TCP/IP required to connect to SQL Server 2008R2 with ODBC over a LAN *NOT* the internet

I have read one two three related threads but im not clear if SQL Server 2008 needs TCP/IP to make this work. Can it not accomplish with a pipe? I would prefer not to open up the machine to the ...
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Are *.domain.com wild card SSL certificates expected to or required to only be used by 1 IP?

Are *.domain.com wild card SSL certificates expected to or required to only be used by 1 IP? Such that site1.domain.com is on ServerX and site2.domain.com is on ServerY where both servers have ...
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Any guide to set values for fastcgi_buffers in Nginx config?

I just moved our blog-network to ngnix (from apache) which is powered by WPMU. Everything is running smoothly and fine. During my quest to optimize server to the max level - I came across this thread ...
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Nginx conf.d files via puppet

I'm trying to determine where to draw the line between what goes in puppet and what is part of an 'application'. One place I'm a bit perplexed is nginx conf.d files. In apache, I'd have these files ...
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How do I host an ASP.Net 4 website on Windows Server 2003?

Not sure if this is a question for Stackoverflow or here, but I'm guessing here is more appropriate. First of all, we have to use Windows Server 2003 32 bit R2 Standard (even though our server has a ...
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PostgreSQL: sweet spot for core count

I have a few questions re. PostgreSQL. What is the sweet spot so far as number of CPU cores goes? Does anyone know when parallel queries will be implemented? WRT #2, I've seen benchmarks where ...
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Configure keep alive timeout on Jetty 6.1.19

How do you set the timeout on keep alive connections to the Jetty web server (in my case v6.1.19)? I would like to configure how long Jetty keeps connections open when a client requests keep alive. ...
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Using nginx's try_files with behaviour on HTTP method

I've cleaned up my nginx config replacing all the ifs with try_files but I've got this last one that is bugging me. I wan't it to behave like try_files only if the HTTP method is not DELETE. Delete is ...
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Options for listing Apache vhost configuration (birds-eye)

I am using Ubuntu Linux with Apache2 and several vhosts, located in /etc/apache2/sites-available and symlinked (activated) from /etc/apache2/sites-enabled. The default setup on Ubuntu. I'd like to ...
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Contional declaration in Apache httpd

We want to be able to set Cache-Control headers based on User-Agent in Apache For example, if a User-Agent contains substring foo we want to set Cache-Control to 10 minutes. But if not set it to 1 ...