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First steps in scaling servers up for a Ruby on Rails application

I'm running a RoR web application on a dual core AMD Athlon 4450e server w/ 8GB RAM and Ubuntu. It's doing alright, getting spikes up to 320 dynamic requests per minute, it's also handling all the ...
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Best way to connect multiple switches together

We currently have five 24 port 3com unmanaged switches. Four of them are 100Mb switches with no gigabit port (MDI Uplink port is 100Mb). The fifth is a full gigabit switch which we use for all of ...
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Small Business Solution

Looking for ideas / thoughts on a small office setups. Users : 25 Remote users ; 5 Remote office : 3 I'm a big fan of small business server but looking for mail archiving and NAS storage solutions ...
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to demote or not to demote AD

I’m trying to help out someone who has windows server 2003 small business edition running a domain with 2 workstations. In my view a domain controller for 2 workstations is much more of a hassle than ...
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Firewall Solutions for a Small Business

I found this Cisco solution (Cisco ASA 5505 Firewall Edition Bundle - security appliance) and I also want to know what is the diffrence between this and the one following; Cisco ASA 5510 Appliance ...
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Can I host my web application in Cloud?

I have made a small web application created in J2EE which i want to develop as a "business". Can i host it in one of the cloud services ? Please do advice me as well on this issue. Will the cloud ...
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Small business utilizing virtualization

We're a small business (about 10 people) looking into a virtualization setup mainly for disaster recovery reasons, but also for backup and possibly some server consolidation capability in the future. ...
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VirtualBox - use in small office and backing up

I run a small office consisting of a 8 man development team and a couple of managers. We're thinking of moving to a hardware setup whereby we have 1 single powerful server running several VirtualBox ...
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High server availabilty for a small business

After having a bit of scare with a server that wouldn't come up one morning, the higher ups have decided that the business needs a high availability / fail over setup. We have 5 main servers (4x ...
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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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How can I network with other small-business sysadmins?

I work for a small to mid-sized business (150 people across 6 locations). There are two of us in the IT department. How can I connect with the other small-business admins in my rural community? ...
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Is QuickBooks Online a viable alternative to QuickBooks?

I'm looking into moving a small non-profit business from a desktop-based Quickbooks Pro setup to Intuit's QuickBooks Online service. I'm primarily looking for a more reliable setup for them, as ...
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Small Business Server 2008 Not Responding to External DNS Queries

I have just deployed SBS 2008 Standard and am able to do DNS Queries against the internal DNS Server, however, none of the clients are able to collect a response. I have checked the Firewall ...
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How do I get around restrictive email policies by ISP?

Apparently we've been restricted (though packet filtering) to some arbitrarily small and untenable number of emails a day by some bankrupt ISP (and they say that's how it's always been chortle). ...
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Small and medium business: user and workstation management with Debian Linux

I'm looking into building a more unified user and workstation management system and I thought it would be a good idea to ask others how they have solved the apparent issues. I would use LDAP for user ...
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Active Directory vs OpenLDAP

This is for a small company (12 developers) who haven't implemented any centralized user database - they've grown organically and just created accounts on computers as they needed. From a management ...
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Small business firewall/VPN device [closed]

What's a good small business (<50 users at a location) firewall and VPN device? Wireless would be a nice addition, and I'm thinking of something in the $1,000 range. This would be for businesses ...
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How can I properly licence an office?

I have a small business client who has a few windows servers and many workstations but as far as I can tell only has a few valid oem licences (some mismatched like xp home when xp pro is installed) ...
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Small Business Network Hardware

I'm looking for advice on setting up a small business network for a start-up retail company. We're a five-man outfit. We need email, file sharing, printing, scanning etc. We have a bespoke ...
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Small Business Server as ReadOnly Domain Controller

Can I run small business server as a RODC? My site design is hub and spoke. I want to place a domain controller at the small offices. I am tight on budget so my offices will have one server which ...
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Linux in a small business

This one is kind of a part two of "What is preventing you from deploying desktop Linux in your environment?". One of the comments was about small business and the receptions being the only onsite ...
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What is the safest country to run an IT startup? [closed]

I regularly come to think of what would be the best place to create and run a small IT company say a start-up. By safe I mean: Not bothered by criminals collecting money from all businesses in the ...
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At what point does a development company need a dedicated sysadmin?

When a company's primary focus is developing, deploying and maintaining software, at what point would it be prudent to hire a dedicated sysadmin? What are the warning signs that you need one?
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Remote Server Hosting

For most small businesses, having an IT team is really not a possibility. You end up with someone wearing an accounting hat and an IT systems administrator hat and you end up losing in both worlds. ...
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Web Traffic Monitoring - Small Business Server 2003

My father runs a small business and has had a growing concern about some of the web activity for a couple employees. He's asked that we have a way to report the activity, but its a bit over my head. ...
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UPS suitable for small-business network and server infrastructure

I've tried a number of UPS units for numerous small business installations, as well as my own home systems and have yet to find a reliable brand. Some units last for years, other units of the same ...
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Taming an existing network

I have recently joined a company as the sole IT guy and I'm struggling to get a handle on what software and hardware we own and how it is deployed. Keeping in mind my limited time and budget, what ...
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What decent small-office level routers are there [closed]

So let's say I have a network of less than 20 computers including a server that needs to be accessed externally. What router/firewall solutions would you recommend? It can be either hardware or ...
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What is the Your Favorite Managed Anti-Virus for a Small Workgroup (under 25 Machines)? [closed]

I am a solo IT employee for a small company that has a couple of servers and 10 workstations (Windows and Mac, Macs do not run AV software). I want to centrally manage Anti-Virus for all the ...
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Single Person ISV, What Type of Server Hardware do you Recommend? [closed]

I am planning on taking a small product of mine live soon. I was wondering what kind of hardware you would recommend for a new small website. Is using the 'Cloud'(Amazon) a good option. Or is it ...