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Cooling Server Closet - No A/C Is Possible

We're moving into a new office in an old building in London (that's England :) and are walling off a 2m x 1.3m area where the router & telephone equipment currently terminates to use as a server ...
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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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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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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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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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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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pfSense Firewall or Linksys/Cisco router for small offices

I'm about to start switching some networks around for multiple small offices. Each office has about 10 to 15 users and 10 to 15 computers. Each office has a spread of generic routers and access ...
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Getting rid of your server in a small business environment

In a small business environment, is it still necessary to have a central server? Speaking for my own company (a small charity with about 12 employees) we use our server (Windows Server 2003) for the ...
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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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Setting up a small office network

I'm the de-facto system administrator for a small law office. I'm looking for help to setup the network in a good way. Here's the basic layout/requirements: Windows based. The Server: A headless ...
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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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Small store infrastructure - where to begin? [closed]

It looks like my older brother is about to change jobs - from lawyer to shooting range proprietor - and since I'm the family 'computer guy' I have the task of coming up with and setting up the ...
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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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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 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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Small Business Needs Active Directory

Currently the small business has about 10 computers 1 FreeNas Server and 10 employees. Until their recent move into a new office they have each had their own computer with local accounts. However ...
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How could one archive all emails sent from employees?

My client runs a small business. This business has a small number of employees. They are currently hosted through GoDaddy for web and email. For legal reasons the client would like to archive emails ...
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Question on backups for a very small business

I work in a very small print shop that has 3 servers and 7 client workstations. Considering the size of the company, I am trying to implement a reasonable backup/recovery plan. The problem is the ...
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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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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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Do I really need WSUS?

When I set up our 2003 SBS server a friend who has been working sysadmin for quite a while told me WSUS was "a must for any size of organization". So I installed it, and have been using it since. ...
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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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What are the trade-offs between software VPNs (like Hamachi) and dedicated hardware (like SonicWall)?

I support a small office (15 users, ActiveDirectory, Windows 2008 and Windows 7). We've been using LogMeIn Hamachi for VPN, to enable our remote users to get to the file shares from home. It's been ...
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2answers
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Replacement/upgrade for RV082 wired router with VPN access

Current Configuration We have two sites that are connected via a gateway-to-gateway VPN tunnel using Cisco RV082 routers. We also have VPN access using QuickVPN for our Windows employees and PPTP for ...
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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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2answers
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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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Reusing existing equipment

One of my clients has a small office in a major city that used to be main office for the company.Due to the organizational changes main office was moved to a different country but all equipment and ...
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3answers
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Are Cisco Catalyst 2950 switches ok for small business use?

My current place of employment is a very small print shop with average home networking equipment. I have a spare switch I could give them, but I don't want to hand them a ticking timebomb at the same ...
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4answers
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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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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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4answers
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5 external static IPs, easy and cost-effective way to use them?

I'm moving from one ISP, who provided a managed router that took care of things like port forwarding IPs, to a new one that does not. So, currently I have a single, inexpensive Linksys router ...
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2answers
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Permissions won't cascade more than 1 level

Running Windows Small Business Server 2011 I have a file structure with a lot of sub folders (sometimes 5-6 levels deep). I have created access groups to grant access to my users, and also deny ...
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1answer
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Connect and Configure 3 Powerconnect 5424 Switches with existing Powerconnect 2342 Switches

I have zero experience with managed switches and want to make sure I understand how I need to proceed with our upgrade. I have been doing a ton of research and reading trying to get up to speed. I ...
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1answer
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MoveDataPowerShellHost.exe missing from sbserver

We are getting a lot of errors in our eventlog that indicates our sbsmonitoring DB is too big. I've had this once before, so I found a method to recreate that DB. In order to do that, I need a ...
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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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1answer
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Setting up a Develop, Acceptance, Production for a single person business

My wife is a graphic designer who is starting her own business in the field of designing templates for wordpress other php based systems. I'm going to setup the servers (VMware with CentOS) so she has ...
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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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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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Should I buy server or build it? [closed]

I need a server for a small company with about 20 people. The server will be used as a fileserver for many MS Office files simultaneously. I tried to look at complete servers but I don't like any of ...
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What do I need to know my own small web hosting company?

I want to make my own company for web hosting services. I plan to provide just shared web hosting. In the future I may extend my business to VPS. At first I just want to provide Linux hosting, in the ...
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Is there a small business router that shows bandwidth usage graphs in the admin panel?

I support a large number of public libraries that are having their networks upgraded in response to a grant application. These libraries are generally home to between 6-15 computers and have little ...
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1answer
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Complete small business infrastructure setup solution [closed]

BACKGROUND: I am in charge of maintaining the infrastructure of a small (<25 users) family owned business. Here's the setup we currently have. EMAIL SERVER: I started out using one ISP ...
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1answer
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Should I merge the Fileserver into our ESXi server?

I was considering migrating the fileserver to the ESXi box and having it use its own datastore and separate drives. Is this a bad idea? With the backups for the ESXi servers on there, it kind of ...
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What should be known to integrate an IP-KVM in a small business?

What should be known to integrate an IP-KVM in a small business that is Windows server based? Also with this how should a person with little knowledge of IP-KVM hardware differentiate the inordinate ...
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1answer
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Do we need a domain controller in our small office environment with Office 365?

I work for a landscaping company that has about 10 office staff members, each with their own workstation. Currently, we have a single server running Windows SBS 2003. The server hosts our Exchange, ...
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Exchange 2007 - Unable to Start Information Store - Error IMAIL_E_CODE_PAGE_CONVERSION

We're currently having an issue with an Exchange server (running 2007) where we cannot start the Information Store server. No new updates or programs have been installed. Currently the server is ...
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Deploying and publishing my first asp.net mvc 3 web application

I want to deploy and publish my first asp.net mvc 3 web application at my client side (the client is a small office with 2-4 employees that need to access the application) , currently i finished ...
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How to setup a small office network with a VPN client and a shared Internet gateway

I manage a small-office network but have very little actual networking knowledge / understanding. The network has a consumer grade wifi router (Netgear DG834G), several PCs/Macs, some iPads connected ...
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IPv6 in a Small Business

I’ve been tasked to identify a new server and IT equipment for the company I work for (employees <20). I’m looking at getting a SBS 2011 Standard box. My Question is: Apart from ensuring that our ...
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How to tune down the Hyperic built-in postgresql database for a small setup

We are testing out Hyperic 4.5.1 in a quite small environment for now. Currently there are just 1-5 agents and there probably won't be any more than 10-15. When I run ps ax there are 20(!) postgres ...