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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to restructure this small IT Department?

Through these last 2 years, my brother and I have been in charge of our family company's "IT department". We can't dedicate all of our time to this, because we are in college and we also have some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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8answers
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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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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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8answers
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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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2answers
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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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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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Which free RDBMS is best for small in-house development?

I am the sole sysadmin for a small firm of about 50 people, and I have been asked to develop an in-house application for tracking job completion and providing reports based on that data. I'm planning ...
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5answers
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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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3answers
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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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10answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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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
689 views

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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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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3answers
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File sharing for small, distributed, non-technical, non-profit organization?

Problem: I've started volunteering for a small non-profit with fewer than five non-technical Windows users who need to share 20-30GB of files (Office documents, images, PDFs, etc.) amongst themselves ...
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...