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Command Equivalent to Reseating a Network Cable

I'm remotely accessing a network where I'm testing two separate dhcp servers where: 1) Both dhcp servers are on the same subnet. 2) The dhcp servers do not have overlapping ip pools. 3) Each dhcp ...
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How do you apply development practices like version control, testing and continuous integration/deployment to system administration?

Imagine you're going to manage a number of servers with a number of different services that's used by a number of people. Now say you want to reconfigure or replace some software on one of those ...
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Burn in 50 Computers without installing an OS on each

I am burn in testing 50 propritary PCs for a customer. I am having some issues figureing out how to burn these machines in using my customers requirements. I must use Passmark Standard 6.0 or >. I ...
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Copying SQL Server 2005 Databases

We currently have a single SQL server (2005, on a Windows server 2003 machine) with 3 DBs on it that I would like to just straight copy so that I can run some test on them for an upgrade. I don't ...
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How can I automate a GUI App?

I need to automate a small GUI Windows app. It needs to be run twice a week to synchronise two databases, but with no operator intelligence behind it. Literally, it's launch the app, and perform two ...
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2answers
104 views

Testing email locally on a windows machine

This is a question I've tried to answer for a long time now. I'm currently working on a personal project on a windows XP machine and it's come to the point where I need to send emails to test some ...
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4k views

Windows desktop (XP, Vista or Win7) EC2 AMI for QA testing

I need to perform QA testing for Windows based applications on a Windows desktop client and I would like to know if EC2 supports Windows images that are NOT server based (e.g. Server 2003). I have ...
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Can a service spawn a login session? Build server woes

To run some acceptance tests on my build server, I need to have a logged in user session open (the white testing framework needs to have a "screen" to test the WPF UIs) all of the time. This is ...
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How to: mirror a staging server from a production server

We want to mirror our current production app server (Oracle Application Server) onto our staging server. As it stands right now, various things are out of sync, and what may work in testing/QA can ...
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2answers
635 views

What are best practices on virtual lab/test bed architecture?

I am currently preparing a new small virtual environment for development and testing with Windows Server + SQL Server + AD + Sharepoint + Exchange + IIS(ASP.NET) + Biztalk + ?, for a small (up to 5) ...
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4answers
933 views

Renting Virtual Machines for testing [closed]

I am looking for renting virtual machines for testing my desktop software. In particular, I am interested in all modern Windows client versions (XP no SP, SP1, SP2, SP3, Vista with/without SP1/2, ...
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Test WordPress on local Windows 2008 - production on hosted Linux

I have my WordPress based website hosted on a Linux server. I plan to redesign the site and would like to do in on a local test server first. I am an experienced Windows administrator, but have a very ...
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1answer
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Testing software on lots of PCI cards

I am developing software that needs to work across the largest possible array of PCI adapter cards. Consider PCI ethernet cards. I can collect dozens of different cards, and I have a Windows XP ...
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“reset” functionality in Windows SteadyState

I am running some upgrade testing on a computer with Windows SteadyState. The workflow is "upgrade, write down results, reset to default condition". However, I can't seem to dig up a button that ...
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Desktop network throttling for simulating bad connections to web applications on Windows

Any recommendations of Windows software I can use to accomplish simulating poor internet connections for the purposes of testing a web application? Thanks Note I've heard of Linux network kernel ...