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How do you test your porn filter

For testing antivirus we have EICAR, for SPAM, we have GTUBE. Is there a standard site that is or should be included in blacklists that you can use for testing instead of going to your favorite porn ...
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Best practice for testing chef recipes?

My team has created a large number of chef cookbooks. I was wondering what methods and frameworks I should look into so we can start creating tests to assure that our nodes are configured properly?
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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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Tools to test multicast routing

I am looking for a good simple tool that runs on a standard OS (Windows or Linux) that I can used to test that multicast is being passed properly by a router. I have been asked by a client to enable ...
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How to check that an OpenVPN server is listening on a remote port without using OpenVPN client?

I need to check that an OpenVPN (UDP) server is up and accessible on a given host:port. I only have a plain Windows XP computer with no OpenVPN client (and no chance to install it) and no keys needed ...
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How can I test a new cron script?

I'm running on a couple of different Linux distros (Fedora 11, CentOS 5 and SuSE 10.2) and often run into a problem where a new script that I want to run as a cron job works fine when called direct ...
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telnet counterpart for UDP

Is there anything that enables a "telnet-like" functionality for UDP? I know the difference between TCP and UDP, and why telnet itself won't work - but I'm wondering if there is something similar to ...
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Testing a server before installing an OS

Our development server at work is taking a dump on us. So at this point, we're repurposing some other servers we have in our server room for this purpose. My boss wants me to test the servers before ...
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What is the point of staging?

I thought I'd worked this out, but after reading Continuous Delivery (excellent book) I'm a little confused. They talk about having servers for: development various forms of automated tests user ...
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How to corrupt a file system

I am going to be testing 'xfs_repair' on some large file systems ( around 50 TB ) as in the past the memory usage is high. While I could test the program only on file systems which were correct it ...
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Test-driven development for infrastructure deployments?

I've been using puppet for deployment of infrastructure, and most of the work I do is with Web 2.0 companies who are heavily into test-driven development for their web application. Does anyone here ...
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How do I benchmark performance of external DNS lookups?

I'm considering Google's public DNS servers as the external DNS for my network. Currently I'm using the DNS servers from my ISP. I've also considered OpenDNS in the past, but ultimately decided not ...
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How to redirect all outgoing email from postfix to a single address for testing

I am setting up a testing server for a web based application that sends some email notifications. Sometimes testing is performed with real customer data, and for that reason I need to guarantee that ...
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What's a reliable way to test patch panel connections?

I just had to run a total of 12 cat5 cables into a patch panel. This was the first time I'd actually done that. I'm reasonably confident that I got all the wires in the right order after some initial ...
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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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How can you test a backup / secondary MX server?

I'm wanting to set up a secondary MX server using Postfix but I am wondering what is the best way to test this prior to putting into production (by adding its MX entry)? One possible way is to test ...
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How is a testing domain useful?

I've come across this article about Testing Domains and I don't understand why this is useful at all... Why does this differ from using localhost ? Can you give me a concrete example, because in the ...
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Activating windows virtual machines for testing? good/bad?

I am being asked to set up a battery of windows 7 flavours for a guy over in QA using VM's so that his office isn't filled with boxen. Is the common practice to activate these temporary machines or do ...
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Easiest way to send a test email from a server, to test settings?

Using Windows (2008) is there an easy command line tool that I can use to send a test email from a server to test the SMTP, user authentication, ports, etc... without writing my own?
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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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Looking for a software alternatives to a Fluke Meter

I have cat5 ports through out the office that seem to not work 100%. I wanted to know if there is a software alternative to the $1000 Fluke Meters, that I can do the same thing with. Maybe something I ...
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Best bandwidth tests to use in a pinch?

I see many tools that have been discussed for 'proper' bandwidth monitoring and testing - but I am wondering what people use 'in a pinch'? Particularly on systems that they may not easily have admin ...
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Penetration testing - common examples?

I was charged to do some basic penetration testing on our system. I tried to find some favoured practices but I was not successful. I guess SYN attack is retired (no NT here). Could anyone advice some ...
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(How) do you run “functional” tests on your services automatically?

Consider a simple FreeBSD machine running an SMTP server - how can I automatically verify that it's doing the right thing (e.g. accept incoming SMTP connections for certain recipients, and drop the ...
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Generate a limited amount of random network traffic between 2 hosts

I'm trying to find a utility that will allow me to generate a constant flow of random network traffic at a specified rate between 2 hosts. The utility needs to run on Windows and OSX. I've tried iperf ...
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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 do you test a new email filtering system?

What method do you use to test or evaluate potential new email filtering systems before you set it up on your production network? I am particularly interested in methods that are appropriate for ...
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Standard Firewall and Network Change Testing Procedure

I am looking for a standard that advises on the best practice for testing of the following situations: Network Changes Firewall Changes Does any standard exist? If so, please note where I can find ...
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How did you go about studying for your LPI certification? [closed]

http://www.lpi.org/eng Additionally, how much does each test cost?
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What's a worthwhile test for a new HD?

I work for a company that uses standard 2.5" SATA HD's in our product. We presently test them by running the Linux 'badblocks -w' command on them when we get them - but they are 160 gig drives, so ...
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Is testing every Anti-Virus definition before deployment feasible?

With the recent problems that McAfee customers have had over the last week there has been lots of opinion that not only should the AV vendors have better testing but customers should test AV ...
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Intranet speed test

Does anybody know of any internal intranet bandwidth test applications I can install on our internal servers? I would like to test the speed of our WAN links like those online boradband speedometers ...
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Tool to physically test ethernet cable with two network cards? [closed]

We're building ethernet cable or a non-profit community computer lab. We test them with a cheapie cable tester, which I believes simple checks the electrical connection of each wire. We're having ...
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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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Website diff testing tool [closed]

Our CEO wants us to check all of our 100+ hosted/partner websites. Not only does she want to check if they are up and running, but she would like a diff analysis on the websites so that we can keep a ...
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Keeping emails in Web app test environment from getting out

We have a test environment which is pretty much a copy of the production environment for our Web applications. In the past email addresses of customer data were scrubbed to avoid emails from test ...
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Routing to proxy and code injection into files served on local network

I'm trying to set up an Open Device Lab. This question focuses on the network routing of and injection of code into the responses to requests made by the test devices. I want people to be able to ...
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Slow “applying computer settings” on workstation when I simulate domain controller being turned off that holds the FSMO roles in a two DC domain

Slight problem testing fail-over procedure with my two domain controllers. I have two domain controllers, dc1 and dc2. dc1 has all FSMO roles, is Active Directory integrated DNS dc2 is Active ...
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Using a VM for testing, how to artifically reduce performance?

My workstation has VMWare Server, and I'm running a few VMs for mocked production environments. I'd like to artificially slow them down, which should make finding poorly-performing code easier. ...
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VMware ESX Linux Guest Customization

I am interested in deploying several RHEL 4 Update 8 virtual machines for creation of a test environment. Here are the steps I am taking: In off hours, P2V/V2V the production machines and convert ...
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Need - fast exhaustive memory testing tool for Dell server

I've got a Dell 2950 running ESXi. I'm having weird issues in one of the VMs and I would like to do a memory test to eliminate (or identify) faulty RAM as the problem. What is the easiest/fastest ...
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How do I write integration tests for cron jobs?

I have a series of cron jobs and I would like to test them in a more timely and automated way than the following: Test individual jobs in isolation by running them manually. Install job and update ...
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What tests do you perform before deploying gray market hardware?

We're a small shop from an IT standpoint and buy almost all of our server and network hardware from gray market supplies—typically via eBay. I'm interested in developing a more rigorous testing ...
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Is there a way to test RAM on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 machine?

Is there a way to test RAM on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 machine? I have 6GB of RAM, and I suspect one of my 4 sticks may be bad.
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How can I test apt-get updates on a test box before deploying to production?

I would like to schedule updates on my ubuntu servers, but would like to test the updates first on a test server. I'd like to run all updates on the test box at the beginning of a development cycle, ...
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Monitoring the performance of a system for testing purposes?

I have a system in which I test the releases of a software suit. This system includes multiple Red Hat 5 servers and Windows clients on a closed internal network. I need to monitor every aspect of ...
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Smartphone emulation software

With the new Exchange boxes going in, I'd like to do some thorough testing on smartphone features, as well as being able to provide salesman-proof documentation (I'm a dreamer). We've got drastic ...
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Make apachebench(ab) send HTTP1.1 request?

I'm trying to use ab to test my webserver, but it only supports HTTP/1.1 (reject requests that have HTTP/1.0 in the first line). The -k switch only adds a header with connection: keep-alive. Is it ...
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Best practices for managing a web-server

Hi I want to ask what are the best practices when installing new software on a web-server, I'm pretty much self-taught, I have on my home PC: Ubuntu 11.04 with LAMP installed, and a VPS that I manage ...