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How do I share a Git repository with multiple users on a machine?

I have a Git repository on a staging server which multiple developers need to be able to pull to. git-init seems to have a flag very close to what I'm looking for: --shared, except I'd like multiple ...
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9answers
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People think a “hidden” save file dialog box means the computer is frozen

I have had reports of my remote workstation freezing for several months, and it turns out that this is happening: User goes to print something to PDF (or save it). The file dialog box comes up ...
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Your worst “High Maintenance User” experience [closed]

We all have them, let's share some stories about them. What kind of support person are you? Kudos to explanations of how you [un]civilly dealt with them! EDIT: Ok, let's hear some more. Really I ...
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Where can I find data stored by a Windows Service running as “Local System Account”?

I'm using a service which stores data on disk. The service is running as "local system account". Where is the stored data for that system user? I'm thinking about C:\Documents and Settings\Default ...
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What is the best way to address users storing and streaming music within your company?

We have a number of users who have MP3s in their home directories which are stored on our centralized file server. This has a negative affect on how long our backups take, how much drives space we ...
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What should I do about a “misbehaving” user?

What should I do about this user? The user is: Downloading pornography Attempting unauthorized access Running hacking software Sending unsolicited email Installing software / tampering with the ...
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How to check who is currently logged on to windows workstation from command line? [closed]

Environment is in domain, server is Windows Server 2003, workstations have Vista and XP installed. I need the way to check remotely who is currently logged on workstation, preferably from some simple ...
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Is a reboot required to refresh permissions after adding a user to a new group?

On ubuntu server, I've noticed more than once now that after adding a user to a group that user doesn't have group permissions until I reboot the system. For example: User 'hudson' needs permission ...
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How can I show user's privileges in MySQL?

I know that I can set user's privileges in the following simple way: grant all on [database name].[table name] to [user name]@[host name]; But how can I see existing privileges? I need to see data ...
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How do I list all users with root?

On a linux box, how do I list all users that have root priveleges (and even better, all users in general along with if they have root or not)?
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Memory usage per user in Linux?

Let's say i have 20 users logged on my linux box. How can I know how much memory each of them is using?
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In Linux, is there a way of seeing which user updated a file?

Does Linux record who last changed a file (rather than created it)? If so, how do I find this out? If not, is there some way of monitoring file(s)?
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Which MySQL users are necessary?

My MySQL server has a number of strange users which I did not add. Are these all necessary? 'root'@'127.0.0.1' 'root'@'localhost' 'root'@'SERVERNAME' 'root'@'::1' ''@'SERVERNAME' ''@'LOCALHOST' If ...
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How do I change the default location for a users home directory in Vista?

I would like to move the default location of my c:\Users\USERNAME to another drive. What is the easiest way to do this and how? I know that I can move each of my "Special Folders" like Documents, ...
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2answers
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Outlook Email Abuse - Guide for email etiquette?

I've spent a lot of time performing mail migrations for companies that either had very little IT focus, or no fulltime staff to handle common issues. As a result, policies governing email use and ...
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Puppet: how to create and manage unix users and groups

This last week I spent all effort into learning Puppet. Now I suffer from a mental buffer overflow and little confidence of ever being able to tame this beast. I came across many annotated examples ...
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Ubuntu login page: where to specify users list shown

Using Ubuntu 10.04.1 Desktop (Latest) After the boot process, GDM shows the graphical login screen along with a list of users that can log in. Clicking a name will ask for its password. I would like ...
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Difference between profile and home path

What's the difference between a user's home path and their profile path in Windows Server 2003?
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Modern security awareness campaigns

I'm looking for different ways to do security awareness for 'normal' users. As they usually have not much attention span and not a single bit of interest on the subject, they usual formal means of ...
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1answer
354 views

Centralize authentication and user's home folder

We have about 7 Linux servers and from time to time we setup a new one... For each new install we have to create the same users and ask them to change their default passwords to new ones ... Plus for ...
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1answer
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Directory with read and write for a user is permission denied, but fine with execute permissions

I have some weirdness with my users/permissions. I currently have a user named world that has the groups world www-data admin. I have a directory at /var/abc which has the permissions 0644 or ...
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What are the best practices in deciding what to lock down and what to allow with corporate users?

How do you decide what is permissible to allow users control over? With a given feature or functionality (say, setting shares on a folder, attaching certain filetypes in email, installing USB devices) ...
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5answers
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Users vs. Active Directory Users

What's the difference between users and active directory users in Windows Small Business Server 2003? Which should I use to manage user accounts under which circumstances?
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1answer
816 views

Maximum number of users on Linux

What is the maximum number of users accounts I can have on Linux?
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1answer
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How can I limit the login times in linux for certain users?

How can I limit the login times in linux for certain users? For example I have to a user that only needs to be enabled from 8am till 5pm? Is there a way of automating this. My environment is a Centos ...
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1answer
363 views

RemoteApp: Logging in as user x disconnects user y

I'm having a pretty bizarre problem with a Terminal Services server used for RemoteApp. In our network the server works as it should, but at a client's office if two users log in simultaneously, the ...
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1answer
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How do I config postfix to use multiple google apps user accounts?

I have a postfix installation and have setup relaying through google apps, but when I send mail to postfix it relays it to google apps using the ONE account I have specified in the main.cf. Is there ...
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SVN limitations - Number of users and repositories?

I would like to know if SVN has a specified limitations of how many users and repositories it can sustain? Thank you.
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How much network overhead (and file locking issues) can I expect for 25-50 users on a Visual FoxPro 9 ERP DB via SMB/CIFS?

Alternate question title: How can I translate “This software gives me the creeps” to a business case to upper management for not buying it? I am the IT Department for a small company which has ...
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2answers
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RDP and New Accounts

I created a new user account on the domain and added them to the Remote Desktop Users group. I could login just fine locally, but when I logged in remotely I was basically told that I could not login ...
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2answers
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Get access list of a user on Win 2003 server

I would like to find all unused accounts of the active directory, so I need to see the last access to the domain. I looked into the user properties but I did not find anything. Where can I find this ...
4
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1answer
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Get a reliable mapping of users-to-computers in Active Directory environment

Need to assign users to their workstations for purpose of assigning computer access for Remote Web Workplace in Small Business Server 2011. To do this, I need a reliable list of users' workstations. ...
4
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1answer
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SQL 2005 Security - Users: What are they used for? (and other various questions)

I am not a DBA and so dont really know anything about SQL 2005 security settings, etc. I am attempting to set up an empty copy of our database by generating the full database from SQL Management ...
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7answers
499 views

Users as local admins on Windows machines

I am in charge of a Windows-based network of over 70 computers at work. Servers are Windows Server 2008 and workstations are Windows Vista and Windows XP. Most users are researchers, and some of them ...
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2answers
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Is there an easy, affordable solution to network-wide backup for Windows Server 2003?

I work for a public school, and our technology is several years old. Our IT budget is, like most government-run organizations, pre-set several years in advance. What I'm looking for is a way to back ...
3
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4answers
456 views

List users in all specified unix groups

Is there an easy way to get a list of users who are in all specified groups? For example, if I have the following users: fred - rainbow, dell jane - hp zippy - rainbow, hp, dell george - hp, dell ...
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4answers
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Easiest option for sharing users across linux machines?

On windows there's active directory. On Linux there are several options, but what's the dead simplest option to set up? I'd like to manage users and groups centrally, but don't need anything fancy ...
3
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Lab User Accounts

I work for a school division (K-12). While I am most interested in what works well on the Mac, Windows and Linux administrators must face the same issue and have analogous solutions. Most of our ...
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How do I mange permissions for multiple users editing the same code on my server?

I have a server that a few different coders will be using to work on various websites. Each coder will need to have access to each website. There's two 'clean' methods I've come up with to do this ...
3
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2answers
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How can I restrict a user account used for a windows service from being used to log in interactively? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent service accounts from logging in locally or remotely I've got a few accounts being used to run various services eg SQL.Service, TFS.Application, etc... and want ...
3
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Active Directory - How to find what machine applied a GPO

I've got a GPO that is configured to change the local builtin Administrator's password on certain machines. I need to find what machines have applied this GPO to themselves. I've written a script that ...
3
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2answers
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Can't login to Cygwin sshd server with a non-administrator user account

I'm having some difficulties logging in to my Windows 2008 server (a DC) running Cygwin sshd. I can log in fine with an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group, but when I try with a ...
3
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4answers
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Setting up production server, what user should applications run as?

I'm trying to setup a production server, should I create a separate user to run certain application under similar to what apache does? Is it unsafe for them to run as root? OS: Ubuntu 9.10 The ...
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0answers
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Check that a given user has a given priviledge

Given a pair of a user and a privilege I need to determine if a user have the privilege on the server. The following is true in my setup: The server is a part of a domain but not a domain controller ...
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User account for running websites on linux

I have seen many blogs and articles recommend me that do not run the website on Linux under root user. Should I create different account for running website? How about backends like MySql like ...
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4answers
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How to limit access to Exchange 2003 Mobile Activesync server by user?

So I was asked to set up an Exchange Activesync mobile gateway. That's done. It's a separat eExchange 2003 front-end server configured for SSL, and I've put an off-domain ISA server in front of it. ...
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5answers
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Should Web Designers be aware of their hardware? [closed]

Love to get some community input here: Should web designers have basic knowledge of their hardware? Basic concept of things like RAM, processors, HD speed, anything. While they don't need have an ...
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How can I get a list of linux users/group?

I need to get and filter the linux users list like: username1 username1_group username2 username2_group ... usernameN usernameN_group I've tried, but only that I've found is: cat /etc/passwd | ...
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Creating user accounts with Puppet?

I'm just getting started with Puppet and I have the following code in my test site.pp file: class { 'account': { 'danny': home_dir => '/home/danny', groups => [ 'sudo', 'users' ], ...
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Allow developers to access command line on linux server

Is there a way to create a shell user for developers to login to the server and execute command line php scripts to see the output? They have to be restricted to a folder. In other words, I don't ...