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First off, this has been done. Seriously, the City of Largo in Florida has been running on Linux servers for over 6+ years, supporting hundreds of city employees. You can read about their challenges (and successes!) at the City of Largo work blog anytime. This is hardly a new topic, either. You can even buy a book on this subject and read up on what to ...


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Well I'll say why I wouldn't deploy a linux desktop fleet above Microsofts products, as of 2009 anyway: Management on a large scale - nothing even close to Group Policy or Active Directory for Linux. Usability - most users will be completely lost on a *nix system. Re-training several thousand people just to use an OS is not a trivial or cheap exercise ...


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The only difference between Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Desktop, are the Desktop packages which you can install with apt-get. I can see several reasons why I wouldn't use it on a remote server: ssh is much faster, X11 over ssh would be slower. It's a load on the server that it doesn't need. I prefer a server to be lean and mean, with minimal packages. It's ...


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You can use gpedit.msc to accomplish this, just like you are alluding to in your link: Run gpedit.msc from the run line (WIN+R) on the server. Then go to the settings in the picture above. Then change it to Enabled. You'll need to reboot the server afterwards. (Also you might be able to do the normal Charms/Personalization option if you install the ...


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I want to point out that stuff changes over time. Let's take Hard Drives for a moment. Back in the day, everyone recommended IBM, because they had excellent reputation and a big name. Until the Deathstar series came out. Whoops. Another good name was Fujitsu, had a big reputation in their laptop drives. Sadly, they also had their issue with Desktop Drives, ...


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The only significant advantage of an all-in-one is the reduced space requirement. Balance that against the maintenance issues. In most cases you will no longer be able to use generic components as replacements, so you need to be sure that the manufacturer will guarantee supply of replacement parts for the expected life of the units. Good luck with that! If ...


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So the question is, what are the differences between server and desktop hardware and what do you gain by using server hardware for servers? Others have mentioned management features which is a huge plus. Some have mentioned better supported products so I'll stay away from those solid points. All-in-all, with server hardware (in general) you ...


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Easier is to remove users from the 'cdrom' and 'plugdev' groups in /etc/group.


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I'm assuming you're doing this from a Windows machine to Windows machines. I'd do something quick and dirty like: Machines.TXT COMPUTERNAME-1 COMPUTERNAME-2 COMPUTERNAME-3 Scan-Machines.cmd @echo off if "%1"=="" goto all echo Scanning %~1 dir "\\%~1\c$" /s /a /b > "%~1.txt" goto end :all for /f "delims=" %%i in (Machines.TXT) do call %0 "%%i" :end ...


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The IP address your ISP gave you is the one your company will see, and the one they will need to configure. Because you are running a NAT router, any of the computers sharing that IP address will be able to connect. If you don't know your public IP address, you can visit whatismyip.com and suffer their advertising, or you can ask Wolfram|Alpha the ...


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We use them (a college). Pro - use less space, wiring, power. Con - You can't throw away the computer after 4 years and keep the monitor (or vice versa). As for access to the case, it depends on what model you pick - some are easier to get into than others. We currently use this, which is from a supplier that specialises in UK education, and while it ...


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Quality (i.e. reliability), error correction and often the ability to have them replaced when they start warning of failure rather than after failing.


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Is it possible? Yes, it's certainly possible, and in a way in which you'd never know he could see you. But it's got nothing to do with RDP or your VPS specifically, just your desktop, it'd be the same for your browsing/Excel etc. If he wants to see it the technology is there yes. It would also be very easy for him to stop you RDPing to it too. The ...


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Make the swap / paging file a fixed size. This will eliminate the overhead of auto-growing the paging file. It also reduces fragmentation. Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance Settings -> Advanced -> Change. In the windows performance settings, Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance Settings, turn off all of the cute effects, ...


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Oh boy, this is a fun answer. My company does desktop/laptop computer repair, and we also do a lot of computer assembly. I keep very good records about what goes bad in our shop, and here is what my spreadsheet say: 1) Stay away from the HP Pavilion line of laptops that start with "DV" nearly half our laptop repair business (that is, physical repair, bad ...


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If they're Windows desktops, you can use the local policy (or group policy, if it's Active Directory). There isnt's a default setting for it, but the MS-provided template can be found under MSKB 555324.


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What is preventing us from deploying Linux desktops in our company? We're all using Macs already ;-). I do have a somewhat unique perspective. In the four companies I've worked at in the last 10 years of doing professional system administration (including IBM Global Services), I have had the option of using a Linux workstation, and did. Not to say this ...


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In my experience, it's the little details that are put into server hardware that makes all the difference. Using desktop hardware or uber-cheap server hardware will be 95% fine (of course, 76% of all statistics are made up on the spot...) but it's that last 5% that will nickel and dime you, possibly to death. For example, on desktop machines network cards ...


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One very important difference is the Time-Limited Error Recovery (aka Command Completion Time Limit) Time-Limited Error Recovery (TLER) is a name used by Western Digital for a hard drive feature that allows improved error handling in a RAID environment. In some cases, there is a conflict as to whether error handling should be undertaken by the hard drive ...


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There'll be an enormous load, not just on the network but on the VDI hosts too, and the only solution is to design your infrastructure to manage the load. There isn't a single-line one-size-fits-all solution to this as it's dependent on your physical environment, user profiles, available hardware, budgets etc. and why VDI consulting is a very hot area right ...


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In order to be able to manage the f%&cking icons on your desktop, you need to enable the Desktop Experience feature. It looks like someone in Microsoft thought "wise" to include everything even remotely related to the user experience in this optional feature, which is of course not enabled by default on server systems; this includes: Desktop themes ...


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There should be a Group Policy Object for this, you can push it through Active Directory. See in gpedit.msc on WinXP Pro.


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Well, because none of software used in my office has the linux version. So I guess software incompatibility is no. 1 reason why we can't adopt Linux in office.


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Because every single user 'NEEDS' Microsoft Office...?


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I use xobni with my desktop Outlook and really like it. I believe Outlook needs to be in cached mode


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I would push to get developers two monitors. If you give more details about the developers, we might be able to give you better specs. If they are Java developers and using eclipse, get them as much memory as possible. I would try to spring for at least 4GB, its not that expensive. I wouldn't worry about the CPU as much as memory. When you talk about ...


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You might look at the following PCs: HP TouchSmart line Sony All in One L series Dell Studio One Besides the aesthetics and space savings of these machines, they do not make much sense from a business standpoint because they are expensive and if they go bad you have to replace the whole thing. It also makes upgrading an expensive proposition. There are ...


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We've already detected spear-fish emails sent to people high in the organisation. Is there a way to defend against these attacks short of creating an air gap between the network these documents are on and the internet? Spear-phishing suggests to me that you need to focus on defending your PCs from their users, which unfortunately is not a technical ...


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If you go to Control Panel and search for desktop common icon, the search will narrow down to one item under Display: Show or hide common icons on the desktop. From there you can choose to show or hide the Recycle Bin, This PC, etc.


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I almost whole-heartedly support the command line, but I think it depends on what you need to do. Which basic tasks do you need to make easier? If you're looking to manage the files on the server in a more graphical manner and don't want to use something like midnight commander (see a screenshot here) then you could set it all up so that you can mount some ...



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