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HP ProLiant servers, Supermicro servers and surely any non-Dell systems don't have a convenient LCD on the front. If I do label, the location depends on the server model/type... But this is really a common-sense, do-what-works-for-you question. For instance, on the 1U rack mount systems pictured below, I'd likely add a label on the CD/DVD drive. For the ...


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I seen this a while back and thought it was a good idea. Granted it only works with dell servers. Replacing the dell logo with a bottle cap http://blog.gtuhl.com/2007/05/25/server-naming-conventions/


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Personal ones for my account, ~/bin. System-wide ones go in /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin as appropriate (scripts which should only be run as root go in sbin, while scripts intended to help ordinary users go in bin), rolled out via configuration management to ensure that all machines that need them have them (and the latest versions, too).


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Servers vary so much that it's hard to standardize on locations unless you're only buying from one manufacturer; that said, I feel it's very important to label both the front and the back. When you're staring at a bunch of identical chassis backs, it's nice to have another way to double-check that you're about to pull the right power cord. In deciding where ...


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I label them whereever the label will fit. Most of my servers have room on the front where it doesn't cover anything important. These ones just have the server name. In addition (or if there really is no room on the server itself) they get a label on the rack, both front and back. There is plenty of room for a large label here, so they include the server ...


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Cut up a big sheet of Velcro and form those mini strips that cost 10x's too much!


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Forget everything told so far - you have TWO critial issue first. Check the licensing situation. This should be fast - either there is maangement, or not. if someone has no clue where the licenses come from, it is a problem. Check backup procedures including restores. MOST businesses go bankrupt when a critical data afailure occurs. These 2 items also ...


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For more complex stuff, especially something that could be shared between multiple machines I tend to make distribution packages, Debian in my case. I use /usr/bin, and give scripts some common prefix. That way it's easier to deploy and keep track of them. For my personal stuff, ~/bin is good enough.


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It is common for "organizational issues" (such as politics, organizational inertia, and selective hearing -- think Dilbert) to cause more IT problems than computers and servers do? YES. Any organization with more than one person will have "organizational issues", and almost always those will cause more headaches than the technical issues. This is a fact ...


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Get out of departmental IT! Joel's blogged about why his time at viacom sucked for this reason. Sad fact is that if you give good advice to a business as an employee it's questioned & untrusted. If a consultant walks in & gives the same advice for $10,000 its cherished. Not all organisations treat their staff this way. Go work for a vendor & ...


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Centralizing accounts. The new guy should use his own unique personal account and you would assign his account permissions to use the sales email thingie - not distribute more passwords to the poor guy. This is not an easy goal to obtain especially with a lot of third party services, but it's the one I'll always strive for. You can mask single-password ...


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I started drawing a chart to show our IT department but as there is only one of me it just ended up looking like a circle.


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If you don't have a ticketing system already, this is priority #1. This way, you can say "Hey, we're getting crushed! My guys are averaging 50 assigned tickets a day" or you can say "Uh, maybe we don't need to hire anyone else for a while". After that an inventory is a good thing to have. Plenty of software will do hardware and software inventory at once, ...


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Most of the cables we buy come in ziplock bags, so we always re-use the bags. You're asking more about personal storage (I'll get to that), but we have 3 bankers boxes for misc network cables (short, med, long). We only have short crossover cables, and they're a distinctive colour, so they're in the short box. Inside each box are all the different spare ...


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It sounds to me like you have far too many cables - but that's another topic. Hang them on a coat hanger and hang that in your closet/wardrobe. Simple, cheap and fully functional.


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You can get spools of velcro cable wrap that you cut to length; I like those a lot better than zip ties. They sell the exact same thing in green instead of black or grey in the gardening department for a lot less. Roll them into rolls (properly, alternating the twist for each loop) and use some kind of ties to keep them tightly bundled. You might also ...


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As you've said, for auditing purposes, this is extremely non-ideal. By having multiple userids, you allow yourself to see who is doing what at what time. That's not to say it is foolproof. Nothing is really stopping them from either telling each other their credentials or other users stealing credentials. If you make custom software, I see your biggest ...


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I've used Dell servers exclusively throughout my career and I always put the label on the front bezel and on the front of the chassis behind the bezel. I try to put the label in the same spot on all the severs when and where it's possible (upper left, upper right, etc.). As for labeling other components and for the amount of detail to include, that's a ...


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Please post the list of AD groups that this "Entry Level Engineer" belongs to. In the Exchange Management Console, select a representative user and select "Manage Full Access Permission". It should look like this: If there are other users or groups present in that dialog, that's where you'll need to begin to remove access. This is something the ...


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As an administrator being unappreciated is part of the job description. You're not front-facing, you're not working on the latest sexy project, nobody hears from you and nobody even knows you exist until things go wrong. Users come in and log on and they get their stuff; they expect this to happen, and they don't know that you may have been up until 4AM ...


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Listen, my nephew bought a linksys access point and got my home network running in 5 minutes flat. Why do you bring up terms like attenuation and spectrum? You're just making it more complicated to keep yourself in work. I hardly think we need 85 access points to cover this campus... Welcome to the world of IT. A skill which is just as important as ...


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Generally I use \user \user\domain \user\domain\logs # Location of the webserver logs \user\domain\public # Publicly accessible directory If using a dynamic website, I often put the majority of the files within subfolders under \user\domain\ outside of the public directory.


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I would recommend looking into Puppet/Facter or OCS Inventory NG. Puppet Puppet (which uses Facter), can be used to push out updates and configure nodes. It retrives information (or facts) about your nodes via Facter. Even though Puppet (via Facter) doesn't know who the primary user is, you can add facts (information) to your nodes that Facter will pick ...


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We always end up limited by either available space or budget, but I guess my ideal setup would be: Big industrial racking (the metal struts and reconfigurable wood shelves kinda deal like you see in warehouses) for holding large hardware, servers, switches, monitors and workstations. This stuff is awesome if you have the cash and space to house it. IMO it ...


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If this is a personal development database then it seems /home/<user>/var/lib/ would be one of the more unixish places to put it (but then the whole thing should be build with /home/<user> as root, i.e the conf would be in /home/<user>/etc/. If you are building from source /usr/local or /opt/ might be more appropriate. Many people mimic the ...


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http://www.ifiltershop.com/downloads/zipfilter/readme.html - add ZIP files to Windows search indexing. Windows' NTFS compressed folders will store the data compressed, yet be transparent to your end users: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=101195&seqNum=3 this leads to some very messy paths. So? How much money and effort are you ...


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We used to label each server individually, but with the increasing ability to stuff more into the chassis we had to find a better way. There simply weren't places to stick a label in some cases and waiting for the small lcd to scroll through was annoying. We started to use a laminated sheet of paper cut in half length-wise with an excel spreadsheet with two ...


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It isn't supported to turn /etc into its own zfs file system. The reason is that /etc is needed during the early stages of boot, before (Open)Solaris starts to mount zfs file systems, so it would be empty if you change it. My guess is that you want to take snapshots of /etc, but you can just take snapshots of the root file system instead: zfs snapshot ...


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I recommend the following infrastructure: Development master server, containing source control, bug tracking, run the build VM, etc etc Beefy developer/QA workstations (or laptops, if desired) to act as desktops and to run developer test VMs Test VMs on each developer's machine, that mirror production OS/configuration, that they can play with (to validate ...



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