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Sep
6
answered What tools can I use to locate the IP of a machine on my network?
Aug
22
comment restrict ip traffic to a user
@JeffFerland probably because assigning an IP to a user instead of device could have bad breaky-type side effects in practical use down the road, I would think.
Aug
22
answered restrict ip traffic to a user
Aug
17
comment Can't ping from inside to outside; misconfigured DNS
nslookup tells you...?
Aug
16
answered Why would a program require a server operating system versus a workstation operating system?
Aug
16
comment Changing user passwords in Windows Domain Controller
Given that you're asking for three versions of Windows server, and it sounds like you've not checked documentation before asking...is this some kind of homework question, honestly?
Aug
9
comment Directory Security failing with Chrome Browser
Create a "test account" on the machine, so it's completely fresh and empty. Run Chrome. Browse to directory. Does it work? If it asks for a password, then something is caching somewhere.
Aug
4
answered Windows XP Computer moved from domain member to workgroup member: Can I restore my old user profile?
Jul
22
comment Retrieve data from the failed Windows Server on Rackspace Cloud Server
Has anyone else had this issue with Rackspace? Probably. It happens to any provider. Hosting in the cloud isn't really magic and doesn't automatically provide 100% uptime and reliability; this is why you need to engineer your solution for redundancy and include backups as an integral part of your business. If you make money off the machines hosted, you need to take into account disaster recovery!
Jul
21
comment How do i create a 'layer' in between my router and a user connecting to it
If you didn't understand anything you were reading about captive portals, you may want to hire a consultant who does. Otherwise you're in WAY over your head with the kind of IT knowledge you sound like you'd need if you're deploying this in many sites.
Jul
20
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Jul
13
answered How to uninstall antivirus on many computers?
Jul
11
comment ESXi5 - management services crashes - vms running
I'd consider it a step in diagnosis...if it continues to crash shortly after restarting, you may have a problem. If it seems stable after restarting, it could have been a fluke.
Jul
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
4
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
3
comment USB 3 External Drives + Hub for Server Backups?
The other part of the cost is how much that data happens to be worth. It may cost a couple hundred dollars for you to spend most of a day fixing it and getting new backups started, but if the data lost was part of a legal investigation or something like that, it's worth a lot more than a few hundred dollars. Just ask Pixar about bad backup plans.
Jul
3
comment USB 3 External Drives + Hub for Server Backups?
How much do you get paid for the time you're using restoring the backup system? Part of the cost is the time you spend fixing it, figured as part of your paycheck. And is the data lost in the backup worth anything? I.e., if my Time Machine drive dies, I lose backups from the past 12 months. No prob...get a new drive, spend a day and a half letting it create new ones...now I have backups for yesterday, but I lost that file I needed from two months ago. Is that a problem for your business?
Jul
2
answered How do I tell if my mail system has been compromised?
Jul
2
answered How can I know if someone change the default gateway on an XP or 7 client?
Jul
2
comment How can I know if someone change the default gateway on an XP or 7 client?
@Dan - no argument there, I was just outlining a scenario where I've seen this happen before. Organic networks seem to grow into this kind of problem until it's time to upgrade from garden to greenhouse and the management is hesitant to go through that kind of cost...so they look for creative solutions within the framework of what they already know.