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I work at a large international development charity in London, as International Operations Manager. I manage a team of Regional ICT Service Managers, based in developing world countries, who keep our users happy through fixing problems, setting up great connectivity and generally making sure users can do their day jobs.

I previously worked at the same place as International Network Systems Analyst. I looked after a bunch of ICT systems in offices in the developing world, as well as looking after systems in our HQ. I gained a lot of knowledge in that job, and the techy side competes with the people stuff in the new role, hence I still hang out here a lot.

I'm passionate about the use of ICT in developing countries, both in terms of dealing with the inherent problems for ICT in those places, and using ICT as a tool for development.


Apr
22
comment Multiple-NIC vMotion in vSphere 5 with separate core switches
I've been here too - and I am beginning to wonder whether having two sets of stacked switches for use with VMware is a good idea (or at all). I've seen very little extra value from having this extra level of redundancy but it has been an extra complexity challenging every networking project. If I were doing all this again, I'd just stack all my switches into one. The failure of a whole stack seems well within our SLAs and we can get redundant hardware and extra throughput within a single stack.
Apr
18
comment Stable version of Mysql
I don't really understand why you would ask "Currently which MySQL version is stable" and wait for an answer rather than just looking on the MySQL website and getting the answer straight away.
Apr
18
comment Securing information against domain administrators
"They want it to be impossible for anyone from the company to intercept, read or do anything with information they will exchange and manipulate" - one has to ask whether they trust themselves even.
Apr
17
comment website hangs after multiple ctrl+f5 (virtual server debian)
When you say the website hangs do you mean that it hangs in your browser, or at the server end. How do you know which?
Apr
16
comment SPF Record with or without plus
The default identifier is + so they have the same outcome, just the intent is more obvious when using the first notation. I guess someone could override the default interpretation by their SPF setup (whoever manages the server receiving mails), but it seems unlikely.
Apr
16
comment Site is not loading since early today
Those DNS issues you don't understand - figure them out, or seek advise. You won't get far telling anyone there are "issues" but not saying what they are.
Apr
11
comment What is the correct way to configure AD replication in a hub-spoke design
Thanks - now all my DCs have <automatically generated> entries under NTDS so now AD can manage this automatically.
Apr
11
comment What is the correct way to configure AD replication in a hub-spoke design
Can you explain how to do "Undefine/delete manual bridgehead selections in each site."?
Apr
11
comment What is the correct way to configure AD replication in a hub-spoke design
Where am I doing the deletion (dssite.msc on the HQ DCs or remote ones?) Where does the auto-create happen? I don't want to do this without understanding how I am potentially breaking things and how long AD will take to "heal" itself.
Apr
10
comment The mysterious //tmp/cbmew.php
Have you looked at the code in cbmf.php by opening it in a text editor? It sounds suspicious.
Apr
10
comment What are the basics of taking care for a common server?
Really? I would love to work in this world where all customers are sysadmins and know how to specify what they need without any assistance from those they consult. Oh - hang on, if they know everything already they don't need my help... Damnit.
Apr
9
comment What are the basics of taking care for a common server?
It is a generic question, but I think it is legitimate as this may well be a customer's only specification initially - the OP is asking for a general list of things that they should consider when asked by a customer to do something unspecific.
Apr
8
comment Multiple Ports Forwards, Most Working, but Not All?
Could you maybe post the relevant parts of your config rather than pasting the whole thing? No-one here is interested in reading your banner!
Apr
5
comment Running Thin behind Apache2
Sounds neither short nor clear then. To be considered a good answer here it should, in the vast majority of cases, stand alone. Links are great, but can be broken all the time so in two days/weeks/years your answer may not be of any use if it just contains links.
Apr
4
comment Tool to monitor for success or failure within a given amount of time
It seems that you already have an alert system in that emails are sent out by your backup system reporting what happened - why go further? Otherwise, can you specify what does your backups? If you want to monitor it by nagios, most likely forget the built in email, and see if it talks SNMP etc. You tagged this with a bunch of monitoring systems - if you are trying to ask which is best, this question will get closed here.
Apr
4
comment Running Thin behind Apache2
Welcome to Server Fault. Please add some details of what is particularly helpful in the linked to article, in case the link breaks in future.
Apr
3
comment ESXi 4.0.0 with ASUS M5A78L-M LX Motherboard isn't seeing the onboard NIC
It clearly isn't working well if ESXi doesn't see the NIC. Is your motherboard on the compatibility guide? vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
Apr
2
comment ASA 5505 base license and Voice vlan
I don't think this is really a licensing question - basically your limitation around the number of VLANs is due to licensing, but you are asking whether you can do this with the VLANs you have already. Is that correct?
Mar
30
comment Running two subnets over the same physical LAN
The first two are reasons to have a separate broadcast domain for IP camera's but not necessarily reasons not to have two subnets on the same broadcast domain. The third is a good reason, but to be honest, we wouldn't be in the situation we are now if we were working with people who weren't confused by networking anyway... I don't agree with the suggestion that unmanaged switches aren't proper switches - they do the job in a vast range of use cases.
Mar
28
comment ASA 5510 - Routing between Interface
I'd advise downloading the Configuration, CLI and ASDM manuals for 7.0 from the Cisco website, and reading them rather than grabbing configs from some forum - you need to learn how to use your equipment. If you are just starting out, or don't expect to deal with your firewall often, ASDM may be a shallower learning curve for configuring the ASA. Finally, if this is ASA isn't being used in production yet, I would suggest upgrading it to the most recent version it will support (depending on how much memory is installed in the ASA).