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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.


Sep
22
comment How can I forward ALL traffic over a site-to-site VPN on Cisco ASA?
Is the default route pointing at your CheckPoint firewall? Should it be?
Sep
22
comment Cisco ASA 5505 (8.05): interfaces do not come up after reload
Any config line you precede with a no gets removed from the config, so you won't see it in your config. If you have ever looked at the 200 page config of a VPN concentrator that includes all the lines for things you haven't configured, believe me you will understand the wisdom of this approach.
Sep
22
comment Cisco ASA 5505 (8.05): interfaces do not come up after reload
Saving backup to TFTP copies the exact config to the TFTP server. Show run hides passwords, and may include a whole bunch of more lines. That isn't really helpful for this question, but copy to TFTP server is a true backup of the config.
Sep
22
comment Which wildcard SSL cert vendors allow you to set up the same cert on multiple servers?
When we upgraded a web server I asked Thawte about moving the cert from the old server to the new server. They didn't require extra payment in this case, and were very helpful.
Sep
20
comment Install Windows 7 or XP on Remote PCs
Think outside of the box, and about what else might be on the network besides the client machine - for example a VPN endpoint such as an ASA with IP helper configured to direct PXE traffic to a PXE server set up to do Operating System instal over the network by PXE. Or perhaps OS loaded via iSCSI over a VPN, with Hardware initiator configured via BIOS. I am AMAZED that someone with 10.6k reputation would turn on the flames so quickly. Sit on your hands and take a deep breath before replying.
Sep
20
comment Reported Attack Page : how to resolve this problem
+1 Excellent answer - more specific than the accepted one, which results in more useful information.
Sep
20
comment secure ftp to specific directory on Ubuntu?
Avada - that kind of counts as an answer!
Sep
20
comment Best practice with huge VM disks, NFS mount or huge image file?
Which hypervisor are you using? Hyper-V or VMware? Do you have a separate storage network, or are you sharing storage IO with general network access?
Sep
20
comment Install Windows 7 or XP on Remote PCs
-1. That depends on your definition. VPN connected PCs are counted as on the WAN by many people, while others might say LAN, and others say both. So if you have a non-client based VPN connection then you could do this.
Sep
20
comment How can I attempt to configure clustering on my network?
Not like they've been asking questions for very long. Seems harsh to leave that comment for someone with only 11 reputation...
Sep
20
comment Should I run weekly full crawls on Sharepoint
Switched off the full crawls, and now seeing much less pressure on the index server. Thanks for your help Dan!
Sep
16
comment Is cloud hosting, computing, server etcetra a buzz phrase?
Yeah - I think it comes from network diagrams where you don't know or care how the connections over the internet are made, so you just put a cloud to show internet and then link the parts of the link you do care about to the cloud. It's vapour, but that doesn't mean it is worthless.
Sep
16
comment How to diagnose causes of oom-killer killing processes
Thanks - finally getting around to trying this after a couple further incidents of oom-killer bringing my server to its knees. Need to track down the cause.
Sep
16
comment Compare NTPD and ntpdate
VMware tools software on ESX VMs takes care of syncing the time, so don't use ntpd on VMs with VMware tools. Setup NTPD on the hosts instead and let VMware tools do the rest.
Sep
16
comment Using SQL Express creatively
I'd say you need to balance the cost of buying any additional licenses you need for the existing server, and the costs of what sounds like quite a complex setup. Depending on your web app requirements, you might also find it a lot easier using some free open source database that doesn't have any kind of db size limitation or license issues. What is wrong with the existing server asides from some license issues? If it is worries related to old hardware, I'd recommend virtualising it.
Sep
16
comment Do you maintain an OMG it's !@#$ed CD with Utilities to recover and clean computers? What is on it?
Depends which server you've messed up... Still a valuable tool.
Sep
15
comment Simplest way to do failover routing with Dell PowerConnect core switch
So if I were to opt for dynamic routing, which type would be simplest to set up? Will RIP or OSPF do this for us? The reason we have been using static routing is that our network is very much a hub spoke affair, with redundancy achieved in different ways, and very few alternative routes.
Sep
14
comment Should I run weekly full crawls on Sharepoint
By the way - the link didn't get added to your answer. Please could you add it, in case I need to back up this decision with something "official" ;-)
Sep
14
comment Should I run weekly full crawls on Sharepoint
Great answer! I guess the current set up is due to some superstition about full crawls being somehow better than incremental, or some idea there is a risk of index corruption over time. I'll switch off the full crawls and let Sharepoint decide what to do.
Sep
14
comment What tool do you use to monitor your servers?
It supports anything that Nagios supports - including passive checks. I know it can handle SNMP traps (although I still haven't got that working) and I believe NSCA checks are also possible, but have never tried it.