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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
14
comment Sharepoint 2010 is not listing all users from the Active Directory
Are you using any LDAP strings to filter the users? Have you checked your import logs? If you keep seeing the same number of users getting imported, but your pool of users in AD is not staying the same size, then it could be some kind of limit, or timeout when doing the import.
Sep
14
comment Which backup software for Windows Server to Linux server backups?
When you say cloud - are any of your servers virtualised or physical. If virtualised there are a bunch of other options not available for physical.
Sep
14
comment What tool do you use to monitor your servers?
Groundworks' WMI Monitoring plugins for NRPE work pretty well - groundworkopensource.com/community/downloads/…
Sep
14
comment Connecting to computers not on a domain from a computer that is when off the domain?
That sounds like a good place to start!
Sep
14
comment dns server that would resolve any domain to 192.168.1.1
I think you might get non "captive portal" answers if you described why exactly you think you need a DNS server to do this.
Sep
9
comment DMZ configuration and firewall throughput
The ASA is pretty great at firewalling/VPN endpointing a branch office - most of those are connecting at far less than 100Mbps. For internal security, wouldn't you be better at looking at what a managed switch and network design can do for you?
Sep
9
comment DMZ configuration and firewall throughput
I agree with the comment. If right now you have a small fraction of 150Mb throughput requirement, at the point where this actually becomes a problem, getting the resources to buy a better firewall probably is less of an issue. You have a sucessful website, and you can justify spending $10,000 on a firewall. Right now, you have a nascent website, so spending $500 on the firewall seems like a good place to start.
Sep
9
comment Is 256MB RAM enough for a VPS server to run some Drupal-based websites with e-shop module?
How few is very few views? Some people might consider 10,000 very few. For many very few is like 5... Static content isn't very memory hungry. Dynamic content might be, but again depends on number of visitors.
Sep
9
comment Opening My Documents prompts for credentials in redirected environment
How is the redirect set up? UNC path, HTTP?
Sep
9
comment Add email account to postfix
Ha - I've seen that before. Those sorts of things make you kick yourself - but I'm sure you learnt a lot about your postfix system that will stand you in good stead!
Sep
1
comment Add email account to postfix
You shouldn't need to do anything - the local account is able to send email via SMTP already - you just proved it.
Aug
31
comment APC - SmartUPS RT 5000 Configuration
Yeah - c10k just pipped me to it. Go with that one.
Aug
31
comment Can I safely reduce the number of processors on a VM?
Thanks for the info on the different kernels. It sounds like there is some risk (but small) attached to reducing the number of processors, but only if going from multi- to single-core. So to minimise risk it may be better to reduce my quad-core VMs to dual core, rather than dropping to 1. Given what Helvick said about the scheduling, this sounds like the most sensible approach. I've given this answer as the solution - unfortunately I can't give to both. Massimo doesn't seem to need the points very much so I am sure will understand. :-)
Aug
31
comment Can I safely reduce the number of processors on a VM?
@Helvick - thanks for article. From my understanding of it, the problems of inappropriate multi-processor may not be as bad as suspected. My assumptions were not 100% wrong, but the situation is not as simple as I thought. Reduces the urgency of making any change, but I think I'll make it anyway.
Aug
27
comment Selecting interface for multicast traffic?
What distro are you using?
Aug
27
comment Can I safely reduce the number of processors on a VM?
Thanks - I added the server OS in now :-) Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2 (not R2)
Aug
22
comment Can I disable Pam Loginuid? Can I find out options used to configure kernel?
I found that the kernel had not been correctly configured - so commented out the required pam_loginuid for everything in /etc/pam.d that was requiring it.
Jul
23
comment Sharepoint replacement
Well, very few things out there will be a total replacement for Sharepoint as it is a bundle of lots of features. But if you only need a subset of those features, then Sharepoint may prove to be more trouble (and expense) than it is worth, compared to simpler, more focussed, alternatives.
Jul
22
comment Sharepoint replacement
Yeah - good question. Given you have fairly tight specification above, you will probably find something that meets your needs. Sharepoint is a product to meet the needs of many people without being perfect for all of them. Something simpler will most likely be a better fit.
Jul
17
comment vCenter Converter Standalone cannot copy virtual machines from one ESXi server to another
I agree - and I spoke to VMware about it (we have ESX so pay for support) and they recommended using Converter. Are you using the standalone converter (i.e. not one integrated into VMware Infrastructure/vSphere Client)? I think you probably need to dig deeper into the logs - that would be easier with ESX than ESXi, but I am sure it is still possible.