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bio website dunxd.com
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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
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.
Jul
12
comment Free IP address management software
Yeah - we have spreadsheets too. Terrible and leads to mistakes eventually. You need a database with constraints.
Jul
8
comment Windows Network Load Balancing on ESX Cluster with Dell PowerConnect stacks
Still in touch with Dell on this - they've been working out what the issue is. Latest suggestion is to go to the latest firmware (isn't it always). Explanation is that the newest firmware shifts a lot of Layer 2 processing out of software and onto hardware on the PowerConnects. Seems reasonable, but these are our core switches, so not sure when I am going to get a window to do a firmware upgrade. If only we were properly redundant like we planned :-)
Jun
25
comment Enforce signature policy in Exchange 2003 using Active Directory fields
I've seen this recommended elsewhere. Most likely will try the Free trial.
Jun
25
comment Enforce signature policy in Exchange 2003 using Active Directory fields
Good answer - may well give this a try, although my boss is looking at a product with support. Free sounds good to me though :-) Many thanks.
Jun
25
comment IP assignment in small network
Go figure. If you've ever worked with Sharepoint, this will look like nothing as far as design choices go...
Jun
25
comment WSS 3.0 Backup/Restore Root Site Collection to Sub-Site of New Site Collection
Interesting question, to which I don't have the answer yet.
Jun
8
comment Scripted forwarding for Outlook 2003
Was that through the script above, or did you find another method?
Jun
8
comment Is it recommended to use XAMPP(software bundle) on production environment and why?
+1 for citing XAMPP's own line on this.