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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
15
comment Can I disable Pam Loginuid? Can I find out options used to configure kernel?
ls: /proc/config.gz: No such file or directory
Apr
15
comment Windows Network Load Balancing on ESX Cluster with Dell PowerConnect stacks
I also noticed that under a very small load, the problems with NLB do not occur (e.g. I set my hosts file to point our intranet urls at the NLB address, and I don't see the problem - but when everyone goes to the sharepoint servers via the NLB address, things are very slow)
Apr
9
comment Working around Gmail mailing-list “feature.”
I wasted a lot of time troubleshooting my mailing list because I wasn't seeing any messages at the Gmail account I was testing from before I figured this out. Extremely annoying "feature" My messages weren't going into spam, but I know they were being delivered and accepted by Google mail servers. Look forward to an answer.
Apr
7
comment Virtualised Sharepoint Backup Strategies
Well - I think virtualisation presents some great opportunities to speed up backup and simplify restoration. Maybe someone here has given it thought. If not, fine. I'll figure something out.
Apr
6
comment Virtualised Sharepoint Backup Strategies
@MattB: Given I have a virtualised environment, I have a few extra options specific to that, and I haven't found a great deal written on it already.
Apr
6
comment Virtualised Sharepoint Backup Strategies
Just to clarify a bit - I am aware that I could just backup the entire VMs, but this gives a lot of data that we don't really need in a disaster (index files etc) that will slow down recovery time. I have an idea where I make a WFE that has the Central Admin site installed on it, and doesn't do any kind of query or indexing work - so the VM disk can be quite small. A restore of this VM could then act as the first server in a new farm. Will that work?
Feb
15
comment How to do a text match in bash
Guess the other answers are roll your own ternary operators :-)
Feb
12
comment Cisco VPN endpoints disconnecting from a VLAN
My config is almost exactly the same. Only missing the management tunnel line. Each VLAN we have gets a subnet, so I expect you are right on that count. So are you saying that each subnet gets its own tunnel, and for some reason that is timing out? Interestingly, we have lost this problem on one of the ASAs by removing a cheap router from the equation. The D-link used to be connected in between the ASA and the ISP equipment. Now the ASA connects directly to the ISP equipment, and the problem has gone. In some cases the cheap routers is the ISP equipment though, so not quite as easy.
Feb
12
comment Dealing with moved documents and sites in Sharepoint
That looks like exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!
Feb
12
comment Dealing with moved documents and sites in Sharepoint
Unfortunately, the rewriter at www.iis.net seems to be only for IIS7 - we're still in IIS6 land as far as our Sharepoint infrastructure is concerned.
Feb
12
comment Dealing with moved documents and sites in Sharepoint
When you talk about the long terms scan and update - are you suggesting there is some way of fixing links within Office documents stored in Sharepoint?
Feb
11
comment Linux: How do I run a script when an external drive is connected?
What OS are the servers running?
Feb
11
comment Configuring subdomain using apache virtualhost problem
That looks ok to me. The config file you are using is definitely the one that Apache is using right? You've cleared the cache in your browser? You haven't set ServerName or ServerAlias anywhere else in the config?
Jan
29
comment website cannot be found unless I put IP address in host file
Remember that in DNS www.domain.com is different from domain.com unless you are using wildcards.
Jan
29
comment ESX(i) Interface Bonding ala Linux?
That sounds super simple indeed. I guess that this only works for redundancy - can you do bonding where each interface is connected to a different switch. vSwitches are only on vSphere (ESX 4.0) right? Gotta upgrade our clusters!
Jan
29
comment sendmail vs smtp server
+1 keep it as simple as possible, unless you know a good reason to make it more complex. If you do have a good reason, get postfix, buy a book on it, and learn all about MTAs.
Jan
29
comment Dealing with moved documents and sites in Sharepoint
Those articles discuss moving sites between content databases, which doesn't necessarily result in changed URLs. We want to change the URLs so they reflect the site and organisational structure, yet make sure as few links as possible break (or handle broken links in a user friendly way).
Jan
29
comment redirect from mysite.com to www.mysite.com
relative URLs are your best friend!
Jan
29
comment How do I calculate the Number of Web FrontEnd Servers For SharePoint
+1 - this is a good place to start. In case you are thinking of doing this in VMware or HyperV (which would make rolling out additional WFEs even easier) you should check out blogs.msdn.com/uksharepoint/archive/2009/02/26/… which discusses in detail. One bit of advice I wish we'd had originally was to make sure the index server is physical not a VM, due to the IO. With 40k, you might also want to look at something a bit more substantial than windows NLB for load balancing/high availability.
Jan
28
comment Really clear introduction to Sharepoint architecture
Just to clarify - I have been administering Sharepoint for three years. I really need to explain some of this to other people, as we probably need to redo our Sharepoint architecture. I need to be able to discuss this with people who have no idea what a managed path is etc.