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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.


Feb
11
comment Mod_Rewrite Rule (or an Alternative) For Reorganizing Directory Structure
Did you test it? Does it work? If so don't worry too much about resource consumption. This will be nothing compared to the load placed by normal requests.
Feb
8
comment Is an IPSEC tunnel limited to the slowest direction of an asynchronous connection?
Ah - we use split tunneling to avoid that. I'd better update the question again...
Feb
8
comment Is an IPSEC tunnel limited to the slowest direction of an asynchronous connection?
Fleshed out the question a bit, because I am still confused :-)
Feb
8
comment Is an IPSEC tunnel limited to the slowest direction of an asynchronous connection?
Hmm - so the opposite of what mgorven said, and someone voted them up. Hopefully there will be some more votes or comments to clarify.
Feb
8
comment Is an IPSEC tunnel limited to the slowest direction of an asynchronous connection?
Can you rephrase that because I really don't understand what you are trying to say.
Jan
25
comment How do you document/track your permissions
I would also suggest that you delegate management of the groups to an appropriate person in the business. If they have an email address and appear in the GAL then they can be managed through the Address Book in Outlook in a very user friendly way.
Jan
25
comment Using postfix to relay/forward to gmail
That is the simplest option, and as long as the rest of the postfix config is working to handle mail sent to your domain it will do the trick.
Jan
11
comment Email going to a user at a similar domain name
In that case, since people probably put your domain correctly, it is the other guy's problem. In which case I'd leave it, especially if they are a competitor :-)
Jan
11
comment Email going to a user at a similar domain name
A common bug in the users operating system combined with a namespace problem. They sign up for user1456@gmail.com, then tell people that their email address is user@gmail.com, or people forget the suffix. No - that's my email address because I got there first! It happens all the time with different people. Maybe there is a genetic fault amongst those who share my surname. Or maybe it's all in the memes.
Jan
10
comment How do you search for backdoors from the previous IT person?
The higher your ServerFault score the higher your chances of being a BOFH :-)
Jan
10
comment Email going to a user at a similar domain name
I regularly get email for people with the same initial and last name as me who use the same popular email provider. I can't believe the idiots out there who give my address instead of their own when applying for jobs. Mailing lists I can understand people not being careful about, but job applications? Anyway, I once tracked down one of these people, as they actually got invited to interview. It was worth a transatlantic phone call - she was very very grateful.
Jan
8
comment Force NTFS permissions inheritance for newly created files
What is the third party software?
Jan
7
comment What server specs would be needed to handle an ASP.NET website with the following usage?
possible duplicate of Can you help me with my capacity planning?
Jan
7
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
Please add more detail as this is an undocumented setup as far as APC or vmware are concerned.
Jan
4
comment Looking for software to monitor scheduled emails and notify when they don't arrive or contain errors
But if the process sending the email is affected by a problem then not getting an email is a problem. This is the same as the problem of monitoring your monitoring system...
Jan
4
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
You don't have to configure your UPS to trigger a shutdown immediately, but you do want it to shut off before the batteries drain completely else you will have to buy more batteries, particularly in some of the locations where I work and the power goes daily. It is great to get human's involved of course, but you don't always have a System Administrator in a remote office.
Jan
4
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
This seems like the most sensible answer being supported by both vendors. Unfortunate that VMware haven't thought to build anything into ESX/ESXi that does this natively. The Network solution requires that at least one network switch is powered via UPS too.
Jan
4
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
Hmm - worth evaluating as not bothering setting this up is the simplest solution... Sadly in some of my locations extended power cuts wouldn't be uncommon, and in those places the UPS batteries will end up getting killed by regularly getting drained to zero.
Jan
4
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
I have my fingers crossed that you don't experience any extreme weather caused long power outages in those locations.
Jan
4
comment VMware ESXi shutdown triggered by APC UPS connected via USB
Why bother having UPS on your ESXi hosts at all then? If the power goes because of an outage or because the battery ran down you get the same result.