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Dec
20
comment Any reason not to enable DoS Defense in my router?
"If implemented correctly" isn't assured; especially on consumer grade hardware. The Netgear router I was using at home several years ago had a major bug in it's DOS filter. It was possible to send a single packet with malformed data that would cause DOS filter to crash and take the router down with it.
Nov
27
comment Can a RAID 4 disk setup crash if only 1 hard disk fails?
@longneck You're right; I was thinking of raid 2.
Nov
27
comment Can a RAID 4 disk setup crash if only 1 hard disk fails?
RAID4 should be RAID3. RAID3 is byte striping with parity; RAID4 was an ECC implementation needing a huge number of drives that AFAIK was never implemented.
Nov
16
comment Server Rack vs. Server in PC “Towers”
If your supposition about them largely relying on passive cooling is correct, typical towers do have an advantage in having more room for large heatsinks than rackmount servers where making them as thin as possible to maximize rack density is a major design factor.
Nov
14
comment Balancing RAM when using multiple CPUs
@DavidSchwartz are server chips somehow different in regards to memory amounts on each channel? I recall regularly seeing imbalanced memory amounts on consumer LGA1366 systems offered in retail several years ago; and at the time was told the only penalty would be for the portion of the total not spread across all 3 channels. ex installing 4-2-2gb would give 6gb at 3 channel performance and 2gb at single channel.
Nov
7
comment How to store data on a machine whose power gets cut at random
Bureaucratic stupidity is always believable.
Oct
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
23
comment NAS device claims drive in a RAID is degraded but S.M.A.R.T. says it is fine
Microsoft research has found (via analysis from windows error reporting) that the odds of a second OS crash due to an HD error after a first is 1 in 3.5 for computers that have reported at least 30 days of system uptime. If you have a second crash the odds of a third are 1 in 1.7. Hardware failure is rarely a random one off event; if you care about the data on your system you should immediately replace the drive after the first error. research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=144888
Oct
18
comment How can I hide a Virtual Machine in the Hyper-V Manager, so that only administrators can see it?
The only plausible business case I can see for that sort of access would be to let users create vms for test/dev/etc use without needing to go through an admin (being able to do this would make my life easier at times). However, those VMs should be isolated on separate hardware and a separate admin console so that the developers/etc can't accidentally screw up any production systems.
Oct
17
comment Server room in shipping containers
Does Google actually have sysadmins working inside the containers, or do they use them similarly to how MS does? I've read that MS builds its datacenters by installing pre-built shipping containers of servers as sealed units without any internally serviceable parts (the entire container is swapped out as a unit when it gets too old or has too many dead servers) and only jacks power/ethernet/cooling into the exterior.
Oct
2
awarded  Critic
Oct
2
comment Should I reinstall my production server from 32 bit to 64 bit if it has 16GB of RAM?
IIRC you can implement PAE at the application level as well; and that it used to be fairly common among DBs and other memory hungry server apps back before x86-64 hardware was common. However with it now ubiquitous PAE code branches are being deprecated/abandoned due to lack of use sufficient to justify continued development work.
Sep
18
comment Good reasons to keep 32-bit Microsoft Windows desktop OSes
@Xeoncross It's not just older Atom systems. Intel's current D2500/2700 desktop Atoms have a powerVR GPU and only have win32 drivers.
Sep
14
comment Phishing site uses subdomain that I never registered
Do they give an explanation for why they have such a dangerous default behavior?
Aug
23
comment What exactly does it mean to “jetpack a WINS server”?
As of Office 2010 Access could still use a version of JET on the backend; the wiki hasn't been updated for office 2012 yet so it's possible something has changed since then. I can't find when it was first offered; but at least since Access 2003, Access applications can be configured to use to SQL Server instead of JET as the data store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Jet_Database_Engine#History
Aug
22
comment Successfully, permanently ban a user from a website?
@user1179459 Banning free email providers might work. Hardforum.com has done this for several years to limit trolls availability to rejoin the site. IF the idiot's impersonating other users, enforcing unique display names/etc would be more effective than trying to ban the troll.
Aug
22
comment Successfully, permanently ban a user from a website?
The trouble maker doesn't even need to use an internet cafe. Installing a Tor client will let anyone get 'random' new IPs every time they visit. Even in the dialup era what you want wasn't feasable. I'm a member of a semi-private site that spent several years a decade ago futilely playing whackamole with a troll who kept signing up with (and making long distance calls to) new ISPs all over the country every few days.
May
25
answered Is carpet, or another floor covering, appropriate for a server room?
May
24
awarded  Nice Answer
May
23
awarded  Yearling