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Aug
22
asked Wake on Lan for Dell Poweredge 2950?
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
I know the machines that failed are indeed on UPS, but I'm waiting on confirmation that they're line-balancing; I don't know for sure that they're not purely for outages right now.
Aug
17
accepted Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Haha. Yeah, I know what you mean; I've actually suggested that they get a "DR" desktop just to sit around unplugged in case all the workstations should be unavailable at once. The case for the server was just that if all the business data were in one place (also they're interested in/curious about sharepoint) then they'd still be operational in the case that one of these myriad hardware problems occur. I like the ebay idea though for cost recooping; I'll bring that to them.
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
I agree 100% with support for Dell--I'm actively trying to steer in this direction, however at this point they've got two ailing systems assembled in the last half year, both of which were very expensive; somewhat contrary to the previously given outlook, they don't want to just deep-six these custom builds in order to pick up a bunch of new optiplexes. Touchy situation, to be sure.
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Your curmudgeoning is well-received; I know where you're coming from, but from the owner's perspective every day they lose due to machine downtime could pay for an entire machine. It's by no means mission-critical or anything, but they've got a lot of clients and a lot of simultaneously running projects, so the delays make them look bad to all of them simultaneously. The rationale is pretty much just as you describe it--"we've got the money to throw at it; just make the problems go away."
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Yes, the machines were all custom-made, and from very nice (i.e. way overkill) parts, at that. The owner has strong predispositions against HP, Dell, and IBM, despite my urging towards Dell (who I've personally had great experience with).
Aug
17
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Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Yeah, I agree. These failure rates seem impossible to me. And yeah; I meant that I was thinking of running a virtualized SBS in hyper-v, but I'm not sure what the underlying infrastructure for that would cost; mostly because I'm not entirely sure what would be required of the underlying infrastructure itself, heh.
Aug
17
comment Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
To be clear, I was more interested in the SCOM/SCVMM aspects of SCE more than I was SCCM. Given my limited knowledge of WSUS and SCCM both, I'm under the impression that SCCM is a beefed up wrapper/replacement for WSUS, right? It's mainly the health monitoring I'm after, and from what I was quoted by MS it would be about a $200 deployment--which didn't seem terribly overkill.
Aug
17
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Aug
17
asked Fault tolerant server structure for the smallest of businesses
Jun
24
comment How to properly nest a wireless router behind a wired router?
Ooh, actually I have a currently-unused WAN2 interface that can be configured as a DMZ; I may try this. Nice idea!
Jun
24
accepted How to properly nest a wireless router behind a wired router?
Jun
24
comment How to properly nest a wireless router behind a wired router?
Sorry, I prefer that my connections go snarf-free.
Jun
23
asked How to properly nest a wireless router behind a wired router?
Jun
16
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Jun
16
comment Netgear FVS336G: appropriate solution for today's small businesses?
Cisco ends up being the solution. Oh well, maybe netgear will figure out their problems one day.
Jun
16
accepted Netgear FVS336G: appropriate solution for today's small businesses?