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Formerly known as "Jimmy Shelter".

Then one appeared among us, in our own form visible, but greater and more beautiful; and he said that he had come out of pity.

I'm like the Clint Eastwood of backups. I drift into town, say "ahm-a gonna clean up yer backups", shoot the place up a bit, get rid of the bad guys, then drift back out again.

Been there, done that, still doing it.


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answered Do you prefer to administrate servers through a GUI or CLI?
May
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answered How to keep your physical server environment manageable
May
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comment How do you know when a Microsoft hotfix has been obsoleted by a newer patch?
True enough, as a hotfix that you need to explicitly request, it wouldn't show (that only applies to regular patches). I reckon you did the right thing by searching on the KB number though, it's what I would do for any hotfix as a matter of principle.
May
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comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
Yes, that makes more sense to me. The obvious correct answer would then be "depends on the software"; whereas a rigid dogmatic answer in support of either to the exclusion of the other would be a warning sign.
May
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comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
I don't see that the open source vs proprietary question matters. The important thing is "do you use the right software that does what you want, how you want?"; whether that be open source or not is irrelevant.
May
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answered What are the best practices in deciding what to lock down and what to allow with corporate users?
May
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comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
And are they aware that DR is not just an IT problem? A lot of places seriously think of DR in terms of IT alone, and don't have plans for their paper files.
May
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comment The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
On the other hand, if the answer is "no" you should probably follow it up with "how many others are there?" - especially if it's a top-level enterprise admin job.
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May
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answered How do you know when a Microsoft hotfix has been obsoleted by a newer patch?
May
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comment Windows: Can domain controllers also serve other functions?
Aside from having 40 remote servers with no IT staff on-site, splitting out your server roles to separate boxes does put you in a very nice position where you can do maintenance on one box without affecting the others. Also, putting weird and flaky third party software (I'm talking printer drivers here) on a DC doesn't chime well with my sensibilities. Thrdly, you want your DC event logs to be squeaky clean, you don't want a minor heart attack any time you get a security or system warning from one of those!
May
29
comment Windows: what is the difference between DEP always on and DEP opt-out with no exceptions?
That's interesting... I know that there is a DEP-aware option in Visual Studio, but what it does seems poorly documented. Perhaps if the app was compiled with this option switched on or off it may also be a contributing factor (in which case there's not too much you can really do about it).
May
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answered The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
May
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answered Rack Mount Servers - Build them or Buy them?
May
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answered Windows: what is the difference between DEP always on and DEP opt-out with no exceptions?
May
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answered Explorer dies on XP Pro in a Windows 2003 network
May
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answered Windows Workgroup Machine Naming vs. User Account Names
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answered The Joel Test for system administrator jobs
May
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answered Is there a standard method of proving password security to non-mathematicians?
May
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answered “Organizational issues” — sore spots of IT?