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comment Something is burning in the server room; how can I quickly identify what it is?
If we were to have a BRB that would actually be worth something in the case of an electrical fire, we'd have to have a complete carbon copy of our already triple-redundant DC in an offsite location to provide failover. That DC would have to be independently certified by the UL for redundancy as if it were our only one, it would have to be able to handle peak traffic by itself (meaning we couldn't load-balance with it), and we would have to be able to get to it with our primary DC dark. Now compare that to the cost of a mask and air bottle and a 15-lb Class C fire extinguisher.
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comment Something is burning in the server room; how can I quickly identify what it is?
I see both sides to this argument. On the one hand, human life is not to be toyed with; not your own, not your co-workers'. On the other hand, I work for an company whose datacenter is the nerve center for our "command center" of humans responding to alarm panel signals. We don't have a BRB, because for us, a BRB is itself a threat to human life safety (namely those of our customers, who expect us to be there when they hit their panic switch). The UL, which must OK everything we do WRT power/networking/etc, would laugh all the way out the door at an EPO on our DC.
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comment Backup plan compilation guides?
This may be a better fit over on Server Fault; it's more about DR than attack prevention.
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comment What's the exact technical difference between a public and private cloud?
Less technical, more conceptual; most clouds, public or private, are secured. What is the difference, conceptually, between an encrypted, secure connection from a single client to a "public" cloud, and an encrypted, secure VPN tunnel linking two "gateways" together?
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comment What are the actual benefits of assigning sudo privileges to a user instead of using root?
The sudoer can't do everything root can, only what root allows sudoers to sudo, and the sudoer still has to sudo the command. Lastly, sudoers sudo things as their own user account, first meaning they don't have to log in as root, and second allowing you to see who sudid something.
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accepted Bypass installing updates on shut-down
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comment How do other companies handle approved browsers and versions for internal corporate web development hardware?
This. There is a deadlock. You must break it in order to perform the duties of your job. One of your boss's primary duties as a software development manager is to remove obstacles that are above your pay grade. So, that would be my first stop if IT said I couldn't use something that my job requires. Don't take on IT by yourself; at least have your boss's blessing before pushing back directly to them.
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comment Best Practices in Username Standards: Avoiding Problems
I'm reminded of a Dilbert strip: search.dilbert.com/comic/Utthead
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answered Does changing default port number actually increase security?
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