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Sep
29
comment An honest security ethics nondisclosure question I need help with
good points. Likewise, revealing that you are aware of the problems years later really opens you up to some uncomfortable questions if the discussion bubbles over into legal and business areas. It's unlikely that part of the agreement was that you'd keep "checking on them" for years to come.
Sep
19
answered Aggregate resize
Sep
18
answered Find members of Active Directory Domain Group
Sep
9
revised How do I synchronize clocks between Linux and Windows?
typos
Sep
9
answered How do I synchronize clocks between Linux and Windows?
Sep
8
answered What is your IT-department to staff ratio?
Aug
27
answered NetAPP Snap Manager for Exchange
Aug
26
answered Leatherman tool for administrators?
Aug
18
answered How can I tell I'm using an XP server vs. an XP workstation?
Aug
11
comment Unable to delete locked page file on SAN
In the same vein, I experienced a recurring issue with VSP scratch files and NetBackup on a Windows client. Rebooting the client allowed deletion (not optimal for a production server) but just shutting down the NetBackup services did not. Investigating with Process Explorer revealed that the virus scanner had them locked and wouldn't let go so shutting down NetBackup services and all virus scanning processes freed the files for deletion. This was a better alternative than rebooting for us until we were able to work around the problem permanently.
Aug
11
answered Are there no downsides to NetApp SAN solutions other than price?
Aug
5
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Aug
5
comment Windows XP Full Disk Encryption - What are the options?
PGP WDE does have a configuration offering SSO but that may not have been implemented for various reasons.
Jul
30
comment Lock Workstation Glitch? (AD/Windows XP)
Yeah..."unpolished" at least huh? Seems to be a bit of an unclosed loop WRT user feedback not matching 100% what might the expected behavior given the message and what might be technically occurring under the hood.
Jul
30
revised Lock Workstation Glitch? (AD/Windows XP)
additional note :re kerberos ticket
Jul
30
answered Lock Workstation Glitch? (AD/Windows XP)
Jul
30
comment Make browsing safe for porn surfers
If you're looking at something like Deep Freeze preventing changes to persist across reboots, also take a look at Windows SteadyState: microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/… It's a no-charge package from MS that may accomplish most or all of you likely would want Deep Freeze to be able to "re-fresh" a PC.
Jul
29
comment Novell Netware Support/Recommendation?
What exactly did we miss out on? We replaced a Groupwise system with Zimbra running on Red Hat at a much lower cost both in software and hardware. Groupwise is a nice email system and can provide a good user experience. It may be bulletproof on linux. Our experience with increasingly expensive but unsatisfactory support from Novell and what seemed like an uncertain future for the product didn't balance against those factors.
Jul
28
comment Configuring NTFS file system for performance
Good point about filesystem fragmentation when there's abstraction from the storage hardware. This is also true when dealing with virtual disks sitting on top of a disk array. Potentially, NTFS sits on top of datastore filesystem (e.g., VMFS) which in turn sits on top of however the disk array presents itself.
Jul
27
comment How do you backup a SAN?
The social aspect is often more challenging. Helping explain the business value of a tape or 2nd array or VTL to protect data can take time. Possible 1st step: Get a $ value awareness of the data they want protected: 1) how much would it cost to recreate it? and 2) how much does an hour/day of downtime cost? Until then, protect it however you can...another server,removable hard drives, etc. The most you can do at this point is start the discussion and keep it alive going forward. Make an effort to keep business and management folks aware of the risks of not protecting data. Good luck!