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Ideal humidity for a server room?

Most equipment is rated for a wide range of humidity (5 to 95% non-condensing, for instance). However, what is the ideal humidity? Higher humidity carries heat away from equipment a little better, ...
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4answers
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Heat issues with Hard Drives

Have you ever had to alter your deployment plans because of thermal dissipation issues with your chosen hard drives? Was your solution to increase the cooling solution, or to move to a cooler drive ...
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10answers
520 views

How to browse safely from a public internet computer?

I was reading this question when I thought: Some emergencies requires that you log on in e-mail or another sensitive sites in public internet computers. Remember that points: You cannot install ...
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2answers
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How can you test an external (USB) hard drive?

I have an external drive that has had issues with corrupt data in the past. However, I'm not sure if this is a physical problem with the drive, or whether it was just a file problem. Typically, I ...
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4answers
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Do you use SSD in a production environment yet? [closed]

I'm not asking whether or not it's worth the money, as in Question 2425. I'm interested to see the level of acceptance in the production world up to now. Money can certainly relate to the answer, ...
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2answers
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Linux RDP/VNC/SSH Client [closed]

I use loads of machines daily. Each uses different connection methods, either remote desktop, VNC or SSH. My desktop is Linux, it would be nice if I had a tabbed interface for them all so I don't ...
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3answers
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Does repartitioning on an SSD effectively reduce the lifespan of the device?

When repartitioning to a different size on an SSD, is the data in the partition rewritten to the SSD, or is an aggressive rereferencing method used? Specifically, when using gparted under Ubuntu to ...
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18answers
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Alternative Remote Desktop Software

What are good alternatives to the Windows builtin remote desktop client? I have tried Terminals and it is great but I've have run into numerous bugs with the latest release (currently 1.7e). Can ...
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6answers
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Most Appropriate log-structured file system to use with Linux / SSD?

With the development of log-structured filesystems and the introduction of (relatively) inexpensive SSDs, is there a best choice for a log-structured filesystem for use on Linux with SSD drives?
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8answers
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Is there a performance trade-off when using cloud servers?

When compared to a 'real' server does a cloud-hosted virtual server of a similar specification (available RAM, processer, disk etc) have a noticable performance cost?
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1answer
761 views

Installing and maintaining Apache, MySQL, PHP on OSX [closed]

I have recently gotten into quite a predicament with my MacBook: I'm not quite sure how many or what versions of the AMP stack I currently have installed. In addition to the default stack that comes ...
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5answers
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Linux command equivalents in opensolaris (and vice versa)? [closed]

So we just recently moved to a host that is based on opensolaris rather than a variant of linux. I've found that there are a bunch of commands that don't operate the way I'm used to on linux machines....
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5answers
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Tools and Tips for Sun JVM Troubleshooting

We run a cluster of ColdFusion 8 servers on top of the Sun JVM, version 1.6.0_11. Occasionally a server will simply stop responding to requests. We've determined so far that the JVM is locking up ...
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5answers
3k views

Linux hardening - web servers

What are your checklist/routine when setting up a Linux web server? What do you recommend to achieve maximum security? Is there any preferred way to perform repeated maintenance?
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7answers
3k views

Turn on Home Computer Remotely [closed]

When I am traveling I would like the ability to remote into my home computer from my laptop rather than transfer all of my tools/data to my laptop. However I don't want to leave my home computer on 24/...
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2answers
762 views

Is Amazon EC2 reliable for benchmarking?

I've been rethinking the compiler shootout and I began to wonder: is Amazon EC suitable for benchmarking? The environment is totally virtual, so are there any guarantees that benchmarking results will ...
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2answers
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Issue with COM+DLL in IIS 6.0 [closed]

We have a COM+DLL in IIS 6 supporting an ASP classic Application. We have successfully debugged to the point that we know that the DLL is causing hangs in the worker process (a call to the object is ...
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4answers
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If I resize a Linux partition using GParted will my data be safe?

I would like to shrink the size of a partition containing an Ubuntu distribution and files. Is it safe to assume that I will not lose or corrupt any of the files as long as I don't make the partition ...
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5answers
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How do I determine the ARC path for a particular drive letter in Windows?

I'm trying to edit my BOOT.INI file but I'm unsure what ARC path I need to use to reference a particular drive letter. There is a kb article that almost seems like it tells you how to do this but ...
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1answer
586 views

Installing Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2003

I am attempting to install Exchange Server 2003 on Windows Server 2003 R2. I have installed all of the prerequisites as far as I can tell. When I run the install program and try to tell it to do a ...
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3answers
2k views

Hide users when connecting to Windows Server 2008

If I RDP to a Windows Server 2008 box without proving any username or password information I get to see a list of the users on the computer. In Windows Server 2003 this list was not broadcasted. How ...
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8answers
6k views

How do I add outbound only mail service for local tools to a 'minimal' debian system?

I have several servers running applications on debian. Each has the packages it requires for the application, and no more. Currently, none have mail sending capability. However, I would like the ...
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4answers
27k views

What is ECC ram and why is it better?

I've seen a dicussion about ECC ram use on servers. Why is it better?
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2answers
157 views

How to control the swap drive (X:\drive) usage?

I am not really a network administrator but my company has LAN which has around 1500 computers. The offices are located in various geographical locations. The problem we face is that the use of swap ...
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4answers
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Best way to back up a system state for product testing?

I have a test system that requires a lot of setup to install the product I am testing. While testing it is possible degrade the system. I am looking for a way to go back to a point on the system ...
0
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1answer
608 views

WHS sub directories permissions, can they be managed? [closed]

I have a Windows Home Server with multiple PCs and Macs connected. I also have about a dozen or so users and the list is growing. I desire the ability to control user access to a finer detail then ...
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3answers
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My machine has an internet connection but intermittently cannot be found on the network

I have a machine running Windows Server 2003 using a wireless network (D-Link) card in my basement. Even though it has a live connection to the Internet, sometimes it does not allow me to connect to ...
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4answers
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Using Firefox in Windows Domain Environment?

Is anyone successfully using Firefox 3 in a Windows domain? By "successfully" I mean deploying via AD, configuring via GPO (especially setting network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris), default ...
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12answers
41k views

How much SWAP space on a 2-4GB system?

How should I decide what size to make my swap on a new Linux machine (Debian) with 2-4 GB of RAM? Do I really need swap space?
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5answers
4k views

Limiting the use of `sudo -s`

I am setting up Nagios on some of my Linux servers and have run into a bit of an issue. The check_ide_smart plugin requires root access to the system to run. To run it, I use the check_by_ssh plugin ...
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4answers
5k views

Reference to all users/groups in Active Directory

I am working with an application that allows security to a hierarchy of folders to be set through Active Directory. I have run into an issue with the application where it seems that the default ...
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6answers
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fake “from” field in an email

How can I manipulate the "from" field in an email and make the "to" user see something different then the actual. Example: really from From: TStamper@yahoo.com but they see From: Tremayne "...
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9answers
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Would you use ECC RAM in a workstation?

Is ECC RAM recommended for use in workstations, or is it something that only gets used in servers? If non-ECC RAM works in PCs, why would we need ECC RAM at all?
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5answers
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Is it possible to trace a sent outbound email back to the origin?

So here's the situation. An email was sent from a computer within our organization yesterday and we were subsequently marked as spam because of it. We don't know who sent it. We don't know when it ...
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2answers
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How to judge our scale as a metric for what kind of hosting service I need? [duplicate]

We have a worldwide nonprofit organization which receives a modest amount of traffic (or at least I figure it's modest but I have little to compare against -- enter SF) How do I determine what scale ...
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5answers
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Printer MAC Addresses

I have three printers that I have to put on our internal network using the printers' internal NICs. They are all currently attached to Windows XP machines and shared via the OS. So I need to submit ...
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3answers
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Programs can not “see” network drive until I manually browse to it

We have a small peer-to-peer network with all Windows XP computers. One computer is designated as a Server and has shared several folders. (And it's set to share again automatically on restart, which ...
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4answers
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Disable Shift+Delete

How can I disable Shift+Delete so that even if the key combination is used the files always get to the Recycle Bin?
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5answers
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Outlook 2003 can't send email outside of domain?

Okay, once again I’m baffled with an issue that I’m hoping one of you can help me solve. Here’s the deal… Configuration: Microsoft Office XP (Outlook 2003) on a Windows XP (SP3) system connected to ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to make a network drive show up as a folder?

I'm using an online backup solution that does not work with networked drives or mapped drives. Is it possible to make a network drive show up as a "regular" folder? What possible impacts could this ...
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2answers
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How to remote a single application, rather than the entire desktop

I would like to run an application on one Windows machine (2008 server preferably, but any platform is okay) and display the UI on another Windows workstation. I'm not sure what blend of technologies ...
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5answers
15k views

WTS - Remote list connected users

Some times, remote users don't disconnect and new connections fails with this message: The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections. How can I list connected users ...
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8answers
734 views

SQL Server performance triage? [closed]

If you get a call/page about a SQL server performance issue, what do you do first? Start a trace? Pop up Perfmon? Open activity monitor? Each of these are useful tools, but what's your "sequence" of ...
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5answers
319 views

Best practices for upgrading Linux

I know that keeping /home in different partitions will preserve my data. But what about the user-specific configuration files? Are always forward-compatible? Are there other issues as well?
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3answers
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On Windows Vista, is there a way to allow an application to always run with elevated permissions?

Here is the scenario, I have an application that requires elevated permissions to run on my Windows Vista based HTPC, but I don't want to disable UAC because the computer is always connected to the ...
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4answers
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How to display last login time when logging into a Windows server?

We have been tasked with a security requirement to display the last time a user was logged into the server upon login on our Windows 2003 and 2008 servers. This would apply to local and AD accounts. ...
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6answers
25k views

File transfer using telnet

Somesimes I must work with remote host which have telnet connection but no either ftp or ssh (to use scp) also there are no netcat. Also there are no gcc (to compile netcat for example). Does ...
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3answers
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Using “Run as…” as limited user to modify network connection settings? [closed]

I'm running in a non-admin account on my development workstation, using "Run as..." for all things that need administrator privileges. Thankfully under XP even the control panel applets allow that. ...
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1answer
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Alternatives to Windows DFS (distributed file system)

The Win 2008 dedicated server we're leasing doesn't have Win DFS installed (and we'd have to upgrade our hosting contract to get it). Are there any alternatives available that we could install so we ...
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7answers
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What is the best Off the shelf Home / small office NAS [closed]

I run a multi OS home environment and am looking for a new NAS as central storage. OS's in environment: OSX, unbuntu ( linux ), windows XP Current protocols: smb, nfs, bit-torrent, PNP, ssh Size ...

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