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How can I restart a windows service remotely using a script?

I have a Python web application running in a CherryPy server, which is running as a windows service. I have a batch file to deploy this application, but I'm still having to remote desktop in to the ...
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7answers
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What is the most efficient way to keep data synchronized between two locations?

For example, I would like to keep a lot of music files synchronized on two different hard drives. What is the most efficient way to do this? The more automated the method, the better!
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10answers
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Why do I want to run Tomato firmware on my router? [closed]

What is the most compelling reason to flash your router to the Tomato firmware?
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5answers
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Wake on Lan tool for Windows?

Can anyone recommend a good Wake on Lan tool for Windows? Either a commandline/windows app/script to send the "magic packet" and turn on a computer.
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3answers
1k views

Server Uptime Reporting and Tracking

My department maintains 6 servers running both Windows Server 2003 and Ubuntu Server. We have to report and track our uptime. I believe we have to have a 95% uptime and we have no real way to track ...
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3answers
318 views

Building optimal custom machine for Sql Server [closed]

Getting the hardware in the mail any day. Hardware related to my question: x10 15.5k RPM SAS Segate Cheetah's x2 Adaptec 5405 PCIe Raid cards Motherboard has integrated SAS raid. Was thinking I ...
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19answers
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Best practices to keep your computer(s) backed up efficiently?

I'm looking for a cheap and efficient strategy to keep my personal computers and laptops backed up. For example, currently I take a snapshot of my desktop once a week with Ghost and place the image ...
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6answers
247 views

How do I convince my boss that RAID is a good solution? [closed]

HOW do you convince your managers that the solution you have in mind is a good/the best solution? Addition/reflection: I need to be able to explain in layman's terms (or maybe, in business terms) ...
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4answers
163 views

Need some help for a first time Office Communications Server Install

I want to install Office Communications Server on Server 2008. I have never installed OCS and I am looking for a good walkthrough of the installation process.
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10answers
2k views

What are the Sysadmin-Related Blogs & Mailing Lists you monitor? [closed]

I know this is a gimme question, but I genuinely would like to add more sysadmin related feeds to my reader, so please list the contents of your feedreader.
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4answers
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How to Monitor Bandwidth usage in real terms

I have a small (windows) network with a few people on it. We have internet access via a BT router Generally things are all fine, but occasionally, we seem to experience a dramatic loss of bandwidth....
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3answers
225 views

System Image Recipes?

I've got a low number of EC2 instances managed, but an even lower time-budget to spend keeping them updated and being able to roll out new instances for tests and application upgrades. I need to be ...
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4answers
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PhpMyAdmin for Sql Server

Does anyone know of a similar tool as phpmyadmin for sqlserver ? Especially the data dump is very handy. But also updating etc, without needing to remotely logon etc. is nice.
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2answers
203 views

Is there a way to search all the event-logs on a LAN for a specifc event?

Is there a way to search all the event-logs on a LAN for a specifc event?
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2answers
2k views

Best Method or Tool to Migrate from MySQL to SQL Server

What is the best method or tool to migrate a database from MySQL to Microsoft SQL Server? My database is MySQL 5.0.27 and has 74 tables and 41 stored procedures. The current site is ASP/VBscript and ...
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3answers
4k views

What important group-policy settings should I configure in Active Directory? [closed]

We have a number of important settings enabled (password changes, screen-locks etc), but I'm sure there's loads more really useful settings that we could enable. Any suggestions would be gratefully ...
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19answers
9k views

Why does redhat seem to be so popular in the enterprise world? [closed]

Title says it all. For personal usage, I tend to prefer Debian/Ubuntu over Redhat. It's not necessarily that I dislike Redhat (or more specifically CentOS or Fedora) so much as it is that I like ...
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7answers
4k views

Automating server deployment

I find i am constantly settings up pretty much nearly identical servers and VPSs for a number of my clients and it can be very time consuming. Often the only thing that changes between each deployment ...
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5answers
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How can I configure unattended installation of Ubuntu?

I'd like to configure an installer for Ubuntu which runs in 'unattended' mode and answers all the questions with defaults or pre-configured settings. Ideally it should run and reboot on it's own, ...
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1answer
1k views

Best tool for managing IIS metabase [closed]

What is the best tool for managing IIS metabase? A free tool please.
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4answers
4k views

Using AD to block access to certain websites between certain times

Is there a way that AD can be used to block access to certain websites (e.g. Facebook) between certain times? Ideally I'd like to only to be available at (say) lunchtimes. (I can live with the fact ...
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8answers
5k views

How often does your company replace all its servers? [closed]

Companies I have worked for replace them every 3 years
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3answers
2k views

What's the best way to set-up a user's printers using NETLOGON.bat?

What's the best way to set-up a user's printers using NETLOGON.bat?
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5answers
2k views

How can I enforce that my urls always start with www?

I want to ensure that users come to www.mydomain.com even if they arrive through the alias mydomain.com. This is so that I have control over cookies on subdomains, and so that Google sees one single ...
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8answers
3k views

Software http load balancer?

Right now we only have one back-end server per site/web service. I'd be interested to hear people's experiences with various load balancer apps (something that runs on Linux). What would you ...
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10answers
981 views

What is the best way to gain access when the password is unknown?

If you were provided a computer running Windows 2000 or newer and you have no passwords, what method do you use to gain access with administrator privileges so you can use the system?
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2answers
4k views

How do I relay mails to another machine with Postfix?

How do I set up my colo box to relay email for my domain (xcski.com) to my home box? Both are currently running postfix, and currently the colo box receives email for a bunch of domains and my home ...
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10answers
1k views

Noisy server rooms

Are everyone else's server rooms noisy? Do you have continuous sound metering, do you put meters in from time to time, or do you just put up with it? Does anyone wear ear protectors in a server room?...
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3answers
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How do you track and debug mySQL performance issues?

I have a server system running on Mac OS X 10.4 (Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.1). This server is used mainly as a Bugzilla Server, but there are some other web-based services running (Testlink, TikiWiki)...
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5answers
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Recommendations for SMTP services for massive mailing [closed]

What is the recommendations for SMTP services for massive mailing? Let me clarify, most of the free SMTP services (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc...) has limits about the amount of messages you can send ...
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4answers
573 views

Why is it that highend servers fail more often than heavily used workstations?

It just something i noticed here at work. We all use our workstations heavily troughout the day for years and we almost never run into problems. But our various dedicated servers go from bad to worse ...
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3answers
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Should I defrag my RAID volumes?

It seems to me that since RAID volumes are logical (as opposed to physical), the layout that the OS believes they have might not correspond to the actual phsyical layout. So does defrag make sense ...
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1answer
209 views

Munin with intermittent clients

I'm currently using munin to monitor a bunch of linux servers (as well as a few WinXP clients). However, munin does its data collection sequentially, and seems to be very susceptible to timing out ...
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4answers
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Why won't automatic login through ssh with authorized_keys work?

I have created a private/public dsa-keypair. I've put the public key on the server in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys Everything is set up like my other server, but it seems like the server is just ignoring ...
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9answers
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How to setup simple firewall on Ubuntu?

Could somebody give some simple steps with configuration example how to setup simple firewall on Ubuntu (using console only)? Only ssh, http and https access should be allowed.
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3answers
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Guides to implement OpenLDAP just as directory and not to control Network access? [closed]

I have been trying to configure OpenLDAP in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex but the guides I find in the web are confusing for me. I have had no succes. I think the problem is most guides assume you want to use ...
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12answers
2k views

Good book for a software developer doing part-time (Linux) system administration work [closed]

In many smaller organisations, developers often end up doing some system administration work (for obvious reasons). A lot of the time, they have great developer skills, but few system administration ...
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3answers
447 views

Why is my computer sending emails

I am currently using Debian Squeeze 6.0. The administrator of my work place receives every week messages from several processes of my system: cron smartd ... The messages are send to root@workdomain....
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4answers
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Please recommend good sources of information on water cooling or silent PC building [closed]

I've been waiting to ages to ask this question on (site-that-is-not)stackoverflow.com! My PC is a bit of a beast. I use it for everything, including development (my day job) and gaming. It's a bit ...
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2answers
5k views

How to enable encrypted connections to a SQL Server instance?

How can I enable an encrypted network connection to SQL Server? What have I to do on the client and on the server side?
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3answers
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Reset the primary key column with existing data in SQL Server 2008?

I have an existing table where the first few rows have been deleted. Is it possible to reset the primary key so the existing data Id column changes back to 1,2,3..?
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7answers
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Most wanted feature for Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 4.0 [closed]

Some blogs rumor that the next Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) would allow to host user-defined and even non-Microsoft packages. What is your wish list for WSUS 4.0?
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3answers
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Open source thin-client software

I have been looking for a open source alternate to windows thin-client terminals we use for remote desktop into a terminal server which is where users do all their work. I am often in the situation ...
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5answers
139k views

Adding an administrator user to SQL Server 2008

How do you add an administrator user to SQL Server 2008?
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19answers
21k views

The perfect server room?

What do I have to consider when I'm planning a new server room for a small company (30 PCs, 5 servers, a couple of switches, routers, UPS...)? What are the most important aspects in order to protect ...
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7answers
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10 gigabit networks: Decieding between fiber and twisted pair

With a green field installation 10gbps network (no legacy equipment to support), why would one select one physical medium over the other? If left to impulse, I'd probably go with fiber optics over ...
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3answers
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What's the modern way to open a URL during logon?

Currently I am using this vbs script during logon to a Windows desktop: Set oIE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application") ' This creates a Internet Explorer window oIE.Left = -5000 ...
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2answers
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Word 2003 add-in limitations

Are there known limitation to the numbers or size of add-ins in Word? At the moment, if I do Application.COMAddIns.Count in a copy of Word, I get 4, one of which I wrote and the other three are ...
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3answers
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IIS Time Zone and daylight saving changes

How can I determine Time Zone setting for IIS. It seems that ever since the daylight savings were applied (+1 hour) the time returned by IIS is 1 hour behind as the +1 was ignored. The time on the ...
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3answers
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How should I upgrade debian/xen machines from etch to lenny

I manage a server that currently runs Debian/Etch, and Xen 3.0. Each virtual machine is also running Debian/Etch. Lenny is the next release of Debian, and includes Xen 3.2. Unfortunately, I believe ...

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