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Reclaiming memory from SQL Server

I have an SQL Server instance who's memory usage gradually grows until windows will give it no more. It seems logical that the occasional big query result would cause the instance to grow. Is there a ...
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Severe write performance problem

[Sorry, I tried to stay short but it just was not possible] I'm running Linux 2.6.22.19 with linux-vserver 2.3.0.34 on a Fujitsu Siemens Primergy RX200 S3 for development purpose. Intel(R) Xeon(R) ...
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MySQL replication across geographically separate servers

My organisation has been looking into how to spread our servers around geographically while keeping backups very up to date, and ideally spreading the load. The initial thing I have in mind is Rails ...
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What can cause Apache HTTPD to use 100% CPU indefinitely

An application running a lightly loaded Apache HTTPD 2.0 has occasionally had problems where one (or more?) of the Apache processes took 100% CPU. We currently run HTTPD 2.2, I we may have seen this ...
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Network monitoring [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tool do you use to monitor your servers? What software would you recommend to monitor a network? We have a main server which acts as a DNS among other services. And we ...
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What are good tools/techniques for monitoring and debugging IIS performance problems?

I'm looking for the best tools/techniques for monitoring IIS performance problems and then debugging them. I'm particularly interested in ASP.NET applications. This may be a combination of tools or ...
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Citrix login performance

How do you go about troubleshooting application startup time in a Citrix environment? We have some users that get very fast startup time, others take forever when starting the same application on ...
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Is there a quick way to safely remove a USB flash drive under Windows?

USB flash drives are an essential tool for any admin but I find the process of safely removing a flash drive under Windows to be inconvenient (click the tray icon, find your drive in the too-much-...
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What is push email?

Looking for a true technical explanation on this.
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Starting and stopping Mongrel service over SSH on Windows Server 2003

I have a Rails app running under mongrel as a windows service on a Windows Server 2003 installation. I'd like to automate deploying new versions of the app from my Ubuntu dev server. Cygwin is ...
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What antivirus do you recommend for dev boxes [closed]

What antivirus would you recommend for computers used for windows development. Would you use an antivirus for these users? These users compile quite often and therefore read and write tons of files. ...
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Running Windows Server OS on a regular desktop machine

I was thinking of running maybe Windows Server 2008 or Windows Home Server on my home computer. But before I did the formatting etc, I would like to know if this is even possible. And I am then ...
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Have you used Debian unstable/testing on a production/personal server?

I prefer Debian GNU/Linux as operating system for servers. I generally tend to think stable is the best choice. But I use unstable/testing on the desktop. Are there real cases of servers using ...
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Does nginx have worthy attributes?

In my particular case, I'm using nginx on a group of machines I inherited that are no longer running their own mail servers and all of our web traffic is either static or fastcgi. I had never used ...
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Who is responsible for maintaining IIS for web apps?

IIS/Web Applications has been a tricky issue in the shops I've worked in over time. On one hand, IIS is a service built into the server (by in large) and is typically the responsibility of the server ...
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Can I use a trusted CA certificate on multiple sites?

Are there any technical/legal/contractual limitations to using a CA certificate on multiple sites that are running on a single machine? multiple machines? Or are the certificates to be used on ...
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Do you think NAT is largely responsible for the delay in IPv6 adoption?

I'm wondering if this is really the case, or, if when IPv6 does get widespread adoption, we will still hide all the machines on a network behind a single (or few) IP address under the assumption that ...
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Re-Partition Tool for Large Drives

Say you have a server with a 25GB C partition, and a 450GB D partition - the C drive is running out of space. I've used some products that offer repartitioning but "up to" 300GB drives. Any good ...
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What is the best Linux backup method for a home server? [closed]

I currently back up my Fedora Linux server using rsync and a local USB drive. So far this seems to suit my needs, but I suspect there are better ways to go about this. Long ago I used to use tape, ...
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Recommended personal mail server setup [closed]

I've been using GNU/Linux for servers, mostly Debian. I am thinking of keeping my personal email on a centralized server. I have some GMail accounts, and a few from different domains from several web ...
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Vista / Windows Server 2003 Mapped Drive Logon Failure

I have a Windows Vista (Ultimate) machine which connects to a Windows Server 2003 machine for just one thing: a mapped network drive. There is a user account on the Server machine which exactly ...
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How many and which partitions should I create for a linux server?

Partitions are very important on Linux server because it give you a lot of flexibility, for example when upgrading to a bigger hard drive. But, how many partitions should I create when building a ...
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What VNC service would you recommend?

There are many VNCs out there. realvnc, tightvnc, and so on. Which one would you recommend, or would you recommend avoiding the VNC protocol altogether? (And if so, in favor of what?)
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Does the Anti-SPAM filtering in SmarterMail work on the Distribution Lists?

I have a few distribution lists running in "Subscriber Only" mode, meaning that only somebody who is subscribed to the list (or on the Whitelist) can post to the list. Some spammers have discovered ...
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What are my provider options for setting up high speed access to our office? [closed]

Which network providers have you worked with that provide good service?
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What are the benefits of a self signed certificate on a live site?

Are there any benefits of a self signed certificate on a live site? I know in IIS 7 you have the ability to self sign a certificate and I was wondering if using that as a precurser to buying one from ...
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Linux distributions recommendations for servers [closed]

I have limited Linux server experience. I am looking for recommendations on distributions. What's your favorite for servers and why? EDIT: Clarification: I'm hoping for one, general purpose ...
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Web Host Recommendations [closed]

I'm presently using web.com for website hosting. I've had some so-so experiences, and think they are a little overpriced. We have a fairly simple website - no e-commerce. We do need plenty of storage ...
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Mirroring Drives

I'd like to mirror a drive between two windows servers for fail over/disaster recovery. I assume there is a software package for this. What do you use?
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What can I do to optimize NFS copy speed on a 1GBit home network? [closed]

I have a home network with a 1 GBit/sec switch as the central point, and all computers with 1 GBit/sec NIC's. However, I get at most 200 MBit/sec copy speeds over NFS shares. It seems I should be ...
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What is the most effective load balancing solution for Windows?

For this I am specifically referring to running websites on Windows, but it's not specific to IIS. We sometimes run Tomcat as well. Now obviously there are many hardware and software options to go ...
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How to install Java JRE on FreeBSD with as few dependencies as possible

I've been trying to get Java working on my FreeBSD 7.1 server. I just want the runtime, since the JDK drags all kinds of unnecessary dependencies with it, and I just need it to run a jar file ...
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How do you choose a server Operating System? [closed]

What are criteria that you should be aware for choosing an operating system for a specified server (apart the fact that software needed is only available on 1 platform) ? For example, if I'm building ...
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How do I set up a web server out of my home? [closed]

I want to run a web server from home, so my family, and clients can see what I am doing. It would not run a large load, at most 2 or 3 users at a time. I would like to know how to do it with a ...
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What is the single most influential book every sysadmin should read?

For software developers, there are some books you must absolutely read. What is the single most influential book every programmer should read? How about for sysadmins? Is there a similar list of ...
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How do I permanently delete an email account in Exchange 2007?

How do I permanently delete an email account in Exchange 2007?
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IBM Cognos for BI Reporting [closed]

I would like to setup a business intelligence dashboard that reports on current system health. How difficult is Cognos in terms of setup, and when it comes to developing the dashboard does it use its ...
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What is the best way to run SSL with Apache HTTPD in an app you distribute?

Let's say you have a web app and you distribute an embedded Apache HTTPD with that web app. It's difficult to manage customers that want to run SSL. The best way appears to be to let the customer ...
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Can anyone recommend a perimeter SPAM filtering service? [closed]

I am interested in what folks are using for perimeter SPAM filtering services. The service must: plug in via MX records in DNS (e.g. MX -> perimeter filter -> my mail server) can be secured such ...
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Deploying securely to the Internet

We have plans to deploy an Intranet application to the Internet. This will be running on IIS7. Are there any tools which can simulate well known security attacks and give me advice on areas to ...
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Cheap clustering for SQL server

Does anyone know of a way to simulate a clustered SQL server solution? We obviously don't want to spend a lot of money prototyping the idea, but we have quite a few PCs available. I was just wondering ...
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IPSec VPN on Vista

My company uses IPCop to configure it's VPN. We have an IPSec script that runs on Windows XP to open a connection using a security certificate for authentication. Microsoft totally changed things ...
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Can anyone recommend a website monitoring service? [closed]

What are people using for website monitoring services? I am referring to a service that I can configure specific hits to my site to monitor if the site is up, and how fast it is responding to the ...
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Powershell provider for Sharepoint 2007

Would a Powershell Provider for SharePoint 2007 be worthwhile or is stsadm.exe sufficient?
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Is it bad to defrag a minimally fragmented drive?

Someone told me that it is not always a good idea to defragment a minimally fragmented drive (<2%); and that it could cause performance issues. Are they right, and why/why not?
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How to pick a vendor [closed]

The question Hardware vendors to avoid is ok for a first order approximation of the problem, but those who have been in the industry for more than a decade know you can't trust any one vendor to never ...
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Good & free Exchange spam filter [closed]

Do you know a good (and free, if possible) Microsoft Exchange 2003 spam filter?
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How can I tell what network drives users have mapped?

What is the best way to scan to find what drive mappings are set for all logged in users on all desktops in the domain? This will be used to determine what drive letters are in use in the environment....
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IIS and ASP.NET 2.0.50727.0 Issues with SharePoint

I have just moved a SharePoint 2007 site from one server to another. Both servers are running Windows Server 2003 R2 Service Pack 2, but the new one is x64 as apposed to x84. I successfully ...
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What's your favorite Powershell command or script for system administration? [closed]

What's your top Powershell command? Let's make a list and vote up the best ones!

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