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What's the best method for transfering files and settings to a new computer?

In trying to replace a workstation with newer one it's always a pain to get the user's files and settings to the new computer. I've tried the following with varying levels of success. FAST (Files ...
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Web filter device for a small/medium business?

We have ~200 users and are currently using Blue Coat to filter web content. Basically we just block things like porn and streaming media. Our contract is coming up and the device is End Of Life, so we ...
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How do I restore the IUSR account used by IIS 6

We mirrored one of our webservers and thus got an IUSR account that was named after the wrong server IUSR-SERVER1 when this server's name is SERVER2. So I went and renamed the user to IUSR_SERVER2, ...
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What's happening during Applying Computer Settings

What's happening in windows when you boot it and it gets to the portion that displays the message: Applying Computer Settings? I seem to get hung up there for a long time. Is there anything I can do ...
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How Would You Monitor Remaining Drive Space for VM Servers?

We've got most of our servers as Virtual Machines. Every once in a while, they get low on disc space. I'm not the guy who manages them, but obviously, I'm affected by this. I want to somehow ...
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Hardware/Network equivalent to Automated Testing? [closed]

I'd like to build out my network infrastructure by using a TDD approach. Specifically, I'm not sure what monitoring we will require, but if something fails, I'd like to be able to fix is then put in ...
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What's the best way to migrate from a Windows NT domain to Windows 2000/2003 domain?

I have an old Windows NT domain in need to upgrade to Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory. There is one PDC and two BDCs. What should my next steps be?
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What is DHCP Rebinding?

My external network interface on a gentoo box will produce these errors intermittently (maybe 3-4 a week). It is hooked up to Optimum online, and gets its IP via DHCP. It's always-on, and it almost ...
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Multiple IP addresses per NIC

How can I have multiple IP addresses assigned to a single NIC? I remember doing this on Unix way back when. Can it be done on Windows?
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Can someone tell me how to reliably backup over a network using TimeMachine, without a TimeCapsule?

I've got a huge server (running Ubuntu Linux) which has got a 2TB raid sitting there just begging for me to backup to it. I run netatalk to enable sharing via the AFP protocol to my Macs (all my ...
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How can I backup an SQL server (2000 and 2005) database?

Currently we backup our MSSQL 2000 and 2005 databases using software to copy files to tape nightly. Database sizes are 14-16Gb and 500Mb. As SQL server can backup a database to a file would we be ...
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Gigabit really gigabit?

When using gigbit nics (Server grade intel) and 2 boxes with a cross over cable ... I only see %20-40 of the pipe being used. Even across routers. Put 2 100mbps cards in, same deal. %20-40 used. ...
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Load balancing using IIS7 request routing and load balancing module

Microsoft has a lot of documentation about their somewhat new load balancing and request routing module for IIS7 located here: http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2009/02/16/iis7-request-routing-and-...
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Is it possible/advisable to upgrade a DD-WRT router remotely?

I have two DD-WRT routers in different locations. One of them is running the VPN version of the firmware, and the other is running the standard version. I am on location with the VPN one, and I want ...
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MS Office shortcuts in start menu don't work on Vista

In Vista (Business), the shortcuts that are automatically added to the start menu (for recently run programs) don't work for MS Office programs. You click on them and nothing happens. Has anyone seen ...
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How can I use cygwin without wasting HD space? [closed]

I love using Cygwin, but I hate all of the extra disk space it seems to use caching stuff I don't need. What can I delete to keep my installation footprint as small as possible? On a related note, ...
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What do you recommend for a Netbook? [closed]

I am currently looking at buying a new netbook which would run the newest version of Ubuntu. What would you recommend buying? I have been told that netbooks can be severely slow. This machine would ...
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Stop Sophos trying to update immediately after login

All of our corporate PCs have Sophos installed, but we're getting complaints about slow network speed and boot times from the users. We've tracked this down to Sophos checking for updates as soon as ...
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Running a Xen Dapper dom0 with a Hardy domU

Is it possible to set up a Hardy domU on an existing Xen dom0 running Dapper? I have found many postings talking about the reverse (Dapper domU on a Hardy dom0), but I have the existing server set up ...
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How do I set up routing for a VPN gateway separate from my main gateway?

I have a run of the mill router/firewall set up for my small company's Internet access. I've also added a separate VPN (IPSec) gateway using a Netgear VPN router. The main gateway and VPN gateway have ...
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Do I need to defrag MacOSX filesystems?

The equivalent linux question reminded me of the bad performance of my MacBookPro. I'm not even sure what the default FS nowadays is. I read somewhere that there is a cron job which runs on friday or ...
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Who is your favorite VPS Provider? [closed]

Who is your favorite virtual hosting provider? I'm looking for your thoughts on SliceHost, Dreamhost VPS, Linode, 1and1 VPS, etc and why you like the particular provider you named. Thanks!
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HP MediaSmart Server - can it run WISA? Windows IIS SQL Server ASP.Net [closed]

This piece of hardware is out-of-control attractive. Small footprint, low power consumption, upgradable to 2GB RAM, and runs a medium powered CPU, which you may even upgrade yourself. HP MediaSmart ...
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Using Mac OS X Server e-mail and calendering

I'd love some feedback from folks on using the e-mail server and calendering features of Mac OS X Leopard server. How well has the e-mail server worked for you? Can you get your e-mail on a variety ...
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What is the most effective way to setup a linux web server for manual failover

I currently administer a small web server running ubuntu linux with apache, mysql, and ssh. I'm backing it up using rsync to another server, but I'm backing it up to a /backup directory. I'd like to ...
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Do I need to defrag unix filesystems?

I know Windows file systems are very sensitive to fragmentation and Unix such as UFS, ZFS, ext3, or ext4 are not as sensitive. But, is there any reason to defragment these filesystems at all? If so, ...
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SQL Server disk design on an ISCSI SAN

Its standard practice to separate log and data files to separate disks away from the OS (tempdb, backups and swap file also) Does this logic still make sense when your drives are all SAN based and ...
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How do I print from across the Internet using CUPS

I work as the programmer/IT guy at a small company and I've run into a bit of a problem. Hardware is assembled here at the office but the hardware face plates are screen printed at my house by my mom....
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Windows 7 Direct Access

Windows 7 Direct Access is a feature that enables safe direct access to a network without using third party software. What are its requirements and how do you set up this feature?
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Best ethernet over power adapter [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good ethernet over power adapter? The BiPAC 2070 seems to have had favorable reviews but does not seem to be widely available. Other popular devices include: NetComm NP200AV D-...
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Dynamically updating resolvers listed in /etc/resolv.conf

I rent some Linux servers and the hosting company provides a set of eight DNS resolvers. The response speed varies from resolver to resolver and I periodically modify /etc/resolv.conf to get the best ...
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SQL server in VMware

Please provide your tips and best practices for virtualizing SQL Server in VMWare ESX I am interested in advanced configurations and settings. Please provide reasoning behind your recommendations ...
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Ubuntu, how to setup a new machine like an existing one

I have one machine setup with the apps I need, and I'd like to install the same on a new Ubuntu box. Is there a script that will list all the installed apps, so that I can diff between the boxes and ...
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Windows Admin can not change the time

On my work laptop I have a local admin account that is in both the administrator group and the backup operators group. This the account cannot install windows updates or change the time. I've asked ...
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Which cloud services will be around in 2015? [closed]

There are several cloud service providers. But, if you're going to design an app that runs on their infrastructure, you have to have confidence that they are going to be around for a while, and that ...
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What kind of mail server do you use?

There are a lot of mail servers out there. Microsoft Exchange has been the dominant corporate mail server in the enterprise on Windows, but I've been using Kerio Mailserver for a long time now and am ...
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What is your list of programs to install to Windows after a fresh install?

I am looking for others' list of program that absolutely must be installed to a fresh install of Windows before going any further. I hope to compile a list here to use as reference for all new ...
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When to Add another server(s) [duplicate]

When is the right time to start adding(or thinking about adding) servers to your Web Application? What are the difficulties involved in going from a single server(DB and Web) to multiple? For example:...
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How to reinstall Windows Movie Maker (XP)

Windows Movie Maker has this 'feature' of forgetting its transitions. The obvious fix is to re-install it - but since it comes with Windows via a service patch, its not a standalone thing to re-...
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How do I turn my DD-WRT router in to an access point?

I have a n-based router from Linksys with DD-WRT installed. I would like to turn this in to an access point because I already have a router/firewall installed on my network.
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Create SharePoint server template using VMWare ESX?

We have to do a lot of SharePoint testing. It would be nice to be able to click a button and deploy a new virtual machine configured as a single server farm. Does anybody have a way to do this with ...
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Best single-server configuration for small Windows domain with VPN

I work in a tiny two-person software company. The other employee is literally half a world away. I'd like to set up our single Windows server to provide all the services we'll need to run our domain. ...
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Building a LAN on in the woods

A very long time ago, I had to build a LAN for a bunch of laptops, in a couple of tents. We ended up bringing a bunch of generators, stringing about 2 miles of networking and power cables, and ...
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Tunneling XBox network traffic [closed]

My internet access from home is only via a web proxy and a tcp-only socks 5 server. (Long story don't ask). I recently got an xbox and would like to access xbox-live. but I need to route the ip ...
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Internal Name Resolution

We recently migrated our work environment from a Server 2003 server running Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP to Server 2008. When we did this, something got messed up and now I can't join a machine to ...
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Sharepoint / SSRS subscriptions intermittently not emailing

I am running MOSS with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services in integrated mode. There are a number of reports that are generated and then output emailed through SharePoint's subscriptions. Sporadically ...
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Hardware vendors to avoid

There are a lot of opinions out there of which hardware vendors are good and which are not. What are the best hardware vendors to trust for company use? Server-grade: esp. harddrives and backup ...
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What do you do to protect company-confidential data on laptops?

There usually is a lot to do about the security of servers since a lot of sensitive information is stored there but I think it's more important to make sure the company-laptops (and USB-Sticks) are ...
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How can I detect unwanted intrusions on my servers?

How are other admins monitoring their servers to detect any unauthorized access and/or hacking attempts? In a larger organization it's easier to throw people at the problem but in a smaller shop how ...
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At what point does a domain suit a network better than a workgroup?

At what point does a domain suit a network better than a workgroup? Is there a threshold below which a domain is simply too much work for benefits gained? Is there a point after which a workgroup is ...

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