Recent content by YeOldeStonecat

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    I've got a bug and its name is Crypto...Locker

    A lot of our unmanaged clients (those not on our MSP programs) have gotten whacked by various crypto-ware over the years. Even a couple of our managed ones...although much less frequency because we have so many layers on their protection. Luckily the majority of our good clients are on Datto...
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    Bringing SMB clients to "the cloud"

    I haven't experienced that....and I have many clients on O365 E plans, 20, 50, even 100 users...many with large mailboxes. I have a 25 user accounting office on a symmetrical 3 mg fiber. Outlook is fairly elastic over poor bandwidth. Granted..the migration from their SBS03 was painfully long...
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    Bringing SMB clients to "the cloud"

    OK, so if you do the VPN approach between the cloud server, and the clients office's quite similar to having a local DC as far as having ADUC accounts, taking workstations and joining the domain, stuff like that. So you'd have to factor in the VPN bottleneck, and be cautious about...
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    Would Gigabit cards be necessary?

    With dual 100 NICs (sorry I didn't state two of them)...I recall reading some *nix router based tech forums back then...where certain chipsets just crippled it when you had a pair of PCI NICs in an older slower PCI bus type. "perhaps" more related to what types of chipsets were on the mobo...
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    Would Gigabit cards be necessary?

    Unless your ISP gives you bursts above 100 megs....likely not. But even then, you probably just have a "desktop grade" motherboard, you should check to see what the PCI bus is on that motherboard. If it's just a 32 bit 33MHz have 133 MB/s of max bandwidth that can flow...
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    Program not working from home network

    Hmm...I loved PFSense many years ago when I used to play with it, and was bigtime into online gaming. There's UPnP under...geeze I forget, a services drop down menu? Did you flip that switch on? There was also some apple-ish based thing similar to UPnP, NAT-Mapping or something...should be...
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    Program not working from home network

    Is the Arris TWC modem actually a gateway? Meaning, combo modem/router? If so, it's likely already running NAT, and then you have your PFSense box running a second NAT. Some apps don't like double-NAT. That's my first question. So does your PFSense box get another private IP on its red...
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    Renew to BitDefender 2017 or move to Symantec Premium 2017 ?

    We've switched most of our SMB clients over to BitDefender (via N-Able). I gotta say....we love it. We were a big Eset partner...but in the past 5 years Btdefender has climbed to the top (take a look at the very neutral and real world testing done at We've experienced...
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    Bringing SMB clients to "the cloud"

    yeah I think about things such as losing Print Manager group policy..where you can push deploy all the printers on the network without visiting any workstations. or folder capture /desktop /documents /faves Things to help minimize downtime of a workstations WD Blue hard drive...
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    A list of do it youself *nix router distros

    Yes...I haven't been around since...around when I made the list back in 2010. :) Time to update it!
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    Bringing SMB clients to "the cloud"

    How are you finding Azure relation to a local 2008R2 or 2012R2 domain controller? Very "watered down"? Still able to to group policies 'n such? With a "cloud DC" it Azure AD, or a spun up Windows server DC....what is the connection mechanism for the workstations? Typically...
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    Bringing SMB clients to "the cloud"

    Returning member here for the forums, I used to hang around these boards about a decade ago, in the Networking/Security sub forum. Saw this Cloud forum here..thought I'd come back to get some conversation on the topic going. We we're an SMB IT firm providing IT services to SMBs. We've moved a...
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    How is the Cisco RV series now?

    As a long time Linksys/Cisco "Small Business Series" fan..years ago we deployed tons of the RV series. Many of the original RV042, RV082, and RV016 units. When the later RV models came out though..."meh"...slow web admin, painfully long reboots. When LInksys/Cisco split again, and Linksys...
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    Windows Server 2012 Essentials has gone RTM and is live on TechNet

    I realize MS will be end of lifing WHS.....but I disagree about Server 2012 Essentials being a replacement for WHS. WHS will be phased out very will be OEM preinstalled for another several years minimum, and I think boxed still avail for at least another year. Server 2012...
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    Hardware Solution for Hiding My IP - In Plain English Please!

    Listen....get the idea of a VPN router out of your cannot help you towards your goal. When you see those routers with VPN endpoint features...or routers that support site to site VPN tunnels (such as most business grade routers)...those are for two things. *Creating wide area...