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    Feedback and suggestions on a new NAS storage build

    I thought you were pretty limited in adding more drives to an existing ZFS pool? As I mentioned, I've never used the filesystem before but I do want to use it to ensure integrity of my archived data. Also i have no need for hotswap enclosures. Mainly just looking for a case that has the...
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    Feedback and suggestions on a new NAS storage build

    So I wanted to get some feedback from folks here on a possible design for my NAS. This storage unit will primarily be holding a lot of video files and general archives of home movies, pictures, and all the other junk we want to keep in a central repository. So with that said, I'm looking for...
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    Has extensive cloud implementation in your organization resulted in outsourcing?

    This is something mine is really starting to move forward on with stuff like Azure, Office 365, vblock, general cloud hosting and all that jazz. For anyone who has already been down this road, in terms of your onsite infrastructure like physical servers or hosts for virtual servers, how has...
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    Response Plan If Network Is Hacked

    I'll walk you through what happens at my place when something like this occurs. First thing, once someone with even a remote understanding of anything tech knows this is definitively happening, they run at mach 2 to the nearest exec and interrupt whatever they're doing to let them know the good...
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    Powershell - my mild rant

    So this rant is about powershell. Having worked in the IT industry for 20+ years, the majority of those doing system administration type stuff, I've seen a lot of things come and go over the years. Powershell is now on my most recent "this is getting annoying" list. Hear me out first...
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    Recommended home switch?

    I may soon be in the market for a new switch for use at home. Now this should only be a WIRED gigabit switch, no wireless at all in fact. 12 ports is enough however here in the past few weeks I've been experiencing occasional dropouts of network connectivity. Having troubleshot the router and...
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    What do you use to manage BYOD at your company?

    All of these responses are good, still not quite what I'm after though. We already use ActiveSync and VPN stuff. The primary reason we're looking into something more than that is we want to see if we can automatically issue certificates for an employee's own device so that they can gain access...
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    What do you use to manage BYOD at your company?

    This is becoming more of a hot issue at my place lately and I'm looking at both Airwatch and MobileIron. I'm forecasting that if we enabled this feature tomorrow we'd have at least 500 user utilize the service immediately and a couple thousand in the months following. Does anyone use either of...
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    BF4 "network smoothing"

    I know that the setting seems completely arbitrary at times, some even wondering if it has any impact at all. What I'm asking for is to just post the average ping time you have to one of your favorite servers and then also include what smoothing setting seemed to work best for you. If we...
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    BF4 "network smoothing"

    I wanted to create this thread separate from the official thread because a lot of people have wondered exactly what sort of difference this setting makes on different servers. I was hoping some could offer their input on what setting they have used and also be sure to report what your average...
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    Battlefield 4 **Official Discussion Thread**

    I'd also like to see something, a guide even if it's just a rough guesstimate. For example.... If your ping to the server is between 0ms - 30ms, set it to X If your ping to the server is between 31ms - 60ms, set it to Y If between 61ms - 100ms, set to Z and so on.
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    Battlefield 4 **Official Discussion Thread**

    Here's a question I'm hoping someone might know. So on my system I achieve the best performance when playing in window mode, i just maximize it. The options in BF4 setup are windowed, fullscreen and borderless, so of course I have window selected with the max resolution of my monitor...
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    Battlefield 4 **Official Discussion Thread**

    Is there an official [H] clan here? Can anyone join? I'm at lvl6 for now, but I'm willing to listen and work as part of a team and as soon as I dig up my mic I'll have voip capability.
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    BF4 forcing me to upgrade...need recommendations

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Looking over Newegg's selection, I'm thinking maybe a 760 would best fit my needs. The 770 prices are just a little too high for me. I'm specifically leaning toward evga's 02G-P4-3765-KR. It's not absolutely mandatory I be able to play the game on ultra...
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    BF4 forcing me to upgrade...need recommendations

    So my current setup when running BF4 is bottlenecked by my current card...here are the pertinent system specs for the machine I play on: Intel i7-3770 8GB memory evga GT640 Asus Maximus V extreme Win7 64-bit Only use a single monitor setup, 1920x1200 can only take up 2 expansion slots This...
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    How to send all email traffic to 2 different locations?

    Sorry I should have been clearer, they are email spam filters, not the actual email servers themselves. We want to see if the new ones will filter more efficiently than what we have.
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    How to send all email traffic to 2 different locations?

    Not sure if this would be the correct area to post this, but if not mods can move it as needed. We are trying to cut over to a new email system but before we do a hard cutover we'd like verify everything is being processed ok. I'd like to essentially have all incoming email traffic that goes...
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    Implementing VDI

    ^^^QFT So many people, managers usually but IT people too, think since they virtualized their server stuff that desktops will be the same. No way in hell. I wish it were that simple. You've received good advice here already. Try to start with a proof of concept environment first, then...
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    Any "hacker" careerists?

    Most any major anti-virus company would be a good example, Symantec or Kaspersky, of an organization that comes on site to do pen testing. It's been years since we had a last test, I don't recall what they charged. I suppose if you figure $500/hour that's probably reasonable, or some flat rate...
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    Any "hacker" careerists?

    I agree and disagree with this first part. Yes, I've come across IT people who hate security. Usually what I've found is the underlying reason why is because their security folks suck in general or consider themselves "above the law" so to speak since they are the ones monitoring everyone or...
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    Any "hacker" careerists?

    I thought I would offer my input since I've sorta been down the road you're interested in...not exactly the same but figured if I could help then I will. About me: I've been in the IT industry for 18 years. I primarily enjoy the operations and security aspects of it, which means just...
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    4-in-3 equivalent for 2.5"?

    So, for reference, here is an example of a 4-in-3 enclosure for 3.5" drives: http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=2542 Is there an equivalent enclosure for 2.5" drives that will fit in 5.25" expansion slots in a case? I got to thinking that with SSDs, you could potentially...
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    Quiet 200mm fan

    I'd also like to know who makes/sells the same size fans Coolermaster uses in their cases (HAF932 as an example) because I also tried Bitfenix out as a spare part and it royally sucked.
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    Any operating system for nas with advanced power saving features?

    Thanks for the feedback. Yes I have considered that a mini-ITX or microATX board would possibly suffice for this setup. I've previously built systems using that architecture so I have experience there. I also have used large diameter fans across multiple hard disks, like 120mm or 140mm across...
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    Any operating system for nas with advanced power saving features?

    Yes, the WOL feature I am familiar with; I should I have specifically mentioned that earlier. But the important part is keeping everything powered off unless directly accessed. I was thinking just putting the OS on an SSD, then all the other drives would be thrown in, but that still leaves the...
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    Any operating system for nas with advanced power saving features?

    So for a long while I would have liked to place all of my media files onto a NAS but my original thinking was to procure a chassis large enough for multiple 3-4TB drives so that I could place them into a large RAID6 array for some degree of protection. Well, recently I got to thinking about...
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    Google's Schmidt To Visit North Korea

    More than likely some opportunity to make money is being made available. For example, all these years later, do you hear of any outrage at Cisco for selling China customized firewalls in order to censor its citizens?
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    240v Question

    Our servers run on 240V. 240 volts is one thing I will grudgingly admit that Europe has done better than the U.S. because running on 240 does present some advantages over 120, such as less copper needed for wiring. ...and i also like the metric system better. :)
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    Does a tablet like this exist yet?

    Yes, an ethernet port is still a requirement. There are plenty of places that don't trust wireless networking and if I'm in a business that I need to connect into, I need an ethernet port. Do any of those usb-ethernet adapters actually work?
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    Does a tablet like this exist yet?

    I've not really gotten into the tablet field yet, but I'm aware of the desire to have one and various reasons why. When i got to thinking about what I'd want in a tablet though, it seems to me this doesn't exist yet. Or if it does, maybe some members here can point me in the right direction...
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    If I want to get an RTS, should I just get SC2?

    I would recommend Sins of a Solar Empire.
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    Recommendations for analog video capture card?

    I'm using VideoStudio Pro X5. I've used many previous iterations of VideoStudio, even those before they were acquired by Corel and never had any issue switching to an audio port. I may try and post on their forums about it this weekend, but I don't expect any sort of resolution. I mean if...
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    Recommendations for analog video capture card?

    Update.... I returned the ImpactVCB-e card to exchange it for another one thinking the card itself was bad. I received the replacement and the new one is working fine now. So far this card is working as intended and appears to be capturing the necessary video I originally outlined. The only...
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    Asus Maximus V Extreme bios 1309 warning

    Final Update.... Am back up and running under the 1309 bios with raid1 intact again. Thankfully my backup was good. Anyway, I fully realize most of this may be my fault for not pulling the drives just to be on the safe side while doing the bios update. The thing that still doesn't make sense...
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    Asus Maximus V Extreme bios 1309 warning

    Asus doesn't really include any information about this update except to say "update system stability". Since this board is still relatively new that's the primary reason I decided to go ahead with it. I'm not absolving myself of fault either. I certainly could have unplugged drives from the...
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    Asus Maximus V Extreme bios 1309 warning

    Update 1: Well I'm going to have to restore the backup image to my ssd's later today slaved up on another pc. I was unable to perform a restore at all directly on the system itself from existing resources. I did also want to point out that both of my ssd's are running firmware version 000F. I...
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    Asus Maximus V Extreme bios 1309 warning

    I wanted to pass along a warning to anyone who may be considering the latest bios update to version 1309. I'm currently in the middle of trying to rebuild my main operating system partition after flashing to 1309. I'm booting into Windows 7 64-bit on 2 Crucial m4 ssd's set up in as raid1 on...
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    Asus Maximus V Gene Bricked My SSD

    Yes I agree. Everyone here seems to be jumping right onto the conclusion that the pop was from the SSD. I'm more inclined to think it came from the power supply. I have not yet read where the OP has positively tested the power supply is still functional, which I think should be done first...
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    Have you de-lidded an Ivy Bridge CPU?

    I'm not understanding though how the cpu will stay in place. All of my builds have the motherboard vertical, plus I use some rather heavy heat sinks...Antec Kuhler for example. It'll pull that cpu right out of the socket without any problem.
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    Have you de-lidded an Ivy Bridge CPU?

    Ok I don't quite understand something. Once you've removed the lid and cleaned it all up, are you inserting the cpu back into the motherboard without the lid? Does the clamp close properly without it? Will it damage it? Will a heat sink attach properly without it? Or, if you are keeping the...
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