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    Best Way to Move a Rack

    Our datacenter used a big Appliance dolly to roll our rack into the freight elevator and rolled it into its new spot on a different level.... so envious our houses don't have elevators... When I moved mine at home, I had stairs inside the house, steps outside the house, and then the moving...
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    When are we going to get beyond 5tb in the 2.5inch form factor - what is the hold up?

    I'm pretty sure SSDs have killed R&D into the 2.5" market. why make higher capacity spindle drives when faster SSDs are the future? They'd rather research and invest in high capacity SSDs than spindle drives. Bigger spindle drives can't match SSDs in performance and produce more heat and use...
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    Migrate/Convert a site from Teams to SharePoint

    Teams creates a sharepoint site on the backend for all the files and the wiki portion. Members in a teams channel should be able to go to their one drive and see the files being shared and access anyfiles in sharepoint. We havent needed to convert to the normal sharepoint site since do...
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    Looking For Ideas On Server Software Architecture

    Did you ever get going on this? Regardless of which route you take, there will be some learning in installing and running either proxmox or esxi. I haven't started down the proxmox path, but Ido use the esxi free version for home and higher end vsphere paid version for the advanced features...
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    Has anyone compared FreeBSD ZFS vs ZFS on Linux?

    ooo perfect timing for me as I'm looking to decommission my old ZFS server and was looking at ZOL stuff since it's caught up to ZFS on FreeBSD. I'm curious as to what people use to manage their ZFS. All command line? any web front ends? I'm looking at a new storage server for backups
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    Have HDDs gotten any faster in the last decade?

    my 10 year old WD 1TB Greens average 60-70MB/s. It had not occurred to me that they were all running at SATA 2 (3gbps) until I picked up new drive in Nov and realized it ran at 200MB/s as a spindle drive... Time to upgrade my 7 year old servers to the latest 6gbps...
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    School me on drives please

    Depending on your install, might just be windows settings that need tweaking... You can try Diskbench? Has a couple more options than just Crystaldiskmark I would also suggest booting off...
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    Recording with 2 cams

    2 ways come to mind: recording each camera and then combining the two in post after its done to create a new file. All the work and time is spent after the game is done to add graphics and text, etc. This would need a separate video editor like Adoboe Premier or movie maker, etc. mixing them...
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    Need Anti-Virus Recommendations

    Interesting read if you missed it. This was the big reason why we had to remove Teamviewer, Logmein, and all other remote programs from our environments. To be fair, Avast bought Piriform and discovered it was compromised before it got bought, so it wasn't really a technical/developmental fault...
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    Best bang m.2 NVMe

    The HP's a good choice and has picked up in popularity lately.,3891.html
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    Best bang m.2 NVMe

    I would advise getting a 500+GB if you don't want to look for a new SSD in a year or so for 2 reasons. 1) extra space never hurts 2) SSD performance goes down as the drive fills up. So u start to see performance drops once u get 50% fill on cheaper drives. I grabbed a Samsung PM981 off Ebay for...
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    Anyone else use Seagate Ironwolf drives?

    These days, I buy drives based on the ease of the RMA... I expect the drives to fail and if it's really important, I'll pick up a cold spare to use while I RMA the def one. There are sometimes differences between size/models and It's good to check other user experiences and backblaze. I haven't...
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    System Image of Ubuntu Systems

    I have not yet used it cause i usually dont boot into the system I'm imaging, but I'm adding it to the short list of things to try sooner... maybe try that out on migrating ubuntu from hdd to ssd on a laptop... see if i can live boot an ubuntu usb and clone it... that would be helpful for the...
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    System Image of Ubuntu Systems

    That is the Gnome Disk Utility for creating disk image... I've used ghost4linux, clonezilla, and Fog project for cloning and imaging both windows and linux systems... Clonezilla booted from live usb via UBCD/YUMI multiboot...
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    PC-Q25 Replacement

    RAID is not a backup... RAID just keeps ur data accessible while a drive dies... having a second server with RAID could be a backup solution :-p Or having a friend with a server can be a backup solution... Or having a bunch of external USB drives... I like this case: SilverStone DS380B it's...
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    ITX case with 4 3.5" bays?

    heh, I was looking for similar cases for a mini freenas setup and came across this InWin case w/ 4 x 3.5" hot swap bays: Similar to the above aktechinc case and the freenas mini server... Hot swap is nice for replacing drives and doing drive...
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    NAS vs. DAS vs. other

    Option 1 & 2 are close enough to the same thing that it's just a matter of your time vs your money... Those servers are cheap enough and enterprise reliable enough, you might not want to spend the time/effort to building your own server. For a gaming/performance PC then possibly, but for a...
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    Good alternatives to Dropbox?

    Google Drive is also 1TB for $10/month jsut for comparison... Box is 100GB for 5$/month but box requries a separate sync program that requires you to be logged in all the time... While Onedrive is cheaper, sometimes files get stuck waiting to sync... or you have conflicting sync issues that...
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    Storage Configurations For Diff. Usages

    I've got about 1TB of home videos/pictures/docs from the late 90s. and stacks of photos/videos that need to be scanned and digitized at some point... Couple years back I consolidated my 5 x (4 x 1TB) drive NAS (Readynas, Promise, QNAP, some other cheap thing) and a Windows Home Server to a 20...
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    ESXi alternatives for home lab - looking for some suggestions

    I never knew that VMUG offered licenses... and here I've been wasting time figuring out how to cron manual shortcuts for the free ESXI... That being said, I was thinking... ESXi 5.5 does have a limited web client you could use... and if you like CLI, you could just manage everything from the...
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    Gaming desktop to gaming laptop... Opinions?

    see, I would only get a gaming laptop is for portability so i can game anywhere in the house and so i can sell it and swap out whole thing without having to replace parts every year... the downside is having to reinstall all my software and having to keep up 2 date with gaming laptops so i can...
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    A way to always start DNS queries from the top?

    i believe the question is a "how does Windows know which dns server to use" type of question. One would think windows would always query the first entry and then the second when the first one didn't respond. See this article regarding setting the Windows dns server priority...
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    Looking for a mini rack?

    Our datacenter uses APC racks and I've used Triplite racks before... both have their pros and cons. As a server guy, it would depend on the server brands, because dell servers in dell racks are slightly nicer than dell servers in generic APC racks. but 0u pdus are nice and having areas to run...
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    Home/Office Network Upgrades - LACP, Dedicated Router, New AP's and NAS Questions

    I use 2 Dell 2824s as the main switches in my network and provide wireless with some refurbished linksys routers running DD-WRT. I also have an 8 port netgear smart switch to do snmp up stairs. If you're not doing VLANs, then pick whichever interface looks nice to use. I skip webguis and use...
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    Silverstone DS380: ITX 8 drives hot-swap

    There is an atom server board with 12 SATA ports that would fit this perfectly. You could also drop in an 8 port SAS card on an mini itx board with 4 sata ports to get 12. This is the perfect case for my next mini storage server...
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    Storage box build - need case/mobo advice

    The only thing to be aware about hte Fractal is the drive installs are back to back in 3 pairs. So when you run cables, you need inverted ports or you have to twist the cable to install.This also means you need both right angle and left angle cables if you you want to use those. Remember...
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    Single domain server - preparing for disaster

    Does no one else use Windows Server backup in 2008 to do a full backup to an external hard drive? it supports bare metal backup/restore for a local backup/restore. No extra software needed and you can mount the vhd to do a file recovery if needed... This would be a swap local hard drive in a...
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    RDS CAL's question

    You have to purchase hte license from CDW or Amazon or an authorized reseller. You'll get a license key to activate and it will pull the number of licenses available when it does On the RD License server you have to activate your licenses by entering it in. It'll dial home and activate hte...
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    A small datacenter build and other projects

    heh i would have loved to be a part time student intern/coop at your place... work for free and get job experience and a letter of recommendation... might look into that if that's possible, good for the physical time consuming stuff without letting them be dangerous... Having the flexibility...
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    IT people -- am I paid fairly?

    Depending on your area, you're most likely underpaid. That position for a small company in the DC area is easily over 100k plus at least one helpdesk guy. Helpdesk guys start 30-50k depending on the work... If business is good, you should at least ask for 1-2 guys, either both helpdesk or even a...
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    Creating & Managing a Professional Website

    Depending on how many users you need, I've used dreamhost and setup the email throught gmail for businesses. gives you 10 free mailboxes through the gmail interface and u get all the gmail functions and email forwards/distro lists in the form of groups. much easier to manage and once u grow big...
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    I've been out of hardware so long....

    I second hte Dell T110 and the HP ML110 for your low requirements. My only issues with the HP Microserver is the 8GB max ram and the weaker CPU... You could even pick up an older generation ML110 and it would be cost efficient for a test box... you could also look for a Core 2 Duo+ Dell Laptop...
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    Home Lab - VMware / Storage

    Last year, I picked up some low end refurb Delll R210s from the Dell outlet and maxed out the memory for ESXi servers. Added a Dell SAS 6Gbps HBA and a norco rack with 20 drives for a ZFS storage server. I also run an older QNAP for shared NFS storage and it works for a dozen VMs to test out...
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    Question for IT guys

    learning the basics of ESXi shouldn't take too long and I think you can run nested VMs/hypervisors with everything else. I would run ESXi on the bare metal and then setup VMs to test out hte other hypervisors. Mainly because the vsphere client is pretty easy to learn and quick to get up and...
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    Building servers for PHP/MySQL web hosting

    In this day and age, there's no real need to buy specific hardware geared towards a LAMP stack... It's much easier to pick up server to run a hypervisor like ESXi and then run your software in a VM. a LAMP server doesn't need much with he only pressing demands coming from database activity...
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    USB Key for OS Install - Multiple OS's ? works great for me. Still under progress and you can test out your windows ISOs before you commit to other OS's. But it's great and convenient and does all the heavy lifting
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    Backing Up Linux Server

    I think the question might be what you're trying to backup in linux... I've learned to create install logs that allow me to do unattended install/setups rather than a complete backup. That way, I can also upgrade to new versions easily and I only have to preserve the data and config settings...
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    DIY NAS vs QNAP vs Synology

    It's all about management. IF you want the quick and easy to manage, u get the QNAP or Synology. If you have time to fiddle and troubleshoot and get things working on your own, you build your own. I use the QNAP 2U rackmounts at work for ISCSI/NFS file sharing. I have a QNAP at home that I used...
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    SE3016 SAS Extender RAID Card needed

    The new Dell firmware allows you to bring your own hard drives so you dont have to use Dell branded drives. I use one of these for my server with just the stock Dell firmware. Also use this at work... it was the cheapest option to connect an external SAS expander