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    Spanning L2 on an L3 network - physically separate links or not?

    I'm reasonably sure that the "right" way to redesign our currently massive flat network is to look to do OSPF between core and distribution - nothing unusual there. I'm also reasonably sure that we will be doing L2 between distribution and access for our own VLANs such as data and voice - L3...
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    Supermicro - what's your experience?

    I have a total environment refresh due in a few months and storage as software is very appealing for all the obvious reasons. Dell, HP and the likes charge a small fortune for SSD and enterprise SAS drives plus the minute you want to go over 12 drives a chassis it's "Oh now you need an...
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    SAN/NAS for virtualization - Hardware vs. Software?

    Wondered where you stand on SAN/NAS on whether you prefer hardware over software. Let's say you need a 5TB NAS/SAN. You can go out and you can buy any number of hardware units that range from a $1000 Synology/ReadyNAS up to $50k worth of 3PAR and so on. Or you can take the view that a...
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    20tb Usable Synchronous Storage Cluster?

    I'm planning our imminent storage/server refresh. Right now we have P4000 split across 2 sites with 10GbE and a third witness site on 1GbE. Our IOPS is very low (< 2000 @ 95th percentile). My current plan is to spec up a pair of ML350's each with 16x3tb nearline SAS drives in RAID10 and...
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    20tb Usable Synchronous Storage Cluster?

    I'm planning our imminent storage/server refresh. Right now we have P4000 split across 2 sites with 10GbE and a third witness site on 1GbE. Our IOPS is very low (< 2000 @ 95th percentile). My current plan is to spec up a pair of ML350's each with 16x3tb nearline SAS drives in RAID10...
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    RevoDrive in a Server (drivers)?

    Do any of you use a Revodrive in a server (Dell or HP most likely) running 2008 R2? Any issue to be aware of? I'm not clear if a driver is needed for Windows to see the RevoDrive?
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    Best RAID level for random reads?

    As subject, be grateful for peoples thoughts on the best RAID level for random/semi-sequential read access. There would be a minimum of 8 spindles.
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    Juniper EX Switches

    Is anyone using Junipers EX switches? If so, how are you finding them?
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    Is there an substitute for spindles?

    If you wanted to get absolute maximum random read performance from a disk array, given a choice, would you go for a 12x3.5" drive enclosure or a 24x2.5" drive enclosure? The vendors recommendation is "Min. RAID 5 Raid groups with 7+ spindles each" which would then be split into several...
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    Extreme Networks

    Is anybody using them? We're looking at phone systems, which co-incides with a core switch replacement, and one of our requirements is that whichever phone vendor we go with, the reseller also supplies switch gear to avoid finger-pointing. We're in the situation where basically we have a...
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    Backup Server - White Box vs. HP/Dell?

    I'm planning out what to replace our backup server with in a couple of months time. We do D2D2T with deduplication, so the basic requirement is a dual Xeon machine with 16-32gb of RAM and around 20-30tb of usable "bulk" space for backup data and around 500gb of screaming fast space for the...
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    Transferring files to/from people you don't trust?

    We have an office which will soon have some external people working in it alongside our own people. They need a way to transfer files between each other that is quicker/simpler than removable media, however we don't trust them so they will have no access to our network. They will have...
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    Enabling ICS/Firewall Service on 2003 Server?

    I've started using Shavlik to patch my servers. It seems that one of the patches that is installed by default on 2003 server is this one: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936059 Which put in place a dependency on the Windows Firewall/ICS service, which is disabled by default. Now, I have...
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    XP Wireless Networking GPO?

    Do any of you push out XP Wireless Network settings via Group Policy? I'd like to do so, however, the GPO doesn't appear to allow you to specify that the connections you add shouldn't automatically connect. I'm scratching my head trying to work out if I've missed something as it seems...
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    Subnetting/DMZ Help

    We have the following: LAN 10.65.0.0/16 | ISA Server (LAN Private IP on 10.65.0.0/16) ISA Server (WAN Public IP on 1.2.3.253/24) | Netscreen (Internal Public IP on 1.2.3.254/24) Netscreen (External Public IP on w.x.y.z into the ISP managed Cisco router) We use the public IP area...
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    Firewall Sizing?

    How do you go about sizing a firewall? I ask both generally and specifically. Right now I need to replace an existing ISA server, and top of the list is a Secure Computing Sidewinder (those Palo Alto boxes look nice but they're just too much $$$ to go beyond looking at the features on the...
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    Eizo S2110W

    Still in 2 minds whether to get a cheap panel such as a Samsung 205BW or whether to push the boat out. If I do push the boat out the Eizo S2110W appeals as there shouldn't be any of those nagging "there was something better" voices bugging me. Question is, is it worth it? I know that's...
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    Samsung 205BW or ? (UK)

    I've just replaced a G5 iMac with a MacBook and I'm looking for a widescreen display. I'm not insane enough to buy an Apple Cinema Display so it seems I have a couple of options: Buy a good quality 20-24" TFT i.e. Dell 2007/2407 and keep it a long time Buy a cheaper panel and replace it...
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