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+ - Clonezilla awarded Project of the month at SF.net

Submitted by Wasteofspace
Wasteofspace (777087) writes "Clonezilla has been given the honour of the first Project of the month for 2010 over at SourceForge.net. Founded July 2004 the project has now been downloaded over 1.4 million times
http://sourceforge.net/blog/potm-201001/
Clonezilla is a partition or disk clone tool similar to Norton Ghost. It saves and restores only the used blocks in the hard drive. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition). The filesystem supported by Clonezilla are: ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux, FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, and HFS+ of Mac OS. Therefore you can clone GNU/Linux, MS windows and Intel-based Mac OS whether they be 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86-64) OS. For these file systems, only the used blocks in the partition are saved and restored. For unsupported file systems, a sector-to-sector copy is done by dd in Clonezilla."
Networking

+ - Remote slow multi-site Windows network dilemma

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Wasteofspace
Wasteofspace writes "I am the IT Admin for a medium sized corporation with 40+ networked sites (usually 2 or three staff per site), all connected with various network connections ranging from 64k ISDN to 384k Sat to 512/512k DSL. We have 2 large sites with 70+ people, one with a 2MB frame relay, the other 10MB ethernet.

Obviously this is a dream setup for Terminal Services/Citrix, though it appears that previous engineers screwed the Citrix implementation so badly that it has been almost impossible to try and sell it to the senior managers again.

I have walked into the joint with some sites having a 2003 server, most storing their files either to a cheap NAS, or to their local disks. Email is through a thick outlook client chatting across to an exchange server on a 10MB link. Certain apps are still running on Citrix, mainly financial systems.

I need to get this network under some sort of control, and my two major headaches are managing and backing up the files across these sites, and implementing some sort of disaster recovery/business continuity solution.

My thoughts are to continue pushing the Terminal Services solution, migrate all data to a central repository, and set up some basic redundancy for all sites that have only one method of connecting.

I have no idea how to turn the server environment into a high availability setup while maintaining the requirement of the DR site being 30km from the primary site, while not being able to connect the two at decent speeds for replication.

Any one have any wisdom to share??"
Networking

+ - Australian National Broadband Tender Scrapped

Submitted by Wasteofspace
Wasteofspace (777087) writes "This morning Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that The Federal Government has terminated the National Broadband Network tender process after failing to find any of the NBN bids satisfactory.

Citing "deterioration of the economy" and flanked by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Treasurer Wayne Swan, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said at a Canberra press conference this morning that the government had not found any of the NBN bids by players like Acacia, Optus, Axia Netmedia satisfactory.

Instead of accepting an NBN bid, Rudd said, the Federal Government would establish a company in partnership with the private sector to roll out its own network, based on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, that would reach 90 per cent of Australians with speeds of up to 100Mbps. "This is the single largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australia's history," Rudd said, comparing the project to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme and the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The remaining 10 per cent of Australians would be served by a combination of ADSL broadband, wireless and satellite.

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/No-NBN-winner-Govt-goes-FTTH-alone/0,130061791,339295839,00.htm
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25301755-15306,00.html"

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