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Comment If you have Linux servers, don't use OpManager! (Score 2, Informative) 342

We used OpManager in production for over a year. It has terrible Linux support. None of their built-in plugins worked properly for monitoring even basic parameters like disk space, free memory, CPU usage, etc. When we pointed this out to their support people, they said we should build our own plugins with SNMP OIDs. Um....no. Not for the amount of money we paid for that steaming POS. We finally kicked OpManager to the curb about a month ago, and have our entire environment, Windows and Linux servers being monitored with Nagios. Nagios scales well, we are currently watching several hundred hosts and about 3500 services.

OpenNMS is also a good tool, its ability to map servers back to switch ports is extremely handy.

Comment If this is not a production web server... (Score 1) 564

...then you probably don't need RAID. Use NTFS and set up some kind of scheduled backup to the second drive. Or, build a Linux NAS device and run BackupPC (backuppc.sourceforge.net). BackupPC works great for this sort of thing, it can do incremental and full backups of all your data, on the schedule you choose.

Comment Sometimes Free works great! (Score 1) 459

I recently replaced the Sophos virus scanner software with ClamAV on a fairly busy 4-node virus scanning cluster. The performance is better, and I no longer have to beg the finance department every year to cut a check for new licenses. A win-win situation all around. Well, except maybe for Sophos...

Comment Proxy (Score 4, Interesting) 512

I did go ahead and set up a squid proxy - how do I get the IP address to Iranians who need it without the government seeing it? I've asked this question on twitter several times over the last day, and my messages seem to just get drowned out by all the other information flooding in. Is there a trusted source who can pass the server address on to Iranian users who need it?

Comment Reasonable backup system for small business (Score 1) 780

Here are some ideas for individuals or very small businesses:

* Weekly full backup of all critical data onto an external USB drive. This is kind of a bare minimum setup. Even better is to get several USB drives and rotate them a few times a week or every day.

* Amazon S3. Seriously - it's cheap and not too hard to set up. You can set up an automated script to suck all your important data into the cloud.

* BackupPC - backuppc.sourceforge.net. BackupPC can do full and incremental backups of Windows and Linux desktops and servers. It's free and runs on pretty much any hardware, as long as you have enough disk space.

Comment I live in Austin and work from home! (Score 1) 591

So as soon as I heard the rumors about TWC implementing bandwidth caps I installed Cacti to poll my wireless router and monitor my usage. I work from home over a VPN, listen to some streaming music and play some games, watch a few videos here and there. I'm using between 5-10Gb per week and this is just normal Internet use.

If those bastards cut off my account I will *not* be a happy camper. They sold me unlimited Internet and they had better honor their commitment!

Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Obama Fan Mashes Up Apple 1984 Ad Against Hillary

Anonymous Coward writes: "No matter who you support for president, the person or people who made this ad were very creative in this send up of the famous Apple 1984 ad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3G-lMZxjo The images of the Orwellian figure are replaced with Hillary Clinton spewing platitudes about her campaign. Definitely a ground-breaking political ad for the season that will excite Obama fans and Apple lovers. It will probably send the Clinton camp into paroxysms of rage though as they are once again bested by the upstart Obama. It was originally posted on Talking Points Memo: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/012813.p hp"
Microsoft

Submission + - Vista Activation workarround - this time for real

An anonymous reader writes: According to article in APC Magazine pirate group Pantheon has released crack for Vista, which uses fact that big distributors (DELL, HP, IBM, etc...) have way to avoid the need for their customers to activate Vista. Using this crack you can pose to the MS as if you are one of the customers who have bought "preactivated" Vista. Real question is: a) Can MS revoke certificate used for this hack. b) Why hasn't this reached slashdot yet? :)

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