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Comment Re:Perception is reality (Score 1) 304

I agree, excpet thinking they have decent drive sleds. How do you make a server that lets you accidentally bump a drive and dismount it? Want to have that ejected drive come back online? Gotta reboot the server. Want to use the lock on the box to prevent those drives from accidentally dismounting? Sure you you explicitly picked a boot volume in the Startup Disk control panel, otherwise you'll get that lovely blinking question mark if you ever try to reboot it when locked.

The mounting/hardware of the Xserve lines seems like what you'd come up with if you'd never actually had to deal with servers before.

Comment Re:Perception is reality (Score 1) 304

You might want to take a look into Centrify and LikeWise's options for doing OS X management from an AD centric environment. We use Likewise open software for AD integration for our linux servers, and don't need the group policy type control for those, but the rest of thier feature set looks quite nice.

Comment Re:Config option, not all that bad (Score 2, Informative) 35

If you have a very large network and no centralized configuration manager, you're going to have a lot of problems every time any issue comes up that requires a change. Config managers don't have to be complicated or expensive (see RANCID or CatTools), but not having them inplace means a lot of needless legwork.

Comment Don't bother (Score 2, Interesting) 101

You don't - you have remote disable/nuke options. Once something is stolen, the odds of you getting it back at pretty small, since regardless of whatever tech means you have of identifying the owner, you still need to have someone go get it from the thief. Better option is to disable the device remotely (Blackberries have a nice set of tools for this). Once its gone, its gone, but this way they don't have your data or a working device.

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