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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

SlamMan Record everything (195 comments)

Every conversation you have with the outgoing admin, record (with permission, of course). When they're showing you something a workstation, screen capture it. Write notes up for all of this the first while its still fresh. Have them walk you through each server, each device, and all the issue with it. You won't remember everything they've said, and they aren't going to do as great a job documenting things as you'd like during their last week, as they're head's already out the door.

about a year ago
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D.C. Awards Obamacare IT Work To Offshore Outsourcer

SlamMan Re:Yet another great argument... (402 comments)

I'm not sure you can argue that royal charter makes a joint stock company a part of the government. It was more of an exclusive licenses, like an FCC spectrum license.

about a year ago
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Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

SlamMan Re:A story of a simple but great customer experien (333 comments)

Your comparison to facebook is somewhat off base. Since you don't pay anything, its hard to say they're 'swindling' you by reactivating your free account when you log into it. Also, since you're not paying anything you're not thier customer. You're the product they sell to other people.

more than 3 years ago
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DIY Sound-Activated High-Speed Photography

SlamMan Re:Quicker Than Sound (106 comments)

Sure, but at a distance of a couple yards, it's not going to make a difference. Anybody want to back that up my claim with some math?

more than 3 years ago
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Apple To Discontinue Xserve

SlamMan Re:Perception is reality (304 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple To Discontinue Xserve

SlamMan Re:Perception is reality (304 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

SlamMan Faxing (325 comments)

And so now we're back to fax spam? Thanks HP!

more than 4 years ago
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Cub Scouts To Offer Merit Pin For Video Gaming

SlamMan Re:Don't you have more important things to do? (366 comments)

Considering its setting next to a pin for marbles and for good manners, I'd say its probobly about at right level for the 9 year olds its targeted to. I remember at that age earning an arrow (do they even still have those arrow patches) for learning a couple ways to tie a tie in cub scouts.

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Releases RHEL 6 Public Beta 1

SlamMan Re:Too bad they gave up on XEN (148 comments)

There's still a few apps out there that either require USB keys for licensing, or that you want to have interact some sort of physical device that doesn't have its own IP stack. Thankfully, these cases are fairly uncommon these days, but they do still exist.

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Releases RHEL 6 Public Beta 1

SlamMan Current PHP? (148 comments)

Please, for the love of god, tell me they're finaly including PHP 5.2 in RHEL.

more than 4 years ago
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Virtualizing Workstations For Common Hardware?

SlamMan Disk imaging software (349 comments)

You're just making it harder than it needs to be. Use Ghost, Acronis, KACE, or any of the other semi-hardware agnostic imaging systems. Failing that, just take individual images of each peice of disparate hardware. Just takes a little one time act for each peice of hardware, and a large disk drive.

more than 4 years ago
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Photoshop CS5's Showpiece — Content-Aware Fill

SlamMan Re:But will it run... (378 comments)

Yup. Citrix XenApp.

more than 4 years ago
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Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

SlamMan Re:Two Options (403 comments)

You're not going to be able to throttle at the router in an environment like this. For an office this size, its doubtful that the computers are on different subnets. Same subnet = not going through the router, and just staying local on the switch.

more than 4 years ago
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Vulnerability, Potential Exploit In Cisco WLAN APs

SlamMan Re:Config option, not all that bad (35 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is the Best Way To Track Stolen Gadgets?

SlamMan Don't bother (101 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & Education

SlamMan Re:It's easy, just think logically. (1515 comments)

I'd imagine boarding schools have a completely different set of problems that the sort of private school we're talking about. Boarding schools are such a small fraction of all private schools, even including military academy, to be almost irrelevant to the discussion.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & Education

SlamMan Re:It's easy, just think logically. (1515 comments)

I think you're missing the corollary of #2. You also have to compete to stay in private school. If you screw up to badly, don't show up, or don't perform, the private school can get rid of you. Public schools really don't have that as an option, so disruptive, lazy, and sometimes dangerous students stay in the schools, in the classrooms with everyone else. Private school can just kick them back to the public school. You also need to have a certain degree of perental involvement to even be at a private school to begin with, as oppsed to public schools being a free baby sitting option for some parents.

more than 5 years ago

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