Windows 98 boot disk creates a RAM disk to store all its files which also happens to be my first experience with RAM disk. You can also copy the need files off the boot disk to create your own RAM disk in windows.
I've been using RAM disks since 1987 on the Commodore Amiga where we would use it for all kinds of things. Our memory was many times the size of our storage making it a no-brainer. Especially as the storage was insanely slow floppies.
why would anyone need to be up so late except for in the most urgent of issues is insane to me.
That's the problem you have. Defining "urgent". Logging activity gives you a sense of the quantity of work carried out after hours, but not the quality.
An example we might have: our guys are working on a multi-million dollar deal and the client e-mails them from New York in the late afternoon. The client doesn't care that it is midnight where we are in the UK, he expects an immediate answer. That one e-mail is more important than the thousand e-mails we received during the day. In financial terms, it could represent 20% of our revenue. So 0.0001% of IT activity represent 20% of revenue.
You can't analyse that. You can only trust that if your guys say they need 24/7/365 access, they do.
And that is why I'm trying quantify who and when people are working while not in the office.
Because as @Breffni-Potter said (and is true) the system will have to come down at some point, it might as well be planned, rather than unplanned.
I got acancel AARP (done, should have check by 4/13 and no mailings by 6 weeks from 3/16)I got about 50% of the way into this, and had to move on to other projects. But I really need to get back to it.
@Mike-Davis He is actually asking this in regards to my network. We have one root domain with two subdomains, all on their own subnets. How mine differs from the OP is both the primary and secondary DNS are in the main building attached to the root domain. We only use static IP's. There is no DHCP here. We don not even use wireless, although that will change in the near future.
What Wire didn't mention is that all servers and all clients in the entire organization use those two DNS servers at headquarters. That seems very odd to me.
FYI - Wire just came on with that client, so he didn't set this up.
Basically ever major OS except for Windows and Mac OSX, comes with a set of default repositories for software that represent what is considered to be supported as part of the base OS. CentOS, for example, as the core repos that include the repos for the Base OS, one for pulling source files and a few others that are normally off by default. This allows you to easily install the smallest possible or reasonable OS and add additional software as needed only. No need to bundle it all in and bloat the system, yet still trivially easy to add on what you need.
Anyone can operate their own repo. So you can make your own if you want. The ML servers use a repo from the MongoDB folks so that we pull the latest and greatest, supported and official MongoDB database servers directly from MongoDB instead of waiting for Red Hat to put older, Red Hat supported versions into the RH repos. So our MongoDB is managed transparently with the rest of the system, but we configure it to be much more modern than the MongoDB instance available with the OS itself.
We use Cisco Any Connect that authenticates against AD, but is not tied to any kind of GPS and it works for us just fine. Except for deployment, I see no need in using GPS.
If we use GPS for anything, it's with RADIUS for our wireless network. That works in one location but not the other. And this is only because both locations have different wireless systems and in how each system implements RADIUS and authenticates a laptop against an OU.