Out of interest, why is your client moving?
With mailboxes that large, I can only imagine the Outlook sync has issues at best.
Company's tend to like support because it gives them someone to blame, not because it actually provides support or makes them more money. It is generally about middle managers playing politics trying to protect themselves, not about doing what is best for the business - either in cost or in ability to support the products. How often do you see commercial support actually being worth the money (outside of hardware support contracts?)
I couldn't imagine running an LOB application or anything mission-critical without proper support. If it goes down, the company's losing thousands of dollars per hour. I'm not going to put a post up somewhere in hopes that someone'll give me the appropriate answer in a reasonable timeframe.
Looking for tool to do an internal audit of Microsoft licensing for a client. What do you guys recommend.
Take a look at the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit (MAP). It's what's recommended by Microsoft. It uses WMI for scanning, so you'll want to make sure you have the firewall exceptions for it enabled.
An RPO/RTO question is a lot more difficult to answer than one might expect. I'm sure that Alex and Scott have a linty of questions that can make it easier, but for a company that hasn't ever looked at these questions before it's likely they have no real understanding of how to answer these requests.
When I first started with my company I was told that we could live without our brand new EHR for 6 days (the downtime the vendor told us we'd suffer if we had a total server failure). The vendor at the time refused to provide installation media/files (they built then shipped the servers to us) and all we had for backups were SQL level backups.
I approached the board with a plan to provide better options, but at that near day one the board stated that 6 days of downtime considering the current setup was acceptable. Of course I nearly passed out that this consider I'd been supporting their phones for the past 4 years and they were nearly unbearable when their phones wouldn't sync for a day to their calendars.
Fast forward a year and a few minor outages later, the tune changed and we could now only afford one day of downtime, so they approved the purchase of Appasure, and we reduced our downtime to a few hours.
Back to the point at hand, if the Docs in technobabble's case haven't experienced downtime in the past they will have unrealistic expectations of either uptime or tolerable downtime.
For RTO, the easiest way to ask it is, "If X fails, how long can the business be without it before it severely impairs the business?" For some folks, it's a few hours, or even more than a day. For others, it's less. For RPO, it's, "If we need to roll back to backups, how far back can we recover to in an emergency without causing undue data loss?" Most folks are ok with the previous night's backup, but not quite everyone. The longest it's ever taken me to determine RPO/RTO has been about 30 minutes.
hi I m doing a migration for a client that is moving from google apps to office 365. So far so good but I ve just checked their mailboxes size and some ( about 8-10 out of 45 ) are about 35-40 Gb in size. They want to move to the mid size business not the E plan ...
as far as size is concerned they are aware they will need to reduce the size of the mailbox soon ( as 50Gb ) limitation.
Is there anything to watch out for when migrating such a massive mailbox ? I m not sure how much time it will take or if it would be easier to do it staged ? any pointers much appreciated !! ;o)
Pity, if they went EOP2 or E3, they'd have unlimited archive storage.
Oh, heck no! There's no way I'm dealing with tickets off-hours unless it's a major work-stoppage emergency. Emergencies happen, sure, put those fires out. Sometimes after-hours maintenance comes up, and sure, I'll do what's needed.
Except for timelines (which I try not go give), my word's spot-on.
Was that a consultant, or a Dell rep? Tossing a SAN at something's typically something I see from resellers. From what you've explained, it sounds like you're short on IOPS. With the modern technologies available for localized and distributed tiered storage, SAN wouldn't be the way to go. What's your RTO for these systems?
@technobabble also make sure that you create GPO for each policy, i mean don't set all your policies in a single GPO, each policy in a separate GPO, so if you want to remove a specific policy you will not have to remove all policies that reside in the same GPO, rather you will remove GPO that have only one policy,
You have to be careful with this, multiple GPOs to a single user/device can slow things down for logon, etc. Separation is nice, but you do have to pay attention to how it affects logon times.
Yes! I like to keep one GPO per major unit, with sub-GPOs as needed. For example:
Company.com - Default Domain Policy
-HQ (No policies)
--Computers - HQ Computers Policy
---Engineering - HQ Engineering Computers Policy
--Users - HQ users Policy
---Engineering - HQ Engineering Users Policy
This gives enough granularity to implement nearly any setting needed, while keeping the amount of GPOs to a minimum.
There's some info missing. How is this application being accessed? Are people going to be using RDP, PCoIP, or something else? Is this doing 3D modeling, or is it just the server component to a client installed on a local computer?
I had planned to have them use either RDP or VNC to access the VM. The application will be completely standalone inside a Windows VM (no client-server software) and will be either Windows 7 or 8/8.1 (whatever is supported by the software vendor). I believe they support 8 but not 8.1.
You won't get a rich end-user experience with RDP, let alone VNC, even if it doesn't choke on lack of graphics hardware. VMware Horizon View does support hardware-accelerated graphics with certain video cards. If you're considering VDI for a small number of use cases, consider going full-bore and doing it out fully.
As a side note, don't forget to address Windows licensing; VDI works differently from server licensing.
In many cases, LOB applications and/or job-specific applications don't support Linux. There are some that do (and I've worked with a couple), but when deciding on major applications, function comes before platform.
Agreed, but my findings have been that it is extremely rare today to find truly good quality software that is Windows only. More likely it is a poor choice that just isn't realized until it is too late. Windows-only apps should be a red flag. There are great Windows-only apps, but they are pretty rare. And they tend to be the same ones that only support legacy Windows. The factors that make them not support Linux, BSD and Solaris are the same ones that block them from supporting modern Windows much of the time. What seems like a good program today often turns into the unsupported quagmire of tomorrow.
Do you have some examples of mainstream business apps that are available for both platforms that have native clients that don't require a platform like Java in order to run?
Even using Exchange I've started to prefer OWA over Outlook 2013. Smoother, more reliable operations.
I can't stand OWA. It isn't as feature-rich, and isn't available offline. It also doesn't support application plugins, such as CRM.
Yes it was. When I was looking at the GPO diag from Group Policy Manager I saw that my new GPOs were seeing a computer account was not being assigned to the OU it was in. I don't understand why that was.
To 'force' it to work I checked the settings on the GPO to enforce - this seemed to solve the problem. After trying my Windows 8 systems on their GPO - I copied the Win 8 GPO and modified to match what I needed for the Win 7 machines and it worked.
In that case, it sounds like one of the other GPOs applied to that object may have conflicting settings. Turning Enforce on for the GPO increased its precedence for application, overriding any related settings on higher-level GPOs.
It would be nice to see a VPN/Pertino appliance for say a home network. There are times when you need to hang a printer directly on the network for printing, so the appliance would be nice... but it's really no different than putting ASAs on both sides.
Something like a Sophos RED?
I've tried to move to Linux, but I can't. The tools that I need to do my job in an efficient manner aren't present on Linux. In order to run them, I'd need to dink around with wine or use a VM.
Is that because you are supporting Windows?
I'm supporting vSphere. Sure, vCenter uses a web interface, but until you get vCenter up and running, you need Windows. I'm also an Outlook user. So far, I haven't found an email client that has the level of functionality and smooth operation that Outlook does. I need something that'll support Outlook Anywhere, sync across multiple computers, have offline and online access, follow-ups with date-based reminders, access shared calendars, and have message rules. I'm also an OneNote user. There's nothing like it that has a native Linux application.
Beyond that, I do support Windows environments. In many cases, LOB applications and/or job-specific applications don't support Linux. There are some that do (and I've worked with a couple), but when deciding on major applications, function comes before platform. The product that has the most beneficial use for the company is the best choice.
I've tried to move to Linux, but I can't. The tools that I need to do my job in an efficient manner aren't present on Linux. In order to run them, I'd need to dink around with wine or use a VM. What's the point of that? With Windows, I can just install the applications and go, no dinking needed. If I'm running a VM for my previous OS for certain applications, why did I bother moving OSes in the first place? It only adds complexity.
Many companies use XP for particular applications that may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows. If there's a compatibility issue with newer versions of Windows, it's more than likely that the application doesn't have a native Linux version.
As ignorant as my posts may have looked during this process...now that is complete, it makes so much more sense now...
You cant be that ignorant. You just did a major migration on your own. Sure alot of Mangolassies gave you info, but no one remoted in your server and did the work.
Mangolassies sounds nice. Are the guys Mangoladdies?
USB drives are handy for working with machines that fail to boot properly. Booting to a Linux USB drive is a great way to clear out most basic malware infections in less than 15 minutes.
Indeed. The first two departments I'm looking at implementing Sharepoint in are HR and QA. By the nature of their roles, these two managers are highly organised and already have good manual document control in place that they want to replicate in Sharepoint. Sharepoint effectively becomes the Quality Manual that we're audited on for ISO certification (do you have ISO in the US?). It's a lot of work, and I want the majority of it to be carried out by them, not me. They know more about what they're trying to achieve than I ever could.
But if you let them have control, how to do you prevent other departments demanding control of their own sites? I'm sure I'll figure it out.
Yes, ISO is an international standard. With permissions and version control, SharePoint is a fantastic Quality management system. If you get into workflows, you can start to use it for other things like corrective action tracking, purchase orders (If your LOB application doesn't have it), and much more.
Some departments couldn't care less about SharePoint. From what I've seen, those that want to be able to choose their own destiny with SharePoint are the ones that will actually use it, and the others could really care less.
SharePoint would definitely spiral out of control if you give end users the ability to create their own sites and stuff. Few companies do that. Most use IT as a gateway and make end users request new sites or pages through IT.
Oh, right, that's not what I was led to believe from talking with some Sharepoint consultants. I had it in mind that department managers would manage their own sites and not be a drain on IT resources.
That's typically what I've done. I'll make a site for a department, set their lead user as an admin, and let them have at it. Sure, I'll do some basic training and give guidance along the way, but I leave it as a blank canvas for them to mold.
But why not use the built in VPN capabilities on the System i box? Not like you can't SSH or stunnel natively.
I am already using a device for that customer (ASA). This whole thing came up because you can't use my situation and Pertino together.
You really can't beat an ASA for VPN. It works so well, and with a variety of clients. Pertino isn't designed to connect a computer to an infrastructure; it's designed to connect individual computers together. For a traditional business, it isn't quite a good fit just yet. If/when the get it set up so that you can connect a computer to your infrastructure, that'll change things for the better.