Nothing specifically for testing, the calendar module in Thunderbird should at least let you test connectivity though. Don't know what kind of logging options it provides but that's where I'd start
Posts made by notverypunny
RE: Defective Laptop - how to get browsers bookmarks
Yes, you can copy the files directly if you want - assuming the drive isn't encrypted.
For Firefox for instance:
Encryption - this is going to be your go/no-go element. Although if it's bitlocker I've been told that if you plug the drive into another windows machine it's supposed to prompt for the bitlocker key. Haven't had a chance / reason to test it out though.
RE: Suggest a simple free / open source Network Monitoring software.
@openit So for your POTS fax line, I don't think you're going to be able to monitor that unless it's actually a VoIP ATA or something that you can monitor.
We've recently moved from NagiosXI to Zabbix and I'd strongly suggest looking into it. Might seem daunting at first, but it's only as complex as you want it to be. Lots of great templates out of the box, tons more available online / in the community and overall just a really great tool. If you're only using ping to check for up/down at the moment the visibility you can gain with SNMP as well as the windows server agents will blow your mind. You can go from reactive to pro-active, as well as using it to validate what users are telling you (for example, zabbix snmp on our xerox MFCs will flag if a door or cover isn't properly closed)
RE: What Are You Doing Right Now
@hobbit666 You could do that, or it can also be setup as a network bridge. Unsure of site to site, but I did a quick PoC with a Linux VM at HO that was allowing a remote laptop to connect in as if it was onsite. The remote machine was even pulling a dhcp address from the HO dhcp server since the bridging was all at L2. You could probably do a VM at each site more or less as a "VPN endpoint" and the IP ranges properly configured and routed.
RE: VPN hardware suggestions.
There's a few different ways you can do that too. You can go the firewall route or you can use ZeroTier to deal with remote connectivity off the top of my head.
Like Scott said, most (all?) business-oriented firewalls (hardware appliance or linux distro à la Untangle) have built-in
Some things to have on your radar:
- VPN topology (hub+spoke, full mesh or a combination of both).
- IPSEC throughput on the appliance (our old sonicwalls at some remote-offices were a bottleneck for the ipsec back to HO)
- If replacing firewall appliances, what other functions do you need / want
Ubiquity is pretty solid from a hardware perspective but their support is lacking, based on both personal experience and speaking with some other IT folks. I use it at home, and would definitely consider it for a business upgrading over consumer, soho or ISP gear, but if you're big enough that you've got to connect multiple sites over ipsec and it's business-critical you might want to look at something like sonicwall, fortigate or meraki.
RE: Oracle Linux Installation and performance seems insanely bad
So I realize that CentOS is more or less dead for most folks, but have you tried spinning up the equivalent CentOS version to compare apples to apples? I'll admit that I've never touched Oracle Linux and haven't had need for CentOS in a while but big performance differences shouldn't really be a thing between modern linux distros.... Maybe your Oracle install has additional encryption (full system ?) or something with the filesystem or mount options that's making it work harder?
RE: XenOrchestra FileLevelRestore
@dbeato It's a full VM delta backup. I was able to restore the whole VM to another host and boot it without any problem, but it restores the borked volume as-is (which is what we'd expect, but doesn't help my situation).
It's not a major stress by any means, was just hoping that on top of having been a dummy for messing up the initial setup, I was overlooking or unaware of a simpler / easier way to fix things.