To come back around to the initial question, I'll throw GLPI + FusionInventory into the mix as a decent replacement for SpiceWorks. You keep the ability to have your whole IT environment managed and documented in a single system (Equipment, users, ticketing, contracts, contacts etc etc....)
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RE: HelpDesk Options
RE: What does your desk look like?
So the laptop is my main driver and runs the 3 displays + it's own.
The lower display to the right is for a workstation that's used for building / maintaining our windows 10 deployment images as well as a GNS3 install that I need to find the time to use to mock-up our WAN / VPN topology.
The fireplace on the arm is a drastically underpowered 20" inspiron all in one touchscreen that had been doing nothing for years so I've taken it, put linux on it and it's just a toy / conversation piece.
EDIT: fireplace has now become an ASCII aquarium
How-To / Community Documentation & Resources
I searched really quickly and didn't find a section or category where folks have been posting useful how-to guides or articles for the community. There are a couple of things that I've worked through lately that could probably be useful to others, just don't know exactly where to stash it on here. As an example, how to make a uefi bootable USB to automatically apply BIOS settings for Dell. In all honesty, my motivation here is as much to share with the community as have stuff like this publicly documented so I can find it if I need to re-do or update it for my own needs.
RE: If you are new drop in say hello and introduce yourself please!
Good afternoon from Eastern Canada! I'm part of the IT team for a manufacturing company with offices throughout Canada and the Eastern US. Cheers!
RE: Best Backup Solution for 2019
It feels like the OP thinks that this is a seller's forum as opposed to a group of IT professionals looking to help each other out. Or just trolling to waste time. Or a college kid who was given an assignment and is looking for us to provide the answer.
RE: Bad one: SonicWALL Remote Management Vulnerability
WTF? People NAT their iDracs?
Probably the same people that put ketchup on a perfectly good steak..... psychopaths the whole lot of them
RE: What Are You Doing Right Now
And the issue I have most with this is the way this is stated.
interest free 12 month loan for a new laptop
So if he fails to pay this back in 12 months is there a fee or rate hike?
Probably automatic payroll deductions. One of my old places would offer this to employees, honestly just to help them keep up to date with tech and let them take advantage of our business pricing as opposed to paying retail.
RE: User Profile Discs
User Profile Disks
Before you start moving things around, I'd try to get some monitoring in place to see where your bottleneck is now. If the server's disks just can't keep up it doesn't matter where things are located with regards to networking.
Given what you've described, it's a reasonable expectation that there might be gains to be made on the network side of things, but don't forget the basics:
- Host firmware updates
- Host BIOS settings (SR-IOV and friends)
- Hypervisor updates
-- Dedicate a NIC to this VM if possible
-- Look into 10G networking if not already there
-- Jumbo frames?
-- SMB optimization (SMB3 / other optimizations)
.... I'm all about eeking the most out of what's already there before throwing something new into the mix...
RE: What Are You Doing Right Now
Doing a test install of XS 7.1CU2 at one of our sites on the West Coast. Thank %whatever% for time zones :)
Did you purchase licensing for XS or are you using the free version?
We're licensed, VDI and related products so it just makes sense to bundle the hypervisor in there too (I assume, I don't deal with the $$$ side of things too much)
Yeah so long as you're licensed using XS makes sense, but if you were using the free edition it would be past time to evaluate moving to XCP-ng.
Oh for sure, if I ever get the HW for a home lab it would probably be XCP-ng just to keep to something known (*ducks, waiting for eventual comments on KVM :P )
RE: Raid10, must use or another Raid limits?
"Planning" along these lines is the only reason I can think of the veeam agent being a hard requirement
NONE of this is based on planning, at all. This is 100% politics and the OP has no say in it. It is a non-technical mandate from powers on high that are not considering any business need or ramifications.
Agree 100%... The road to hell is paved with good intentions; wanting backups is never a bad thing, trying to do them like this is just asking for trouble.
RE: System Image Disappearing/Reappearing
The only thing I can think of, which is most likely not correct, is that Windows reads the WindowsImageBackup folder alphabetically. That is to say since LABS comes before LENOVOLAP alphabetically, it hits the Windows 10 image in LENOVOLAP and then says "nope, everything else after this is null" and then doesn't even get to STAFF? I dunno man, it's weird.
Yeah, it's a super basic tool, it's probably not expecting more than a single backup in the directory.
^^ This sounds like what's happening.
If you're tied down to using an external drive and $0 tools, maybe consider using clonezilla or the Veeam's free windows agent. If you've got an afternoon and space for a linux VM (or even just a decommissioned desktop / server for a Proof of Concept test) take a look at FOG (https://fogproject.org/).
RE: Is a virtual firewall (router) more secure than a physical firewall?
So my $0.02:
"Security" is a fleeting and oft misabused idea... The capacity to secure the client's network should be the same for a firewall properly implemented as a VM or as a physical appliance. Off the top of my head, implemented properly means that you're not sharing NIC vswitch or anything else with any other guests and that the hypervisor and host are kept fully patched.
Off the cuff, it's easier to ensure the level of security on a physical firewall or appliance as there are fewer moving parts, as a VM you have to keep on top of updates to the Firewall vm as well as the underlying hypervisor and the physical host. Failing to do so leaves you open to inter-vm snooping attacks using SPECTRE / MELTDOWN and their associated vulnerabilities.