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Currentsitguy

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Member since: Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:40 AM
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46. Small business co-owner. IT Professional by trade.

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Question from one IT guy to others (I won't hold you responsible)

We are doing a big tech revamp for our little 2.5 person operation here. So far I've replaced computers, completely reworked the wifi infrastructure with a complete overkill router (hardwire ethernet is in the works), replaced the webserver, and am about to triple the RAM and swap out the i3 for a Xeon in the homebrew domain/AD controller.

The question is about a NAS. Up to this point, yes I know this is not an optimal arrangement, I have been running a shared external 2TB drive, connected via USB, for our old, and now new router. I know this sucks. I know it's taking a risk on data loss. To every other criticism you can offer, I plead Mea Culpa. All I can say is we have operated on a shoestring for years now, and I made due with the hardware and money available.

That is about to change. I will soon have about $2k to invest in a proper NAS.

What I am curious about is what does anyone think about the following points/questions:

Assume 3-5 users, 2+ admin on a daily basis, 4 regular workstations, 2 servers in a Windows Server 2012 R2/Exchange 2013/Windows 10 Pro environment.

I'm assuming everyone agrees ethernet rather than USB connected is a given.
Do you have a brand preference, and why?
AD integrated or not?
Are SSD's worth the expense?
How many drives do you think are an absolute minimum and why?
How much storage do you think is a must?
Do you think hot swap is critical?
What does anyone think of the systems that are Windows Server Essentials built-in?
If you like them would you trust an appliance as a backup AD Controller?
Do you like prebuilt, or, given good drives do you think buying the enclosure and drives separately and putting it together is OK?
Lastly, what features do you think are essential?

It has been a good 10 years since I was employed by assholes have I had access to a real NAS. At that time it was an original Buffalo Terrastation. At that time a lot were based on some form of embedded Linux and used SAMBA to integrate into the network, which at the time was spotty at best.

I'm asking around in a lot of places, but believe it or not, even most of you I disagree with I trust on most issues, so I'm asking here as well.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Apr 10, 2018, 05:05 PM (16 replies)

Ruble tanking over US and Western sanctions

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5599607/The-ruble-plummets-second-straight-day.html

"Russia's central bank on Tuesday sought to reassure the public after new US sanctions prompted a market collapse and plunge in the ruble's value, insisting there was no threat to financial stability and that the bank was ready to act if necessary.

Russian central bank chief Elvira Nabiullina said at a conference in Moscow that the country's economy could withstand the latest US sanctions, even as the ruble continued a spectacular plunge against the dollar and the euro.

The ruble's fall came after the US announced fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over the diplomatic crisis sparked by the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal.

The sanctions hit wealthy businessmen close to President Vladimir Putin and the companies they control, causing them losses of billions of dollars.

The US move prompted the ruble to fall on Monday and on Tuesday it fell to lows against the euro and US dollar not seen since 2016.

The euro exceeded 78 rubles for the first time since April 2016 and the dollar went over 63 rubles for the first time since December 2016 on the Moscow foreign exchange market on Tuesday.

'The central bank has a broad spectrum of instruments in order to act in such situations, if risks arise to financial stability. In our view, there are not such risks now,' Nabiullina said."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Apr 10, 2018, 10:48 AM (2 replies)

Some sanity out of Arizona

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona-education/2018/04/09/arizona-supreme-court-dreamers-cant-receive-state-tuition-daca/500141002/

"Arizona colleges can't give in-state tuition to young immigrants covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The court issued a brief decision order saying justices unanimously agreed with the Arizona Court of Appeals' ruling that said existing federal and state laws don't allow the Maricopa Community Colleges to grant in-state tuition rates for DACA recipients.

A full opinion further explaining the court's ruling will be released by May 14, the order states.

The court released the order Monday to allow Maricopa Community Colleges students and the state to have as much time as possible to plan for those affected by the ruling.

More than 2,000 DACA recipients, commonly referred to as "dreamers," currently attend community college or a state university in Arizona and pay in-state rates. The ruling will make DACA recipients pay much more to attend these schools, as out-of-state rates are about triple the cost of in-state tuition.

For example, in-state students at Arizona State University pay $10,640 this year, while non-resident students pay $26,470. Residents pay $86 per credit hour at the Maricopa Community Colleges, compared with $241 for non-residents. "
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 9, 2018, 04:03 PM (3 replies)

FBI raids Trump's personal lawyer, seizes privileged communications

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/us/politics/fbi-raids-office-of-trumps-longtime-lawyer-michael-cohen.html

"The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.

“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 9, 2018, 03:08 PM (86 replies)

Rick and Morty fans: They've done a few commercials

I love this show


Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Apr 9, 2018, 08:26 AM (1 replies)

Probably best to leave the kids home

Posted by Currentsitguy | Sun Apr 8, 2018, 02:47 PM (1 replies)

Whew! Dodged a surgical bullet

At the end of February I came down with a nasty urinary infection. Well I took the Cipro like prescribed and it went about 95% away. In other words, all the symptoms stopped for the most part but it just seemed like something was still not right, even though I could not exactly put my finger on it. My urine was still slightly cloudy, and that just didn't seem right. Well, 2nd week of March (And I promise not be any more icky than necessary) I was taking a plain old normal leak one afternoon when at the end I passed, what I can only describe as a massive fart, and not out of my rear end, if you know what I mean. This went on for the next week or so. Let me tell you, it's very disconcerting. I called the doctor back, who did not inspire the most confidence. I knew the primary cause, he never heard of it. I have diverticulitis, and one of the primary symptoms of a fistula forming between colon and bladder and gas in the urinary stream. It does not heal and requires major corrective surgery. The next stage is passing fecal matter in your urine (Yes you s**t out of your d**k). This never happened.

I decided to make myself an expert on the subject. Considering my urinary culture actually came back negative I started researching secondary causes of UTI-like symptoms an lo and behold I learn that candida yeast infections can produce CO2 gas. They are quite rare, but actually become somewhat common in diabetics who are not particularly well controlled. Well I am transitioning to a new insulin and the experience has been less than I'd like. I've been pushing 200 on some days, which is a great number to start a little yeast farm in my bladder. I called the doctor back and suggested fluconazole, which is an anti-fungal. Wouldn't you know it, it stopped in two days!

I am seriously considering the surgery to remove my damaged sigmoid colon, but I really want to hold this back until our insurance kicks in in June, at least, and even then until AFTER our wedding anniversary. Last year I ended up getting admitted on our 2nd anniversary, I'd like to avoid 2 years in a row.

The moral of this story is educate yourself about any medical condition you have. Doctors are not all knowing gods. Only you can be the expert on the particulars of any chronic medical condition you may have.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 06:08 PM (6 replies)

So, wannabe gun grabbers, these are the people you expect to protect you?

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 05:40 PM (2 replies)

Looks like Sergei Skripal is going to make it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5586087/Sergei-Skripal-no-longer-critical-condition-according-doctors.html

"Britain has refused entry to poisoned Russian Spy Sergei Skripal's niece as it was revealed he is no longer in a critical condition.

Viktoria Skripal's visitor visa was refused 'on the grounds that her application did not comply with immigration rules', according to the Home Office.

It comes as the Russian Embassy questioned British officials' decision to euthanise and incinerate family pets without testing them for toxic nerve gas Novichok

Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital for more than a month after being found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury.

'Sergei Skripal is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition', doctors at Salisbury District Hospital said this hour.

Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said: 'Following intense media coverage yesterday, I would like to take the opportunity to update you on the condition of the two remaining patients being treated at Salisbury District Hospital.

'Last Thursday, I informed you that Yulia Skripal's condition had improved to stable. As Yulia herself says, her strength is growing daily and she can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital.

'Any speculation on when that date will be is just that - speculation. In the meantime, Yulia has asked for privacy while she continues to get better - something I'd like to urge the media to respect.

'I also want to update you on the condition of her father, Sergei Skripal. He is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 01:24 PM (3 replies)

How to be a dick in one step

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 09:25 AM (6 replies)
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