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Recommendations for private cloud software...
I am turning to the brain trust here for some assistance.
At the company I work for, we deal with a number of vendors who like sending us large files. These are typically files that are over the sane limits of email, and due to the various regulatory entities that govern our business, we can't allow our users access to sites like dropbox, Google Docs, etc. We've looked at setting up an FTP/SFTP/SCP server for our vendors to upload files to, but so far none of them have really worked out.
Besides OwnCloud, is there anything like dropbox that I can recommend or trial with our company? The basic workflow we are looking for would be something like this:
The employee working with the rep creates a login for the vendor to use on the site.
Vendor goes to the site, logs in with their account, and uploads the file(s).
The site gives the vendor and/or the employee a link with the file's location for sharing.
The file would stay on the site for a certain period of time, and automatically be removed or archived.
We would also need the ability to audit the application's usage, and obviously security is paramount.
Any ideas that the group here can provide would be appreciated.
(Note to Mods: If I've put this in the wrong spot, please let me know.. Thanks!)
Re: what are they trading?
My guess is that someone absconded with the company's bankroll, or other shenanigans.
Yet another valid reason why putting all your stuff with one hosting provider (or the absolute cheapest) is not the best idea in the world.
*wanders off to start an FTP backup of his hosted sites, just in case*
Yeah, 20 grand for what equates to something not much better then type I armor? no deal. Most kevlar vests are type IIIA and will stop pistol rounds, but not rifle rounds. An exec wearing this suit would still need type III armor on underneath, and even then, it's only limited protection. One also has to wonder if the suits have an expiration date similar to the shelf life that the vests have as well.
Amusing links for everyone's reading pleasure:
http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot16.htm informal ammo penetration testing against IIIA rated armor
http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot57.htm the same, but against something the local military or SWAT unit might be wearing (type III plates in a standard plate carrier)
RE: fun with HP laserjet printer displays...
Heh- My favorite phrases were generally:
"BBQ SAUCE LOW"
and the infamous, two line monster:
Best part is that if someone gets their knickers in a twist, you power cycle the printer and it goes away.
Re: Backups, backups, backups! (@ Brian Miller)
"Imagine for a moment that, instead of stealthy malware encrypting all it finds, utility workers outside crossed the lines, and fried everything on the circuits. Instead of 120V on the line, imagine that it was briefly touched with 480V."
Had something similar happen with a client for the company I was working for at the time- they had an electrician onsite who managed to put 220 to the ground line of one of the circuits briefly. It blew the power supplies on a pair of newly installed* workstations** and made the UPS protecting the server from power outages have a bit of a lie down. Fortunately, the server didn't have any major filesystem damage, and the UPS was fine once it was unplugged and plugged back in and restarted.
Never heard what happened regarding who paid for it, but I expect the electrician's insurace took the hit.
Fire icon, because... well, "i love the smell of burning diesel in the morning!" :)
* The workstations were a couple months old
** I walked into the shop the morning that happened after they had brought the workstations in- they reeked of burned capacitors. They promptly send me out to look in on the server.
I'm rather use KMS keys than MAK keys...
Another good tip to know: the KMS host can run on just about anything: dedicated server, park it with one of your AD servers, or even the admin's own workstation.
Just be absolutely certain that there's only *one* KMS host in the organization- if a second one appears, it'l mess things up something fierce. (Don't ask me how I know this.)
Noise and power consumption levels would definately be nice...
I've been looking at setting up a home file server for media storage and general abuse; the one option I considered generates large amounts of noise, heat, drink power like an old 60's vintage air conditioner. (surplus poweredge 2950 G3 chassis loaded with 6x SAS drives, with a surplus MD3000 shelf loaded with 15 more SAS drives) It'd be enough to run media storage and a VM test lab environment, but at an expense.
If I could swap the shelf with a reasonably purpose built NAS that could handle NFS ir iSCSI well enough, then I'd be sold.
Re: Why bother ? (AD@10:36)
I see you've played around with Feed The Beast and all the various and sundry addins for it.
Re: I'd be happy with ...
@Gene: Seconded on the LED recessed fixtures. They throw just as much light as the 75-100 watt bulbs they replaced, give off much less heat, and will probably still work right up to the point where I'm demolishing the ceiling they are installed in.
Another one regarding colos...
While one can own the server and co-locate it, the facility can be compelled to allow the government (Law enforcement, NSA, etc.) to seize the server. Your only data privacy hope at that point is full disk encryption and hope they can't brute force the key. Oh, and you also have to keep paying the colo facility- they can (and do!) put liens on equipment there for unpaid services. (remembers a fun trip at one site to perform just such a task for a company that was far behind in payment, and in fact went bankrupt- the company ended up keeping the gear as payment for services rendered up to the point of contract violation.)
Wait, El reg finally got an invite?
I thought they were persona non grata at apple events from way back.
Ah, power cuts...
It's massive, massive overkill, but a whole house UPS rated to run the entire place for the ten-fifteen minutes that it'll take the generator to fire up and the automatic transfer switch to cut over? (I've seen the one in work's datacentre in operation- quite impressive.)
Also, there was the time I was doing setup/tear down for a local convention with an assistant pushing a trolly load of gear into a darkened room at the hotel we had booked. I got five steps in, yelled "AZIZ! LIGHT!"*. The instant I shouted it, the lights came on in the room from the presence sensor, and I swear my assistant jumped three feet straight up. I couldn't stop laughing for several minutes afterwards.
* From the excellent movie "The Fifth Element", of course.
The PFY forgot one machine...
The server titled "GNDN"- it's the most important device in the entire room. :D
Beer, because it's 5 pm somewhere...
I used to be an HP certified repair tech. Fun times dealing with companies that were still using their LJ 4si printers* which had roughly 2 million on the page counter and were still chugging away. The 4, 4+, and 4m were all tanks as well- as long as you replaced the fuser and pickup rollers every 150,000 pages, they would practically run forever. (hell, there are probably still companies using them, and HP's dropped all but parts support for them for almost a decade now.)
As far as impact printers? the only ones I've dealt with on a routine basis were largely Okidata 320s, which also have a rather distinctive test page noise. At one point I was down to 20 minutes start to finish to take a non-functional one, tear it down and swap out whatever was broken, and get it back into service, if not fully at spec. (this included that frustratingly annoying white gear mounted on the main stepper motor, which was almost always the cause of print quality issues.)
* They were largely identical to the IIIsi with a number of changes to the formatter and controller boards to make them go faster. the 5si/8000 were based on a different engine entirely, but had the same relationship and very nearly the same parts compatibility
No thank you.
A couple things to note:
1. The cartridge used was a .22LR, which is a very low powered cartridge. It still split the barrel and receiver, which makes perfect sense. Even that small a cartridge generates a pretty decent about of pressure (24,000 PSI per SAAMI specs) when it's fired. The receiver, chamber, and barrel must contain that for safety's sake. By way of comparison, the 9x19 spec is 35,000 psi, and the 7.62x39 that the AK47 uses is a whopping 45,000 PSI. The fact that the barrel and receiver failed on the first shot does not surprise me at all.
Still rocking the trackball over here as well...
I'm using an ancient corded Trackman Wheel that I had pulled from service when I got a cordless one, and promptly put it back in when the cordless one flaked out one too many times in the middle of a gaming session.
Another one for LTO tapes...
I recently had the opportunity to see if some ten year old archives written to LTO1 could be read when I was running a content indexing /audit on a large number of tapes that we had stored off-site. despite have to locate a drive that could read the tape and tracking down software to do the same, I was able to read the indexes from those tapes just fine, and could have performed data restores if needed. I didn't bother testing the DAT tapes we had in the same project, I already know they work just fine. (The DLTs we would have had to source a drive from, along with the older QIC style tapes. While I've got a drive for the travan tapes we had in there, I'd have to cobble together something from the same boneyard of old machines I have. But again, I have no doubts that they could be read.)
As I'm fond of saying: how much is your data really worth to trust to something new, from a single vendor with a track record of dropping support for products, and with an unproven track record?
Re: Does anyone make a bluetooth handset?
I have the red one. it works pretty decently, although the button and internal wiring is super delicate. I ended up having a friend of mine who is better with a soldering iron wire a more durable switch to it.
Only a pinch pf salt?
More like a car load.
Re: Storage has been the bane of my existence for some years.
Agreement here- Another bottleneck that a lot of people don't think about is the connection from the storage appliance with xx TB of storage to the servers that access it. You can have a petabyte of storage configured for nothing but IOPS and more IOPS, but it's all todger waving if the network connectivity isn't there.
Work's test lab has a tidy little branch location style SAN filer with ~20 TB of storage, but only 2 gigE network interfaces. Running two separate AD forests, three SQL servers, and a couple apps from a pair of ESX boxen is painfully slow, because of that.
Compared to the production environment (dual mid-level filer heads with quad 10 GbE going to a 7 node esx cluster, with each node fitted with a dual port 10 GbE card) is night and day, performance wise.
Anon to protect that thing they call a paycheque.
Re: failure to comply will result in additional sanctions
IIRC, the answer is "not very", as Judge Wright also recommended action by the respective state bars for their shenanigans.
That saga deserves the special kettle popcorn I have in reserve for the really entertaining cases.
Re: A quid a day
Putting leftovers in the freezer and re-heating also works.
I have a (probably bad) habit of 'one-pot' meals based on the boxes of macaroni and cheese with various bits thrown in- usually mushrooms, olives, broccoli, and some form of meat thrown in for protein. I package up lunch-sized portions, and freeze whatever I'm not going to eat in a couple days. Do this with a couple different recipes, and one can get a nice mix of food for lunches and dinners for the week out of a couple days cooking.
Re: Zenith Minisport
Ah, yes. I had one of those waaay back when I was going to school to learn my trade. It was awesome for taking notes on, and playing games behind the instructor's back when I was bored.
Alas, mine died a very untimely accidental death from screen breakage.
Looks like I ought to resurrect my account over there.
EMC- We like to charge lots of money.
In their defence, their data domain kit is pretty awesome in regards to backup and VTL. But it's not much of a defense, really.
Re: Badly Designed Server = Server running Windows
He's implied that it's ESXi- I don't know of any other OS that will cough a purple screen of death when it panics.
And Eadon, you need to put down the crack pipe. Or maybe start playing around with a server 2008 R2 box- done up properly (i.e. on solid hardware, and using signed drivers or even built in drivers) the OS is pretty damned reliable at this point, on the same level as your beloved linux. Admittedly, in the four years I've been admin of our ESX stack, I've seen the hypervisor purple screen on me exactly once. The fault? a perfect storm of a flaky NIC driver (HA HA! Linux has them too!) and a bad packet on the 10 GbE connection causing NFS to go down like a Clinton intern, which took the hypervisor and all the machines running on the box down with it. (On a side note, if you are running ESX/ESXi 4.x and using the Intel 10GbE network cards, get thee to VMware's site and install the updated drivers- that will fix this issue.)
Troll icon, because hey- If I'm a gonna troll, might as well go whole hog.
iLO, DRAC, and Managed PDUs, oh my.
While all of our dell servers have a drac built on them*, we don't use them at all. What we do use is a managed PDU/KVM combination that Raritan makes- while the units we have are quite pricey (the controller itself is something like 16 grand retail for starters!) it's definitely worth it when you have a server that's shagged itself and needs a kicking.
* IIRC, they are standard on all poweredge servers at this point. I could be wrong, though.
Re: Dell OEM and other hit last weekend - was it this?
@wondermouse: It's entirely possible that MS may have nuked the OEM key that Dell uses on their pre-loaded image. I seem to recall Dell doing that for their XP image, at least.
Re: Gahhhh, when will people learn kettle style IEC leads are different to others?
*awards Frankee Llonnygog an internets*
You sir, owe me a new keyboard.
Well played. Call me suckered. :D
RE: Nature's Miracle
Sweet Crom YES, although I imagine there's a story about the pissed off goat in the clubhouse.
There's a reason why the pet supply stores sell it by the gallon.
Re: They gave him how much?
You may have noticed that the previous shenanigans were in Oregon, and this was in Florida and New York, on the opposite side of the country. That probably enabled him to cover his track long enough to get this scam started and running before it collapsed.
A small amount of blame could in theory be attached to lack of due diligence on the part of the investors.
My experience with ESX 4 and 5.0...
DRS and HA are definitely features worth having. With both turned on, if a host freezes up (which in our environment manifests itself as the VMs on the host going comatose) I can kick the host, wait for vCenter to notice the failure, (usuall a minute or two at most) and resurrect the stricken VMs elsewhere without having to migrate the hosts elsewhere. Our environment is small enough that distributed virtual switches aren't needed, so I've not had a change to play with it. (We do have a host profile set up to auto-configure the 10 Gbe cards with our specific configuration and add the NFS datastores) Admittedly, configuring the vCenter system is a bit of a pain, but it's not something that's done day in, day out.
Performance-wise, I've not noticed any problems with running vCenter on a virtualised server for our environment (15 hosts and ~200 VMs, and we've started implementing VDI with about 200 seats)
I'm looking forward to see what 5.1 does to our environment- we are starting that migration this month.
While we are bashing Windows 8's UI...
I'd like to have a word or two* with whoever thought that 1280*720 was "too low" of a resolution for Metro- I have my HTPC hooked up to a 720p native projector which does quite nicely for 99.9% of the stuff I push to it. (that .1% is the few metro apps I've played with, after setting the HTPC's resolution to 1080p and coping with the projector scaling the quality off the resulting image)
Seriously Microshaft- the difference between 768 and 720 is all of 48 pixels. Your shiny new UI wastes more then that in empty space.
*And by words meaning "my steel toed boots in their nether regions, repeatedly"
Intel and Broadcom...
We use the Intel X520-2 10 GbE cards in our production VMware cluster- with a few minor issues they've performed excellently*.
The servers be buy have a bank of four Broadcom BCM5709 copper 1Gb ports- For the large part, they also just work without a lot of tinkering, except if you are in windows and using NIC teaming- then you get to play 'match the protocol' with the switch they plug into, but even them it's not much more then stepping through a wizard and building the teaming adapter.
* We've had a few quirks with NFS connections dropping at random on these nodes- we suspect it's a driver issue or possibly something else, but we've been unable to really pin it down yet.
Re: obviously the rules of engagement
So that's what chex mix and cola smell like. And now, I need a new keyboard.
"Fuck them. Fuck every single patent troll. With something pointy; plugged into the mains; and bred from a particularly convoluted cactus.
EDIT: (because I can): Also; apply it with a cordless hammer drill. And cover everything with tabasco."
But tell us how you really feel... (also, swap the tabasco sauce with jelly made from ghost chilies)
Re: I'm interesting
@phuzz: (in regards to the various types of fecal matter)
.... I did not need to know that.
*reaches for the brane bleach*
Apple? And HP?!?!?!
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!!! *cough* *HACK* WHEEZE*
Well played, well played.
@ Alpha Tony...
Obligatory XKCD link: http://xkcd.com/467/
I do believe that counts as an "own goal" ?
A stupid question regarding SFP+ modules...
Are the switches particular about the manufacturer of the SFP/SFP+ modules? I know this sounds really stupid, but the people I've asked have always told me "buy the SFP modules from the same company that made the switch".
As far as converged networks are concerned, that term is usually reserved for things like running Fibre Channel and 10 GB Ethernet over the same optical fiber (using a converged NIC, FCoE, and a switch that can either handle the FC traffic or split it out to a fibre channel switch.
Re: This is the future - maybe the beginning of the end for steal and aluminium
"There are efforts already to create roof tiles that are in fact solar modules. What's holding us back in creating windows and pavements that are in fact electricity modules or thermal collectors?"
a fair amount of politics, the expense of installing such systems in a typical house, and the efficiencies of the currently available technology. Solar power is readily available here in Arizona, but it still takes subsidies and special programs from the local utilities to get people to install it in their homes.
"There are efforts already to create roof tiles that are in fact solar modules. What's holding us back in creating windows and pavements that are in fact electricity modules or thermal collectors?"
Well, the fact that the ones that exist are either fragile, far too expansive to build en masse, or not efficient enough to make any real savings.
Ah, the memories of going out to a 'remote site' housed in a construction office trailer to look at a dead system, popping the case cover open only to find the entire interior coated liberally in mouse droppings.
We did have one machine come in that was so absolutely coated in cigarette tar and smoke that the entire machine was a lost cause. The owner of it had a fit that the extended warranty company wouldn't cover it's repair/replacement either.
"...the one question I have is - other than making me into a jump-to-it slave-boy, what is this thing actually for?"
After one gets past the novelty factor, having the ability to have a heads up display might be useful in a number of situations, and you did mention earlier:
"As someone else noted, I'd imagine that it's real use would be in situations. Medical personnel needing scans, pictures (which could be advanced to A&E ahead of them) or access to assistance on-the-spot whilst keeping hands free."
Another use I can think of would be as a way of having repair manuals and other technical documentation handy when one either doesn't have the space for a bulky chunk of dead tree, or where said dead tree would get damaged by grease, oils, chemicals, etc. Having the ability to hold up a part, have the camera on the device take a picture of it and apply some sort of image matching algorithm to pull up specs or information might be useful as well.