Michael Dale | Sun, 05 May 2013 9:42 PM
Yay Debian 7 is out.
Nothing too major to report, I've only updated one VM at this stage (was very easy).
PHP 5.4 is nice to have. I'll be rolling out a number of upgrades and new VMs with it in the coming weeks so I'll see how it goes.
For servers (PHP Web Servers, MySQL, DNS, Subversion etc) Debian is my current favourite OS. It is so easy to manage and upgrade.
My current break down of operating systems is:
Michael Dale | Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:28 AM
Michael Dale | Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:11 AM
We're about to replace (or add not sure yet) a server in the data centre.
The previous servers are 1RU ASUS Quad Xeons with 16GB Ram (photo). They were okay for the price but pretty cheap machines.
The new one is a Dell *shock*
Just doing some final testing and waiting for Debian 7 before I install it. This plus the new subnets should make the setup pretty sweet.
Michael Dale | Tue, 28 Feb 2012 2:05 PM
One of the computers we purchased for a customer came with a 3 year onsite warranty. The extra 2 years of warranty was provided by U-NITED Warranties (aka United Warranty) (http://www.u-nited.com.au/ or http://www.unitedelectrical.com.au/).
As of today I am still waiting for a response as to where the machine is.
March 4th Update:
March 7th. Still no update.
March 14th. After a lot of bitching I was finally able to get a part refund on the computer so that I can replace it myself! So crap, but I can get a new machine much faster than this company can return phone calls!
I will never use this company again for anything.
Michael Dale | Mon, 04 Jul 2011 3:23 PM
....only took 13 years.
The new google design is much much better than the crap they've been feeding us....
....speaking of designers, new Dalegroup website coming soon :) Should be sweet.
Michael Dale | Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:51 AM
Automatically patch 250+ computers with all the latest apps in a couple of clicks. The wonders of having remote scripting control over all computers we look after (Windows, Mac and Linux). Although Kaseya is a very heavy program (my server has 5gb of ram just for it!) it does so much useful stuff. Handles windows event log collection, patch management, application deployment, alerting, remote control, silent scripting, remote command line, registry editor, reporting, anti-virus and malware and a bunch of other things. Basically means I can manage any machine from a web browser without needing to login to the actual computer (also no VPN needed). Yay! Only issue is that I cannot remote control from an iPad.
I take my recommendation back. Ninite are now charging much much more per month than before. I have yet to work out what the new cost gives me, so at this stage I cannot recommend it.
Michael Dale | Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:22 AM
So the cheap dell was nice for the price.
This server was much more expensive.
2x6 core Xeon (24 total including HT), 24gb Ram, 1.1TB SAS 10K Raid 10, VMware.
Still only 24gb of ram.....haha. It's a nice server though.
Michael Dale | Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:39 AM
You can purchase some really cheap computers these days. Makes me wonder why cloud computing is so popular (hint people are lazy).
Xeon 2.5GHz Quad
2x500TB Raid 1 HDDs (SATA so not great, but should be fine)
24gb Ram (yeah sweet)
Windows SBS 2011
3 year onsite warranty.
1gb ethernet link with unlimited transfer between server and workstations :p
24gb Ram and SBS for less than $3k, seriously nice.
It has been interesting to see my clients thoughts on cloud computing. Some are all for it, while others won't touch it. Long term it seems like the only solution, but for many customers they simply don't trust these cloud providers (and I'm mostly in agreement).
Michael Dale | Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:25 AM
So after upgrading my Core2Duo 2.4GHz MBP to have an SSD, my i7 iMac is basically unusable now....
Sure having an i7 chip is nice (I run a bunch of VMs, xcode, bloated iTunes and the famous ram hog Safari) but 8gb isn't enough ram and the slow HDD just kills it.
Basically I need at least 16gb of ram or an SSD (both would be nice!).
Same issue with the MacBook Air (not that I own one), just needs 8gb of ram and it would be sweet, 4gb isn't enough at all.
Michael Dale | Wed, 08 Jun 2011 6:44 PM
traceroute6 to ns3.dalegroup.net (2001:470:1:41:a800:ff:fe59:ad77) from 2001:44b8:73f3:30a0:223:6cff:fe87:d1b0, 64 hops max, 12 byte packets