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How to back up important files

The one thing that seems to get over looked constantly is good backups. Coming from an enterprise environment where backups and the ability to recover from a disaster is absolutely critical had me thinking about what we do for our home data.

Things like your digital photos and maybe electronic copies of documents are irreplaceable. So what do we do to back it up?

For most people they simple don’t back it up. It hasn’t occurred to them. Others back up data to a USB drive or to an external hard disk. This is a much better idea, except that it is often kept close to the computer so if it should be stolen then there goes your back up.

I know some people who backup to a USB hard drive then store the hard drive in a safe. This is much better and if your safe is fire proof then it may even survive in a catastrophic event like the place burning down.

I know still others (granted they are the your typical IT geek) who back up to one external hard drive, then to a second one and then take the second one offsite to a relatives place. Now that is getting closer to the best type of backup.

Me personally I’m a little lazy. So what do I use? Well I like Cloud technology.

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Best Antivirus software

What is the best Antivirus software for my home PC?

This is always a debatable topic. Everyone has his or her views as to the best. In my experience the most expensive is not always the best. It does depend heavily on what protection do you want from your Anti-Virus solution.

When looking at an AV (for antivirus not for Audio Visual:) )solution there are some basic things to consider:

  1. Detection
  2. Cleaning
  3. Protection
  4. False Positives
  5. Performance

So what do these mean?

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DFS Share Creation Script

Here is the first technical post. While on the whole I intend on putting snippets of tech stuff relevant to the everyday people I can’t help but go uber geek to begin with.

For those who work in a large environment (or even a small one) you may have come across Distributed File Systems (DFS). Let me give you a quick run down of the situation we have.

At the RAC we are currently using a domain level DFS to give us separation between share names and the servers they sit on. We currently have two primary servers one in HO and one in our DR Data Center. RAC also uses quota’s to do capacity management of disks and for charge back. We create a modify Rights group and a read only Rights group to manage permissions. We also modify the permissions on the share (I will blog on why we do that in the coming weeks). The sequence tasks we need to do goes like this.

  1. Create the Active Directory Groups
  2. Create the folders on both of the primary servers and assign the permissions to the folders
  3. Create the shares on both of the servers and adjust the permissions
  4. Create a quota template of the new share on each of the two servers then assign the quota’s to those two shares
  5. Create the DFS name space and add both nodes to the newly created DFS Share
  6. Create a replication group to make sure data is available at all times.

Estimated time to complete one share 30 to 45 mins including updating documentation and annotating the AD objects with relevant info in the notes field such as Service Ticket number, date of creation, who created the group and who requested the whole thing in the first place. And you are asked to create several of these it could turn out to be a full days work.

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