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Can anyone suggest a site to evaluate, research, and even appraise  a piece of art?  I got a nice interesting vase from the friend recently diseased.  Would like to find more information about it.
Any suggestions appreciated.
Thanks.
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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
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Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

This course teaches how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 R2.  It is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

I have been working as a consultant for a number of years,    I have a diverse and pretty extensive background, I basically do server\desktop\network\firewall\VPN\Exchange hosting\DR\Business continuity down to desktop preventive maintenance, builds etc.. Basically whatever is needed.

One of my larger clients has concerne if I were to die where that leave them.  From day one due to my background of managing IT, and staff for companies with multiple location and being a senior IT person prior to consulting. I always put in place what I could to minimize exposure.  I do the same with the current client base.  Admin passwords are on file, all prod servers always covered by contracts with an SLA of on site in 4 hours etc.

This is a difficult one to answer.  They are under the false impression they would be safer with a larger consulting company. They will never get this level of responsiveness/expertise/service/or price.   I would love to grow the business and bring on someone else, or possibly acquire another consulting business, do I try to find a commissioned sales rep?  Or even take over accounts of a small consulting business in the area where the owner was close to retiring, but for the life of me, I am not sure how to find consulting businesses that might be for sale, or someone in a similar situation that I can trust, and would not go after our clients etc.
Surely there are other consultants on this site that are in similar situations.    If you think about it, we…
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Does anyone know what's the regular humidity should be in the server room?  Server room in North California it goes up to 70-75%.  I had to bump it up otherwise getting slammed with alerts.

Does it have to do anything with temperature.  Temps keeps normal 68F.  Would it help with humidity if I lower the temperature?
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Does anyone has any data for acceptable acoustic decibel inside the server room, and in the regular office?
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We have a few end users that work remotely as traveling salesman. They are given laptops that are merely standalone, and are not joined to the domain.  They have installed Outlook 2016 without consulting with anyone in IT. Previous versions of Outlook allowed you to manually configure Outlook Anywhere, which, in turn, would allow them to connect to our Exchange 2010 SP3 server. As all of you know, the ability for this manual configuration was removed in Outlook 2016, and you must use Auto discover to receive to necessary configurations. However, we don't have an external Auto discover point configured. Nor is it likely to happen in the near future. My question is: Is there a feasible workaround? (other than POP3 or IMAP)
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Hi guys, non-technical question here.
 Does anyone have any format or an example for the new hire justification.  Instead of asking management "hey can I hire someone to help me, I am working 12 hrs per day"
Maybe someone has previous example or a set format showing the following things or similar:

1) Justify why you need help.
2) Explain your current situation, hours and work load
3) Tell how a new hire/resource will benefit the company, for example, improved revenue by 5%, completion of projects 25% faster, improved customer satisfaction rating, etc.
4) Justify the cost and how the proceeds will offset that person.
5) Show the long term strategy of this person and how this person fits into the organization
6) Show your new role on you being the manager and how this will free up your time for more strategic goals
7) Finally, show how this new hire aligns with company strategy and direction and how your department will be able to meet or exceed those goals.

Appreciate any help/advice.
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Can anyone recommend a non-APC model of UPS.  Specs should be similar to this:
http://www.apc.com/shop/us/en/products/APC-Smart-UPS-SRT-5000VA-with-208-240V-to-120V-Step-Down-Transformer/P-SRT5KXLT-5KTF?isCurrentSite=true#

The dimension I need so its not sticking out so much.  Taller and wider OK.
I'm not familiar with non-APC brands.  Hence asking.  
Thanks in advance.
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I am looking for a Non-disclosure agreement template.
There will be to programmers working with me to develop my new product
Can you send me a working template or point me so I can create mine?

Thanks!
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A discussion about the billing practices of IT Support contractors and my ideas of what is fair and what is not!
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I used to work for an MSP and every so often we'd take on the personal machine of some business owner in hopes of doing more business with them later, and dang near every time there would be a problem. People would show up with computers that were 6+ years old and expect us supercharge them. We'd put a couple of hours into them cleaning up malware, bloatware, registry issues, etc. Often having to reboot multiple times which could take as much as 5 minutes just for that, then the client gets a bill for $200 and gets all mad because they could go buy a new PC for $299 at Best Buy. Well, maybe you should have....
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It's important, in my opinion, to state from the onset, that repairs billed by the hour could quickly exceed the value of the PC.  If I can't fix a machine in 30-60 minutes, I give the client the option of a complete reload or buying a new machine... but you also have to keep in mind, it's not JUST the cost of the hardware and to a lesser extent the software.  There's configuration and data migration.  If they want things EXACTLY the way they were before, add that to the cost of a new PC and fixing the old one, even when the total charge is as much as a new physical computer, it may prove considerably cheaper.  (You buy a new house and the expenses don't stop there.  Now you often spend at least a little on "upgrades" and customizations - paint, carpet, new appliances, the move in costs... etc.... house costs $200000... but you then spend $20000 more on incidentals/extras
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PLEASE READ ENTIRE QUESTION--I am looking for a recommendation from someone who had had FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE with software for an electrical contractor; this electrical contractor works in both the commercial and residential markets and does work on new as well as existing properties. They are looking for a solution that incorporates construction accounting (G/L, A/R, A/P, etc.), a service module for work orders, scheduling, dispatching, as well as T&M billing (mobile tracking included), along with a mobile app that includes invoicing & payments. They also want project and materials management for their bigger commercial projects, and proposal management that can easily be turned into actual jobs.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME LINKS TO SITES THAT COMPARE SOFTWARE as I have already done that myself--I have looked at a lot of sites that contrast and compare supposed constructor specific software but when I call and speak to these companies most are general purpose companies and DO NOT have the special and unique features needed in the electrical construction, maintenance and repair business. That is why I am asking for recommendation only from those who have had first-hand experience with actually using and/or implementing software in this very specific industry. They DO NOT want a solution that calls for combining solutions from many different companies, Thank you very much for your time.
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C++ 11 Fundamentals

This course will introduce you to C++ 11 and teach you about syntax fundamentals.

What power parameters do I need to know before bringing the equipment into the server room?  Want to make sure I plug things in and not kick the breakers.
I'm bringing two large switches, two large firewalls, and UPS.
Do I need to ask electrician for watts available, or Amps, or VAC?
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hi,
I have a Talktalk account that allows me to divert my landline to another number. If i want to change the number i have to dial a series of codes from the landline phone itself. If Talktalk don't start to offer this feature as a remote service i may consider some kind of wifi remote controlled dialler, is there something like that in existence that's easy to setup? As i need to be able to change the divert number remotely.
Thanks
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This article summarizes all the important questions that an app development team has to ask the client before stepping into the development process
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Nimble vs. Tegile storage.  Where would you lean now?  Want to hear opinions.
Smaller scale now.  Less than 100TB space for the data center space.
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Does anyone know what's the maximum distance (if any) for the key readers in the building?  From the electronic panel to the key reader.  
We use keyfobs for the building.  Sometimes one or two doors key readers (out of 5 total) do not react to the keyfobs.  And that those that farthest away from the electronic panels inside the Telco room.   So my suspicious would be a distance limit but I would be completely wrong.
Any knowledge in this?  Thanks.
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Looking to contract a Windows Remote Desktop Services expert to review a current install and make suggestions. Having some issues with screen scaling and remote apps performance.

Please let me know if you know of a person or company.

Thank you.
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There is a very good article here on Experts Exchange on the 5 Reasons you should NOT fix a computer for free. That article is both articulate and for the most part true. But the other side is worth stating. Here is my experience...
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trying to reach to the companyname.com, using ping companyname.com

This domain is hosted by goddady.com

it was hosted my email myname@companyname.com
now I can send but cannot receive any more.  bouncing back..
Cannot resolve using nslookup either.
email hosted outlook.office365.com

The error is "Domain unavailable"
The domain is not expired (it expires in 2019)
however non-pingable and cannot resolve..
What could be an issue?  Please help troubleshoot..
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Linux admin supporting Macs.  I have a good Linux helpdesk candidate that will be require to support Macs in the future as well.  Would that be a huge knowledge curve for a good Linux admin to support Macs?  He claims almost 0% mac knowledge.
I know Linux guys very intuitive supporting Networking stuff (Cisco, etc.)  Not sure about Mac OS tho.
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PMI ACP® Project Management

Prepare for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam, which formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques.

Looking for a small business IT consultant to fill in for me when I am away on vacation or attending seminars.  I have a small client base of 6 small businesses that may need attention while I am out of town.  I currently use Projent remote support for this need.  However, should there be a need for an onsite visit they do not have local availability since they are based in California and all my clients are located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Even though Projent support is great, the fact they cannot offer onsite support if needed to could a major issue.

I also tried working with another local IT consultant that is also a one man shop, and we scheduled all the days I would be gone so he could cover for me during my absence.  I then contacted him to remind him to cover for me since I was going to be out of the country, and he stated he could not help even though we discussed it prior and agreed on everything.  I even was going to cover for him as well.

Let's just say this experience was horrible.  I am trying to avoid that this year.

I also contacted other IT support companies within the area, they either would not be able to assist but were willing to take the client.  Another thing that concerns me is if the person or company decides to try and solicit  their services over mine therefore taking my client.  I do have a non compete clause that should minimize this sort of situation, but its not fool proof.  Any suggestions...
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Does anyone know how to resolve Family Plan issue with Uber?
My daughter is on my Uber family plan.  She's a pre-med student in Michigan and I am in CA.  For some reason Uber keep blocking her and I keep adding her number.  The number getting added but then its getting removed.  Then she's calling me to call her Uber from out of state :)  No Lyft is available in her area.
I cannot find a number to talk to customer service.
Anyone had to deal with that and have any suggestion?
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For someone who is coming from the in house IT world starting their own IT Managed Service (Small Business Only). What would be the best practice and most effective form of contractual agreements ? In other words what would be the best way to package services such as monitoring backups, system monitoring, patch management, av support, and support calls. What should contracts like this include ? For example if someone has a set amount of hours monthly contracted  and the customer will need more hours added since they've already used up the package amount. How would you structure the top up plan going forward ? Also what is the best contractual formula for web design as well as IT Managed Service ? My website is www.realtechcayman.com if anyone wants to see my offerings to get a better idea of how to answer these questions.
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Dear experts,
I am planning to pursue a Masters in Financial from one of the UK universities.
Given that the H1B (Work-visa) becoming tough to get I am not too inclined to apply to US universities.
My educational background
1.      High school-commerce (no mathematics)
2.      Bachelors - commerce (no mathematics)
3.      Chartered Account - (no mathematics)
4.      Costs and Works Accountig (no mathematics)
5.      CFA (https://www.cfainstitute.org)-Some basic risk related maths
Experience: Telecom industry/Amex cards/Retail and commercial banks
Recent Profile: Prudential reporting to the regulators/capital and liquidity stress testing
Previous industry: Risk management consulting in Big 4 firm (EY, PWC, KPMG, Deloitte)
My daily routine: Study all the hours (24,7,365). I have tutors who come to my place and teach me the subjects. I have another 1.5 yrs I can give my complete attention to studies (does not include university time). Please do not see it as my arrogance. This is the level of effort and dedication I can /willing to put.
My goal now: Pursue Financial Engineering
Current status: Completed practicing High school mathematics except for Coordinate geometry and Vector algebra
Question1: are these topics required for financial engineering?
Topics: Please see file ‘High school Consolidated list of topics.doc’
Also completing c-language/starting …
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I had this question after viewing STOP: c0000218 (Registry File Failure) - Windows 2000 Server.

Hello everyone...after consulting with a few other forums on this topic, with limited success, I am hoping to find a definitive solution here on the Experts Exchange.

Having posted a number of topics on this issue elsewhere, I'll keep it brief: I have an HP Vectra desktop computer that runs Windows 2000 Professional, but the device was stricken with the c0000218 "Blue Screen Of Death" back in 2010. With the help of some online computer-repair forum users elsewhere, I've managed to make some progress in trying to troubleshoot the error In the past year-plus, but have unfortunately hit a bit of a standstill in the process, and no other forum users have been able to help me move forward. Which finally brings me here to the Experts Exchange page. To save some trouble, I will provide links to the other forum topics I've started, some of which have screen captures to illustrate my progress, at the bottom of this post.

Fortunately, much of the hard work has already been done by myself with the help of the other forums' users, so hopefully, that one helpful tip to get through my logjam can come from any one of you here on this site.

Thanks in advance for any helpful replies :-)


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What are the tariffs president is pressing on and how would it affect our economy in US?  I am afraid there will be a tariff for all the goods imported from asia and that would definitely hurt our economy.   Sorry this maybe belongs to the Lounge for the discussion.  Not sure.  If so, please move it in there.

Thoughts?
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Consulting

A consultant is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security (electronic or physical), management, education, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing and public relations, finance, engineering, science or any of many other specialized fields.