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I got an old heater furnace.  Probably as old as my house.  Which is state "approx 1915" in city hall records.  Wondering if worth repairing or get a new furnace, that will be a pretty pricey project.

I attached a few pictures.  I can fire up the pilot.  However, when switching to the burner the pilot shuts off.  Also notices the pilot flares a lot larger than usual.  I replaced a thermocouple last year.  That didn't help.

Any suggestion or maybe someone knows another 'hvac' specific forum?

Thanks in advance!!
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C++ 11 Fundamentals
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C++ 11 Fundamentals

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

Due to the fires in CA we are in smoke and keep our windows/doors closed.  Air quality is terrible.
 Wonder if anyone suggest a good air purifier for home/office with approx 1000sq ft space.

Thanks in advance!!
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I am looking for some relatively on-demand VMWare consulting.  Occasionally I run into a VMWare issue that I cannot resolve.  Usually that needs somewhat immediate attention (within a few hours), phone conversations, screen sharing, etc. to get the problem resolved.  

You guys know of a good fit for that?

Thanks very much.
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We are restructuring the ownership of documents with new staff/teams being formed.

We currently have IT Applications teams (who run IT Quality Management & still running it), IT Security Governance
(new team), IT Infra Ops.

In general practice (or commonly adopted out there), which team or person owns the 4 documents below:
1. IT Application Delivery Framework :  applications PM, IT Security governance, IT Quality Managemt, or ?
2. Vendor & Contract Management Framework : applications team, IT Security governance, IT Procurement or ?
     (a mix of IT applications, infra, security vendors but most of the vendors are applications vendors)
3. Project Management Methodology : applications PM, IT Quality Management, IT Security governance or ?
4. DR Plan : We don't have a DR team;  so hv to choose betw IT Ops, applications team, IT Security governance or ?

Any authoritative references (eg: NIST, big four consulting firms papers) will be helpful.
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I'm presently looking for a new occupational opportunity and I get many calls/emails from different places, some seem like they are from overseas, and they are for the same position?  Is there a way I can also become an "IT recruiter"?  How simple of a task can this be and what will I need to get started?  Also, seems like 95% of the communication I do receive might be from overseas, although the positions are in the US.

I also wanted to know if there might be a particular website/s besides the standard linkedin, indeed, that these recruiters find open positions?

Just curious :), but is someone knows please enlighten my innocence.
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Hi Experts,

One of my customers is having some trouble with her Skype conferences.

When joining by phone and entering the conference id, the automated system states, ”Sorry, I cant find a meeting with that number.”

Any ideas as to why this may be happening with her conferences and what I may do to do troubleshoot?

My customer runs a SFB on prem with several from end servers and back end servers. Exchange 2016 with several mailbox servers in a DAG. Active directory single forest/single domain with multiple sites.
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Hello Experts,

One of my customers is running into an issue with her skype it keeps showing her as out of office even though she has no auto reply setup in her outlook and her OWA

Any ideas on how to resolve this issue?

My customer runs a SFB on prem with several from end servers and back end servers. Exchange 2016 with several mailbox servers in a DAG. Active directory single forest/single domain with multiple sites.
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I am asking for recommendation on MSP and/or RMM platforms solutions or software--please provide your recommendations based on your personal experience and why you recommend it over any others--thanks.
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How can the changing cord could be fast or slow charge?   I understand the charger but the cord itself...  There;s no components to it.
This one for example:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0767CYH4W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Is it a fast or slow charge?
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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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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks
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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks

Learn to build secure applications from the mindset of the hacker and avoid being exploited.

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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by:Lee W, MVP
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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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Brilliant write-up – completely agree with your thoughts on transparency. Can’t tell you how many times I got ripped off by subpar support b/c they weren’t upfront about knowledge/rates/etc. I’ve learned to take care of a lot on my own (Google FTW) but when I need an expert eye/opinion mustardit.co.uk doesn’t let me down or charge ridiculous fees.
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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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Microsoft Azure 2017
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Microsoft Azure 2017

Azure has a changed a lot since it was originally introduce by adding new services and features. Do you know everything you need to about Azure? This course will teach you about the Azure App Service, monitoring and application insights, DevOps, and Team Services.

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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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.