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Anyone know good contractors/constriction forums?  HVAC, plumbing, ventilation, etc.

I have a weird issue that need some expert contractor opinion.
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I am looking to engage clients in a maintenance agreement (managed IT) starting Jan 2019.  I'm curious if it's common to include ransomware attacks/resolution in the flat monthly maintenance agreement with the client.  Where are the boundaries with flat monthly maintenance agreement vs charging for add/removes/changes (projects) to the environment?  A recent 12 user ransomware attack encrypted 2 out of 5 server and 7 out of approximately 20 workstations.  This was easily 30 hours worth of recovery time.  I obviously would like to exclude these catastrophic events out of the maintenance agreement and provide best effort security as we continue to make improvements to secure these environments against future attacks.  Time, money, staff constraints on both sides limit these things from being expedited.  Anyway, any advice on the legalese disclaimer?  Any other liability that I should be concerned that is or isn't cover with a related legal statement here?  Does a business associate agreement protect the IT individual from these disasters?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My small business insurance is very oddly worded.  The front page of the policy says:
Business Description: "Computer Consultants and Trainers"
Then, in the Exclusions, under Professional Liablity: Applicable to Business Liability Coverage-Liability it says:
"Services provided as a practitioner in the fields of: ........., Computer Consultants, ......
It sounds like I'm being issued a policy for exactly what's been excluded.

The agent has not helped me to understand that this is somehow OK - and I rather doubt that it would be possible but then there often are clear explanations for things like this.
They basically said that it was good that the insurance company was willing to issue the policy and take my money.

In searching for a new policy, a new agent tells me that the standard  policies say the same thing.

Other than NOT having any insurance, what do you recommend?  Surely there are plenty of Experts here who have the same kind of issue.
Well, that is, I'm asking:
If you carry liability insurance, is there a company or policy you can recommend that avoids this language?
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Dumb question.  Do the companies have to register their domains based on their country code?  For example, if my business in Canada, do I have to register as company.ca ?  What prevents me to register as .com?
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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.