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Hey everyone! What would you recommend for a small business that is needing 10 computers and there isn’t any major demands other using the internet and word/excel?

Not very versed in what to buy as I am a network admin and haven’t dove into virtualization much.


As /u/aorfanos stated, virtualizing makes sense when you're virtualizing services. If you have ticketing systems, Active Directory, mail servers, monitoring servers, wifi endpoint configuration systems, etc. then it makes a lot of sense to virtualize this stuff.

Since you're the network admin, the initial benefit you may see is a network monitoring solution. There's a bunch of open source options (I cannot think of any off the top of my head unfortunately). Another service might be something that your business needs such as a financial application or a billing software, or it may be something like a security software to record video feeds from your cameras or sth.

If you still want to play or try it out, I'd suggest you go with a single-node ESXi. You can set up both linux and windows hosts on it. I'd also suggest you set up and services on top of linux if possible, it would save you more compute and RAM resource on the host.

You should also back the VMs up somewhere, in case the host get botched, or the VM bothes up.

In any case, you shouldn't pick a technology and look for problems to solve. You should identify the problem first.

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Original Poster1 point · 20 days ago

Great explanation and definitely going to help.

Usually there's no need to virtualize desktop applications, at least none that I know of. If you don't have any services lying around, like ticketing systems, you could try virtualizing your network infrastructure. Albeit, if this would be beneficial or not is on a case-by-case basis. Personally, I would think that the TCO would overwhelm the benefits, so I wouldn't bother.

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Original Poster2 points · 21 days ago

Appreciate the response. Yeah was definitely not sure if it was a good option considering the low amount of desktops. Thank you.

Any advice you’d like to pass on?



Now on to cyber ops! Used videos and Cisco press book to study.


Congrats! My cohort starts next month.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago


Congrats! Just out of curiosity, do you have hands-on experience in Cyber security?

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

I have a limited amount of hands on. I’ve completed previous cyber security courses and maybe that helped me a bit.

My main job is dealing with network engineering (3years) which would explain my 100% in that section.

If it makes you feel better, I submitted a FTA BOP in The beginning of February and it is still pending.

Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

so that log in and try to apply trick works. found out today mine was approved, but I have no idea how to find out which base I got lol.

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Glad you found out. Still waiting on information in regards to mine.

Interesting to hear any news you get. I have had mine submitted since the 6th.

AFI 36-2101 Section 3.3 The DAFSC for enlisted personnel must match the CAFSC (except for skill level, if necessary) unless the enlisted Airman is on temporary duty (TDY) outside the CAFSC. (Reference paragraph 3.34. for duty out of CAFSC restrictions and time limits.)

Paragraph 3.34 - As long as you finished your 3 level awarding course, you are awarded the AFSC.

Should be able to have the MPF change it or submit a case on MyPers.

Technology double its speed or space or processing power every 15 months. I'd average losing half its value every 15 months.

Do your own estimate. 2500 in Jan 2017 -> 1250 in Apr-May 2018 -> 625 in Jul- Aug 2019.

What AFSC?

1 point · 1 year ago

Haven't researched that particular one. Now looking at it, seems like it will only be good for wood and plastics. Maybe aluminum too, but in very slow and shallow passes. Generally I deal with slightly bigger machines.

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They also make the Carve King which has a work space of 17x17x4.

It can mill aluminum/wood/plastics and it has even milled steel.

That's amazing!

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

Thank you, I appreciate all feedback.

This looks lovely, I feel as a bonus you could have stenciled/painted the writing as the vinyl looks a bit out of place, but really is lovely

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Original Poster3 points · 1 year ago

In person the vinyl looks ok, I would have loved to paint it on with a stencil, but my painting skills are not the greatest lol

I look at it like this : /20

What subnet is this on???? Look at /20,

128 64 32 16 | 8 4 2 1

It falls between 16 and 8. So the first subnet would be, the second would be, third is, fourth is, etc

Your current ip falls on the subnet, cool. What is the next subnet above this?

Now it's easy, the broadcast of the network is 1 less than the next subnet,

The last ip of your current subnet is

If you need further clarification let me know.

I use Parallels 11 and love it. It seamlessly runs both OS at the same time and say you have a windows program it automatically knows what to open it with.

It uses Coherence to do it all. YouTube it.

Well worth the money in my opinion.

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