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For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Gaming PC – i5 2500K with GTX 980 and 250GB SSD –REDUCED–

Hi

My old PC for sale as it is finally time to upgrade. All works perfectly and has done me proud for many years. I built it myself and kept it updated and performance-balanced, it still runs modern AAA games very happily at 1080 and 1440. Key components are:

Case – Antec P90
Motherboard – ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3
CPU – i5-2500K – overclocking legend. Currently not overclocked as I’m not a demanding user
Memory – 8GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
CPU Cooler – Noctua D15 air block with Noctua fans
Graphics – Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 980 4GB
Storage – 250GB Samsung Evo 840 SSD
PSU – Corsair HX620
Case fans – All Noctua 1x front intake, top and rear output
Optical – LG BD reader & DVD writer – model CH10LS20
Windows 10 home 64-bit

Can sell with keyboard and mouse if needed, happy to discuss.

Will add pics in coming days, thought I’d post this to get started.

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash on collection
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Windows Server hardening still weighs heavily on admins

In these heady times of software-defined technologies and container virtualization, many IT professionals continue to grapple with an issue that has persisted since the advent of the server: security.

Ever since businesses discovered the advantages of sharing resources in a client-server arrangement, there have also been intruders attempting to bypass the protections at the perimeter of the network. These attackers angle for any weak point — outdated protocols, known vulnerabilities in unpatched systems — or go the direct route and deliver a phishing email in the hopes that a user will click on a link to unleash a malicious payload onto the network.

Windows Server hardening remains top of mind for most admins. Just as there are many ways to infiltrate a system, there are multiple ways to blunt those attacks. The following compilation highlights the most-viewed tutorials on SearchWindowsServer in 2017, several of which addressed the ways IT can reduce exposure to a server-based attack.

5. Manage Linux servers with a Windows admin’s toolkit

While not every Windows administrator is comfortable away from the familiarity of point-and-click GUI management tools, more in IT are taking cues from the world of DevOps to implement automation routines.

It took a while, but Microsoft eventually realized that spurning Linux also steered away potential customers. About 40% of the workloads on the Azure platform run some variation of Linux, Microsoft is a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, and the company released SQL Server for Linux in September.

Many Windows shops now have a sprinkling of servers that use the open source operating system, and those administrators must figure out the best way to manage and monitor those Linux workloads. The cross-platform PowerShell Core management and automation tool promises to address this need, but until the offering reaches full maturity, this tip provides several options to help address the heterogeneous nature of many environments.

4. Disable SMB v1 for further Windows Server hardening

Unpatched Windows systems are tempting targets for ransomware and the latest malware du jour, Bitcoin miners.

A layered security approach helps, but it’s even better to pull out threat enablers by the roots to blunt future attacks. Long before the spate of cyberattacks in early 2017 that hinged on an exploit in Server Message Block (SMB) v1 that locked up thousands of Windows machines around the world, administrators had been warned to disable the outdated protocol. This tip details the techniques to search for signs of SMB v1 and how to extinguish it from the data center.

3. Microsoft LAPS puts a lock on local admin passwords

For the sake of convenience, many Windows shops will use the same administrator password on each machine. While this practice helps administrators with the troubleshooting or configuration process, it’s also tremendously insecure. If that credential falls into the wrong hands, an intruder can roam through the network until they obtain ultimate system access — domain administrator privileges. Microsoft introduced its Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) in 2015 to help Windows Server hardening efforts. This explainer details the underpinnings of LAPS and how to tune it for your organization’s needs.

2. Chocolatey sweetens software installations on servers

While not every Windows administrator is comfortable away from the familiarity of point-and-click GUI management tools, more in IT are taking cues from the world of DevOps to implement automation routines. Microsoft offers a number of tools to install applications, but a package manager helps streamline this process through automated routines that pull in the right version of the software and make upgrades less of a chore. This tip walks administrators through the features of the Chocolatey package manager, ways to automate software installations and how an enterprise with special requirements can develop a more secure deployment method.

1. Reduce risks through managed service accounts

Most organizations employ service accounts for enterprise-grade applications such as Exchange Server or SQL Server. These accounts provide the necessary elevated authorizations needed to run the program’s services. To avoid downtime, quite often administrators either do not set an expiration date on a service account password or will use the same password for each service account. Needless to say, this procedure makes less work for an industrious intruder to compromise a business. A managed service account automatically generates new passwords to remove the need for administrative intervention. This tip explains how to use this feature to lock down these accounts as part of IT’s overall Windows Server hardening efforts.

Hyper-converged infrastructure disperses for edge computing

Having established a foothold inside many corporate data centers, hyper-converged infrastructure is poised to extend its reach into the world of edge computing, although precious few IT shops have fully formed edge computing strategies.

The explosion of IoT technologies to collect, analyze and stream rivers of data to central data systems has pulled edge computing to the center of many IT shops’ radar. This will be no casual encounter, but rather a cosmic collision over the next five years. Gartner predicts that 40% of all enterprises will have a full-blown edge computing strategy in place by 2021, up from less than 1% as of late 2017.

“Out on the edge … is where the physical will meet the digital,” said Dave Russell, vice president and analyst at Gartner, speaking at the company’s annual data center conference earlier this month.

Among the array of IoT devices out on the edge is an influx of hyper-converged infrastructure systems. The vast majority of hyper-converged systems currently reside in central data centers of large corporate users or their service providers, to serve as less expensive cloud on-ramps or supplemental processing power for core servers. But IT shops have begun to rethink hyper-converged infrastructure for edge computing as the technology evolves: more robust hardware, falling prices, and steadily improved capabilities from remote management to simpler installation and configuration.

“People want to move so much faster now. …They want to go to one vendor and just drop [hyper-converged systems] into their environment,” said Jeff Hewitt, a research vice president at Gartner. “[Hyper-converged systems] are small and getting smaller, quick to deploy and easier to manage. People feel more confident about putting them out on the edge.”

Gartner analyst Jeff HewittJeff Hewitt

Hyper-converged infrastructure, or HCI, servers found early appeal in remote offices/branch offices (ROBO), but over the past year hyper-converged infrastructure has been deployed in more edge locations on factory floors, disaster recovery sites, retail stores and warehouses, according to Gartner.

“I haven’t considered them [hyper-converged systems] for the edge, because we’ve been deploying IoT products,” said Todd Hansen, a project manager at a Midwest-based engineering firm that he said deploys sensors to collect and analyze multiple streams of “big data” from field engineering projects passed on to its central data center. “But their smaller form factor might open up possibilities for us in field offices.”

[Hyper-converged systems] are small and getting smaller, quick to deploy and easier to manage. People feel more confident about putting them out on the edge.
Jeff Hewittresearch vice president, Gartner

Over the next year or two the battle over real estate among the many edge computing products figures to intensify. Gartner is currently compiling data about hyper-converged infrastructure for edge computing, with results expected in early 2018. How successful HCI offerings will be out on the edge is uncertain, although Hewitt likes their chances.

“It’s hard to say in these early days, but it is safe to say there will be a lot of [hyper-converged systems] deployed out there,” he said.

Pick your partner for the hyper-converged edge

Enterprises have several options to deploy and support hyper-converged systems in edge computing environments, and the pros and cons for each will be familiar to most IT pros.

Infrastructure providers such as Dell offer the full range of hardware and software technologies and the technical support to help integrate HCI edge systems with systems back in the central data center. The downside is such vendors are hardly agnostic and will strongly push only their products.

Facility specialists tend to be hardware agnostic and offer a wider range of options for modular hyper-converged systems, but some may lack the support organization to help Fortune 500 companies.

Regional providers can be appealing due to their proximity and sometimes a more personal service touch. But size matters with an IT partner, and these providers don’t have enough of it.

“Regional providers are usually close by and they can get to know your needs pretty well,” said one senior engineer with an aeronautics company who attended the session. “But the downside is they don’t have the range of pre- and post-sales support a company like Dell can offer.”

In an informal instapoll during a session at the Gartner conference, the majority of audience responders indicated a preference for infrastructure providers to help install and support hyper-converged systems out on the edge, followed by facilities specialists. Only a small handful indicated they would prefer to work with regional providers.

Ed Scannell is a senior executive editor with TechTarget. Contact him at escannell@techtarget.com.

IT pros navigate the software-defined data center market

Software-defined infrastructure promises flexibility and agility in the data center, but many IT pros still struggle with challenges such as cost concerns and implementation issues.

The software-defined data center (SDDC) aims to decouple hardware from software and automate networking, compute and storage resources through a centralized software platform. IT can either implement this type of data center in increments by deploying software-defined networking, storage and compute separately, or in one fell swoop. IT pros at Gartner’s data center conference this month in Las Vegas said their organizations are interested in SDDC to address changing storage needs.

In the beginning of SDDC’s foray into the IT landscape, IT pros generally used software-defined infrastructure for one application or region. But in the past 18 months or so, more organizations are expanding the use of software-defined from one application to everywhere, as general-purpose infrastructure, said Daniel Bowers, research director at Gartner.

“That’s a shift,” he said. “That means software-defined is going from a niche technology — great for certain applications — to the mainstream.”

Why SDDC?

As interest levels increase, adoption in the software-defined data center market is on the rise. By 2023, 85% of large global enterprises will require the programmatic capabilities of an SDDC, as opposed to 25% today, according to Gartner.

Some IT teams are evaluating the software-defined data center market as their higher-ups demand innovation, including one financial services company.

“Our CIO is increasingly demanding to move in a software-defined direction,” said an infrastructure architect at the company, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media.

The company’s IT strategy is to shift away from a traditional, scale-up, monolithic storage model and toward a scale-out storage model, which enables IT to buy more storage in smaller chunks. The company also aims to update its “big, flat network” through software-defined networking’s automation and orchestration capabilities, the infrastructure architect said.

Currently, the company’s IT department struggles to deliver adequate test environments to its developers. It aims to close those gaps by spinning up an entire test environment through APIs. When developers are finished testing, they can spin it down, rinse and repeat.

A software-defined data center is a perfect match for an API-driven infrastructure, the infrastructure architect said. With the click of a few buttons, programmers can provision the temporary development environments they need to build applications.

For others, software-defined infrastructure is a secondary solution to an accidental problem. Wayne Morse, a network administrator and systems analyst at Jacobs Technology, an IT services company based in Dallas, runs local storage across 24 servers.

“The problem is, we’re running out of disk space on any individual server, and we need to share those resources across multiple servers,” he said.

IT didn’t implement a SAN due to cost issues, Morse said. Now, the company needs distributed storage across the data center to share resources — and software-defined storage (SDS) is a way to achieve that.

SDDC challenges

But one of the most significant advantages of an SDDC — the ability to implement it gradually — can also be its biggest downfall.

“[Software-defined storage] needs to be a part of a bigger picture,” said Julia Palmer, a research director at Gartner. “It’s very difficult, because all of the components of software-defined are developed separately.”

For Morse, that means a limited network could hinder the capabilities of SDS. He is considering upgrading the company’s network to fully take advantage of the SDS’ storage-sharing features.

Other organizations see the advantages of software-defined, but costs keep actual adoption just out of reach.

The costs of implementing and purchasing the products to make [an SDDC] happen are greater than the actual need.
Walt Baineydirector of infrastructure operations, Kent State University

Walt Bainey, the director of infrastructure operations at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, has looked at the software-defined data center market for years, but only from afar. That’s because his IT team doesn’t roll out a lot of compute storage or make constant changes to the network.

“We are more static,” Bainey said. “The costs of implementing and purchasing the products to make [an SDDC] happen are greater than the actual need.”

Still, one ideal use case for SDDC would be in the university’s research computing cluster, which provides the infrastructure that supports research needs of professors, researchers and students. There, the IT team could license a smaller footprint of hardware, software and networking components to cut costs, Bainey said. Through software and scripts, IT can provide resources such as servers and file shares and automate routine tasks to build out the environment’s compute, storage and networking components.

“We could have our faculty members and professors self-serve and dole out things they want by spinning them up and spinning them down,” Bainey said. “I think there’s a huge advantage in that type of scenario, but we’re not there yet.”