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    Freelacers and external artists, How does your studio cope?
    posted by Terry Dale on March 5, 2015, 9:19 a.m.

     

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

     

    Thanks -Terry

     


    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

     

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

     

    Thanks -Terry

     


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    Freelacers and external artists, How does your studio cope?
    posted by Julian Firminger on March 5, 2015, 9:40 a.m.
    Hi Terry,
    Before you get inundated, search the site threads for PCOIP, there's quite a lot of discussions about zero/thin clients/vdi etc which would certainly cover one major alternative for the first part of your question. We don't transfer anything over the wire, we own, lease or peer fibre (or at worst, fork out for a decent buiness connection) and deliver the lot to the site. Either direct to a TC or by putting a workstation there and delivering net/storage.

    As for the legal/trust issues... Big man with stick?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Terry Dale <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

    Thanks -Terry


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    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    Hi Terry,
    Before you get inundated, search the site threads for PCOIP, there's quite a lot of discussions about zero/thin clients/vdi etc which would certainly cover one major alternative for the first part of your question. We don't transfer anything over the wire, we own, lease or peer fibre (or at worst, fork out for a decent buiness connection) and deliver the lot to the site. Either direct to a TC or by putting a workstation there and delivering net/storage.

    As for the legal/trust issues... Big man with stick?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Terry Dale <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

    Thanks -Terry


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    RDMA , NFS over RDMA, iSer or iSCSI over Mellanox switches.
    posted by Richard Hastie on March 5, 2015, 11:40 a.m.

    Ali,

     

    Sorry but at the moment iSER, SRP and NFS/RDMA are not available on Mac AFAIK. Its not something Mellanox currently supports (that however may change). You can however still do iSCSI, AFP, SMB and NFS from MAC.

     

    Obviously the Mellanox switches will not care what host is connected to them so theyll still be fine. Theyd be a good choice if you have multiples of Mac clients connecting back (at 10Gb etc.) to a 40/46Gb centralised ZFS storage platform etc.

     

    If you want a further conversation around whats possible please ping me directly.

    Thanks,

    Rich.

     

     

    Richard Hastie

     

    Director, EMEA Media/Entertainment Markets, Mellanox Technologies

    Mobile: +44 (0)7808 783169

     

    richh@mellanox.com

    Follow us onTwitter andFacebook

     

     

    From: studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com [mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com]On Behalf Of Ali Poursamadi
    Sent: 27 February 2015 02:18
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] RDMA , NFS over RDMA, iSer or iSCSI over Mellanox switches.

     

    Hi Everyone,

     

    I'm working on upgrading storage and network at our place, and Mellanox 40-56G switches  and ZFS based storage look like good fits for our plan. We are a small company doing video editing and mograph production. All of our artists are running Macs. I was wondering if anyone have any experience with these new technologies running on MACs ?

    I was thinking of running Stornext  over iSER or SRP between block storage and Edit machine and NFS-RDMA or SMB3  from NAS-heads sharing same Stornext volume  to all the artist's workstations but information on RDMA on MAC is hard to find.
    Any advice, warning, anecdote is highly appreciated . 

     

    Ali Poursamadi

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    Ali,

     

    Sorry but at the moment iSER, SRP and NFS/RDMA are not available on Mac AFAIK. Its not something Mellanox currently supports (that however may change). You can however still do iSCSI, AFP, SMB and NFS from MAC.

     

    Obviously the Mellanox switches will not care what host is connected to them so theyll still be fine. Theyd be a good choice if you have multiples of Mac clients connecting back (at 10Gb etc.) to a 40/46Gb centralised ZFS storage platform etc.

     

    If you want a further conversation around whats possible please ping me directly.

    Thanks,

    Rich.

     

     

    Richard Hastie

     

    Director, EMEA Media/Entertainment Markets, Mellanox Technologies

    Mobile: +44 (0)7808 783169

     

    richh@mellanox.com

    Follow us onTwitter andFacebook

     

     

    From: studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com [mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-bounces@studiosysadmins.com]On Behalf Of Ali Poursamadi
    Sent: 27 February 2015 02:18
    To: studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Subject: [SSA-Discuss] RDMA , NFS over RDMA, iSer or iSCSI over Mellanox switches.

     

    Hi Everyone,

     

    I'm working on upgrading storage and network at our place, and Mellanox 40-56G switches  and ZFS based storage look like good fits for our plan. We are a small company doing video editing and mograph production. All of our artists are running Macs. I was wondering if anyone have any experience with these new technologies running on MACs ?

    I was thinking of running Stornext  over iSER or SRP between block storage and Edit machine and NFS-RDMA or SMB3  from NAS-heads sharing same Stornext volume  to all the artist's workstations but information on RDMA on MAC is hard to find.
    Any advice, warning, anecdote is highly appreciated . 

     

    Ali Poursamadi


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    Freelacers and external artists, How does your studio cope?
    posted by Dan Young on March 5, 2015, 11:45 a.m.
    Agreed - PCoIP would certainly alleviate alot of security concerns - but you're going to need good latency to the homes of these freelancers, which is the tough part to overcome.

    On 03/05/2015 06:38 AM, julian firminger wrote:
    Hi Terry,
    Before you get inundated, search the site threads for PCOIP, there's quite a lot of discussions about zero/thin clients/vdi etc which would certainly cover one major alternative for the first part of your question. We don't transfer anything over the wire, we own, lease or peer fibre (or at worst, fork out for a decent buiness connection) and deliver the lot to the site. Either direct to a TC or by putting a workstation there and delivering net/storage.

    As for the legal/trust issues... Big man with stick?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Terry Dale <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

    Thanks -Terry



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    Thread Tags:
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    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    Agreed - PCoIP would certainly alleviate alot of security concerns - but you're going to need good latency to the homes of these freelancers, which is the tough part to overcome.

    On 03/05/2015 06:38 AM, julian firminger wrote:
    Hi Terry,
    Before you get inundated, search the site threads for PCOIP, there's quite a lot of discussions about zero/thin clients/vdi etc which would certainly cover one major alternative for the first part of your question. We don't transfer anything over the wire, we own, lease or peer fibre (or at worst, fork out for a decent buiness connection) and deliver the lot to the site. Either direct to a TC or by putting a workstation there and delivering net/storage.

    As for the legal/trust issues... Big man with stick?

    Julian Firminger

    Snr. Systems Administrator,
    United Broadcast Facilities
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Terry Dale <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

    Hey everyone,

    As the times change we are seeing a bigger need to have freelancers and artist working offsite or at home. This raises ALL kinds of security issues and complications for working in a intigrated pipeline.

    I would love to hear what kinds of policies and procedures other studios use to deal with this. everything, from are you using encrypted transfer devices to move data? Do you use FTP or a more secure delivery system for people to move data back and forth? Do remote users have to have compnay equipment? If not how do you insure that their equipment is secure, safe or even licensensed leaglly. Do you care? Do you have them just sign an NDA and then don't worry about it? How do, you ensure that the project data is removed from their machine when they are done?

    I know different studios have different views on this and smaller studios usually are pretty casual about this but as you start getting larger this becomes a very sticky issue.

    Any information and guidance would be great.

    Thanks -Terry



    To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe



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    Help explaining and/or choosing between two different solutions?
    posted by  on March 5, 2015, 12:35 p.m.
    This is easy. If you're the brains of the group, and you're leaving, Dell will have better support. Which is probably what they need. Sure, it may be overkill, and more money, but it's got a better possibility of staying online :)
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From:Gustaf Larm <content@studiosysadmins.com>
    To:studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Cc:
    Date:Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:13:31 -0000
    Subject:[SSA-Discuss] Help explaining and/or choosing between two different solutions?

    Hi everyone!

    I've been trying to get my current workplace to upgrade their storage and network, and now I got a Go for doing something. I'm trying to help them choose, but without much success.
    We've got several offers, that they shut down because money-reasons, but somehow got one they like.

    Recently they got an suggestion (from someone else) that's based on synology hardware. It's an DS2015xs (https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS2015xs#spec), offered to run with 8 WD RED at 4 TB with synologys hybrid raid 2 (raid 6 equivalent).
    They loved it, since they can run an FTPserver on it, a DNSserver, synologys cloudstorage (like dropbox) and a few other mobile services.
    All in all, it will cost about $3k plus installation. They love it because the cloudstorage stuff, and the pricepoint, and the guy said the performance should be around 900MB/s (read).

    Another solution that they shut down before, is a Dell Poweredge R720 (2x Xeon E5-2630v2,128 GB RAM, 4 x 480 GB SSD, 2x146 15Krpm SAS drives, 2x 10gbe) and a powerVault MD1200 with 12x4TB Nearline SAS. Would run Windows storage spaces, with the SSD's as cache and a Raid 10. A total of $17k with installation and support. Would go down in cost since I see no need too have that much ram or even two cpu's, so I'm thinking it will end around $10-12k

    Short about us (or them, I've put in my notice to quit and my last day is in 3 weeks), it's 11 employees, 3 administrative, 6 2d/3d-vfx artists, 1 editors and 1 colorist. Sometimes up to 6 freelancers doing vfx-work.
    Working mostly with Maya, Adobe CC, Final Cut and Resolve. Pretty standard workflow, mostly DPX's, TIFs and ProRes. They also want to be able to edit directly on the storage. A small renderfarm with 10 nodes, soon-to-be 20, rendering 75% of the time. (75% windows, 25% osx)

    I've been trying to explain the differences between th e DELL solution and Synology, why there's a price difference, about redundancy etc, but always get stuck on first step since the spec on paper looks the same,
    24TB usable space, 10GBe connection, around 900MB/s from synology, 1200MB/s from the DELL (according to a real-world test our vendor did inhouse). My concerns are more about redundancy, rebuild-times, type of drives, the CPU of synology, support etc.

    Do any of you have any experience with either solution, or can see a problem with either one? maybe something positive? Or what they should get? They do have a trust-issue with me, and whatever I think, they won't really listen to me, unless someone externally can confirm my thoughts.

    I have no real experience with synology except their home-consumer stuff, which I like, but don't really know what I'm thinking about the DS2015xs. And I can't get the decision-makers to understand why there is a price-difference like that between this synology an d every other solution they've got. They are people who never invested in IT at all during their 7 running a company.

    P.S. Our current solutions is an Yotta SAN, connected with Fiber to a PC running Nas4Free and shared out with 1 Gbit ethernet connection (the only upgrade I got to do, from the old crappy Hackintosh solutions they used).

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts and or questions.

    //Gustaf

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    This is easy. If you're the brains of the group, and you're leaving, Dell will have better support. Which is probably what they need. Sure, it may be overkill, and more money, but it's got a better possibility of staying online :)
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From:Gustaf Larm <content@studiosysadmins.com>
    To:studiosysadmins-discuss@studiosysadmins.com
    Cc:
    Date:Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:13:31 -0000
    Subject:[SSA-Discuss] Help explaining and/or choosing between two different solutions?

    Hi everyone!

    I've been trying to get my current workplace to upgrade their storage and network, and now I got a Go for doing something. I'm trying to help them choose, but without much success.
    We've got several offers, that they shut down because money-reasons, but somehow got one they like.

    Recently they got an suggestion (from someone else) that's based on synology hardware. It's an DS2015xs (https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS2015xs#spec), offered to run with 8 WD RED at 4 TB with synologys hybrid raid 2 (raid 6 equivalent).
    They loved it, since they can run an FTPserver on it, a DNSserver, synologys cloudstorage (like dropbox) and a few other mobile services.
    All in all, it will cost about $3k plus installation. They love it because the cloudstorage stuff, and the pricepoint, and the guy said the performance should be around 900MB/s (read).

    Another solution that they shut down before, is a Dell Poweredge R720 (2x Xeon E5-2630v2,128 GB RAM, 4 x 480 GB SSD, 2x146 15Krpm SAS drives, 2x 10gbe) and a powerVault MD1200 with 12x4TB Nearline SAS. Would run Windows storage spaces, with the SSD's as cache and a Raid 10. A total of $17k with installation and support. Would go down in cost since I see no need too have that much ram or even two cpu's, so I'm thinking it will end around $10-12k

    Short about us (or them, I've put in my notice to quit and my last day is in 3 weeks), it's 11 employees, 3 administrative, 6 2d/3d-vfx artists, 1 editors and 1 colorist. Sometimes up to 6 freelancers doing vfx-work.
    Working mostly with Maya, Adobe CC, Final Cut and Resolve. Pretty standard workflow, mostly DPX's, TIFs and ProRes. They also want to be able to edit directly on the storage. A small renderfarm with 10 nodes, soon-to-be 20, rendering 75% of the time. (75% windows, 25% osx)

    I've been trying to explain the differences between th e DELL solution and Synology, why there's a price difference, about redundancy etc, but always get stuck on first step since the spec on paper looks the same,
    24TB usable space, 10GBe connection, around 900MB/s from synology, 1200MB/s from the DELL (according to a real-world test our vendor did inhouse). My concerns are more about redundancy, rebuild-times, type of drives, the CPU of synology, support etc.

    Do any of you have any experience with either solution, or can see a problem with either one? maybe something positive? Or what they should get? They do have a trust-issue with me, and whatever I think, they won't really listen to me, unless someone externally can confirm my thoughts.

    I have no real experience with synology except their home-consumer stuff, which I like, but don't really know what I'm thinking about the DS2015xs. And I can't get the decision-makers to understand why there is a price-difference like that between this synology an d every other solution they've got. They are people who never invested in IT at all during their 7 running a company.

    P.S. Our current solutions is an Yotta SAN, connected with Fiber to a PC running Nas4Free and shared out with 1 Gbit ethernet connection (the only upgrade I got to do, from the old crappy Hackintosh solutions they used).

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts and or questions.

    //Gustaf


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    Tape Duplication or partial restore- Symantec Backup Exec (Los Angeles Area)
    posted by Bill Heiden on March 6, 2015, 2:07 p.m.

    Hi all,

     Need a Backup Exec tape (LTO4) duplicated or have a single folder extracted.  Hopefully there is some place locally that can accomplish this. Willing to spend good dough.

    Thread Tags:
      Tape Duplication Symantec Backup Exec Los Angeles 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    Hi all,

     Need a Backup Exec tape (LTO4) duplicated or have a single folder extracted.  Hopefully there is some place locally that can accomplish this. Willing to spend good dough.


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    Help getting back on the mailing list
    posted by Bjorn Leffler on March 8, 2015, 7:08 p.m. (1 day ago)

    My mail server rejected too many messages and I got kicked off.

     

    I've tried to use http://mailman.studiosysadmins.com/, but never received any messages to bjorn@leffler.orgHow do I get back on?

     

    Thanks,

    Bjorn

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     

    My mail server rejected too many messages and I got kicked off.

     

    I've tried to use http://mailman.studiosysadmins.com/, but never received any messages to bjorn@leffler.orgHow do I get back on?

     

    Thanks,

    Bjorn


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  • 03/09/15--00:45: Sapphire 8 on Burn?
  • Sapphire 8 on Burn?
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on March 9, 2015, 3:45 a.m.
    Has anyone successfully deployed Sapphire 8 on Burn (2015)? I can't seem to get it to request the right license feature string, it keeps requesting GUI/Flame licenses (and of course can't get enough and watermarks) instead of Render-only licenses.

    I've been talking to GenArts support, but it would be nice to be able to say "someone else has gotten it working" or "we're not the only ones with this problem".

    JF

    Thread Tags:
      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    Has anyone successfully deployed Sapphire 8 on Burn (2015)? I can't seem to get it to request the right license feature string, it keeps requesting GUI/Flame licenses (and of course can't get enough and watermarks) instead of Render-only licenses.

    I've been talking to GenArts support, but it would be nice to be able to say "someone else has gotten it working" or "we're not the only ones with this problem".

    JF


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  • 03/09/15--08:34: AD vs OpenDirectory
  • AD vs OpenDirectory
    posted by Joel Braby on March 9, 2015, 11:34 a.m.
    I have a legacy openLDAP/SMB system that is currently broken in interesting ways and rather than spending more time fixing it I'd like to move to a computer and user authentication system that will be easier to manage and be more friendly to Windows, Mac and Linux.
     
    Currently it looks like my two best options are to move to an Active Directory domain, or move to Open Directory with pGina for Windows authentication. We have ~80% Windows clients, and the rest are Mac OS X or Linux. We have a few services (RoyalRender, backup daemons) that run as Domain service users now. And our primary storage is running Linux with SMB.
     
    Mostly I am looking for pros/cons on AD and OpenDirectory, and which way you would go if you were starting over on your domain. And what horrible things have happened with either authentication server.
    Thread Tags:
      security 

    0 Responses     0 Plus One's     0 Comments  
     
    I have a legacy openLDAP/SMB system that is currently broken in interesting ways and rather than spending more time fixing it I'd like to move to a computer and user authentication system that will be easier to manage and be more friendly to Windows, Mac and Linux.
     
    Currently it looks like my two best options are to move to an Active Directory domain, or move to Open Directory with pGina for Windows authentication. We have ~80% Windows clients, and the rest are Mac OS X or Linux. We have a few services (RoyalRender, backup daemons) that run as Domain service users now. And our primary storage is running Linux with SMB.
     
    Mostly I am looking for pros/cons on AD and OpenDirectory, and which way you would go if you were starting over on your domain. And what horrible things have happened with either authentication server.

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    License Rants for Monday March 9th 2015
    posted by Saker Klippsten on March 9, 2015, 2:40 p.m.
    1. ZBrush update 4R7 for floating licenses still not available. Their lame excuses.. "Enterprise Customers want stability" "Further it is not Feasible in a team environment for some users to stay with 4R6 while others are using 4R7 "....for file compatibility reasons. Well how about we are getting R7 file formats from clients and need to use them? So by only allowing single user licenses cases your screwing us over. And how about you let me decide how and who uses what versions ...? Instead of assuming my entire "team" is using it for the same project? 2. Avid subscription licenses suck. Requiring 30 day internet activation. It licensed the first month. Now it's not- even when I give the box full Internet or manual activation via another computer that does have access. Been on hold for 40min. Oh they just picked up! a bug in the billing database even though we have been billed for March and I received an email saying so something did not get processed through on their side.. S Another reason subscription web activation sucks. Happy Monday. Rant over To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe
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      discuss-at-studiosysadmins 

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    1. ZBrush update 4R7 for floating licenses still not available. Their lame excuses.. "Enterprise Customers want stability" "Further it is not Feasible in a team environment for some users to stay with 4R6 while others are using 4R7 "....for file compatibility reasons. Well how about we are getting R7 file formats from clients and need to use them? So by only allowing single user licenses cases your screwing us over. And how about you let me decide how and who uses what versions ...? Instead of assuming my entire "team" is using it for the same project? 2. Avid subscription licenses suck. Requiring 30 day internet activation. It licensed the first month. Now it's not- even when I give the box full Internet or manual activation via another computer that does have access. Been on hold for 40min. Oh they just picked up! a bug in the billing database even though we have been billed for March and I received an email saying so something did not get processed through on their side.. S Another reason subscription web activation sucks. Happy Monday. Rant over To unsubscribe from the list send a blank e-mail to mailto:studiosysadmins-discuss-request@studiosysadmins.com?subject=unsubscribe

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  • 03/09/15--18:15: bidding software
  • bidding software
    posted by Michael Oliver on March 9, 2015, 9:15 p.m. (1 day ago)
    Curious what everyone is using for bidding software these days. Have used shotgun to estimate hours based on comparable shots completed in the past, but I have a clean slate now and wanted to see what everyone else was up to. Thanks in advance.

    - Are you rolling your own? If so are you keeping your UI simple or exposing advanced features?
    - Using a commercial solution?
    - Anyone have anything fancy enough to parse a script or analyze a video file and do automatic breakdowns?


    --
    Michael Oliver
    mcoliver@gmail.com
    858.336.1438
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    Curious what everyone is using for bidding software these days. Have used shotgun to estimate hours based on comparable shots completed in the past, but I have a clean slate now and wanted to see what everyone else was up to. Thanks in advance.

    - Are you rolling your own? If so are you keeping your UI simple or exposing advanced features?
    - Using a commercial solution?
    - Anyone have anything fancy enough to parse a script or analyze a video file and do automatic breakdowns?


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  • 03/10/15--03:04: Superconnected Westminster
  • Superconnected Westminster
    posted by Justin Keery on March 10, 2015, 6:04 a.m.

    Venus Business Communications ?would like to invite you to an event showcasing superfast Internet services available to businesses throughout the London Borough of Westminster.

    This will be a drop in event for businesses - You will be able to experience high speed Internet, Cloud Services, VoIP phone services and much more. You are also welcome to BYOD - Bring Your Own Device and check the speeds for yourself!

    You will also get the chance to learn more about the Connection Voucher Scheme and how you can receive up to £3000 towards your installation costs - FREE FIBRE INTERNET CONNECTION!

    Please RSVP by calling 020 7240 5858 or email westminster@venus.co.uk

    ?Thursday 19th March: White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB 


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    Venus Business Communications ?would like to invite you to an event showcasing superfast Internet services available to businesses throughout the London Borough of Westminster.

    This will be a drop in event for businesses - You will be able to experience high speed Internet, Cloud Services, VoIP phone services and much more. You are also welcome to BYOD - Bring Your Own Device and check the speeds for yourself!

    You will also get the chance to learn more about the Connection Voucher Scheme and how you can receive up to £3000 towards your installation costs - FREE FIBRE INTERNET CONNECTION!

    Please RSVP by calling 020 7240 5858 or email westminster@venus.co.uk

    ?Thursday 19th March: White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB 


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    Have you ever gone after the back hoe operator's company?
    posted by Greg Whynott on March 10, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

    I suspect it would turn into a fruitless endeavour, but has anyone gone after a company who's backhoe operator broke fibre which was servicing your company resulting in lost revenue?


    There is some work being done down the road from us (condos of course), they were digging and broke a conduit carrying several hundred strands, one of which was ours. We were down all day because of it.


    So now some folks are wondering if there are options to seek compensation.


    Just wondering if anyone in Canada/USA has been successful with something like this.


    thanks!
    -g



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    I suspect it would turn into a fruitless endeavour, but has anyone gone after a company who's backhoe operator broke fibre which was servicing your company resulting in lost revenue?


    There is some work being done down the road from us (condos of course), they were digging and broke a conduit carrying several hundred strands, one of which was ours. We were down all day because of it.


    So now some folks are wondering if there are options to seek compensation.


    Just wondering if anyone in Canada/USA has been successful with something like this.


    thanks!
    -g




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    Have you ever gone after the back hoe operator's company?
    posted by Todd Smith on March 10, 2015, 4 p.m.
    We've had this happen a few times over the years in Liberty Village.  Usually it's because the survey is out of date and hasn't been updated to include the lines, either that or its a work now, apologize later situation.
    Usually once this happens though, I'm told they are usually advised to use some pressurized water excavation system for further excavation.

    Todd Smith
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    soho vfx 
    99 Atlantic Ave. Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3J8



    I suspect it would turn into a fruitless endeavour,  but has anyone gone after a company who's backhoe operator broke fibre which was servicing your company resulting in lost revenue?


    There is some work being done down the road from us (condos of course),   they were digging and broke a conduit carrying several hundred strands,  one of which was ours.  We were down all day because of it.


    So now some folks are wondering if there are options to seek compensation.    


    Just wondering if anyone in Canada/USA has been successful with something like this.  


    thanks!
    -g




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    We've had this happen a few times over the years in Liberty Village.  Usually it's because the survey is out of date and hasn't been updated to include the lines, either that or its a work now, apologize later situation.
    Usually once this happens though, I'm told they are usually advised to use some pressurized water excavation system for further excavation.

    Todd Smith
    Head of Information Technology

    soho vfx 
    99 Atlantic Ave. Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3J8



    I suspect it would turn into a fruitless endeavour,  but has anyone gone after a company who's backhoe operator broke fibre which was servicing your company resulting in lost revenue?


    There is some work being done down the road from us (condos of course),   they were digging and broke a conduit carrying several hundred strands,  one of which was ours.  We were down all day because of it.


    So now some folks are wondering if there are options to seek compensation.    


    Just wondering if anyone in Canada/USA has been successful with something like this.  


    thanks!
    -g




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    Uptick in spam from .science?
    posted by Viet Nguyen on March 11, 2015, 1:35 p.m.
    I'm wondering if it's just my server, but I'm seeing a lot of spam coming from various .science TLDs and originating ranges of 173.44.139.0/17

    Anyone else seeing this?
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    I'm wondering if it's just my server, but I'm seeing a lot of spam coming from various .science TLDs and originating ranges of 173.44.139.0/17

    Anyone else seeing this?

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  • 03/11/15--11:20: Falling Euro
  • Falling Euro
    posted by Michael Oliver on March 11, 2015, 2:20 p.m.
    I know there are a ton of macro-economic consequences that make the tanking Euro a bad thing....but here's a question. If you are renewing your Foundry licenses can you opt to pay in Euro's and save your self a few thousand dollars a license?
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    I know there are a ton of macro-economic consequences that make the tanking Euro a bad thing....but here's a question. If you are renewing your Foundry licenses can you opt to pay in Euro's and save your self a few thousand dollars a license?
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    858.336.1438

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    Google cloud storage near line pricing to match glacier at $0.01/GB/month
    posted by Michael Oliver on March 11, 2015, 7 p.m. (1 day ago)
    And cloud storage continues to get cheaper. Will be interesting to see how $MS and Amazon respond:
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    And cloud storage continues to get cheaper. Will be interesting to see how $MS and Amazon respond:

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    Google cloud storage near line pricing to match glacier at $0.01/GB/month
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on March 11, 2015, 11:15 p.m. (1 day ago)
    On top of the $0.01 per GB per month cost, there's a $0.12 per GB egress fee (up to 1TB, then $0.11 per GB up to 10TB). So if someone's asking for a 2TB restore, there's an immediate cost of $120 + $110 = $230 (assuming "storage TBs" of 1000 GB). The Glacier "transfer out" cost is a bit cheaper at $0.09 per GB (up to 10TB), so the same 2TB restore request would cost $180, at the cost of some extra latency. Of course having a real, external cost associated to restore requests may not always be a bad thing...

    My main issue is that any archiving solution that has a direct monthly cost associated to it would be very difficult to manage in any of the facilities I've worked in, since no one would ever sign off on permanently deleting a project archive. So for instance the roughly 300 LTO4 tapes I find in a single 4 foot wide by 1 foot deep shelf would cost me roughly 300 x 800 x $0.01 = $2,400 per month or almost $30K/year to store on Glacier or Google. Even at extortionate Venice commercial real estate rates, the 4 sq ft of shelf space plus the amortized purchase cost of the LTO tapes is a lot less than that. And archiving to Glacier or Google still means you are going to need some kind of presumably expensive piece of archiving / data management software to manage. On the other hand the cloud based storage doesn't disappear when a tsunami hits Venice and is a lot more redundant, as long as we remember to pay our cloud storage bills...

    JF




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    On top of the $0.01 per GB per month cost, there's a $0.12 per GB egress fee (up to 1TB, then $0.11 per GB up to 10TB). So if someone's asking for a 2TB restore, there's an immediate cost of $120 + $110 = $230 (assuming "storage TBs" of 1000 GB). The Glacier "transfer out" cost is a bit cheaper at $0.09 per GB (up to 10TB), so the same 2TB restore request would cost $180, at the cost of some extra latency. Of course having a real, external cost associated to restore requests may not always be a bad thing...

    My main issue is that any archiving solution that has a direct monthly cost associated to it would be very difficult to manage in any of the facilities I've worked in, since no one would ever sign off on permanently deleting a project archive. So for instance the roughly 300 LTO4 tapes I find in a single 4 foot wide by 1 foot deep shelf would cost me roughly 300 x 800 x $0.01 = $2,400 per month or almost $30K/year to store on Glacier or Google. Even at extortionate Venice commercial real estate rates, the 4 sq ft of shelf space plus the amortized purchase cost of the LTO tapes is a lot less than that. And archiving to Glacier or Google still means you are going to need some kind of presumably expensive piece of archiving / data management software to manage. On the other hand the cloud based storage doesn't disappear when a tsunami hits Venice and is a lot more redundant, as long as we remember to pay our cloud storage bills...

    JF




    On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 3:58 PM, Michael Oliver <mcoliver@gmail.com> wrote:
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    GADS authentication is borked
    posted by Jean-Francois Panisset on March 12, 2015, 2 a.m.
    Anyone else using GADS to sync AD to Google Apps? Authentication has been broken for us for the last couple of days, and we're apparently not alone:

    http://www.classthink.com/forums/topic/gads-error-connecting-to-google-app-server-using-admin-credentials/

    We're getting little more than "it's a known issue, we're working on it, no workaround" from Google Enterprise support...

    JF

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    Anyone else using GADS to sync AD to Google Apps? Authentication has been broken for us for the last couple of days, and we're apparently not alone:

    http://www.classthink.com/forums/topic/gads-error-connecting-to-google-app-server-using-admin-credentials/

    We're getting little more than "it's a known issue, we're working on it, no workaround" from Google Enterprise support...

    JF


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    Google cloud storage near line pricing to match glacier at $0.01/GB/month
    posted by Peter Smith on March 12, 2015, 5:45 a.m.
    Marketing redefining "nearline" for us? Phew.
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    Marketing redefining "nearline" for us? Phew.
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