Thursday, July 05, 2012

Configure Windows Update to Use a HTTP Proxy Server

When not-transparent HTTP proxy is used, Windows updates, and other programs that use HTTP,
require special configuration to work.

How to Configure Windows Update to Use a Proxy Server - O'Reilly Answers:
"if you have configured Internet Explorer proxy server settings correctly, you can import settings from Internet Explorer into WinHTTP by using the following command. 
(Windows Vista, 7, 8, 2008, 2008R2, 2012):

> netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

To check current configuration:

> netsh winhttp show proxy

On Windows XP and 2003 the command is

> proxycfg -i

SharePoint 2010 Price Calculator

SharePoint 2010 Price Calculator - Bamboo Nation

Standard Edition with 10 users is about $15500.
About half of this is for SQL server.

Wikipedia: Efficient Servers

An appeal from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales - Wikimedia Foundation:
"Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. 
We (wikipedia) have 679 servers and 140 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 492 million different people every month 
– with billions of page views."

It is interesting how much can be done with relatively small number of Wikipmedia Servers .
So it is not only about "large number of commodity servers", as pushed by "Cloud providers".