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    Hey all,

    I'm in the process of reorganizing our companies media library for everything we've purchased in the last few years. We've been using large double door metal cabinets with cardboard soda can flats for I can't tell you how long. The process of adding new media or merging multiple libraries together has been a real painful process. Not to mention it just looks ugly and very unprofessional.

    What does everyone else use to store their software media?

    -Phrancie

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    CD binders from any computer store really.
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      I've estimated that we have around 10,000 discs and ~40 MSDN subscriptions of which about 7 of them have media distributions. Binders work for the most commonly used stuff which I keep here at my desk to hand out when needed but I'm really looking for a way to store the rest without having them stacked up in cardboard boxes on a shelf.

      Do most companies even keep track of their media? I've read a few articles that discuss this and some talk about companies that leave it up to the end user to keep track of their physical media. We've recently been audited and let me tell you, it's a real pain to prove compliance when you don't know where everything is.

      -Phrancie

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        Want to make some money, invent something that will work for you and sell it to others. There must be others in the same boat that need something. 10,000 CDs is a lot of space. Maybe you could modify a filing cabinet and have the CDs sitting in some sort of hanging sleeve. You could get 2 wide in each drawer, 2 high and about 320 deep. That is about 1,280 CDs minimum per filing cabinet drawer. 3 x 4 drawer filing cabinets an problem solved. Space could be left for future additions.

        If it works, I want 10% commission.
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          Re: CD/DVD Media Storage Units

          Originally posted by phrancie View Post
          I've estimated that we have around 10,000 discs and ~40 MSDN subscriptions of which about 7 of them have media distributions. Binders work for the most commonly used stuff which I keep here at my desk to hand out when needed but I'm really looking for a way to store the rest without having them stacked up in cardboard boxes on a shelf.

          Do most companies even keep track of their media? I've read a few articles that discuss this and some talk about companies that leave it up to the end user to keep track of their physical media. We've recently been audited and let me tell you, it's a real pain to prove compliance when you don't know where everything is.

          -Phrancie
          "Compliance" is really not an awful lot to do with media. Compliance is about what software is installed on what computers, and where it is USED, and whether you can prove ownership of enough licences to cover your USAGE. Media is irrelevant to compliance.


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            We stopped our TechNet and Select media subscriptions. Now we just maintain a TechNet subscription where we can go download whatever media we want. Works well enough. What's funny is Microsoft still keeps some old stuff around. For instance, I can download MS DOS 6.22, MS BOB, etc.
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              I've never even heard of MS BOB until today.

              Bob failed to penetrate the market and was Microsoft’s most visible failure as a company.
              From the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob
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                TBH I we had that many CD's I'd store em in a skip ... Thats way too many!

                JeremyW Wrote: I've never even heard of MS BOB until today
                I thought MS BOB was one of the muppets
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                  Jason, we are in the midst of children. Never heard of MS Bob. Shame on you all. I suppose next you will tell me you don't know how to use Edlin.
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                    Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                    Edlin
                    Come on, everyone knows what that is
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                      Originally posted by biggles77 View Post
                      Jason, we are in the midst of children. Never heard of MS Bob. Shame on you all. I suppose next you will tell me you don't know how to use Edlin.
                      Agree. Maybe we should take them up on our knee and tell them some stories of the way things were back in the day where men were men and optimizing config.sys and autoexec.bat to squeeze the most conventional memory possible to run that new game or application was a regular chore, and a form of art in and of itself. I liken it to the movie Apollo 13 where they have to get the command module powered up in the right sequence and draw 20 amps or less *LOL*
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                        Just ran mem /c on XP. Gee I am glad they did away with DOS on this O/S.

                        And Michael, just incase you weren't kidding, Edlin.com is in the Windows\system32 folder. Have a play.
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                          EDLIN.... LOL. If you can use EDLIN, you're half way to being able to use VI in Linux.

                          How about COPY CON to make your text files
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                            I have a version of VI for Windows. And do you remember using copy /b <file> LPT1: to print stuff? I don't remember BOB either... I'm no spring chicken though! I started computing with a CBM 3032:


                            ### COMMODORE BASIC ###

                            31743 BYTES FREE

                            READY.


                            Ahhh - them were't days. BBC Micro Model B, ZX 80/81/Spectrum... VIC 20, C64, Tandy TRS-80, Dragon 32. It was a great time. Then they brought out the Apricot and a couple of other "IBM Compatible PC's" and the world got awful. Never mind - at least it means I have a job! LOL


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                              Originally posted by jasonboche View Post
                              How about COPY CON to make your text files
                              I'm uses it quite often when i need to create a simple batch.
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