Key Pools and best practices

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I'm wondering about what the best practices are around generating and maintaining key pools for a wallet.

What is the maximum number of keys/addresses that can be created for a single wallet? Phrased another way, what is the largest value one can safely put for the keypool option in bitcoin.conf?

If I generate some keys with bitcoind keypoolrefill then generate some new addresses and then call keypoolrefill again, will the original addresses still work, and will my private key now work for all addresses I've ever created?

Is there some way to determine how many keys are left in the current key pool?

The Bitcoin documentation says that this feature is actively being phased out. When will this happen and what will the new system be?

This wallet type is being actively phased out and discouraged from being used due to the backup hassle.

Answers to any of these questions is greatly appreciated.

Gavin Andresen (Bitcoin's Chief...

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Introduction to Cisco Unified Computing System

The introduction of the Cisco Unified Computing System

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Bitcoin-QT with standard settings will keep 100 unused addresses in your wallet at all times. The goal is that backups will be future proof to some extent.

A key pool allows to create backups in bigger intervals

Every time you create a transaction, the remainder of the input balance is sent to a new address in your own wallet. If addresses were generated only then, you would have to create a new backup after each transaction, or be at risk to lose any funds associated with that new address if your wallet got lost. By keeping a pool of unused addresses in store, your backup will be sufficient for the next 100 transactions before you will be at risk of losing something.

To create a bigger key pool, with e.g. 10000 keys, the client can be started with the parameter -keypool=10000.

I don't have intimate knowledge of either multibit or electrum, but suspect that they keep a key pool for the exact same reason.

One vs. many addresses

Using many...

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Hi All,

does anyone have good documentation or information on best practices on webapps and app pools

I read in some sites that now MS recommends a single webapp with multiple host headed site collections.

I feel a little bit uneasy about having a single point of failure if I have My Sites, Portal, Search and collaboration on a single webapp hosted by a single app pool

http://sprickyrick.blogspot.com/2013/04/two-new-best-practices-for-sharepoint.html

Also, keep in mind that the farm will host more than 15k users and have 6 WFEs on load balance

I was inclined to have 4 webapps each running separate app pools (portal, my, search, collaboration) + hosted site collection on 2 of them (portal and collaboration)

MS model shows I should have them all in one webapp, should the app pool be affected by the heavy usage of collaboration content? thats one of my concerns, the other is single point of failure on the app pool layer and account. If...

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Choosing characters

Although the characters (called "features" in the keys) in Features Available are listed in a particular order, it's up to you to choose characters in the order you wish. It's best, however, to choose the simplest or most obvious characters you can easily address first.

It's OK to skip characters

In looking through the characters, you may not understand a character, you may not be sure which state of a character to choose, or a character or state may not be clear on your specimen. It's better to skip the character in such cases. Do not guess!

Also, skip characters that do not apply to your specimen, such as a seed character if your specimen is a fruit. Additionally, skip characters that are not relevant, such as a character that refers to a part on your disseminule that is broken off. This is a common occurrence in some taxa, such as grasses, in which the florets may be damaged.

Use illustrated...
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Use of PKI-based solutions continues to grow – more sites than ever are moving to HTTPS, enterprises are leveraging Digital Certificates as an authentication factor for users and machines, S/MIME is proving its worth as both an email encryption option and a way to validate the source of emails to counter phishing – but the encryption and authentication underlying these applications can be completely undermined if proper key management isn’t enforced.

Every time a Digital Certificate is issued, whether from a CA or self-signed, a private/public key pair must be generated. Best practice indicates that your private key(s) should remain secure and, well…private! Should anyone get a hold of it, depending on the certificate type, they could create phishing websites with your organization’s certificate in the address bar, authenticate to corporate networks by impersonating you, sign applications or documents in your name, or read your encrypted emails.

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