Entries from July 2008

Security Policy Best Practices

Date July 31, 2008

We're taking on a new client, and their standards requirements are a bit beyond anything we've ever encountered. I just finished going through a nearly-600 line spreadsheet answering questions about our network's physical and logical security controls. It also included questions about our in-place security policies and what was covered by them. Nothing in the […]

Life After Windows?

Date July 30, 2008

This isn't particularly related to systems administration, per say, but I think that the people who read this blog might be interested in it. According to SDTimes, Microsoft is preparing for life after Windows, with an operating system called Midori. When I first started reading the article, I was intrigued. Windows has been the prevalent […]

Arranging your workspace

Date July 30, 2008

When you sit down at your desk, how is your comfort level? Do you have to shove piles of paper out of the way, or do you believe that a cluttered desk indicates a cluttered mind? Do you have enough room to work? Are your ergonomics in place to stop you from getting headaches, wrist […]

Fascinating behavior from a linux host

Date July 28, 2008

Is this undocumented behavior, or am I missing something obvious? I am having a very strange issue with one of my Linux hosts. The primary symptom is that the host responds on two IPs, when ifconfig clearly shows that eth0 is the only interface up (besides the loopback), and only has one IP address. The […]

Proper Disclosure of Technology

Date July 28, 2008

As you might have read, I recently moved some equipment into the NJ colocation. One of the documents I generated for that move was the rack diagram, showing all of the equipment being installed, and where in the rack it went. Being sort of proud of it, I showed it to some people in the […]

Happy Sysadmin Day

Date July 25, 2008

As The Life of a Sysadmin pointed out, today is Sysadmin Day!. A big "thank you" to all the administrators who helped my packets reach blogger.com, and let me post to my heart's content.