Entries from August 2008

A look at undersea cables

Date August 30, 2008

Browsing through Digg today, I chanced across this article about Google expanding their undersea cable portfolio. Aside from increasing the inter-Asian bandwidth by over 7Tb/s, it will be Google's 2nd undersea cable, the first being the transPacific cable known as "Unity". As recently as a year ago, the first cable was just a rumor. In […]

Password retention and storage

Date August 28, 2008

I got an email from a reader yesterday asking about how I generated and stored my passwords securely. The reader was interested in what methods were available to sysadmins for managing diverse passwords for different machines and devices. I had to laugh at my password generation scheme (run 'fortune' a couple of times, pick some […]

When is a sysadmin not a sysadmin?

Date August 28, 2008

I really like my job. I love connecting complex bits of hardware into a working infrastructure. Taking inanimate bits and making a living, breathing network out of them is exciting. It's the best model train set you could ask for. There are also parts of my job that I intensely dislike. I'm not talking about […]

Dedicated ESXi: Server or something else?

Date August 28, 2008

Christopher Hoff, over at Rational Security discussed an interesting idea last week about VMWare's ESXi. One of his readers theorized that maybe ESXi-based servers shouldn't be considered as servers in some cases, but more like quasi-blade-chassis, since they essentially provide the same functionality. They're exploiting the idea for auditing, but since I'm really too small […]

BGP Security issue

Date August 27, 2008

If you are running a lot of routers, with BGP peering, then you hopefully already know about this. If you don't use BGP, then there's not really much you can do besides plead to your upstream provider, but regardless, you probably should know. Security researchers have revealed that there is a major flaw in BGP […]

New Sysadmin Podcast Series

Date August 27, 2008

Ben Rockwood is coming out with a new Sysadmin-centric podcast soon. Judging from his blog entries, it's going to be really informative. Read the announcement here: http://cuddletech.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=963 You might have to copy and paste that url in. Ben seems to be blocking my links? I'm not sure what the deal is with that. Now if […]