Entries from September 2008

Introduction to LVM in Linux

Date September 26, 2008

I'm going to go over the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) today, because it plays an important part in next Fridays' howto. I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag, but just know that it's been a long time coming. There are lots of resources for the technical management of LVMs, and they […]

Temporary Ignorance

Date September 25, 2008

It's an interesting perspective, looking back and realizing how long you've spent to obtain the knowledge that you have. It's hard for me, because I think about how much time I spent chasing the wrong angles, or looking in the wrong places. I spent at least two months trying to get RedHat Cluster Suite running […]

Slow speeds transferring data between my machines

Date September 24, 2008

Alright, I'm not sure what I'm missing, or where I'm not testing, so I'm appealing to the people who know more than me. I've got a couple of machines. We'll call them DB1 and DB2. If I test the network connection between the two of them, it looks fine: DB1 -> DB21024.75 Mbit/sec DB2 -> […]

Funky Command Line

Date September 24, 2008

I'll take 'Command Lines that should have been shell scripts for $100, Alex' And the answer is: "How do I see which users have logged into my FTP server this year, how many times, and when was their last login?" And the question: for FILE in `tail -n 12092 xferlog | awk '{print $14}' | […]

Sysadmin Multitasking

Date September 24, 2008

When you say multitasking, lots of people think doing one thing while you're doing something else. For some people, the image of someone on the phone while driving comes to mind. Throw in a burger and some call waiting and you're getting to the point that most sysadmins operate at every day. I'm going out […]

Trade Magazines

Date September 23, 2008

I've always been a sucker for getting mail. Even when I was a kid, I always used to like to have penpals, and when I started collecting baseball cards, if I got doubles of a card, I'd write a letter to that player, include the card, and ask him to sign it and send it […]