Entries from November 2008

Gift ideas for you and the other sysadmins in your life

Date November 30, 2008

I meant to post this on Friday, but I was busy recovering from standing in line for a couple of hours to buy a new TV for $400. Every Christmas people ask me what I want, and I always give the kneejerk response, "I don't know, nothing?". I usually can't come up with something that […]

More LVM information

Date November 29, 2008

I talked about Logical Volume Manager in my Intro to LVM in Linux. Tonight I came across an article on backing up LAMP stacks with LVM snapshots. I knew LVM could do it, but I wasn't aware of the particulars . Justin Ellison's article on it clarifies many off the difficulties with the process. His […]

Quality Assurance vs Quality Control

Date November 28, 2008

Are you good at finding faults in your infrastructure, or are you good at making sure there are no faults. As Jason Cohen relates, Quality Assurance is not Quality Control. Like many other topics, this is written to programmers, but is a good lesson for sysadmins as well.

Doing sysadminy things with Windows PreInstalled Environments

Date November 28, 2008

I was, until recently, unfamiliar with the concept of a Windows PreInstalled Environment. For those of us who are primarily Unix based, this is basically like a live CD that boots straight into Windows. There are a few of these PE CDs available. You can use Microsoft's Preinstallation Environment, or maybe the UBCD4WIN (Ultimate Boot […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Date November 27, 2008

Here in the United States, it's Thanksgiving today, and I've I'm off on holiday to visit my wife's family in Cincinnati. It's customary to reflect on the things that we're thankful for, so I thought that I'd share some here. Hopefully you've got some things that you're thankful for as well. I'm thankful for: My […]

The case of the 500-mile email

Date November 25, 2008

This is a great story about someone who had a user who couldn't email anyone over 500 miles away. This is why being a sysadmin can drive people crazy.