Entries from August 2009

Desktop Hardware Problems

Date August 31, 2009

It really does seem that if you're going to have a problem, it's going to happen at 4:30 Friday afternoon. Last week, mine got a jump on me by attacking at 3pm or so. The power supply crashed on my desktop workstation, and I spent the last few hours trying to bring it back up. […]

The New Admin Has Arrived!

Date August 25, 2009

I haven't had time for actual blog entries, but occasionally I'll work up a tweet, and if you've been following my twitter stream, you may have seen that my new junior administrator started yesterday. This is excellent. Training is going to be pretty much continuous for a long time, though we're going to do at […]

The Future of System Administration

Date August 19, 2009

Here's a hint...it's not sitting at a shell prompt typing out commands. I'm sitting here on hold, waiting for Dell support to come online and tell me that my laptop is out of warranty, so I've got some time to think, and I'm reflecting on some of the sysadmins I've met lately, as well as […]

Old news - Linux local root vulnerability

Date August 18, 2009

If you keep up with news on the net, you've probably heard about the "new" Linux root exploit...and by new, I mean it's been in every kernel since 2.4 came out. Essentially, the problem is that in many cases, userland programs can map page zero, which is where null pointers go to die...or really, where […]

Quick blurb on backups and Amanda

Date August 17, 2009

I've mentioned AMANDA a couple of times, and I just wanted to give an update on where I stood. I hate to say it, but I gave up. I didn't have the time to work with the configurations and craft them into the backup plan I needed. On the other hand, I wasn't willing to […]

Great article on good sysadmin teams

Date August 14, 2009

I don't know how I missed this, but Linux Magazine put out a great article on building a great working sysadmin team. Definitely worth a read, and maybe a print-out.