Entries from September 2009

I'm going to LISA!

Date September 30, 2009

I wasn't certain that I would be able to attend until today when I got my registration sorted out. I'm going to be attending LISA '09 in Baltimore, MD. I'll be there from Saturday, November 1st through Friday, November 6th. This is going to be my first LISA, and it's going to be quite an […]

VM Live Migration is the wrong tactic

Date September 29, 2009

I'm sorry. I know you probably paid a lot for that license, but if your infrastructure is relying on a machine's ability to transition between VM hosts without rebooting as the crux of your high availability plan, you might want to reconsider. Yesterday, Rational Survivability (a great all-over-the-place IT blog) had a post titled The […]

How much are those upgrades?

Date September 29, 2009

Sometimes the most painful exercises are the most valuable. I spent an hour or so yesterday in a meeting, going over every line of expense in my new phone upgrade plan. It was grueling. It was also enlightening. Know what I found out? I need to pay more attention to the "small stuff". If you're […]

The importance of community

Date September 27, 2009

I'm a firm believer that people are stronger when they're united than when they're divided. It's one of the reasons that I started this blog...those of us who have no teammates with which to collaborate lose out on a valuable part of the educational experience. The internet helps immeasurably, not just for finding the solution […]

Hiring System Administrators

Date September 26, 2009

My new column is online at Simple Talk. The topic of the column is Hiring System Administrators. It talks about my experiences when hiring my junior admin. Please go take a look at it, and remember to rate it using the stars!

FCoE Discussion

Date September 24, 2009

There's a lot of discussion going on in the blogosphere today about storage technologies. Today, the subject is Fibre Channel vs Fibre Channel over Ethernet. Technologically, they use the same protocol to transfer information , but FCoE utilizes (comparatively) cheaper ethernet technologies to transmit the data. Of course, cheaper is very much relative. The current […]