Entries from October 2009

Please schedule your unplanned emergencies at a more opportune time

Date October 29, 2009

It's been one of those weeks. We recently ordered a couple of pretty hefty (for us, anyway) machines from penguin computing. They're 12 core machines with 32GB of RAM. They're for heavy maths, and we've planned to put one in the primary site and one in the backup site. Well, one arrived DOA. I've RMA'd […]

Please allow us to automate your virtual cloud environment...

Date October 25, 2009

After that title, I should put "SEO Expert" on my business card... Two weeks ago, Brendon Burton, over at "Story of a Sysadmin wrote a great article about "the cloud", and I've been wanting to reply to it since then. It's called "Automation is the cloud", and it starts with a very laudable, though difficult […]

Dedupe to tape: Are you crazy?

Date October 25, 2009

W Curtis Preston, at Backup Central has posted an interesting entry, "Is Dedupe to tape crazy?. Even he admits in the first sentence that, yes, dedupe to tape is crazy. But then he bumps the crazy-fest up a notch by asking whether it's crazy-bad or crazy-good. You should read the article, but let me jump […]

Sysadmins and Egos: Great in pairs!

Date October 22, 2009

Probably not great, but they do wind up together a lot, don't they? My new column is up, and titled "The Ego and the System Administrator". Read it and ponder, why is it that we have such big egos over machines and domains that aren't even ours? We're hired to take care of them, not […]

Secure? I think I've got a firewall...

Date October 21, 2009

Security isn't something that I talk about a lot. It's not that I don't think about it, it's just that, as far as blogging on security goes, there are such better options that I don't feel like I can bring anything to the table. Every once in a while, though, I feel like it's something […]

Scotty Time: A guilty indulgence?

Date October 20, 2009

I'm a little behind on my posting. I meant for this to go up yesterday, but I didn't write it until now, so I have no one to blame but myself. A few days ago, Tom Limoncelli posted an interesting tidbit of information. Train schedules in New York City are deliberately misleading, but only a […]