Entries from October 2010

The Launch of SysAdministrivia Podcast

Date October 28, 2010

I've hinted at it a few times on twitter, but today it's finally time... Brandon and I are very happy to bring you Sysadministrivia Podcast Episode 001. It was actually recorded a couple of weeks ago, so keep that in mind while listening to it. We want to thank everyone who helped us through the […]

Long Overdue Nagios Presentation Material (and video!)

Date October 25, 2010

Last year, I presented a Nagios presentation at the Professional IT Community Conference, and I promised to get the contents of the USB key online Real Soon Now(tm). Well, guess what? It's finally done! That's right, you can download the contents of the key right here. The zipfile should unpack into a directory called "Keeping […]

Recorded interview with USENIX marketing director Anne Dickison

Date October 12, 2010

I got interviewed today by Anne Dickison, the marketing director at USENIX. I think it went reasonably well, with the possible exception of some technical problems...here it is!

See me interviewed live tomorrow at 4pm Eastern

Date October 11, 2010

Just a quick note, the director of USENIX marketing, Anne Dickison, is going to be interviewing me tomorrow about (primarily) the LISA'10 conference. It's going to be broadcast live on the USENIX USTREAM channel at 4pm Eastern (8pm UTC). Make sure to tune in!

Followup to EMC AX4 SAN Trouble

Date October 8, 2010

I wrote about the difficulties I had after migrating my AX4 from one rack to another in my last entry. Now that the hardship is over, I suppose I should talk about what apparently happened. The root cause was apparently the failure of the battery backup (SPS) or the sense cable. Both ended up getting […]

Not all rainbows and puppies

Date October 6, 2010

The Trouble with SAN storage is that most of it is too well designed. Really. Some serious engineering goes into making highly fault-tolerant, reliable devices. They're designed to be available all the time. It reminds me of a saying... The difference between something that can break and something that can't break is that when something […]