Entries from October 2012

Storage Field Day 2: Next Week!

Date October 31, 2012

Well, it's been a long time since I've had to do THIS kind of disclaimer! Next week, I'm going to embark on a fun journey known as Storage Field Day 2! Sure, I spent most of last year helping Stephen Foskett organize and run them (and heck, I even got to emcee a Virtualization Field […]

Interview with SolarWinds on Thwack

Date October 26, 2012

I got a chance to sit down the other day with Jennifer Kuvlesky from Solar Winds as part of a new feature they're starting, called the IT Blog Spotlight. I was happy to be their second interview, right behind my good friend Tom Hollingsworth. Jennifer did a heroic job of condensing down our 35+ minute […]

Hurricane Sandy Prep Steps

Date October 26, 2012

As I write, here's the current landfall forecast for Hurricane Sandy: As you can see, it's a decently sized hurricane that's projected to make landfall somewhere between the Research Triangle in North Carolina and Boston, MA. The center of that range is the northeastern corridor that has places like Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, […]

I love Rome

Date October 24, 2012

I found this today: # hosts # Generate standard hosts tables. # Newnet doesn't really use it, it's just for easy reference. # Neither does oldnet now, since it's doing DNS right. # It lives on line 327 of a Makefile used to build and distribute various configurations around our infrastructure. And it's old. "How […]

Appeal for advice: tying together Windows and Linux automation

Date October 15, 2012

I love the smell of new machines in the morning. I'm automating a machine creation workflow that involves several separate systems across my infrastructure, some of which involve 15 year old perl scripts on Solaris hosts, PXE Booting Linux systems, and Powershell on Windows Server 2008. I can script each of the individual parts, and […]

On-Call Pagers - Timeline for Pro Puppet

Date October 3, 2012

OK, I meant to get this entry out yesterday, but that didn't happen. Sorry! First off, how is everyone doing? Everyone making progress? Don't feel bad if you get behind. We're all sysadmins, and we all know that the "real world" can intervene in any good plan. The overall goal is to read these books […]