Entries Categorized as 'System Administration'

#SysChat discussion tonight on Twitter, Webcast on Friday

Date November 18, 2014

Well, this is new and interesting. SolarWinds approached me a little while ago and asked me if I'd be interested in taking part in a combination Twitter discussion and webcast, talking about system administration, monitoring, and so on. I said yes, but what I really meant was, "You've seen my twitter stream...I was probably going […]

New Technologies to Study from #LISA14

Date November 14, 2014

Well, I'm just now ending my first LISA as part of the program committee. This has been a long, long process (over a year, actually!) and I'm exhausted, but really happy that we had an awesome team and made a great conference come together. We had the highest attendance at a LISA conference since 2007 […]

Recalculating Odds of RAID5 URE Failure

Date November 1, 2014

Alright, my normal RAID-5 caveats stand here. Pretty much every RAID level other than 0 is better than a single parity RAID, until RAID goes away. If you care about your data and speed, go with RAID-10. If you're cheap, go with RAID-6. If you're cheap and you're on antique hardware, or if you just […]

Repping for SysAdmins at the Space Coast! #NASASocial

Date October 30, 2014

Like most children, I was a huge fan of spaceships when I was little. I remember watching Space Shuttle launches on TV, and watching interviews with astronauts in school. I always wanted to go see a launch in person, but that was hard to do when you were a kid in West Virginia. As I […]

Appearance on @GeekWhisperers Podcast!

Date October 29, 2014

I was very happy to visit Austin, TX not long ago to speak at the Spiceworld Austin conference, held by Spiceworks. Conferences like that are a great place to meet awesome people you only talk to on the internet and to see old friends. Part of the reason I was so excited to go was […]

Accidental DoS during an intentional DoS

Date October 24, 2014

Funny, I remember always liking DOS as a kid... Anyway, on Tuesday, I took a day off, but ended up getting a call at home from my boss at 4:30pm or so. We were apparently causing a DoS attack, he said, and the upstream university had disabled our net connection. He was trying to conference […]