Yes folks, its that time of year to start thinking about the Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA), this marks the 25th Large anniversary of the event. The Theme for LISA ’11 is “DevOps: New Challenges, Proven Values.”. I have seen many different definitions for DevOps , in general I am not a fan of the term but the core ideas I think are common sense for anyone who has been herding cats for very long.
http://news.morningstar.com/all/market-wire/11710743/free-pool-of-ipv4-address-space-depleted.aspx Mostly I am looking forward to the sensational stories. A week or so ago I heard a guy on NPR claim that ISPs might try to make people “share” Ips and you might end up with a “party line” situation.
Looks like my article on right sizing RAID subsystems made it into the Feb 2011 Sys Admin issue of Linux Pro Magazine. Go grab a copy and flame me ;).
I know I have been pretty silent for a while, what can I say it has been busy. I did want to drop this little tip though. I use vim and gnome-terminal a LOT, so I hit ESC quite frequently. Being so close to the F1 key can be hazardous as I tend to mash the ESC key several times. I have no idea where I picked up the habbit of hitting ESC multiple times but its something I have done for a long time and I don’t see me retraining myself any time soon.
Singing with the stars is a reality show where the famous and not so famous SysAdmins strut their stuff and show off their skillz. Guest appearances by: Brian Atkisson, Brandi-Jvonne Mortimer, Matt Simmons, Joseph Kern, Ian Paredes, and Nick Anderson These are clips from the pilot show:
An odyssey of a typical email thread using the top posting style that most email clients default to these days. Subject: Provide Satan VPN access To: Frank, Jane, Bill, Zoe, John, Matt I'm not sure. Nick, do you have any ideas? -Franky On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM, Jane wrote: > > Great idea!. > > - Jane > "Jannies got a gun" > > On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Frank wrote: >> >> Oh, I dont know.
At $work we are in the process of migrating to Google Apps. Of course I am an early adopter to work out bugs and be a resource for others as they make the migration. One of the issues identified is mailto links pointing to google apps. Its not hard to make the change in firefox. First you need to set gecko.handlerService.allowRegisterFromDifferentHost to true in about:config (type about:config into your address bar).
When you get started as a SysAdmin you typically fall into one of 10 categories. You either had a mentor to show you the ropes, or you dredged through it on your on. It seems more and more the group that had or has a mentor is shrinking. I never had a mentor for the things I was most interested in, but my first boss did give good advice, and his words seem to ring in my head often.
Just a little tip, if your looking for bind stats and your chrooted rndc stats will give you rndc: 'stats' failed: permission denied All you have to do is touch /var/named/chroot/var/named/named.stats chown named:named /var/named/chroot/var/named/named.stats Now after you run rndc stats your named.stats fill will be populated with information.
Had a slightly vexing issue the other day. During a migration the destination host ended up caching some stale DNS entries. I tried a quick restart of nscd to no avail, rebooted the VM, again no joy. Even overriding the host in /etc/hosts wasn’t working. Took a few minutes of digging but what did work was nscd -i hosts . Just something to remember if you ever seem to have a stubborn caching issue, rebooting/restarting wont always solve the issue.