Bandman writes "Tom Limoncelli, author of 'The Practice of System and Network Administration', discusses how difficult it is for geeks to build real-life communities if you live outside of a couple high-density tech-oriented areas.
The solution he has in mind are regional conferences devoted to specific topics. He's going to be speaking at the NJ-based PICC'11, but even long-running events like PAX started as a small conference meant to build community.
Having a small group of organizers dedicated to building a local community seems to be more economical for everyone involved, and leads to events where everyone can take a bigger part in the process." Link to Original Source top
Bandman (86149) writes "DevOps is a trend that has been taking the sysadmin world by storm. The idea of co-mingling sysadmins and develops sounds foreign to too many people (and sounds old-hat to others), but like it or not, the movement has a big foothold.
Bandman (86149) writes "Our needs for good information and documentation have not changed, but the way that we get it has. The ebook revolution has made physical shelves of sysadmin books endangered species. A bigger issue may be that even ebook sales of books related to system administration have not been selling. Somewhere along the line, people stopped buying things like "DNS and Bind" or "Sed & Awk".
Bandman (86149) writes "Last week was Synergy, and annual product annoucement / cheerleading session from Citrix. At Synergy, Citrix announced XenClient, the next logical step in the progression of desktop virtualization, namely a bare metal hypervisor designed to run on end-user laptops.
Bandman (86149) writes "Back in February, a posting by Dell rep Howard Shoobe alerted us to the fact that Dell was removing the ability to use non-Dell branded drives in the Poweredge server line, when configured with the PERC H700/H800. There was immediate backlash.
Recently, however, Dell backpedaled on their stance, saying that third party drives would be able to be used, but not officially supported. This much more agreeable stance was brought about by the thousands of Dell customers who railed against the change. The news is that, apparently, Dell listens." Link to Original Source top
Matt Simmons writes "System Administration is changing. Where once, we logged into machines to make them work, we've progressed to managing-through-programming, and we're becoming developers in addition to administrators.
This is an interesting layer of abstraction between us and the machines. I've always thought that, regardless of how far the rest of the society was from the cogs of technology, sysadmins would always need to know the underlying mechanisms of how things worked. With the current tools and trends, that's looking less and less like reality. We can automate virtual machines to be created, installed, and configured all by pressing a single button. What happened to the fun of blinkenlights?" Link to Original Source top
Matt Simmons writes "There are many arguments for and against the adoption of IPv6, but it's undeniable that IPv4 address blocks are dwindling. As of April, just over 10% were still unassigned.
Contrary to a lot of the FUD out there, the internet will NOT break when we run out of new addresses. Instead, new internet access will be provided via IPv6 addresses. With the eventual rise of internet access in emerging markets, it seems unavoidable that these new markets will come online with IPv6.
That means that if you don't want to be seen as a second class internet presence, you should be developing an IPv6 migration plan, at least if your company is at all interested in doing business with nearly limitless potential clients. Ignoring this future market could be disastrous to your company's financial future." Link to Original Source top
Bandman writes "Many IT geeks suffer from extreme stress. In many cases, this comes from our professional lives, but our personal lives play a part in this as well. The effects can be dramatic, from lingering illness due to a compromised immune system all the way up to death from cardiac arrest.
As an IT admin, I have a lot of stress in my life, but fortunately I got a warning sign before it was too late. I learned ways to deal with it, and wrote an article to help others release some stress from their lives." Link to Original Source top
Is ATA over Ethernet a viable option to save money
Matt Simmons writes "During the past few days, I have been researching storage. I've been concentrating on iSCSI, since I was trying to keep costs down, and fiber switches are pretty expensive for my small infrastructure.
While researching, I found out about ATA Over Ethernet (AoE). There seems to be a lot of disagreement about whether it's "ready for the enterprise", while other people use it in their large organizations without complaint.
I'd like some opinions from people who have used it and switched or people who still use it. What are the facts and caveats that only come from experience?" Link to Original Source top
Matt Simmons writes "I've been an IT admin for 6-7 years now, and I've noticed that we don't seem to have a consistent work experience. It seems like some people are members of admin teams where people trade off responsibilities while others get stuck with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
To combat this lack of knowledge, I drew up a quick 10 question survey at SurveyMonkey (a great site for building surveys). I call it the IT Administrator Job (dis)Satisfaction Survey.
Please take it. It will only use a few seconds of your time, and every result helps to add to the shared knowledge of our positions. The results will be posted at Standalone Sysadmin after the survey closes on December 16th." Link to Original Source top
Bandman writes "I've been looking for something to integrate my Linux/Mac corporate environment with Windows Active Directory for a while. I was hoping for centralized authentication at best. As I found out, Likewise Software has produced two products, the free Likewise Open and the commercial Likewise Enterprise, both of which provide much more than just a centralized repository for accounts.
I wrote a review of Likewise Open, but I don't have enough experience with Active Directory to really do Likewise Enterprise justice.
If you've been trying for a long time to integrate the Linux and Windows worlds, this is the easiest way to do it." Link to Original Source top
Bandman writes "NetworkWorld has a front page article entitled "Slow move to IPv6 giving NAT a new life".
I didn't know NAT needed saving, and I guess I didn't realize that acceptance of IPv6 was so impending. Even if it is, does IPv6 necessarily mean that NAT is going away? Doesn't this have potential security implications, or is that oldspeak?
Is your organization gearing up for the network transition? Where should someone interested in making the transition begin? Any tales from people who have done it?" Link to Original Source top
Best DNS naming scheme for small/medium businesses
Bandman writes "My business just purchased a couple dozen blades, and with our existing servers, this brings us to around 60 machines. We're geographically dispersed, and most of the users who need to connect to servers are not technical (if that matters).
We used to use theme-based naming schemes, but we've been migrating to a more utilitarian system. I think it's clearer and more concise, but I've had some feedback from users who didn't find it understandable.
What do you use for your internal DNS schemes? How big is your network, and what do you recommend for future expansion? Does it matter to your users at all?" Link to Original Source top
Bandman writes "As the Systems Administrator of my company, I have a hand in deciding on hardware to order.Despite what some folks say, my datacenter isn't going anywwhere. Previously, we used mostly Dell servers, but their quality and support, for us, at least, has gone down hill (YMMV). Where do you get your servers in your datacenters? What companies do you recommend?"