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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Danzigism Nature of the beast (265 comments)

Although I do feel this is the nature of the beast when working in a true IT position where businesses rely on their systems nearly 100% of the time, there are some smart ways to go about it. I'm not exactly sure what type of environment you're using, but if you use something like VMware's vSphere product, or Microsoft's Hyper-V, both allow for "live migrations". Why not virtualize all of your servers first of all, make a snapshot, perform the maintenance, and live migrate the VMs? You could do it right in the middle of the day and nobody would even know. This kind of setup takes a lot of planning however. I personally wouldn't want any maintenance performed on my servers without manual approval. Unattended maintenance sounds a bit too scary for my likes, and in my experience with even small security updates for both Linux and Windows servers, there's bound to be a point where something would fail and you could potentially get in a lot of legal trouble if you fail to meet you SLA, or cause a loss-of-profit due to downtime with a business.

about 4 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Danzigism I'll.... (454 comments)

Drink to that.

about 5 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Danzigism time to die... (204 comments)

They are replacing X11 with Wayland. There's definitely much of X11 that is obsolete from a developer's standpoint. Pretty cool actually. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about 5 months ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Danzigism Free as in... (392 comments)

beer?

about 9 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

Danzigism Re:why not? (303 comments)

It sounds like you haven't used Windows Server since the NT 4 days. If you want high availability and failover clustering, Microsoft has made leaps and bounds over setting up those kinds of infrastructures. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to configure them either. It's incredibly quick especially considering their improvements of Hyper-V nodes when using proper SANs. The OS is only as secure as you allow your network to be. Microsoft admitted themselves that 95% of security updates were to patch GUI related issues with Windows Server. How did they fix that issue? Simple. By releasing Server Core which has absolutely no GUI. Administrators nowadays use RSAT tools and remote PowerShell to configure their servers, and add new server roles and features. I've been administering Linux web servers for years and I still will continue to use Apache simply because I know it well. But it's obvious to me that the main attractive targets are Linux and Unix servers because they boast security. When in reality, you can search on YouTube for a video right now on how to run a script to root someone's box.

about 10 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

Danzigism Re:why not? (303 comments)

I seem to remember a substantial amount of botnets running on Linux servers that have Apache on them. Also thanks to poor coders with bad PHP, SQL injections are quite common as well. But this article is bound to spark knee-jerk reactions to OSS software fanatics. Just don't forget that tons of people are switching to nginx and lighttpd on a daily basis which also decreases Apache's use as well.

about 10 months ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

Danzigism Re:Exploitable UIs (213 comments)

Not sure I understand your statement. What did your security updates actually update? My point was that MS's updates were specifically for GUI related issues. Considering this article is about X11/X.org, it just goes to show you that GUI's of all sorts are ironically the least secure but the one thing that has innovated operating systems over the years.

about 10 months ago
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23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

Danzigism Exploitable UIs (213 comments)

I find this interesting since most of us gave Microsoft flack for so many years because of their terrible vulnerabilities. Turns out that nearly 90% of all Windows updates are for patching security issues with the UI. That is why Microsoft is convincing admins to use Server 2012 with just Server Core and PowerShell simply because it makes the whole system more secure. Who needs more than a console anyway? If you ask me you can get plenty of work done with vim, lynx, and entertain yourself with 0verkill. ;-)

about 10 months ago
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Flying Bicycle Is Real, Takes First Flight

Danzigism Gossamer Albatross (123 comments)

The Gossamer Albatross is a human-powered aircraft built by American aeronautical engineer Dr. Paul B. MacCready's company AeroVironment. On June 12, 1979 it completed a successful crossing of the English Channel to win the second Kremer prize. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossamer_Albatross I'd like to see more of these. This was over 30 years ago. C'mon people.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

Danzigism Re: Start8 (536 comments)

The UI is just a bit different by default. The program group spacing isn't exactly the same and it just looks a little different. Start8 is practically an exact replica of the Win7 menu. To me, I think the overall design is just a bit better. But ultimately they both get the job done.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

Danzigism Start8 (536 comments)

Honestly, Windows 8 is pretty snazzy once you put a start menu on there like Start8 or something. I personally don't like the Classic Shell free ones, but for $5 Start8 is pretty awesome. Regardless, I'm certain they will be bringing it back. Having a hybrid environment of both the Start Screen and Desktop mode is actually quite nice. It's like I'm working in desktop mode 9am-5pm and they I open up the Start Screen mode for watching my movies, reading news, social networking, etc. It's not for everybody and has a ways to go, but the concept of a hybrid interface is something I think we'll start seeing more of in the future.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

Danzigism HTML/CSS/PHP (224 comments)

I was in a similar situation a few years ago. After working various IT positions for the past 15 years, it wasn't till about 4 years ago I decided to get involved with web development. I picked up a book from O'Reilly called "Head First in to PHP and MYSQL" which taught me an incredible amount of web fundamentals and seemed to have been geared towards people that already have a background in technology. Without meaning to give them a free plug, I really appreciate the "Head First" series of books that O'Reilly publishes. They are definitely fun and exciting. Not just for PHP and MySQL, but tons of other languages like Python, C#, Java, and more. I thought I was a lost cause when it comes to programming thanks to only having minor experience in HTML and QBASIC hehe. Needless to say, it definitely got me interested in programming again. Worked for me. Might work for you too.

about 2 years ago
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NetBSD 6.0 Has Shipped

Danzigism Re:Xorg on *BSD (124 comments)

Xorg works quite well. Just look at the PC-BSD project. They've taken the Desktop environment to a whole new level for *BSD.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

Danzigism Re:Certified and Experienced (454 comments)

Definitely some solid points there. Anybody can indeed make mistakes that's for sure. I guess my main point was that I saw a couple people commenting saying that the certs are bullshit, but I really don't think they are, it's more about the person who has them. I have some friends that took the old MCP exam and the first 100 pages of the book they were reading was all about hyper threading. So there's definitely more than just clicking Next, Next, Next, like some people are saying on here, so you can't just hire any idiot. In my own personal experience with MS tests, you really have to read and apply best practices. Sometimes there are 2 right answers, but one is just a *little* bit more right than the other. I think those who can distinguish the difference between a partly correct way to do something and the 100% MS way to do something comes from learning their tried and true methods. I agree with you about the kernel dumps too. Those simple skills are crucial even when you work in a simple repair shop. Surprised the MCITP's didn't know how! But not too surprised ;-) *back to my dark and dingy UNIX cave*

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

Danzigism Certified and Experienced (454 comments)

I disagree with those who say you should "stay away" from people with certifications. Perhaps that was true in the MCSE days because anybody could get one, but the competency tests they have nowadays are very thorough and are geared towards one specific subject. Therefore if the person has several of those competencies they probably know what the hell they're talking about such as Server Platform, Hosting, Mobility, Management and Virtualization, etc. You just have to look at what tests they have passed and whether or not it is relevant to what you need. I've seen pseudo experienced Windows Server Admins with no certifications or any clue how to apply MS best practices completely destroy a server. Like not using proper document redirection or storing user data from a Terminal Server stored on the C drive, etc.

I've never been one to prefer MS servers, but you are correct, sometimes it is essential when you deal with clients that use certain line of business applications and it really helps to get a technician that is familiar with administrative best practices. You also tend to learn more about how to use MS products in a business environment when you take the cert tests and how to sell their products. It's not just turning the server on and screwing around with stuff until everything works. You will save yourself time and money when you get a guy that can get the work done quickly.

more than 2 years ago
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Kindle Fire Is Sold Out Forever

Danzigism Kindle Fire 2 (309 comments)

Why would you continue to make an old product when your new product (Kindle Fire 2) is scheduled to be released any day now? Nothing about that seems bizarre to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Danzigism Re:States (1218 comments)

LOL not worth a thoughtful reply. next.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Danzigism Re:States (1218 comments)

I know where you're coming from, and personally, no I don't want people that stupid making laws. But imagine if we elect a president who is equally as retarded? Thanks to federal control over the education systems, then that retarded president can make laws that effect EVERYBODY. Then we all lose.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Danzigism Re:States (1218 comments)

I don't want any of your federal tax dollars to begin with. That's the whole point. The economy is shit because the small businesses who employ the majority of workers in this country have to pay nearly 25% of their employees salaries for things like unemployment insurance and payroll taxes. A $40,000 employee really costs about $60,000 or more depending on whether or not you supply health benefits. How do you expect the small businesses that are struggling to begin with to be able to afford that?

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Danzigism Re:States (1218 comments)

I never said ACT was administered by the government. I was pointing out that when a problem like this happens, we want to act on it on a federal level.

more than 2 years ago

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Why is Postini's System 7 Down?

Danzigism Danzigism writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Danzigism (881294) writes "By any chance do you use Postini SPAM filtering services? If so you may be noticing some outrageous delays in email deliveries today. System 7 to be exact has experienced a "Software Problem" according to a post from a list of confused Postini customers. As you might be aware, Postini is a SPAM filtering solution created by Google in which filters through your mail by changing your domain's MX records. Once the mail is scanned, it is then delivered to your actual mail server by specifying an IP address in your Postini Organization's configuration. Although we have no real answers as to why this has happened, it does make you think back at the Google Apps DDoS attacks of the past. I personally have over 300 clients that I resell Postini services to. Unfortunately I'm still answering phone calls from angry customers who receive emails 4 hours after they've been sent."

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