Category Archive: Worst Practices

Sep 27

Overwhelmed…

To say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement.  Hip deep in a major Tech-Refresh for a (non-EMC) vendor that is sucking my life dry, I sometimes forget that this blog is ever here. (As evidenced by the lack of activity) On the blog/webhosting front things have been interesting.  CATBytes is hosting about 50 users or so.  …

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Mar 18

Skynet is coming…

Or: “Why process automation isn’t always a good thing.” I’m *GOOD* at scripting and automation.  This is not to say I’m the best there is, I think I worked with him about 10 years ago in California…  I learned most of what I know about BASH from him. There are some WONDERFUL uses for shell …

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May 19

Vendor Abuse…

Just a quick question as it’s *WAY* past my bedtime.  Has anyone else ever heard of a customer that a sales-person or tech would quit rather than set foot in? I’m remembering my days back at Disney in California.  (over 7 years ago, so I’m assuming the statute of limitations has expired on that one) …

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Oct 23

On tape…

Ok, I have no problem with tape.  It’s a *GREAT* backup medium when your requirement is portability for massive amounts of data and you’re not replicating said data. If I had to ship 400TB of backups to Iron-Mountain, to protect against the earthquake-to-end-all-earthquakes tape would be my FIRST choice (though maybe, as a GIANT CAVE …

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Aug 31

VMWare Booting…

Ok, I’m curious as to whether anyone has an answer for this. Why don’t more people boot VMWare ESX from the SAN? It occurred to me the other night that I have 2 36G drives in each of my servers that I use possibly 10G of, when I already have a High-Availability storage solution at …

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Aug 07

On roleplaying…

Ok – certain people do certain things well. I’m a storage administrator/architect.  If you present me a problem I will *ALWAYS* look at it from a storage standpoint.  If you present me with a non-storage problem, I’ll try and make it fit. I’ve identified four types of systems engineer-type-people: Storage people Server people Network people …

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May 22

How to tell if your sales rep hates you….

I just got the following job posting and it made me, literally, laugh out loud, spitting latte all over my laptop. If your sales rep allows you to do something like this, it’s a fair bet that s/he hates you (or is planning to buy your company out of bankruptcy later). “WANTED: VMWare 1-month resident to …

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