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Comment: Re:News for nerds? (Score 1) 153 153

OMG, IKEA uses RH enterprise support for managing their servers... Slash *used* to be news for nerds. I have used scripts, after that RunDeck and now Ansible + Debian. And they do not need a subscription and better yet, are *distribution agnostic*.

Do you manage 3500 servers for a company with $32.65 billion in revenue?

Comment: Re:What was the command? (Score 1) 153 153

Indeed, you definitely do NOT want hundreds-to-thousands of servers doing an update all at the same time, or, worse, rebooting all at the same time. The first has the potential to saturate your network and bring the entire setup to its knees, and the second will blow your rack supplies. I speak from experience on the latter, having been the one who identified the issue with our weekly DB scrubbing procedure once the company I was working for grew to more than a half dozen servers.

You want to stagger things by a few 10s of seconds per server on each rack to avoid power supply issues.

Man....I'd forgotten about the PDUs. Had that problem at one place where I brought down the DMZ because I rebooted a server. Fortunately that got a much needed datacenter review underway and people started distributing power correctly.
 

Comment: Re:What was the command? (Score 1) 153 153

Here, scheduling the reboot of the 900 servers was the longest part of that patching effort.

O'Reilly? You had to reboot? And you still get paid as a sysadmin?!!(sigh).

Demonoid-Penguin - moderating (the non-stupid).

If you're just running a generic "yum update", then you have pretty good chances a new kernel will be pulled in...so yeah a reboot was probably called for.

Comment: Re:No, just no. (Score 1) 89 89

Nothing goes into "the cloud". I'm slowly getting sick of this cloud hype. In most cases its useless and its only a security risk - a risk no one can really weight as the cloud is often maintained by an external provider.

Perhaps you would like to sign-on for the newest IT trend then, "... in a box". Tired of the cloud? What is it? Where is it? Does it even really exist? You have none of those question with "... in a box". With our premium subscription service, you can even have the best of both worlds, "Cloud ... in a box"! Our certified consultants with over a millenia of combined IT experience will install our Cloud ... in a box in your data center. You can see it, you can touch it, you can bring in your leadership team to look at the blinking lights, and then proudly proclaim "Here is our cloud!".

Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 318 318

Yeah, just like their heads span when people left them when they decided to both raise fees and drop all decent programming by going streaming only.

All of these moves are coldly calculated. They will win no matter what, your departure will not make anything spin I assure you. They are an essentially zero competition industry. They will become progressively more and more evil until someone else comes to market, but they have a massive head start, and I haven't even heard rumors about competition other than Amazon, but they're nowhere close.

Their heads were spinning for a few quarters after that. The stock tanked and took awhile to recover. Although that just means that if they can weather a few terrible quarters, then people will eventually return. The competition is starting to increase dramatically with HBO Go, so maybe there is hope yet.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369 369

I don't understand why people continue to buy those overpriced pieces of plastic

For the same reason you see these same people with 2 x crates of over priced bottled water in their cart.
I don't understand it either.

Their municipal water supply is flouridated and they want to keep the commies out of their precious bodily fluids?

Comment: Re:Consider the source... (Score 1) 65 65

I do not disagree at all that SAP sucks. I work for a large retailer and sit right next to the SAP guys. I've never seen such a miserable lot. Daily banging their heads against one stupid SAP issue after another and always complaining about SAP support being completely useless.

I'm just not sure I buy the 95% of installs are horribly insecure claims coming from a company that's only product is securing SAP.

You might get a laugh out of this then, one of the SAP guys came to me yesterday asking if one of the ECC servers can receive email. I asked him why the ECC server needs to read email, and he just said it was on this checklist he had and would have to see what the reason was. I don't think he even realized how preposterous his question was.

Comment: Shit article (Score 1) 65 65

What a useless article. The only content is that evil hackers leverage vulnerabilities to gain access to companies' SAP systems. Well, no shit sherlock. SAP is a mess and barely works under normal conditions, so anybody VP-level and above freaks out at the mere mention of touching anything on them. Of course they're going to have patching windows > 18 months.

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