Tags: system administration

11/06/13

  12:12:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 293 words  
Categories: General

The 2013 Chuck Yerkes Award goes to...

Link: https://lopsa.org/content/2013-yerkes-award

...me :cool:

The Chuck Yerkes Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding individual contributions in [system administration] online forums. It was created after Chuck Yerkes' untimely death in 2004 to memorialize the mentorship he provided countless systems administrators through his helpful and accurate posts to systems administration mailing lists.

Since 2009, LOPSA (The League of Professional System Administrators) determines and presents the award to someone who followed Chuck's example in their contributions to system administration online forums--whether mailing lists, web forums or chat rooms. 2005-2008 awards were presented by the USENIX Association.

According to alerts coming from IRC, I found that I got the award during the "Opening Remarks and Awards" portion at LISA '13 conference in Washington, DC.

I knew I had been nominated, but hadn't heard anything after that...so I'd be curious to see what get's written up on me officially, etc. B-)

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07/29/13

  09:06:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 729 words  
Categories: Operating Systems, FreeBSD, CFEngine

The risk of high uptimes....

There are Unix servers at work that have uptimes in the >1000 days, there are even servers with updates in the >2000 days, in fact there are servers that have now exceeded 2500 days (I'm looking at one with 2562+ days.)

On one hand there are SAs that see this as a badge of honor or something to have had a system stay up this long. OTOH, its a system of great dread.

A while back this system was having problems....its Solaris and somebody had filled up /tmp....fortunately, I was able to clean things up and recover before another SA resorted to hard rebooting it.

The problem with these long running servers, especially in a ever changing, multi-admin shop, is that you can't be sure that the system will come back up correctly after a reboot.

We've lost a few systems at work due to a reboot. Some significant ones as simple as replacing a root disks under vxvm and forgetting to update the sun partition table, or a zpool upgrade and forgetting to reinstall the boot. To more significant ones, where a former SA had temporarily changed the purpose of an existing system all by command line and running out of /tmp...so that after its been up for 3+ years and he's been gone over a year....patching and rebooting makes it disappear.... the hardware that the system was supposed to be on needed repair, but he had never gotten around to it.

It'll be interesting to see what happens should the system ever get rebooted.

:?: So, what brought this post one?

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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