Friday Apr 16, 2010

A Boatload of New Scripts

In America it's almost a national pastime to make fun of Rednecks.

But I love 'em.

On some days I swear I'm becoming one.

Shoot, one of my best friends is named JimBob.

Craig Morgan has a song called The Redneck Yacht Club.

I was listening to it this morning while sitting in my sweats, sneakers, and Ferrari cap behind the school bus. It was stopped, lights-a-blinkin', waiting for the kids to climb on. Once they all got in and sat down I would be able to drop off my daughter at the Country Market, where she meets her ride to school, another 20 minutes up the road.

I got to thinking that there ought to be rules about some things.

Like what you wear outside of the house, for instance.

I know, I know, when you get right down to it, there's really not a lot of difference between a cheap tuxedo and a pair of overalls. They are, after all, both made of cotton.

Except that there is.

And dropping off your little girl at the bus in pajama bottoms and bedroom slippers, a Marlboro hanging off your bottom lip, is simply not acceptable attire for any Momma. Redneck or not.

Even if the pajamas are a fashionable cerulian blue with tastefully spaced red and yellow 'possum prints that set off the faux fur on your bedroom slippers to best advantage.

After the bus left, she shuffled across the railroad tracks, waved at her friend standing in the window behind the rusty pontoon boat that's been parked in the front yard since 1982, bigger than the damn house, and headed home.

She lives next door to the RV storage and consignment lot. Each morning, she steps over the broken picket fence gate and goes back inside to finish her daily chores. Or last night's bottle of Jim Beam. Who knows. When you wear your pajama bottoms to the bus stop, anything is possible.

Even a proud people who value their freedom need standards.

For you, today, BigAdmin has a fine set of scripts by Prashant Pilankar.

Scripts to Manage Oracle ZFS and UFS Filesystems

This tech tip by Prashant Pilankar's includes a main script and several subscripts that automate the administration of ZFS and UFS filesystems in Oracle Solaris 10. Contents:

  • Creating an Oracle Solaris ZFS storage pool
  • Adding a device to a storage pool
  • Creating a filesystem in a storage pool
  • Setting quota on an Oracle Solaris ZFS filesystem
  • Creating a mirrored storage pool
  • Adding devices to a mirrored storage pool
  • Creating a RAID-Z (Enhanced RAID5) storage pool
  • Adding devices to a RAID-Z storage pool
  • Destroying a storage pool
  • Determining if problems exist in a storage pool
  • Creating a UFS filesystem and mounting it

This is just the first of several scripts by Prashant. There is more on the way.

- Rick

Thursday Oct 29, 2009

Don't Wind Up Looking Like This

It really sucks when you screw up in a public way. Private screwups? No big deal. Public screwups? Thanks to IM, cell phone cameras, texting, Facebook, and other marvels of modern communication, those who screw up in public get skewered in public.

Frustrate the sadist bastards with a little education:

Attend the 2009 LISA Conference in Baltimore Next Week

While you're there, check out the Solaris Security Summit. It might keep you from making an unfortunate decision or two.

The good folks from Solaris Marketing put together this Solaris LISA page to highlight the Solaris-related activities at LISA.

Don't forget to drop by the Solaris booth. We'll have live demos of cool Solaris technologies plus BigAdmin on its very own computer. If you have any questions about where the juciest Solaris 10 content is on BigAdmin, drop by and ask me. Or drop by the BoF on Tuesday night (details on the Solaris LISA page).

If you're really, really, really not sure whether you should spend the money to go to LISA in this economy, mull it over while you watch The Hula Dance from The Lion King in a bunch of different languages.

- Rick

Tuesday May 26, 2009

Um Pouco de Português em BigAdmin

According to family lore, my great-great-great-great maternal grandfather was Floriano Peixoto. Since my maternal grandmother, Zoila da Souza Peixoto, came to Peru via Iquitos, I suppose it's within the realm of possibility.

I think the dude kinda looks like me, too.

I would really like to verify that claim some day, but the best I can do for now is publish some Portuguese content on BigAdmin:

This tech tip was published by Nuno Rocha on the BigAdmin wiki. It's on the BigAdmin wiki because we haven't yet put up a Portuguese tab on our multilingual hub. It only has seven tabs so far:

As soon as we have a Portuguese tab, we'll link to Nuno Rocha's content, plus any other content in Portuguese you let us know about. Vou te contar sobre isso when it happens.


BigAdmin is your site. We'll publish any good content from Sun that we can get our hands on, but we also love to publish content that you write yourself or link to content that you find somewhere else.


- Rick

Friday Feb 01, 2008

New Virtualization Resource Center for Sysadmins

If you search through BigAdmin for virtualization topics, you get 5 pages of hits with 64 entries:
Virtualization search results on BigAdmin
Most of the articles published in, or linked to, from BigAdmin focus on Solaris containers, with some mentions of zones and logical domains (LDOMS). This one, published back in the day (2006), is one of my favorites:
The Sun Blueprints Guide to Solaris Containers
For those of us who have been living on the beach in Fiji for the last couple of years, the guide starts with the benefits and basic concepts of virtualization. Then it takes an old-fashioned deep dive into the topic. If you need to understand the whys and hows of virtualization before you make some important decisions, this blueprint is an excellent place to start.

A deep dive is good, really good, but sometimes you need a walk around the pool first, just to make sure the water's warm. So the BigAdmin crew decided to put together a virtualization resource center for our favorite people:
BigAdmin's Most Excellent Virtualization Resource Center for Sysadmins
Best of all, it's got four (4) tabs: Of course we left out Microsoft's virtualization page. Because we're just plain mean. Actually, it's because we heard about it after we were done. We feel terrible. So here it is:
Microsoft's Virtualization Resource Center
LOL. OK. Here's the real one. Honest. I swear:
Microsoft's Real Virtualization Resource Center

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