By rickramsey on Jun 07, 2010
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First, something useful...we have published two new tech tips submitted by the community (affectionately known as "Commie Tech Tips"):
If you're running NetApp's DataFabric Manager (DFM) 3.2R1, you probably know that in spite of having a version number almost as cool as a Porsche's, it does not run on Solaris 10.
If you'd like to run NetApp's DFM on Solaris 10, you'll need version 3.7.1. (Not as cool as a Porsche.) This article by Balasubramanian C explains how to upgrade from version 3.2R1 to 3.71, using Live Upgrade.
Photo courtesy of www.porsche.com
(That's the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept, by the way.)
This tech tip by Victor Feng describes how to avoid problems with incompatible patch levels when moving a local zone from one host to another.
More info about Solaris zones and containers in BigAdmin's Zones and Containers hub.
You know who you are.
Do you really think that BigAdmin is interested in posting your ads for cheap drugs, the latest gossip about Tiger Woods, and steroids to grow different parts of my anatomy?
Do your homework, you marketing genius, you.
If you're too lazy to do your homework, then go ahead and continue to fill in those BigAdmin forms with all your drivel. You know how many mouse clicks it takes me to delete all that stuff you just filled in? Two: one to delete, and one to confirm.
And I enjoy it. I actually look forward to that moment in my day when I can stop what I'm doing, turn on Tchaikovski's 1812 Overture, and enjoy the music. I put my feet up, close my eyes, and when that glorious finale arrives, I happily plink away at the Delete button.
You? You just suck.
When I dialed up Jesse James with the news that BigAdmin's Upgrade Resources for System Administrators hub had just been upgraded, he said...
"Whatever, man. Quit calling me."
Well, whatareyagonnado? Not everybody can be a cheerful sysadmin, ya know?
But Ginny Henningsen can! She took what Karen Perkins started with, added some of her own experience and that of her friends, nipped a little here, cut a little there, tossed in a super graphic, and came up with a very nice version of the hub.
The new hub has six sections, just like the single-action revolver used by Jesse's outlaw namesake:
We think our new hub is purtier than Sandra Bullock. Check it out and tell us what you think. Then call Jesse.
This blog is about a new Sun BluePrint, Best Practices For Moving to the Solaris 10 Operating System. If you want to be that way, you can skip straight to the BluePrint.
And not read the part about the wicked cool video game racing seat.
And the Ferraris.
(Read a review of this racing seat at www.playseat.com.)
OK, so the racing chair is not mine yet, but I have my eye on it.
I need it so I can beat my 17-year old daughter at Need for Speed.
When we first started playing, we were using this kind of controller:
She kicked my ass.
So I bought this steering wheel:
It came with brake and throttle pedals. I also bought a TV dinner table (remember those?) and mounted the wheel on it. Now we're pretty much even.
But the TV-table/steering wheel combo still wobbles, and Need for Speed requires precise steering. Or you go off the road at 150 mph. Or smack into a pile of tires because some dirty bastard coming up from behind spun you. Stuck inside a pile of tires and road debris, you get to listen to the spectators jeer while you while you try to find Reverse with the stupid paddle shifters.
Unfortunately, the only steering wheel I could afford comes with paddle shifters. I hate paddle shifters. Paddle shifters are for posers. Unless you actually race your Ferrari. If you don't race your Ferrari and it has a paddle shifter, guess what? You're a poser.
That's right, a Poser.
Poser, poser, poser.
OK, if you eat a lot of smelly cheese, the correct term is poseur. If you'd like a real definition of poseur, go to this site, but be advised that its content may be considered offensive by people who take offense at things:
Poseur, poseur, poseur.
I'd much rather continue talking about video games and the fascinating definitions in Urban Dictionary, but I have a job to do. So I'm gonna tell you about this new BluePrint written by the fine folks in Sun's BluePrints organization. It's called...
Sun wants you to read the BluePrint in case you are:
The BluePrint covers....
What makes Sun BluePrints so good is that they're written by experts in the field under the guidance of Kemer Thomson, who has been running Sun's BluePrint program since back in 01. That's almost in the other millennium. (I bet I can kick his ass in Need for Speed.)
Check it out. (While you're at it, also see the Solaris 10 Upgrade Resources for System Administrators.)
And tell me where to find that racing seat for cheap. I want enough money left over to buy the helmet. Swear to God I'll wear it around the house.
(Photo courtesy of www.circletrack.com.)
This blog has three parts, each written for a different type of sysadmin:
If you love justice, you need to take this survey. Yes, I'm fed up with surveys, too. But please take this survey. Why? Because The Tick wants you to. When The Tick says ..."Honk If You Love Justice"...do you honk? Of course you do. This is why you are my favorite kind of sysadmin. I usually get flipped off when I honk for Justice, but I don't mind. Because I Love Justice. So please take this survey. Because The Tick loves justice, too.
In appreciation for your cooperation,
The Tick hopes you will enjoy
this hilarious video
by Russell Peters:
Caution: ethnic humor and foul language:
White People, Please Beat Your Kids
OK, so you worship the Almighty Buck. You memorize each issue of The Economist. You steal the nickels from the "Leave a Penny" trays at convenience stores. You guard your time wisely and aren't willing to part with a single minute without getting something in return. We have an inducement for you: if you take the survey (should take about 10 minutes if you tell the truth, much less if you lie), we'll give you a 30% discount off the purchase of this book:
Last time I checked, InformIT was offering free shipping.
But remember, you can't just get the discount. You have to take the....
You don't take kindly to people who let their kids scream in restaurants, who fail to help little old ladies cross the street, and who pick on weaklings. You're not going to be bought off by a book discount because you already know what's in the damn book and probably disagree with half of it.
So I'll explain why we want you to take this survey.
Sun wants more Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 customers to upgrade to Solaris 10. Why? Because we will make more money if you upgrade to Solaris 10. To begin with, there's less of a chance that one of our (pesky) competitors will convince you to upgrade to their (inferior) OS. But also because once you are using (the most awesome) Solaris 10 you will be tempted to buy some of our (great) new hardware. Which will let you do more for less and spend the remainder on more Sun goodies. Or exotic cars.
But there is still enough idealism left in us that we only want you to upgrade if it makes sense for you. (I may have a late model Harley, but I also really, really love my 2001 Ducati.)
So, rather than hit you over the head with a blunt marketing instrument, Sun would like to understand why some of you would rather remain with Solaris 8 or Solaris 9. That knowledge would help us design products and services to support you, such as Solaris 8 Vintage Support. It would also help us aim our Solaris 10 marketing in the right direction. For example, if you don't upgrade because you think it'll be more expensive, we can focus our time on proving why it won't. Instead of hollering about the cool new features that you already know about. But aren't interested in because you think they're too expensive.
In other words, we want you to take the survey so we can work with you better. And avoid looking stupid. Or losing you to our (lame) competitors who will sell you their (inferior) products.