The time has come, the walrus said...
By tobin on Sep 09, 2004
This blog will primarily be a space for me to discuss the work I'm doing at Sun, hopefully spread some information with examples of powerful but potentially confusing new technologies, and occasionally ramble on about things that may or may not be of interest.
I've been at Sun since July of 2000, when I started in a group called Internet Engineering, and has through several permutations become more generally Solaris Networking and Security Technologies. So I guess I'm a Network Engineer(tm). I worked on DHCP primarily at first, and then moved on to a short lived project titled EIC, which mutated into Greenline, which mutated into
smf(5), the Service Management Facility, part of Solaris's new Predictive Self Healing offering.
I've been working on Greenline/smf/Predictive Self Healing for the last two years. I'm a firm believer in the power and potential of it, and you'll be hearing me evangelize about it quite a bit in the days to come.
SMF, the Service Manager side of Predictive Self Healing, basically objectifies and defines every service on a Solaris machine, charting its dependencies and storing its configuration properties, and allows the administrator to observe and manage the services much more effectively. It also provides automatic restarting of services upon failure. It's going to change (for the better) the system administrator's experience in administering Solaris machines, provide a (much faster) parallelized boot, and greatly assist in error diagnosis and fault recovery.
As you can see, I'm a big fan. And I plan to convert as many of you as humanly possible.
Anyway, for the boring background bits, I was an Air Force brat who's lived in 13 different states, and I got my degree in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering Studies from Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh. Unlike nearly everyone else who's lived there, I loved Pittsburgh, with all its ugly little warts. I read books voraciously, I'm a libertarian (possibly the only one in California, much to my chagrin), and I really, really like pirates.
Soon I'll begin picking random bits of SMF to highlight, but if you're reading this and you have any questions about how this will affect your private cache of scrips, or
inetd.conf modifications, or your life post-SMF in general, please feel free to post them in the comments section, and I'll do my best to answer them.