Archive for November, 2010

Book Club #2

Book Club, Show Stuff November 18th, 2010

Our second Book Club segment will deal with Chapter 3 in The Practice of System and Network Administration

First off, a bit of scheduling, due to the Thanksgiving holiday (in the US), were going to push off the next book club segment to the December 9th show.

Back to the book – Chapter 3 deals with workstations.  Our focal questions for this chapter are?

  1. Do you know what state your workstations are in? (new, clean, configured, unknown, or off are the suggested state descriptions)
  2. Do you have a standard process for rolling out new workstations?
  3. How do you load a new workstation? (OS, applications, network configuration)
  4. How do you determine when you need to reload a machine?
  5. Does your installation process influence your thoughts on when a machine should be reloaded?

If you would like to share your thoughts and views on the chapter and topics, please post your answers as a comment to this blog post or send your thoughts to us at feedback@mindofroot.com.  We’ll share any feedback we receive during our discussion on the podcast.

MOR 144 – Gross. Get it?

Podcast November 13th, 2010

Recorded: November 11, 2010
Your Hosts: Keith Albright & Steve Murawski
Show Length: 1:17:43

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MOR 143 – Did I Mention The Book Club?

Podcast November 4th, 2010

Recorded: November 4, 2010
Your Hosts: Keith Albright
Show Length: 35:21

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Book Club #1

Book Club, Show Stuff November 1st, 2010

In our first Book Club segment, we start working through The Practice of System and Network Administration (one of my favorite "non-technical" technical books).  We will be starting with Chapter 2 on the podcast on November 11th.  In our book club segments, Keith, Rich, and I will be sharing our thoughts and experiences on the topics covered in the book, but we’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts as well.  We’ll be focusing our comments around several questions:

  1. How do you manage requests for service?
  2. If you are using a trouble ticketing system, which system do you use?  What do you like about it/dislike about it?
  3. Do you have policies about how people get help, what the scope of responsibility the systems administrators have, and what defines an emergency?
  4. How do you handle operating system loads/reloads (server or desktop)?

If you would like to share your thoughts and views on the chapter and topics, please post your answers as a comment to this blog post or send your thoughts to us at feedback@mindofroot.com.  We’ll share any feedback we receive during our discussion on the podcast.

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