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Book Club Episode Delayed

Book Club April 24th, 2011

When I was planning the next book club show, I forgot that this weekend was Easter.  Due to family commitments, I have to reschedule this review.

Stay tuned, because I know Keith is eager to talk Namespaces!

Book Club #6

Book Club, Show Stuff February 10th, 2011

The sixth installment of our Mind Of Root Book Club will be covering Chapter 7 in The Practice of Systems and Network Administration.We’ll review Chapter 7 on February 24th, so post your comments or send in your feedback!Chapter 7 covers Networking, in all it’s glory.  Some questions to focus our review are:

  1. Do you have a network diagram?  (physical and logical)
  2. What redundancy does your network design provide?
  3. How do you label your network cables and endpoints?
  4. Where do you do your routing? (Static routes on hosts, routers, layer 3 switches, etc..) And where do you do your access control lists (ACLs)?
  5. Do you segment your network with VLANs?
  6. How do you monitor your network?

Feel free to comment on any aspect of the chapter though.

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.

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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