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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  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  We’ll share any feedback we receive during our discussion on the podcast.

Up this week on the Live Stream – Jeffrey Snover!

Show Stuff January 13th, 2009

This week we will be joined by Jeffrey Snover, Partner/Architect at Microsoft.  Part of Jeffrey’s domain includes WSMAN and WinRM, which are part of Microsoft’s remote management strategy.  Join us at 8:30 CST / 9:30 EST on Wednesday, 1/14, and learn a bit more about what these technologies mean for your environment.

Good News Everyone – Live Stream Tonight 8:30 CST/9:30 EST

Show Stuff January 7th, 2009

After the holidays, it’s good to get back into the swing of things (with as normal as things get).

As for the show, we are back to the regularly scheduled dates and times for our live stream.  So, join us tonight at 8:30 PM CST/9:30 PM EST for a rollicking good time and some tech too!

What was the worst piece of technology you ever had to implement?

Career, Geek Stuff, General Interest, Show Stuff, Special Topics September 11th, 2008

We wanna know.

I threw out this question on episode 66 of the podcast; What was the worst piece of technology you ever had to implement?

Drop a comment and tell us your story.


Philly Tech Guys

Geek Stuff, Philly Tech Guys, Podcast, Podcasts, Show Stuff August 4th, 2008

I had the opportunity to participate in the very first Philly Tech Guys roundtable podcast this past Saturday.  Mike Smith from the Mike Tech Show organized and produced the whole show and it was great.  Steve Cherubino from the Podnutz and Podnutz Daily podcasts rounded out the cast and we had a good time talking about independent consulting and handling issues related to being the go-to geek for family and friends.

We hope to do this monthly and Steve has setup a Philly Tech Guys site where the show will likely move.   The next Philly Tech Guys show is scheduled to record on September 6th, 2008 live at Podcamp Philly 2008.  Paul Muller from the Caffination podcast will be there as well.  The show will be streamed live on and I’ll post the exact time as soon as it is known.

Mike released the audio as show #199 through his podcast feed.  Take a listen here.  You can also watch the show as recorded on  I’m the doofus in the red shirt with the antique laptop.

Episode 61 – You’re Soaking In It

Podcast, Rants, Show Stuff, Vendors July 30th, 2008

Recorded: July 29, 2008
Your Host: Keith Albright and Steven Murawski
Show Length: 49:13

Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy.

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Look for us on UStream tonight

Podcast, Podcasts, Promote Us, Show Stuff, Video April 29th, 2008

This is our second experiment with a live forum.  Things didn’t work so well with the Skype conference call and we don’t know why.  I figured I’d give UStream a try since so many others use it.  Since this is a test, we cannot guarantee it’s success.  Also, as of now I’m the only one you will see but you will be able to hear everything.

Barring any problems; we will be on around 9:30PM Eastern time.  We usually start show prep around 9PM, so we should be live by 9:30PM.

You can access the stream here and we are going to record the broadcasts for people to find via UStream.  We hope to see you there.