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bio website karlkatzke.com
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I'm a sysadmin for Sentry Data Systems. I do linux and clustering and networking, and enjoy instigating a good STONITH deathmatch when I get bored.

Work-wise, I'm a giant fan of the k.I.s.s. principle - keep I.T. simple, stupid. Don't make things any more complex than the features you need.

In my spare time, I renovate houses and ride herd on a pack of dogs with extreme mental issues. My background and career are both in systems. I look at systems, analyze them, and use them or make them better. I likeCFO DIY home stuff because the systems are simple and it's rewarding to figure em out and use them. How do I know the things I do? I have probably been there, broken that, ruined the other thing, and had to figure out how to fix all of them. we have this saying in my group of friends-who-renovate-houses: "Ask me how I know."


Aug
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comment Data Center Automation tools and Novell Suse Linux?
Quick question: What hardware? Sometimes the vendor solutions for hardware/inventory/configuration management are better than 3rd party solutions.
Aug
7
comment Reasons to not allow people into the server room
A vendor was allowed into a machine room alone to service the (secondary) wet fire suppression system, which involves flushing pipes and other various plumbing tasks. First step: Bypass should be engaged, but under no circumstances should you trigger the charging circuit to effect the flush, because it will blow the ungodly huge fuse that cuts power to the server room before everything gets wet. Guess what the vendor did? All vendors must now have an escort. That's LITERALLY a wetware problem...
Aug
7
comment How to track superuser activities
Chris makes a great point: Management problem, not tech problem.
Aug
6
answered Reasons to not allow people into the server room
Aug
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answered Server Room Physical Size and Layout
Aug
6
revised Why does sudo command take long to execute?
removed 'not-programming-related' tag.
Aug
6
answered The perfect ticketing system
Aug
6
comment How to track superuser activities
Policy: "sudo /bin/sh" = fired/investigated. Pretty clear, pretty easy solution.
Aug
5
comment SELinux preventing passwordless SSH login
What distribution are you on? Why don't you create a folder for it elsewhere (i.e. under /home, /opt, /srv, which may or may not be restricted depending on your SELinux config) instead of under /var?
Aug
5
comment What is a good solution for an intranet video portal (YouTube-like) site?
Yep, but we have $100k in server equipment and licenses plus several years of developer time. At that cost point, bandwith becomes cheap. The poor man's alternative would be to just drop files in file shares and let users download and view them -- but since the O.P. wanted a web-based solution that allows users to submit content, a file share doesn't answer the stated question. My point was that the only thing that may fit the price point between "poor man" and "youtube" is outsourcing.
Aug
5
comment Zenworks 10 high cpu usage from dbsrv10
Looks like jaredljennings@gmail.com based on the whois for his domain. jjennings@datatechnique.com is his work email, but since it's a private request...
Aug
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answered What is a good solution for an intranet video portal (YouTube-like) site?
Aug
5
answered How to set up Cobbler with Puppet or Cfengine?
Aug
5
comment Novell Xen cloud
If you're anything like me, your 'test setups' tend to hit production. We've seen a huge performance hit as we scaled up on nodes mounting the ocfs2 volume. Note also that expanding the number of nodes that can mount ocfs2 means that you have to shut everything down, unmount the volume, and use tunefs.ocfs2 to expand the number of journals. LVM, and especially cLVM, is very easy to use, is much faster, and I prefer it greatly over ocfs2.
Aug
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answered Zenworks 10 high cpu usage from dbsrv10
Aug
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revised Daemon to verify Linux md raid
edited tags
Aug
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comment attach drive in virtual box for best performance
Your question wasn't framed clearly at all. I'd definitely edit it if you can.
Aug
5
comment Is there anything like BizSpark for non software startups?
Yep. You really can't beat the price. For most purposes, it's a great starting server environment in a box, and you can use the Open License program for the rest.
Aug
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answered attach drive in virtual box for best performance
Aug
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answered Things to note with Microsoft Web Platform?