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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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answered Is there anything like BizSpark for non software startups?
Aug
4
comment Centralized password management for multiple server applications
Agreed. We actually use Novell eDirectory's LDAP implementation, because it gives us some auditing and aggregation capabilities that we need in a much larger environment and our licenses are cheap thanks to being gubmint.
Aug
4
answered Is it worth it to use Linux in a new business starting from scratch?
Aug
4
comment Is it worth it to use Linux in a new business starting from scratch?
Also, Microsoft has some programs (like the Partner Program Action Pack and the Open License program for small businesses) that help you get the CALs and other licenses you need.
Aug
4
comment How to properly shutdown or reboot a Unix/Linux server
Solaris is still in the crowd where 'halt' does scary things.
Aug
4
answered How to properly shutdown or reboot a Unix/Linux server
Aug
4
answered MySQL differential dump? Other strategy for restore?
Aug
4
answered How to gain control of growing log files in 3 separate directories on my VPS?
Aug
4
answered How to keep Apache conf files in sync in web cluster
Aug
2
answered Should I ever DELETE (SQL and DB) anything?
Aug
1
answered AMI db server / web server connection
Jul
31
comment Obsessive behaviors in system administrators
Oh, and Gerald, I have a shirt from thinkgeek that says, "Prefectionist."
Jul
31
comment Obsessive behaviors in system administrators
The big part is the "business needs" part. A coworker once told me, "I got into computers so that I didn't have to think about business needs." ... and I just stared at him with my jaw hanging open. I mean, what can you say to that?!
Jul
30
comment MMORPG server maintenance
Actually, most of the challenges do revolve around that central state-maintaining node, the database. That's the authoritative record. All other things that seem to manage state (the server, the client, and any caching mechanisms in between) are really just negotiators in regards to what data makes it into the database. Lag is the time it takes the database to confirm back down the chain what it has recorded.
Jul
30
comment MMORPG server maintenance
Oskar, keep in mind that the core tech behind EVE and WoW were written in about 2002, before those techs were really mature.
Jul
30
comment MMORPG server maintenance
Usually not. They will run some predictive metrics on hardware, but they don't usually proactively replace all the fans or other 'expendable' bits in a system unless it shows signs of failing, i.e. RPMs are dropping or SMART is showing a high write error count.
Jul
30
answered MMORPG server maintenance
Jul
29
comment Creating a UNIX-based VPN: pointers, guidelines and pitfalls?
sigh I've had problems with OpenVPN on Windows7 (even using Vista compatibility and run-as-administrator privileges) and on OSX using either tunnelblick or compiling a native client out of ports. Since those are the two OSes I use most when I'm away from work... it's kind of left me out in the cold.
Jul
29
answered IT Services: In House or Outsource?
Jul
29
comment Why does IIS randomly restart my web application?
I've seen this before where an app recycles due to memory use, but I've rarely seen it scheduled. Did your host have that set for a particular reason?