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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."


Jul
29
comment Novell Netware Support/Recommendation?
Groupwise on OES/Linux is remarkably stable and really nice compared to the Netware world. Migration was dead simple, and we can do all kinds of fun things from the OES2 (essentially, SLES 10sp2 or OpenSuSE 10) stack underneath. I'd say you really missed out.
Jul
29
comment Novell Netware Support/Recommendation?
+1 for IDM. Essential in a public company (or one that might go public) or an audited university/higher-ed context these days.
Jul
29
comment Novell Netware Support/Recommendation?
Novell easily beats the support behind Windows. Most of it 'just works'. It's nice grabbing kids out of college who know Linux and just plugging them straight into OES. "Huh? Tree?" "It's just LDAP." "Oh!" -- and you've got a Novell admin. No MSCE, et. al.
Jul
28
revised Dell SSD options and 3rd party SSDs in Dell hardware
edited tags
Jul
24
answered Has the CFD General Notation System Been Packaged as an RPM for SLES?
Jul
24
answered Microsoft Licensing for the small business
Jul
20
comment Is it sane to run a web-app framework from SVN?
It's possible to use certain revisions with svn externals. Most webapps or frameworks won't want you working off their trunk, but will branch for a major/minor release (i.e. /branches/release-1.1 will contain all updates to 1.1 from 1.1.0 to 1.1.x, you can also choose to lock to release-1.1.2). It's safer to do that than to run off of trunk with a specific revision.
Jul
20
answered How do you get xenserver and associated vms to gracefully shutdown after power failure?
Jul
20
answered Is it sane to run a web-app framework from SVN?
Jul
16
comment Setting up SVN server for multiple users over http
Also, you can use the many authentication modules (i.e. mod_auth_mysql) to handle authentication in a way that's easier to administer. Apache comes with tons of authentication modules. Make sure you're using ssl (https) as users will be sending private info.
Jul
16
comment Where to locate power outlets on server rack?
Ward said pretty much what I was going to say. Your UPSes should be in the bottom of the rack anyway as they'll be the heaviest components.
Jul
9
comment NFS v4, HA Migration, and stale handles on clients
The physical disk is shared between the units. I've gone to keeping the nfs state directory mounted via ocfs, and the other filesystems (and their exports) get mounted on the server that it fails over to. It works, but there's about a 30 second lag on clients when the nfs server migrates. I'm still trying to debug that.
Jul
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
5
accepted How smart are RAID controllers/cabinets?
Jun
26
awarded  Student
Jun
26
asked How smart are RAID controllers/cabinets?
Jun
21
awarded  Scholar
Jun
21
accepted NFS v4, HA Migration, and stale handles on clients
Jun
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
18
comment When to move past POP3 servers, and what next?
Run the numbers. Always. Always. Always run the numbers. And don't just run your favorite numbers, run all the numbers... you're looking for total cost of ownership including admin time, not just short-term expenses.