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Seven signs of a bad sysadmin

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The title for this post was originally going to be “things that will get you fired from Anchor”, but we realised they might be more generally applicable and actually more cerebral that they first appear. These aren’t just any old sysadmin WTFs. To be sure, some are serious “what ever made you think that could possibly be a good idea!?” material, but most are a bit more subtle and deep seated. Some of them are massively widespread and we’d be remiss to not acknowledge that it’s hard to fix – being sysadmin is suffering, and it can be an act of heroism to dig yourself out of someone else’s hole to get on top of things. Rebooting as an instinctive reaction to problems Sometimes it’s just so tempting to reboot…

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Anchor Presenting at DevOps Meetup – Thursday September 15th

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Just a short post to let you all know that Anchor’s David Basden and Chris Collins will be presenting their software which is being used in our on-going projects to automate everything relating to Anchor dedicated server builds. The software, which has been released as open source on github as was discussed in brief in the previously two blog posts The automation waltz and Automate all the things. The event will be held at 7pm, next Thursday, 15th September at the Orient in Sydney and will give you the fantastic opportunity to have a beer and chat with the authors of the software as well as like minded people with both developer and systemadmin backgrounds. Comprehensive details as well as registration for the meetup can be found at September DevOps…

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Devs and SysAdmins – It is possible to live harmoniously!

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Historically, the battle lines were drawn and everyone was bracing themselves, ready for combat.. On one side, you have the Devs wanting to make a change to a production server immediately to get their new shiny feature working and the SysOps on the other side, desperate not to give an inch for fear of upsetting the uptime gods. Each party thinking to themselves: “does it really need to be this hard?” .. “Why doesn’t the other get it?” The Times They Are a-Changin’ and with it, a new fan-dangled word: DEVOPS wait! … wtf??! Devops??! Who?! What? Well.. Depending on who you ask, it means any number of things, my view is it comes down to a combination of attitude, cultural and process changes which need to be applied to…

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