Death Wears Bunny Slippers

What do missileers deep in their silos wear on watch duty, while waiting for an Emergency Action Message that orders them to unleash Armageddon?  A Snuggie and bunny slippers of course! No, I’m not joking.  It’s cold down there.


Oracle 11g DBA OCP – Passed 1Z0-050, Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators today

Since I’ve been working on getting my Oracle certifications current, I kept studying after I passed the 10g upgrade test a couple of weeks ago.  I passed the 11g upgrade test today, 2 weeks later.  That’s a pretty fast turnaround time, I don’t recommend it.  It worked for me because I have a solid Oracle background.

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Oracle 10g DBA OCP – Passed 1Z0-040, Oracle Database 10g: New Features for Administrators today

I’ve been an Oracle geek a long time, I’ve been certified since Oracle 8 days.  Recently I haven’t kept up with these like I should, so I decided to freshen my certification up before Oracle retired the upgrade exams.  I’m a current Oracle 9i Database Administrator Oracle Certified Professional (DBA OCP), so to get Oracle 10g DBA OCP all I need is to pass the 10g upgrade exam (1Z0-040) .


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Hands On with Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM)

I’m an Oracle DBA and Oracle Master.  I’ve been certified since Oracle 8 (they’re on 11 now…)  I take care of a couple of databases now, but I’m not doing mainly database stuff anymore.  I like to keep up with new things as they come out, so I have been messing with ASM and did a write up on  How to get started with ASM on Linux.

“ASM is a volume manager and a file system for Oracle database files that supports single-instance Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) configurations. ASM is Oracle’s recommended storage management solution that provides an alternative to conventional volume managers, file systems, and raw devices.”

Run the iometer benchmark on Linux

I recently updated my quick HowTo for iometer, and added a section on running iometer on a Linux host.  It’s actually pretty easy to run iometer disk benchmarks on Linux hosts.

Iometer running on Linux

Iometer running on Linux

Dear Redbox, I would have gotten a movie…


But the fine Windows operating system you use isn’t exactly stable.


Makes you wonder how many Redbox kiosks nationwide are sitting on a blue screen of death as we speak.

Note to AT&T…

This is a genuine-not-staged-for-effect picture.  I walked into the mail room, there were a stack of new phone books on the floor, and this little note was on them.  I blame John Dalbey.  Could have been John Clements, too.


Want to learn Linux? Take Cuesta College CIS 222, Introduction to Unix/Linux

CIS 222 is a Cuesta College class on Unix and Linux.  It will be offered in Spring 2011 (next semester).

There’s a lot to learning any operating system, especially a complicated one like Unix or Linux. One way to know what’s important about an operating system, especially one used in business, is to look at the certification exams available for it. This class will introduce Unix and Linux from the angle of preparing you for the CompTIA Linux+ certification.  CompTIA says: “CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI is a high-stakes, vendor-neutral certification that validates the fundamental knowledge and skills required of junior Linux administrators.”

Interestingly, if you want Linux certifications, getting CompTIA Linux+ also immediately qualifies you for the Linux Professional Institute’s LPIC-1 certification, as well as Novell’s Certified Linux Administrator (CLA). Take 2 tests, get 3 certifications!

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MCITP:SA, Completed! – Passed the Microsoft 070-646 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator exam today

I recently completed my Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Enterprise Administrator certification. This certification requires you to pass 5 exams.  It turns out that if I took one more exam, 070-646 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator, I’d qualify for Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Server Administrator (MCITP: SA) as well.

It was pretty straight forward.  After all of the other Windows tests I’ve been passing, this one was pretty easy.  I studied for 2 weeks.  I used the Microsoft Press book for 070-646 to study with (which comes with 2 pretty good practice tests included), and I bought an additional Kaplan Self Test practice exam.  The actual test was sort of like the practice exams, unlike many of the Microsoft exams I’ve seen recently.



Introduction to Desktop Virtualization

I was recently asked to prepare a brief presentation on desktop virtualization.  I’ve been through quite a few desktop virtualization projects throughout the years.   Some went off better than others.  I learned a few tidbits along the way.

I thought I’d share.  Click on the image to get the PowerPoint slides.

Introduction to desktop virtualization