Week from Sheol

Oh elder gods and little fishies, this week has been crazy. All work foo. One, my fellow admin at Carcosa Corp was traveling for business, so 4 of the 5 days I was the lone admin. And it's patch week. And I had a large chunk of a project scheduled to go into production as of last night, with a process that i wasn't 100% comfortable with. Plus the usual daily foo. It's been rough. I haven't been sleeping solid, and I'm dragging today.

But work was pretty calm for normal sysadmin foo, my usual having to herd cats to get things scheduled for patching. And last night's big change went well. While it involved things I don't know well, databases and applications that run under Java, along with Microsoft Active Directory for the trifecta of eww, I made it all work, and I got things working faster than I estimated. So all would have been well if I'd gotten a full night's sleep. So of course I didn't. *eyeroll* At least I'm more comfortable with the whole process, now to just work out the 3rd magic step that has baffled the software vendor's support. Which I just had a small lightbulb moment about. Excuse me while I email myself.

*time passes*

Ok, note to future me sent. Will argue with it later this weekend, or Monday AM. Yay aha moments.

And with that, I think I'll end this post. Probably will be heading to bed and book early tonight. Hopefully I can get some real rest over the weekend. Night all.

Weekend Computer Foo

And now we talk about computer foo. last night and today has been more geekery than I've done in a while. Dagon's new monitor is much of the shiny. I've switched to using multiple virtual desktops, scattering various apps that I can reach with with key combos. Here are the desktops and what they're used for.

  • Primus: Web browser and terminal windows, with Alpine (mail), CenterIM5 (IM client), one terminal with a screen session linked to every VM and physical box here at Château Innsmouth, and one for text editing (like this entry).
  • Secondus: Five larger terminal windows in a pattern. Good for sysadmin or coding or stuff. Larger = less eye strain.
  • Teritus: VirtualBox and VMs. This is the problem child, as I start working on a desktop VM, and forget about it with flipping back and forth.
  • Quartus: Misc stuff.

    As I said, it's easy to lose stuff in this setup, but I'm thinking I'll get used to it over time. The new video card in Dagon can support 2 of the big monitors, and I can double up on those cards, so I could upgrade to a 3 monitor rig in the future. Also, Hydra has DP ports as well, so I could split it, 2 on Dagon, 1 on Hydra. Doubt I'll do that anytime soon though, both for cost and the fact the Desk of Doom (tm) isn't sturdy or large enough. So, in the future. Maybe after I pay off the trip to Portland.

    Besides getting things updated and rebooted all the systems. Tried to upgrade Dagon to the latest stable kernel, but no dice, I couldn't make the new monitor play nice, and after 3 or 4 reboots and driver swaps I gave up for now. Hydra and Nyogtha came up fine after general maintenance and reboots, so did the VMs. I then turned my attention to my mini server Shoggoth, which has been offline for a week or so. On advice from my IT guy (yes I have a friend that does most of my hardware foo. I can do it soso, or he can do it right, and he's worth every cent. If you're in DFW, and need a geek, let me know) I popped out the drive, tried to see if it would get past the weird lock. It did. So I put the drive back in, and it booted fine. So I updated it, rebooted, came up fine. So, thinking the SSHD drive in Shoggoth might be flaking, I enabled SMARTD to monitor the drive. So we'll see if it was a fluke or a drive giving up the ghost.

    Now I'm updating the assorted desktop VMs, and fiddling around with other stuff. Been a productive day geekwise. But soon it will be time to wind down and head to bed.
  • Moving Day

    It's Saturday, and it's the day I swap workstations. So of course I'm stalling. Running backups and syncs before I make the swap. Queued up a bunch of movies on Nyogtha for while this is going. Wild times for Château Innsmouth. I'll be back on later to either cheer or whine. *waves a tentacle*

    Dagon 2.0

    New Dagon is here, Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 beta is installed and I'm setting up all the softwares. Good to have a computer delivered to you by your IT expert. *grin*

    The stats are as follows
  • AMD FX(tm)-4130, 3.8 GHZ quad core CPU
  • 16 gigs of PC3-12800 RAM
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
  • Seagate 6TB sata drive
  • NVidia: GT610 video card
  • LG DVD-RW drive
  • Snazzy green case.

    So yeah, I'm happy. I have snazzy computer, I have SSD epic boot time, and it does all the things so far. *happy dance* More babbling later probably. Ciao.
  • Computer Foo

    Ugg, computer foo. Rebooted the 3 linux only boxes here at Château Innsmouth, Hydra (secondary workstation) and Nyogtha (media player/ fileserver) booted fine. Dagon however decided it rather be dead and dreaming, or at least stick on boot. Finally got things working, not sure if it was just giving it a break while I went to get mail, or turning off the usb array. But Dagon finally booted up. *thud* I don't need this stressor now. I have some vague plans to use Cthylla to replace Dagon, but I rather wait til it's a planned and tested (and I have money to do it all). So I'll probably avoid rebooting Dagon unless I have to. *sigh*

    Oh well, eventually I'll be able to upgrade Cthylla to the specs I want to use to replace Dagon's current bits, and I'll swap over. Actually, I probably could swap over now if I cannibalized Dagon, but I don't want to do it that way. I rather have a soft swap over than a hard. Oh well, one of these lifetimes.