Recently I've been playing with using the WS-MAN protocol to gather information (and eventually run updates) on our Dell servers. It has actually been a fairly insteresting project after I got through the pretty high learning curve to get started using WS-MAN. First, what is WS-MAN? It's a management standard developed by the DTMF. What… Continue reading Fun With PowerShell, WS-MAN, and Dell Servers
I've spent a good deal of my time working with puppet over the last few years. And like most other things I've spent some time trying to optimize my workflow to avoid the annoying things. Just like anything else developing a good workflow for puppet has taken some time and I'd like to share the… Continue reading Puppet Workflow with Vagrant
Excuse me for a bit while I get a little sentimental. Tomorrow (the 27th of September) marks my two year anniversary with Stack Exchange - it was still called Stack Overflow Internet Services when I joined! I realized this about two or three weeks ago when I was setting up my trip to Denver for… Continue reading Time Flies
Disclaimer: Most of my career i've been what you would call and "Individual Contributor" these are not observations from a managerial perspective, but from a team member perspective In the past 10 years or so I've worked under pretty much all your basic boss types. I've seen how people react to different stimuli and managerial… Continue reading Getting the most out of your Sysadmin team
Communication is an important thing in any team environment, and part of communication is realizing how your chose form of contact interrupts the other people on your team. Generally we get interrupted multiple times a day via our various means of communication. Generally we are available via: Phone (both land line and cell), IM, Group… Continue reading Levels of Interruption – How Important Is What You are Asking me?