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Re: [Xen-users] Re: Sysadmin guys that know XEN?

On Thu, 31 May 2007, Tim Post wrote:
On Thu, 2007-05-31 at 19:36 +1000, Matthew Palmer wrote:
There's "competent", and then there's "really good".  I think we probably
have different definitions of "competent".  To me, a competent sysadmin is
one who, overall, manages to produce more good than they cost in stuffups.
(It's depressing that there's plenty of people with root who don't meet even
that minimum standard).  They typically aren't all that eager to go out and
learn new things and experiment with new technologies, or go outside their
"comfort zone" to troubleshoot and problem solve.

Nail on the head.

Haven't had enough coffee today yet and you guys are depressing me...

We aren't going to stop nincompoops from calling themselves admins, so
we may as well call ourselves something else to show the difference :)

From the orkut group description:

         IT Infrastructure Architects  (135 members)

You manage your boxes without touching them. You have programs for doing that.

Your config files live under revision control. Reproducibility and retraceability are your friends. Configuration as documentation.

You see value in having 5 versions of gcc available to all your users. Instead of finding a special solution to make that work for gcc, you rather design a software provisioning system, that does this for all packages. You enjoy the fact that your users are happy with the result and are able to concentrate on their real work.

You do this because it is the only way, and because it is fun.

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