THE SERVER ROOM
It’s Christmas time, and Kyle is about to
open his new present: a large shipment
of blade servers. Find out about the
extra present his vendor left him.
As much as I love working with Linux
and configuring software, one major
part of being a sysadmin that always has
appealed to me is working with actual
hardware. There’s something about
working with tangible, physical servers
that gives my job an extra dimension
and grounds it from what might otherwise be a completely abstract job even
further disconnected from reality. On
top of all that, when you get a large
shipment of servers, and you view the
servers at your company as your servers,
there is a similar anticipation and
excitement when you open a server
box as when you open Christmas
presents at home.
This story so happens to start during
the Christmas season. We had just
received our first shipment of a completely new blade infrastructure that we
were really excited to try out. As the
resident server monkey and general minion working under Bill’s iron fist, I was
to meet up with an engineer from our
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vendor at the data center and assist
with the installation in any way I could.
It was a big job—two completely popu-
lated blade chassis comprising 32 blade
servers, integrated SAN switches and all
the assorted power supplies and network
pass-throughs that went along with it.
We budgeted a full day of the engineer’s
time to rack the new chassis, slot the
blades and make sure all hardware was
functional and up to date.