added only hours before, and insert the
hardware one piece at a time until we
identified a faulty DIMM slot. Finally, we
were done and I was able to get to the
party fashionably late.
I think the moral to this story is pretty
clear. If we had only gotten all of our
servers integrated ahead of time, the
entire install would have taken a fraction of the time, and any hardware
problems in the system would have
been identified before anything was
shipped to me. When you have the
option, especially when it comes to
large orders of servers, get all your
components integrated ahead of time.
[Bill: The moral for me as a manager,
is always to double-check the quote for
services, and make sure that all of those
are understood so they don’t get labeled
as non-essential and cut by people higher
up the food chain. I’m usually not a fan
of too many vendor services, but getting
the entire system integrated by a vendor
will accelerate deployment time by at
least a couple days.];
Kyle Rankin is a Sr. Systems Administrator in the San Francisco
Bay Area and the author of a number of books, including The
Official Ubuntu Server Book, Knoppix Hacks and Ubuntu Hacks.
He is currently the president of the North Bay Linux Users’ Group.
Bill Childers is an IT Manager in Silicon Valley, where he lives
with his wife and two children. He enjoys Linux far too much,
and he probably should get more sun from time to time. In his
spare time, he does work with the Gilroy Garlic Festival, but he
does not smell like garlic.
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