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My Puppet and Hiera Configuration

Introduction<p>Hiera is a hierarchical database for Puppet. Using a database with Puppet helps remove site-specific data from your manifests, ultimately …

Advanced Copy Command - Shows Progress Bar While Copying Large Files/Folders in Linux

<b>Advanced-Copy</b> is a powerful command line program which is very much similar, but little modified version of original <b>cp command</b>. This modified version …

So your management fails at IT, huh?

Recently on a mailing list sysadmins were describing horrible management they've experienced. Here is my reply:<p>First, I want to say that my heart …

Sysadmins/Devops needed for study

I met Jeevitha Mahendiran at Usenix LISA last year. She is studying sysadmins and what we do. She writes:<p>I'm Jeevitha Mahendiran, Graduate …

Warning sign that your API sucks

People say things like, "Can you just send me a copy of data?"<p>If people are taking your entire database as a CSV file and processing it themselves, …

System administrators and programming

Someone asked me the other day if I had a "secret of my success". They didn't believe that I got this far on my good looks. (ha ha ha). For most of …

Where did you learn to debug like that?

Debugging is an important system administration skill.<p>I didn't realize there was so much to know about debugging until I worked at a computer repair …

Assessing Progress with "DevOps Look-for's"

The Look-For's<p>Milestone 1 (No Way) Look-For's<p>At this stage you haven't gotten started. You may or may not be doing ok, you don't know because nothing …

Three problems with the DevOps community

• People that complain that the enterprise world doesn't get DevOps but don't participate in enterprise conferences.<br>• Lack of a "sound bite" definition …

Top 20 OS X command-line secrets by infoworld

Top 20 OS X command-line secrets for power users<p>They are:<p><b>airport</b>• <b><br>caffeinate</b>• <b><br>curl</b>• <b><br>DNS Cache</b>• <b><br>filetree</b>• <b><br>locate</b>• <b><br>lsof</b>• <b><br>networksetup</b>• <b><br>open</b>• <b><br>opendiff</b><p>Click on the article …