010 – Development and the SysAdmin

In this episode, Chris and I talk about the changing role of operations and systems administration.

Both Chris and I share the view that systems administration is evolving and that rounding out your systems knowledge with software engineering practices and skills will make you more valuable and enhance your career potential.

– Steve

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009 – Debug All The Things

Chris and I get together to talk about one of my all time favorite topics – debugging!

Enjoy the podcast, set breakpoints where you need them, and if you have a question include the stack trace from where the question arose. :)

– Steve

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008 – HA and DR

Dear listener,

Chris and I got back together to talk about the basic concepts around High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR). (And, no, High Availability is not being on-call in Colorado!) We cover some of the terminology used in the space, as well as some basic concepts and misconceptions.

This show was produced through the generosity of Chef.

– Steve

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006 – Time Management

There is a certain irony in the fact that it has taken us long to get this episode up. Sadly, the Ops part of both mine and Steve’s life got a bit more hectic than expected. So here it is, with special guest, Tom Limoncelli, the author of Time Management for Systems Administrators and a co-author of The Practice of System and Network Administration. It was great having Tom on the show and I hope we can have more episodes like this in the future.

– cwebber

005 – Revision Control – REPOST

NOTE: There were some issues with the previous upload of the file and fixing it didn’t seem to fix the stream for our iTunes listeners, so here’s a repost with the correct audio file.

Take a listen to the first version of our thoughts on revision control.

Overview

In this episode, we discuss revision control.  Revision control is a topic that is near and dear to both Chris and I and we’ve got some strong opinions on how it should be used.

(SPOILER ALERT: For lots of things!)

We cover what revision control is, why it matters, and what should be revision controlled.  We also talk a bit about how to deal with secrets or sensitive data that may need to pass through revision control.

We go on a bit of a tangent on why tooling that generates artifacts that can be revision controlled are preferable to tooling that is just “magic”.  That discussion is thanks to Chris digging up this article on declarative configuration management versus VM templates.

News and Tools

Stay tuned for our next show on Time Management, with our first guest!

005 – Revision Control

Take a listen to the first version of our thoughts on revision control.

Overview

In this episode, we discuss revision control.  Revision control is a topic that is near and dear to both Chris and I and we’ve got some strong opinions on how it should be used.

(SPOILER ALERT: For lots of things!)

We cover what revision control is, why it matters, and what should be revision controlled.  We also talk a bit about how to deal with secrets or sensitive data that may need to pass through revision control.

We go on a bit of a tangent on why tooling that generates artifacts that can be revision controlled are preferable to tooling that is just “magic”.  That discussion is thanks to Chris digging up this article on declarative configuration management versus VM templates.

News and Tools

Stay tuned for our next show on Time Management, with our first guest!

004 – The Holidays

Now that the holidays are over, here are some thoughts Chris and I have on them.

Overview

In this episode, we talk about the holidays, specifically how they impact operations personnel.  We cover on-call considerations, bonding with family and co-workers over alcohol holiday parties, and code freezes.

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Hope you all had a great holiday season and have had a great start to 2014!

003 – Documentation

Sorry this is a little late (blame it on Steve).

Overview

In this episode we talk about documentation. Really taking a big picture view of how to document things and what should be documented. Along with that we try to talk a bit about the types of documentation that are not necessarily obvious, like monitoring.

During the show, Steve mentioned the Stack Exchange data center move.  If you are interested, here are some pictures and commentary:  http://www.reddit.com/r/cableporn/comments/1bcxfi/a_few_photos_from_the_stack_overflow_data_center/

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Hope you enjoy the show.

002 – Ops is Value Add

Overview

This episode is really focuses on how Ops adds value and discusses lots of aspects around the roles of traditional IT and WebOps.

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