So, it's been a little while since I posted. I've been very busy and Blogger has had some problem with uploading to my site which I only recently took the time to fix.

Sue me. ;)

Anyway, I'm going to try to start posting on a vaguely regular schedule again. I'm doing this because despite the incredible rarity that I update the site, people keep visiting. It's not huge traffic, but 25-35 individuals a day still show up at this URL on a daily basis.

The Internet is so odd that way.

Today I am once again blown away by how incredibly awesome UNIX is. My company recently upgraded its servers and I've been getting the new machines ready for deployment. We have two Xserve G5 units and two Xserve RAIDs. Getting them running is painfully easy, including setting up Open Directory and Kerberos. I've already got them replicating their LDAP databases to each other.

Don't be impressed, Apple makes it so easy a monkey could do it.

I've been looking at the various solutions out there for nightly backups. We want to have online backups. That means that in the event of a server failure, no restore is needed because the data is already available.

There are several great backup packages for Mac OS X thanks to it's BSD-based foundation. The thing is, I didn't use any of them. I used an open source command line tool, Rsyncx. There is a GUI front-end, but I just added a SINGLE COMMAND to a crontab and now the servers backup quickly and automatically. It's not that this is new to me or surprises me, it's just that as an administrator who cut his teeth on the classic Mac OS and AppleShare I never really get used to how powerful a command line can be.

It almost makes me forget about how frequently Apple's AirPort access points fail. Almost.

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