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The art of training a new employee

Posted 07-21-2015 at 01:46 AM by binary_pearl

This blog is a rough draft of an idea that I just came up with, to explain how I go about training new Linux admins/engineers. My goal here is to help people who need to train new employees bring people up to speed as quickly as possible, without burning them out in the process. Think of the 'Price is Right' 'spinwheel' where the goal is to get as close to $1.00 without going over.

Over the last 5 years, I have now trained 6 Linux engineers / admins, whatever you want to call...
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The linux war stories: episode 1 - to start somewhere

Posted 01-25-2015 at 11:11 PM by binary_pearl

While I should keep the company I worked for a secret out of respect; it was a major retail chain in the US with about 7000 locations at the time.

The year was 2007. I had only been working for 2 years in my career, and I had already advanced to the infrastructure team. At that time we were still using SCO Unix 5.0.5 or 5.0.7 on all of the servers at each location.

Out of the normal chaos, a semi-urgent request came. Apparently there were certain server models that...
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Creating a virtual disk to "hide" files

Posted 02-02-2011 at 10:32 PM by binary_pearl

One of the many neat things you can do in Linux is to create a "virtual disk" (which is really just a file), and you can add other files to it. We use this at work to store an xml file into a virtual disk that are xen virtual machines use when booting to configure themselves. But you could also use this as a way
to more-or-less hide files.

So first: Create the virtual disk (The exmaple creates a 10MB disk) :
`dd if=/dev/zero of=/root/name_of_virtual_disk...
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