Sexism rears it’s ugly head…again

DISCLAIMER – This is in no way a reflection on my current employer. I am not bad-mouthing where I work or the people I work with, as 99% of them are fabulous. I need to put this up, pretty much to cover my own arse, but I still want this story to be told – because I don’t think we… Read more »

AD Security & Administration – righting the right rights

DISCLAIMER – This post does make some remarks regarding security settings that sysadmins should be looking at implementing within their organisation. This does not, in any way, reflect current security practices at my current organisation of employment. These issues were raised by Microsoft purely from an awareness perspective and I believed they should be shared with a wider sysadmin audience…. Read more »

The basics all sysadmins need to grok…

In light of this being published on Sysadmin Appreciation Day (psssst, HAPPY SYSADMIN APPRECIATION DAY! ^_^), I thought I’d do a post aimed at us – system administrators! Doing some recent reading, lurking in a few forums and floating about on Twitter, I’ve noticed a number of gripes from other admins regarding things their fellow admins didn’t know that they… Read more »

Passwords and security – why is it so hard to get it *right*?

I don’t understand why passwords and password management are so difficult for people…truly I don’t. Passwords are part of our every day lives. We use passwords for so many things in our day-to-day lives – to access our email, to access social media websites, to log on to our personal and work PC’s, to buy goods using our debit and… Read more »

Being on-call and how to still have a life!

So, one of the requirements of my current job is being on-call. I won’t call it an upside or a downside, because it really is a bit of both. The downside it means I have to have my work phone on me at all times when I’m on-call, make sure my laptop is with me when I plan on going… Read more »

My take on being a feminist…or as I prefer: “Humanist”

This whole #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen has really stirred up as of late and I have to say, it’s got me a little hot under the collar. A bit of background before I explain why… I had a very privileged upbringing. I’m white, came from a middle class family and had an exceedingly normal and happy childhood here in Australia. If… Read more »

I’m sorry I’m not who you want me to be

This was going to be a very different post originally…but it’s morphed a bit due to the fact that my view on how I’ve seen events over the last few months has changed. So the draft that was a few weeks ago is very different to the post that’s published here. I’m sorry I’m not who you want me to… Read more »

Building up a logging server – OSS style!

So – I wanted to get Splunk but in my organisation that was never going to happen (you want something that costs MONEY?! Ludicrous!) So we had to come up with a compromise. A colleague of mine went hunting for some open source logging software and found that the combination of Elastic Search, LogStash, Kibana and nxLog worked well. He… Read more »

Sysadmin is a thankless job

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I recently noted (and replied to) a post in /r/sysadmin regarding the fact that someone received (Holy Didn’tExpectThat Batman!) some thanks for a job well done. It’s something I’ve noticed in the jobs I’ve been in and the bosses I’ve had. Systems administrators generally don’t get thanks. They don’t get the same level of praise as the front line, who… Read more »