Sun – Week Fifty

Summarising events this week:

Monday I got back into work and spent some more time on the KVM that wasn’t playing ball, it still isn’t now :(

Tuesday I had an 880 in the 02 lab which needed a new board, so that was replaced in the afternoon.

Wednesday I hooked a T1000 and an x4240 together.

Thursday I was looking at the 25k downstairs, trying to get a domain to work.

Friday I had a play with a machine and some ZFS stuff, I’m trying to figure out how I can upgrade my mirror to have two 1TB hard drives in as apposed to the two 500GB drives I have at the moment (I’m down to 100GB space left!)  I also looked at adding some storage to a machine in the lab.

Apple updates Java!

Well, we’ve been waiting, what, about two years for this now.  Today, Apple released Java 6 as part of it’s Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 4.

The support docs (found here) say that in this 158MB update we get:

  • Java SE 6 (x64 only)
  • J2SE 5.0 (PPC & x64)
  • J2SE 1.4.2(PPC & x64)
  • 64-bit Java for Intel Macs only Upgrade today as I’m sure many developers will be wanting to update their code as part of a long awaited refactoring!

Sun – Week Fourtynine

Well, the weekend didn’t go well…The console server didn’t get upgraded as a package caused errors in the new BE…That was most of Saturday wasted…

Monday morning was spent turning everything back on after the weekend, it was a shame as I was hoping for the lab to be silent, but the AC was already on…

Tuesday and Wednesday was spent ironing out issues to do with the lab power cycle.

Thursday I looked at a borked KVM more, it doesn’t seem to be broadcasting anything on IPv4 or IPv6…I also fixed an intrusion switch that someone had broken…

Friday I went home early to catch the train back to Melksham for my sisters birthday.

Sun – Week Fourtyeight

Monday begins after a sleepless night, it’s so bloody warm here…I spent the morning looking at our console server, remember I was going to upgrade it? After all the preliminary work I was really afraid to touch the real thing for fear of breaking it…Well I fixed a couple of problems with it and went ahead, re-labeling disks and creating volumes and mirrors using SVM. In the afternoon I looked at it a bit more and kicked off the copying of the boot environment (BE).

Tuesday I got in a looked at the console server, my ssh session had dropped…The new BE is currently in a bad state, so I can’t delete it, or overwrite it…I’ll need to see what I can do about that… We also moved a load of stuff out of the overflow lab, and into the bin/cupboard/main lab…It was all because we were moving the SL700 to the end of the lab. I spent the afternoon cursing the warm weather and cleaning up the mess I made on the console server…

Wednesday was slow moving, warm are irritable.

Thursday I inserted a SCSI card into an ultra 20 among other bits and bobs.

Friday was spent turning off all the machines in the lab as electrical work was taking place over the weekend. Seeing as the work was going on, the weekend was an opportune time to work on the console server without interrupting anyone.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 Released

It’s finally here! OpenSolaris 2009.06 has been released!

Head over to to download the new iso, or run `pfexec pkg image-update` (no quotes) as the user you created when you installed your machine to upgrade your current installation.

Exciting new features include:

  • Project Crossbow - Virtualise your network
  • Firefox 3.1 (Beta 3)
  • Elisa - Free media center
  • Plus better hardware support and more! If you are using the development repositories, start reaping the benefits of 2010.02 in the next few weeks!

Sun – Week Fourtyseven

This week felt really long…And I don’t really recall everything which happened, so like last week, I’ll summarise.

Monday was a bank holiday, which was very lucky for me seeing as I missed my train back from Aber!

Tuesday I was back in the office and working on my booking script a bit more.

Wednesday was mainly spent looking at a problem with the 15k in the lab, it wasn’t playing nice with the console connection. After some troubleshooting and a cable replacement, we were fine to go.

Thursday I started work with some broken KVM’s. All of the x86 desktops don’t come with a serial line, this makes them very difficult to manage, so we attach network KVM’s for engineers to use (so they can see BIOS and a GUI if needed). Several have broken so I spent the day getting them working, didn’t quite get them all done…

Friday I finished up another two KVM’s and looked at what the weekend was going to bring me, I was hoping to have a play with LDAP at hom, and maybe the Sun Ray server software…

Sun – Week Fourtysix

This week was another short one :D I’ll just add highlights for this week.

Monday started with me being back on 9am starts. I then started troubleshooting a problem with a server in America which seemed to sort itself out.

Tuesday I fixed several SP’s which had gotten themselves into a bad state and needed resetting by pulling the main power…

Wednesday I sorted out some net boot problems in the UK lab, one had previously been jump started with OpenSolaris and needed reconfiguring, another had an incorrect MAC address.

Thursday and Friday I was in Aber :D

Sun – Week Fourtyfive

Monday starts at 5:30 for me, and after getting in from Aber at 12:30, I wasn’t feeling too sharp… I’m in early all this week so we can support early workers and people in Europe who are an hour ahead of us. Today was spent doing some tickets, I had a couple about people not being able to install machines. I also had a short meeting with Simon from Aber about the report…

Tuesday I spent again helping install a number of boxes…I also linked up an x2250 to a 6140 and hooked up some gigabit Ethernet connections…

Wednesday was a blur as more tickets came through for help with installing machines. One interesting ticket was to install an Ethernet card into the new x2270 and hook it up t oa different network. I installed the card fine, and hooked the card up to the switch, but didn’t get to change it to a different network…

Thursday morning I came in to find that I get a 26B error on my Sun Ray session. There was some problems with various servers and NFS seemed to have gone away…A hour and a restart later, I was up and running again :D After all this, I managed to change the network on the x2270. I needed to log into the switch and change what VLAN it was on. Then I plumbed the switch itoo the network.

Sun - Week Fourtyfour

This week is excellent! Monday starts off as a bank holiday, and I have Thursday and Friday off!

Tuesday consisted of me pulling some vmware VM’s from a box in the lab. This shouldn’t have been difficult, but the box was running Linux, the VM’s were on a SCSI array, and the array had been made into one volume using LVM. There is hardly any documentation out there for LVM! Linux people, get your arse’s in gear and take a leaf out of the ZFS book for goodness sake! It reminds me a lot of what SVM used to be. After finally getting the correct command I found I had to activate the volume, which took even more poking around on the net to find out what to do! After that it was just a case of mounting the volume.

Wednesday was more of the same really, after finding what VM’s the engineer actually wanted, I set about deleting them from VMWare and move the directories sideways, tar’ed them up then scp’d them over to a lab box where I’m just running bzip2 on them, 16GB is a hullofalot to transfer, it took half an hour for each of the VM’s to transfer! Hopefully bzip2 will get the size down somewhat and I can transfer them over to the other lab. I’ll need to then import them into VitualBox, and I’m hoping it’ll be OK…I’ll be following this guide here: clicky

Thursday was spent traveling up to Aber for the May Ball on Friday

Friday was spent meeting up with friends, etc. and going to the May Ball.

The last few posts were generated on Wednesday and may not be updated, this is scheduled to be published on Friday.

Post 100

Post 100, thanks for visiting to boost the stats:

April brought 1,080 views!  With March bringing 1,039.  These are the highest figures I’ve seen on my blog since it started back in December 2007…

Thanks for visiting, and I hope some of the stuff I write is of some interest to some people…