Real engineers get together to dive into current news topics and talk about real life experiences
Episode 10: Cutovers
We’ve returned from our hiatus to discuss Cutovers along with the subpoena of an Amazon Echo, free music vs net neutrality, and false alarm Facebook alerts.
Amazon Echo recordings being subpoenaed in murder case
Free is illegal: Do “Zero-rated” services damage net-neutrality?
Facebook “Safety Check” activated by outdated news articles
What is a cutover?
When do cutovers typically happen and why do they happen at those times?
How to prepare for a cutover
Contact sheet (list of personnel involved and contact info)
List of all equipment/devices being modified
Backdoor access information
Step by step changes followed by verification steps
Notes about each step and its purpose
Break up changes into independent phases to avoid complete rollback
* Documentation and diagrams
* Contingency/rollback plans
Trailer for the movie “Passengers”
Trailer for the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One”
Kelly Slater Surfing with a Table
Episode 9: Cisco Live 2016
Our first ‘live’ show where we shoot the breeze on the happenings of Cisco Live US 2016 and what the attendees have been up to all week.
Episode 8: Mentorship
In this episode we dive into the pros, cons, do’s, and don’ts of mentorship; after we discuss Microsoft paying for forcing upgrades to Win10, Google’s new internet speed test, and Gartner’s self fulfilling prophecy.
Microsoft loses lawsuit over unwanted Windows 10 upgrade
Google partners with M-Lab to build an internet speed test
Gartner predicts “cloud-first” will become “cloud-only” policies by 2020
Why is mentorship important for IT engineers?
Who to mentor and who to be mentored by?
How can one benefit from being mentored?
How can one benefit from mentoring somebody else?
Group mentoring, forums, and other non-1:1 types
Tips for a mentor
Tips for a protégé
Excellent mentorship blog post by Ethan Banks from PacketPushers
Never10: The Windows 10 upgrade killer written by Steve Gibson of GRC
Episode 7: Windows Server 2016
Guest Juan Cruz joins us to talk about the new features of Windows Server 2016 and why we’re still waiting for it; all after we discuss the LinkedIN buy, Google Fiberless, and Chef’s new “Habitat”.
Microsoft announces acquisition of LinkedIN
Are you ready for Google Fiberless?
Chef announces “Habitat”: A wrapper to automate and mobilize applications?
Topic: Windows Server 2016
Why is the GA release so late?
Federation with non-AD identity management systems
GUI is an install-able feature
What are Storage Replicas?
Faster reboots with “Soft Restart”?
Automate your network with Network Controller?
Nano Server (SWEET!)
Hot change memory and NICs on VMs
A closer look at Shielded VMs (video)
Plan a Software Defined Network Infrastructure (Network Controller) (Technet article)
Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #10: Nano Server (video)
Episode 6: Change Management
The team is back to talk about the love/hate relationship with Change Management after we discuss Amazon’s new discovery service, an update on the 2012 LinkenIN hack, and how virtualization is over the hill.
AWS releases the Application Discovery Service to help you map out your apps
The 2012 LinkedIN hack is 15X worse than previously thought
Gartner calls server virtualization “mature” because…well…it’s a nicer word than “dying”
Topic: Change Management
What is change management and what purpose does it serve?
When is it in appropriate to use it and when it is inappropriate?
What effect will DevOps have on its use? Doesn’t change management fly in the face of continuous delivery?
6 open-source change management database systems
Episode 5: Troubleshooting
The trio is back to talk about troubleshooting, how much fun it can be, and how to approach it, but first they share their widely respected opinions *scoff* about the ‘Race for the Container Space’, using DNA as your tier-4 storage media, and the promise of autonomous taxis.
Microsoft, Cisco, HPE love Mesosphere while VMWare and Pivotal are promising that a container platform is in the works
Microsoft making progress in the field of DNA-based data storage
GM and Lyft promise us self-driving taxis by the end of this year
What is troubleshooting?
Methodologies of troubleshooting
Choosing between the ‘fix’ and the ‘forensics’
Root Cause Analyses and their difficulties after the fact
If you have been in a service desk role, you need to watch The Website is Down
@dpocoroba’s troubleshooting article on PacketPushers