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    [–] This comic ran in the Dallas Morning News yesterday after the paper laid off 40 staffers Ailbe 3 points ago in Dallas

    Yup, it sucks, its a sorry state of affairs. I can't complain too much though, because its been years since I've subscribed to a newspaper. Just too many sources of news now to consume and not enough time.

    [–] An interesting premise. Ailbe 1 points ago in Libertarian

    This is absolutely true, is this from an actual Simpsons episode or a meme? Wouldn't be surprised if it was Simpsons, those writers seem to really have a good understanding of modern culture.

    [–] Question about DRS Ailbe 1 points ago in vmware

    If you have licensing for DRS there is no reason in the world to not use it. DRS takes away a lot of the manual minutia that frankly, no one in this industry should be focusing on now days. I would use a light hand with rules of affinity and anti-affinity in a three node cluster. But the algorithms for what gets moved and when are really good and I trust them absolutely in our midsized company of about 4k VMs.

    [–] How many times do they need to be betrayed? Ailbe 16 points ago in Libertarian

    I agree with this. It is insane to say "No regulation, ever!" while at the same time knowing and watching big corporations coming in and protecting their industries with regulations. True, the better way forward would be to stop the big corporations from being able to wield the guns of government against us and their competition, however since we can't seem to accomplish that, some sensible regulation has to be allowed.

    In other words, in the absence of a free market, we have to erect some barriers to keep the wolves away.

    [–] “Aspergers is the new fashion” says Psychiatrist Ailbe 1 points ago in aspergers

    I think it is dangerous to self diagnose. You may not be happy with this result, and you're certainly free to seek another opinion. I would just urge you to be open to the possibility that professionals may have your best interests at heart and are trained to see things you (and Reddit) may not be trained to see.

    [–] Beware vcenter cluster remediation settings in 6.7 Ailbe 3 points ago in vmware

    Totally agree with this. Whenever you can do it in code you should do it in code. Reproducible results consistent across the board, often quicker and you can build in validation and logging. Good advice on the checking resync object too, I've been bitten by this myself when I didn't totally understand the concepts of VSAN.

    [–] Is 30 too old to start trying to learn NetSec? Ailbe 2 points ago in AskNetsec

    Best of luck to you! If you need any help let me know, I'm no where near an expert, and I may not have answers off the top of my head, but I bet together we could find the right answers. If you are looking for resources, I can point you to several really good ones. One great place is right here on Reddit.

    I really do believe that we can learn anything we want. I was out of the habit of learning, which hampered me a little bit. But once I got my mind straight and convinced myself I could do it, progress started coming much quicker.

    [–] I'm 48 and just now realized what good IT means to a company. Ailbe 50 points ago in sysadmin

    They were in that state for a reason. This is a warning sign, not a welcome sign.

    [–] Is 30 too old to start trying to learn NetSec? Ailbe 4 points ago in AskNetsec

    The default answer to any "Am I to old to learn X?" is... No, no you're not to old. Are you willing to invest the time and energy to actually study and work for it though? If yes, then you can do it. I'm 51 and just learning computer science principles for programming and picking up both Python and Powershell as well as learning Terraform, and eventually Javascript and something like Puppet.

    As long as you're still breathing and willing to put in the work, anything can happen for you.

    [–] When you’re at a party but you find the dog Ailbe 1 points ago in aww

    100% this is me at every party I go to. Oh, you have a dog, I'm going to go become that dogs best friend, bbl

    [–] Most Popular Agile IT Blogs of 2018 Ailbe 1 points ago in SysAdminBlogs

    Perhaps a better title for this would be "The Most Popular Microsoft Agile Blogs of 2018"

    [–] PSA: You're an at-risk Win-admin if you don't PowerShell in 2019. Ailbe 12 points ago in sysadmin

    I've found it useful to draw out what I want to achieve using something like or lucidchart. doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a simple flow chart of the basic goals, and then start filling out. Once you have a good idea of what you want to do, start gathering the one-liners as you said, then flesh those out within your script or tool.

    And I'd highly recommend while you're learning the basics, also read up on what the difference is between a simple script, and a tool. I always try to build a script for myself, and then flesh it out as a tool for the team. In other words, if its something I have to do on a regular basis, and my script can help me save time, if I build in validation, logging, error checking and turn it into a tool, the rest of my team can also use this to save them time too. Your management and your team will love you for it.

    [–] PSA: You're an at-risk Win-admin if you don't PowerShell in 2019. Ailbe 3 points ago * (lasted edited 16 days ago) in sysadmin

    You're not crazy, and this isn't a rant. This is honestly the best advice anyone can give to a sysadmin going into 2019. This can not be emphasized enough, if you aren't embracing the automation revolution, you ARE GOING TO BE LEFT BEHIND! This isn't an exaggeration, it is simple reality. Learn PowerShell, learn Python or JavaScript, start to read about devops, CI/CD pipelines, code repositories. Pickup Terraform or Puppet, learn some things about Kubernetes. If you weren't into lifelong learning and you fell behind, it is OK. But you need to start now to catch up. Because this wave is going to leave a lot of people in the dust.

    By the way, this doesn't just apply to Windows admins. This applies to VMware, Linux, Desktops & Server etc etc. I've witnessed first hand the capabilities just two really smart programmers who dropped into the operations world and made a real effort to understand it could achieve. I was in awe, and terrified at the same time because I witnessed them automating things I never imagined could be automated. It lit a huge fire under my ass to get back on the constant learning train because I watched these two guys and realized that

    1. Infrastructure as code is coming and it is highly desirable.
    2. Anything can be automated. I mean anything. If you don't think it can be automated, you haven't watched truly talented people start to really dive into the process yet. Trust me, you want to be that highly talented person who does it, not the guy on the sideline scoffing "That can't be done" and then it is....
    3. Learning to automate things makes your life so much better. My job satisfaction is through the roof now as I am building tools my team makes use of every day.

    [–] Cross-vCenter NSX - reorganizing Ailbe 1 points ago in vmware

    Nice, thanks for sharing this with us!

    [–] Checkmate Ailbe 1 points ago in funny

    That is actually a compelling argument. I'm convinced!

    [–] The final battle Ailbe -1 points ago in funny

    That is my goal as well.

    [–] My wirehaired girl, Addie, turned one the other day! Ailbe 1 points ago in Dachshund

    What a cutie! Happy adorable first birthday Addie!

    [–] Simple act of kindness. Ailbe 454 points ago in aww

    I think this is true. So many people seem to want to see only the bad things they expect to see. I used to be like that and I'm glad I opened my eyes to the kindness and wonder around me instead.

    [–] Undercover PD in my town attempt to solicit drugs off Facebook, guy meets up, sells him flowers and calls him out instead. Still gets arrested Ailbe 3 points ago in videos

    You should check out the latest season (season 3) of the podcast Serial. It goes over in great detail exactly this. She basically spends an entire year documenting the criminal justice system in Cleveland Ohio.

    It is horrifying that this is considered justice in the wealthiest nation on the planet.

    [–] Today I learned that Dallas has unusually high health care costs. Ailbe 1 points ago in Dallas

    We have a health COST CRISIS in America, and how we fucking allow our politicians to not fucking deal with it is absolutely beyond me, it is staggering how much the American health consumer fucked and just takes it.

    [–] The Extensive Guide to Using VMware Documentation Like a Pro Ailbe 2 points ago in vmware

    Nice compilation of documentation, along with a friendly guide on how to use it!