Putting my flag on the Moon

Now that I’m wrapping up my second month of work with the new company, I’m hitting that barrier where I’m no longer “the new guy”.

I’ve been a little frustrated at the kinds of work being assigned to me – I fought hard to make sure the roles and responsibilities I would have here were in line with a move up (with a salary to match), but frankly they’re paying me too much to just do basic server installs all day long. I’ve been thinking about why that is, and especially after hearing someone else say what I was thinking, I need to take a stand and really own my destiny. As the bright-eyed new guy I’ve had no qualms taking on “virt builds” but in doing so I’ve accidentally made a name for myself in that role.

So when I hit that barrier and I’m just “old news” I need to make sure my position is solid. My company is a good company. They’re good people and they need skills I can provide. They need virt builds too. But in the imaginary Venn diagram in my head I need to shrink the space where those two things overlap.

Also, I just have to say it. I hate when people call a VM guest a virt. It’s the most brogrammer thing I’ve ever heard.



Deployment Redux

Once again I am building an OS deployment solution based on the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Usually it is nothing but fun but this time there is such a desperate need for it that it really does feel like work. Plus the environment isn’t built out in a way for me to add all the bells and whistles I want to. But it is still cool stuff and I look forward to bringing this kickass solution to the office and showing off what it can do.



Cops. V-cops.

Work just closed the deal on the full vCenter suite this week. On Tuesday I spent about 2.5 hours upgrading to vCenter 5.1 (up from 5). As a matter of pride I tried to do it completely solo.

About 2 hours in I panicked and called up VMware support because I was getting a weird error and starting to run low on time. By the time they got back to me I figured out that I had misunderstood exactly what database I was supposed to point to. Their upgrade documentation is really vague in certain areas but pretty solid in others..

I must say it’s weird getting comfortable in SQL. Just hopping into the admin tool and doing stuff…. was kind of fun but I’m still sure DBA is never going to be in my future. Of course I say that about Sharepoint and today I was told (paraphrasing) “Oh hey, you DO know a lot about that. You’re my new escalation point.”  Me and my big mouth…. maybe I shouldn’t be commenting on my SQL exploits. At least I don’t think my coworkers know I blog so I’ll be safe for a little while…